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Dawn Knight

Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

Nevermore pressure


Three weeks ago the Colts organization decided not to go for a perfect season. The outcries from fans even prompted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to consider implementing incentives for teams to continue playing starters at the end of the season. It will take more than a win this weekend to appease the disappointed Colts fans. Only the Lombardi trophy will truly ease the pressure now. But Saturday the Colts play the Baltimore Ravens, and they are no joke. Anyone who saw the display against the Patriots knows that. As a Colts fan, I'm just a little nervous.

Indy might be under the most pressure to win Saturday, but other teams are feeling it, too. Chargers fans expect a win over the Jets, a team under pressure to prove it is in the playoffs on its own merit. I'm guessing more than one NFL purist would note the irony if the Jets went on to beat the Colts next weekend.

Some teams put pressure on themselves. The Cowboys have a new 1.3 billion dollar stadium that begs for justification. Winning won't be easy this weekend, though. The Cowboys will be playing the Vikings, and Brett Favre needs a win to prove his ego is worth all the hassle.

There is no hassle with Drew Brees, but he carries the burden of a city yearning for a hero. Even though the last couple of games have not gone well, the New Orleans Saints were perfect well into the season. There is no question this team can win football games; the question is which Saints team will show up to play against an experienced Kurt Warner.

The playoffs wouldn't be fun without the pressure. I'm already biting my nails, and I have my jersey ready. Saturday I'll be heading to Lucas Oil Stadium - Go Colts!

"The Ravens" - a parody of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"
Once upon a Saturday dreary, while the Ravens play was weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of football lore,
While Manning nodded, I sat clapping, Colts fans feet were tapping,
As the Colts went beating, beating up the Ravens poor.
"'Tis the visitor," I muttered, "of purple jerseys on the floor --
Only this, and nothing more."
And the silken rustling of each purple jersey
Thrilled me -- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
" 'Tis the Ravens entreating entrance at Lucas Oil door --
Those Baltimore Ravens entreating entrance at Lucas Oil door; --
This it is, and nothing more."

Presently the Colts grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
"Dallas Clark," said I, "or Reggie, truly your awesome catches I implore;
But the fact is the Ravens were napping, and so impressively you came marching,
And so expertly you came marching, marching down the floor,
That of course the Ravens feared you" -- here the Colts opened wide the score; ----
For the Ravens, darkness there, and nothing more.

And the Ravens, never flitting, still are sitting, still are sitting
in the locker room of Lucas, all their feathers on the floor.
And their eyes have lost all meaning, Super Bowl hopes they were only dreaming,
Fireworks o'er them streaming for the Colts another score,
And the Ravens season ending - purple jerseys shuffling out the door
Shall be winning -- nevermore

By Dawn Knight  |  January 15, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  | Category:  Baltimore Ravens , Indianapolis Colts Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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