Corning, New York
My Dad was a Baltimore Colts fan so I grew up an Indy Colts fan. Now he's a Ravens fan (he's loyal to the city) and I'm a Colts fan (loyal to the franchise).
And the Giants and Jets play in New Jersey for NYC, not in NYS, not for NYS.
@mattshedd @JoeBRogers I agree with you to a point. However, sometime during that game Toler's gotta eat some bench longterm and they need to put Butler in. That's on the coaches.
1 year, 6 months ago on Tuesday Morning Moaner: Colts at Chargers
3rd and 19 I-formation. That 4th and 2 punt. The existence of Greg Toler. Proof that the Colts win despite the coaching and lose because of it.
I had the same thoughts when I read his tweet. We don't want the team to apologize for a hard fought W, we want them to do what they can to get better. That does not, and should not, have anything to do with Polian. I don't understand why it always goes back to *evil Polian who ran the franchise into the ground*.
1 year, 7 months ago on Winning, With Style!
@ManiacallySteve Yeah it really seems that way
2 years, 7 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Monday Night Breakdown Open Thread | September
@TheGreatMisdirect I meant "if the talent isn't there this year..."
2 years, 12 months ago on Colts GM Grigson Shows Genius in 2012 NFL Draft | May
@TheGreatMisdirect Yeah. Obviously CB was a huge need, but it's only necessary to get CB's now if they're are a SB contender now (they're not). If the talent isn't there next year then wait until next year and get one in the first round, even if you have to trade up or down to do it. Why would you take the 15th-best player available when the best player available also fills a need? You wouldn't.
When you need as much talent as the Colts need there's absolutely nothing wrong with focusing on one side of the ball one year, and the other side the next year. Since they got Luck this year it makes sense to do the best they can to get the offense rolling first, spend this year figuring out exactly what kind of defense they want (and who they already have that "fits") and then draft a ton of defensive guys next year (and only a few on offense to fill in where guys didn't work out).
They couldn't possibly have gotten offense AND defense fixed in a year, so they did their best to fill the offense first and that will give them time to see who fits in with the new defense. It makes a ton of sense to me and I'm glad the board "forced" them to go that route.
If Fleener is around that would be a solid pick, but I kinda expect him to be gone somewhere around 30th or 32nd. Might be worth trading up a couple spots, but the Colts have so many needs that trading down for more picks makes more sense in a lot of ways.
3 years ago on Biggest need? WR | Articles
@baglady As I understand it, it seems that the CBA would allow them to move the $28 million date. A trade is only impossible if it's made after that bonus is paid, and since the bonus is due during the current league year, and the trade deadline was hit months ago, a trade has been considered impossible. If the deadline were moved to sometime during the next season he could hypothetically be traded before the bonus is due and the new team would pay it. Still unlikely, but much more possible.
3 years, 2 months ago on An Alternative Perspective: Trading Away the Franchise | February
@LovinBlue And if he does, that will hurt his relationship with the NFLPA.
3 years, 2 months ago on Manning Watch 2012: Are the Tides Turning? | February
I think Nate tweeted something the other day that said something along the lines of the whole dynamic changes if Manning is willing to renegotiate for a contract with incentives and a lot less money. It certainly changes things because it's outside of the norm; something no one would actually expect to happen.
If every AFC Pro Bowl player became a free agent at the same time and was willing to take close to the league minimum to all play on one team then that would probably be the greatest team of all time. But players don't do that. If Manning does, and ends up staying with the Colts, then it pretty much changes everything to such an extreme that I don't think we could give ANYONE a hard time for predicting he wouldn't play for the Colts again.
Yeah, I agree, this isn't news. Of course, neither was the "Peyton says he feels good" article, nor the "Luck wants to start" article (because if I were a coach I wouldn't want any players on my team that DIDN'T want to start), nor the "Irsay says if Peyton Manning is healthy he'll be a Colt" article. ESPN is getting as much out of this as they can, and it's a shame it's happening in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
3 years, 2 months ago on ESPN: Peyton Manning Medically Cleared to Resume NFL Career | January
@LovinBlue I don't think the specific date means anything, nor do I think the "source" was trying to say "a year from this specific surgery." I think the "source" probably said "late May" and the author decided to connect that with another piece of old news.
"One year from the May surgery" sounds better than "seven months from the September surgery" if you're writing an article.
@7IHd I guess I should throw in a disclaimer here that I'm not certain this is how the cap works in relation to bonuses, but the following makes sense to me:
If we look just at his $20M signing bonus and the $28M bonus due March 8 and ignore his salary each year, if they don't pay him March 8 then the $20M is spread over 2 seasons, so $10M this year and $10M next year. If they do pay it then the $48M (20 + 28) is spread over 5 years, so $9.6M each year.
If I'm right then paying or not on March 8 changes very little for 2012. But we already knew Manning's contract last year would hurt the 2012 cap, the question is whether it hurts the 2013, 2014, and 2015 caps.
Anyone have any idea if this is accurate?
3 years, 2 months ago on Manning won't be a cap casualty | Articles
When I saw the title of the article I thought "Who would possibly write an article like that?" Then I saw it was Brad Wells. Duh. It's funny that he can present a series of facts, mix in a few off-the-wall assumptions and baseless opinions, and come out with an overall opinion that has no foundation in the facts he started with.
By his logic (not that's it logical in any way) Irsay is immoral for throwing the Polians and Caldwell under the bus and not firing himself somehow.
3 years, 2 months ago on The BP Watch: Does Jim Caldwell Lack Integrity? | January
@AJ_ This is a perfect example of someone having an opinion first and then using information to support it, rather than using information to formulate an opinion.
Also he's wrong about the offensive line and the run game. Terrible article all around.
3 years, 3 months ago on La Canfora: Colts not even close | Articles
@thejoshbaker@Peyton for President Those are pretty similar gripes. Not caring what someone says and not wanting to talk to them.
3 years, 3 months ago on Check it to Pancakes Podcast Open Thread - 1/18/2012 | January
@thejoshbaker@mshah9008 Possibly, but if twitter is the problem in the first place, then fixing it with twitter doesn't make sense to me
@mshah9008 I'm thinking if he wants to dispel rumors he should do some interviews. Is twitter the right place for that?
Wait, other owners don't do Abby's hatpicks?
@thejoshbaker Hmmm I thought that was a subtle joke...
0 points? Did I lose them all with the new website?
I feel like they were pretty fair to Caldwell. They hired a GM, gave it a couple of days to think about it, and then let him go. It's not like they waited months.
I don't think I care about his arbitrary grading system. I do care that he offers an analysis with little to no knowledge of the players he is talking about. I guess it's hard to cover every team/player in the NFL?
3 years, 3 months ago on Kiper grades 2011 draft | Articles
Every time more Colts news comes out I have to turn off my phone. All my friends want to give me their opinions on what the Colts should do next. It's going to be an unbearable offseason for SOOO many reasons. Can the good and bad news at least even out?
3 years, 3 months ago on Colts to Fire Bill and Chris Polian | January
I'm really excited about this! Happy 2012!
3 years, 3 months ago on Welcome to Colts Authority | January
@dmstorm22 As far as I know, no. But that's even weirder because I doubt most non-Colts fans know who he is. I guess when it comes down to it people love giving their unsolicited opinion, and love a good conspiracy.
3 years, 4 months ago on Wins for Christmas, Let's be Glad
I have nowhere else to post this rant right now, so here goes:
I just read some comments on a story about Manning on ESPN (that was my first mistake). Half the trolls on there were calling Polian reprehensible for "knowing all along Manning's career is over and leading fans along so they wouldn't bolt." The other half were certain Manning can play and said they were disgusted that Polian would "sit Manning because he is worried the Colts will lose the #1 pick."
What has BP done to earn such general dislike from NFL fans? I'm wondering if those two theories could conflict any more than they already do.
The starting offense and defense for the Bradys is hilarious!
3 years, 4 months ago on Colts at Bradys - Week 13 Preview
You could always re-announced the pre-announced announcement.
3 years, 5 months ago on Introducing Colts Authority
I live in NY and refer to both the Jets and Giants as "New Jersey." Everyone who hears it either laughs, gets angry, or doesn't watch football and so doesn't get it.
3 years, 5 months ago on What the Front Office Has Done Wrong
Sometimes I wonder if we'd have more receiver injuries if Manning were healthy. Manning = more first downs = more offensive plays = more receptions = more tackles on our receivers (and defensless receiver hits).
3 years, 6 months ago on Wednesday Open Thread
@Nate Dunlevy Sorry if I indicated something about you that isn't true. I didn't realize that you don't read any of his stuff. But it's a safe bet that BBS would assume you were targeting him. I guess that's more of a "him" problem than a "you" problem though.
Love the blog!
I like the "roots for them to win in every game they are in" part. The "suck for luck" thing is infuriating.
I've noticed a lot of people talking about "true" Colts fans (not necessarily here). The people who bring it up are usually bashing people who are bashing the FO or the coaches. The argument goes "A true Colts fan supports the organization no matter what!" I would counter that a "true" fan supports the TEAM no matter what, but should be encouraged to point out what she/he believes are flaws and/or mistakes that need to be fixed. Coyer, at the very least, needs to go. Am I not a "true" fan for wanting him fired?
I guess it's his personality then. I haven't yet had enough experience on the blogs to catch that. It's certainly off-putting.
I understand that there is bad blood between Nate and BBS, but why does BBS take so many direct shots at Nate? Like the "Kerry On" post today. It's like he spends more time thinking of ways to take shots at Nate than he does coming up with something interesting to write about the Colts...
To be fair, Nate did call the "Fire Polian" people, of which BBS is a member, "wackos," but he certainly wasn't direct about it.
I guess this is why I spend most of my Colts Blog time here and at Coltzilla (I love Check it to Pancakes).
Dungy later clarified his statement and said that the "him" he was referring to was Luck, not Manning. So your quote is off.
3 years, 6 months ago on Tony Dungy Says that Colts Should Draft Andrew Luck
If he said 12 full games, and Collins started the first 3, then that's 15. Isn't this more of an indication that they plan on having Manning start game 16, if possible, to see if he's still got it?
3 years, 6 months ago on Odds Continue to Fall for a Manning Return in 2011