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Watching TRich it almost feels like he insists on sucking.
Finally he starts to have a promising looking game, yes with a fumble but hey maybe it's just an aberration—
then he critically fumbles again.

Ugh.

1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/week-2-report-card-colts-vs-eagles.html

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The 50+ yard field goal attempt→delay of game→punt netting about 20 yards sequence was disgusting.

They need to go for it on 4th down there, especially 4th and 1, but also 4th and 6.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-24-broncos-31-the-comeback-that-wasnt.html

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I look forward to more of those dregs articles.

/I'd have called it "Roster Riffraff"

6 months ago on 2014 Indianapolis Colts Offseason Film Reviews

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I already quite like it. It's aesthetically pleasing, especially on my phone, and I'm not getting audio ads on my PC or popups on my phone anymore (so far) as well. (No I don't get popups on my phone normally, it's not malware)

6 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/site/new-colts-authority.html

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Is it possible to delineate which of these came before and which after the start of free agency signings?

6 months, 1 week ago on Colts Draft Prospect Interest Tracker

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Two points:

One, the KSK article isn't about not having compassion for Irsay. It's about people needing to do some self-examining on why they might feel compassion for Irsay that they might not for others who haven't done as much for the community.

Two, Irsay isn't in his position to help the community because of any particular merit he has as a human being. The good he has done for the community is nothing that any of us couldn't have done being born into his position. The rest of us generally find ourselves already in the position he would be in if he gave away his entire fortune, but without any of the praise.


As a fan of the Colts and someone who generally supports his handling of the team, I hope he gets better. But if my own brother did what Irsay just did, I'd be calling him an idiot and worse, so I'm not going to feel bad calling Irsay an idiot too.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Hot Takes on Jim Irsay

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@ECB @Payton  
No, ECB, the sky is falling. Everybody freak out.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Grading Grigson's Shopping Spree

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He may or may not turn out to be good with the draft and intra-NFL free agents, but I love how Grigson keeps looking for these unconventional guys.

I'm really excited about Adongo next year

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Sign Former CFL Standout Linebacker Henoc Muamba

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Because I see it often enough to decide to point it out now:

Receiving "corps", not "core"

8 months ago on Bowen: how the heck did Indy beat Seattle?

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"basically, the Colts needs this season are the same ones Grigson threw gobs of money at last season"

Yeah, but the positions you named are almost every single position in the game.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season

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@hankster@AJ_@thejoshbakerTo be fair, I think the idea is a scenario where Luck is down for a few games, not knocked out of the season entirely. A good backup could save an otherwise lost playoff spot.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Grigson, Colts Entering Crucial, Defining Off-season

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@Fot Bollar Reading that, I initially thought, "DHB?!"

But I guess if he can be had for cheap and he's willing to play special teams, yeah, they should re-sign him.

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: "Like Last Day of School"

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You're right. Time to fire up Kerbal Space Program.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook in Pictures: Two Key Scoring Plays

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@MarcusDugan@hankster
I think that picture is much too busy for a speech bubble, with almost no negative space, and doesn't really call for one anyway.
The way you ended up doing it in the article was I think the right decision.

They're by far best on those zoomed out overhead shots. The tiny players add to the humor, and the bubbles actually serve a purpose because the picture itself is lacking emotion or context. The "green 80"/"gotcha" ones are good as they so adroitly express what's going on in two pictures that otherwise just look motionless, and the "rawr" one serves a similar function while at the same time highlighting the player in question where normally a circle or something would be used.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook in Pictures: Two Key Scoring Plays

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I have to say I really got a kick out of the speech bubbles.

As long as you continue to use them sparingly, I look forward to the next round!

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Notebook in Pictures: Two Key Scoring Plays

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@smonroe 
Collapse from exhaustion.

With a smile on your face.

8 months, 4 weeks ago on Colts Advance after a Wild Comeback, 45-44 over the Chiefs

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100% rooting for the Chargers on this one.

9 months ago on Coping with Conflict

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So basically every single game except the Colts' own game went the wrong way : /

9 months, 1 week ago on Who to Root For: Week 16

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I like this writeup, and I'm with you on this.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Schottey: Colts Still Rebuilding, Remember?

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No argument here on pass > run

But, in fairness,

The Den rushing D is very stout at -18.8DVOA (5th), ranked one better than SEA. (Just Den pass D sucks)

TRich has poor ypc and DVOA, but he actually has a very good success rate at 48% (11th). I don't understand how that works, but I would guess that it means getting tackled in the backfield, making unsuccessful runs VERY unsuccessful, is why. And no long runs. He only has the one fumble, so it's not that.

Jax was his first game&running the clock all game, so a pass.

Next is Sea, awesome D and only 2 weeks on the team.

Next is SD, bad game.

Next is Den, awesome run D and Broncos expecting ball control Colts O

I'm of the opinion that he's not that horrible yet, it's just as likely that he'll get better with the second half cupcake sched, aside from the sunk draft pick cost he's very cheap and has lots of tread still, even then a late 1st pick the next year isn't that bad, and considering he'll be around through the season bar injury no matter what, I'll wait until the end of the season to decide whether to get worked up about his performance.

tl;dr I'm fine with yelling about strategy, less so basing that on the idea that TR sucks. After all, even with Purple Jesus Luck should be the star.

11 months ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"

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Good video but a bit disappointed the D got no love.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts Authority Video Breakdown: Third Down Success against Seattle

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Reading this writeup about all the tough things the Colts need to account for, I can't help but think how much of a &-$% nightmare it must be to look at Luck from the other side. I mean, weaknesses? Do any exist?

It's downright unfair going from Manning to Luck with only one bad year in between. Glad I'm from Indy and a Colts fan.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Chargers, NFL Week 6

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This article is fantastic--informative, fun to read, and with decidedly successful attempts at humor sprinkled throughout. The Chargers video part at the end had me going.

Good job.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Chargers, NFL Week 6

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In the sense that they aren't so much to cause damage as to shift defense away from the head, that sounds reasonable.

Body blows sounds stupid, but I'm really starting to get the feeling that this coaching staff likes to use meathead language while they play chess.

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs Seahawks

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I don't really understand these articles..Am I supposed to care about this fantasy team?

11 months, 4 weeks ago on 1st-and-Crown... With a Frown

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That kinda blows up the narrative.

12 months ago on Game Charting: The Colts' Offense With a Fullback

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Stats that take context into account vs. those that don't.

1 year ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I

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I feel like you wasted your time. Didn't really waste mine.

I think if someone like Aaron Schatz had done this he would have thought, "well that doesn't tell us anything, back to the drawing board" and not bothered posting it, or just summarizing the null result.

I'm with you in spirit tho. I look forward to your next iteration with advanced stats. Honest.

1 year ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I

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Ya I think the moral here is 'conventional' stats are worthless and this kind of number crunching is a waste of time.

Stick to advanced stats please. We all have a chance of learning something that way.

1 year ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I

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Real world English 'teachers' know that good writing means lower word count.

All I did with this article was look at the two numbers in the bottom right of each table and repeatedly think "no statistical significance" while scrolling through.

1 year ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I

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On Android here..Personally I really like the new headings. No problems reading them.

1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Notebook: Minicamp Wrap-up Part 2 – No Stopping to Smell the Roses

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@Fondue "lack of" And clearly this is what I'm talking about. y u no h8??

2 years, 6 months ago on The unstoppable force meets the immovable object | Articles

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So basically a thread of which teams we don't like? I don't like the Cowboys. They had T.O. too anyway. Also, I don't understand the lack of Titans hate around here. Frankly I'm almost disappointed by it. There are others I hate, but those are two of my big three.

2 years, 6 months ago on The unstoppable force meets the immovable object | Articles

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@pierrezombie I had made my peace with the fact that Manning was going to leave at some time, because everybody has to hang it up at some point. Last year meant I had to recalibrate that sooner than I had expected, but I made my peace again. The rest of the cuts are basically the same thing, just lesser. So I emotionally dealt with this on my own terms, when I had plenty of time. Now, I'm not happy, I'm sad, but I'm sure not reeling. Furthermore, I think it's unseemly to feel entitled to have my favorite players and team follow a script I have for them in my own head, or entitled to whine about it when they don't. DON'T disparage my fandom because I deal with my emotions like an adult and refuse to be a drama queen.

2 years, 6 months ago on Fans reeling after the Great Purge | Articles

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When did you become Emperor of Indiana? Sorry, but, I'm a Hoosier and I disagree with you.

2 years, 6 months ago on Fans reeling after the Great Purge | Articles

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@dmstorm22 I wonder if sometmes the thought is 'stop the opponent from TRYING to run', i.e. keep them out of running situations. Maybe it's optimistic to think that but it would be logical. An alternative pollyannish interpretation is that stopping the pass is such a given, especially for a DE for whom the sexiest play is a sack, that it goes without saying.

2 years, 7 months ago on Teams Must Think Differently About Football | February

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Personally I can't be upset with either about 'not keeping it in house' so to speak. Both are being absolutely hounded by the media.

In Irsay's case especially, he was always going to be interviewed a lot around this time--he was hosting the Superb Owl after all. Not his fault reporters keep bringing it up.

You might point to twitter, but even without that we'd have pretty much the same thing.

A lot of teeth gnashing going on, but damn, if you're worried about whether this stuff is being handled in the media right, and not just about whether Peyton is coming back, that's too meta for me.
Seems like a growing porportion of the stories are going that way, so that means nobody knows anything and it's time to just chill out and stop feeding the beast. Wait for some actual info.

2 years, 7 months ago on NFP: Manning should deny the Colts | Articles

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@NateWalton Uh, there's no certainty either way. The entire point is that the MOST LIKELY chance to win would be to do x, with x being letting the Giants score earlier. The article doesn't say nor suggest that doing x = Pats win.

2 years, 7 months ago on Belichick should have let 'em score earlier | Articles

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@JasonLeeJason I doubt that this is the case, but it certainly is very plausible. Neither Irsay nor Peyton has any reason to want to piss off Colts fans. If Manning leaving is the way it's going to be, it's best for everyone if it looks like Manning just couldn't guarantee performance, and Irsay's hand was forced.

However, in that case, I don't see why they'd be talking about moving the deadline back. That doesn't jive.

2 years, 7 months ago on Manning Watch 2012: Are the Tides Turning? | February

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"[Belichick is] sure to catch plenty more heat for...[allowing the Giants to score,] what some will argue is an affront to sportsmanship."

Wow, seriously? F*** those people. That play showcased everything I love about football, and everything that makes it better than all the other sports. No other has anywhere near the depth of strategy and opportunity for ingenuity.

I hate Bill Belichick just for the fact that he's my team's rival, and I don't approve of his 'misinterpreting the rules,' but damn I wish more coaching was like his.

I never have and never will taunt the Pats with "4th and 2." I respect the hell out of that.

2 years, 7 months ago on Brady's long-ball killed the Patriots | Articles

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Fair enough, but the worst thing Indy can be is a second-tier city that's bitter about its lot in life.

Hoosiers have every right to share Carpenter's sentiments, but I hope we don't. "You know, we've always been here" can be said cheerfully with a smile.

2 years, 7 months ago on Carpenter: Indy existed before Super Bowl | Articles

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Try having mics shoved in your face 24/7 by reporters looking to stir up trouble for a scoop and see if you don't end up a spotlight-stealing jerk.

2 years, 7 months ago on Doyel: Irsay, Manning childish | Articles

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@Mr. Indianapolis Colts

Yeah but the pessimism here is based in logic.

Your problem may be with reality.

2 years, 8 months ago on ESPN: Peyton Manning Medically Cleared to Resume NFL Career | January

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@TheGreatMisdirect

This is based only on my imagination, but I'm kinda thinking it's not so much 'strength' as we normally think of it per say, but more like the feeling you have when your arm or leg falls asleep from lack of circulation--a partial paralysis making it very difficult to operate at full strength, and all but impossible to have any kind of fine motor control in doing so.

2 years, 8 months ago on ESPN: Peyton Manning Medically Cleared to Resume NFL Career | January

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@gizzardfanny

I felt like he really relished the opportunity to deflect the questions into sales pitches.

2 years, 8 months ago on Peyton Manning's ESPN Interview | Articles

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"two offensive coaches...remain on staff"

Don't forget, Arians was Peyton's first QBs coach in the NFL.

Why do people keep forgetting this?

2 years, 8 months ago on Lessons Learned from Manning: A Guide to Being the Colts QB | January

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This is becoming incestuous!

I think maybe we got the cuter cousin though. Hope so.

2 years, 8 months ago on ESPN: Jim Caldwell to Baltimore | Articles

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@coltsauth_todd

Wouldn't doesn't make sense either...

Shouldn't it be "Why Caldwell Punted" ?

2 years, 8 months ago on Why Caldwell didn't punt | Articles

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@talkingplayoffs

That and using traditional stats, which are all but useless for any serious analysis.

Total yards, passing yards, yards per attempt, red zone efficiency. Fail, fail, fail fail.

How about DVOA, drive stats, ANPY/A?

2 years, 8 months ago on The Steelers View of Bruce Arians | January

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