Posted by Will Brinson
No NFL team has ever played the Super Bowl in its home stadium. 2010 seemed like the year that might change, with the Cowboys ripe for a run and Dallas hosting the event.
We all know what happened there and, um, "whoops"?
But what about Indianapolis? The Colts have Peyton Manning, they're always dangerous and in 2011, Indy's oil fields -- they have oil in Indy, I hope, because otherwise having their field named after oil would be just ridiculous -- will be ravaged by the same scene that overtook Dallas.
Still, Colts owner Jim Irsay is wisely staying away from building up any expectations about the possibility of his team playing in the "big game."
"Honestly, I don't even think about that," Irsay said. "I'm focused on doing whatever it takes that gives us the best shot to win this year. It's not like all of a sudden we're going to try harder this year because we have the Super Bowl. The intensity to win every year is the same and it doesn't change simply because we have the Super Bowl."
This is the smart thing to do, even though Irsay's organization is structured substantially different than the Cowboys. With Dallas, it was all about Jerry Jones' awkward desperation to get his team to the Super Bowl in their home town, and it almost felt like that pressure -- with him as owner and GM and with no true leader on the team -- helped sink their ship early on.
Irsay, meanwhile, has a team with Manning and a slew of veteran leaders, and while he might realize that the Colts' window to win with one of the all-time greats is in fact closing, he also understands that applying unnecessary pressure to his team won't do any good in the long run.
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