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.