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It's difficult not to respect them. At least they won their Super Bowl by going through the Pats, unlike the Steelers who can only get there without the Pats in the picture. Manning is a great QB, and they breed WRs like the Broncos used to breed RBs.
The reasons I hate them have already been articulated better by others here: Bill Polian, squeaky clean image, dome-team, etc.
Anyone know when the NFL is going to have the balls to schedule a regular season game between the Pats-Colts in Foxboro again?
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* The Irsay family carpetbagging the Colts franchise from Baltimore. At the very least they should have re-named the team and let Baltimore keep its beloved Colts legacy.
/coaches under the bus.
This was it for me. I grew up a Baltimore Colts fan and Bob irsay was a true louse. But now he's dead and Jimmy Irsay seems like a decent guy. So now I don't hate them but I still hope for them to lose every game. Which doesn't work out so well for me.
Just saw this, I don't Hate the Pats, I HATE THE CHARGERS
I respect the Pats but I "Hate" them as our rival. make sense?
Sadly we have our HarkDawg's too.
Makes perfect sense to me.
It's one thing to "hate" a team as a rival. It's another to despise/hate a team because of how they are being.
I used to truly hate Miami. But (with the exception of Joey Porter, who is an ass) I have to respect what they have done in the past 2 years. I loved watching them beat the Jets twice this year, and I think the Wildcat has brought a lot of fun and excitement to the NFL. Parcells, Ireland and Sparano have brought a lot of experience and class to an organization that was a mess. So I "hate" them as a division rival, but right now I don't really hate them like I used to.
The Colts have been the only organization other than the Pats to consistently win year in and year out this decade. Not a single down year. Even the Steelers had some bad years. It's hard to disrespect that kind of accomplishment.
So I "hate" the Colts as one of our biggest rivals to being the unparalleled dominant team of the decade, but I don't really hate them. And if I were a Colts fan I'd probably love a lot of things that annoy me about them.
For the record, some of our own fans drive me nuts, too.
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Manning said once that his offensive line did not block well, and all of a sudden he has a penchant for it? Wow, it's amazing how fans of other teams can take one small incident, (that was blown out of proportion by the media) and turn it into a life long thing. That would be like me saying the pats have a penchant for cheating, just because they got caught one time. Give it a rest guys. But I guess you guys need reasons to hate, so you reach for anything.
It's not that one incident.
Manning Face observers over the years have noticed Peyton's apoleptic fits at players on the offense when The One gets an INT and other disasterous events occur.
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For some reason, they are just always the beloved underdogs of the NFL. I have absolutely no idea why. It's probably because they have weak divisional opponents who have really weak fanbases. You don't see a lot of Titans, Texans, or Jaguars fans in the media, or on the internet. What I hate most is the constant misconceptions that people have made about them since Peyton Manning arrived. They have no defense. Huh? Their defense is normally very good... in fact there are always 52 players that hardly get mentioned.
I hate Bill Polian. No writeup needed. Plain and simply, the NFL should not have members of the competition committee be active parties. They should be retired or have no interest in the league. Put in coaches that are inactive right now, like Shannahan, Holmgren, Cowher, or Gruden. Use Madden. If they return to the league just replace him. Nothing wrong with new eyes and ears every season.
Mike Vanderjagt. But then again, the Colts hated him too.
Adam Vinatieri will just never look right in a Colts uniform, agreed upon by everyone. It's like Wade Boggs playing for the Yankees.
I hated the crappy little RCA Dome and the fake crowd noise, the "holier-than-thou" Dungy and his "Barry Bonds" comment, which I'm sure he knew in his honest solitude was a cheap shot. In the wake of Spygate, not only were the Jets reported by Newsweek to have engaged in the same type of taping, but when teams were asked about which teams were the most notorious, the Colts came up more than a few times.
I really hated the way Dungy said after the Super Bowl that he is the first Christian coach to win it all. Please do not mix religion with sports. Do that in your own time. Could you see Robert Kraft boasting that he was the first Jewish owner to win a championship? Leave that stuff for your motivational speeches at churches or synagogues. I highly doubt he was the first Christian coach to win it all. 90% of the country is Christian. More like, he was the first coach to proclaim how religious and righteous he was.
Most of all, I hate Marvin Harrison. What a dirtbag gang banger who basically played for almost 15 years with a shining white line generated by every network. This guy is absolute human scum who tried to shoot someone, attacked some kids at the pro bowl, and attacked a security guard at a Jets game. Yet for some reason, because he plays on the quiet "little engine that could" called the Colts, he was always considered to be a great guy. There was no media fallout when the story broke last year about his "dark side," but Randy Moss is treated like a career criminal for incidents that were harmless in comparison.
I know the real story about Peyton Manning and Tennessee with the sports trainer and the lawsuit. My dad used to work with a lady that went to UT and was friends with this woman... and I heard about this WAY before Manning reached his superstardom, and WAY before I had any reason to care about Manning. Honestly, I don't even care. He was obviously young and immature and is a good guy now... but basically his powerful daddy settled with the trainer by paying her off, and unlike the hundreds of other pro athletes, and millions of non-elite men and women around the world, whose reputations are ruined by mistakes, Peyton got out of this one because of his family name. Please don't ask me anything else about this because I will not say anything else... except that, in case you are wondering, Peyton did NOT rape her or force her to do anything. I have heard much, much worse things, but what really happened was suppressed through a monetary settlement.
That said, I do respect the Colts. Overall they are a great organization with incredible talent and management. For my money, Bill Polian is the best talent evaluator in the league and Peyton Manning might be the second greatest quarterback of all-time. I just don't like the image of sainthood they garner from everyone.
Please don't ask me anything else about this because I will not say anything else... except that, in case you are wondering, Peyton did NOT rape her or force her to do anything. I have heard much, much worse things, but what really happened was suppressed through a monetary settlement.
It's all out there in the public record if you google the victim, Jamie Anne Naughwright. Her testimony and that of an eyewitness named Malcomb Sexton says Peyton basically sat on her face against her will. Within hours she reported it to the campus sexual assault center. Since she was accusing a beloved figure she was run out of town with death threats and hate. She settled a civil suit and never pressed criminal charges but collected 6 figures from both Manning and Tennessee. Later Peyton pooh-poohed the incident in a book as a "mooning" so she sued again. The judge wouldn't throw the case out, and once again Peyton settled.
It is what it is, so just go out there and do your job!
because Bill Polian cheats and gets away with it every week. He owns the comp comittee. The overlord chanced rules to prevent physical cb play to benefit his team, and colts getting phantom PI calls, pipe in noises.... the list goes on.
Manning's a dillweed. Great football player, but ugh... winer.
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