Are you excited?
Are you tingly?
Do you feel so giddy and silly that you could just squeal!
Yes, admit it! YOU DO!
In less than 24 hours, the 2007 NFL season will begin. It's really a new season for us Colts fans. Usually this time of year, we're writing and talking about how the team needs to do this, tweak that, replace this in order to finally get over the hump and win a championship. We're usually vigorously defending our team's QB against the ignorant rantings of would be pundits and prognosticators... or silly Patriots fans.
This year, it's different. I'll be honest, I didn't really feel the Colts won the Super Bowl until after the NFL Draft. That's when the media started anointing teams like the Patriots before nary a game was played. It was then that the old feeling came back; that us against the world feeling. Now that we're mere hours from kickoff, one cannot help but feel this year is different. sure, it feels like us against the world, but if you take one look at downtown Indy today, with the massive stage, cameras, lights, and Kelly Clarkson's entourage, you'd know that this year people view the Colts differently.
As long as John Cougar doesn't sing that damn "Our Country" song, I'm happy to see him perform tomorrow before the game.
I don't put much stock in the whole "How will they respond with a target on their back" stuff. This team always played with a target on their backs. When Peyton Manning plays for you, people are going to bring their A game. Just kind of how it is. And things like the national spotlight also don't seem to rattle these guys. They've opened regular seasons before on Thursday night, Monday night, Sunday night, you name it. This team is just well coached and doesn't let stuff like that bother them.
Tomorrow we'll have all kinds of stuff leading up to the game, including 5 questions with Sunil over at Canal Street Chronicles. Like all of you, I'm so giddy I might have trouble sleeping. Football is almost here, and damn it feels good!