Originally posted on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 1/28/12

Christopher Meece writes that Manning's departure marks the first real test of the fanbase:

Peyton Manning turned Indianapolis into a football town. If you are a 20-year-old Colts fan, all you really know is Peyton Manning, and winning. If you are a 40-year-old Colts fan, chances are you rooted for a different team at one point in your life.

Regardless, Manning won the city, and now both of those fans bleed blue.

Meece points out that this unparalleled run of success gave rise to literally every single writer here at Colts Authority. Without Manning we'd likely not be writing about football and certainly we wouldn't be doing it together. That's just a tiny side effect. He believes the Manning years had a social and economic impacts that are wide-ranging and changed the face of the city.

And He's right. In this moment Colts fans must prove that they're more like the crowd in Green Bay and less like the crowd in Jacksonville. It is incredibly tempting for fans to find another winner at this juncture or to even abandon the sport entirely and return to their hardwood roots. Their choice remains to be seen.

What will your choice be?

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