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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 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.

Wild Card Playoffs Results

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As the wild card games finish only four teams have survived at least another week in the playoffs. These teams are the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans for the AFC. And the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC.

The weekend started off with the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. It took awhile for both of these teams to get something going as both went 0-3 on their first possesion, and the majority of the points came from field goals, and both teams got only one TD. The Texans hung on and won 19-13. The Texans will now go onto play the New England Patriots on Sunday @ 4:30.

The next game was the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams met last week and the Vikings won with a field goal. But this week would be different as their starting QB Christian Ponder was not able to play due to an elbow injury. The Packers won 24-10 and the Vikings struggled the entire game. I think the game would have gone much differently is the Vikings had their regular QB, but the Packers win and will go onto play against the San Fransisco 49ers on Saturday @ 8:00.

The games continued on Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts against the Baltimore Ravens. This was a big game for both teams as it could’ve potentially been the last game for Line Backers Ray Lewis, as he is going to retire at the end of the season. And a big game for the Colts as it would have been Andrew Luck’s first playoffs game, ever. All of the Colts’ points came from field goals and the Colts lost 24-9. The Ravens will now go onto play against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning Saturday @ 4:30.

The wild card games concluded with the Seattle Seahawks at the Washington Redskins. The Redskins started off strong with 2 TDs in the first quarter, but did not score for the rest of the game. The Seahawks didn’t take the lead until the fourth quarter were they wrapped up the game 24-14. The Seahawks will now play against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday @ 1:00 pm.

Next week four more teams will be ellimated from the playoffs and four other teams will move on to at least one more week in the playoffs and another chance at getting closer to the Super Bowl.

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January 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

2013 playoffs: Wild Card Round

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As 2012 comes to an end, so does the 2012 NFL regular season. Now the real fun begins as 12 teams fight to go to Super Bowl XLVII. This week eight teams will be playing in the wild card round, the winners this week will go onto play in the division round.

The first game will against the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday January 5th @ 4:30 pm. The Texans who were strong all through the season have come into the playoffs losing their last two game, while the Bengals have come into the playoffs winning their past two games. Everyone in Indianapolis is drooling for the Colts to play the Broncos, and for that to happen, the Bengals have to lose. Sports pundits are calling the Bengals non-contenders, so I’m hoping the Texans win this.

Prediction: But, I think the Bengals will come out on top, because Houston never does very well in the playoffs. The Bengals have done pretty well in the last few weeks, and the Texans had a tough time against two medium teams.

The next game will be on Saturday night @ 8:00, featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. These teams played against each other only this past week and the Vikings won with a last-second field goal. This game is really one to watch considering it’s a classic matchup with a long-time rivalry. This is a tough call because it could go either way. The Packers are the better team, but the Vikings have possible MVP Adrian Peterson and the most recent win.

Prediction: I’m picking the Packers. They just got back one of their top receivers (Cobb) and one of their top defenders (Woodson).

Sunday’s games start with the Indianapolis Colts at the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams have met before in the past games, and Baltimore still hates the Colts for leaving in 1984 (this, from the former Cleveland Browns who have forgotten about their own off-season desertion in 1996).

This will be a good game as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator last year, and the Ravens offensive coordinator is Jim Caldwell, last year’s head coach for the Colts. Pagano knows the Ravens’ defense, and if the Colts haven’t changed too much, Caldwell still knows their offense. It’s like a chess match where the players switched sides halfway through.

Prediction: This is a tough game to call, but my heart says it’s the Colts.

The last game of the wild card rounds is the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Washington Redskins. These two teams will face off Sunday @ 4:30 pm. This is an exciting end to the weekend, because two of the season’s best rookies will face off against each other. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles, but also a fair amount of success. Two of the three Rookie of the Year contenders — RGIII and Russell Wilson — are in this game, with the Colts’ Andrew Luck in another, so this is an exciting game. But I don’t think this will be a high-scoring game. Both teams will score less than 20 points. RGIII is not as healthy as he should be in the playoffs and Wilson does not have a number one receiver.

Prediction: I’m picking the Seahawks. My dad says the Redskins because they have Pierre Garçon. But I think it’s the Seahawks because 1) they beat the Patriots and 49ers (come on!), 2) RGIII is not healthy, and 3) Garçon has been known to drop the ball on several occasions.

Four other teams have earned the pleasure of a bye week: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the AFC. In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons will be at home resting.  All of these teams will have a chance to play next week in the divisional rounds, but who they play all depends on how the wild card round plays out over the next few days.

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January 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm