Colts bring back odd practice of celebrating modest achievements with 1-0 flag
The Indianapolis Colts on Thursday brought back a questionable practice in which a modest achievement is given far greater fanfare than is arguably warranted.
The Colts revealed via social media that a 1-0 flag has been run up a flagpole outside of Lucas Oil Stadium to celebrate the team’s 21-7 victory over the Houston Texans in last week’s wild-card round.
The new 1-0 flag is looking good!— Lucas Oil Stadium (@LucasOilStadium) January 10, 2019
Best of luck to the @Colts this weekend!#Colts #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/WCkmEm1BjS
Looking good, indeed.
The (questionable) wisdom of celebrating one playoff victory with a 1-0 flag of course ought to inspire memories of how the Colts played a similar kind of card a few years back.
After losing to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game following the 2014 season, the Colts elected to pay tribute to the 45-7 throttling by putting up a banner inside Lucas Oil Stadium that boasted the team was a “2014 AFC Finalist.”
I spy a new #Colts banner inside @LucasOilStadium. We're live from mini-camp beginning 4p #TheNowIndy on @rtv6 pic.twitter.com/wLDkp4YOSE— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) June 10, 2015
The success the Colts enjoyed this season of course is worthy of celebration, perhaps just not so much. After all, the Andrew Luck-less Colts bottomed out last season with a 4-12 record and started the 2018 campaign 1-5. The team then went on a remarkable run that culminated with a 10-6 record and a postseason berth.
Still, planting a 1-0 flag arguably is setting the bar far too low. Sure, there presumably is some segment of Colts fans who will rally around the flag as the team prepares for a divisional-round showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.
One has to think Colts players, coaching staff and the like, though, will cringe upon seeing that flag flying. That said, if the Colts can somehow pull of a victory at Arrowhead Stadium this weekend, the organization will have the option of displaying a “2018 AFC Finalist” right next to the other one.