NASHVILLE TN - DECEMBER 09: Adam Vinatieri #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after making a fieldgoal during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 9 2010 in Nashville Tennessee. The Colts won 30- 28 (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
By now, we all know the stakes. Every thing has been said that needs to be said and every angle already covered. One point that keeps coming up (besides injuries of course) is the sense of passion (and urgency) with which the Colts seem to be playing with.
I myself was looking for inspiration and stumbled upon the great oration of Winston Churchill, rallying the English to stand and continue the fight against the Nazi oppressors.
Given the discussion about passion and the overwhelming detail with which the game has been already scrutinized I thought I would leave you with the speech - one of the greatest rallying cries of the 20th century... modified to fit the Colts of course.
Silly? Yes. But I hope it gets you even more pumped up for the game.
(and no I am not implying the Jags are Nazis)
The full original version is here. GO Horse.
"I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best coaching arrangements
are made, as they have being made in the past, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Indy
home, to ride out the storm of all the injuries, and to outplay the menace of Jack Del Rio, if necessary for 60 minutes,
if necessary alone.
At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of his majesty Peyton Manning and every man of
them. That is the will of the team and of stampede blue nation.
The offense and the lamentable defense, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death
their native Lucas Oil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength.
Even though the AFC South has fallen or may fall into the grip of the Jaguars from Jacksonville and all the odious
apparatus of Jack Del Rio rule, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in in the Luke,
we shall fight them in the skies and on the ground
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our home, whatever the cost
we shall stop them on the goal line
we shall hold on the 20
we shall chase them across the field
we shall fight yard for yard
we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, that the defense were overrun and
subjugated to losing, then our Offense would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, Peyton Manning,
with all his power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. That the AFC South be restored to
its proper place.
We shall never surrender nor ever give in."
For those of you at the game - be LOUD and PROUD we are going to need you today.