Colts Fans Deserving Of A Refund?

Kristen C.Contributor IDecember 29, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 27:  A Indianapolis Colts is pictured during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Peyton Manning and many of the starters were pulled from the game in the second half and the Colts went on to lose their first game of the season 29-15.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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A former city councilman in Indianapolis wants the ticket holders to receive a refund for Sunday's lackluster and disappointing performance. The Colts decided to bench it's starters and give up on winning before the game was half over.

I understand where the councilman is coming from; because despite the fact that everyone knows the Colts need Peyton healthy for the playoffs, I don't think that the decision to bench Peyton was reflected in the ticket prices of Sunday's game.

While I feel sorry for the Colts' fans, I do think that the decision to bench there starters was always a possibility. Every year, once the division champions and the bye weeks are clinched, Peyton sits out of the games.

This is nothing new, as Dungy has been doing it for years. I understand that the team was shooting for a perfect season, but a perfect regular season is meaningless if you get injured or lose in the playoffs. Don't believe me, go ask Tom Brady.

Rex Ryan's defense had Peyton's number the whole game, and Coach Caldwell knew that Peyton could have been seriously injured. The decision to bench Peyton was probably not an easy one,  but it is still one that has been made every year. Would these fans rather have a perfect regular season or a Super Bowl ring?

I do not think that anyone deserves a refund for the game, however, an apology from the coaching staff and the players would go a long way.