PENDLETON – While some parents cannot control the urge to dress their twins to match, Ray Summeier was consistently clothed in Colts garb whereas his twin brother donned Bears apparel. The tradition bred a Colts fan of epic proportions.
“My basement is the ultimate man cave,” said Ray, owner of Trustworthy Land Title. “I have the best wife ever and she let me do whatever I wanted with it. I wanted a Colts heaven.”
His description doesn’t do the space justice. Colts players themselves likely have less memorabilia than what graces the walls of his walk-out basement. Fans of other teams are sometimes unable to descend into the blue-and-white sea of team spirit.
Royal blue carpet is not often paired with royal blue furniture, but in the sports haven of a true fan, the look works. In addition to a couch and two recliners, horse shoe emblems appear on the gaming chairs, comfy rolling chairs, barstools, rugs, pillows, banners and even the ping pong paddles.
“We have big parties during every away game,” said Dawn, Ray’s wife and partner in the business. “Last time we had over 40 people here.”
Home games leave the man cave deserted as the season ticket holders are at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Not only have we picked up a lot of this stuff along the way, friends and family are always trying to buy us something we don’t already have,” said Ray. “It’s kind of a challenge.”
But the entire house isn’t devoted to football. The couple built the home six years ago when they decided living in the Geist area simply wasn’t for them.
“We both grew up in the country,” said Ray. “We didn’t having close neighbors. We saw this land and fell in love with it.”