I was crusing Pat's Pulpit, just getting a feel for what is being said and goofing off instead of working on my thesis. In the story about the Colt's injuries, I found and interesting post that I'm going to reproduce below:championship caliber rivalries
Tend to engender a lot of respect; the thing about Pats/Colts is that whenever they’ve met in the past decade, it’s always meant something. We play the Colts either in the playoffs, or because both teams made the playoffs in the past years (the NFL schedules playoff teams from prior years for regular season matchups), as opposed to our divisions, where we play them twice a year in the regular season regardless of how good or how bad either team is doing that year.
I think their being contemporary juggernauts means a lot too. We all know that no teams will be on top forever; the Colts and Pats are either others’ Sith/Jedi (pick which side you like for your team :) ). Once they fade, and we’re watching the next dynasties start to grow in other cities, we’ll think back to when these two teams were on top and inextricably tied to one another
That post really got me thinking. Both Pat's fans and we Colt's fans know what it is like to be so bad you're a "circle team" as Peyton said. Both fan bases circle this game and get pumped for it all season and, in some cases, all year. Both know how luck they are to have great quarterbacks and great teams.
Both teams also have memories. The Patriots pounding of Indy in '04 at Gillette. The Colts comeback in '06 at the Dome. These are immortal moments that will live on once both teams are no longer where they are today.
For some reason, that post got me thinking about how, one day, a Colts fan and a Pats fan meet randomly at a bar, have a beer and talk about "the good old days."
Hopefully those day's aren't for a long time though.