It's being billed as a "meet and greet" for the new Indianapolis Colts, but fans this Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Colts open house might be having other thoughts. Most are hoping this season isn't a deja vu of last, but their also hoping that the newcomers can step in and help to quickly fill the void of those 8-10 players who were let go at season's end, especially since many were key figures in past Indianapolis seasons.
For all practical purposes the Colts themself have done everything they can to make sure last season and the rest of the past stay in the past. It's been a promotional blitz the organization had to do, especially after the release of star quarterback Peyton Manning this winter.
So while it is easy to get psyched out over the newness of the upcoming season, I can't but help wonder if Colts fans are really ready to buy into something that is an unproven product. Granted on paper there looks to be some promise in one or two areas, but alas we forget that this team was carried by just one or two positions, and when one or both of those pieces were removed, the walls of the team didn't just crumble, they collapsed in record time.
Selling seats to a team that went from the top of the mountain to the bottom is not a quick fix. Most fans, even devoted ones, may claim one thing but seem to be cynics at heart. They tend to find fault in most things that were once nearly perfect with this team so with imminent problems looming, they might be there at the beginning, but it wouldn't surprise me to see a lot more empty spots by season's end.
I am as anxious as the next fan to see how the early part of this season unfolds. I believe there is room for optimism but I also think it is foolhardy to believe that in just a couple of years this team will be jelling and in position for another Super Bowl run. Indy caught lighting in a bottle with Peyton and company for an unheard of 10 year stint. We were so spoiled by success that we almost mockingly forgot what it was like to be on the other side of the win column. And now the Colts organization is trying to perform some magic by telling the fans that this team will be back.
Time will tell and I hope they are right, but if the "Open House" Wednesday is anything short of a success as far as attendance and getting new season ticket holders on board, then I think the fans will have spoken loud and clear.
Winning will cure a lot of things. Let's hope it happens sooner than a lot later.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times