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    • By southwest1 in Southwest1's Blog
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      I've heard a number of sports analysts talk about what Phil Jackson said recently regarding LeBron James reaction to the use of the word "Posse" & whether or not the use of that word in relation to LeBron's business friends in his inner circle means that Jackson is now a racist in this 3 time NBA Champion's eyes. To me, posse has no negative, derogatory connotation to it historically speaking. It's not the equivalent of saying using the N word at all. Let's examine how the term is defined in the dictionary shall we...
       
      Posse: 1. A group of people who were gathered together by a local sheriff in the wild west to help search for a criminal or somebody on the run. 2. A search party. 3. A select group of friends, associates, or a traveling entourage that has your back no matter what regardless of the situation at hand. A posse according to these definitions makes no distinctions for race or even gender correct? 
       
      Did you ever see the Clint Eastwood movie "Pale Rider" released by Warner Brothers Studios in 1985? That to me is what a posse more closely represents in the context of human history. A rich business tycoon who pays a gang of mercenaries to murder legal settlers for their property so that the wealthy man can steal their gold & line his own pockets accumulating greater personal fortune at the expense of any man's bloodshed without having to get his own hands dirty. Technically, this version of a posse that sells their services to the highest bidder speaks more to corruption than in your face discrimination. 
       
      Here is a clip I saw on "Undisputed" yesterday discussing this controversy...
       
       
       
      From my vantage point, all Phil Jackson was really saying is that LeBron can't surround himself with friends who handle all your daily duties for you because part of growing up is dealing with your own obligations entirely on your own & a fleet of yes men around you tends to keep superstar athletes in a bubble, which isn't always a good thing in the long run. I'm not referring to a personal assistant or 2 here. I just mean that a bunch of childhood friends now handsomely paid to solve problems for you at every turn can be a hinderance down the road. Phil Jackson never attacked LeBron's skills on the court, his intelligence, or claimed that his business partners were up to no good. 
       
      I like what Joy, the moderator on Undisputed said in reference to this discussion...
       
       
       
      The term posse is not a racist term at all & LeBron needs to lighten up & realize that in the grand scheme of things his friction with Jackson is a complete waste of his time & energy moving forward. I was born with a disability called Cerebral Palsy & I am not fond of the word crippled when describing my condition. Now, if somebody uses that term in my presence do I ridicule them loudly for using that word? No, I take into account how old they are, when they grew up, & I politely encourage them not to use crippled when describing people in wheelchairs or individuals using forearm crutches or prosthetic limbs. I don't blow up at them or assume they are being viciously cruel on purpose. LeBron  James is way off base claiming Phil Jackson is a racist in my opinion simply because he referred to his business partners as a posse. 
       
      Posse usually refers to a group of friends who hang out together & enjoy each other's company. How in the word is that a racist phenomenon? Okay, it can refer to a security detail that protects a celebrity from harm in the public sure. But again LeBron, how is that racist? It's not. Have you ever seen the 1993 film 'Posse' directed by a black man named Mario Van Peebles? Is he racially insensitive too? Just curious. 
       
       
    • By southwest1 in Southwest1's Blog
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      When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first made the decision to sit during the Natl. Anthem, I was not happy. Part of my frustration was due to fact that my father served in Korea as a med tech & historically speaking the Korean War is viewed more as a police action then a national conflict like World War I or World War II is. It is also referred to as the 'Forgotten War' meaning that veterans who served there are not fully appreciated for the sacrifices they made serving overseas away from their family & friends. In addition, I failed to see how Colin Kaepernick took it upon himself to be the spokesman for police brutality in the 21 Century, especially now as the backup quarterback vs starting face of the franchise quarterback in San Francisco. Third, Colin Kaepernick was making this display of peaceful, civil defiance not in civilian street clothes, but in his NFL uniform. A huge no no in my book. 
       
      Do you remember when HOF pass rusher Reggie White who was also a minister spoke against the same sex lifestyle as a retired player wearing his #92 Green Bay jersey? Aside from a person's religious, spiritual, or even agnostic beliefs in general, it is not my place to tell anyone how to lead their private lives. My biggest pet peeve with what Mr. White did is this: By wearing a Packers jersey from the NFL team that he won a SB ring with, Reggie blurred the line between religion in his pulpit capacity with indirectly associating the Green Bay franchise with the notion that this organization endorsed or condoned discriminating against people who just happened to be gay or lesbian themselves. So, when Colin Kaepernick decided either to not stand or kneel during the signing of the National Anthem in his NFL uniform, he was disrespecting John York, the owner of the 49ers who cuts his check, pays his salary, & provides Colin a darn good standard of living. He is creating the false impression that Mr. York on company time approves of this continued act of defiance on a repeated basis. When an employer provides their employee an income to purchase a home, a car, food, & a disposable income to travel, buy nice things, help family members out financially, & have a girlfriend & a social life away from football; Colin Kaepernick should know that there is a difference between company expectations & doing whatever you want on your own time when the regular season isn't taking place. Colin's boss may not cosign everything Kaep does while wearing the burgundy & gold uniform right before a game is about to start, which is why he is actually being paid. 
       
      There is nothing wrong with bringing a heightened sense of awareness against police brutality across America just don't use your employers uniform in order to spread possible solutions to ending unnecessary violence, fostering more community policing vs racial profiling & stop & frisk practices, & holding dirty & racist police officers accountable when they cross that line & murder a black man or woman in cold blood. 
       
      There is definitely a double standard when it comes to pulling over a black driver vs a caucasian driver in this country. Now, I am not saying that all police officers are up to no good or use excessive force on purpose getting intoxicated with the power & the authority that a badge & firearm may give them. There are a number of fine upstanding cops out there. All I'm saying is this: Most parents of white children with drivers licenses don't have to tell their offspring to lower all their windows, place their hands visibly on the steering wheel making no sudden or abrupt movements, speak in short, respectful sentences to the police showing no rebellious tone in your voice; & concluding their interaction in one peace meaning not secretly fearing that they are about to be unlawfully incarcerated, beaten, or shot. White children 16-18 don't usually worry about their world being flipped upside down if they mouth off to a cop or decide to argue over how fast they were going when they were pulled over & the red sirens got turned on. They just don't. My oldest nephew got pulled over for transporting illegal narcotics across state lines & I wonder to myself if the driver had been my black cousin instead of my white nephew would he be dead right now? I already know the answer to this question & it infuriates me because skin color shouldn't matter one darn bit but I know how the real world works sadly. 
       
      Getting back to Colin Kaepernick, is there credence to the fact that Colin started this whole red, white, & blue movement against police brutality as the 2nd string QB as opposed to the starter right now? Well, the NFL is consumed with production on the field week in week out & the league runs away from anyone or anything controversial because it doesn't wanna lose millions from sponsors as a wholesome, family friendly entertainment. Or is this just a publicity stunt by a man who isn't what he once was on a football field anymore & Colin just did this to make himself a household name off the field & become a celebrity that way? I think Colin Kaepernick genuinely believes in what he is doing & he is sincere promising to give $1,000,000 of his salary to charity designed to curb police violence. However, the reason we even know who Colin is is due to his SB appearance vs the Ravens in New Orleans during the 2012 season. So, if Kaep is no longer affiliated with the Niners anymore or any other team after this year; will we even care anymore? Probably not. 
       
      My primary thesis here is this: When you are in company clothes on company time as a 49er QB, you don't have a right to use your uniform as a tool or mechanism to propel a personal issue forward. In blue jeans & a t-shirt or tie away from the football facility, Colin can endorse whatever cause or movement he wants. The difference here is that your boss may not want his logo & brand name attached to everything their field general says off the field. Now, I know what you're thinking. The NFL endorses play 60. Is it the league's business to start a campaign on TV inferring that my teenage kid is fat, lethargic, eats to many candy bars & needs to exercise more? Not really. Or what about Habitat For Humanities building homes for low income people or making homes handicap accessible for Disabled Veterans returning home from War? Isn't this an example of participating in activities that transcend football as a game & improve a community for the better? Okay sure, when you put it like that, it's easy to make the case that this act of Natl. Anthem defiance is just a way to keep black men & women alive by keeping families intact & alive. Therefore, promoting protection & self worth in local communities across America. However, can't the same platform be propelled forward by Colin Kaepernick in street clothes outside his 49ers uniform? It's not people won't know who Kaep is without his uniform & pads on man. Just like everybody who knew who Reggie White without his Packers uniform on. 
       
      Thanks for listening. I appreciate it. It's cathartic just to write about provocative current events like this for me. 
       
       
       
       
    • By YellScreamGoColts in YellScreamGoColts' Blog
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      It's been a while since I updated my blog..  You see my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told he would live for a maximum of 2 weeks..  That was several months ago..  Sadly my family lost him, December 18th.  He fought as hard as he could..  In fact it reminded me of when Chuck got cancer..  I shaved my head for the guy.. You see my family bleeds blue... Dad, was such an awesome man and a die-hard Colts fan..  I feel blessed to have gotten to celebrate multiple Superbowl appearances with him..  He was the most gentle spirit I think i will ever come in contact with.  You will be missed Randy Gantt.  PS  He insisted we bury him in his Colts gear,  Ski cap included..  What a fun guy, the world is smaller without you.
    • By divineprodigy in divineprodigy's Blog
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      Let's take a trip back down memory lane. Remember when Bill Polian was the Colts GM? His first pick was a no brainer in picking "some guy" out Tennessee to play QB who would later go on to be one of he game's best ever at the position. Not many were picking Peyton Manning to slip by the Colts even with all the hype surrounding Ryan Leaf (Remember him?) as the only QB who was constantly mentioned along side his leading up to that infamous 98 draft. No, what Bill Polian and his staff did the following year is what gave a shining example of how a good GM earns his paycheck when they chose unknown commodity from "The U" in RB Edgerrin James. For those who don't remember, Ricky Williams was viewed as the "best RB in the draft" according to everyone, except those camped on West 56th street. The "nashing of the teeth" and "dismay" of Indy fans was short lived as it didn't take long for them to see how special James was as both a RB and WR out of the backfield. Another "under the radar" pick was a little known Safety out of Iowa in Bob Sanders. Drafted in the 2rd round, Sanders would go on and earn a reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the game, and one of its most feared. The only drawback on Sanders was his inability to stay healthy. Even more impressive was 5th round draft pick Rober Mathis. We all know how he turned out. All 4 of these picks were great examples of GMs earning their money in the war room of the NFL draft as they would all go on to become cornerstones of the franchise for years to come.
      2015 is a year many of us would like to forget with regard to the Colts as it was one riddled with injuries to a squad that basically underachieved given the talent that it had available, especially on the offensive side of the ball. When the Colts front office selected Phillip Dorsett with the 29th overrall pick in the draft, in spite of the surprise to many, the overall perception from critics and analysts alike was that at the very least the Colts would be an offensive Juggernaut as Dorsett would only add to an embarrassment of riches QB Andrew Luck would have at his already potent disposal of weapons. that never materialized because the Colts had a more vital position that wasn't properly addressed: "The Offensive line." Andrew Luck not only got hurt, but also missed games for the 1st time in his young NFL career because of it. Time and time again we've all heard the coaches say "We are going to build monster on W 56th street." When you think of a monster, you think of a team that's a "bully" on both sides of the ball. A team that beats you up and out physicals you with a punishing running game on offense and a front seven that get's after the opposing team's QB on defense. A bully is a team that dominates the line of scrimmage and wins consistently in the trenches. 
      When you look at the history of past SB winners, there's a reason why you see teams like the Steelers, Ravens, 49ers, Cowboys and even the current Seahawks consistently as either winners of multiple championships, or in the biggest games of the season come playoff time. All of those teams carry the same physical traits mentioned previously. They also prove another valuable point of reference: "When you have a franchise QB you don't have to surround him with 1st round talent at every skill position in order for him to be successful." A QB like Andrew Luck doesn't need A-1 talent at WR for him to be effective. Heck, look at what Cam Newton is doing in Carolina with the likes of Ted Ginn Jr. For those of you who missed that, Ted Ginn Jr is Carolina's #1 WR, and the Panthers are in the NFCCG... When you have a franchise QBs make the talent around them better. We've seen Manning do this many times when he was here in Indy during seasons like 2010 in with Blair White and Taj Smith filling in for an injured Marvin Harrison. Manning elevated the play of talent around him and led the Colts to a 10-6 record en-route to the playoffs. You can argue that the Colts had sub par competition from playing in the AFC South, but that still doesn't excuse the approach that should be used in building the current roster. 
      As I said before, Andrew Luck doesn't need the best WRs money can buy in order to make the Colts a championship caliber team. All he needs is a team that's built to win the battle of the trenches on both sides of the ball. If you give Andrew Luck a the very least a top 10-15 defense with an o-line that can keep him clean, the Colts will be in the conversation for deep playoff runs for years to come. If you give Luck o-line that can no only protect him, but also a defense better than top 10, you've got a dynasty.
    • By JohnnyUnitas19 in JohnnyUnitas19's Blog
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      Okay I'm ready to eat my crow .I was calling for Pagano's head earlier in the season with the shortcomings of the offensive line ,the stale offense & the mediocre defense. What I saw in the second half particularly with pulling off a win IN THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON WITH 2 QUARTERBACKS ONE WEEK REMOVED FROM THE STREET and plugging them into a game situation and PULLING OFF A WIN,a win under the most dire of circumstances with contracts looming  etc .IMPRESSED THE HELL OUT OF ME for Chuck as a coach & a man plus when I saw the love the players and the rest of this town has for him and compared the records of past coaches here in their first four years HEY . CHUCK HAS A NEW ALLY HERE. Only thing I will ask is can I at least put ketchup on my crow before I eat it? :)   Go Colts!! 
    • By KaylaD in KaylaD's Blog
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      I know this has nothing to do with football but is just something on my mind. Today on the news they kept showing footage from a school shooting in Ohio. A 17 year old came into school and opened fire on other students in the cafeteria during breakfast. He hit 5 students and as of now 2 have died from there injuries and another is listed in critical condition. Since the Columbine shooting it seems that this just keeps happening. I ask myself why? Why do these kids get to a point where they think that shooting is the answer to fix something? Why are they turning to violence as an answer? When I was in schoolI never had to worry about that possibilty. Now there are schools with metal detectors. I think every school around here where I live have "resource officers" . Really they are just older cops. At the closest High School to where I live they have drug dogs randomly go sniff the lockers. I just think what is the world coming to? Is this how we want the children to grow up? Grow up where violence, cops walking around the school, metal detectors, and drug dogs are the norm. There has always been bullying, but now its so bad kids are coimmitting suicide over it. What can we do to help make this a better environment for the youth? Why do things get so extreme now? Are kids not getting the life skills they need to know how to deal with problems? Is there so much violence publlicized that it is sending them messages? Somehow we need to teach that violence is never the answer. We need to let children know if they are being bullied that someone is here for them. Someone cares, do not go and hurt yourself or even end your life over it. Maybe we all need to be more vigilant as parents, adults, aunts, uncles, teachers, friends, etc. I do not know the answer but I think something needs to be done. A friend of mine has a kid in elementary school and they had an evacuation for a bomb threat. It is just getting so out of hand. Too much tragedy, heartache, and pain. Too many young people have lost there lives. What can we do to change any of this? Is there anything we can do? I would appreciate anyone's opinion here. This is just a topic that truly upsets me to the core. I just don't understand why it keeps happening.

    • By salemsurveying@aol.com in salemsurveying@aol.com's Blog
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      just wanted to say thank you to Colts for signing on Charlie Whitehurst. I have been a fan since his Clemson Days, Followed him at chargers,seattle,titans, I always thought he was a top 30 quarterback and even today he is just 33 years old--and again a back-up to Matt. Oh yes he will never be a top dog but if Matt is hurt as in play-offs he could (and did ) step-in. He is a great student of the game and still one of top quarterbacks but not quite a rivers, wilson or luck. He is a pro and will not disappoint given a chance although we all hope he does not have to be used. Go Charlie--work hard keep the faith contribute and if called upon show them what we all know you are a winner
    • By COLTS7 in COLTS7's Blog
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      We always hear this team is gritty, resiliant, that was for sure that type of game...was not pretty, but in the end, we had 3 more points than they did, the broncos were not at full strength last week, but the bottom line is this team has won 2 games now vs very good teams and regardless of the circumstance...that is a positive. The schedule the rest of the way is filled with win-able games.
       
      Defense: wanted to start with the defense this week, because they were the difference in the game, maybe not great, not dominant, but a very impressive effort-across the board. Starting with D.Jackson who had a monster game....7 tackles...with a big time pick six and sack in crunch time....awesome game!!! The LB's group as a whole really played well-Freemen led the way with 10 tackles, Walden added 4 along with a forced fumble.....the patchwork D-line held up......the DB's were good, Geathers ( 8 tackles) had a nice game filling in for Adams. The pass rush has been a tad better, but really needs to be much better, going forward. With more of the same....short fields, key players out, they really stepped up........and played a very solid game...the big key, as usual.............4 turnovers.
       
      Offense: really didn't do much stat wise...efficiant comes to mind. Hasselback was 23-32-213-2 TD's and 2 int.., Gore and Bradshaw combined for 23-66 rushing...... Gore added 5-46 as the top receiver and Bradshaw added 2 TD's. 276 total yds and 3 turnovers. The O-line, like the rest of this group....adequate
       
      Special teams: another very good game for the kickers...Adam has now hit his last 12 field goals, including the game winner and McAfee (copy and paste) excelled. Bray has looked very good, had big return called back
       
      Summary: that was a very good team we faced today, they didn't play their A-game......with the way things have gone this year, you take them anyway you can get them and just try to keep piling up wins, just need to keep playing gritty and keep finding ways to win games. There is still plenty of room for improvement, plenty of time to try to get things better.......in the last 5 games we have a 7 point loss to new england....6 point loss to the saints....3 point loss to the panthers and back to back 3 point wins over the broncos and falcons.... we are not there...but it does seem like we are trending up.
    • By COLTS7 in COLTS7's Blog
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      DL: Langford has had a really good year and his addition has been huge, due to the inexperience of this group and injuries. Anderson was playing at a very high level early on , but his production has dropped off and is now out, Parry has been solid in the middle. Winn has looked good, Kerr is a capable backup, but depth is almost non existent. Jones missing the year was a big blow. Grade: D
       
      LB: Mathis is slowly getting back to his previous form, Walden has had a good year, Jackson has excelled inside and is leading the league in tackles, Freeman has been decent and ranks 7th in the AFC for tackles ( LB) Newsome has not shown much, after a very promising rookie season. Cole has been next to invisible and really should be spending most of his time, on the bench. The backups haven't been very overly productive when given reps. Grade: D+
       
      DB: Davis has not played at the elite level he has shown the past few years, Toler has struggled, all year, Butler has played well. The CB position has been hit hard by injuries and there is very little depth. Smith's return should help in the second half. Adams has continued his great play and is tied for the league lead with 5 int. Lowery has been solid, Anderson has played better than expected, filling in for Adams, very little depth at safety as well. Grade: C
       
      ST: Adam has had a good year and has now hit 11 in a row, after an 0-2 start, including 3-4 of 50+. McAfee has been a major weapon all year and his impact in games can't be under estimated. The return game is mostly non-productive, although Bray, in limited reps appears to be an upgrade. The coverage units have played well, for the most part, but with McAfee's leg, aren't really much of a factor. Grade: B
       
      Summary: the defense has been decent, maybe even good , considering the offense doesn't sustain drives often and puts them in short fields, with turnovers and with Jones missing the year and the injury situation at CB. They have done well with what they have had to work with. Grade: C
       
      Overall: the defense at it's best would probably be average, the injuries have not helped, but it is part of the game and there really wasn't much depth going into the year anyways. The special teams have done their part, other than a few big plays and some questionable coaching decisions. The offense overall and primarily Luck's production has been poor. With the talent level on that side of the ball, even with Hamilton in charge, it is 100% unaceptable. Grade: D
       
      Second half: the defense will continue to fight for 60 minutes, with an undermanned group, with very little depth. The offense really just needs to play a 60 minute game and not continually shot themselves in the foot, with turnovers and penalties. Hasselbacks play , until Luck's return is the key. It will not likely live up the hype, but with consistent play, Gore becomes more of a factor and there are enough playmakers to be productive. A trip to the postseason is highly likely, due to the weak division, to be a factor, will take nothing less than an almost perfect game from the entire team.....not likely.
    • By COLTS7 in COLTS7's Blog
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      QB: Luck has not played well, the inconsistent O-line play, less than steller play by the receivers and injuries haven't helped, but his judgement, reads, accuracy and overall production is more like a journeyman backup, than an elite player. Hasselbeck has exceded expectations, even moreso considering his poor showing in the pre season and his performance vs the texans was one for the ages, with Luck out his production down the stretch is critical. grade:D
       
      RB: Gore has been one of the few pluses in this years offense, is having a great year, despite being held back by the overall lack of consistency in the offense which has led to playing from behind. He is currently 44 yds from being the #1 rusher in the AFC. Varga-Robinson and Tipton have been non-factors. The recently signed Bradshaw has been an upgrade. Grade:A
       
      TE: In today's NFL, the TE position is a huge key for sucess in most of the elite teams game plans and despite the fact we have 2 that are both very good, this position's production has been noticably absent in the first half. Fleener has been decent, but the big plays have not been as frequent and Allen has a total of 9 catches...............very puzzling!!! Grade: F
       
      WR: Hilton's overall production has been very good, he is currently 50 yds from being #3 in the AFC, despite several games where he was shutdown. Moncrief has had a very good year and has been huge for the offense due to the lack of production from the rest of the group, with a great finish could even come close to a 1,000 yd season and leads the team with 5 TD's. Johnson has been a major disapointment, Dorsett has not been used much, is now hurt and Whalen has made big plays the last few weeks. Grade: C
       
      O-L: Castonzo is the player that most people think is the best of the group, has had maybe the worst year to date and has struggled big time. Mewhort did not play well at RT , but has been solid , back at G. Reitz-Thortan and Holmes are all average, at best. Harrison has filled in for Holmes and there has not been a noticable dropoff. The backups are nothing to get excited about and an injury to one of the starters could be fatal. The overall production has been better since the tweaking, but this is still a group that needs significant upgrading.Grade: D
       
      Summary: Take away Gore's and Moncrief's production and we are looking at maybe one of the least productive offenses in the entire league, from what was supossed to be potentially one of the best!! Hamilton did play a part in the lack of production, but players still need to make plays. Luck's overall play has been just as big, he is the offense and if he is playing poorly, it's not going to be productive. Grade: D
    • By John242 in John242's Blog
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      If the Colts want to have any shot of ever winning a super bowl they need to fire Pagano and Grigson. The Colts for the last three years have almost exclusively relied on Luck to win games by making big plays down field. My case for firing Grigson is described below. The ciolts for the last three years have had no running game, a bad offensive line, an average receiving core, a defensive line that brings no pressure and a very mediocre to poor defensive secondary. Grigson traded away a first round pick for Trent Richardson who is now out of the game. Grigson has failed to put together a good offensive line to protect Luck or run the ball. Grignson has ignored the Bellechick rule by bringing in payers like Gore and Johnson who are much closer to the end of their career than the beginning. Grigson has an undersized and overpaid receiver in Ty Hilton on the payroll.Grigson does not know how to build through the draft. The Colts need to hire someone in the front toffice from Green Bay, the Seahawks, the Panthers, or the Bengals. They need to find a gm who knows how to pick third and fifth round gems. The recipe for winning when you have a good quarterback is to not make him carry the team on his back every game. A GM needs to build a defense that can win games on their own and needs to create a running game that takes the pressure off the quarterback by building a great offensive line. The reason the Colts are losing this year is because they are asking Luck to do too much. Luck is pressing and trying to do too much, It is very easy to beat the Colts because all you have to do is stop big pass plays down field. Now the reason Pagano has to be fired is because he has consistently failed to prepare his team. Since Pagano has been the coach the Colts have routinely come out flat and they have routinely fallen behind by big numbers. Then they ask Luck to bail them out by launching these huge comebacks. Pagano is not a great coach. Luck has made Pagano look like a better coach than he really is. I dont know who the Colts should hire right now but they might need a smart tough coach. The problem is that there is not a great pool of available great coaches out there. Harbaugh went to Michigan. Bowles went to the Jets. They need to bring in a smart tough coach if they want to compete for Super Bowls. So in closing get rid of Ryan Grigson and Pagano. If the Colts dont do that Luck should try to leave the Colts because the Colts are a sinking ship as currently configured. Maybe a young Josh Mcdaniels along with a very good defensive coordinator might do the trick. Maybe they should also ask Bill Polian for his advice on hiring.
    • By Nadine in Moderation and Other Site Topics
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    • By Ehrman.Dutton.Cook.Barnes in Ehrman.Dutton.Cook.Barnes' Blog
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      Grigson must be fired. If Luck's ribs are broken it is mostly because he is operating behind an inferior O-linedespite the obvious need to upgrade it in the draft or free agency. Instead we got another wide receiver in the draft and Herreman in free agency, neither of whom addresses that need. To compound matters, Luck is playing
      hurt, ? Because Grigson knows his name is all over this team, and he is trying to save his neck. In one year,
      he transformed this team into the OLDEST team in the NFL. With the possible exception of Gore, his free agent
      signings will be out of football in a year or two, so much for building for the future. And then of course the most bizarre first round draft picks T-RIch & Bjorn Werner??????
    • By jberl7 in The Blog
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      Why did the colts try so hard in the offseason to get Duron Carter and not even use him? The man is out there in practice snagging 4 touchdown catches, I mean really give the man a shot already. We want Duron!
    • By COLTS7 in COLTS7's Blog
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      If you look at the game stats, the totals for each team, were almost indentical, rushing yards, total yards, turnovers, return yards, 3rd down ratio...so what was the difference? This team for whatever reason, starts out slow, always have, they dig a hole, sometimes huge and then fight and claw to get back in the game. The panthers are arguably the hottest team in the NFL and in the end, we had a chance and prob should have won the game....first crack in overtime and even the 2nd time, but again, came up short. The new england game and this game, shows this team can compete with the big boys, but there is a big difference between competing ....and winning. Starting out slow has become a very problematic issue, getting behind takes us out of a normal game plan, Gore has been very effective, but is a non factor in too many games (late) because of the deficit, its called complimentary football, everything working together. We see stretches of really good football, but they are few and far between....IF this team came out and played a 60 minute football game and played smart and didn't shoot themselves in the foot, they can be successfull, but for many reasons, they have not done that and each week, its going to get harder, players trying too hard..trying to win the game by themselves,etc.....the schedule has been brutal , with no end in sight. Things can turn around quickly in this league and since I really believe there is enough talent to compete (compete-meaning play with the big boys, but don't think this team as it stands now, can beat them) there is still hope for at least some degree of a respectable season. But each week, that becomes harder and harder and we are now at the halfway point in the season and there has been little to no progress made from game #1 to now, it's the same issues , game after game. And for the record, everyone is to blame, from the owner, down to the the players, nobody is doing an acceptable job.
       
      Offense: Luck (23-47-231-2 TD's-3 INT) seems to be playing hurt, there are an endless amount of opinions on how a franchise QB, for his first 3 years can look elite, then look like he has no clue. The stats appear decent, but almost all of them came in the furious 4th quarter comeback and overtime. Don't really think he is hurt, but I do believe he is not 100%, great coaching,great plays from the supporting cast can help, but has not happened. Weak O-line, not great game planning, new players trying to fit in, turnovers, penalties, playing from behind.....it's ugly. Luck is pressing-too many variables all not working-together. The O-line play has been better, but is still nowhere close to being good enough. Hilton has not been the playmaker he has been been, if he is being targeted by the defense, then others should be open, that hasn't been the case. There has been much said about how Hilton and Moncrief have celebrated after scores, when the team is not even in the game, leading some to see this as a team without enough quality-veteran leadership, there are some high quality veteran leaders on this team, but does make you think about those comments and the mindset of the players and even moreso when you see games, when they really look unprepared and/or motivated to play a 60 minute game. Allen, once viewed as the next-great TE, has been a non factor, the rest of the supporting cast, shows up at times and ...........? Way too many high quality weapons on this team to be completly shut down, game after game. Johnson showed up this week (4-81-TD, Whalen (5-48) made plays down the stretch, Fleener was targeted often (7- 43-TD), Hilton-Moncrief and Allen combined for 4-37 yds. Gore (22-70) had another nice game, with him and Bradshaw (7-31) rotating , that duo could excell in a balanced offense, in an evenly played game and factoring in Luck's ability to run, should be a major plus.
       
      Defense: played decent-on a curve, they did what they had to do, to keep the team in the game. It is not a dominating defense, far from it, but there are some talented players, the safeties have played well, Jackson has excelled, Mathis is slowly becoming more of a factor...others are solid, but what this team really lacks, is difference makers, you have to have them on defense to really compete, the more you have, the more dominating you can be....but you need them!! Jackson (13) again was the leading tackler and teamed up with Freemen for 25 stops, Mathis added 2 sacks. Davis doesn't appear to be playing at the same level, he has the past few seasons, but maybe that's more a result of the lack of pressure. The D-line also does not appear to be as stout as it was early on, they seemed to be playing better-early on and the thought was that they would improve, as the year went on and the results seem to indicate....that has not been the case.
       
      Special teams: Adam had a great game going 4-4, including the game tieing field goal, as time expired. McAfee kicked great. Coverage units were good and Bray showed some explosiveness
       
      Summary: somebody has got to figure out how to get this team to come out fast, play smart and play a 60 minute football game, this team has the talent to compete, the coaching may not be great, the leadership may not be great, but there is enough in place to be a solid football team, that can beat lesser teams and at least be competitive against the big boys and maybe be somewhat of a factor in the postseason.......................after the season, I think major changes need to be made, so that this era can reach it's potential- the hardest piece is in place...a franchise QB-he will be again and there are alot of solid and several very good players.....this team doesn't need to add a lot of new players..............just a handfull of difference makers. The blueprint is not working, the coaching needs to improve, some of the players need to step up.
    • By COLTS7 in COLTS7's Blog
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      I guess it's still a matter of perspective.....half full or half empty. Half empty: The 1st 3 quarters it was almost totally team wide unproductive....half full: never gave up and with a very productive 4th quarter , had a real chance to win. Inconsistent is the key word, great in spurts, other times (most of the time) can't accomplish....anything? That is not good football, that is NOT winning football. Something is missing, not sure what it is and not sure if it can be fixed (this year) but to this point in the season, there doesn't seem to much improvement in the issue areas, it's almost like the plug one hole, another leak shows up scenario.
       
      Offense: Luck (23-44-333-3 TD's) had a decent game-stats wise, but still does not look sharp and fell back into the turnover machine with 2 more interceptions. Gore was very effective, until the game got very one sided (very early) and has been the case all year, a non-factor, afterwards. Hilton's (4-150-2 TD's) stats were great, but a little misleading with 131 of those yards coming on the 2 TD's when the DB fell down. Moncrief added a TD. The O-line, pretty much the same result. Could pretty much copy and paste this, for each game this year, very little has been improved on and these are the same issues, all year.
       
      Defense: the somewhat good feeling about the D-line and the run defense playing better, reverted back to last years production, which is.............not very good....449 total yds and 183 rushing yds is NOT winning football. The pass rush-MAYBE a tad better, which isn't saying much, finishing with 2 sacks (Mathis-Langford). Freeman led the way with 12 tackles and even though Jackson didn't lead the team, this week, he was all over the field and one of the few players who has really excelled, finished with 8. I mentioned the lack of production last week from Henry Anderson, I know the stat line is not always a good indicator of production, but has been a non-factor , compared to the first few games of the year and if today's overall production is any indication, the D-line may not be the hope for the future unit, it appeared to be , early on.
       
      Special teams: another copy and paste- Adam, not needed...McAfee-excelled...coverage units-good....the only difference was Whalen, who actually had some good returns, then fumbled once and almost another.
       
      The schedule coming up has been well documented and brutal- panthers-broncos-falcons and steelers all coming up and although, the on any given sunday scenario is always relevant, performances like todays and really, every game this year, with the POSSIBLE exception of the new england game will not get this team many wins, with the exception of the remaining games vs the division foes. Still trying to figure out how a team who knows their back is against the wall, maybe playing for their coaches job, can come out vs a team they are expected to beat and look flat, for 3 quarters and how when the we CANNOT keep shooting ourselves in the foot message has been sent out..time after time, it keeps showing up. I am not stating this team doesn't care, but it would not take alot of imagination to see it that way, it's almost like most of the players are just going through the motions?????????? The it's a long season and we have a lot of football left to play is becoming quickly, week by week, closer to being obselete.
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      In the next week or so, we expect to upgrade our site. You'll still have all the functionality you like, there will be improvements.

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      We'll all be learning this together and I think it will be just a matter of learning the new functionality, which we can do over time.
       
      The one thing I wanted to flag for you is this. We will not longer have separate login and display names. If you have changed your display name over time, this will affect you.
       
      When we change, log in with your current display name. If you've forgotten it, you can request it be emailed to you. So be sure your email address is current (you have access to it)
       
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    • By mrfuddubby in mrfuddubby's Blog
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      We all know that a coaching change is coming- who would be a good fit for the Colts and who would bring in that toughness, we so badly need? I like Bill Cowher?! #wishfulthinking
    • By COLTS7 in COLTS7's Blog
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      I have heard it said and even said it myself, more than once, this team cannot beat the big boys, we beat up on our lowly division foes and struggle vs the rest of the league, then I thought ....we have won some of those games, so I did some research, these are the results, each year vs teams that made the playoffs-that year:
       
      2012: beat the vikings 23-20
      beat the packers 30-27
      lost to new england 59-24
      lost to houston 29-17
      beat houston 28-16
      Colts:122- opp:151
       
      Luck's rookie year and a very stripped down team- beating anybody would be considered a plus, we started out beating the first 2 playoff teams we played, had our annual rout vs the p***'s, then split with houston....pretty good start, even more impressive considering the state of the roster. The point differential was a bit one sided, but the new england game had a lot to do with that.
       
      2013: lost to the dolphins 24-20
      beat san fran 27-7
      beat seattle 34-28
      beat the broncos 39-33
      beat the chiefs 23-7
      Colts:143-opp:99
       
      Luck's second year, more was expected and delivered, a close loss the dolphins, then a very impressive stretch vs 3 of the best teams in the league and several games weren't even close games. The point diff. was heavily in our favor
       
      2014: lost to the broncos 31-24
      beat the ravens 20-13
      beat the bengals 27-0
      lost to the steelers 51-34
      lost to new england 42-20
      lost to dallas 42-7
      Colts:132-Opp-179 (last 3: 61-135)
       
      Luck's 3rd year, even more was expected and it started out good, a close loss to the broncos and then 2 more wins.................this is when it started going backwards, 3 straight routs and we have yet to recover. The point differential was heavily against us and even moreso, in those routs.
       
      I really don't know if it really means we have regressed, but it sure seems that way. From the start-up to those 3 routs our record was 9-4, take away the new england loss and then one vs houston, we were 7-2, with those 2 losses by a total of 10 points...pretty stout, in my opinion, then.....? It really doesn't make much sense, to come out of the gates, with a depleted roster, full of rookies and free agents and have that much sucess, follow that by an even better year #2, then follow that by starting out year #3, on a roll, then just lose it! The play this year has somewhat magnified that trend, by a slow start. Many have opinions on what's wrong, but if Pagano is the problem, we would have struggled every year, he has been here since the beginning. If it's Hamilton and/or Manusky, again, we would have struggled , each year. We have had sucess with all of those pieces in the mix (Hamilton came in year #2). It does appear, that the probable cause is the roster talent and the decisions made by Grigson have sent this team backwards, I did 2 blogs highlighting Grigson's drafts and free agent signings, the year #2 draft was almost non existent on a talent level and even year #3, wasn't that good. It does appear that those weak drafts and lack of enough significant free agents making an impact has made the overall talent level weaker...not better. I also know there are plenty of ways to view this and it could be any of several factors...but in my opinion, it does look like Grigson has not made the team better, that is his job, he has made it worse and the results do seem to indicate that. The draft is the best way to improve your roster, with the yearly additions to the talent level and then hitting on some key free agents, without those additions, the overall talent takes a hit and if the free agents, don't pan out.......you are in trouble.
      I mentioned a few times recently that we are only a few really good players away from competing with the big boys (again) I know it's hindsight, but what if......
      We pick an impact player in the first round, instead of Werner in 2013
      We don't trade for Richardson and get an impact player in the first round 2014
      We get an impact player in the first round in 2015 and not another WR
      Do you think the talent level would be better? Very much so
      Do you think the team would still be struggling? Maybe-prob not..........................

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  1. I've heard a number of sports analysts talk about what Phil Jackson said recently regarding LeBron James reaction to the use of the word "Posse" & whether or not the use of that word in relation to LeBron's business friends in his inner circle means that Jackson is now a racist in this 3 time NBA Champion's eyes. To me, posse has no negative, derogatory connotation to it historically speaking. It's not the equivalent of saying using the N word at all. Let's examine how the term is defined in the dictionary shall we...

     

    Posse: 1. A group of people who were gathered together by a local sheriff in the wild west to help search for a criminal or somebody on the run. 2. A search party. 3. A select group of friends, associates, or a traveling entourage that has your back no matter what regardless of the situation at hand. A posse according to these definitions makes no distinctions for race or even gender correct? 

     

    Did you ever see the Clint Eastwood movie "Pale Rider" released by Warner Brothers Studios in 1985? That to me is what a posse more closely represents in the context of human history. A rich business tycoon who pays a gang of mercenaries to murder legal settlers for their property so that the wealthy man can steal their gold & line his own pockets accumulating greater personal fortune at the expense of any man's bloodshed without having to get his own hands dirty. Technically, this version of a posse that sells their services to the highest bidder speaks more to corruption than in your face discrimination. 

     

    Here is a clip I saw on "Undisputed" yesterday discussing this controversy...

     

     

     

    From my vantage point, all Phil Jackson was really saying is that LeBron can't surround himself with friends who handle all your daily duties for you because part of growing up is dealing with your own obligations entirely on your own & a fleet of yes men around you tends to keep superstar athletes in a bubble, which isn't always a good thing in the long run. I'm not referring to a personal assistant or 2 here. I just mean that a bunch of childhood friends now handsomely paid to solve problems for you at every turn can be a hinderance down the road. Phil Jackson never attacked LeBron's skills on the court, his intelligence, or claimed that his business partners were up to no good. 

     

    I like what Joy, the moderator on Undisputed said in reference to this discussion...

     

     

     

    The term posse is not a racist term at all & LeBron needs to lighten up & realize that in the grand scheme of things his friction with Jackson is a complete waste of his time & energy moving forward. I was born with a disability called Cerebral Palsy & I am not fond of the word crippled when describing my condition. Now, if somebody uses that term in my presence do I ridicule them loudly for using that word? No, I take into account how old they are, when they grew up, & I politely encourage them not to use crippled when describing people in wheelchairs or individuals using forearm crutches or prosthetic limbs. I don't blow up at them or assume they are being viciously cruel on purpose. LeBron  James is way off base claiming Phil Jackson is a racist in my opinion simply because he referred to his business partners as a posse. 

     

    Posse usually refers to a group of friends who hang out together & enjoy each other's company. How in the word is that a racist phenomenon? Okay, it can refer to a security detail that protects a celebrity from harm in the public sure. But again LeBron, how is that racist? It's not. Have you ever seen the 1993 film 'Posse' directed by a black man named Mario Van Peebles? Is he racially insensitive too? Just curious. 

     

     

  2. The up coming game will reveal if the wily OLD Colt defense can stymie green rookie Denver signal caller Trevor Siemian .....WHO YOU SAY IS HE ? Hopefully  we will still be saying that after the game. EXPECT THE BRONCO DEFENSE TO TEE OFF ON LUCK  & THE NO RUN ALL PASS COLT OFFENSE .

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    RB:

    Josh Ferguson-5'10-198-Illinois-4.4
    highest rating:#4 (Athlon)   average rating: #10
    3 year starter
    team captain
    OFF P.O.Y.
    Illinois record 168 receptions and 2nd in all-time all purpose yds
    leading rusher for East in East/West gm.
    very good receiver-best hands in draft (RB)
     
    WR:
    Tevaun Smith-6-205-Iowa-4.4
    highest rating: #40 ( NFL.com)   average rating: #52
     
    Danny Anthop-6-192-Purdue-4.3
    highest rating: #40 ( Our lads)   average rating: #59
    very fast slot receiver
    2 year starter
    5-120,93 TD in East/West gm.
     
    Chester Rogers-6'1-180-Grambling St.
    punt returner
     
    Marcus Leak-6-210-Maryland
     
    McKale McKay-6'5-207-Cincinnati-4.4
    highest rating: #33 ( Pro football draft guide)   average rating: #45
    #12 rated WR, previous year
    outstanding size/speed ratio
     
    TE: 
    Darrren Griswold-6'5-265-Arkansas St.-4.8
    highest rating: #7 ( USA Today draft guide)   average rating: #11
    3 year starter
    H-back
    former QB
    Played in East/West gm.
    Raw, with upside
     
    Mike Miller-6'6-255-Taylor
    former QB
     
    G:
    Adam Redmond-6'5-301-Harvard
    All-Ivy (2015)
     
    DE:
    Sterling Bailey-6'4-285-Georgia
    highest rating: #26 (NFL.com)   average rating: #30
    team captain
     
    DL:
    Delvin Simmons-6'5-295-USC-5.1
    highest rating: #28 ( Athlon)   average rating: #31
    #11 DE, previous yr.
    All Pac12
     
    OLB/DE:
    Ron Thompson-6'3-255-Syracuse-4.8
    #17 DE (Fox sports)   average rating: #21
    2 year starter
     
    OLB:
    Curt Maggitt-6'4-255-Tennesee-4.7
    highest rating: #18 (Pro football draft guide)   average rating: #24
    #4 as a JR
    11 sacks as a JR
    missed SR year with injury
     
    CB:
    Daniel Davie-6-190-Nebraska
    #56 (CBS)
     
    Chris Milton-5'10-187-Georgia Tech
    #46 (CBS)
     
    Darious White-6-180-Cal
    #95 (CBS)
     
    S:
    Andrew Williamson-6'1-212-Vanderbilt-4.4
    #22 (NFL draft guide)
     
    SS:
    Stefan McClure-5'11-203-Cal
    3 year team captain
     
    Summary: everybody is talking about Ferguson who had as high as a 4th Rd. grade, has a very good skill set and shocked everyone by not being drafted. Anthop has very good speed and McKay has big time physical tools and had a high rating the previous year.  Griswold has all the tools and could develope. Simmons and Maggitt both had very high ratings the previous year. Williamson has the physical tools to compete for a spot. Some really good looking prospects in this group, there are always a few that will make their mark
     
  4. Andrew Luck is the new 140 Million dollar man and highest paid player in the NFL. His new contract extension has raised a lot of eyebrows around the NFL. Even before his massive new deal, Andrew Luck has had his fair share of critics throughout his short NFL career, many of whom stem from the sheer amount of hype that surrounded him from his days as the top QB in the nation at Stanford. The way scouts and NFL personalities around the league drooled over everything he did from throwing passes into the wind to simply tying his shoes both polarized him as well as brought out criticism (No matter how unfairly) from people who I can only imagine were just sick of hearing his name. Some NFL players even went on record to say in so many words that Luck wasn't the best QB in his draft class. Broncos standout CB Chris Harris is one of those players, and said in a post game interview on the heels of a 26-20 overtime loss to the Seahawks,that Wilson is a better QB than Luck. 

    Keep talking up Andrew Luck," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said Sunday, per Vic Lombardi of KCNC-TV. "Russell Wilson is better than Luck. No question.


    Luck has been under fire and unfairly criticized for his play last season. Most of the negative opinions have been misguided at best because there are several contributing factors that weren't taken into account as to why he had such a bad year, like the fact that he has been playing behind one of the worst O-lines in the league ever since he arrived. That gamble by the front office finally backfired on them last season as Luck missed the majority of the season with an assortment of injuries. Although at times when he did play he was a turnover machine, he also didn't have the kind of running game or defense that Russell Wilson has in Seattle either. For all of the adulation thrown Wilson's way, the fact that he hasn't been in a situation where he needs to carry the team on his back by himself gets lost in translation. Lets be honest here. The Seahawks have been a well oiled machine from the moment Wilson arrived and had enough pieces already in place to be a force regardless of who their QB was. Luck hasn't had that luxury and therefore it's unfair to judge him off of what Wilson has been able to accomplish during their time in the league when Luck hasn't had the same level of talent to work with that Wilson has. I know some will make the argument that Wilson plays in a tougher division and that by contrast Luck has had the benefit of playing in what many view as the weakest division in football. Still, Luck has beaten the best teams in the league when facing stiffer competition with the only team he hasn't cracked the code yet being the Pats. 

    Outsiders have even gone as far as to say the Texans will win the AFC South this year with the addition of Brock Osweiler. I for one am sticking to my guns and saying that if the Colts O-line is improved, not only will they be able to play with anyone, but will also be a SB caliber team. Recognizing the importance of having a capable O-line is paramount to becoming an elite team in the NFL. The league has a long standing history of this simple rule of thumb. The Steelers of the and Bears of the 80s. The Cowboys, 49ers and Giants of the 90s. All of these teams had offensive lines that could protect them along with the running game to back them up as a bye product of the talent they had up front to play with. When you have an elite QB to play with an above average O-line, that puts you head and shoulders above the competition that can't match you in those two categories. The Colts are going to surprise a lot of people this year. Luck and his new O-line will be the main reasons why.

  5. It's been a while since I updated my blog..  You see my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was told he would live for a maximum of 2 weeks..  That was several months ago..  Sadly my family lost him, December 18th.  He fought as hard as he could..  In fact it reminded me of when Chuck got cancer..  I shaved my head for the guy.. You see my family bleeds blue... Dad, was such an awesome man and a die-hard Colts fan..  I feel blessed to have gotten to celebrate multiple Superbowl appearances with him..  He was the most gentle spirit I think i will ever come in contact with.  You will be missed Randy Gantt.  PS  He insisted we bury him in his Colts gear,  Ski cap included..  What a fun guy, the world is smaller without you.

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    just wanted to say thank you to Colts for signing on Charlie Whitehurst. I have been a fan since his Clemson Days, Followed him at chargers,seattle,titans, I always thought he was a top 30 quarterback and even today he is just 33 years old--and again a back-up to Matt. Oh yes he will never be a top dog but if Matt is hurt as in play-offs he could (and did ) step-in. He is a great student of the game and still one of top quarterbacks but not quite a rivers, wilson or luck. He is a pro and will not disappoint given a chance although we all hope he does not have to be used. Go Charlie--work hard keep the faith contribute and if called upon show them what we all know you are a winner

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    Why did the colts try so hard in the offseason to get Duron Carter and not even use him? The man is out there in practice snagging 4 touchdown catches, I mean really give the man a shot already. We want Duron!

  7. Grigson must be fired. If Luck's ribs are broken it is mostly because he is operating behind an inferior O-linedespite the obvious need to upgrade it in the draft or free agency. Instead we got another wide receiver in the draft and Herreman in free agency, neither of whom addresses that need. To compound matters, Luck is playing
    hurt, ? Because Grigson knows his name is all over this team, and he is trying to save his neck. In one year,
    he transformed this team into the OLDEST team in the NFL. With the possible exception of Gore, his free agent
    signings will be out of football in a year or two, so much for building for the future. And then of course the most bizarre first round draft picks T-RIch & Bjorn Werner??????

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    If the Colts want to have any shot of ever winning a super bowl they need to fire Pagano and Grigson. The Colts for the last three years have almost exclusively relied on Luck to win games by making big plays down field. My case for firing Grigson is described below. The ciolts for the last three years have had no running game, a bad offensive line, an average receiving core, a defensive line that brings no pressure and a very mediocre to poor defensive secondary. Grigson traded away a first round pick for Trent Richardson who is now out of the game. Grigson has failed to put together a good offensive line to protect Luck or run the ball. Grignson has ignored the Bellechick rule by bringing in payers like Gore and Johnson who are much closer to the end of their career than the beginning. Grigson has an undersized and overpaid receiver in Ty Hilton on the payroll.Grigson does not know how to build through the draft. The Colts need to hire someone in the front toffice from Green Bay, the Seahawks, the Panthers, or the Bengals. They need to find a gm who knows how to pick third and fifth round gems. The recipe for winning when you have a good quarterback is to not make him carry the team on his back every game. A GM needs to build a defense that can win games on their own and needs to create a running game that takes the pressure off the quarterback by building a great offensive line. The reason the Colts are losing this year is because they are asking Luck to do too much. Luck is pressing and trying to do too much, It is very easy to beat the Colts because all you have to do is stop big pass plays down field. Now the reason Pagano has to be fired is because he has consistently failed to prepare his team. Since Pagano has been the coach the Colts have routinely come out flat and they have routinely fallen behind by big numbers. Then they ask Luck to bail them out by launching these huge comebacks. Pagano is not a great coach. Luck has made Pagano look like a better coach than he really is. I dont know who the Colts should hire right now but they might need a smart tough coach. The problem is that there is not a great pool of available great coaches out there. Harbaugh went to Michigan. Bowles went to the Jets. They need to bring in a smart tough coach if they want to compete for Super Bowls. So in closing get rid of Ryan Grigson and Pagano. If the Colts dont do that Luck should try to leave the Colts because the Colts are a sinking ship as currently configured. Maybe a young Josh Mcdaniels along with a very good defensive coordinator might do the trick. Maybe they should also ask Bill Polian for his advice on hiring.

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    I've been quiet all season... Well, with the exception of tweeting with @TheBlueMare every game day. I've decided it's time to make my voice heard, on this site and hopefully will be heard on other media around the area. And maybe even by the Colts.

     

    After today's game against the New Orleans Saints, I've got to say this is not the same Colts team that has had me cheering and yelling so loud that I startle my sister and nephew, and make my mother proud. I've actually gone hoarse, sitting in my mother's living room, as if my voice can be heard downtown. I know it can't, and if I could attend games, I know that I would make myself heard.

     

    Today's game was proof once again, as each game this season has shown, that there is something way out of sync with our Horseshoe Warriors. All three phases have been affected, by what I'm not certain, but it seems to be deeply rooted and while we hold a lead in our own division, it's not what our team is only known for, and I must say it's also not what we need to make past the first game in the playoffs.

     

    On defense, blown coverages, soft coverage, and complete lack of follow through, to not being able to set a real edge consistently, our defense has been allowing other teams to run all over them. They're allowing an average of 24.5 ppg, 401.8ypg, and a total of 59 penalties for the season so far. These are stats we expect to see at the end of the season, not only 7 weeks in. And there is seemingly no improvement in sight, as they are really running out of "Next Men Up" players. If they can't get healthy, stay healthy and show consistent play, I don't see it getting any better before the postseason.

     

    On Offense, averaging 21ppg is usually not a bad thing, but with 13 out of 16 other AFC offenses scoring higher up to 3.66 points more per game, and the team being 3-4 after today, it's not looking good. Dropping passes, fumbling catches, and just not being where the pass is being thrown, or the QB not putting the ball in reach of the target, this is not the way to score points. Our offensive line has been through changes, and even mix-and-match shakeups, they're getting stronger and more consistent, but not on par with the expectations for the season, and today allowed our Franchise QB to get sacked four times. And speaking of our Franchise Quarterback, Andrew Luck has been a leader, and unshakable force until this season. After a less than stellar start, then having a shoulder injury and missing two games, his form has not been what it once was in the past two games back. His throws have not been the lasers we've come to expect, and all season his time to throw has been longer than normal. It's amazing what one second can do to a developing play, never mind 2 to 4. I'm not sure what's happening with Luck, but he's got to figure it out, because Clyde Christensen and Pep Hamilton don't seem to be helping him figure it out.

     

    On Special Teams, well, there's been some good days, some really good days, and some really really bad days. I know the blown fake punt just isn't going to go away anytime soon, as commentators are just having too much fun laughing at it. And today's volleyball-like onside kick didn't help, but mainly our Special Teams group seem to be just beginning to hit their stride. They are called the 4th Down Army for a reason, and whil Adam Vinatieri's reliable PAT and FG percentage is low for this point in the season (he's currently 28th in the league?), there's no reason to believe he will be anything but "Mr. Reliable" for the remainder of the season. Pat MacAfee is called "Boomstick" for a reason, and he proves that nickname is spot on week after week. Griff Whalen has finally started to become more aggressive in his kickoff and punt returns, garnering him some well deserved attention this season. The group as a whole seem to be coming together with the "One Team One Focus" mentality that the remainder of the team don't seem to have a handle on quite yet.

     

    I understand Coach Pagano is taking the brunt of the flack for the lack his team has been exhibiting, as a good leader should. But there are other leadership problems in the coaching staff, and they need to step up and take their fair share of the responsibility for not getting their squads truly prepared to face each team each week. Making certain your group is prepared for the team they're facing each week is the task, and it's not showing in the errors that are being made on the field week after week. So while Pagano is taking his fair share of the responsibility for his team, there is certainly enough to go around.

     

    There may be a fundamental chemistry issue with this team as well. It seems to me that there were some personnel changes early on that were a bit surprising to me personally. And usually, you hear about the players that come to Indianapolis to play for the Colts being referred to as "Horseshoe Guys". I'm not hearing that this season. I'm not seeing players grouping together to discuss plays, or sitting/standing together when not on the field. I see a lot of guys walking off by themselves, sitting by themselves. This is what the camera guys show so much of, and it's just not "normal" Colts behavior.

     

    All that being said, I'll stand by this team no matter what. I watched the Mayflower trucks roll into town and cheered. I watch and or listen to every game and cheer. Some day I hope to be able to attend games and cheer. I am a "Horseshoe" kind of gal, and really, truly, fervently hope that the Colts can pull it together, and quickly, as this season is not going to get any easier, and it's not as long as they think.

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    We all know that a coaching change is coming- who would be a good fit for the Colts and who would bring in that toughness, we so badly need? I like Bill Cowher?! #wishfulthinking

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    In the next week or so, we expect to upgrade our site. You'll still have all the functionality you like, there will be improvements.

    • The content editor will be better and faster
    • Mobile browsing will be better and faster
    • You will be able to mention somebody in a post (for example type @nadine) and that person will receive notification.
    • You'll be able to quote just a portion of a post, rather than the whole post (you'll still be able to quote the whole post as usual as well).
    • The menu structure will be a little different. It will include a new way to find content called activity streams. You'll have the option to create your own so, you can discussions the way you like.

     

    We'll all be learning this together and I think it will be just a matter of learning the new functionality, which we can do over time.

     

    The one thing I wanted to flag for you is this. We will not longer have separate login and display names. If you have changed your display name over time, this will affect you.

     

    When we change, log in with your current display name. If you've forgotten it, you can request it be emailed to you. So be sure your email address is current (you have access to it)

     

    I cannot tell you how many times people have lost access to their account because they cannot remember what email address they used.

     

    That's it. Let me know if you have any questions.

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    Browns DL Billy Winn now an Indianapolis Colt. Hopefully, a successful Grigson trade... we'll know soon enough!

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    I suggest Colts staff consider Steven Johnson and Tony Carter. They are two players recently waived by Denver that could assist the defense immediately.

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    Hello Colts Faithful!

     

     

    I just wanted to send out a quick poem to thank Reggie for his years of faithful service to the Blue Horseshoe:

     

     

    Here is a shout to RW87,

     

    When you played the game as a Colt your fans were in pure heaven.

     

    From the time you were a rookie you learned the game and studied under Marvin, who was the best

     

    After 14 seasons as a veteran Colt, you gradually became the ultimate barometer for the receiver test.

     

    You showed up at training camp with smiles, waves, in race cars and sometimes wearing even camouflage

     

    But when it was time to play you would play through pain and bruises as long as there was no hemorrhage.

     

    You battled on the field like a true blue warrior and kept it real off the field as well,

     

    You are the very definition of inspiring and I bet Reggie Wayne gear will always sell.

     

    On the day you wiped the tears from your eye and television caught you weeping for the game

     

    We as fans knew you were a player by blood and would leave it all out on the field so we felt no shame.

     

    This ode is to you Reggie and I will support you regardless of whether you stop or chose to seek play

     

    Just promise us when it is all over you will come home to retire as an Indianapolis Colt one day.

     

    When things all play out you will come home to applause and cheers from Colts fans standing on their feet

     

    All of them realizing that when it came to you playing the game, you were a hard receiver to actually beat.

     

    So as the days draw closer and football season kicks off, keep your game and your head intact,

     

    Do not forget that no matter what you do or where you go we still will always consider you a class act.

     

    Jagged~

  11. I have often shared stories of my involvement with the Special Needs Community. Today I have another one to share.

     

    Yesterday was a day to celebrate one of these individuals we've come to know and love over the years. Amy is a very sweet handicapped young lady who has been employed with Papa Johns for 20 years now. Her job is to fold pizza boxes and she has folded over 1 million boxes in this time frame.

     

    Her family, and Papa Johns felt this was an accomplishment worth celebrating. They invited a large number of family, friends and people from the community to celebrate this special day.

     

    Papa Johns Headquarters sent her some special gifts, and she was given a 20 year lapel pin.

     

    They asked Ron and I to provide the music and entertainment for the day, and we were more than happy to oblige.

     

    Lots of food, music, and dancing made for a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

     

    Of course, amongst other items on the buffet, Papa Johns Pizza was served. ;) :P

     

    I am so privleged to be a part of such a great group of Special Needs people and a community that supports them.

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    Does anybody know when the colts will sign Defensive End Henry Anderson?

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    Is it just me, or does the rest of Colts Nation see only ONE potential cold-weather game on the 2015 schedule? Check it out. As far as I can see, the ONLY cold-weather game occurs on Dec. 6 at Pittsburgh! How cool is that? I like what I see. Maybe I missed something, so let me know if you see it too! Wow, I'm psyched for the upcoming season! Go Colts!

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    Where do people get this idea we are deep at receiver, besides the obvious, that being TY and Andre what proven commodity do we have at the position? Moncrief did the utmost with his time on the field but flashes are not guarantees. As for Duron he is a mystery inside an enigma wrapped inside a puzzle that is also inside a Jack in the Box, I'm still not sure about that place; some may say "he produce in the CFL"... ok, "well his dad is Cris Carter" your point being? All I'm trying to get at is this: there seems to be a blind faith in these young unproven receivers. I'll be the first to admit I was surprised by the pick who the hell wasn't? I did know one thing though, I loved it as well as the rest of the draft. I've learned one thing about this city of mine, Fickle and Pessimistic. Greg Doyel says he doesn't understand, good because if a sportswriter understood what our GM, or our team was thinking: then, yes then I would truly be worried. It is not you're job to understand Gregory what the team is thinking; your occupation consists of typing what you see don't think too much baby, it gives you wrinkles. To sum this up I hope everyone does their thing this year but I will really be pulling for Dorsett and Robinson.

    Go Indy. Go Colts.

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    I have been following the SB Nation Stampede Blue undrafted free agents for this year and there are a couple really cool prospects. Here is the link to that page and you can refresh for the most recent updates:

    http://www.stampedeblue.com/2015/5/2/8537477/tracking-the-indianapolis-colts-undrafted-free-agents

    The few players that stand out to me are:

    Ezell Ruffin, WR, S.D. State

    Junior Sylvestre, LB, Toledo

    Terrell Hartsfield, DE/DT, OLB, Cincinnati

    Hartsfield stands out the most, this kid is a beast. Very strong bull rush and surprisingly fast off the edge. Doesn't overrun plays too much and has a knack for where the balls at. Check out this 9 minute prospect video. I am surprised this guy didnt get drafted... And they are not playing against weak opponents. Not the SEC, but some tough games including East Carolina and Ohio State.

  13. NOTE: I wrote this prior to the Colts vs. Broncos in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs. Thought I'd share with you all!

    It was December of 2010. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck had just put the finishing touches on a remarkable collegiate season that catapulted him into the NFL’s top draft position. He was crowned as the greatest quarterback coming of the collegiate ranks since Peyton Manning and John Elway. Luck was the unanimous number 1 choice, barring of course that he would declare for the draft. He had many factors to consider. He wanted to finish his education and enjoy his senior year but saw the allure of the NFL right before his eyes. So, like many college athletes making this kind of decision, Luck consulted with his confidants. He spoke with his father and mother. He talked with his uncle, who would later go on to be his agent in the NFL. But there was one person that Luck spoke to that may have had the biggest influence on his decision.

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    Peyton Manning at the University of Tennessee.

    In 1997, University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning had just completed his junior season. Manning had a phenomenal season and was the consensus number 1 pick in the upcoming draft. He was being touted as the best quarterback coming out of college since John Elway. Yet, Manning was wavering on whether to declare for the draft or not. Finally though, Manning decided to forgo the NFL for one more year and instead opted to finish his senior year. He would win the Maxwell Award that year and would finish 2nd in the Heisman Trophy voting. The Indianapolis Colts would be number 1 on the clock in that upcoming draft.

    With Andrew Luck pondering his return to Stanford, his father advised that he should speak to Peyton Manning. The Luck and Manning family have had a uniquely tied history that spans over 30 years. Oliver Luck, Andrew’s father, had played in the NFL for the Houston Oilers and played on the same roster as Peyton’s father, Archie Manning. The two shared a good friendship during their time in Houston. Archie would have Oliver pick up his two sons and occupy them by taking them for milkshakes and burgers while Archie would finish errands and the like before the boys arrived. “It was my job to pick them up and occupy them with ice cream or hamburgers so Arch could get treatment or run errands or just get a few things done before the boys arrived,” said Luck.

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    Archie Manning and Oliver Luck in 1982.

    “But the RX-7 was a hatchback and it only had two seats. So we had to squeeze both kids in or, sometimes, one went back into the hatchback. I’m guessing it was Peyton since he was younger. He would have been 6 at the time, I think. Looking back now, 30 years later, I realize how valuable the cargo was that I was carrying back there.”

    Fast-forward to 2010 and we find Oliver Luck’s son talking to one of those Manning boys that Oliver was driving around in the 1980’s.

    “Before he made his decision he had a couple of long conversations with Peyton,” Oliver Luck said. “Archie and I played together way back when with the old Houston Oilers, so we’ve known the family, and Peyton’s kind of acted like a mentor to Andrew. So he got advice not just from his old man and his mom, but some people like Peyton Manning, Eli and others who have gone through it.” Even before this conversation however, Peyton had mentored Andrew at his annual passing academy camp. “Andrew got a chance to go to the Manning Passing Academy in high school, and maybe twice as a college kid,” Oliver Luck said. “While in high school, you don’t just get to see the college and pro guys, but you get to test yourself against kids from around the country, to see where you stack up. As a counselor, you get to spend time with Peyton and Eli, and you get to ask questions and get straight answers and begin to understand what sort of an attitude and approach you need as a professional.”

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    Andrew Luck at Stanford University.

    Luck decided to stay and finish his senior year at Stanford. He would finish 2nd in Heisman Trophy voting and win the Maxwell award, in similar fashion to the quarterback and mentor he would soon succeed. How much did those conversations with Peyton influence him to stay? One is lead to believe that it’d be more than people think. That upcoming NFL season would be one that would change the NFL landscape for years to come. Peyton Manning had 4 neck surgeries and missed the entire season. The Colts finished 2-14 without Manning in the lineup. Once again, the Indianapolis Colts were in position to take another once-in-a-generation quarterback.

    Andrew Luck declared for the draft and was once again the consensus number 1 pick. The NFL combine was quickly approaching with Andrew Luck and other top prospects in attendance. At the combine, Luck was asked about whom was his hero growing up. His answer wasn’t too surprising.

    “Peyton was my hero growing up,” Luck said. “He was my football hero. That’s who I modeled myself after in high school, middle school, whatever it was. You never truly replace a guy like that.” I admit bias here and believe that in large part because of Peyton and his influence, Andrew stayed and finished out his senior year. It’s not because I am a Peyton Manning or Colts fan, but because I know what its like to look up to someone in that same way that Andrew did.

    Like Andrew Luck, my childhood hero was Peyton Manning. I remember begging my mom to let me stay up late on Monday night games to watch the Colts. When my friends and me would play pickup football games, I would imitate Peyton and his pre-snap gyrations and mannerisms. I grew up watching Peyton lead countless comebacks and win game after game, season after season. Growing up in Indianapolis in the 2000’s, it was inescapable. I had always pondered if there would ever one day be a quarterback to come in the NFL that would be from my generation and be influenced by Peyton in the way that I and so many other kids had.

    In the late 2000’s, I started to see the beginning of the end of the Manning era. The Colts were no longer that 12 win-a-year juggernaut and Peyton Manning was approaching his mid thirty’s. It was 2010 and I had just graduated high school with a new era in my life about to begin. I started college in the spring of 2011 but did not have much of an idea of what I really wanted to do with my life. Around that time, my cousin was getting married with family and friends coming in from all across the country for it. My dad had talked about my cousin George and the success he had out in Colorado and suggested that I should talk to him at the wedding. I knew of George growing up but didn’t really know him too well.

    So at the wedding, I approached George and struck up a conversation with him. We talked about the Colts and how much of a fan he was too. He had moved to Denver from Indianapolis in 1998, the same year the Colts had drafted Peyton Manning. He had many friends and family still here in the city he once called home. He became a Broncos season-ticket holder and would cheer on the Broncos every Sunday. Until of course the Colts would come to Denver. He would show up to those select few games in a Colts jersey, much to the lighthearted dismay of friends that would see him at the other 7 games of the year in a Broncos jersey. He was there for that 2002 snow game where Mike Vanderjagt kicked those 2 50+ yard field goals to both tie and win the game. He was older than me, around the same age as Peyton Manning. In talking to him, I felt like I knew him the entire time I was growing up. We shared a lot in common. We talked about my plans for college and career and I believe he could sense that I wasn’t too sure of what I wanted to do. He invited me to come to Denver that summer to spend time with him and his family.

    That trip to Denver changed me in the most positive of ways. I remember spending nights talking with George about his experiences and how he had worked to get where he was today. It would be the first of many trips I would take over the next 3 years to Colorado. I started to see him in a lot of ways that I saw Peyton Manning. Although I have never met Peyton, ask any boy that grew up watching and idolizing him and they’ll tell you they know him. George became that mentor and older brother that I had never had. He offered advice and words of encouragement that would help me become the person I am today. I found parallels and ambitions in my life that mirrored his own. While I was on that first trip, I remember I talked to him about the upcoming 2011 Colts season and how they would likely once again win the division and get back to the post-season. Little did we know how much the season would make the parallels we shared grow.

    When Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos, I knew that George would likely relinquish the Colts as his number 1 team. Peyton was his favorite player and by the time 2012 rolled around, he had lived longer in Denver than he had in Indianapolis. He knew that the Broncos were getting something special. He shared a common bond with Peyton Manning and now that player would be playing for the team he cheered for on Sunday afternoons. Fate could not have written a more unique script. The picture was now coming full circle. He would always have love for the Colts and cheer for them but the Broncos were now number 1.

    On the other hand, I had found parallels in my own life to Andrew Luck, who was on his way to becoming the next star in the NFL. Like Andrew, I too grew up watching and idolizing Peyton Manning and came from the same generation as he did. He was that quarterback that I thought would one day enter the league that grew up idolizing

    Peyton Manning the way that I had. The only player in the last 10 years to be compared to Peyton Manning is the only rightful one to succeed him in Indianapolis. The picture was now becoming fully complete. The pupil was destined to succeed the mentor in the same city, for the same team.

    The Colts will travel to Denver this weekend to play the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoffs with the stakes being as high as they’ve ever been. I still watch Peyton and cheer him on the same way you would cheer for your older brother. Until of course, he play’s your team. It’ll be pupil vs. mentor. king vs. heir apparent. Luck vs. Manning. Or as I like to see it, Rick vs. George.

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    This is my first blog for this forum, I would like to say I have been a Colts fan for years even when we 3-13 before Payton Manning. I have watch them go through some really tuff times and I can remember praying for a really good defense and a great running game. I am really excited to see what this season brings with the new additions to our team and just how strong of a defense we will have. I seen some moves this offseason that is moving towards just that. Also THANK YOU Reggie Wayne for being a great player and teammate and even a better professional.

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    Sorry for not posting here in a long time. But really there comes a time. Where a great player must move on. As much as it is nothing personal. As this was a business decision on Irsay. But also if he doesn't retire, then hope a team can use his services. But wishing him nothing but the best of luck.

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    • It's LeBron being LeBron. I have never been a fan of his for many reasons. He looks like a decent family man and takes great care of his kids + has never been in trouble with the law so I respect him for that - he is also a Great Basketball player, best today.  Having said that his ego is outrageous, he left Cleveland in his prime because he couldn't win a Championship. Peyton Manning for example never thought about leaving Indy because he couldn't win for years against the Pats and Steelers in the Playoffs. Peyton stayed in Indy and won the SB. LeBron took the easy way out and went to Miami dead smack in his prime to join Wade and Bosh so he would be guaranteed at least 1 Championship. I just will never get over that because players like Magic, Bird, Jordan, and Kobe would never do that. He also left Miami to go back to Cleveland once he realized Wade and Bosh weren't what they were after the Spurs embarrassed the Heat in 2014. He had Irving in Cleveland who anyone can see is a younger version of Wade for major help to try and patch things up in Cleveland for leaving and win that city a Championship. He also seems to get upset over the silliest stuff, like the word POSSE. I personally think he just doesn't like Phil Jackson because Phil thinks Jordan and Kobe were better players than he is. To show I am not totally a LeBron hater I have him in my Top 10 players ever list. I take pride in my lists so that is just common sense. I don't think he is better than Jordan, Magic, Bird, or Kobe though. I have seen all of them first hand and have watched most of those players games. You cant put LeBron ahead of Kareem or Shaq either IMO. Kareem and Shaq were so dominant at the Center position that if there was an all-time Draft, if someone took them 1 and 2 I wouldn't blame them.
    • Yes, that is a fair point some individuals just like to stir the pot & cause controversy & mayhem simply because their life has not turned out as well as they wish it had. Like it's somebody's else's fault that they don't make enough money or have a pretty girlfriend or any girlfriend for that matter.    Look, I'm not trying to minimize any fatality white, black, male, or female & I know that being a police officer is not an easy job. I get that. I just wanna get to an atmosphere of mutual respect for human decency & dignity. The strange thing is this: The black community knows that not all cops are bad. They just want to return home safely every night & not feel singled out simply because they are driving a fancy car in an affluent neighborhood. Not all black citizens are violent criminals up to no good who couldn't possibly afford the wheels they are driving without doing something illegal. Or just because your vehicle may be run down & not new; it doesn't mean that the driver or their passengers are second class citizens to be harassed for no good reason.    I also get the police side too to some extent. Any routine traffic stop from running a stop sign to a broken tail light can turn dangerous in an instant if the driver feels threatened or uneasy given recent casualties around the country right now. I just wish more cops would be willing to talk to their supervisors about police officers too aggressive & guys who need to find another line of work since they either abuse their authority or they display anger too frequently to specific segments of society. Silence is a form of acceptance & good cops have to be willing to speak out & weed out bad cops. I don't view it as taddle telling...More like making sure that the right personalities respect the shield & protect the community on the street. I've heard the counter argument to this: If a cop doesn't turn a blind eye to bad behavior, then when you're in trouble no backup will show up to save your caboose. I'm not talking about minor infractions here. I'm referring to repeated cases of excessive force against suspects & using your gun & badge as an intimidation tool to make civilians fear you.    Community policing on foot goes a long way to the community viewing cops as a vital cog in the town or city along with attending local parades, picnics, games, & other social events. People need to see you as just a regular guy or girl not out to bust you, but a conduit to a safer & friendly community. Town hall meeting forums are good too as a way to clear the air & get to know the community whereby no one is looking to pigeonhole people into corners but figure out ways in which no segment of society feels unfairly categorized as a criminal from jump street & to not have 2 separate codes of justice purely based on a person's zip code, attire, appearance, or skin color.    It also bothers me how some police departments have access to military grade weaponry beyond basic SWAT units across this country. It's difficult to foster an air of trust among the locals when armed vehicles are being deployed & officers come out in full riot gear to get a handle on protests. I wanna be clear here. I do not want either civilians or cops hurt or killed in any way. But, when you see a cop holding a night stick with full gear on, it's not easy to approach that & feel safe & secure as a local person now is it? 
    • I am getting ready to get off work so I will have to respond to your Post tomorrow in more detail but all great points. Racism will probably never go away unfortunately as there are just people in this world that are ignorant and violent. I am not sure how anyone can solve some of the violence talking place. It just seems to get worse and worse with groups of people getting shot in night clubs, theaters, etc. for no reason. White cops aren't doing themselves any favors either by shooting unarmed black men during traffic stops. It just makes matters much worse.
    • Thank you CBE for your response to my blog entry. I know how busy peoples daily lives are so I am grateful for feedback & different points of view on this subject matter.    Max Kellerman on ESPN 'First Take' has made the intriguing argument that in America anyway the Natl. Anthem standing up during it is a mandatory gesture of compliance as opposed to a voluntary one where dissent is frowned upon & even called out publicly if you refuse to stand up while the Star Spangled Banner is being sung vocally or played through a variety of instruments.   If an act is required with backlash coming if you exercise defiance, where is independence & liberty being displayed individually without fear of retaliation exactly? Didn't George Washington defy King George III & call for a revolution against Great Britain's colonization & lack of religious & economic freedom which lead to the formation of the United States in 1776?    Still other American scholars have made the argument that the red in our nation's union jack represents the blood of the many black men & women who paid the ultimate sacrifice through war & forced bondage to play a crucial role in the United States autonomy away from the cash crop economies of cotton & tobacco via indentured servitude that survived slavery, Jim Crow laws, & city & natl. prohibitions against unfair restrictions on unlawful voting practices, unlawful access to an equal education; unlawful employment restrictions, unlawful housing practices; & unlawful guidelines about separate lunch counters; restrooms; water fountains & basic dignity rights about human survival minus lynchings & other forms of physical & psychological torture.      Relax, I'm not here to lecture anybody about our country's past missteps or injustices CBE. I am only pointing out what others have said about America's right to peaceful protest earned tragically through rebellion, wars, death,  & social unrest just to allow some US citizens the right to not stand during the Natl. Anthem. I like you dislike this act of defiance immensely, but that decision to not stand or kneel during the Star Spangled Banner is a choice they are entitled to exercise no matter how much others might firmly be diametrically opposed to this notion outright.    I've said this before & I'll say it again: To me, the flag & honoring it through the Natl. Anthem represents the land of opportunity where immigrants with nothing can come here & make something of themselves despite language barriers, cultural barriers, geographic barriers, & gender barriers. Yes, I know. The flag also means paying tribute to the fallen [military men & women & those who made positive strides forward as leaders of social change in this country as well].    Colin Kaepernick wants to use his quarterback clout as a conduit to convey his frustrations over so many black brothers & sisters dying over minor traffic stops when more police stations across this country need to focus their attention on how to de-escaltate volatile situations more calmly & peacefully with no fatalities at all. And when a police officer oversteps their bounds of authority...There is a heavy price to pay meaning hard time behind bars in a federal prison.   I also know we need to find a way to peel back the onion of racial bias & prejudice among different communities too. We need to start a dialogue between the black, white, & Latino communities where a safe comfort zone is established. By that I mean, create an atmosphere where all sides can ask each other anything not as a mechanism to upset or blame each other but rather to listen to everyone's hopes, dreams, & aspirations while unpacking misconceived prejudices about another community that are not accurate or truthful at all in the interest of real growth & awareness. It may sound like a far fetched pipe dream on the surface, but it can be achieved as long as different groups from different backgrounds really listen to one another & they don't get obsessed with protecting their own point of view exclusively at all costs. Yes, I know. The first thing any group needs is to know that they are safe, protected, & no bodily harm will come to them when interacting with powerful authority figures in society or expressing a POV that may be deemed unflattering or unpopular in contemporary circles. I understand completely. Trust me.    I have my first college roommate named Al who happens to be an America Indian that converse with somewhat frequently on provocative issues. I just enjoy our conversations because we respect the other person's backgrounds & life experiences & we can ask each other anything because for us it's not about a gotcha moment or look how smart I am stance. We wanna get deep below the surface & kick every rock/road block over. To quote HOF INDY head coach Tony Dungy, "are you part of the problem or part of the solution?"    Thanks again CBE for jotting down your thoughts. I respect you as a writer & thinker a great deal.         
    • Here's my short take on Colin and what is going on: I have no problem with people protesting about something they believe in or serious matters like racism, that is everyone's right to do so. Where I have the problem is dissing the American flag. It doesn't accomplish anything and it really gets many people to dislike you and question why you are doing that. To me it's dissing the Military and the USA when you don't acknowledge the flag. All you are doing is drawing negative attention to yourself when doing so. Had Colin just went on TV or got with some politicians on TV and discussed his issues on different talk shows to get his message out and how we should go about improving the neighborhoods I would be behind him 100%. I just don't get kneeling for a flag that represents your country. Some people say it's just a song but it represents our country, where we live. If someone is that upset with the USA they can always move to a different country if things aren't getting any better for them. This country has a lot of issues but it is still gives most people a lot of leeway to say and do what they want. Colin Kaepernick isn't African American either, His mother is white, he is mixed.
    • I hope you're hanging in there brother as well as can be expected given such heart wrenching circumstances. Miss you man. I'm here if you need me. God bless, my friend. 
    • YSGC,    Thank you for being brave enough to share such personal information about the loss of your beloved father. That took a tremendous amount of courage on your part.    Naturally, that void in your life will never be filled of course, but this line made me smile:    "He insisted we bury him in his Colts gear"  Awesome! 
    • When are people going to realize that the offensive line talent in last year's draft, outside of La'ell Collins, just wasn't that good? Sure we could've used a couple of picks on some mediocre o-line talent, and people would be right here, with their 20/20 hindsight, saying that they were terrible picks, and that Grigson should be fired.   Instead, we took a WR. People didn't like the pick, as the Colts allegedly were already "stacked at WR." Well, fast forward to this year: Johnson is all but gone come March, it doesn't look like Duron Carter will pan out, and Griff Whalen has been cut. The good news... we still have our trio of WRs for potentially the next 10 years in TY/Moncrief/Dorsett, and this year's draft is stacked with very talented offensive linemen. This, to me, makes the Dorsett pick look much smarter than it did a little less than a year ago.   And can we please stop trying to act like Bill Polian never missed on a draft pick? Jerry Hughes, Tony Ugoh, Anthony Gonzalez... do those names ring a bell? All first round BUSTS that happened on Polian's watch. Sure, Hughes went on to have success in Buffalo, but his failure to produce in Indy makes him a busted pick in my opinion.

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