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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

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.

Week 15 recap

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Week 15 is over and two more teams have clinched a division title, the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, and the Denver Broncos have clinched a division title so far for the AFC, and the Baltimore Ravens have gotten a playoff spot as well. In the NFC the Atlanta Falcons and the Green bay Packers have also been given a division title of their own, and the San Fransisco 49ers have gotten themselves a playoff spot as well.

The Indianapolis Colts played against the number one team in the AFC, the Houston Texans. Now this was a very difficult game and though Colts fans had hope that the Colts would win the game, alas it was not to be as the Texans won 29-17 despite the Colts efforts. The Minnesota Vikings played against the St. Louis Rams and with the help of Adrian Peterson they won 36-22.

Surprising wins:

  • Though the win was not very surprising the end score was, the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Giants 34-0. I would have at least expected the Giants to put up some sort of fight, but then again they were without their best runner.
  • The New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccanears 41-0. This came as a surprise because the Saints were not doing very well and them they come out here and shut out the Bucs.
  • The San Fransisco 49ers beat the New England Patriots 41-34. The 49ers seemed to have controlled the game from the start, and even led the game 31-3 at one point.

So far 12 teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, but the three of the rookie QB s have a chance at going into the playoffs, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, and Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. These rookies have shown that they can not only throw, but run when needed. They have surprised and surpassed peoples expectations for them.

This year the fight to the Superbowl is going to be one of the hardest ones and anyone of these teams could win.

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December 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Recap of week 3

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The week started off with a New York Giants win over the Carolina Panthers 36-7. Then the Colts played against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Andrew Luck played pretty well again for being a rookie, and had a couple really strong passes. But this week and last week showed some of the reasons that Luck was the number one draft pick. Sadly the Colts could not conjure up another win and lost 22-17.

Other games that had a surprising ending was the Vikiings beating the 49ers 24-13. Chiefs winning over the Saints 27-24, the anticipated game of the Bengals vs the Redskins with the Bengals winning 38-31, and Baltimores win over the Patriots 31-30.

But the game that will have people talking for weeks is last nights game of the Seattle Seahawks vs the Green Bay Packers, in the final play of the game the Seahawks were down 12-7 with 8 seconds to go and Russell Wilson threw the ball for one last hail Mary. The result: M.D. Jennings and Golden Tate fought for the ball in the end-zone. The one of the two refs that were watching called it as a TD for the Seahawks while the other oneĀ  called it as an interception. After much debating they came to the conclussion that it was in fact a TD for Seattle.

Many people were not happy about this decision mainly the Packers fans, and if you rewatch the play you can obviously see that Jennings had the ball in his possession but Tate grabbed on at the last second thus looking like he had the ball as well. Tate not only shouldn’t have gotten the TD but he should have gotten called for pass interference as he pushed another player away from the ball before grabbing on.

Also many people have not been happy at all with how the replacement referesĀ  have handled some of their calls. Saints QB Drew Brees has called the replacements “Embarrassements to the league”. So everyone fans and players alike is hoping now more than ever that the regular officials and the NFL come to an agreement quickly.

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September 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Saints punished for Bounty Hunting

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This week the Saints head coach Sean Payton had been suspended for an entire season without pay and fined $5.8 million for “Bounty Hunting.”

Bounty hunting is when coaches will pay their players extra if they are able to hit harder than necessary and actually try to injure other players. In this case $1500 for knock-outs, and $1000 for a cart-offs.

It was reported that four quarterbacks were named with a price if they were hit: Aaron Rogers, Cam Newton, Kurt Warner, and Brett Favre. Back in 2010, defense captain Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any player who knocked Favre out of the NFC Championship game.

These are some of the punishments that the Saints will undergo

  • Defensive coordinator (now in St. Louis) Gregg Williams is suspended indefinable.
  • Head coach Sean Payton will pay $5.8 million and will not coach this year.
  • And the Saints will lose their second-round pick in the 2012 and 2013 NFL draft pick.

I get it, it’s a game and you want to win. But that does not mean players should try to injure someone so badly that they can never play again. Safety is the NFL’s number one priority. And people that try to hurt other people’s careers should not be allowed to play.

Right now, the Saints are suffering the consequences of what happens when you lie and cheat. It is not because people don’t like the Saints, they are just the first ones to get caught. If this were any other team the punishment would still be the same, no matter the team.

There is a reason that bounty hunting is illegal: to protect the players. Not only that, it’s about respect, respecting that the people you are playing against work just as hard at getting stronger and faster so that they can play the game they love, and understanding that they are trying to take care of their families.

Play for the game, play for the victory, but don’t sabotage other people in the process. Play fair, don’t play dirty.

Here is my source article with all of the investigation and punishments for the Saints from the NFL.

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March 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell to Stay. For Now.

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Jim Caldwell is still in as the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, for right now.

Jim Irsay, owner of the Colts, just announced that Caldwell’s status is still under evaluation at this time, pending the new search for the new vice chairman.

Local sports radio has speculated that Reggie McKenzie, director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers, will replace Bill Polian as vice chairman.

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January 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm