Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (87) catches a 7-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The Colts won 20-13. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
op·por·tun·ism [op-er-too-niz-uh m, -tyoo-] noun
1. the policy or practice, as in politics, business, or one's personal affairs, of adapting actions, decisions, etc., to expediency or effectiveness regardless of the sacrifice of ethical principles. (Source: Dictionary.com)
Very applicable apart from the disregard of ethics part.
[pruh-fesh-uh-nl-iz-uh m] noun: 1. professional character, spirit, or methods. 2. the standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.
It Doesn't Have to be Pretty
Today, with 0:49 left in the first half, and the Colts driving toward what would end up being another Adam Vinatieri field goal, Andrew Luck broke the NFL record for passing yards by a rookie. There was no celebration, no pats on the back or hugs from teammates, not even a subdued fist pump, just a timeout to stop the clock in a crucial scoring situation with a tenuous lead. Luck jogged to the sideline to strategize on getting into scoring position on a day where moving the chains had been difficult. For the Colts, and for Luck, it’s about winning and accepting nothing less.
Just a few hours earlier, in the fourth quarter of the Falcons-Lions game, Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage record. A wild celebration ensued. While it was certainly a bigger accomplishment than a rookie record (and a home game), the Lions were down 31-16 late in the fourth quarter. It was garbage time.
It could be argued that the Lions just needed something to celebrate, and is more than a little valid. However, there is no denying the Colts, and their impressive rookie’s professional attitude. Just tune everything else out and win. This attitude is why the Indianapolis Colts are in the playoffs, while other clubs with seemingly similar talent levels are fighting for, well, pride and roster spots right now.
The first half today was a statistical blowout. Before the touchdown drive and final, icing kneel downs, Indianapolis had been outgained 507-202 by the talented but inconsistent Chiefs. The Colts had little to no pass protection and not much to speak of in the running game early on. But, somehow, they would be in position to seize the day at the end.