Winter is coming to Indianapolis tonight.
The 2015 New England Patriots Fire and Brimstone / All Retribution all the time / FU Tour of the National Football League arrives in Indianapolis tonight for a Sunday night match-up against the same Colts team who accused the Patriots of deliberately deflating footballs in order to gain an advantage in last year's AFC Championship Game, starting the saga known as Deflate-gate, instead of taking their beating like men.
Add to that, the NFL decided that the science of the Ideal Gas Law couldn't possibly apply to the Patriots, thereby creating a witch hunt not seen in New England since the 1600's, and you get tonight's must-see game, even if you're not a fan of the New England Patriots.
Think of it as the NFL's version of NASCAR - you're watching it for the crashes.
In this case, how many points are the Patriots going to score, and just how much are they going to run up the score if they find themselves in their usual position of dominance over this latest incarnation of a once-proud franchise? Me? I'm hoping for the game to end with a steaming pile of Colts in their end-zone, cooling off to room temperature after the Patriots have scored their eighth touchdown by successfully going for two as time expires.
Patriots 60, Colts 10.
Don't get me wrong. I'll be happy with a more conventional 1, 3 or 10 point win from the Flying Elvi when the game clock signals 0:00, but I'm going to feel cheated if that does happen.
As to game strategy, look for the Patriots to do what they always do - find your weakness and exploit it. In year's past, that was the run defense of the Colts, where New England's plan was to run the ball until the Colts found a way to stop the run. The Colts never did in the three previous games. Tonight, I expect a more balanced attack, due to the Colts improving on their run defense, and their woeful pass defense. Add into the mix that the Greatest Quarterback of All Time, Tom Brady, is playing lights out with 11 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions in 2015, plus a depleted secondary of our own, and I think that points will have to be scored more frequently than on long drives heavy on the run game.
And let's not forget the FU aspect of the game.
The Patriots under Bill Belichick have never provided bulletin board material for opposing teams in the past, and this week has been no exception, but this team is the bear, and the Colts, the NFL, and ESPN together made the bad decision to poke the bear, and the bear has come out of it's cage.
Winter is coming to Indianapolis on 10/18/2015, arriving sometime around 8:30 pm.
But don't worry, Colts fans. It'll be a short winter, lasting about 3 hours or so. Three of the longest, coldest hours your team will ever experience.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.