Stevens talks hometown Colts facing Manning

Stevens talks hometown Colts facing Manning
October 19, 2013, 1:45 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — In what has been a brutal preseason schedule so far, the basketball scheduling gods have done good by Brad Stevens with Sunday's game against Minnesota in Montreal.

Because of its day and time, the Indiana native won't be tempted to watch his favorite NFL team - the Indianapolis Colts - face arguably the greatest player in that franchise's history in quarterback Peyton Manning who has been putting up video game-like numbers this season with his new team, the Denver Broncos.

Boston's game will end around the time that the Colts and Broncos will be kicking off. Stevens may catch a few glimpses of the game, but the Celtics will be heading back to Boston shortly after their game and by the time the Celtics' chartered plane lands, the Colts-Broncos game will likely be over.

"It would be an interesting game to watch," Stevens admitted. "I know a lot of my friends are looking forward to going to that game. Like everybody else that grew up in Indiana or has Indiana ties, you have to be thankful for what Peyton Manning did."

Manning, the odds-on favorite to win what would be a fifth league MVP award, spent 14 seasons (1998-2011) with the Colts which included eight division championships, two AFC championships and a Super Bowl XLI win.

"He made such a huge difference," Stevens said, adding "that whole organization did and they continue to do great things. That's a hard game to watch."

Like many Colts fans who grew up with Manning as the face of the franchise, Stevens would likely be torn watching him play with another team, against the Indianapolis.

But the basketball gods have made it extremely difficult for Stevens to do his job and watch the game.

Don't think for a minute he's complaining about that, either.

"You root for who you know," Stevens said. "It's one of those deals where I know some of the guys on that current Colts team and some of the staff members. You know a couple of guys no longer on that team that are playing all over the place, not just with the Broncos."

Oh yeah, the Broncos facing the Colts.

"I'm glad I don't have to watch that one," said Stevens, smiling.