A Lot Has Changed Since the Colts Were This Bad


Fourteen years ago, the Colts stood just where they do today, with an 0-10 record and waiting for a hero to deliver them from their own little N-F-Hell.   Just when all seemed hopeless with the world champion Green Bay Packers riding into town, out rode Paul Justin on his white horse to out-sling Brett Favre.    The result:  a 41-38 Colts victory and the dawning of a new era.   Well, maybe not quite yet, but a new era was just around the corner.  A lot of stuff sure has happened since the fall of 1997.  Here are a few:

  • We’ve had three Presidents, an Al Gore, and some Hanging Chads.
  • Mark McGwire became a baseball God, and then a pariah.
  • Ditto for Sammy Sosa.
  • Tiger Woods rose and fell.
  • Michael Jackson died.  Shamone!  Can’t be!!
  • The Pope died.
  • George Steinbrenner died.
  • Al Davis died.
  • The Paul Justin era died.
  • VHS died.
  • Land-lines went on a ventilator.
  • The Internet grew up.
  • Napster.
  • Tom Brady.  Dammit.
  • Reality TV was born and American intelligence died, at least a little.
  • Y2K fizzled.
  • Ryan Leaf imploded.
  • Peyton Manning exploded.
  • Reggie Miller retired.
  • Favre retired (right?)
  • Indianapolis landed the Super Bowl, just in time for …
  • The Colts collapsed.