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*slowclap* for the nod to Winston Churchill at the end. I've read quite a few articles about the benefits of early rising, but this is the first that acknowledges the possibility of success and productivity after dark.


The older I get, the more I tend to want to get up earlier and get started, but bravo for having a balanced approach while still maintaining your argument. That is truly hard to find today in a world that wants things black and white and focuses on extremes.

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Never Let the Sun Catch You Sleeping: Why and How to Become an Early Riser

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@Colt_Following @TroyS If I'm in the minority here (which according to comments, I am), I'll certainly acquiesce. I see your point about looping as well.

Also, I don't mean to detract from the high quality of the article. It was really well done. I just can't turn off the web developer in me that is thinking about page weight, UI/UX, and bounce rates.

Keep up the good writing!

1 year, 2 months ago on Andrew Luck's 5 Best Throws of 2012

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Fantastic collection of throws. Great work, and great commentary.

But to the GIF thing... unless there is some reason these aren't just YouTube clips (copyrights, maybe?) please don't do this again. The user experience is, at best confusing ("did it load? why isn't it playing? do i click?") and at worst frustrating. I'm getting 70mbps, above dial up, to be sure, and even some of the later GIFs were about a 10 second wait from when I hovered.

It's probably a neat technology for some applications, but not this one.

1 year, 2 months ago on Andrew Luck's 5 Best Throws of 2012

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 @UKColt I appreciate your positivity. That sounds sarcastic, but it's not. I'm just not prepared to say that Luck for Manning was a good deal yet.

2 years, 4 months ago on Revisiting "Old Manning' | April

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 @UKColt He made a decision based on what's best for the team in the long term after making years of decisions based on what was best for the team in the short term. They set themselves up for cap hell by betting the farm that the cap would continue to increase and things would be awesome.

 

The further I get from the situation, the more angry I get at Irsay for letting things come to this starting 5+ years ago. We all recognized what we had in Manning then, every precaution should have been taken to preserve it, and instead they played Russian roulette with the cap, betting that "the perfect storm" wouldn't happen. It did, and the Colts blew their brains out.

2 years, 4 months ago on Revisiting "Old Manning' | April

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I don't care how many times I read the logical breakdown of how this "had to happen" and try to convince myself of that. The further away I get from it, the more bitter I become at Irsay, and the more I rewrite things in my mind, that this didn't have to play out this way, starting 5-10 years ago. I know it's mostly irrational, but I feel jilted. Time is not healing s***.

I wonder how many others feel the same, and how losing will exasperate things.

2 years, 4 months ago on Revisiting "Old Manning' | April

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 @DougEngland Me too. I swear he was talking to me.

2 years, 6 months ago on One Last Cry | March

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 @naptown_ninja "that kind of talent is its own gameplan"

I think you're giving those players WAY too much credit, to say that if you draft for (in terms of O line and TEs) and call plays for a run heavy offense, they are still going to be an elite passing offense just because they have talent. System is important, especially in the NFL. Talent is assumed at that level.

2 years, 6 months ago on Teams Must Think Differently About Football | February

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@Nate Dunlevy@coltssteve I lol'd. I probably would have gone with "I could argue that on the third Blarnsday of Tween Moon, Rainbows shoot out of my butt, but I'd be wrong", but what you said will do.

2 years, 8 months ago on The BP Watch: Bill Polian Fired Edition | January

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@JohnRH I don't know, at some point "cheap" just isn't enough. He's taking up a roster spot every year, at least until he hits IR. It just seems like you have to cut ties and begin investing in another player at that position.

2 years, 8 months ago on The BP Watch: Bill Polian Fired Edition | January

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@AJ_ I can't help but agree. I find myself leaning toward knowns, not unknowns. Like you said, he's a **productive** ass.

2 years, 8 months ago on Colts to Fire Bill and Chris Polian | January

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It took me back to that winning feeling, and without having to get out the DVD of the AFC Championship game against the Pats, like I've already done twice this year.

2 years, 8 months ago on After Review: Texans 16, Colts 19

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@87RidesASurfboard@dmstorm22 good god man it's like 3 in the afternoon! why can't I be drinking?!

2 years, 9 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Ravens

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@mattshedd holy lord, so much win, you just blew my mind

2 years, 9 months ago on Thursday Open Thread: Lucky, Lucky, You're So Lucky

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@jado825 I kinda hope this is the case. I hope this is like the off season news cycle, where we blow things up because we have nothing to talk about. Maybe we're just going insane on this story because... well because our team is horrible and for the first time in over a decade we aren't thinking "playoff run" this time of year.

2 years, 9 months ago on Thursday Open Thread: Lucky, Lucky, You're So Lucky

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@flores_salicis@pierrezombie Spend a few minutes in the ESPN AFC South blog comment threads, that should change your outlook on Texans fans. Make sure you don't have any firearms or pointy things within arms reach first though.

2 years, 9 months ago on Tuesday Open Thread: Other Ways to Skin A Cat

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@pierrezombie@flores_salicis I have to agree with this. You think the Texans fans are insufferable now? Wait to see how loud the "NOBODY BELIEVED IN US BUT HOW YA'LL LIKE US NOW?!?!" screams get if they somehow beat someone in the playoffs.

2 years, 9 months ago on Tuesday Open Thread: Other Ways to Skin A Cat

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@jado825 Over NE, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh? um yes please.

2 years, 9 months ago on Tuesday Open Thread: Other Ways to Skin A Cat

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"Baltimore, Pittsburgh, or New England are going to play in the Super Bowl."

Thanks for ruining my February for me, in December. I hadn't thought that far ahead yet.

2 years, 9 months ago on Tuesday Open Thread: Other Ways to Skin A Cat

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@Timmysykesjew I lol'd

2 years, 9 months ago on Two Quarterbacks, One Roster

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@ManiacalOne My thoughts exactly.

2 years, 10 months ago on Introducing Colts Authority

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@danorocks17 "I said the Colts were only 2 or 3 quality players from being a contender again"

I live in Nashville, TN. I've learned to just stay quiet. There is no convincing anyone of anything rational related to the Colts right now. The rest of the division is just so giddy that it's not the blue horseshoe running away with the playoff spot right now like it always is this time of year, they won't hear anything logical.

2 years, 10 months ago on The Two Year Rebuild

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@jado825@javen I don't think it's about the cost, it's about the roster spot. They could keep me on the roster for REALLY cheap, but they choose not to because they can fill it with a more talented player.

2 years, 10 months ago on The Two Year Rebuild

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After reading the comments, I've determined I'm the only person in the universe watching Up All Night. Awesome, thanks for getting it cancelled guys. How can everyone like Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett and then not like the show?!? The show _IS_ Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett!! I will say that it started off slow and then picked up steam the last few weeks. Just come back and try it one more time. And kick it a rating or two.

2 years, 10 months ago on Wednesday Open Thread-Six Seasons and a Movie!

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I agree, I thought that was the winner the moment I read it.

2 years, 10 months ago on Announcing the Winner of the Name that Chapter Contest

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@matt_has@psvirsky I've decided to be blindly optimistic, damn the obvious facts. It greatly improves the quality of my life.

2 years, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Jaguars

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@psvirsky I had the same thought about the line. And not just about a "healthy" Peyton, but an aging Peyton. Make sure he has time and doesn't take any hits as he plays out the last years of his career.

2 years, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Jaguars

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@parsutto I remember hearing one of the announcers (might have been Sims) saying of Painter during his good streak, "he's got a strong arm, and he's accurate." ?!?! Accurate? Maybe on the throws that he gets right, he's accurate, but on the ones he misses terribly, he's not. It's like the line from Anchorman, "60% of the time, it works every time."

2 years, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Jaguars

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@bluegirl Come on, Del Rio has been bad for a REALLY long time. It's just like winning, you have to reward consistency over time. Del Rio has a proven record of suck.

2 years, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Jaguars

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@pierrezombie Sessions', I believe. We'll need a chart or matrix of some sort if we're really going to be "official" about this name change.

2 years, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Jaguars

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@LovinBlue Right, I took far more from the video than the screen capture. I wasn't ready for this...

2 years, 10 months ago on ESPN's Chris Mortensen Provides a Manning Update

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@AaronHuston I'm curious, why do you think that having the Polians gone would help the franchise? As opposed to just having new coaches (which I think we all agree needs to happen) and getting some high draft picks, which we haven't had in years.

2 years, 10 months ago on Is Colts General Manager Chris Polian a Toxic Byproduct of Nepotism?

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You and Nate at 18to88 both pretty easily shot holes all the way through his article. I think it was written to rabble up the masses at an emotional time. If you look through the comments, people are eager to "clean house" to get this bitter taste out of their mouth. This is not a fan base accustomed to losing. It takes far more maturity to rationally assess the facts and come to the conclusions you and Nate have. Far fewer will do that, but I'm betting that when Irsay needs to make million dollar decisions, facts will outweigh emotion.

2 years, 10 months ago on Is Colts General Manager Chris Polian a Toxic Byproduct of Nepotism?

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Wow, the screen capture and video are shocking, frankly. It's the first visual evidence I've seen of his physical health declining.

2 years, 10 months ago on ESPN's Chris Mortensen Provides a Manning Update

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@rogcohen Wait what? How can you agree with Nate's points, which completely dismantle Kravitz's conclusions, then still say it's not right to dismiss Kravitz's conclusions? I don't care how well connected you are to the sports community, you can't go around making claims such as this without reasonable facts to back them up, and Nate is showing that there is no factual evidence here, just a bunch of butt hurt, probably from the media taking shots at a front office that has treated them like dirt for years. The Polians have earned no goodwill with the local media, and I think, facts be damned, guys like Kravitz are going to call for their heads now that the team is tanking.

2 years, 10 months ago on Toxic Shock

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What a fantastic write up. Terrific break down, I'll look forward to reading this every week!

2 years, 10 months ago on Five Plays - Analysis from the Colts 8th Regular Season Game of 2011

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you read my mind with the bundle deal, just placed my order. hope you sell a billion of them Nate!

2 years, 10 months ago on Invincible, Indiana On Sale Now

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Pure gold, Nate.

I hope we don't underestimate the importance of #2. Businesses much larger and more successful than the Colts have fallen and never gotten back up because of this. It's been my hope that Chris Polian could change the culture of the organization once the reins are fully his.

2 years, 10 months ago on What the Front Office Has Done Wrong

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"Glitter up"

I have a picture in my head of you tossing glitter into the air, Lebron James pregame style, and letting it shower down around you. I assume that's what all Jags fans do.

2 years, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Titans

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@Yoshiki03 "Of course the team should be sticking to their same scheme's even if the most important player isn't there."

I don't agree with this statement. If you watched the game last night, you saw what happened when Painter tried to run the no huddle the way Peyton does, in that noisy hostile environment. It is lazy coaching to just dump Painter out there with no adjustments to his abilities and say, "Oh well, the season is lost, just try to do what PM does and when you aren't able to, we'll go 3 and out over and over." We're 7 games into the season, you can start learning something new offensively based on the personnel you've got. That's the theme we're seeing on both sides of the ball though, an inability to adjust schemes based on the guys you've got. They keep trying to jam this butchered half Tampa-2, half blitzing defense when we don't have the guys to make it happen, and it's getting destroyed. Yet, no adjustments.

It's not about expecting wins, it about expecting adjustments and attempting to be competitive, even if we don't have the personnel to do it.

2 years, 10 months ago on The Most Humiliating Night in Colts History

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Cutting PM would not "re-energize" this particular portion of the fan base. Unless he's completely done playing football, I want him in a Colts jersey. How they manage an Andrew Luck pick, I'll leave up to smarter football business people than myself, but seeing PM play at even half his full ability in another uniform would be extremely hard to get past as a Colts fan.

2 years, 10 months ago on After Review: Colts 7, Saints 62

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@AaronHuston It was sad in a way: watching Painter doing his absolute best to try to act like Peyton. Running around, trying to call audibles in the deafening noise. At one point, he audibled to a run, didn't communicate it properly to the guy that probably needed to know it most, his RB, turned to hand the ball to him, and he had run the other way. So he turned around, threw it away, and took a penalty for grounding. Oh and let's not forget the time he took the snap directly in the face.

2 years, 10 months ago on The Most Humiliating Night in Colts History

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I've been anti go-crazy-and-fire-everyone up until now, but 62 points in prime time starts pissing me off. I can say for sure that during the game, every shot of Caldwell made me want to punch my flat screen TV and explain it to my wife by saying that I "fell down".

2 years, 11 months ago on Colts/Saints Open Thread

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ya that was a new look. never seen that one before.

2 years, 11 months ago on Colts/Saints Open Thread

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This post was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. From laughing at Pur-douche bags in #5 to the horror of what I'll be subjected to in #6 to the quiet sobbing of #7...

2 years, 11 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Saints

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Brees is the best QB this secondary will have faced this year. It will be laughable how easily he will move the ball and score against us. The score prediction is accurate. *sigh*

2 years, 11 months ago on Saints Nation: Q&A with Colts' Blog, 18 to 88 | October

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@DougEngland seconded. that looks absolutely amazing. you'll get a few buys just off of that Nate.

2 years, 11 months ago on Thursday Open Thread: Most Wins Edition

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I'm not hoping for Luck. I'm hoping we get that spot, then trade the hype over Luck away for a crap-ton of other quality players and picks to build up around Manning for his last 4 years and bring home another ring.

2 years, 11 months ago on What Does it Take to Get the #1 Pick?

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"I do suspect his solution will involve the word 'cushion'."

*facepalm*

This one sentence sent me into depression. Can't.... take.... any more cushion.....

2 years, 11 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Bengals

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"Saturday's beard" and "he just wins game" (singular) worth the price of admission.

2 years, 11 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Chiefs

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