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  1. 7 hours ago, BR-549 said:

    Its not Ballard, Grigson, Pagano, Frank, Irsay or anyone else.  Its the nature of this forum.  


    Every thread starts out the same ... generally good interaction, and then one post gets a member's feathers ruffled and the rest of the thread is turned into attacks on statements, opinions or thoughts of another member or members - sometimes it even becomes personal.  Usually there is a little productive interaction trickled in but, mostly unhealthy conversation, and full blown in your face of "you are wrong and I am right" and there is no other opinion allowed. 


    It really gets old, which is one of the reasons I stopped hanging around as much. Be damned if anyone is allowed to have their own opinion and not get ridiculed or made to feel bad for expressing themselves. 


    Its okay to disagree, but disagree and move on (I am not speaking to any one member, just generally making a statement).  STOP TRYING TO CHANGE PEOPLE, we are who we are.


    I wouldn't enjoy being a mod for this forum .... at all.  Constant babysitting. 

    Hey there BR-549,


    There is some grain of truth in what you say...That once in awhile threads can get off track, go off the rails, & be misinterpreted as personal shots. Things can get testy around here when an HC is about to be let go once the season ends. Half the forum wants to cut bait & start fresh & the other half wants to claim that loyalists to a regime are short sighted fools who just can't see the light.


    I get the bombastic dynamic because when I was a rookie on the forum I had a tendency to be disruptive, combative, & cantankerous to those I didn't see eye to eye with. Eventually, I learned I didn't have to win every argument on the forum or humiliate others. Besides, we all want another Championship for this franchise & sometimes, alternative viewpoints open my eyes to stuff I refused to acknowledge like Luck's interceptions can't be ignored nor his cravings for unnecessary contact since there's only so much a line can do.


    Look BR-549, I respect you & I value what you have to say. Don't worry about being mocked or harassed buddy because the instigators who stir up trouble always fade away  when games really matter. They just do. Don't let a few naysayers run you off. You have as much right to be here & say whatever you want as I do or anybody else for that matter. The vast majority of forum members are polite, honorable, funny as hades, & much smarter about the X's & O's than I am. Hang in there brother. Please don't be shy okay.


    The moderaters do a superb job on here. They can figure out who is being provocative for all the wrong reasons vs folks just intellectually curious who are an asset to the forum.


    I look forward to reading more posts from you BR-549. I sincerely mean that.

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  2. 6 hours ago, crazycolt1 said:

    You may overlook the job of a center and his importance but he also run blocks, pass blocks and protects the QB from pressure up the middle. He must also deliver the ball to the QB in the shotgun.  Nah, your right. The C position is of no concern. :facepalm:

          Oh I forgot, the C position normally calls the formation. We know that means nothing.



    I love the sarcasm laced throughout this post. haha Yes, I know you were making a crucial point, which makes the response even funnier & more poignant too.


    You excel at humor that drives home your thesis on more than one level BTW. It's a gift. Not enough people utilize satire enough in this world or understand how to deploy it for maximum impact. Nicely done. Folks that make me laugh I never forget.


    No disrespect to the other forum member you replied to either.

  3. 20 hours ago, akcolt said:

    I'm on board with Ballard and agree with his basic philosophy on how to build a team. Build through the draft and focus on controlling the line of scrimmage. You protect your QB and get after your opponents. It's not complicated.  He explained his philosophy and he follows the plan. There aren't many surprises but when there are he explains his actions and how they relate to the plan. 


    He has a laid out his profile of the type of players he is looking for. He wants more then just talent. He understands the importance of building a strong locker room. I love the fact he wants to build it through the draft and isn't afraid to put the young guys on the field. He gets free agency and as a result is very cautious signing free agents. 


    I coach kids and shockingly we don't always win. When we lose our first game I always say the same thing winning is easy anyone can win. When we lose that's when we find out who we are. We have had a few opportunities to see who Ballard is. He has been a stand up guy that will take the heat and share the success. 


    Ballard is a smart likeable guy who understands and loves the game. I don't think many would argue that. I think his philosophy is sound c and he has an eye for talent.  I love what the guy has done so far. I believe the guy will get us back on top. Remember we have not even started his second season. It will be his first with his coaches and the franchise QB. 




    I have to say I really ejoyed reading this post AKC. Football hasn't changed much over the yrs. You dominate on the line, win in the trenches, & bring down the other QB as often as you can or at least give him frequent love tabs anyway. LOL!


    If you don't mind me asking, how old are the kids you coach? I respect people that can teach others & impart knowledge along the way. Yeah, you learn most by failure no question. A healthy mixture of patience, tough love, & renewed motivation to get better every week. Seriously though AKC, major props for showing your students how to handle adversity the right way.


    Exactly, Ballard is a straight shooter who owns his mistakes & doesn't dwell on the missteps. INDY will win under Ballard & Reich. Both gentlemen bring stability & calmness & you can't put a price on those character traits.

  4. Whoa, the Bears actually acquired a potential HOF pass rusher in Mack. I'm surprised that organization actually pulled this off. Their ownership has a knack for being extremely frugal or dare I say cheap. Way to Go Chicago. I suspect Aaron Rodgers probably isn't overjoyed about this move.


    Maybe I need to re-evaluate my opinion of the Bears ownership now. That club has a history of drafting darn good LBs. Perhaps, they finally learned elite athleticism is worth every penny you pay for it.

  5. Whew! This thread is exhausting. I do admire Jared remaining steadfast in the face of opposition that Hines needs to be cut though despite the fact that I think such a move would be premature. While it is true that Tiki Barber did fix his fumbling issue as well as Adrian Pederson, whatever you struggled with in college, you tend to carry with you at the next level normally.


    Good coaching can resolve it in most cases, but every once in awhile, guys can't shake the mental fear that they're gonna cough up the rock on game day. It happens more than most fans would care to admit. I'm concerned even leery, but I'll bite my tongue for now.


    Don't slam @Jared Cisneros too much. I respect that he vigorously defends his position even if other posters think he's severely misguided. Very few can do that. Stand their ground when the majority of folks believe you're crazy, it's a lost cause, & gladly go down with the ship. I like rebels myself because I'm cut from the same cloth as well I guess.


    Anyway, life goes on...What was the topic about again? I forget. Just kidding!

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  6. 7 hours ago, shastamasta said:


    I hope he does read this forum...cause he doesn't return my calls or texts.

    haha Now that was funny! I live for quality humor like this slid in between intricately detailed posts. Well played Shastamasta; Well played. :hat:


    I betcha Ballard smirked when he read it too.

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  7. On 8/28/2018 at 10:16 AM, 1959Colts said:

    It's not really fair to ridicule this poster. Although I can understand all the "rah rah" 2018 Colts team enthusiasm, the team has looked bad in many of the same aspects as years past. 


    Our slow starts were usually caused by defense's inabillity to stop run and get off the field. along with our offense's poor running game and the O- line failing to pass protect. All of which have been happening with our 2018 first team starters on the field.


    It seemed the defense was giving up 6-8 yards per carry when 49ers ran the ball in the first half... that has to be concerning. And along with our OT situation and lack of WRs and RBs one has to question the offense.


    It's easy to make excuses that the vanilla play calling is the reason for our struggles, but until Reich shows us otherwise (with some non-vanilla playcalls) we really don't know what the offense actually will look like. 

    Last night, I watched our 3rd Preseason game on my DVR. Your constructive criticisms about INDY's failure to stop the run are indeed accurate @1959Colts. Yeah, I know. It's too early to fret yet, but I won't lie. I didn't like how easily San Fran's backs were getting large chucks of yardage on us on the ground. I will give Frank time to fix it.


    I did like the Ebron touchdown & seeing Luck run out of bounds once. Jacoby played fantastic! Jesus, that kid is tough.


    Yeah, I never like seeing teams rough shot against us. That always vexes me even in the preseason. Anyway, I appreciate what you said. Thank you.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Colts_Fan12 said:

    Huh? He will be in the best situation he will learn from a HOF QB and then take over a team with some great young weapons on offense

    Thank you for saying this CF12. Teddy gets a lot of unwarranted criticism if you ask me. He's got a decent arm, can move the chains with his legs, & it bothers me when some people give up on black quarterbacks so early & throw in the towel like the man can't play. He can. He was starting in Minnesota before he messed up his knee.


    Sorry to rant here, but it always perplexes me how average QBs like Matt Cassel get chance after chance to continue to play in this league & yet guys like Bridgewater are treated by some like damaged or second hand goods. Strange.

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  9. 4 minutes ago, PrincetonTiger said:

    People said the last part about Mark Sanchez too

    True, I can't refute that. But, regarding Sanchez, he had Darrelle Revis & Bart Scott to carry Mark if necessary. I just like Sam because he reminds me a lot of Eli Manning in one respect: Ignore the press, keep your head down, & go to work getting a little bit better each day.


    I think Sam has a thick skin & that resolve will come in handy as he struggles early on. I like this kid & believe he's gonna survive the onslaught & make it.

  10. 1 hour ago, PrincetonTiger said:

    All while not under a microscope


    47 minutes ago, PrincetonTiger said:

    Being a QB in the NY metro area

    Yeah, being a field general in the Big Apple does come with an intense barrage of scrutiny no doubt. If you lose on Sunday there, they will eat you alive. It's brutal. I wouldn't wanna be a QB in Philadelphia either. If you win there, you're a God, but if you don't...They will crucify you like a witch in 1692 Salem baby. LOL!


    Sam Darold can handle it though. He will stabilize that franchise for the next 12-15 yrs.

  11. 4 minutes ago, PrincetonTiger said:

     Teddy was expendable because of his injury,  AP  was not productive 

    I never said AP was not productive. I merely mentioned/inferred that Alvin Kamara's success early on made Pederson's release almost a foregone conclusion due to Kamara's speed, strength, & elusiveness my friend. 


    Yes, Bridgewater was traded to get Sam Darnold some help on the OL.

  12. 2 minutes ago, PrincetonTiger said:

    There is a lot of diffences between the 2

    Yes, you're absolutely right PT. Huge difference between a RB & a QB. I just wanted Adrian Pederson to flourish in Louisiana. Not blaming the man or even Coach Payton. I just thought he was gonna do great things in Jazz Country. I know; I know. Alvin Kamara made Pederson expendable or unnecessary. I get it. Good Luck Teddy. I'm rooting for ya.


    Sidenote: I always get a kick out of that one Saints fan in the stands with a gold Predator mask on with dreads. It looks so bad caboose. It just does man. I like it. :thmup:

  13. I'm happy for Bridgewater because he landed with a quality franchise in Bayou Country. Sean Payton & Drew Brees are both offensive geniuses. The perfect spot to resurrect his career.


    Of course, I said the same thing when AP landed there too & that didn't unfold like I thought it would either. I do like Teddy though & want the man to get another shot.


    The Saints are a juggernaut in that dome too. I'd be cool with learning at the feet of Brees. Absolutely man.



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  14. 6 hours ago, PrincetonTiger said:

    Public figures don’t have “private” lifes

    That is a very profound statement PT. Like it or not, everything reporters, booth announcers, or favorite son celebrities say or do gets scrutinized. Well said. Darn, I'll really gonna miss Bob. This blows. 

    6 hours ago, Lucky Colts Fan said:


    I don't understand this argument in the defense of older folks...


    Every form of discrimination is going to become less socially acceptable as time goes on.  Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?


    Should we slow down progress so older folks have more time to adjust to what is right?

    That is a fascinating question LCF. I say that because everyone has heard the phrase "respect your elders" for the wisdom & life experience they have, but we seldom flip that coin & ask but what if age is just a shield or crutch some seasoned individuals use to never adapt & evolve? Not referring to Lamey here BTW.

    6 hours ago, PrincetonTiger said:

    Not just racism but sexism and discrimination based on disability et al

    Yes, discrimination comes in more than 1 form indeed. Thank you for saying that PT. Much appreciated.

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  15. On 8/19/2018 at 1:30 PM, coltsfeva said:

      I loved when he would get excited- (I’m not in Indianapolis so I had to listen on the radio).

       I did notice he was making mistakes lately but he’s pretty old isn’t he? Time for him to relax and enjoy his family. I wish him well!

    Exactly right CFA. Like CC1 said in an earlier post, Bob's vivid descriptions of formations & receptions created the impression that you were literately there in the thick of the action. He was fantastic.

    On 8/19/2018 at 1:36 PM, Savage21 said:

    Listening to Colts game just won't be the same.

    I wasn't born in INDY nor do I reside there, but listening to Mr. Lamey on my XM radio was magic. His voice inflections on Colts touchdowns was a cut above other NFL announcers. Nobody like Bob man. His diction, pacing, & enthusiasm on calls in our favor made the guy second to none.

    15 hours ago, NFLfan said:


    That's absurd. He did not call anyone the N-word. He was telling a story. That is a big difference. Why is it that folks can't make the distinction. 

    Thank you for saying this NFLfan. I never had the pleasure of meeting Bob personally, but I've heard him do a ton of radio interviews & I know the guy loves his family, loves the Colts organization, & he is not a racist person. I just appreciate all his loyal yrs of dedication to INDY & his legacy in my eyes has not been tarnished 1 bit.

    13 hours ago, SteelCityColt said:


    Because people are having a quite sensible (so far) conversation about a sensitive topic?


    Lock this topic, pretend this word doesn’t exist.. sure, that’s how we eradicate the ills of society. I mean prohibition and censorship has such a good track record.



    @SteelCityColt: I respect this post so much not only for it's brilliant last line, but because meaningful discussions about sensitive or volatile subject matters never get resolved by closing topics down. Look, consensus or total agreement isn't what matters here. Some can believe a person is racist or a statement had racist overtones without believing that the source they derived from has deep seeded racist beliefs inside of them.


    Just keep the lines of communication open meaning don't make people feel foolish for however they chose to interpret this Lamey situation. Don't drive debates underground by locking threads which solves nothing & drives people underground out of frustration.


    This is why I really enjoyed your last line regarding Prohibition & censorship. You understood the vast majority of posters were being polite & listening to all perspectives even if they respectfully didn't see eye to eye on what what Bob said or the reason he said what he said. Plus like @NewColtsFan so astutely said, you have to look at Lamey's entire career. Nothing from his past in terms of remarks when he did play by play hockey games, Pacers games, or Colts games would indicate he's been suspended for inappropriate comments of this magnitude. Don't blemish a man's illustrious broadcasting career over an error in judgement. He's already been forced to retire. There's no need to extract any more flesh just to humiliate the man. Enough is enough. He knows he made a mistake & paid a heavy price.


    Anyway SCC, thanks for reminding us all that episodes like this need to be talked about. All points of view need to be heard, & not retaliated against even if it contradicts what we personally believe in our hearts & minds. You Rock!


    Look people can think whatever they want. If we go after everybody that crossed the line in a moment of weakness, we'd all end up in a morality jail of public opinion eventually. Bob will be forgiven in my eyes because I examine a person's whole entire life's work not just 1 moment in time. There will be no crucifixion of Bob Lamey from where I sit anyway.

  16. 9 hours ago, braveheartcolt said:

    For all the preseason I have watched in the 15 years, it bares very little resemblencce to the regular seasons. Getting excited or vexed is a waste of time. From a fans perspective I mean....as I'm sure the coaches do get things from it.

    @Braveheartcolt: Leave it to my favorite Scottish brethren on the forum to use the term vexed. A word that doesn't get enough mileage these days. A tremendous word BTW meaning to annoy, trouble; infuriate, perplex, or confuse others about a minor, trivial, or insignificant matter.


    Good to hear from you BHC. Precisely, preseason is like musicians warming up or doing a sound check before a packed concert venue. Hardly, the main event everyone bought a ticket for. Well said. :thmup:

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  17. 6 hours ago, CR91 said:

    so you're saying there's hope :woah:

    "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you're my only hope." --Princess Leia


    So, who is Obi-Wan in this scenario then? Frank Reich who protects Luck from pushing himself too hard too fast or Chris Ballard for keeping Chewy's jersey clean once games really matter?


    Just pulling your leg CR91. You swung the door wide open & I merely walked through it. haha

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  18. 1 hour ago, Coltsman1788 said:

    We just need him to shake off the rust and regain his confidence so the many good traits he has start manifesting in games again.

    Yeah, that's exactly where I'm at too C1788. I don't see us winning our division or even landing a Wildcard slot this yr. All I care about is Andrew getting his NFL legs under him again, establishing a rapid release rhythm with the ball, & better ball security. Honestly, if Andrew can do that, I'll be happy.


    Yeah, I know. It's way too early to predict what our record will be. I just think that Luck needs time to know he can trust his protection to hold up & gel with Eric Ebron & other new faces & establish a rapport with as the season progresses.

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  19. 6 hours ago, Rally5 said:

    So. let's be smart Colts fans and not buy into the media overreaction that we suck, that we have no talent,  that the Colts can't compete this year, or Luck won't be his old self. 

    I do agree that there is a danger in overreacting or believing that Luck isn't crisp enough yet. As for the media dismissing INDY or creating the tired old narrative that we are a substandard team, I'm used to it & it doesn't even faze me anymore.


    Turnovers bother me. I won't lie about that. But, given his prolonged time rehabbing to get back on the field, no QB is gonna re-emerge with pinpoint accuracy & it's human nature that anyone might force a few throws because you're trying so hard to make a good impression & reassure your fanbase that the mojo can & will be recaptured. As PrincetonTiger always says "everything will be okay." 


    I'm just glad to see Chewbacca taking licks, getting back up, & smiling. When you think something you enjoy doing is gone forever & you get it back, it's an awesome thing to see man. It truly is.

  20. On 8/16/2018 at 3:07 PM, Nadine said:


    FYI, clicking on 'who reacted to this post' or 'who's following this thread' will pretty reliably lock your browser up. For now, avoid clicking those

    Thanks Nadine for confirming this problem. I seriously thought my computer was possessed or something. Good advice. Will this ever be resolved or just accept that this feature will never work smoothly again?

  21. 2 hours ago, richard pallo said:

    On a positive note the new field looked great and as far as I know there were no injuries of note... The defense was really flying around and hitting very hard.

    Whoa...something redeeming about last night's game. How am I supposed to work with that dude?   Don't you know, the doom & gloom preseason rules man? Just messing with ya Richard.


    Yeah, nobody tore their ACL or entered the concussion protocol.


    People probably thought I was insane with me bringing up Favre & picks, I get it. I just wanna see Luck show me once this yr that he's not afraid to throw the ball away when everybody is covered downfield. Just so I know he's capable of it.

  22. 24 minutes ago, chad72 said:

    They should watch videos of Doug Baldwin and Antonio Brown when they play with RW and Big Ben for that.

    Good suggestion there Chad. Again, I need to see the whole Ravens game first, which I will watch tonight, but I trust what you say man. You know your stuff & carry considerable sway with me over the yrs just reading your thoughts. Nuff said.

  23. 2 hours ago, crazycolt1 said:

    Guaranteeing big money long term for Bell IMO is not the smartest investment the Steelers should make.  Pittsburgh is not the only team who are not crazy about paying a RB a large guaranteed contract when their position is one of the shortest career on average. 

    With that said does the team or the player pay for the insurance to cover a guaranteed contract in case of a career ending injury?

    True, the running back position has lost some of it's leverage now because of the back by committee approach & a workhorse franchise back on the field for all 3 downs is not as commonplace as it once was say back in the Barry Sanders era for example.


    Regarding your question, I'm assuming the team not the player would pick up the tab on a career ending injury that happened during a game or team practice. Good question CC1. To be honest with ya, I'm not really sure how Pittsburgh as an organization handled the Ryan Shazier injury regarding medical bills etc. etc. In the NBA, I do recall hearing that league insurance stepped in to pay at least his salary not the Miami Heat during his blood clot dilemma when it was uncertain as to whether Bosh would ever play again.


    I know the game has changed now making it harder for backs, safeties, & pass rushers to get serious guaranteed money anymore in large part to analytics & loosening penalties on offensive players while imposing more rules on guys on defense now. I'm not thrilled about it.

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