I think if the Colts had it to do all over again, they'd have activated Sam Giguere, a reserve wideout from an obscure college in Quebec, to play in the spot Hank Baskett occupied on the kick-return team late last season. Strange statement to make here in the middle of May, looking back at the Super Bowl, but I think the Colts were starting to have real questions about Baskett's hands by late in the season, and they nearly made the move to Giguere. Baskett, of course, couldn't handle the onside kick to start the second half of the Super Bowl, the Saints recovered, and the rest is ignominious history.
For the record, Basektt did indeed gather in the onside kick. However, under the pile, he claims he heard a ref blow the whistle. So, like the dumbass that he is, Baskett let up. When he did so, a Saints players pried the football from his grasp under the pile. The ref saw this, awarded the Saints possession, and a swift kick to the groin to Colts fans everywhere.
Again, as I have often maintained, the onside kick did not doom the Colts in Super Bowl 44. After the Saints scored a TD on that drive, the Colts offense answered with a TD of their own, regaining the lead. The reason the Colts lost was because of Dwight Freeney's injury. The Saints scored 25 points in the second half after scoring only 10 in the first. The reason was in the first Freeney was effective. In the second. he wasn't. The lack of pass rush allowed Drew Brees to pick apart the Colts secondary. That's pretty much it, in a nutshell.
Still, Baskett's boneheaded play certainly did not help. Colts fans will probably curse his name for generations. I doubt he cares. He's probably more interested in who his wife was having sex with in a recently released sex tape.