A Lot Has Changed Since the Colts Were This Bad

Paul Justin led the Colts out of their last Dark Ages.


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.



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