“I am a soldier; I will fight where I am told and I will win the fight” Gen. George Patton
The analogy between “Battles” and “Sports” has long been accepted in many fields but nowhere more so than on the gridiron where men prepare and dress for battle. To an “outsider” like myself there is no greater sport’s battle than that of an NFL game, where strategies meet and muscles, speed and the quick of mind will win. The Colts have had many great strategists, men of muscle and speed along with courage for quick decisions, and once again they fill our ranks. Chuck Pagano, Bruce Arians, Greg Manusky, and a host of players that I dare not try and mention because of so many standouts in every position. And then there is Jim Irsay and family. Jim makes sure we are all part of his extended Coltstrong family. So into battle we will all follow, as each game unfolds into the greatest battle of speed chess I have ever played!
The game against the Packers was undoubtedly the game that set the bar in this season, maybe for every team in the NFL. But the next week, against the Jets we gave total credence to a Dwight Eisenhower quote on battle, “In going into battle I have always found the planning is useless but planning is indispensable.” So we have lost one battle. Badly. But we are still in the fight!
The frustrating thing as a fan is that you can’t do anything. Sure, I wish the Jet’s cackle berries turn into Emus and kick their dunny door in (that’s Aussie for hope the eggs in their refrigerator hatch into large, angry, flightless birds with big legs that kick their toilet door down), but we fought the fight and lost a battle, learned from it and lived to fight again. The Jets were better on that day and we thank them for an honest and well fought game. Our coaches would have reviewed the moments of brilliance by Colts players and there were many throughout the game. We will undoubtedly practice these and do them even better. They might also have a few words to say about our errors and how best to avoid them in the future (just a few words, I’m sure). But we are a young team, we are building and the Irsay family know just how to build a football team. So as fans there is something we can do; we stay the course. It’s early days for this team and while again I say, I will not be shocked if we do make the playoffs, it doesn’t matter. This year that would simply be a bonus for is the future I look to with this Colts team. For now it is more important to remain COLTSTRONG and back our team whenever they are on the gridiron.
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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