They tell me there's a football game that will take place on Nov. 4 in Indianapolis, and I hear the visiting team will be the Patriots, proud owners of a 7-0 record and, I'm told, the airwaves, the Internet and the infrastructure.
But, for the life of me, I can't remember who the Pats will be playing at the RCA Dome the Sunday after next in the biggest regular season game ever.
Oh, right – the Indianapolis Colts. I'd forgotten all about the defending Super Bowl champs, they of the 6-0 record, because the Colts are, you know, under the radar.
It's weird how overlooked these Colts are, especially given the evidence to the contrary. I mean, the starting quarterback hosted "Saturday Night Live" last spring and has since been on TV every 3.4 seconds. The head coach wrote a book that shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller list this summer.
If you go to Yahoo!'s search engine and type the words "Indianapolis Colts 2007," you get 11,700,000 results.
But hey, what do I know? People tell me the Colts are the stealth contenders, and by gum, that's what they're going to be.
Unless, of course, they happen to beat the Patriots on Nov. 4, as they have the last three times the teams have played.
Then we might start learning a thing or two about this plucky band of nobodies. The Colts might even show up – get this – on somebody's radar.
2. Indianapolis Colts: Pound for pound, does any NFL player have as big an impact on his team's fortunes than Bob Sanders?
3. Dallas Cowboys: They look a lot better when they're not playing the Patriots, don't they?
4. Tennessee Titans: How sweet was Kerry Collins' 46-yard pass to Roydell Williams with 31 seconds remaining in Sunday's victory at Houston, and how many teams would love to have the veteran backup on their rosters right now?
5. Pittsburgh Steelers: This is still a good team, but can we all calm down a little about their Super Bowl prospects?
8. Jacksonville Jaguars: After that Chevy Chase-like face plant on Monday Night Football, can we dredge up an old nickname and start calling the Jags the Not Ready For Prime-time Players?
9. Washington Redskins: If defensive coordinator Gregg Williams figures out a way to slow down the Patriots on Sunday, will one of the NFL's highest-paid assistants deserve a raise?
10. Baltimore Ravens: To borrow from Arnold in "Diff'rent Strokes" – and Messrs. McGahee and Lewis during Sunday's pivotal sequence in Buffalo – Whatchu talkin' bout, Billick?
12. San Diego Chargers: How can they not be affected by the scariness that – again – is sweeping through the region?
14. Detroit Lions: When Rod Marinelli compares the Lions' season to being "in a meat grinder," he's not thinking of putting a Jack Del Rio-like prop in the locker room, is he?
18. Arizona Cardinals: Is this team a tease or what?
19. Denver Broncos: Was that a season-saving victory, or will the bad Broncos return next Sunday?
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Is this just a rough patch, or is the Andy Reid era wheezing to an inglorious end?
28. Atlanta Falcons: Can we at least give this team some credit for continuing to battle?
29. New York Jets: Has "Mangenius" officially become an ironic nickname yet?