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  1. southwest1

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    Blue is a gorgeous color isn't it? I bleed blue & I always will too come rain or come shine.
  2. southwest1

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    Schemes, formations, & execution...When it all clicks & comes together, it's a work of art. "Simple Me Complicated You." Blitz baby blitz!!!
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    I should have placed my banner complement here first. Oh well. To this day, I wish we would have recovered that onside kick from the NO Saints...We could have a 2009 Championship banner up there in the rafters too. Bummer. That's how the cookie crumbles I guess.
  4. Since Andrew Luck studied Architecture in school at Stanford University, he could probably meet with the city commissioner on Tuesday, his day off during the regular season, to discuss ways to improve INDY's intrinsic appeal. HA! HA! Just a thought.
  5. Beautiful shot of the Indianapolis skyline there. So peaceful & surreal IMO. Nice picture CM51. My favorite of this set if you ask me.
  6. I love Jeff Saturday. A man of deep character & profound integrity. I'm no Packers fan, but I will continue to root for your success in Green Bay. #63 is 1 of a kind in my book!!!
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    Gotta love a ceiling shot of all the division titles & championship banners. Nice!!!
  8. Even fans need to lay the foundation in Lucas Oil Stadium as they Build The Monster piece by piece, brick by brick. Nice work CM51!!!
  9. "Im a Marine i will die a Marine ,tell your freind Semper Fi, and he and all vets of all our armed services will always have my and all of my familys respect,no matter what war,conflict or so on." Amen Jay & thank you for your dedication & service to this glorious country.
  10. First of all MCF, I want to personally thank your father for serving in Vietnam & your brother for serving in Iraq. Your father sounds extremely hardworking, independent, & self reliant. It is easy to see why he is your hero. No doubt those admirable traits he possesses rubbed off on your entire family. I sincerely hope that your dad gets the medical care he & all veterans so richly deserve. The red tape bureaucracy of the federal government is so time consuming & frustrating. Look up a soldier's service record, pinpoint their location & duration of duty, correlate specific regions where Agent Orange was sprayed, & finally pay for all the tests & treatment options this soldier earned & is entitled to. It's really not that difficult to carry out IMO. Second, as you so eloquently stated, these soldiers did their job & they are to be recognized, remembered, & commemorated for their sacrifices; they are NOT chess pieces or political pawns. Please do not say derogatory statements to them ever. Thank you. Anyone who talks during the national anthem or refuses to observe a moment of silence & respect is not truly appreciative of what actual liberty really is... What teacher in their right mind would honestly claim with a straight face that the Black Panthers was a peaceful organization? That is utterly ridiculous. Is this what passes for an education today? I sincerely hope not or this country is deep trouble. Critical thinking skills seem to disappearing these days or not even taught for that matter & I find this trend incredibly disturbing personally. Accurate representations of our nation's periods of national conflicts, movements, & struggle to coexist as a people are essential to keeping our young nation vital & strong.
  11. Keep an eye on Wisconsin Tues. this June 5th, the Badger State will make the National News regarding a landmark recall election...1 way or another the outcome will be unforgettable

  12. Enjoy a little rest & relaxation on the beach with the family JPPT. I hope you emerge from vacation refreshed, renewed, & reenergized!!!
  13. You are a deep & provocative thinker my friend & I really admire that character trait in you & all my forum friends. Yes, personal responsibility is crucial to a player's financial security after their NFL career is over. However, anyone can fall prey to fraud & deception even among their most trusted advisors & consultants. Also, what if repeated concussions or head trauma makes a retired player susceptible to easy manipulation, influence, & coercion? There is a huge difference between reckless, lavish spending & diminished mental capacity & overall awareness. Often times, players with brain trauma are taken advantage of, broke, & can't get access to the real help that they need. Yes, you can't save everybody & some people do indeed fall through the cracks I know, but does any safety net exist for these broken down players? I don't have any concrete answers, but I am fond of asking questions. Nice discussion as always CP11.
  14. Thank you for your service urusai. I sincerely mean that. My father served in Korea. I appreciate the sacrifices you made.
  15. Being a student of history myself, having a Masters degree in American History, I am well aware the bloodshed spilled in this country & young Republic to preserve & protect our civil liberties. I know what "shared sacrifice" & paying the ultimate price really means. I am also intimately aware of what guilt over survival really means among veterans too. Why did I live & my buddy standing right next to me drop? To me, honoring veterans is more than a parade or salute of gratitude. When our men women come home from duty without limbs & brain trauma, does our citizenry & federal government cut through the red tape & get these men & women the surgeries, medical attention, & psychological assistance they need? When Humpty Dumpty comes back broken & weak, what do we do as a society to make them whole again? Once the crowds & fanfare does down, who comforts the sick, the ill, & the lame? Who quiets the voices of fear, pain, & nightmares? Who counteracts the images of death & decay that time can not completely erase? Who reminds these noble men & women that they matter & have value? Who can step in listen, let them cry, & prevent a suicide? Another point: Veterans of Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, & Afghanistan really resent the implication that only WWII Vets fought in the only "noble war" & that any wartime experience beyond 1945 does mean anything. WWII vets got parades, national respect, & the GI Bill to attend college & rise in terms of social & income mobility. Beyond WWII, media appreciation for veterans sacrifices has significantly diminished. VFW Posts will crumble unless WWII veterans loosen the misconception that theirs was the only war that really mattered. Also, the public isn't asked to ration sugar & other products for troops overseas anymore. So public awareness is almost completely unknown which is so sad. The fighting is now largely down by drown attacks at the push of a button or drop of a missile. The public doesn't see investigative journalists like Walter Kronkite anymore at the dinner table who keep the public aware of casualities, political power plays, & ultimately change the scope, mindset, & opinion of the War in South East Asia. Good Bless All The MEN & WOMEN WHO SERVE IN EVERY BRANCH OF SERVICE WHO SERVE IN A REMOTE CORNER OF THE WORLD WITH A SPATULA, MOP, OR MACHINE GUN. I WILL NEVER LET YOUR SACRIFICE DIE, DISAPPEAR, OR SLIP AWAY. THANK YOU.
  16. I think Lucas has been honored by a number of international film academies abroad for his influence of film making courtesy of his special effects company Industrial Light & Magic [iLM]. Thank you for your feedback JPPT1974. I appreciate it.
  17. southwest1

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    I do have Sirius Satellite Radio & I love it. I often turn the sound down on my TV & listen to Bob Lamey give play by play analysis during Colts games. It's almost like being at Lucas Oil Stadium.
  18. No one will ever forget seeing Darth Vader for the first time on screen in the original Star Wars trilogy or the confident, illegal contraband, space smuggler Han Solo who shoot Gweedo, the green sea horse mercenary in the bar on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tattooine. They were an integral part of my early adolescent upbringing. You don't make unnecessary film additions that drag down the plot or radically alter the entire movie IMO. Your George Lucas connection of a transformation from an idealist to a corporate overseer corrupted by money & complete control fetish is a good point actually. During the course of this film other film makers & friends of George Lucas like Francis Ford Coppala claimed to feel sorry for George because the Star Wars saga was so successful for him that he became beholden to a Star Wars pigeon hole type casting & was so identified with this film sequence that he can't really direct anything else in his lifetime. According to Francis, the world was deprived of other Lucas films he can now no longer make. What a minute...Excuse me, while I burst out laughing okay. #1 Lucas cannot write, direct, or story board effectively at all so no real loss on future film making there, #2 Even, if by some miracle he created another box office film trilogy again, he'd mess up the masterpiece 10 years later with awful new scene additions again, & #3 The Star Wars trilogy & brand name made him a billionaire. Let's see who would a rather be a person struggling to get by or a wealthy man many times over...Hmmm...Not a tough decision there in my book George...Stop belly aching Lucas. Cry me a river buddy. You live a pampered life now okay. Enjoy it. I sure would if I were in your shoes. Thanks for your reply CP11.
  19. Thank you CP11 for you kind words about my CTE blog. I value all my Colts Forum friends opinions & I really appreciate your profound thoughts on the subject matter of physical toughness & a person's mental wellbeing. Crying can be extremely healthy for men. Keep anxieties, fears, & frustrations bottled up & buried deep inside your psyche can lead over time to feelings of despair, helplessness, & sometimes tragically suicide. This outdated theory of Machoism needs to change & gradually overtime I think it will as people acquire more knowledge about depression & how to counteract the symptoms. The debate on NFL insurance coverage among retired NFL players is an interesting one. There are 2 schools of thought here. 1 camp says considering how all former players made this game great, pushed for more player rights/higher take home compensation, & played in different eras where racism was rampant & safety wasn't a top league priority no former player should be asked to contribute any money out of their pocket. Why even have a CBA or players union then? The other camp says if everyone contributes something out of their own pocket, it reduces the overhead costs & fees on everyone else. States require everyone to buy car insurance without exception. No one gets a "free pass" there. Perhaps, a fee scale can be implemented based on your income level & people certain outside percentages on their overall bill. The problem with this idea is what if a former NFL player is financially bankrupt. What do you do then?
  20. Thanks Gramz. I really respect your opinion. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. You always manage to keep me balanced & upbeat overall. I really appreciate that.
  21. Thank you Maureen for your kind words about my CTE blog. I seldom have concrete answers on topics, but I do realize that proper change often starts with asking the right questions. If enough people ask the same questions, positive change usually follows for the eventual benefit of everyone down the road. There can be a balance between profit & safety where everybody wins from the fan, to the player, to NFL headquarters IMO.
  22. You made some great points there MCF. Yes, a concussion is still have having a player's brain slam into the skull & no helmet will ever prevent that from happening that's true & high school & pee wee football leagues must teach younger players the proper way to tackle or take down someone without using the helmet, shoulder, or arm as a battering ram or lethal weapon. New rules are adopted or modified every year in the NFL. Everyone must learn to adapt & flow with the changes. The other dilemma is that players are well compensated to "unleash pain & instill chaos." If you don't make the tackle, stop, or impress the coaching staff, you get cut from the roster & no nice game check anymore. If you get hurt & sit on the bench for too long, the next man up at that position strolls in & takes your spot. For that reason alone, players often lie about dizziness, concussions, or the true state of their physical & emotional condition. How does the NFL break this vicious cycle when they directly profit from the sale of NFL DVDs about the best hits? I don't have an answer here either MCF. You are an exceptionally bright woman MIColtsFan & I really enjoy debating a variety of topics with you. Thank you. I love women who love football especially defense!!! You're A Okay in my book MCF.
  23. Another irony here: If you look at the other global science fiction franchise known as Star Trek beginning with William Shatner & Lenard Nimoy [Captain Kirk & Spock], this film juggernaut respects tradition, characters, & plot lines without 2nd guessing the intelligence of its audience. To George Lucas, the Star Wars saga & his initial vision may seem like his baby, but eventually all baby's grow up & evolve & that can only happen if you cut the umbilical cord, listen to outside fan feedback, & adjust the storyline accordingly. Total jurisdiction & control over anything from entertaining films to landmark governments are seldom embraced or beloved by the masses.
  24. In light of the legendary LB Junior Seau's suicide, the debate over numerous concussions & the side effects as a result of it later in life seems to have regained some fresh momentum again. Repeated trauma on the brain has led to a neurological diagnosis of CTE among the medical community. What exactly is this condition? CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic subconcussive hits to the head. CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, recent reports have been published of neuropathologically confirmed CTE in retired professional football players and other athletes who have a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma triggers progressive degeneration of the brain tissue, including the build-up of an abnormal protein called tau. These changes in the brain can begin months, years, or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of active athletic involvement. The brain degeneration is associated with memory loss, confusion, sensitivity to bright lights, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, .depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia. Clinically, CTE is associated with memory disturbances, behavioral and personality changes, Parkinsonism, and speech and gait abnormalities. X-rays of deceased boxer & football players brains typically show " a mild yellow-brown discoloration in the leptomeninges over the temporal poles." See image found below: CTE seems to be characterized by short term memory loss, depression, & a lack of impulse control caused by incessant blows to the head over a prolonged period of time. No known cure exists for this debilitating condition at this time. Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall for the Chicago Bears recently published a article in the Chicago Sun Times on May 5, 2012 about the death of Junior Seau & how men are conditioned since birth to not display any emotions of fear, concern, or pain. According to Marshall, "Li’l Johnny is outside playing and falls. His dad tells him to get up and be strong, to stop crying because men don’t cry...We are teaching our boys not to show weakness or share any feelings or emotions, other than to be strong and tough." What do we do when Li’l Susie falls? We say: ‘‘It’s OK. I’m here. Let me pick you up.’’ That’s very validating, and it’s teaching our girls that expressing emotions is OK. We wonder why it’s so hard to bridge the communication gap between men and women." Can you imagine how this presents itself even more so in football players? "In sports, those who show they are hurt or have mental weakness or pain are told: ‘‘You’re not tough. You’re not a man. That’s not how the players before you did it...So your perception of a man or player gets distorted.’’ Brandon Marshall's over simplification of "male toughness" notwithstanding; His argument does carry some merit. You can't expect gridiron gladiators to simply flip the civilian switch when their professional playing days are over & done. They were paid handsomely for their aggression & now they are expected to integrate into peaceful society without therapy & mental help? A tall order indeed that often leads to self inflicted tragedy or bankruptcy for many household name athletes. Drug addiction to Human Growth Hormones & pain killers often surfaces with tragic results too for several NFL greats too. New helmet advancements & CBA rule enhancements about safety are not enough. Cut through the red tape Commissioner Goodell & allow all former NFL players the physical & psychological help they desperately need without having to hire a lawyer to get the mandatory medical attention these players legitimately earned through years of blood, sweat, & hard work.
  25. That South Park "Free Hat" episode was actually right on point, funny, & clever HCF. Thanks for posting it. You are right though. When a person creates an iconic film, why mess with it? It's like plagiarism by obstruction or deletion. You wouldn't remove original stanzas from a Mozart masterpiece or William Shakespeare play & call it a new, enhanced version would you? Of course not. Just like there are early drafts of the Declaration of Independence prior to the final 1776 adopted version. You don't discard all previous versions in favor of 1 super updated version. The provenance of an original movement, movie, or milestone must be preserved, protected, & cataloged for the posterity of subsequent generations to come.
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