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  1. I was joking with my wife that I'm making plans to go the our first game at the LA Chargers. I wasn't too serious, thinking they will be playing in the LA Coliseum which I heard parking is atrocious. Upon further review, I see the are playing in a temp location called ROKit Field in Carson, 30,000 capacity, until there new stadium is finished in 2020. I'm thinking with that size, no seat should be too far away and prices seam reasonable. Plus factoring going to Universal Studios to get that off my bucket list. Finally my favorite baseball the SF Giants is playing the Dodgers that weekend. I thinking about going with my wife of course. Giants/Dodgers on Friday, 6 Sept, Universal Studios, 7 Sept, and Climax with the Colts/Chargers, 8 Sept. The Giants are struggling right now but it is a long season and when the won 3 World Series in 5 years, the were never the favorite going in. On another thought about our 3 prime time games, I thought we should have had 5 like the other top clubs of the year. It was mentioned elsewhere and I agree, having all 3 prime time games as away games is not fair to show the country the positive energy Indianapolis has with the home games, IMO.
  2. Tarik Glenn made at least one Pro-Bowl, I was there for the 2007 Pro-Bowl, our Super Bowl winning year 2006 season, Super Bowl and Pro-Bowl in 2007. We had Manning, M. Harrison, R. Wayne, J. Saturday, and Tarik. Interestingly, DE's D. Freeney, and R. Mathis didn't make it that year but I remember they both made at the same time in another year. Edgerrin James was not a Colt anymore, replaced by Addai and Rhodes at RB. M. Harrison barely played, caught a couple passes in the Pro-Bowl warm-up, he must have been injured. Reggie caught a long TD pass. It was cool to have those Colt players introduced last with the announcer saying "From the Super Bowl Champions Indianapolis Colts", those 5 Colt plays walked on side by side onto the field. Too bad no defensive player was represented but if you remember, our run defense sucked in the 2006 season, but became formidable during the playoff run. Some things are just explainable?
  3. I'd say Austin Collie. It's unfortunate he sustained multiple head injuries. I had a co-worker that found out I was a Colt fan, he was originally from Utah a BYU fan. He told me he and son would go to BYU games just to watch Austin Collie who let the nation in receiving his senior year. For trivia, that same year we drafted RB Donald Brown, from UCONN who led the nation in rushing. So that draft year, we draft RB who led the nation in rushing and WR who led the nation in receiving. You can check but I think this statement is correct.
  4. It's possible for himsto make an impact but he is will need a big 2nd year jump. The Colts will given him the opportunity. If he does not improve in the next 1-2 years, he may be playing for another team, if at all. That TD pass he dropped against KC in the playoffs does not help his outlook and off-season thoughts. Although it was meaningless as far the the outcome, it means something to someone who had a hard time coming off the practice squad.
  5. Yes, I remember it being remembered as the "Blunder Bowl", I think I remember, they said there was 11 turnovers, did not verify if my memory is correct. I know we intercepted Cowboy QB at least twice, one by S Rick Volk who returned to the Dallas 3 yard line and RB Tom Nowatzki score for the 1 yd line. The other int was by MLB Mike Curtis to put use is position for the winning 32 FB by straight on WR/PK rookie Jim O'Brien. When he made it, I jumped just like he did and not realize until seen it later. Also All Rookie Dallas RB Duane Thomas fumbled on the 1 yr line as mentioned above. For out Colts, Mackey scored the fluke tip pass. We tried a flea flicker that did not flick and RB John Havrilak, and college QB threw a pass instead to the QB behind the line of scrimmage because of the pass rush to him, tried to throw it to TE John Mackey waiting for the pass and WR Eddie Hinton caught it on the run and almost scored but the ball was knocked out of his hand before the goal line and eventually went out the back side of the endzone, for a Dallas touchback, that sucked. Although Earl Morrall had a good game, he was intercepted once int the end zone, make you wonder if SB III was back again, and we also missed a PAT. Thus, the Blunder Bowl, but I enjoyed the victory no less.
  6. That tip ball long TD to TE Mackey was legit. CB Mel Renfro did tip the ball. When showed on replay, the spin of ball increased when he tipped it. Yes, it was just a finger tip but that is all that was needed. I did not see the recent highlights but I remember seeing this SB specials every year before the SB. The saying was the Dallas Cowboys Doomsday Defense made Unitas pay dearly for his brief moment of SB glory. It may have been the Colts next possession when Unitas dropped backed, pocket collapsed and ran up the middle, was actually a pretty good run for a few yards instead of a loss but his was hit hard by MLB Lee Roy Jordon, he knocked Unitas out of the game with bruised ribs, to add insult to injury, Unitas fumbled and Dallas recovered. Interestingly, back-up QB Earl Morrall came in, the Super Bowl III flop losing QB and showed a live passing arm to give the Colts offense a lift to help win the game. I remember reading an comical editorial picture which had Morrall saying to a reporter; "I'd like to thank Lee Roy Jordan for making this possible" or something to this effect.
  7. I think we can add 4 solid players at least, with our #1, 2 #2's, and at least one top tier FA with our favorable salary cap status. I'd go for a top flight WR, not average type WR for depth as we already have Inman, Pascal, Chester who would be solid #3, 4, and 5 WR for depth. We need a #1-2 type to complement TY Hilton. Then I'd go for defense, I think another LB to complement Leanard and Walker. Walker was solid but he early in the year but he seemed to disappear at the end. Perhaps it was his injury or he hit the wall. We have some guys coming back for injury and I'm interested to see what they can do. WR Cain had gotten a lot of rave reviews but I would remain cautiously optimistic. He has yet to catch his first NFL pass, and he did have a season ended injury, I think requiring surgery. He would be competing for the #3-5 WR spots. DT Jihad Ward, look pretty before he got hurt. He was a 2nd draft choice of the Raiders, and he is still young at 24, 6-5 290 DT, who can provide an inside rush with good size. S Mike Mitchell adds veteran savvy, and worth bringing back for a 1 year contract S Matthias Farley contributor who adds depth and can start OG Matt Slausen, if he cleared from his injury, he may want to comeback to enjoy our recent success ride and OL dominance, even if is to provide depth, that would be quality depth.
  8. I like the idea of getting Vinny another SB ring before he retires. Although it is not a given he will retire after next, probably taking it 1 year at a time from here on out. Regardless, win one for Vinny. Unless he has a terrible year, he will be offered to kick for someone, if not the Colts.
  9. We had a great defense that year and perhaps an even better defense the next year as promising 2nd year DL Billy Newsome replaced DT Billy Ray Smith. However, with lost to upstart Dolphins the next year in the AFC Championship game, 21-0, having an aged QB Johnny Unitas caught up to us. If Johnny U was in his prime, who knows. Some Trivia notes: Billy Newsome (that is how promising he was, he was more of a DE pass rusher but replaced Billy Ray Smith at DT who retired after our SB win. I remember the defesne was so relaxed and dominating, Newsome and Bubba Smith would sometimes switch in and out at DE/DT, remember Bubba was initially drafted at a DT, then was moved to DE) was traded along with a 4th rounder to New Orleans for the 2nd pick in the draft and QB Bert Jones. In our Super Bowl win of Dallas 16-13, the turning point was I think in the 2nd quarter, Dallas was up 13-0, they had the ball on our 1 yard line and RB Duane Thomas fumbled and the Colts recovered. If they had made a TD, it would have been 20-0 in favor of Dallas. Even coach Tom Landry said, he was not sure of the Colts could have comeback from a 20-0 deficit. Dallas did not score the remainder of the game, we had a great defense. Our unsung hero was right DE Roy Hilton, 6-6, 240, he was applying consisted pass rush for his side, opposite All-Pro LDE Bubba Smith. Out 3 LB's was arguably the best in the NFL at the time. ROLB Ted Hendricks in the 2nd year, enroute to a Hall of Fame Career, I was dissapointed when we traded him. I remember Bubba saying in his rookie year after he got the flu and lost weight, before Hendricks was drafted by the Colts, Bubba said he lost so much weight he almost looked like Ted Hendricks. Interested they became team mates on a great defense, both at 6-7 height, but Bubba at 290-300 lbs, Hendricks at 215 lbs. MLB Mile Curtis when from an All-Pro OLB to a Pro-Bowl MLB, he a rough, instinctive, and a winner. OLB Ray May, similar to Hilton, was solid, athletic converted MLB from Pittsburgh to become a solid OLB for us. He did fill in a few games at MLB when Curtis got hurt and did not miss a beat.
  10. Yes, started the season with Luck having full confidence in his shoulder. During the first few games, he seemed to very cautious, throwing mostly short passes. Although he was throwing an insane amount of passes on a couple of those games, still was mostly short. He should open the year will full confidence. However, hopefully not like his last game against KC, but we are looking forward now. Maybe with an addition of another top flight WR via FA or the draft to go along with TY. Inman looks look solid and is a keeper, his CFL experience, winning the Grey Cup helps, he is a solid professional WR. Hopefully Pascal makes the big 2nd jump in provement. Inman and Pascal give us good size at WR. Inman at 6-3 205 and Pascal at 6-2 219, to complement the 5-10 183 TY Hilton. I remember one of announcers saying how big Inman and Pascal was when he spoke to them before the KC game.
  11. Both will continue to improve considering they are relatively new to competitive football. Cox is a little heavier and a better blocker. Cox besides that spectacular 1 hand grad TD against Oakland has not caught a lot of passes. However, when he did, he seemed to have pretty good run after the catch ability. Swoope is a dangerous downfield receiver for a TE and also has a knack for catching TD's, like Ebron. I was disappointed when we let Swoope go and pleased when we re-signed. Hopefully, his injury is resolved by mini and training camp. Especially if Doyle is unable to return, whom I like a reliable TE for us, as long as he stops fumbling.
  12. OK Colts Nation, our 2018 season is over. Congrats to the KC Chiefs, I do hope the beat the Pats and go on to win the Super Bowl. To reflect back, anybody who talked playoffs at preseason or at 1-5 would have been called *s by many here on this forum. I always think we have a chance until mathematically eliminated. Anyway, even though we loss, about half the expert announcers thought we would beat the Chiefs as we can't that bad. If we played a good game, who knows but again given the Chiefs the credit the deserve and like us, their future looks bright, especially with their shinning star QB Mahomes. The season is over, we have a lot of cap space, an extra early 2nd round draft choice from the Jets and looks like we will also get a 4th round compensatory pick for losing Moncrief to free agency. Just a small note, our 5th WR Fountain, missed that wide open pass for a TD towards the end of the 4th quarter. Although meaningless, the score would have been 31-20 instead of 31-13. Maybe that's why he stayed on the practice squad all year. He will be thinking about that all off-season, hopefully he makes the 2nd year jump in improvement. We had a good year, I would like to have seen us play better in our last game though.
  13. I agree, as bad as we being outplayed, we had a chance in the 4th quarters, especially when D. Leonard got that fumble, I thought we would surely score a TD. However, Luck for some phantom reason, continued his ineptitude play. You can give KC credit but if Luck played well, who knows?
  14. First, unfortunate to a novice or average fan, not fanatics like us. Many may have watched this Nationally televised playoff game to watch the hype of the great Andrew Luck. To the average fan, the will come away saying Luck did not show them anything and is overrated, based on the Chief game alone. Someone said they wonder about his shoulder because he seem to be lobbing to ball more like against the Texans and Titans. I made post last week about that but I felt he was doing that on purpose as a touch pass because he was dropping it in nicely, and these we mid range to deep passes. The Texans 2nd half was similar to the Chiefs game but not quite as bad but the Colts were in preserve the lead/win mode. Luck is our QB and he had a great year, especially after the 1-5 start, he really started to play well and I hope he did not re-injure his shoulder based on the yesterday's game. Luck did seem glassy eyed, as someone else said, "a dear in the headlights look" and unfortunately, I agree. Young Mahomes schooled him in comparison from and mental and physical standpoint. It was a team loss but Luck's poor performance was the #1 factor. When we win he gets the most glory and when we lose same thing but in this case it was obvious.
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    It was a team loss, Vinny's' misses was one of a few different factors in the loss. We could have been a 1 position game later in the 4th quarter if he made those kicks, stunning considering how bad we were playing. I don't thinks the holder was the problem either. Vinny just had a bad day, his leg strength seemed fine as the kicks had more that enough distance but after all, both were chips shots. We always bring in a second kicker to not overuse Vinny's leg in training camp and pre-season, he accurary can be re-assessed at that tiime. I don't say we get emotional and release him talk about immediate replacement, lets get a good eval of this future Hall of Famer, he is the older player in the league, but we also know kickers can last longer than any other position.
  16. If Vinny did not miss the FG and extra point, it would only be a one score ball game which would be amazing considering how bad we played. That was not good version of an onside, not chance, unless it hit a player and bounded off.
  17. Someone mentioned an onside kick to start the 2nd half, that is an interesting thought and should be considered, we gotout giving everything we got.
  18. I was about it is only a 14 point deficit, not as bad as the 28 point 3rd quarter deficit we came back from. Still 17 points is not as bad as 28 point for a great comeback. That last drive shows we can move the ball passing with a hurry up offense that we should do the rest of the game. We need to pass 90% of the plays, run periodically to keep the honest. A whole team breakdown. Luck, Ebron first drop, offsides by Autry, Hunt, and Sherod. Safety Wilcox looks lost but may be because he is a recent pick up to our system. His horse collar flag was stupid, was way out of bounds already. Lets open it up, if we go down, we go down guns a blazing.
  19. They were talking about Vinatieri hitting he FG's in pre-game warm-ups. Made me think about deja vu, Vinny hitting another game winner like he did in the snow against the Raiders to add to his storied history. Enjoy it Colt nation, remember at pre-season, we weren't supposed to be here and now some experts predict we will beat the #1 seed, what a transformation over the past 5 months. Go Colts!
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    Losing is my biggest concern but I like our chances of winning, otherwise I have no concerns. Specifically, I would say the obvious, stopping or containing Mahomes. With his ability, he will get his share of positive plays but limit him to not having a big day. If it snows, it will impact both QB's, but I think our better O-line and RB's may be the difference maker, actually regardless if it snows or not. Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt being out has hurt their offense.
  21. Nice, really cool. Thanks Josh McDaniel for not coming to Indy.
  22. TY is so dependable and explosive, we would not have our success it he was not for him. The great turnaround and success has many contributors but he is surely one big factor. At work today, my co-workers know I'm a Colts fan and was saying how lucky are to have TY Hilton, he does a great job of the field without be a prima donna diva, I/me first player, and negative locker room guy. His production over the past several years would make him vulnerable to getting a big head but he stays level headed and is a pleasant interview. I'm grateful for his efforts and contributions without being a problematic player for coaches and team mates like some other great WR's like; Antonio Brown, OBJ, Dez Bryant, Terrel Owens are those that come to mind. Fitzgerald of Arizona is another top flight WR, model citizen.
  23. This is my observation. It seem like during our first few games, he was still getting used to his post injury feel. He was playing conservative with quick release short passes with an occasional mid range pass, and rare if any deep passes. The first hail mary at the end of the half, Reich put J. Brissett to throw that 60+ yarder, creating further having questions about his shoulder. Luck remained politically correct in his post-game interview. When Luck was kept in for the hail mary, at the end of the half, I think it was the very next game, it was about midfield and I'm not exactly sure but I think he threw that pass about 53-55 yards in the air. I think if he wanted too, he could have thrown it farther because he threw it a little higher than normal to allow the receivers to get under it. Although it was incomplete, I felt good that he could throw it that far if needed, and probably a little farther. TOUCH PASSES! What I've noticed over the past 3-4 weeks, he seems to much more comfortable and confident in his shoulder and passing. I see him throwing intentional soft touch passes that drop in for the catch to the open receiver, and these are not short passes but mid range to long passes. Remember, he was not throwing long passes early in the season. He is now playing at a high level and he seems to be getting better every game, not mentally as he already has the mental game, but physically in his shoulder/passing. Kind of like a kid in the candy store, now that he got his game back, can't wait for the next play to make up for all the fun he has been missing. This also makes our run game better and vice versa.
  24. You know me an my analogies but I think this is another good one. THE LEAD IN: The 1995 Colts, Jim Harbaugh became the starter and led this bunch of "Ragamuffins" as he would call it to a 9-7 record and wildcard playoff birth. I remember the long pass from mid-field to WR Sean Dawkins was a thing of beauty. The FB Zack Crockett carried the rock for over a 100 yards to win the wild card game to move on the K.C. THE SIMILARITY: KC was the #1 seed then and now, we were the #6 seed then and now. A lot of my friends and relatives who knew I'm a Colt fan said they thought the Colts can beat the Chiefs and we did. Like back then, my friends and relatives are telling they think the Colts can beat the Chiefs. There are no guarantees, that is why they the play the game. This is my true feeling, the Colts have a good shot is winning this game, I'm very impressed with Mahomes and lets leave it at that. A difference is that Harbaugh threw for only 112 yards but in a winning effort in 1995. We won with good defense and the KC PK missed a key FG. I don't anticipate Luck will be held for 112 yards but I don't care if he passes for 9 yards, 0 TD, 4 interceptions, as long as we win, the whole team and Colt family will be happy. I do really feel good about this game. We are in the Divisional Playoffs, football life is good. Note: I just happen to be watching NFL GameDay Primetime and they are showing some KC highlights, caption says they had 3 primetime losses in 6 weeks, to the Rams, Chargers, and Seahawks, before clinching the division with a win over the Raiders. In the Seahawk lost, the announcer is saying "KC has no answer for the Seahawks receivers".
  25. We beat the teams on are schedule, that's all we can do. To say the Texans is not a good team is incorrect. They are a good team. AFC South Division Champs on regular season record, but we are the better team. KC may have a good D-line but the Texans D-line is better. Off the record, we know we are the AFC South Champs.
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