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Life happens, and now I'm a Colts fan

January 08, 2006|By Tony Mulieri

I found out after the fact that The Daily Mail published a couple of local photos that were taken with someone's camera phone.

The photos were e-mailed to the paper.

A camera phone.

I don't think it was sprinkled with megapixels either.

It's funny how technology seems to seep into your everyday life whether you want it to or not.

And Americans don't seem to mind.

We pay for "minutes" with our cell phone plans. We've been buying special water - bottled water, that is - for years.

Next, we'll probably pay for air. Oh, they'll offer colored air and bottled air and scented air. And we'll pay for it. What kind of air are you breathing today?


Over the holidays, the gift few could find was the iPod. Apparently, there was a national shortage.

The iPod is the quintessential high-tech music device. Trying to explain what an iPod is to a nonmusic person is like trying to explain the infield fly rule to a nonbaseball fan, or for that matter, even a rabid baseball fan.

I think it has something to do with storing a lot of songs in a tiny gadget so you can play those songs back whenever you want. That's the iPod, not the infield fly rule. I'll have to get back to you on the rule.

Now that I've worked my way into the world of sports, I have an admission to make.

I've become a closet Colts fan.

In know, I know, they left Baltimore in the middle of the night and stuck a dagger into all of us poor fans they left behind.

But that was in the early 1980s and time seems to heal all wounds.

This season, the Indianapolis Colts have put together a remarkable story. And it transcends even sports if you've followed the team at all recently.

A few weeks ago, they were 13-0 and being compared to some of the greatest NFL teams of all time.

The team, the coaches, their fans were all on a high.

Then, life happened.

The team lost a game to the San Diego Chargers, and tears were shed in Indianapolis.

But it all paled in comparison when word spread that head coach Tony Dungy's son, who was just 18, had passed away.

The winning streak, the hype, the talk of a Super Bowl appearance all seemed so minuscule in the path of this tragic death.

The team lost a second meaningless game.

The funeral for the coach's son was held and from what I've read and heard, he spoke at length about his son, his team, life. The team rallied around their coach last week and won the final regular season game to end on a positive note going into the playoffs.

I'm now pulling for the Colts to make it to the Super Bowl and win it. I respect their coach and they have players such as quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Marvin Harrison who I can root for.

In recent years, I would wince when I saw the Colts' horseshoe emblem on the TV screen. It would take me back to the days of Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore, but then, reality would sink in. It would bother me when they would say Manning had just broken another franchise record. That was our franchise.

But this season has brought me back. Not all the way, but enough for me to say I'm rooting for the Colts.

Those words never could have slipped through my lips before this season.

Life happens.

Tony Mulieri is managing editor of The Daily Mail. He may be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 7647, or by e-mail at

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