Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels turned down the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday night after the team officially announced him as their head coach earlier that morning. It led to general manager Chris Ballard holding a press conference Wednesday to address the situation.
At the end of his press conference, Ballard began gathering his things to leave, and said, “The rivalry is back on.”
It seems like a long time ago at this point, but the Patriots and Colts used to be one of the AFC’s greatest rivalries during the 2000s and early 2010s. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady used to go back and forth as the conference’s two best quarterbacks, but the New England would almost always get the best of Indianapolis.
So, yes, with all of that said, you could definitely say that the rivalry is back on.
Philadelphia natives, trying to prove their city wasn’t just drunk people jumping off awnings, are sharing photos and videos of fans just having a good time in the streets. One of the highlights is this clip of two fans playing rock-paper-scissors for ownership of a Broad Street sign, ripped down in celebration.
New England, on the other hand, had some real violence. The biggest flash point was on the UMass-Amherst campus, where a riot ensued following the Super Bowl. Six people were arrested, and 12 injured after fights broke out and projectiles were thrown. Ultimately riot police needed to be dispatched to disperse the crowd.
Boston itself was largely quiet, but the UMass-Amherst riot had more violence than Philadelphia experienced during its night of celebration, based on arrests made. In addition a student from the University of New Hampshire was arrested, and more are expected to be made following a party-turned-violent and people began setting off fireworks in the crowd and throwing bottles.