Dungy needs to let Colts take theirs

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

The Indianapolis Colts not going for this one shot at immortality would be like an eligible bachelor turning down a dream date at an oyster farm with Eva Longoria.

They might still wind up with a pearl, but they'll always wonder "what if?"

The Colts are in a position few NFL teams have ever occupied. They have a chance to go undefeated, to enter the history books alongside the 1972 Miami Dolphins, to make a mark on pro sports that will never be forgotten.

I mean really ... the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowls. But who remembers?

Would the Colts really rest their starters -- as coach Tony Dungy has suggested -- and risk losing a regular-season game to save themselves for the playoffs? Would they really want to lose the momentum that has been building over 12 games so far?

Dungy's team still has some tough games ahead and all this could be moot. But if this comes down to the final week and perfection is there for the taking, the Colts owe it to themselves to play their starters and go for it.

After all, Super Bowls are played every year. Chances at immortality, like dream dates, don't come along nearly as often.

HEY BIG SPENDERS: Clearly, the Toronto Blue Jays are going for it -- and by it, we mean third place in the American League East -- and that should be commended. They're throwing money around like drunken Internet millionaires and their team should be improved with the additions of A.J. Burnett, B.J. Ryan (will C.J. Nitkowski be next?) and Lyle Overbay.

However, Burnett and Ryan have not shown enough in their careers to warrant the kind of money and lengthy contracts given to them by J.P. Ricciardi and the Blue Jays. Especially not Burnett, who has an all-time record of 49-50 in seven seasons.

For that middling production, he will make an average of $11 million over the next five seasons, a salary higher than any of these five Cy Young Award winners: Bartolo Colon, Chris Carpenter, Barry Zito, Roy Halladay and Johan Santana. It's also higher than the salary of any pitcher on the staff of the World Series champion Chicago White Sox and other stars such as Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson.

On the bright side, the Blue Jays should be able to come up with a snappy new marketing slogan around their new acquisitions: Overbay and the Overpaid.

MANNY BEING MANNY: Manny Ramirez put his $6 million penthouse in Boston up for sale recently as he awaits a trade from the Red Sox. Real Estate agents say the only problem with the place is it's full of flies, which of course, Ramirez dropped ... Miguel Tejada demanded a trade from the Baltimore Orioles because he says the team is not going in the right direction. What, nobody wants to take his vitamins anymore? ... Randy Ferbey can't deny these numbers: He's 57-8 at the Brier since 2001 when guys like Jay Peachey, Scott Bitz and John Bubbs were providing the bulk of the opposition. When running with the big dogs at the Olympic trials, he's 8-10 lifetime ... Boy, a lot of people sure got defensive when Dick Pound suggested performance-enhancing drugs are as much a problem in hockey as they are in every other sport on Earth. The best part was when players laughed it off because they say hockey is not so much for big, muscular guys, as it is for speedy guys. Just remember this, boys: the majority of baseball players suspended for steroids so far have been speedsters and pitchers. Anyone who thinks 'roids are only about bulk would buy a bridge from Rafael Palmeiro.


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