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Derede McAlpin
Crisis Litigator

Derede McAlpin

Vice President Levick Strategic Communications

Competing with history


In the wake of the controversy, the debate over the merits of Coach Jim Caldwell's decision to rest players per se continues. How will an unpopular decision affect their future?

New Orleans is already emerging as a winner due to the Saints appearance in this year's Super Bowl. No doubt, the post-Katrina resurgence of the city is big news. However, for the Colts, this game offers an opportunity to compete with history.

Just three years ago, the Colts secured the first Super Bowl championship to Indianapolis under Head Coach Tony Dungy. Now the team has advanced to their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.

It has been a long time since we have seen two of the best teams from the regular season play in the Super Bowl. With quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Drew Brees going head to head, the game will no doubt offer fans an ideal match.

From the Manning home town connection with New Orleans to his role as the son of Saints icon Archie Manning, this game offers the most intriguing storylines. It will be an opportunity for the Colts to go down in history as the greatest team of all time.

In addition to history, hopefully the game will offer an additional opportunity for reflection on how we at times miss out on the bigger picture.

The last time the Super Bowl was played in Miami heads were bowed for a moment of silence, two days after tornadoes destroyed hundreds of homes and killed 20 people in central Florida. Now the earthquake in neighboring Haiti is fresh on everyone's minds.

Fans may harp on how the Colts threw away an opportunity to make history, but the only history that truly matters will be with the team left holding the trophy on Feb. 7, and with the plethora of unfinished business in many of the neighboring communities that are at risk of being merely forgotten.

By Derede McAlpin  |  January 27, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New Orleans Saints Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Guess what, Ms. McAlpin? A football team wins the Super Bowl every year. Only one team has ever had a perfect season. Quick, who won the 1971 and 1973 Super Bowls? But we ALL KNOW WHO WENT ALL THE WAY IN 1972.

The Colts are quitters, and Peyton is the Quitter-in-Chief...

Posted by: jerkhoff | January 28, 2010 12:39 AM

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