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Title of article >>>> The Colts are the up-and-coming NFL power everyone thinks the Browns are . Excerpts from article >>> But if you’re looking for a team that could pick up where the Patriots (eventually) leave off, you should be looking at the Colts...….. A further excerpt  >>>>> they’re setting up an infrastructure that will allow them to continue to bring in cheap talent that compliments the core of the roster. It’s the closest thing we’ve seen to the New England model, only it’s been adapted for a post-2011 CBA world, in which productive players on rookie contracts are the ultimate commodity...……….. And this final excerpt >>>>>>The Colts’ approach to building their roster has been masterful. They’ve acquired extra draft picks when they can, they’ve refused to participate in the first wave of free agency (which is always costly and is rarely worth it) and they’ve opted to bring in productive veterans playing important positions at fair market deals. Article link >>>>>https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/03/nfl-colts-browns-future-powers-chris-ballard-john-dorsey

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7 hours ago, Indyfan4life said:

Well, we’re gonna suck now. 

 

I don't much like being the media favorite.  Never seems to work out well.  

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Stay Away USA today! !! 

 

Why don't I just go eat some hay? I can make things out of clay, or lay by the bay, I just may! What do you say?

 

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Someone reports this every year. It's nothing new really.

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7 hours ago, Indyfan4life said:

Well, we’re gonna suck now. 

 

27 minutes ago, Valpo2004 said:

 

I don't much like being the media favorite.  Never seems to work out well.  

:lol: We’re being hyped for not creating any hype! :woah:

 

I actually liked the article.... and find it an interesting comparison between two GMs that worked together previously and are now taking two very different approaches to building their new team.

 

For now.... Dorsey is driving the Ferrari and Ballard is driving the ‘69 primered Rambler with Mississippi plates. :thmup:

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1 hour ago, Devildog said:

Here comes the band wagon jumpers.

 

Nah neutral media pointing out a team to watch out for isn't a band wagon jumper.

 

Band wagon jumpers are people who were never fans before suddenly becoming fans. 

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Just now, Valpo2004 said:

 

Nah neutral media pointing out a team to watch out for isn't a band wagon jumper.

 

Band wagon jumpers are people who were never fans before suddenly becoming fans. 

So every fan is one, as we were not born as a fan of any particular team, we had to chose one at some time in our life.....

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25 minutes ago, Valpo2004 said:

 

Nah neutral media pointing out a team to watch out for isn't a band wagon jumper.

 

Band wagon jumpers are people who were never fans before suddenly becoming fans. 

Not all the time. Before I became a Colt fan in 1973 I was a Vikings fan.

I became a Colt fan because they drafted Bert Jones.

Teams earn fans by winning games. It's when the fans quit after the team starts losing that can be called band wagon.

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40 minutes ago, Valpo2004 said:

 

Nah neutral media pointing out a team to watch out for isn't a band wagon jumper.

 

Band wagon jumpers are people who were never fans before suddenly becoming fans. 

I did not say the media but I should've been more specific.  I wouldn't be surprised from how the Colts did so well last year that an influx of "band wagon jumpers" would suddenly claim that they are a Colts fan given that the media all of the sudden have this love for the Colts.  

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3 minutes ago, braveheartcolt said:

So every fan is one, as we were not born as a fan of any particular team, we had to chose one at some time in our life.....

This is true. Growing up my parents were die hard Bear fans. Being from Indy the Bears games were on every Sunday.

I became a Viking fan after watching Fran Tarkenton play.

I then become a Colts fan when they drafted Bert Jones and have been a Colts fan every since.

 I watched the Hoosier dome being built every day as I worked for a company that was located at South and Senate streets. We didn't know if a pro team would come to Indy at the time. There was a pre-season game played at the Hoosier dome before it was announced Indy was getting a pro team. At first we thought it was going to be the Cardinals.  When it was announced the Colts were coming to Indy I was ecstatic.

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I found this to be a solid article. It's not one claiming the Colts are title contenders because they signed a couple good free agents. It's pointing out that the Colts have embraced a strategy that is fundamentally sound, and they're showing the discipline to stick to that strategy, even though they have an abundance of resources.

 

Edit: The success of this strategy, or lack thereof, will become evident only over time. And it hinges primarily on how well the Colts draft, not on the performance of a couple high profile free agents.

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1 hour ago, crazycolt1 said:

Not all the time. Before I became a Colt fan in 1973 I was a Vikings fan.

I became a Colt fan because they drafted Bert Jones.

Teams earn fans by winning games. It's when the fans quit after the team starts losing that can be called band wagon.

 

Fair enough.  

 

I will say that I don't switch teams but I don't generally follow a losing team.  Like in 2017 when the Colts were losing most of their games, I stopped watching.  I wasn't going to change and become a fan of another NFL team.  But watching the NFL is suppose to be about enjoyment and I don't enjoy watching my team lose.  

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Things are looking good for us in the AFC.

Pats are the pats, but they are declining and just lost Gronk.

KC lost three key pieces to their D, and 1 on O.

Pitt is a mess. 

 

Div Winners will likely be Colts, Pats, Cleveland, and Chargers IMO.

None of those are scary to me. So why wouldn't the media like us.

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41 minutes ago, Valpo2004 said:

 

Fair enough.  

 

I will say that I don't switch teams but I don't generally follow a losing team.  Like in 2017 when the Colts were losing most of their games, I stopped watching.  I wasn't going to change and become a fan of another NFL team.  But watching the NFL is suppose to be about enjoyment and I don't enjoy watching my team lose.  

I used to be an avid watcher of football (NFL) and watched very game I could catch.

Not so much anymore. I watch every Colt game but very rarely watch more than that.

The game has become so anesthetic and don't interest me like it used to.

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8 minutes ago, Irish YJ said:

Things are looking good for us in the AFC.

Pats are the pats, but they are declining and just lost Gronk.

KC lost three key pieces to their D, and 1 on O.

Pitt is a mess. 

 

Div Winners will likely be Colts, Pats, Cleveland, and Chargers IMO.

None of those are scary to me. So why wouldn't the media like us.

Maybe some media but not ESPN.

There are various reasons that ESPN has had a problem with the Colts.

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15 minutes ago, crazycolt1 said:

Maybe some media but not ESPN.

There are various reasons that ESPN has had a problem with the Colts.

 

ESPN is f@ke news.... 

I used to love ESPN in it's early days. Now it's just about politics and personalities. 

Golic and Wingo is about the only show I can watch anymore. 

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12 minutes ago, Irish YJ said:

 

ESPN is f@ke news.... 

I used to love ESPN in it's early days. Now it's just about politics and personalities. 

Golic and Wingo is about the only show I can watch anymore. 

I agree. It started out with making shows that do nothing but argue their points of views.

There is no reporting of sports news without some personalities worrying about their face time.

As far as ESPN having a problem with the Colts it started with Michael Wilbon a few years ago.

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3 hours ago, crazycolt1 said:

Not all the time. Before I became a Colt fan in 1973 I was a Vikings fan.

I became a Colt fan because they drafted Bert Jones.

Teams earn fans by winning games. It's when the fans quit after the team starts losing that can be called band wagon.

I became a Colts fan, when the Steelers cut after drafting  Johnny Unitas, that they cut him because of the coach of the Steelers at the time  said that " He did not think that  Johnny Unitas was smart enough to be a QB in the NFL!  Really? Let history reveal that what put the NFL> on the map was the TV broadcast of the Colts winning the 1958 and 1959 Championships against the New York Giants! That my friends was the start of what you currently enjoy.

 

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I became a fan when they moved. I remember that day well. Looking back now, the whole move was full of drama. Baltimore trying to enforce eminent domain and take the club, Irsay's escape, the trucks leaving in the dead of night all taking different routes, the Indiana State police escorting the trucks.

 

Thank god Baltimore gov acted like @ssclowns or the Colts might have ended up in AZ, or staying in Baltimore.

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I’m glad the Colts are getting some respect from the media. But as far as this up and coming dynasty stuff I’ll believe it when I see it.  Lots of talent in the AFC and the Pats aren’t showing any signs of going away anytime soon.  

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3 hours ago, Irish YJ said:

I became a fan when they moved. I remember that day well. Looking back now, the whole move was full of drama. Baltimore trying to enforce eminent domain and take the club, Irsay's escape, the trucks leaving in the dead of night all taking different routes, the Indiana State police escorting the trucks.

 

Thank god Baltimore gov acted like @ssclowns or the Colts might have ended up in AZ, or staying in Baltimore.

Same here. I was 12 going on 13 when the Colts moved here. As a young kid I was so happy to get a football team.

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7 minutes ago, 2006Coltsbestever said:

Same here. I was 12 going on 13 when the Colts moved here. As a young kid I was so happy to get a football team.

i was early teens too. i was so excited. had a mix of family cheering for different teams. Bears, Cowboys, and Pit. All converted instantly except one Bears fan. It's funny though, he ended up working for Manning for years. and he's still a Bears fan, but will cheer for the Colts as long as they aren't playing the Bears. 

 

those first 3 years were ugly though lol. i was pumped in I think 90 when they got Jeff George... what a bust.. took 9 or 10 more years for our savior. we've been very lucky the last 19 or so years. 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Valpo2004 said:

 

Nah neutral media pointing out a team to watch out for isn't a band wagon jumper.

 

Band wagon jumpers are people who were never fans before suddenly becoming fans. 

I thought "jumpers" were people that were no longer fans. I guess you can jump onto the train, or off of it.

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19 minutes ago, Irish YJ said:

i was early teens too. i was so excited. had a mix of family cheering for different teams. Bears, Cowboys, and Pit. All converted instantly except one Bears fan. It's funny though, he ended up working for Manning for years. and he's still a Bears fan, but will cheer for the Colts as long as they aren't playing the Bears. 

 

those first 3 years were ugly though lol. i was pumped in I think 90 when they got Jeff George... what a bust.. took 9 or 10 more years for our savior. we've been very lucky the last 19 or so years. 

 

 

Yeah the 1st 3 years were really bad - Mike Pagel lmao. Frank Kush and Rod Dowhower lmao. When we got Eric Dickerson in 1987 I was pumped. We won the Division that yr. I liked Ron Meyer too. Don't even get me started on Jeff George, man that was bad too. Harbaugh was a God in 1995 :thmup:

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Grew up a Packers fan, Bart Star was the MAN.  Moved to the Colts when they moved instate.  Moved to Denver with Peyton when the Colts dumped him, and Dallas and basically decided to start over, came back to the Colts when Peyton retired and figured I've already watched the whole career of the GOAT so let's just go back home.  GO COLTS

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16 minutes ago, ojsglove said:

Grew up a Packers fan, Bart Star was the MAN.  Moved to the Colts when they moved instate.  Moved to Denver with Peyton when the Colts dumped him, and Dallas and basically decided to start over, came back to the Colts when Peyton retired and figured I've already watched the whole career of the GOAT so let's just go back home.  GO COLTS

I started watching football in the late 70's but never had a true favorite team until the Colts moved to Indy in 1984. I just liked football in general but wasn't very old. Colts moved here when I was 12. Only other team I have rooted hard for to win was Denver when Peyton was in the SB. I wanted him to get that crucial 2nd ring and go out on top. He is my favorite player of all-time hence the reasoning. 

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I've never changed teams in my life.   Rooting against the Colts , or for another team , would have got you thrown out of the family . Back when they were rarely on TV( thankfully NFL ticket came around in 93 or 4, before that we tuned a satellite  ) in the Baltimore days , me and my dad rolled around in his car around town , Bloomington , Illinois , looking for a spot where the Baltimore feed came in.  We found it behind an old A and W drive up . Every week.  Later when they moved(145 miles away ) ,  we went over to Indy to watch the carpet be put down,  buy all the merchandise,  and everything else we could get. I've had season tickets over the years and stuff , but seeing the blue and white uniforms stills gives me a feeling of joy , a bond with my old man who has passed .   We saw them win the SB together , a memory I'll never forget.  I dont think I've missed a game in decades.  It was hard being a Colts fan in Bear country when we were terrible.  But I've always bled blue and white and always will.  My old man was such a huge Colts fan, before he got a satellite TV,  he would drive to Crawfordsville and rent a hotel room (cut a deal with the owner)  , just to watch and record the game a few years  . I would usually go with him.  

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On 3/25/2019 at 7:58 AM, Valpo2004 said:

 

I don't much like being the media favorite.  Never seems to work out well.  

Shades of the 2015 offseason and our season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

 

Makes me want to throw up thinking about it.

 

But nah, Ballard is doing the exact opposite of Grigson, and we actually have a coaching staff worth a damn that can maximize players' potential. I'm excited for this upcoming season. 

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On 3/25/2019 at 10:24 PM, Coltsman1788 said:

I’m glad the Colts are getting some respect from the media. But as far as this up and coming dynasty stuff I’ll believe it when I see it.  Lots of talent in the AFC and the Pats aren’t showing any signs of going away anytime soon.  

Brady can't play forever and Bill can't coach forever. 

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1 hour ago, ManningGM said:

Brady can't play forever and Bill can't coach forever. 

BB is only 66 years old. As long as his health holds up he cold coach another 10-20 years if he wanted to. I know that is not forever but that is still a long time.

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12 minutes ago, crazycolt1 said:

BB is only 66 years old. As long as his health holds up he cold coach another 10-20 years if he wanted to. I know that is not forever but that is still a long time.

The likelihood of that happening is slim.

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On 3/25/2019 at 12:36 PM, braveheartcolt said:

So every fan is one, as we were not born as a fan of any particular team, we had to chose one at some time in our life.....


Disagree thoroughly. I was born into a Colts family. I was born into an Indiana football family in general, with several high school program ties and family ties to Notre Dame and Purdue football alike. I was wearing Colts apparell as a baby, and my son was as well. Some people never have the choice as it is so ingrained from the beginning, much like religion... and yes I will compare religion and football, as to me they are much of the same. 

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10 hours ago, ManningGM said:

Shades of the 2015 offseason and our season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

 

Makes me want to throw up thinking about it.

 

But nah, Ballard is doing the exact opposite of Grigson, and we actually have a coaching staff worth a damn that can maximize players' potential. I'm excited for this upcoming season. 

 

I have to say this offseason was weird for me.  Because for the first time since I became a fan (the year we drafted Luck) we didn't need starting offensive line help.  

 

And that's strange because every offseason I was always looking to see what offensive linemen were available in free agency and the draft.  

 

So Ballard legitimately fixing that problem is a huge plus in my eyes.  But he also did what Grigson never wanted to do.  Invested heavy draft resources to do it.  

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2 hours ago, ColtStrong2013 said:


Disagree thoroughly. I was born into a Colts family. I was born into an Indiana football family in general, with several high school program ties and family ties to Notre Dame and Purdue football alike. I was wearing Colts apparell as a baby, and my son was as well. Some people never have the choice as it is so ingrained from the beginning, much like religion... and yes I will compare religion and football, as to me they are much of the same. 

Many people are 'born into' x team families and once they are old enough to make an informed decision, they pick their own 'team', which very often differs from the family choice. 

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4 hours ago, braveheartcolt said:

Many people are 'born into' x team families and once they are old enough to make an informed decision, they pick their own 'team', which very often differs from the family choice. 

 

Those are interesting words. Very often huh... that doesn't happen very often where I come from in this state. Must be a demographic thing. Might be a loyalty problem also. If that were truly a case, there wouldn't be very many generations of the same universities, which we all know isn't true. Many families have loyalties to a university and their sport teams generation after generation. 

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5 hours ago, ColtStrong2013 said:

 

Those are interesting words. Very often huh... that doesn't happen very often where I come from in this state. Must be a demographic thing. Might be a loyalty problem also. If that were truly a case, there wouldn't be very many generations of the same universities, which we all know isn't true. Many families have loyalties to a university and their sport teams generation after generation. 

I'm not insinuating hou are not a die hard loyal fan. Or your family. But if you can get me an interview with a newly born 'colts fan', then I will take it all back. Btw, it's not really that important. Glad you are so passionate about our team. Go well.

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