Complain about refs, not Luck


Sept. 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

Sept. 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey during second half action against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars went on to win, 22-17. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

We tried everything.

When our first child was born, my wife and I agreed that we wouldn’t give him a pacifier. We were young and ridiculously dumb. We stuck to our guns for a while, but one night Andrew wouldn’t stop crying. We rocked him, we played music, we walked him up and down the hallway and drove him around the neighborhood. We even set him on top of the dryer, hoping he’d be soothed by the vibrations. Nothing worked, so finally we relented and gave him a pacifier.

He fell asleep faster than an old man in church.

Andrew quickly became very attached to his pacifier, and when we took it away from him — for good — he was more than a little cranky. Colts fans can sympathize, and that’s where we begin this week’s all-NFL 10 from Ben:

1. After the Colts’ Week 1 loss to the Bears, I turned on the radio expecting the typical postgame fret fest. What I got was a lesson in overreacting. If you thought the sky was falling after that 20-point loss in Chicago, the radio was where your support group held its meeting.

“Luck,” one fan actually said, “looked better in college than he did today.”

I wondered why Colts fans were so fussy after a completely predictable Week 1 outcome, but then it hit me: They miss their pacifier.

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