NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 30: Curtis Painter of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass before the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 30, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Watching the Colts-Titans was like going to a Ryan Reynolds featured movie. You know going in, that his movies tend to lack direction, have no real depth and will probably be disappointing in the end. Ultimately though, Reynolds elicits enough (cheap) laughs and delivers one, maybe two, semi-decent action packed scenes that leave fans with kind of a blah 'eh, it wasn't that bad' mentality, which coincidentally, is the same predicament with the Colts. Like Reynolds, the Colts - save for the Saints game (every actor/team gets one free pass on a total bomb) - play with just enough spunk and hang around in games just long enough that fans' will remain interested and hopeful.
Today, was another perfect example. The Colts fell behind early in the game but put together enough positive second half drives to keep it interesting until near the end.
With Reynolds, we keep watching because whether it was his performance in Smokin' Aces or Van Wilder, we believe that with a little more talent surrounding him and better vision from the directors, Reynolds could play a leading roll in a blockbuster. With the Colts, its the same belief. Both for now, are a false hook. Ultimately Ryan Reynolds - just like the Colts as a team - can't carry a leading/winning role.
As fans, each and every week we are going to see the positives (such as Delone Carter's impressive rookie campaign), we are going to catch a few glimmers of true potential (60+ yard touchdown runs by Pierre Garcon) and we are going to hold onto hope that a success story (at least one win) is right around the corner. Yet we might as well come to the conclusion that each and every week we are going to suffer through a Green Lantern like type of disappointment; where we leave wondering what it could have been and lamenting how the directors blew key scenes. In the end however Ryan Reynolds was just good enough that we are willing to see his next one.
Fortunately for Colts fans, there is hope... We have our Will Smith (someone who also hasn't played a role this year but can still carry any movie by himself) ready to come back next year. If Manning stays on the sideline forever, we still have a pretty good chance at landing the next Ryan Gosling breakout star in Andrew Luck. Until then, we have to keep dwelling on the positives and glimmers of potential in our younger guys and hope that our blockbuster comes sooner rather than later.