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@19>18 @TonyFishers @flores_salicis @Sinn0331 @pierrezombie @EconolineVan I know. Just a little joke, apropos the thread.
3 years ago on Did Irsay pull the chute too soon? | Articles
@kc6624 I'm waiting for the line on the Broncos-Patriots game being the first Sunday night game this season.
3 years ago on Richards: Colts won't face Manning in 2013 | Articles
@flores_salicis @Sinn0331 @pierrezombie @EconolineVan And here's a little-known fact: Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round! If you haven't heard, just watch the draft on tv next month...they'll drill it into your head 30 times, it's an annual tradition.
@flores_salicis @Sinn0331 @pierrezombie @EconolineVan
About Garcon...were his drops as plentiful this past year as they'd been in previous? It seems like they weren't, but maybe the ball just didn't get to him as much, I don't know. For that matter, is there precedent for that kind of improvement--a player who tended to drop passes, but then developed into more reliability as he went along? Or is dropping the ball a lot just one of those things you either do or don't, and that's who you are? Anyone know or ever seen anything about that?
3 years ago on If Kuharsky ran the Colts | Articles
@matt_has @ninpojames There can only be one.
3 years ago on Covering the AFC South | March
Only vaguely related to the above, but the above is only one more guy's unasked-for opinion, so...this thing about "modern" players rarely playing for one team (or "city"). Are modern football players really less likely to play for one team than non-modern players (however you define it, presumably tied to free-agency era)? I remember Bill James or somebody pointing out long ago that "golden-era" baseball players didn't play for just one team any more, per capita, than "modern" (ie, free-agency era) players. The football version smacks of sentimentalizing the old days rather than actual thought-out fact too...but I didn't know if anyone's ever done a study or stat rundown or something.
3 years, 1 month ago on Yahoo Sports: Manning should retire | Articles
@fermatseye It would be pretty cool if it was Madonna at halftime though.
3 years, 1 month ago on No Happy Endings for Peyton Manning in Indy | February
@GregC@DougEngland@LovinBlue But seriously, this has either officially entered the depths of absurdity, or a new age for social media has truly come. Or both, which would be fitting.
3 years, 2 months ago on Change is Hard | January
@GregC@DougEngland@LovinBlue Well, he does seem a little shy. But what's his future?
Phillips?!? Don't talk about...PHILLIPS. You kiddin' me? PHILLIPS?
3 years, 2 months ago on Phil B's coaching candidates | Articles
"Where does he stand on Peyton Manning?"
Well, as long as it's not the neck...
3 years, 2 months ago on Colts Preparing to Enter the Grigson Era | January
@matt_has@Torridphenix Potential problem with "escalators" for a free agent is the possibility of someone else just offering that money straight-up.
3 years, 2 months ago on Five Plays in Free Agency - Pierre Garcon Edition | January
@DougEngland Yeah, I was glad (if that's the word) to see the Garcon drop described as a key moment in the game. I've always thought that was a more consequential moment than anything else that happened. Though I've also believed Porter's interception/runback was more consequential in real terms (as opposed to just the emotional pain of watching him go and go) than some do.
As far as trauma, the near-miss at the end of Butler-Duke is pretty far up there. (And I'm an IU grad.) And growing up a Dodger fan, the 1-2 punch (to the face) of Ozzie Smith and Jack Clark in '85 has coalesced over the years into one big ball of remembered grief.
Ha. Just realized it's the reverse, "Quandry" Ismail. Guy's been out of the league like 10 years and I still have that mental block. You might say I...call him Ismail.
3 years, 2 months ago on Hayes: Quandry at receiver | Articles
Holy crap. We re-signed Ismail Quandry? Gonna be a long season.
Be interesting to see what happens with the coach. He strikes me as a bit of a buffoon, both as a person and as a guy-who-would-trade-that-much-draft-value-for-Carson-Palmer. Seems like someone who was highly regarded, like McKenzie, would first get some assurances about power structure--esp if you believe a couple reports last year that Jackson was in Davis' ear about firing Cable, who seemed to have some idea what he was doing, and replacing him with, well, Jackson. Also given Jackson's very publicly stated desire for even more control. From afar, the smart play would seem to be insisting on a strong hand...or just pointing out that the guy they've had coaching and making personnel decisions is kind of an idiot, and they're wise to start over, one year in or not. But again, that's from afar.
3 years, 2 months ago on McKenzie off the list | Articles
@flores_salicis@coltsauth_todd You asking me or the other guy? For me, I didn't say that I did want him for the FO. (Don't think "todd" did either, but I'll let him answer for himself.)
As I mentioned, didn't even know this Licht person existed until today. Saw a previous mention about crappy drafts and cautioned against just assuming they were crappy. And your reply to that seemed logical enough to me.
3 years, 2 months ago on Richards: GM search could be long | Articles
@flores_salicis Fair enough, since you're drawing from actual info. Was just guarding against a "don't like Belicek therefore don't like his team's drafts" mentality that often seemed to be a phenomenon with Polian and many Colts fans.
@flores_salicis Have their drafts been crappy? Might need to apply the Polian test here and examine all the pros and cons. I'm probably not the guy to do that, since I couldn't tell you every little thing about their drafts, but though they've had their Hughes-esque misses, their recent draftees also include Gronkowski and Hernandez from 2010 (and I think that was the round after they drafted McCourty, who was terrific last year and terrible this year so who knows). And this year they got Solder, who seems to have stepped in and done pretty well on the OL as a rookie, and the running back whose name escapes me but seems to have become a significant cog in the late going. I mean, off the top of my head (and I'm not even someone who follows these things that closely) that's four guys and one jury-still-out guy in just the last couple years who are fairly to extremely important on the roster of a 13-3, #1 seed. (And there's Mallet, who they got in the third round, and who knows how that'll look in say 5-7 years.)
None of which necessarily says anything about Licht, whose very existence I knew nothing about until this post. Just saying that our experience as Colts fans of dismissals of entire drafts should teach us to look at the full record of outside guys before saying yea or nay.
Forget the Fiesta Bowl--he's our next GM!@WillyDuer
3 years, 2 months ago on Colts to Fire Bill and Chris Polian | January
@Candlebox Actually, the Lions proved it can be a hell of a lot longer than 2 or 3 years if it's not done right the first (or second) time.
@vbcolts 14-2 with a Super Bowl was downhill? Anyway, exciting times indeed. But possibly in the sense of the old Confucian curse: May you live in interesting times.
@paulcareyjr Aw come on, that's Chris' dad, he liked him fine. But seriously...I was wondering on the other post if maybe part of the conversation was more about Irsay not necessarily wanting them as a package deal. Which is to say, if Bill was wanting to continue stepping back and wanting Chris to continue stepping forward, and Irsay saying no thanks. In which case, I think it would be more defensible. Short of that, though, I think I'm officially worried.
3 years, 2 months ago on Colts Owner Jim Irsay Parts Ways with Polians | January
@Platinum Wonder if it was, you can stay but your son can't. With a no-thanks in return.
3 years, 2 months ago on BREAKING: Kravitz says Polians out | Articles
Thought experiment: if the colts went 1-15, but that one win was against NE, was the season worth it? How much would that one win wipe out from all the drudgery of this year? Not that I'm predicting that...I was the one who said they wouldn't get beat that badly by NO. :-)
3 years, 4 months ago on Wilson: Patriots primed for the Colts
One interesting aspect of this, thinking in terms of the obvious question (do they end up being moved to LA) is how this might affect division alignment. Or would it? Dallas is in the "East" after all. But it would be (mildly) interesting if, say, KC got switched out with the Jags or something. Of course, I always wish the Ravens had been put in the South and the Colts in the North back during the previous realignment. Always seemed more logical...and would have made the division games a lot more fun, in general, during the last decade or so.
3 years, 4 months ago on Sweeping changes in Jacksonville
@Nate Dunlevy Yeah, I vaguely remember that (or at least the specific verdict). But that's why I stumbled over "stumble." Seemed like there was suddenly a new theory that, darn the luck, Wayne just happened to trip or stick his toe in the turf or something.
3 years, 5 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Saints
and btw, just so I'm not Negative Nelly here, I don't think they'll get beat all that bad. Which may be one of the saddest commentaries about this season, that that's my positive side. But I don't know...10-12 point margin?
oops...meant to attach the video...if you can stand it. :-)
btw, Reggie Wayne stumbled? Is this a Thing We All Believe now? I didn't get the memo. We went from, Is it Manning's fault? to It's Wayne's route-running, and now, apparently, to It's nobody's fault really, Wayne stumbled. If you look REALLY hard, you can see him lurch maybe a tiny bit after he realizes the ball isn't where he expects it to be (I'll remain agnostic on whether that's his fault or Manning's), but where did this "stumble" thing come from?
@Nate Dunlevy @DougEngland Ha! I did the same thing...didn't realize they'd lost until about 30-40 seconds after the end of the game. In fact, when I got back in front of the tv after jumping around celebrating, the first thing I saw was a shot of Bill Cowher crying. I actually kinda felt sorry for the guy...until I realized several seconds later that he was crying for happiness. (And that I wasn't. :-)
All that said, I think my top 2 would be switched. The first Pitt game at least had the moral victory of the underdog almost pulling it off, painful as it was. That 05/06 game though...wow. I can't remember actually feeling PHYSICALLY depressed to that extent after the game. What a long car ride home.
4 years, 1 month ago on Toughest Losses Updated