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Colts Training Camp Begins

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This week training camp began at Anderson University for the Indianapolis Colts. Fans cheered as one by one the team arrived and signed autographs.

Reggie Wayne was the player who got the most recognized as he rode up in an Indy Sports car, showing that he was ready and will have even more speed this year.

With only a couple more weeks till the pre-season games start and a month before regular games begin the Colts are looking good with their practices. Andrew Luck is performing very well, and we got a look at some of the amazing touchdowns.

This year will definitely be a year to look forward to, with wide reciever T.Y. Hilton having some experience after fellow wide reciever Reggie Wayne went down with an torn AC, Hilton stepped up and helped to fill the shoes that needed to be filled.

Now with Wayne back and recovered, this Colts team will definitely be a team to be aware of, and now with Luck more comfortable with his team and the playbook, this year should be more exciting and rewarding that the previous years. I am confident that the Colts will go as far or even further than last year.

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July 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

Reggie Wayne Expects Medical Clearance At The End Of April

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After almost six months Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne says that he expects to be medically cleared to play at the end of April.

After tearing his ACL in the game against the Denver Broncos, Wayne had surgery back in October of 2013. Now hopeful to be cleared at the end of the month, Wayne would be on schedule for training camp at the end of July.

With Wayne back, quarterback Andrew Luck will have gained back one of his biggest weapons. As a 35 year old veteran, Wayne has been a sense of security for the young quarterback and the newer players that joined the team two years ago, and after Wayne left with his season ending injury the rest of the young players had to step up in order to be able to move on, as we have seen they are more than capable and showed that they can be good and some have the potential of being great even with the absents of some of the starters.

Now with the veteran receiver back for next year, and Luck progressively getting better each season, the upcoming up season looks bright. Adding former New York Giants player Hakeem Nicks into the mix next year could be better than last year. With room for improvement the Colts have the chance to go far this coming up year and I look forward to seeing what they are able to accomplish this off-season.

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April 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Divisional Round Schedule and Personal Picks

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Eight teams remain after round one of the playoffs, as four teams were eliminated this week, the winning four will now move on to play against the teams who earned a first round bye in the Divisional Round.

AFC:
The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Boston to play against the second seeded New England Patriots, after beating the Kansas City Chiefs 45-44, on Saturday January 11th 8:15. My picks for this game will have to be the Colts. Throughout the playoffs the Colts have been and will be the underdog. Yes they make mistakes, but they also have to ability to correct them. It will be close, it might look impossible, but I am sticking with the Colts to win.

After beating the Cinncinnati Bengals 27-10, the San Diego Chargers will travel back to Denver to play against the number one seed Broncos, Sunday January 12th at 4:30. My pick for this game would have to be the Broncos due to the fact that they’re coming off a bye week, plus are getting Wes Welker back as well. And they have Peyton Manning, that also helps.

NFC:

After winning their first ever on the road playoff game against the Philidelphia Eagles 26-24, the New Orleans Saints will go to play against the number one seeded Seattle Seahawks Saturday January 11th at 4:35. My pick, Seahawks. The Seahawks are at home, with the loudest crowd in the NFL, (formerly held by Saints fans) and despite the fact that the Saints won a playoff road game once, I’m not holding my breath for two in a row.

And lastly the 49ers will advance after beating the Green Bay Packers for the third time in a row, 23-20. They will travel to play a rematch game against the second seeded Carolina Panthers, Sunday January 12th at 1.00. Pick, 49ers. Carolina is good, but at the moment they are not as good as the 49ers. When they beat the 49ers earlier this season, they were beating a team not at their best. The 49ers are at their best.

Colts beat Chiefs in Wild Card Round

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This week the Indianapolis Colts played against the Kansas City Chiefs at home to start off the Wild Card weekend. With a full house, Colts fans were ready for a second win over the Chiefs, and the first win of the playoffs.

The game started out with both teams scoring on opening drives. But for Kansas it seemed like it was going to be a long game as star running back Jamaal Charles was taken out of the game early on with a concussion. He would not return for the rest of the game.

But the Chiefs were not detered and went on ahead and outscore the Colts 31-10 at halftime. The start of the second half did not go very well for the Colts as the first pass from Andrew Luck ended up as an interception which led to a Chiefs Touch Down 38-10 By now everyone was starting to doubt the Colts, thinking the game is over. But the Colts rally back and get a TD of their own followed by a Robert Mathis signature strip/sack recovered by Indy.

With the Colts down 38-24 the Chiefs get a field goal of their own after an T.Y. Hilton could not hold onto the ball and another interception was caused. But the Colts come right back and score again, and trail by ten.

One of the most memorable plays of the entire game was when Luck passed the ball off to Donald Brown for a TD, but Brown fumbled the ball. Luck then picked up the ball and dove for the TD. After a field goal from the Chiefs the Colts take the lead for the first time in the game with a Hilton TD. 45-44.

Now all the Colts had to do was hold off the Chiefs for a little over 4 minutes. After a failed 4th down the Colts finish the game in a victory formation, and win 45-44. This marks the NFL’s second largest comeback. Ever. The first made by, guess who, Peyton Manning.

After the Cincinnati Bengals lost at home to the San Diego Chargers the Colts will now travel to play against the New England Patriots for the first time since the 2012 regular season. This game will be on Saturday January 11th at 8:15 pm.

Colts Given Second Chance to Sell Out

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With just two days left until the Indianapolis Colts play against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts were granted another chance to sell out, as the Colts were in trouble of having a Blackout in their first playoff game of the season.

With the playoffs just around the corner the Colts were in danger of a Blackout, meaning that it would not be shown on local TV should the game not sell out. The NFL television policies are one of the strictest television policies in professional sports TV, according to the Official NFL Television Blackout rules in order for a home game to be featured on local TV the game needed to have sold out completely 72 hours before the game. Locally meaning that it will not be shown within a 75 mile radius of the stadium

The Colts have not had a Blackout since 2002, it would also be their first playoff blackout ever. The Colts were already granted an extension until today (Thursday) at 4:30, with around 6,000 tickets to sell. Now they have until Friday at 4:35 to sell less than 3,500 tickets.

The Colts are not the only ones to struggle with selling tickets, two other teams are having the same trouble with selling tickets as well. The Cincinnati Bengals, who are hosting the San Diego Chargers on Sunday were also granted an extension until Friday at 4 p.m to sell around 3,500 tickets. And the Green Bay Packers who are hosting the San Francisco 49ers, have less than 7,500 tickets that need to be sold. Whether they were granted an extension is unknown.

So if you’re free and fell like going to a playoff game, I’m sure that any of these teams would be glad to have you. But hopefully faithful fans will pitch in and all of these games will be shown at their scheduled time, on air.

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January 2, 2014 at 11:17 pm

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Colts Granted Second Extension to Avoid Blackout

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It would be pretty embarrassing if it happened — a local TV blackout for not selling enough tickets for a first round playoff game — but that’s the situation the Colts are facing on Thursday night.

With just two days left until the Indianapolis Colts play against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts were granted an extension after failing to sell out their remaining tickets by 4:30 pm on Thursday.

With the playoffs just around the corner the Colts were in danger of a local TV blackout, meaning that it would not be shown on local TV should the game not sell out. The NFL television policies are one of the strictest television policies in professional sports TV. According to the Official NFL Television Blackout rules in order for a home game to be featured on local TV the game needed to have sold out completely 72 hours before the game. Locally meaning that it will not be shown within a 75 mile radius of the stadium

The Colts have not had a blackout since 2002, and this would also be their first playoff blackout ever. The Colts were already granted an extension until today (Thursday) at 4:30, with around 6,000 tickets to sell. Now they have until Friday at 4:35 to sell less than 3,500 tickets.

The Colts are not the only ones to struggle with selling tickets. Two other teams are having the same trouble as well. The Cincinnati Bengals, who are hosting the San Diego Chargers on Sunday were also granted an extension until Friday at 4 p.m to sell around 3,500 tickets. And the Green Bay Packers who are hosting the San Francisco 49ers, have less than 7,500 tickets that need to be sold. Whether they were granted an extension is unknown.

So if you’re free and feel like going to a playoff game, I’m sure that any of these teams would be glad to have you. But hopefully faithful fans will pitch in and all of these games will be shown at their scheduled time, in their local markets.

Schwartz, Shanahan, Frazier Among Coaches to be Fired

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As the NFL regular season has come to a close, six head coaches have been fired right off the bat on Monday, while, some, surprisingly still have their job.

For now.

One coach was fired as soon as the regular season ended. First year head coach Rob Chuzinkski of the Cleveland Browns was fired on Sunday night after a 7-game losing streak. Chuzinkski was only with the Browns for one season, and was surprised when he got the news. The first half of the season seemed to go well for him, the Browns were starting to look like a challenge but then things started going downhill in the second half of the season.

Black Monday is never a good day in the NFL, as Detroit Lions’ coach Jim Schwartz learned. After missing the playoffs five years in a row, it was not a shock that Sunday against the Giants was his last game. The Lions are a good team, and they have many good players but they need to have some better guidance. The position for this team is now one of the most wanted spots out of all the other vacancies. This will most likely be filled first.

Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins was also fired. A year ago Shanahan lead his team to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Now he’s looking for a new job, after starting a quarterback who should not have been playing. The Redskins ended with a 3-13 record.

Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings was fired as well. This was a season full of struggles for the Vikings. Unable to stick with one QB, Frazier was forced to go back and forth with three different quarterbacks throughout the season, none of whom could get the job done. So after 3+ years, Frazier is now out of a job as well.

The last coach fired on Monday was Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with General Manager Mark Dominik. The Bucs finished 4-12 this year, and have not made the playoffs since 2007.

One coach who was fired not this Monday but on Monday December 6th is Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans. Kubiak didn’t even get to finish out his season after having a mini-stroke, and with the team already having lost 11 games in a row, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips filled in for the remainder of the season. And still didn’t win any games. The Texans ended with the worst NFL record to date at 2-12.

Uncertain Futures:
These Coaches have yet to hear if they are going to be back next year or not:

-Joe Philbin and General Manager of the Miami Dolphins.
-Mike Munchak of the Tennessee Titans.
-Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders.

Safe:
And these coaches know for certain that they will come back next year.

-Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys.
-Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants.
-Rex Ryan of the New York Jets.

Once the playoffs are out of the way more interviews will come to light as the search for the right fit will continue.

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December 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm