A know-it-all sports writer for The New York Times lectures Colts fans "furious that their beloved organization had given up on a chance at a perfect season" and tells us to "get over it," by which he means we should quit our "sanctimonious tirades about the loss of integrity," which makes the decision trump Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 as the most hotly debated coaching strategy of the 21st century:
Belichick's decision might have cost New England a game, but Caldwell's decision cost the Colts nothing, except for a possible run at perfection.
"Nothing"? That's what perfection means these days? And, by the way, your pathetic 9-7 Jets wouldn't even be in the playoffs if the Colts hadn't rolled over and gone to sleep on them. And we won a Supr Bowl three years ago but haven't had a perfect season yet, so what's this "nothing" crap? When's the last time the Jets won a Super Bowl, huh? 1969, wasn't it?
He thinks it's "humorous" that fans have "lost perspective?" We are just ingrates who don't appreciate the fact that 26 years ago, we didn't even have a team! But we happily "received stolen goods" in March 1984, when "owner Robert Irsay sneaked the Colts out Baltimore in the middle of the night."
In the intervening seasons, the team and the city have become like family. The undefeated controversy is a family squabble that should end when the playoffs begin.
Well, maybe so, if the Colts actually win their first playoff game, which was supposedly the reason for sneering at perfection. In the meantime, if the wise writer from New York doesn't mind, I will stamp my little feet and hold my breath until Mommy and Daddy say they are sorry. I'd run away from home, but I'm still not allowed to cross the street by myself.