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The best rested guy in town

I’ve written before about how I’m not much of a sports fan. I don’t get sports, really.

Last night, Super Bowl Sunday, I went to bed at 10 p.m. I’ll bet I was one of a handful of people sleeping here in Indianapolis given that the hometown team, the Colts, played. Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way; when I awoke this morning the New Orleans Saints had won, 31-17.

I remember from the Colts’ successful 2007 Super Bowl that it’s really pretty cool to wake up in the city that’s home to the new champion. I shared in the joy of it with everyone else here. But no, I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, not in 2007, not last night. I didn’t watch a single game this season. And it’s not entirely because I don’t get sports.

It’s because I’m still not over the 1991 season.

From the time the Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984, they stunk. On ice. In their first six years here, they had only two winning seasons. And then 1991 capped them all as they went 1 and 15.

Why do I know all of this if I don’t get sports? Because I worked for a little AM radio station in Terre Haute in 1991. We were on the Colts radio network, and the games pre-empted my Sunday afternoon shifts. It fell to me to “run the board,” which meant I sat in the studio at the mixing board, finger poised and ready to press a button to play local commercials as soon as the announcer said, “And this is the Colts <pause> radio network.” That meant I had to listen to the Colts lose, and often lose big, week after week after week after wee-hee-hee-heek.

I’m genuinely disappointed that the Colts lost. But it might just take one more Super Bowl victory before I can move past the trauma of 1991!

Radio is a cruel mistress, as I’ve written about here and here.

Last updated on 16 February 2020 by Jim Grey

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9 thoughts on “The best rested guy in town

  1. Lone Primate says:

    Hey, wow, Jim, do I know what you mean. I’m not a big sports fan either, but…

    First of all: the Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since ’67, before I was born. That’s the big one. That’s just WRONG. Wrong wrong wrong something isn’t right with the universe WRONG.

    Then there was The Drive of ’85, back when I was in high school. It was the first time the Jays were in contention for the AL pennant. We’d won the AL East for the first time and were playing the KC Royals. We were up 3-1 in the series… if I recall correctly, it was the year they brought back best-of-7 instead of best-of-5; had it still been the latter, Toronto would have been in the World Series in 1985. One of the umps made a @&#$ call in game 5, and the Royals never looked back. They won the final three. That was rough, rough, rough. Harder even than me and the guys watching the Bills flush themselves swirling down the Superbowl four years in a row.

    And we’re not sports fans. Imagine the Hoosiers who are this morning… man. :)

    • Sounds like the Maple Leafs are the Detroit Lions of the NHL! You’re right; there’s something not right with the universe there.

      And let nobody forget that the only reason it can credibly be called the World Series is because of the Toronto Blue Jays. Without them, it would just be the United States Series. And that name just lacks panache.

      We Hoosiers are getting by this morning. We’re used to our teams losing.

      • The game was actually over right about 10 so you didn’t bag much more rest than the others.

        I like watching a game of pretty much any sport if the competition is good. I hate sloppy and one-sided matches. Of course, I also hate that many sports pros get paid immense sums of cash to play a game when we’ve got people that are homeless, starving, don’t have jobs, etc – just goes to show what our society values. Sigh.

  2. Angie says:

    1 and 15, huh? Sounds like the Dallas Cowboys of a few years back. They’re not a whole lot better now. I live in Texas and I am NOT a Cowboys fan (something I admit openly under the anonymity of the internets only!!). Heck, I lived in Arlington when we were voting for the Stadium, and I voted NAY for its placement in the center of my then-beloved city. That much I’ll admit out loud, since us nay-sayers lost by an incredibly thin margin.

    As for the Super Bowl and the NFL as whole, though… meh. I think it was on in the other room for awhile, until my husband confirmed the Saints were winning, and then the television went back to its regularly scheduled broadcast of Nick Jr. for the kids. Thankfully, he’s not an enormous football-enthusiast either.

    Well… better luck for Indiana next year!

    • Don’t they excommunicate people from Texas if they don’t love the Cowboys?

      It was about the same during my South Bend kidhood — you pretty much had to be a Notre Dame fan, whether you wanted to be or not!

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