Tonight marks the kickoff of the NFL regular season with the Indianapolis Colts taking on the New Orleans Saints in Indianapolis. The question nagging my brain for days now is who will I root for? After all, my family and I have been Colts fans for many years and were over the moon when they finally won it all last season.
When my son was in second grade and had to choose someone to research and dress up as for Living History Day—his choice was Peyton Manning. (Neil Armstrong ran a close second.)
When I made a quick trip to Indianapolis this summer, I made sure to stock up on Colts apparel for the whole family.
But the Saints—let me tell you about the Saints.
I grew up right across the lake from New Orleans in the 80s and 90s. Those were the days of the ‘Aints… when the Superdome would be filled (well maybe not filled) with spectators wearing paper bags over their heads. Yet still we cheered, just hoping ole’ Bobby Hebert would bring us a good season.
Watching the Saints’ success last year with the addition of Drew Brees and Reggie Bush brought healing to the soul. No paper bags or sounds of boos last season, just chants of “Deuce, Deuce” whenever the star running back made a great play. What a beautiful thing to witness.
So tonight, I will remain torn between the two. Who will I cheer for? Well, a bit for both of the teams I’m sure. But, ultimately, since Peyton Manning is my fantasy football quarterback, I may have to cheer for the Colts just a little bit more.
Check out our selection of Indianapolis Colts merchandise, which includes a Peyton Manning wall clock. Also browse our New Orleans Saints merchandise, where there’s not a single ‘Aints paper bag in sight.
So who are you pulling for? Saints or Colts? Let everyone know with a quick comment below!