Thursday, December 22, 2005

Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson

Colts’ streak comes to end

First and foremost, let me acknowledge all the comments about last week’s column.

Thanks for all the positive feedback. I am truly humbled.

And before we even get started, let me just say that I am already humbled and chagrined at the Kansas City Chiefs and their disappointing loss on Saturday. Isn’t there a day of the week in which these guys can be winners? If they play on Sunday, no good. On Monday Night Football (when even Chicago wins!), bummer. And now on Saturday?

With the fan punishing loss to the Giants, depending on how the Broncos fared at Buffalo late Sunday, we could be a solid three games behind the leading Broncos in the American West. The playoff hope really grows dim.

Just watching the outcome of that game on Saturday leaves me with no other recourse than to predict that a Manning will win a Super Bowl during this decade. Which Manning? Don’t have a clue, but one of them will do what Daddy didn’t.

And winning is the name of the game but it isn’t everything. You all know that I am leading up to the streak breaking San Diego Chargers stampeding the Colts. Call it retro thinking if you will, but yours truly expected Peyton and Harrison to pull that one out. Johnny U did it way back when.

The Colts were down 16-0, came back in the second half and scored 17 unanswered points to take a one-point lead. The target on the Colts’ helmets and backs probably never seemed larger. They were the mark for every opponent to validate their season on after the tenth consecutive win. There was a feeling of ambivalence about this team wrecking the long standing record of the ’72 Dolphins.

It is rumored that Nick Buoniconti, the stalwart who led the Dolphins’ defense back yonder had been saving champagne to open if, and when, the Colts lost. Well, he got his chance on Sunday.

The Colts are not out of it by any stretch, but the pressure has lessened. They were 7.5 favorites over the Chargers. Now, the Colts’ nemesis has become the Chiefs’ dilemma. They have the Chargers next Sunday who are coming off of their momentous stopping victory.

Let’s just hope that they will be flatter than extra thin pancakes!


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