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    Wide ranging; reading and researching, summer outdoor activities, enjoying sports with my dad, brothers, friends and peers. Career oriented. Twitter: @ mkmtwentyseven
  1. thanks guys! love blogging, so i'm sure i'll be adding some more over the course of the season! great start for us this season; hope we can continue it!
  2. From the moment I woke up, I knew it was going to be a busy morning. I woke up and immediately ran my customary five miles; returned home and cleaned up just in time to watch the gold medal men's Olympics basketball game. In truth, I'm not a fan of any of the players on that U.S. team, but I am a huge fan of my country. I also happen to be a fan of several of Spain's players so, all in all, it was nice to see a competitive game. That contest went rather quickly, ending at just over 9 a.m. (I'm on pacific time). http://forums.colts.com/gallery/image/770-/ But that was only the warm-up. I believe in boxing it's known as the under card. The best of my morning was to come just over an hour later. This was to be my first Colts game experience and I wanted to do it right. There was a lot riding on this game; most notably for me, it was to see how my fellow Stanford nerds (an affectionate term), Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener would fare in their first game as professionals. Sure, it's only a pre-season, but it's real enough! I was painfully aware that I would not be able to watch as my family does not have the NFL Network. I could have paid to stream online, but I cannot justify that expense (though it may not seem like much to some, it's one more expense this college girl must omit from her budget). After having posted some inquiries as to finding an audio stream on the message boards and, unfortunately, not seeing answer, I entered the chat. It was still around 50 minutes prior to kickoff, so I was actually surprised the chat was open. Pleasantly surprised. There were a few in there and I was able to post my audio stream inquiry and get a response. I must say, I was mightily impressed with the pregame show on 1070-TheFan. I adored the wide-ranging interviews with players and coaches. See, getting different perspectives on something is what makes me learn more and become even more interested than I already am. Game time was rapidly approaching. I was all set. Wait, check that. At 10:25 I made a beeline for the kitchen for snacks. After all, you've got to have some snacks to follow a football game! So I had my Sprite and some fruit and was ready to go. It cracks me up that I was actually disappointed at the results of the coin toss which had the Colts kicking off. How dare they postpone Andrew and Coby's debuts! When the Colts finally did get the ball, the results from the first three plays were ... well, let's just say, not too impressive. I knew we'd get the ball back, but had no idea what was in store. We had the ball in fairly good field position on the next possession and I expected us to run. As all of you know by now, we didn't. In fact, Andrew's first professional pass was a screen to Donald Brown which went for a touchdown! I jumped up and down and screamed. My cat ran out of my room! I knew Andrew wouldn't let me down as I followed my first Colts game (Brown deserves a lot of credit for his sprint to the end zone as well)! Already feeling great about Andrew's poise and the Colts' lead, I was on cloud nine. The chat was alive and it was at that point when this fan truly felt herself a member of the ColtsNation! http://forums.colts.com/gallery/image/769-/ The next drive was even more impressive. the offense seemed to be clicking. It ended up with Andrew's touchdown throw to Austin Collie. It was Andrew's first successful sustained drive. That's another thing I'd hoped to see. I saw it again on the very next drive; this one, an 80-yard engineered with surgical precision. Andrew took the Colts to the one yard line, and let Delone Carter to the rest (they give him credit for a touchdown "run," but it should be tabbed more as a touchdown "fly!"). We were up 21-3. With that, my hero was done for the day. He'd proved what he needed to prove. I was ecstatic. Now, I'm not one to leave a game early; not even in a blowout. i stayed in the chat, mostly following others' comments regarding players still unfamiliar. I was soaking up information from the ColtsNation. The distinction of referring to a team by its name and using the pronoun "we" do describe them is a fine line to me. I feel I have to be committed to a team, or to be accepted by a team or at least a good portion of it's core group of fans before, myself, I feel I can refer to my team amongst the fans as "we." Just before halftime, that happened. We had a great win today. Pre-season or not, we had a great win. There are things upon which to build, but this was a wonderful start. I know I've entered a passionate community who love their Colts. I greatly look forward to following the Colts as we go forward and follow our team. ~ MKM
  3. great win today! thanks to everyone in the chat for making me feel right at home!

    1. Susie Q

      Susie Q

      Come back again anytime. Glad you enjoyed it.

    2. shecolt


      We enjoyed having you in chat!!!

    3. Nadine


      So glad you found chat. Loved your blog!

  4. @shecolt: it's a new beginning and i think there is cause for optimism. @coltsPRIDE11: i think you're going to like what Luck brings to the team he's definitely the real deal. didn't know that about Indiana's state bird ... sounds like destiny! lol
  5. ah, thanks Blue. just hadn't quite gone back far enough on that one. fortunately, there is still a connection.
  6. now why do sundays just seem anticlimactic without some football?

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    2. BrentMc11


      The way the talking heads are going, there will not be an NFL in 20-30 years....it better not happen in my lifetime. Hockey, Lacrosse, boxing, and the MMA have as much/more crushing blows/concussions than football. The NFL needs to move to the newest technology in helmets IMO/not just Riddell.

    3. southwest1


      A few months ago, during the Gregg Williams Bounty Gate scandal I had a debate with a Forum blogger who made a good point. The NFL uniform attire has zero pads for the legs & lower body because it would slow down the speed of the game. So much for player safety. Look, I know Goodell must balance revenue vs. player safety, but safety encompasses more than just helmets IMO.

    4. NWGirl227


      are you talking about the old uniforms or the new ones (not that there's necessarily a difference)? at some point, they've got to improve the protection quality of the uniforms/equipment.

  7. NWGirl227

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    Colt players who attended Stanford University
  8. Certainly by now it's old news that the Colts have their quarterback of the future. Since it was determined that they would have the number one pick, and that Andrew Luck would be declaring for the draft, it was all but a foregone conclusion that Andrew would be that number one pick. Most -- if not all -- of us have read countless reports and analysis on Andrew's game, his collegiate career and his potential impact in the NFL. In other words, Colts fans should know by now what they're getting. As a Stanford student, I've had the opportunity to see Andrew play about a dozen times on the Farm over the past two seasons. However, there may be just a few more things about him which haven't been mentioned in the common reports and analysis. Andrew is not only a teammate and friend of undrafted Stanford/Colt wide receiver Griff Whalen, but the two were roommates as well. That familiarity probably contributed to Griff catching a team-high 56 passes from Andrew last season. Andrew threw 10 interceptions at Stanford last season (compared to 37 touchdowns). On nine of the subsequent possessions, he led the Cardinal on a touchdown drive Six degrees connection number one: Andrew is the fourth Stanford quarterback selected first in the NFL draft. The most recent (John Elway) was drafted by the Broncos -- now the home of Andrew's Colt QB predecessor, Peyton Manning. Andrew leaves Stanford as the record holder in the following categories: Most TD passes (82), total offense (10,387 yards), highest passing efficiency rating (162.8), highest completion percentage (67.0), most passing yards per attempt (8.9), most rushing yards by a quarterback (957), most wins by a starting quarterback (31), and highest winning percentage by a starting quarterback (.816). With his first NFL paycheck, Andrew may just buy a car. At Stanford, he is known for riding his bike around campus. Six degrees connection number two: It was former Colts' QB Jim Harbaugh who recruited Andrew to Stanford (while as head coach of the Cardinal). Despite Andrew's passing and rushing statistics, his single most memorable play at Stanford might perhaps be his 13-yard, one-handed reception while keeping in bounds against UCLA: Though I cannot personally confirm this, it would not surprise me it Las Vegas casinos had a weekly Andrew Luck "beard-or-no-beard" line on Saturdays during college football season. Six degrees connection number three: Last season Andrew won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award; named after the former Colts' championship quarterback. He also was a finalist for the Manning award, which is named for former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and his sons, Eli and (former Colt) Peyton. Six Degrees connection number four: While Andrew finished second to Robert Griffin III in the 2011 Heisman Trophy balloting, he selected first in the draft by the Colts and Griffin was selected second by the Washington Redskins. Andrew was born in Washington D.C. On June 4, Andrew will graduate from Stanford with a degree in architecture. While I realize Lucas Oil Stadium is less than five years old, if renovations or adjustments were to be needed or requested, Andrew would be qualified to help design them (his aim with the architecture degree is to design sports facilities). There are undoubtedly more nuggets out there, so I'll leave it up to the reader of this blog to research and, perhaps, comment with their own. Something I can tell you all from my experience watching the Cardinal over the past couple of years, Colts' fans are in for a wonderful ride. ~ MKM The author of this blog is a Portland, Oregon native, Stanford student and now a Colts fan. She invites readers to comment and contribute their own perspective to what has been written.
  9. no worries. Griff was not only Luck's top receiver last season (56 catches, 749 yards), the two are also roommates. they know each other well. i'm really hoping he makes the final cut.
  10. great summary. on Luck, Fleener (and Griff Whalen): the reports and analysis is one thing, but let me add my two cents; as a Stanford sophomore, i've had the priviledge to watch these guys live about a dozen times over the past two seasons. the reports and analysis don't do them justice. sure, there may be a few growing pains, but Colts fans are going to be mightily impressed with these guys. in other words: it's going to be a fun ride.
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