Always doing your best should be your goal — whether a player or a team

 

Warning:  Rant ahead.

Tomorrow I’ll post the pictures from our fun weekend, but as I was working on that post this morning, I kept thinking back to the embarrassing Colts game last night, and decided I had to get this off my chest first.

Last night we watched the result of the Colts’ front office losing sight of what football is all about, i.e., always playing hard and doing your best, whether winning or losing, by insisting that Coach Caldwell bench his starters, to “rest” them for the play-offs (hello!? — what about momentum and team spirit?).  That was very hard for us to watch on TV (and we did turn it off long before it was over) — imagine what it was like for the fans who had paid to sit in the stands to see a top-notch team play with all their heart!

I just have one question:

If it’s obvious that a player, in any sport, is intentionally not playing their hardest, aren’t they investigated, penalized and possibly fined?  Then why is it okay for a team to intentionally not do their best?

Shame on Colts’s owner, Jim Irsay and head strategist, Bill Polian (who I have always admired greatly for his ability to pick obscure players in the draft who turn into superstars).  I’m sure they’re thinking that if they win the Super Bowl this will all be forgotten, but I would say again, they’ve forgotten what the game is all about — doing your best every time you compete.  Consequently, I believe this will be a blemish on the reputation of our beloved Colts forever.

 It’s a sad day in Mudville when Casey doesn’t get his chances at bat.

5 Responses to Always doing your best should be your goal — whether a player or a team

  1. Suldog says:

    I absolutely agree. As a New England fan, and proud of our 16 – 0 season, I wanted to see the Colts lose. However, they should never have lost in that fashion. That was a cheat to the good fans of the team. Disgraceful.

  2. Sandra says:

    Suldog — Amen. And what I hated most was seeing the excellent players who have got them this far standing on the sidelines looking embarrassed, or at least that’s what it looked like to me. They’re still my team, but I sure think the people in power screwed up.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Gosh, so disappointing!!!! SO proud of the COlts this season and now this. I do not like their thought process!!!! I know its all about protecting from injuries but gez!!!!

  4. Sandra says:

    Cheryl — I was just watching a 5-man panel, including Mike Ditka, on ESPN talking about this, and all five of them felt it was a mistake and that the Colts will be flat for the play-offs. Also, the moderator said he thought that it was probably a shock to the Colts when those polite, Midwestern fans booed them.

    I can’t tell you how disappointed I was — I surprised myself!

  5. Belinda says:

    I totally agree with your assessment….very disappointing for the fans.

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