Think back, if you will, to this past summer.
Imagine had someone approached you and said, “What if I told you the Indianapolis Colts would win 11 games, advance to the playoffs, but lose in a hostile environment in the opening round.”
You would take it, right? Without hesitation, right? You would have to possess a dented soda can for a brain not to after last season’s 2-14 disaster. Right?
It’s human nature for football fans to be downcast the day after their team gets eliminated from postseason competition the way the Colts did Sunday in Baltimore. In this Super-Bowl-or-nothing world in which we reside, anything short of the ultimate road trip gets filed away in the drawer labeled “Disappointing.”
Or so it’s been.