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Resilient Colts fans keep showing up in droves

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There’s clearly something to be said in regard to America’s insatiable appetite for the game of professional football.
Week after week, loyal fans make the routine and rather expensive trek to stadiums across this country to watch their favorite National Football League teams duke it out.

From the dreaded divisional rivalries to the meaningless tilts after their beloved teams are eliminated from playoff contention, NFL fans continue to show up in a rather loud and proud fashion as if this just might be the game of the century and they can say without hesitation and with great conviction they were in the house when it went down.

While their lackluster start is currently the talk of the town, the Indianapolis Colts continue to benefit from a rabid fan base despite the mediocrity they’ve displayed to date.
Upward of 65,000 faithful have moved the turnstiles at Lucas Oil Stadium both games this year, and l can tell you they have been loud.

No matter how anemic their beloved Colts have been for the majority of a season that is now some 25% completed, there has been an obvious wave of enthusiasm displayed at home games, tempered by a rising level of concern as the futility piles up.

With the exception of holding on to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, this season has been catastrophic, yet each game I see more people in the stands donning replica Colts jerseys than the previous week.

What drives these individuals to return every time to see such subpar performances you say? Loyalty. The type that commands a serious financial commitment to season tickets, and that doesn’t even begin to include their ancillary expenditures such as parking, meals, beverages and souvenirs for their children.
During the 2021 season, the Colts benefitted from an average of 62,475 rowdy fans in attendance, and with the roof closed they make it difficult for the opposition to hear anything other than them.

No matter who the opponent is, these fans bring it every home game. That’s something the organization can never take for granted as they continue to offer a poor product in return for their great patronage and support.

Chances are they’ll drop some more games they should’ve won, and along the way win one they had no business capturing. The uncertainty of it all is mind-boggling, but obviously not enough to keep some of the greatest NFL fans in the country at home, watching it upon their televisions as they question both the coaching and officiating on every snap.

Notes: Colts All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard pushed the envelope regarding his back injury and returned to the lineup against the Tennessee Titans only to suffer a concussion in the second quarter. He has been ruled out for the Oct. 6 night against the Denver Broncos.

The Colts continue to receive great production from their tight ends. Both Jelani Woods and Mo Alie-Cox have had two touchdown reception games.

Colts owner Jim Irsay encouraged fans to be even louder through a series of tweets on his Twitter page before the Tennessee game.

It’s safe to say it worked.

The Colts have a quick turnaround this week as they visit Denver for Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. If you do not subscribe to the streaming service, you can listen to radio coverage on 107.5 FM with Matt Taylor and Rick Venturi on the call.

Danny Bridges, who doesn’t pay to get in but still recognizes the need to salute all the aforementioned true fans that do, can be reached at 317-370-8447 or at bridgeshd@aol.com.

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