John, Christy’s brother in-law, was given tickets to Friday’s home preseason opener for the Colts as they hosted the Redskins. He couldn’t go. So he gave them to us. So…I was able to accomplish number 83 on my 101(ish) Things list!
Needless to say, Aiden was excited. He wore his Dallas Clark jersey to school with pride. It didn’t matter that it was preseason. It didn’t matter that we knew Manning wasn’t going to take a snap. He was pumped!
So was I, to be honest. Of course, I’ve been trying for years to convince him that the preseason doesn’t matter one lick. And I think he realized that. He didn’t really care about the score (which is a good thing. Colts lost 16-3 and looked much worse than the score indicated). But he yelled and cheered like it was a playoff game.
Not sure if Marshall is happy with the Colts calling themselves the Herd. Then again, I doubt Texas A&M is very happy they use the term “12th Man,” either.
The roof was open when we got there. So was the side window. I hadn’t been inside the stadium when them open like that. It was pretty cool. I still think they should open it for the Final Four. Of course, we know that will never happen.
The open window is really cool. Except when you’re going up the escalator and can’t see anything except the sky up above you. You kind of feel like you’re about to fall off the edge of the earth. And if you don’t really like heights…well…it’s not the most comforting of feelings.
They did have to close the roof and the big window during the game. I thought that wasn’t allowed during the game. Maybe they could do it because it was preseason. I don’t know. I do know, however, that watching the roof and the window close just might have been the most exciting thing the crowd watched that night. And yes, I was tempted to howl like Chewbacca as they closed the doors. Tempted. But I didn’t.
And yes. The Colts looked that bad.
Another highlight was seeing Pat Mcafee punt. Which he did a lot. And he hit a guy pretty hard on a return. Good thing, too. That guy could’ve scored. But the punter was the highlight of the game for the Colts.
Yes. They were that bad.
In spite of the on-field performance, we had a great time. And no Colts game is complete without a post-game press conference.
Think he’s channeling his inner Jim Mora?
It was a moment neither one of us will ever forget. I’m glad I got to cross it off my list. But I’m even more happy that I got to share an amazing memory with Aiden!
Fear the Horseshoe! Go Colts!