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Colts make it to the Superbowl FINALLY!!!

I started this blog with an account of my LA trip yesterday. At the time the Patriots were thrashing the Colts 21-3 in the first half. My strong conviction that Colts were destined for the superbowl was looking a little shaken… But then… in the dying minutes of the half, Colts pulled back a little with a field goal to leave the field at 21-6… two touchdowns away from the Patriots. On his way out Tony Dungy said – we need to make one touch down and get this down to a one score game… we’ll take it from thereon…

What happened after the break is now written in annals of AFC football history. I was riveted to the TV screen as the Colts stormed back with superb offensive play led by Manning to equal at 21-21 including an 8 point play, with 4 minutes to go in the third quarter. That probably stunned the Patriots. Suddenly Brady wasn’t looking that menancing any more. The Colts defence showed flashes of their grit that they had exhibited in the last two playoff games. With Colts playing catch up all the time Patriots scored one more touchdown and one field goal but Colts came right back with a touchdown and field goal to level things at 31-31. However things got very interesting in the last 4 minutes of the game with the score standing at 34-31 in favour of Patriots. That’s when Manning and Colts held their nerve and with about a minute to go Addai scored a touchdown while Vinatieri scored with the kick to put Colts in the lead for the first time in the game (38-34). With one minute to go Brady lined up for his last attempt at winning the game but a fantastic interception by Marlin Jackson ended their hopes of another Superbowl.

My roomie, the guy responsible for getting me addicted to American Football nodded at me and commented at my rooting (for Colts) … “what a monster I’ve created…” Well bro you got me hooked 🙂 … and I am a Colts fan now (hook, line and sinker 😉 …)

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Lazy Saturday… American Football, Timeouts and TV commercials

Like always woke up close to noon on yet another lazy saturday… Had about an hour’s time before the playoff game between the Colts and the Ravens got off to a start… so made scrambled eggs (because the omlette didn’t come out the way I wanted it) and had it with bread for breakfast…

American Football
When you are in  India  American Football resembles a bigger version of tag team wrestling… pretty mindless and hugely physical (to a point of barbaric) game. If I ever told my Dad I am following Football here he would be like… “WHAT!!!”…
Personally I prefer not to have opinions about things I don’t know much about. It was similar about American Football before this trip to US of A.
A game is fun
-when you know the rules
-you have a team to support
-and icing to the cake is if you play it too.
My roomie did the first two for me (yup now I am colts fan… :-)…). The third bit happened earlier on this trip. In Dec 06 company had arranged a camping trip and a kid there ‘coached’ us to play a game of Football. An Un-athletic and unfit bunch of IT pros that we were, 30 minutes of running around had taken the wind out all of us (except for our coach ofcourse). However, the seed for interest in American Football was sown that day.

Fast forward… today…
As I watched the gritty Colts defence stave off the Ravens in yet another brilliant display, the innumerable clock stops and time outs that resulted in commercial breaks on TV, set me thinking… This game is so beautifully done… Seems to have something for everyone… including the broadcasters… The more I thought the more I realized this game, in a way, symbolizes all things American i.e. BIG… Big guys… Huge stadiums… Huge paychecks… Huge Fan following… and TV commercials advertising everything… The best part is you sit an watch 4 quarters, each 15 minutes long, for a period of about 3-4 hours and in the end you are not pissed off… In fact if your team wins you are elated…
Back in India the broadcasters fall over each over for cricket telecast rights. When they get that they cram in as many commericals as they can between two overs (sometimes missing the first ball of the next over) leaving the viewer with a feeling that you are watching commercials interspersed with cricket breaks…

Anyway coming out the ramblings… end of the day Colts won the game 15-6. And for the second time in the season I amazed at Vinatieri‘s ability to kick that odd shaped ‘ball’ from amazing distances to score field goals… The game today was won by Vinnateri and the Colts defence with Vinatieri scoring 5 fields goals (all the Colts points) and the defence braving the Ravens and keeping them to 6 points (two field goals) only. The more I see this ‘team’ the more I am convinced, like all team games, the quarterback is just another cog in the wheel, Manning you better get your act together if Colts are to make it to the “Super Bowl”.

P.S. Dad… I am beginning to like American Football…

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