Coffee Cup Quarterback | Week 8: The one with The Queen, and the bumble bees, and Superman…

Week eight of the NFL season had London calling for the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams.  It was strange to hear our anthem followed by God Save The Queen.  I still can’t decide how I feel about that.  But God save The Queen when she saw how the Patriots head coach was dressed.  Yes, The Hoodie went global.  And it made its debut during a fan rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Owner Robert Kraft

Will Belichick start a European fashion trend?  Will they be rocking hoodies with dress shirts and headbands on Oxford Street?  In Chelsea?  Probably not.  On behalf of America, I apologize to the Brits and Her Majesty.  I also apologize for the game…the Patriots beat the Rams 45-7.  American football is the greatest sport in the world.  But it is much more entertaining when two teams play.

At least they got to see the Gronk show.  Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski had eight catches and two touchdowns.  After the first, he did an awkward march before spiking the ball.  The crowd went nuts for his Changing of the Gronk.  Asked later who he was imitating, Gronkowski replied, “That little nutcracker dude that’s guarding the house.”  Americans…

Speaking of fashion statements…the Steelers took a lot of grief when they took the field on Sunday in this:

Steelers’ Halloween Costumes/Throwback Uniforms

Yes, the throwback uniforms are hideous.  But I think they were misunderstood.  The Steelers were dressed up for Halloween (as Peyton, Eli and Deion).  They just couldn’t get the wings and tutus to fly (literally) with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  That’s why they call it the No Fun League.

Seriously though, no one ever wore those as uniforms…right?

Meanwhile, on NFL Halloween Sunday…Indianapolis Colts Running Back Vick Ballard played Superman, though he wasn’t in costume.  It was without a doubt the play of the day (and most likely the play of the week, maybe the month).  In overtime against the Tennessee Titans, Ballard goes in flying, upside down, over the pylon for the game winning touchdown.

Colts Running Back Vick Ballard Flies One In (In Overtime) Against the Titans

It was the Colts’ first road win of the season (and last season) and their first back-to-back win of the season (and last season).  Bet the Titans get their hands on some Kryptonite (or Stickum) before the teams meet again in Indy on December 9th.

And a real life hero, 11-year-old Dante Cano from Marlboro, New Jersey.  He came up with the idea of using pink penalty flags for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wrote Roger Goodell with his idea.  On Sunday, Cano was invited to Met Life Stadium to present the pink flags to the officials before the game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.

Dante Cano (11) Meets NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

We hope to see the pink flags used during all the October games next season.  And remember, you can now bid on all the NFL in Pink items used this month.  The money goes to the NFL’s A Crucial Catch.

Just proves you don’t need a cape or a jersey to be a hero.

Or a hoodie.


Chapter One

Indianapolis Colts rookie Quarterback Andrew Luck wrote the first chapter in the history of his NFL career on Sunday.  And he couldn’t have scripted it much better himself.  The consensus from coaches, teammates, fans, and the media was that they also couldn’t have written a better start for the Stanford star and this year’s top NFL draft pick.

Luck took the field for the Colts first preseason game against the St. Louis Rams in front of a sold out crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Sold out?  In a preseason game?  Do you think Indianapolis fans are looking forward to a fresh start?  His first play, a quick toss to Running Back Donald Brown…for a touchdown!

Colts owner Jim Irsay immediately tweeted:

 “Historic beginning!!!!!!!!!!!!! The legend has begun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Yes, that is 31 exclamation points.  I didn’t count them, but SI’s Peter King did.  And those weren’t the only exclamation points we saw from Irsay Sunday afternoon…

Luck also had a beautiful touchdown pass to Austin Collie.  And commanded a fantastic drive that resulted in Delone Carter running (or more like jumping) one in for a 21-3 halftime lead.  In four possessions, Luck finished the day 10-of-16 for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns.  His passer rating was 142.7.  The Colts beat the Rams 38-3.

Not to go crazy with comparisons, but someone else started his Colts and NFL career with a touchdown pass (to Marvin Harrison) on his first play.  He finished his first game 8-of-15 for 113 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.  His passer rating was 72.4.  He was also the number one draft pick that year.  His career, while still playing out, is stuff legends are made of.  No, we don’t need another Peyton Manning, but it sure looks like we got one!  At least so far…

Yes, it’s true.  We have Luck…and his name is Andrew.  The transition is complete.  There was one tweet by Scott Kacsmar under @CaptainComeback that summed it up perfectly and left me both sad and ecstatic at the same time:

“It’s like Peyton’s final gift to Colts fans was missing a season that secured their next 10-15 years #AndrewLuck”

The only known cure for a broken heart is falling in love.  And Colts fans just fell in love again.