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NFL's Best Fans Welcome Home World Champions
Colts.com ^ | February 6, 2007 | By John Oehser

Posted on 02/06/2007 5:53:24 AM PST by Military family member

NFL's Best Fans Welcome Home World Champions

INDIANAPOLIS - They celebrated in Miami, and the celebration continued on the plane ride to Indianapolis.

But through those moments, through the late hours of Sunday night, and the wee hours of Monday, Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy said the players and coaches were anticipating a climactic moment.

It came early Monday evening.

It was well worth the wait.

Around 7 p.m., the 2006 World Champion Colts entered the RCA Dome after a parade through fan-lined streets in downtown Indianapolis. More than 45,000 fans packed into the RCA Dome. They cheered, roared and cried, celebrating the Indianapolis Colts' first Super Bowl Championship.

“Starting on February 5, when you refer to Indianapolis, Indiana you refer to them as World Champions,” Colts Owner and Chief Executive Officer Jim Irsay said.

As he said the final words, he hoisted the silver Vince Lombardi Trophy - the trophy awarded annually to the Super Bowl champion - high in one hand.

(Excerpt) Read more at mirror.colts.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: colts; indiana; indianapolis; mayflowertrucks; nflfootball; superbowl
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1 posted on 02/06/2007 5:53:27 AM PST by Military family member
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To: Military family member

Last night was a time I will never forget. That place was on fire last night. Many of the Colts looked a little choked up.

THIS IS A GREAT CITY!

Thank you, Colts! They had to turn people away from the Dome. It was 0 degrees out and they were over an hour late. There were still people lining the streets.

They made an announcement inside saying that the fire marshal has asked people not stand in the stadium isles.

All this with about 8 hours notice to the city.

No alcohol served but you could not tell the difference with all the wildness. Truly a class organization and a class fan base in a classy city.

I am so Proud!


2 posted on 02/06/2007 5:59:33 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Military family member

Congratulations! Those are great pictures of the fans giving their Colts a warm welcome in 5-degree weather.


3 posted on 02/06/2007 5:59:40 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Tenacious 1

Awesome!


4 posted on 02/06/2007 6:03:03 AM PST by good old days (Way to go, Colts!!!)
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To: good old days

When Irsay and Dungee rolled into the stadium, my WIFE looked at me and said, "You'd think we were on defense, 3rd and short!"

It occurred to me, I am going to miss the RCA Dome when they destroy it. It is the smallest and loudest stadium in the NFL right now. Kinda intimate, really. What I night!!!


5 posted on 02/06/2007 6:07:53 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Military family member

Nice to see those smiling faces....very nice!


6 posted on 02/06/2007 6:07:53 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: Republic; Teacher317; IN Farm Girl; defconw; Conservatish; WomanBiologist; GovGirl; hoosiermama; ...
COLTS!!!
SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!!



OH YEA!!!!


7 posted on 02/06/2007 6:12:43 AM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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To: Earthdweller
Colts-Bears draws No. 3 audience of all time

NFL.com wire reports

NEW YORK (Feb. 5, 2007) -- Peyton Manning had a lot of witnesses to his soggy super victory, with the estimated 93.2 million viewers representing the second most-watched Super Bowl broadcast ever.

Only the 1996 Super Bowl between Dallas and Pittsburgh, which had 94.1 million viewers, had a bigger audience, according to Nielsen Media Research on Monday. Behind that 1996 game and the M*A*S*H series finale, Super Bowl XLI was the third most-watched program in television history.

The presence of one of the game's most popular players in Manning, the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback and a major-market team from Chicago undoubtedly juiced the ratings.

It was the highest-rated Super Bowl game since St. Louis-Tennessee in 2000. The viewership is higher this year even though the ratings are lower than in 2000 because there are more homes now with television sets.

The Colts beat the Bears 29-17 in a game played during a driving rainstorm in Miami. It was shown on CBS, a division of CBS Corp.

The Super Bowl last year between Pittsburgh and Seattle drew 90.7 million viewers.

8 posted on 02/06/2007 6:33:38 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Military family member

A class act and a great team. Glad they are part of Indiana.


9 posted on 02/06/2007 6:36:02 AM PST by southlake_hoosier (.... One Nation, Under God.......)
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To: Military family member
Congratulations to Baltimore...

er...Indianapolis.

10 posted on 02/06/2007 6:40:43 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Military family member

Congratulations. Your team well deserved it.


11 posted on 02/06/2007 7:38:58 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Patron Saint of Mediocrity)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

The team actually was started in Miami. Besides, didn't they steal of team of their own?


12 posted on 02/06/2007 8:57:50 AM PST by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Military family member

Well, the team was started in Miami, but moved to Baltimore after it went bankrupt there. Baltimore later got the then old Browns franchise after the Colts had jilted them (or they jilted the Colts first, depending on one's perspective).

I truly could care less about pro teams or pro athletes for the most part these days. Just recalling the 15 Mayflower trucks pulling out of Baltimore under the cover of darkness in 1984...which seemed particularly shifty at the time.

Indianapolis was certainly the best team this year and deserved the title. Congratulations if you're a fan of theirs.


13 posted on 02/06/2007 9:10:28 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
"Just recalling the 15 Mayflower trucks pulling out of Baltimore under the cover of darkness in 1984...which seemed particularly shifty at the time.

Not nearly as shifty as the Maryland state legislature planning to seize the Colts from their owners under eminent domain.

14 posted on 02/06/2007 10:18:19 AM PST by JustRight
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To: JustRight

Perhaps. (I was going to include the phrase "to the Colts' fans" at the time...and apparently should have.)


15 posted on 02/06/2007 10:22:52 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: All

The Colts endured a lot of 1-fer and 3-fer seasons and playing to empty seats in the Dome. The Jeff George years were quite embarrassing.

On a high note - When Mayor Bart Peterson spoke at the rally - he was booed!


16 posted on 02/06/2007 10:41:16 AM PST by Sir Hailstone (The Council Democrats: The largest bunch of sniveling, backstabbing, self-serving Rats ever.)
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To: Sir Hailstone

"On a high note - When Mayor Bart Peterson spoke at the rally - he was booed!"


That is priceless, wish I could have seen that.


17 posted on 02/06/2007 2:00:06 PM PST by hoosierpearl (To God be the glory.)
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To: hoosierpearl

"On a high note - When Mayor Bart Peterson spoke at the rally - he was booed!"

I dislike Peterson's politics, but this was not very classy. I have a good friend who is a flaming liberal who worked for Peterson and he tells me he's actually a good guy. I miss Steve Goldsmith though.


18 posted on 02/06/2007 4:28:44 PM PST by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: boop
On a high note - When Mayor Bart Peterson spoke at the rally - he was booed!

he's got the money to stuff Irsay's pockets but can't afford to plow the friggin streets. 4 inches of snow and a 25 minute commute takes 2hr 15 minutes - unfortunately most of the people like myself who this whizzes off can't vote against him

19 posted on 02/06/2007 5:08:26 PM PST by nascarnation
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[he's got the money to stuff Irsay's pockets but can't afford to plow the friggin streets. 4 inches of snow and a 25 minute commute takes 2hr 15 minutes - unfortunately most of the people like myself who this whizzes off can't vote against him]

This is just wrong. We spend way to much on snow removal in this city. For the one big snow we get a year, give me my tax dollars back and we'll just be more patient drivers. I have been watching deicers running the highways all winter without any snow and wondering just what it was costing. Today, we have one rush hour with 2"/hr of snow and complain? Stop it. He may suck, but lets not encourage spending because we taxed it.

It was a great day at the Dome. I think I'll miss it when it's gone. I played several games there myself.


20 posted on 02/06/2007 9:08:15 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Tenacious 1
It was a great day at the Dome. I think I'll miss it when it's gone. I played several games there myself.

I have no problem with football. I do have a huge problem with the sweetheart deal with the city guaranteeing Irsay a profit and then Irsay channeling money and perks back to our politicians, when the city is going broke.

21 posted on 02/07/2007 7:03:18 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation
[I have no problem with football. I do have a huge problem with the sweetheart deal with the city guaranteeing Irsay a profit and then Irsay channeling money and perks back to our politicians, when the city is going broke.]

The city is going broke for a myriad of reasons. The new stadium is not one of them, thanks to the taxes. The economic driver behind the stadium was the expansion of the convention center. Indy is one of the biggest convention cities in the nation. Indy hosts some of the nations largest conventions and is very good at it. The conventions bring lots of economic benefits to the city. The Dome is also the most used multi-purpose "football" stadium in the country. It often is used as an extension to the convention center. The expansion of the convention center will bring BACK some of the conventions that were being turned away because of space and scheduling conflicts as well as provide more space for some conventions that have outgrown Indy.

Here is my problem with the deal. Indiana insists, because of funding rules, that every spending project or budget increase be met with a "way to fund it." This usually means more taxes. But in the same breath, politicians tout how much "economic boom" the project will bring to the city. The federal government counts that anticipated revenue towards the funding of "big spending" in order to pay for the project. They then mismanage the "benefit" and go in debt. It is a catch 22 really. One the one hand, we supposedly have the funding mechanism in place before any spending takes place. But on the other hand, where does all that revenue that was brought into the city by the spending go? The reality of it is, this city collects plenty of revenue to cover the costs the government needs to satisfy the citizens. The problem is, our elected officials spend because its there. Doling out special benefits to bring more business is sound politics but they renege on the promises made to us citizens. The engineer is asleep at the wheel. This city has some of the most lavish middle and highshool campuses anywhere (big $$$$) and what do we have to show for it, other than, "....gee, we are spending lots of money for better education."

Let's take a page out of national history and try lowering taxes once. Watch the tax revenue roll in and the debt drop. It works on the national level, why not try it locally.
22 posted on 02/07/2007 7:33:22 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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