The NFL owes me

March 18, 2020  •  2 Comments

Forsaken
La Mesa, California

I found out today that on Monday the Indianapolis Colts acquired Philip Rivers, long time quarterback of the San Diego Chargers.  This is of little importance to me as I've been gradually backing myself away from NFL fandom but still, I felt a slight tinge of sorrow on hearing this. 

Here's a little vignette on the Life-is-a-Circle theme:

When I was growing up I was a big fan of the Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas was my favorite quarterback of all time, still is.  Well before I landed in San Diego Unitas was either traded or went free agent and ended up as a San Diego Charger for his final year of play. Perhaps he knew I was coming and wanted to be here? Anyway, not long after I arrived in San Diego (Unitas was well retired by then) my Baltimore Colts, under the cover of night, fled Baltimore for Indianapolis to become the Indianapolis Colts.  I was heartbroken.  
Over time the San Diego Chargers earned my loyalty, passion and some of my money.  I raised my daughters to be Charger fans and Philip Rivers became our QB of choice.  Two years ago the San Diego Chargers left home to become the LA Chargers.  Burned again.  I still kept one eye open for whatever Rivers may be up to but in all reality I was done with football.  Then today I learn the he's off to Indianapolis, just like my beloved Colts.  It may be a lopsided circle I've drawn but for me it does have the Circle-of-Life feel to it.  

Stay Well. 


Comments

Monte Stevens(non-registered)
There was a period of my life when the weekends were all centered around college football and pro football games. I do not want to know how many bags of potato chips and dips I consumed during those years or what that cost me. I felt I knew these ball players personally. When I was at my sickest I would stay home from work and watch the draft. I'm fully recovered and enjoying living life in the present rather than sitting anxiously on the edge of my chair to see the replay from 14 different angles. Hoping you stay well also.
JC(non-registered)
The photo captures the sinking feeling in your heart perfectly. Great story and very ironic with the cities involved.
Will a move to Indianapolis be next on the table for the Smith family?

Funny how life takes its turns - since Rivers moved to north Florida in the so called Redneck Riviera area between Pensacola and Panama Beach. Everyone thought he was headed to Tampa Bay or Jacksonville. He ends up going to Indianapolis to replace Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck's father Oliver Luck is the commissioner of the new XFL (Vince McMahon's wrestling inspired struggling pro football league). Might Andrew Luck pop up there?
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