On This Day in Colts History
Today, Indianapolis Colts fans, is a good day, as the team is guaranteed not to lose! Sdfknwetoi34209t234tnksjdfn…
Sorry, confetti and balloons just dropped from the ceiling, all over the keyboard. Apparently, that was the 1,000,000th time for someone to use that lame joke. But, with the Week 11 bye falling today, many fans are left with a stale taste in their mouths. The team is bad, sure, but we still like watching them. Sports are a cruel mistress.
Even though November 19, 2017 does not feature a game, four times in the past, the Colts have played on this date, carrying an even 2-2 record.
November 19, 1989
Colts 27, Jets 10
Two mediocre teams squabbled in front of a turkey-hungry Hoosier Dome crowd before the Colts emerged victorious over the New York Jets. A heavy rushing attack and a trio of Jets turnovers were the winning formula for the home team, with Eric Dickerson toting the rock 31 times for 131 yards and a score. Jets quarterback Ken O’Brien threw up a pair of interceptions, and his backup Pat Ryan added another for good measure. That was all they needed to leave town with a 2-9 record. The Colts moved to 5-6.
November 19, 1995
Colts 24, Patriots 10
The Big Tuna is not only one of the weirdest nicknames in football history (lookin’ at you, Galloping Ghost of Illinois), but it would also make for a terrible Thanksgiving meal. Unless you’re pescetarian—in which case, enjoy your holiday! What were we talking about? Ahh, yes, Bill Parcells. In his penultimate season at the helm of the New England Patriots, The Big Tuna’s floundering footballers (do you love these puns or what?) dropped to 4-7 at the behest of Ted Marchibroda and Jim Harbaugh. Indianapolis controlled time of possession by a whopping 17 minutes and sacked Drew Bledsoe five times. The Patriots led briefly in the first half after kicking a field goal, but they never got close again, as the Colts’ record improved to 6-5.
November 19, 2000
Packers 26, Colts 24
If there’s one thing John Madden loves, it’s turducken. If there are two things John Madden loves, it’s turducken and Brett Favre. This game did not take place on Thanksgiving, but Brett Favre’s Green Bay Packers feasted on the Indianapolis Colts defense early and often, building a 19-0 halftime lead. Eventually, Peyton Manning would rally a comeback attempt, but it ultimately fell short. Ahman Green was the gravy to Favre’s mashed potatoes, collecting 153 yards on only 24 carries. The Packers were somehow only 5-6 after the win, and Indy fell to 7-4.
November 19, 2006
Cowboys 21, Colts 14
The Big Tuna is not only one of the weirdest nicknames in football history (lookin’ at you, Crazy Legs), but it is also a lazy and redundant way to start a paragraph. 11 years after losing at home to Indianapolis, Bill Parcells would have his revenge against an undefeated Colts team. Entering the game at 9-0, the Colts could not stuff Marion Barber (who scored twice) and Julius Jones (who carved them up for 104 total yards), and they left Big D without their giblets. As we seemingly reference every week, the 2006 Colts would be just fine in the end, but this loss was harder to swallow than cranberry sauce. 9-1 is still better than the 6-4 record the ‘Boys sported, though.
Enjoy your day without Colts football, enjoy your time off from work (hopefully), enjoy your family and friends, and enjoy your food. Except pumpkin pie, which is awful. Don’t @ me.
Thanks for reading, and as always, Go Colts!
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