I have thought about writing may fan posts here on Stampedeblue but to be honest, I think that my ideas regarding the Colts are that of a homer. I think that every year we are going to be 13-3 or better. My optimism has spilled over to my lovely girlfriend lately and she has the same optimism as me. It could be the fact that she loves me or she is a converted Lions fan from Michigan. I guess if I grew up a Lions fan, I would be an optimist about another team too. We live in St. Louis and before I joined the Air Force, I was born and raised in Danville Indiana. Colts football was all I ever knew when growing up. We didn't have the chance to watch five games at once when I was growing up. My history of football always involved a horseshoe on the helmet, and sometimes during the really bad years, it was tough to be a Colts fan. Remember what C.O.L.T.S used to stand for? Count On Losing This Sunday.
Kind of back to the point, I bought my girlfriend a #18 Peyton Manning home jersey to wear to the games and we actually are season ticket holders that drive from St. Louis to Indianapolis for all the home games. The thing about it is she has never worn her #18 jersey and watched the man, the myth, the legend Peyton Manning actually play. Ironically enough, she bought an Albert Pujols jersey two years ago (we are Cardinals baseball fans), and with both players with whom she owns jersey's for now on different teams....she is no longer allowed to buy player's jerseys. Back to the point. We went to a lot of games last year, and the #18 jerseys actually were fading away as the season progressed and we had that fantastic season. It was almost like the fanbase while acknowledging all the great things Peyton and Co. did for the team/city/league, were moving on.
We have begun discussing the Denver at Indianapolis game, and she stated that she is going to dust off the old #18 Colts home jersey for that game. I wonder how many people will do the same. Is it in poor taste to do so? Kind of like a slight to our new regime of players. It is a weird place to be in when the face of the team and league comes back to town? I'm sure Peyton will be cheered and rooted for, but I wonder if everyone will quiet down like they used to as he directs his new mile high offense against us? I'm going to be conflicted to say the least when I see that ugly Bronco's #18 jersey (I hate thinking of Peyton on any other team than the Colts) comes running through that tunnel, but I'm sure I'm going to cheer my backside off for the man who in my opinion "was" the Colts for close to a decade and a half.