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Broncos vs. Colts.
Manning vs. Luck.
Colts fan vs. Colts fan.
Editor vs. deadline.
Those are the four key matchups for tonight’s celebrated return of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the undefeated Denver Broncos will try to stay that way against Manning’s old team and his replacement, Andrew Luck.
The game is being hyped as the War of 1812. If you need an explanation, you might want to skip today’s Sports section or the 8:30 p.m. game itself and turn to something that interests you more elsewhere in today’s edition. No worries; there’s plenty of that, too.
With a mere 12 hours until kickoff and network pregame programming already underway, I’ll stay away from the X’s and O’s and instead focus on what is really on people’s minds in today’s special feature, “10 questions for Tom.”
Which team should I root for?
If you’re a Colts fan, there’s really no question. It’s the team that wears blue and white.
But what about Peyton
Manning? He was our hero for 14 seasons.
He now wears orange. And he really only played for 13 seasons. We were stuck with Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter in 2011.
Are Colts fans allowed to wear their No. 18 jerseys to the game?
No, but you can wear them at home or in a sports bar or wherever you happen to be watching tonight — just not at the stadium. The 18 jersey is the only Colts jersey I own, so I will wear mine — at home in front of the TV. My wife will be wearing her No. 29, which is the only Colts jersey she owns. It says “Addai” on the back. We haven’t been to the Colts pro shop in a few years.
What should we think about the statements Colts owner Jim Irsay supposedly made about Manning only bringing one Super Bowl championship to the city?
Irsay is a softie, no matter what you read. He paid Manning $23 million to stand on the sidelines in 2011. He will cry in the pregame ceremony tonight honoring No. 18, just as he did in the farewell news conference.
Will Manning shed a tear, too?
Only if he doesn’t throw at least five touchdown passes against his old team. He’s a Bronco now, and he’s not about to forget that in a sentimental lapse.
Who will be the better
That’s a tough one. Not being a sports columnist, I’d rather answer an easier one, such as “Who will be the younger quarterback tonight?”
How much are the tickets going for?
As of Thursday night, scalpers were
asking as little as $150 a ticket and as much as $21,000. There are also fake tickets being sold. To say things have gotten a little crazy would be an
Is there anything that you as an editor are worried about going into tonight’s game?
Yes, that it will be pass-a-palooza.
100 passes thrown between two of the game’s top quarterbacks? What’s wrong with that?
Incomplete passes stop the clock and lengthen the game. We’re planning to have results of the Colts-Broncos game in Monday’s Republic sports section, but all bets are off if the game goes into overtime and ends well past midnight.
Why is that a problem?
A late press start means later-
than-normal delivery of the Monday edition, which creates all kinds of grief for our delivery department. Let’s just say we’re hoping the Colts try to establish their running game.
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