Wake Up Call: Never Let Caldwell Park The Ferrari

When I was serving time as a American Hockey League announcer in Greensboro, N.C., in the ’90s, I remember a certain coach running the Wake Forest football program into the ground in nearby Winston Salem: Jim Caldwell.

Jim Caldwell Wake Forest Disastrous Coaching Record

I’ve been skeptical of Caldwell ever since. Yes, the Colts 14-game streak to start the season was starting to cause cracks in my cynicism, but today we finally got to see the Caldwell I watched systematically dismantle the Demon Deacons.

Jim Caldwell With Peyton Manning

I recognize that Caldwell’s Deacs are a long way from Caldwell’s Colts - in time, place and otherwise. So who am I to judge?

Jim Caldwell With Jeff Saturday

(Caldwell forgot tissues for Jeff Saturday)

Instead, I’ll let Indianapolis fans from today’s Colts-Jets live blog at IndyStar.com take it away …

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To be fair, today’s game is no reason to think Peyton’s the Colts won’t run the table in the playoffs. There’s always a chance that Caldwell’s decision to blow up the chance of an historic perfect season will re-energize the team as it preps for the postseason.

And on the bright side, Caldwell proved today he has a special knack for energizing the fans. (Pom-poms, coach?)