Maybe Purdue fans that are also Colts fans (or maybe just fans of the NFL) will relate to this, but having grown up in Indianapolis I subscribe to Indy Star Sports and other pro-Indianapolis pages on Facebook. From those pages, I'm reading reactions from Colts "fans" daily that make me want to puke. The main points that I'm taking away:
1.Fans are talking proudly about how they've stopped buying tickets because Manning left.
2. Fans are ungrateful for the incredible run of success the Colts have had over the last decade. I'm hearing a lot of anger over one 2-14 season. I think a lot of franchises go through those periods.
3. Lack of understanding about how the NFL works. It's cyclical...when teams come across a great player that carries them, they'll likely have a (maybe not that long) down period before they get good again. Why Colts fans refuse to just congratulate Manning and move on the new era just baffles me. Rebuilding is a process.
4. Stupid, ruthless anger at Jim Irsay. Looking back on the financial situation, it makes sense to me why we let Manning go. The salary cap and injury risks simply don't justify it. With players like Luck and RG3 on the board, it was the perfect time to create cap room and rebuild.
Anyway... here's how that relates to Purdue...and also why I love H&R so much. From what I've seen with the Purdue Family, we never give up. We stay with our teams and, when its convenient, go to as many games as possible. While our football program is down, we're still here and talking about football in the dark years.
Colts fans jumping ship to Denver with Manning can get lost. I'll always beed blue...and old gold and black...because that's what real fans due. Rant over.
Ever grateful, ever true. BTFU