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  1. Talked to Mr. Irsay a few times during camp. Always laid back and like a regular Joe. During camp in THaute they always reserved a room in one of the residence halls for him in case he stayed over. Never did, but I do know he made sure a nice tip was left for the housekeeping staff who would fix up a room that was never used.
  2. This one I base once again on character rather than amazing football skills. Rob Morris the linebacker. Saw him one time after practice with ice on both knees and struggling just to walk back to the players residence halls. There was a group of young guys dressed in shirt and ties who had attended camp that day just to see Morris practice. I had talked to them earlier and found out they were Mormons and Morris was kind of their idol. Anyway I let Morris know they were there and even though you could tell he was hurting like hell he went and spent probably a half hour just talking to them, taki
  3. He didn't pick women for their personality for sure. I have to admit they were always pretty close to a 9 or 10 on the beauty scale.
  4. Bah, hiss, boo. Not Justin of course but the picture. Maybe I'm a prude but good ole Mikey there was a real charmer. Not only did he have an attitude with folks but like to cheat on his wife. Watched him a couple of times set up personal meet and greets with females. One's own life and I get that but I'm a big believer in commitment and integrity. The one that really got me is he was standing along the sidelines and kept making eye contact with some ladies in the stands. He points toward them, points to the gatorade cup he is drinking from, writes his number on the bottom of the cup, and then
  5. Jeff Saturday. Got to see what kind of person he was when the spotlight was not on. I worked 12 years security duty with the Colts during training camp (worked for the college not the team officially) and watched how he treated the fans. He was the leader of the O-line and made those guys stop and sign autographs all the time. Some of them would moan and groan but he felt a responsibility in supporting those who supported the team. Actually the Colts had several good guys like that. The only one I can think of I really didn't care for was Mike Vanderjagt. But that is a different story.
  6. Very well could be. I know nothing of Ballard's personality but did have the opportunity to see how politics works behind the scenes with management, players, and the media. It's been over 11 years since I've been around the team so maybe things are different. Under the Bill Polian regime if you ticked him off he absolutely could stick it to the reporter (no I was not in that industry) by denying interviews or simply making it hard to do their job. I got to see it first hand with the way some of the local Indy beat guys were treated shabby, but they pretty much kissed the ring for John Clayton
  7. The older I get the more I forget certain memories working the camps for Peyton. One more story for his special day. Got see Peyton's temper in all of its glory one time. Peyton, the O-line, and a number of the receivers were playing ping-pong after practice and was really competitive. The conversation came up between the players on the different bowl games they had played in college with a lot of bravado going on. It took Brandon Stokley to bring the conversation to a screeching halt and then gut wrenching laughter. Peyton had just finished talking about all the bowls he had been in when Stok
  8. Spent 6 years as Peyton's security guy during summer training camps. Peyton was signing autographs for the fans after practice and this little chunky kid kept going down the line, would squeeze in, and just kept saying Peyton sign my football. No joking this went on for an hour where he kept trying to get Peyton to sign his ball. This was certainly unusual since Peyton was all about the kids. I finally whispered to Peyton "do you want to sign for this kid or not"? Peyton gives me this * off look and says "get me the ball". I have this big grin like ok you're doing the decent thing. I hand the
  9. USA Today has the Colts ranked #32 also.
  10. Billy Brooks... Once the new wore off having a team in Indy Bill Brooks was pretty much the only light for the team in some rough years.
  11. If you're job is to be a talking head then stirring the pot is job security it seems. Current comparison of late for the Indy market is the complete torching that Pritchard of the Pacers took with the Paul George situation. The majority of the columns written or radio/tv talk was the Pacers got fleeced and what a bunch of yahoos running the place. Who's laughing now. Think of all the football experts that were released from ESPN the last two years. The people they keep are the ones who stir the pot and enjoy creating the train wrecks for reality type tv.
  12. Mr. Irsay already gets slammed so much by the talking heads outside if Indy. Can't even imagine how bad it would be if he cut the throats of the new coaches. Other teams might get by with it and even praised for being all about building a winner. Jimmy doesn't have that luxury.
  13. The problem is no one ever offers legit sources. If Mort said people within the organization are telling him something then the preponderance of evidence grows. Otherwise our guess is really as legit as his.
  14. Until you hear something official from the Colts it's all speculation from the supposed media experts and unofficial Drs. Here is an example of what gets reported and the reality. I personally had the opportunity to work around the Colts for 10 seasons during training camp (all with Peyton). In 2008 when Peyton had the knee problem and not seen in training camp the reports were coming out he was not at camp, not even in the state if Indiana, and seeing some specialized Dr. in California or Europe. Media was going nuts on where's Waldo. Truth.... He was at camp from the very first d
  15. Maybe not so strange. Writers (opinion and beat) guys have to make an effort in cultivating a relationship with players and staff. I have the belief that Doyel has soured things so much they don't want to talk to him for sure and Holder probably gets lumped in as well.
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