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Sunday, November 25, 2012
Yearbook, Nov. 25: Mora's 'playoffs' rant

By Patrick Dorsey

Nov. 25, 2001: Say the word "playoffs" enough times, and unfailingly someone will repeat it in the manner made popular on this day 11 years ago, by then-Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora.

The context, lest we forget: The Colts -- they of back-to-back postseason appearances -- had just lost their third straight game after a 4-3 start. Then local TV reporter Tim Bragg asked Mora if he thought the team needed to win its last six to make the playoffs.

The rest, of course, is stuff of undying legend, brought to us by a man who won 125 career NFL games, it must be said, and who also offered other rants (e.g. "Diddly Poo") -- all of it with that unforgettably expressive face.

Jim Mora, during the 2000 regular season against the Buffalo Bills
Mora, during the 2000 regular season.
Jim Mora Sr. with the Indianapolis Colts during the 1999 AFC divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans
Mora, during the 1999-2000 playoffs. (Playoffs?!)
Jim Mora, during a loss to the Miami Dolphins in 2001.
Mora, during a loss later in 2001 -- his final year with the Colts.