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Good write-up.  So frustrating watching this game - an example of our travails over the last few weeks.  My wife wanted me to get the groceries before we headed out last evening.  I said "I'll watch until half-time and we should be up enough so that I can leave".  Then "well, let me get through the third quarter and..."  and then "well, let's see if we can score again in the fourth".  I ended up watching the whole game, a little worried.


Teams tighten up on our receivers and dare us to run, and we do and get 2 yards x 3 and punt.  TRich needs to sit.  Too bad Zurlon has not had some carries.  And TRich will not get hurt given he mainly bounces off the line and falls down (after pooping in his pants a little).


For Dallas, it's obvious to say we need to lock down Witten, Murray and Bryant.  If we do that (stop the run, put Vontae on Bryant, and hold someone back to handle Witten), we at least have a chance.  A few sacks on Romo and he gets shaken up.  So there's a chance.


But I expect us to lose this game with our defense getting torched, and conservative play plus some more Luck inaccuracies.

5 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-17-texans-10.html

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Is it trope-ish or tropeley?  Or perhaps troperiffic?  Iso-trope?



1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-15-2.html

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We're now, what, thin on offensive lineman?  Or down to our last?


This was a horribly stressful game to watch.  Thank God Hoyer is so bad.  We'll get torched by a better team.  


Was Luck worse than usual because of good coverage, or pressure on Luck, or?


When Luck's head went back when he tried to take it in (and he almost fumbled) I got a sick feeling in my stomach.


Thanks for showing Krug conducting.


Unless there's a miracle, this sort of performance will not take them deep into the playoffs.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/stubborn-colts-storm-back-25-24-over-cleveland.html

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Anyone else think that seeing Montcrief speed down the field to spring Fleener with a block near the goal line was amazing.  To have the energy (after running a route) and wherewithal to get down field is smart football.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-49-redskins-27.html

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There's something about Nathaniel...something indescribable.  Peppermint?


I will always be a 100% Colts fan.  But I am always a 100% Patriots disliker.  I'd rather have the Patriots NOT win the SuperBowl than the Colts win it.   That's not totally true, but close.  Someone needs to knock those guys out, and I'm not willing to take a chance with the Pats losing IN the SuperBowl.  Ravens seem to be our only hope as Manning seems to have taken the Colts curse with him to Denver.


Side story - I went to visit a customer up in Rhode Island, which is neither a road nor an.., and when I arrived (around lunch time) he asked where I wanted to go. There was two of them, a lifetime Dolphins fan (living in NE??) and a Pats fan.  They both know I"m a ridiculous Colts fan.  Anyhoo - I said "surprise me".  


They drove me to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  So that was okay cool since I like football a lot.  Nice stadium.   Huge.  We walked around.  I said nice things about the... urp...Pats.  But that wasn't enough.  He paid for us to go thru the Pats Hall Of Fame.  Three Lombardi's on display.  There's a "kick like Vinatieri simulator" that's cool.  You can time how fast you jump up and engage an offensive lineman from a three point stance, there's a huddle with famous Patriots dummies dressed up in full NFL attire (Brady, Moss, etc.) and you can pretend to listen to plays or just Brady talking about stuff he'd seen from secret video tapes.


Oh but that wasn't enough.  He paid for us to sit through a 17 minute video of the history of the Patriots.  Even my Dolphin buddy there was like "oh grief".  It's Patriots this and hardworking that.  Reminders of the terrible seasons the Patriots had in the early 80's and such (I giggled quietly).


Then Bellichick, Bledsoe, then Brady... they talked about the 16-0 season but glossed over the ensuing SuperBowl. There were the multiple shots of the Patriots beating the Colts in various playoff games, Manning struggling and being intercepted.  Just fantastic.


So on the one hand, I appreciate the overall football history and such.  But I had to take a long hot shower afterwards, and scrub myself until I bled. I kept mumbling 2006 AFC Playoffs... 


The End.



3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-13-2.html

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@GeorgeCostanzaIII Shrewd strategy...so crazy it just might...nah.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/who-to-root-for-week-13-2.html

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@AJ_ @buymymonkey Makes sense.  I guess for the next few games we're playing very solid teams (Bengals, Steelers, etc.) - will be nice to see what happens.  Don't want to relinquish that first place in the AFC South, and I REALLY want that last game against the Texans to be meaningless overall.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15443.html

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Yeeehaw!  Nothing like reading an inspirational piece like this in the morning.  Thanks Nathaniel!   Or rather, Mr. Dunlevy!

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-texans.html

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I was out tonight and could only watch it via ESPN gamecast on my phone.  Did they just slow down in the second half?  Or did the defense change their scheme (Colts) and so the Texans took advantage?  I mean, what exactly happened - because it sure started to look like a blow out.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15443.html

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And the prediction is....?


Colts 31 Texans 30


There you go. Take that one to the bank.  And well, present it to the clerk on a small piece of paper and then just point at your hip pocket and wait for the magic to happen!

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Unrelated post:  Is Chris Collinsworth aware of what a total kiss-up he is to the Patriots?  I mean, the whole game he just loved loved loved every player on the team.  Even Gronk when he was acting (as expected) like a total jackass.  I was thinking "Chris - just run down and kiss Brady.  You know you want to, and no one would be surprised!"  Sheesh.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-20-ravens-13.html

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I gasped when Luck laid there for a second or two.  I think the defender fell on him.   I later saw a similar play with Rivers, as a defender fell on him, and Rivers stood up but could not catch his breath.  He, like Luck, played the rest of the game.  He's going to have to be a bit more careful.  I know he likes to get that "first hit" in the game, but he's way too important at this young age to get beat to hell.  


I noticed Luck had pretty good time to throw.  The line held up very well with two solid pass rushers from the Ravens.   Note that except for the couple of fumble mistakes, this game would have been put away fairly early.


Luck did sail a couple of simple passes... not sure the deal.


But they're starting to settle in, and Werner may be getting into his groove.  We'll find out Thursday.


Is it me, or do you get giddy when I see them in man-to-man coverage?  I used to get stressed and wonder why such a large cushion, and not it's press coverage and it means a blitz is coming - and different than past years - I expect either an incomplete pass or a sack.  

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-20-ravens-13.html

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Great game - the defense still gives me the willy-nillys.  Our D should have shut the Titans down completely the whole game, but when Whitehurst's backup came in (whatever his name was), there were some wide open receptions down the middle.  Now maybe the Colts were in a soft cover 2 or cover 3 due to the lead, but again - that's makes me worry.


On the other hand, the offense looks solid.  So many options for Luck.  This team has a heck of a lot of potential this year.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/15326.html

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The other concern watching the game is that Bortles, though he made some mistakes, WAS able to move the ball on the Colts.  I chalked it up to us playing soft (with a 30+ point lead) and some second stringers being in there.


I sure hope that's the case.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html

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I was at the game and I noted:


1. Chanting for Bortles pretty much starting with Henne's first three and out

2. Colts talent drops off quickly once they pulled some of the starters

3. Luck still had some odd throws into the dirt when he didn't have much pressure on him

4. TY took quite the spill and limped off. Worrisome.  I watched him with binoculars and he nursed it quite a while.

5. This is the second game I've been to (Colts @ Jags) and the second blowout.  I'll keep going to these games.

6. First string Colts were very good - but Jags D was terrible.

7. Pretty decent play calling.

8. Hackim Nicks doesn't socialize much with TY and Reggie.  Kind of stands by himself.

9. Moncrief is a beast - great routes - solid hands.

10. Coby Fleener - what the hell man?  Wide open, TD.  Dropped.  Starting to be a problem.

11. Some Jags fan tried to trip be (seriously) as I was leaving the game (in my Luck jersey).  She hooked my leg and pulled on it - and then ran off.  Classy.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-blow-the-doors-off-the-jags-44-17.html

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Your columns literally make me laugh out loud.  Oh dear.


I'll be at the game, and like I posted elsewhere, if Pep tries his shenanigans, I'm stripping off my clothes and running down to the sidelines to send a message.  I'm writing Pep on my rear end, P on each buttock, ...and a lowercase e...


You're welcome.


It's rainy rainy humid hot all weekend in Florida.  Going to be miserable tomorrow.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-at-jaguars.html

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@Pied Ya it's frustrating. I"m pulling for the little fellar.  He looked very sad on the sideline after the second fumble, with players coming up and trying to cheer him up.  I dunno, there may be some hope for him yet.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-2-report-card-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Great article.  As a non-sequitir - @Kyle Rodriguez  did you get my emails with the charting stuff?  I sent it last night.  I think last time it fell into your spam folder or something?  Sorry about including references to Viagra, a Nigerian Prince, and working from home making $150K/week!

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/i-believe-that-we-will-win-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Check the typo: "THERE IS VIRTUALLY THERE IS NO WAY CAN THE COLTS PLAY 4 QUARTERS OF GOOD DEFENSE AGAINST THE EAGLES!"


I dunno.  To me it seems like it will be a game of extremes.  Either the Colts will own the Eagles, or we'll get blasted by a high scoring offense.  I don't see this as a close one.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/throwdown-thursday-colts-vs-eagles.html

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Fantastic, funny and some other f word that means very well done?

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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I went ahead and watched the game. When we were clicking we looked good. All sorts of potential.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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Welcome back, Nate!  Glad to see you writing Colts articles on this blog.  I was in transit to Vegas for a conference (which is where I am now).  As I landed it was late in the 4th Q and I stopped to watch the Dwayne Allen TD run.  He runs like a Mack truck!


If you were me, would you rewatch the whole game, or is it too heartbreaking to watch?

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@ColtsHead_Ben I agree.  Honestly, I watched the game on reply and they cut something out because they went to commercial at 10 mins left in the second quarter and came back with 2 mins left and Hasselbeck under center.  Not sure what happened -


But TRich had a couple of good runs.  He's not great, mind you, but he made some cuts and took some for 9 yards.  Maybe there are some plays I missed?  But he is running more aggressively.  He's no Dominic Rhodes (gosh I miss that guy).

4 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/14885.html

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Things definitely started to drop off after the first-stringers left, but the defense overall looked good.  Sure hope Holmes just has a sprained ankle for now.  He seemed pretty upset at the time, but did walk off the bench by himself.  Muamba is a best, and our corners looked pretty good too.  Good that we played Michael Vick because it will help us be ready for other running QB's.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-10-jets-13.html

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I sure hope they hand the offense over to Luck, to make plays and adjustments based on Pep's guidance, on the fly. 

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-gap-discipline-and-opening-up-peps-offense.html

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Oh thank goodness the season is about to start... even pre-season is a welcome sight.  Good write up!

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-notebook-offensive-optimism-and-guys-who-like-training-camp.html

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Another interesting stat would be how often a defensive player tackles his offensive opponent when contact is made.  That's probably (in general) a good stat on how good a tackler someone is.

5 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/jerrell-freeman-an-impact-tackler.html

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Is it unfair to think this team is getting into more trouble than it did under Dungy?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/uncategorized/lavon-brazill-suspended-for-the-season.html

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It is sort of odd, you grow out of the need for some pinnacle of perfection to one where you want to really enjoy each and every game, for the specific ups and downs.  My admiration for Luck is a separate thing than my admiration for Manning.  Seeing Manning on Letterman recently just again reinforced what a heck of a guy he is.  Luck is a heck of a guy, but different.  Competitive but self effacing.  Humble and positive.  Angry at himself but never outwardly angry at his teammates.

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/

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@BDiddy The NFL night games are legitimate reasons to come in late the next morning.  Trust me.

8 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/2014-nfl-schedule-colts-to-visit-denver-on-sunday-night-football-to-open-season.html

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Seems like a good kid  I still like that the Colts, generally, try to stay away from things.  Here's hoping D'arick Rogers stays clean and improves, too.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign Former CFL Standout Linebacker Henoc Muamba

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Well written.  Great job!  I like "Whalened"  and Slammed... Nice!

11 months, 2 weeks ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Charting, Wild Card Week

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GREAT article!  Brought a tear to my eye.  It does all go way too fast.  One of my better friends who left Philly and went to live in Alabama just passed away a few days ago.  Crazy.  44 years old.  Lifetime Eagles fan. We were JUST chatting on facebook about an Eagles/Colts SB possibility (until last night). 

Unlike 2006 AFC game, I didn't give up this time.  I paced and gritted my teeth, but kept my jersey on and patiently waited.


Worse thing is I want it to happen again!  It's like today I don't know what to do with myself.  I'm all stoked and excited, but there's nothing really going on.  I read every account of the game, watched all the highlights again.  Not enough.


Just saw that we're playing the Patriots in NE.  Could we win that?  I hope so.  My biggest fear is that we win that, and Peyton beats Rivers (who's such a total jerk, I might add) and we face the Colts in the AFC Championship game.  I won't know what to do with myself.  I want Manning to have one more ring so people leave him alone, but I'm a Colts fan.  But Manning only has a few years left.  But SB runs are rare.


Not sure what to do. I guess take it one day at a time, and rewatch the game (maybe only the second half) from the DVR).

Anyway - thank goodness for this site.  Best Colts site, hands down.  Great writing and analysis.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Growing Up Before My Eyes

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@smonroeI had the same feeling.  Clearly if the team COULD run well, it should and would.  So once they had the lead, I think they experimented with running the ball again.  It took time off the clock and gave them a chance (I believe) to see the O-line's run blocking on tape.  Had they passed and run the shotgun all game, they would have no game tape on improvements needed for the run game with this set of linemen.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Week 17 Report Cards: Colts vs Jaguars

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Okay, so at the end of the year, compile all of these into a single PDF/Book and put it out there for $5 or whatever as a nice memory of the season.  Well done!!

1 year ago on Good News Tuesday (Wednesday) Infographic: Colts blast the Texans

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Gentlemen, I applaud your fine ode to Spinal Tap!  Songs about or team would be on the Smell the Glove album, aka the Black album.  "It's like, 'how much more black could this be?' and the answer is 'None. None more black.'"

1 year ago on Colts Place RB/KR Chris Rainey on IR, Sign RB Tashard Choice

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Well, let's look at this way.  Let's ignore the seeding.  Hopefully the Colts use the remaining games heading into the playoffs to establish something, just something on offense and defense.  It's sort of a toss up each game, whether defense or offense will be a dud.   Often, one feeds the other.  What good is a stop by the D if the Offense just goes three and out.  Sometimes today it reminded me of Curtain Painter days when our D would actually a stop, and Painter would step up and throw three incompletes.  Frustrating.


Pardon me for comparing Luck to Painter, but sometimes the productivity is similar.  :(


On D, I just don't know what to think.  What has changed?  Toler?


Looking forward to Da'Rick who, good Lord, looks like 3 feet taller than any other defender.  DHB missed a simple pass (surprise!) and then caught one, and then got injured.

1 year ago on Too Little, Too Late: Colts Fall to Bengals 42-28

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I know people disparage the titans but I think they are a pretty good team. Especially their dline. It was good to see the Colts keep it close via okay play by both D and O.

1 year ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Titans, Crowd Sourcing

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NICE work.  Sure seems like it all needs to come together at some point.  Maybe Satele is not as bad as people think?  But that wouldn't be saying much, eh?

1 year ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12

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@DougEngland Good for a chortle!! Thanks, I'm giving thanks you see.  To you!

1 year ago on CA Charting Project: Charting the Colts' Offensive Line, Week 12

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Looks like 5:22 pm?  Here's the post (pardon the bad pasting)...

luck just rolled his eyes at pep that says it all by 5.56 InYoFace on Nov 24, 2013 | 5:22 PM reply rec (1) flag This shit keeps up and he won't resign with the Colts and will jet in a few years. by strandedincarolina on Nov 24, 2013 | 5:23 PM up reply rec flag This scares me. by HOOSIER NOLE on Nov 24, 2013 | 5:37 PM up reply rec flag

1 year ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11

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@MarcusDugan I'd have to go back to SB to see where that was posted.  I don't recall exactly.  Someone posted something like "Did you see Luck roll his eyes as he walked by Pep"?  I'll take a quick peek to see if I can find it.

1 year ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11

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@Payton A nickel to anyone who looks up that song!  Picture the Lombardi trophy slowly floating up out of reach with Pep jumping fruitlessly (no fruit?) at it, calling out "eh eh!  eh eh!"

1 year ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11

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While watching the game, it was posted that Luck rolled his eyes at Pep, coming off the field.  I wasn't watching the game that closely.  Did anyone else notice something like that?

1 year ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11

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Why does Chris Collingsworth love the Patriots to the point of embarrassment?

1 year ago on Desert Debacle: Colts Fall to Cardinals 40-11

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