Those are gonna be some angry Colts this Sunday. After getting flattened by the Houston ZZ Tops in the first week of the season, Indianapolis is most certainly going to look to exact a little revenge on the nearest team, and that’ll be Big Blue tomorrow.
If the game follows to form, Eli and the Giants should lay down for big brother Peyton, landing both teams at a neutral 1-1 entering week 3. How do I know this? Just look at those dominating Williams sisters in women’s tennis. Its been pretty obvious on a couple of occasions that the winner of their sister-on sister matches are predetermined by some kind of internal sibling pecking order. Venus was given the chance to win now cause after all younger sis Serena had more opportunities on the road ahead. Since Peyton needs a victory Sunday more than Eli, you can bet the younger brother will lay down with some mysterious unforced errors.
I’m only half kidding. Eli is a competitor, as is Serena, and I don’t mean to suggest that either one intentionally lays down for their sibling. But I do believe that when one battles with one’s brother or sister there are some strong, elemental emotional factors that play into the conflict. I know this firsthand from some epic one-on-one basketball and wiffleball matches with my brother. Neither of us gives any ground in these intense, but also really fun wars on the hardcourt or backyard. The only difference is, when its professional sports, and careers and legacies are at stake, some empathy for your brother is involved.
Eli would rather Peyton be successful and heroic than anyone else in the NFL other than himself , or possibly even including himself on some subconscious level. If Eli was going to lose to someone it may as well be Peyton. If there’s any one person he’d rather not crush its Peyton. This is not wiffleball in the backyard, this is the cruel reality of the NFL, this truly is war. And for a couple of humble, well raised southern boys family comes first, and that can affect the outcome on Sunday.
35-21. Colts are running away with this one in the fourth. Sorry Giants, prove me wrong!
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Written by Mark Reichman