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... and watch for the hilarious insults:

"the law firm of Henne, Bortles and Whitehurst.. specializes in bankruptcy, divorce, and personal injuries caused by their own throws"

D'qwell Jackson.. "couldn’t cover 'Yesterday' if you spotted him Paul, George and Ringo."

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-titans-17.html

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Thank you for the crew-related rant in #8. I needed that.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/eyes-in-the-backfield-colts-44-jaguars-17.html

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It seems like a false argument to compare 2005 to 2014, but your point that the preseason doesn't portend the regular season is certainly valid. Hopefully the team looks at tonight's performance as a learning opportunity... because it seems like there's still a lot for them to learn!

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/preseason-recap-and-observations-colts-17-saints-23.html

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Know what's embarrassing about this list? There are only 2 safeties listed, and I'm pretty sure there was no safety taken in the draft. After watching the Seahawks completely dismantle the Broncos in the Super Bowl with their safety play, why or why did Grigson and Pagano not seem to pay any heed?

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-undrafted-free-agent-tracker.html

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Having watched them both a lot at the collegiate level, I think Kam Jackson has the instinct of Mychal Kendricks, though not his level of "thumper." Still - really existed to see Jackson hook up with the Colts!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-authority-undrafted-free-agent-tracker.html

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Love this series.

9 months, 1 week ago on Colts Authority Fireside Chats: Let's Talk Combine

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It is clear how much time and effort went in to this post - thank you so much Ben!!

9 months, 1 week ago on CA Charting Project: Offensive Line Season in Review

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Of course I can't argue with Deandre Coleman... Go Bears!  :-)

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Brooke: 6 late-round steals Indy should be looking at

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@MarcusDugan @LovinBlueThis is my off-season hard-hitting analysis ;-)

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

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@psvirsky Agreed... and forget the whole "run" thing. Seattle showed that you can get by with a so-so offense as long as you have a phenomenal defense. /still crying

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority

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I feel worse... not because I feel worse about the team per se, but I feel worse about the team's relative place in the AFC. I expect the Texans to bounce back (maybe back to contender) under the new coaching staff. I expect the Pats - who were already winning ridiculously this year - to improve a lot with most of their starters returning from IR. I actually expect Denver to get a little worse. KC might actually contend, and the Chargers and Bengals should likely contend again. There will likely be a surprise contender - is Hoyer going to be healthy for the start of the season?


Anyway... the Colts offense should definitely improve with Allen, Thomas, and presumably Wayne returning. But I never believed in this year's defense; we're at the same point this year where we were last year. I expect Mathis to finally start showing his age; I think he peaked this year. I love Antoine, but my eyes tell me he his beyond his peak. Toler - meh. Landry - meh. D-Line - meh. The only saving grace is that Grigson once again has a lot of money for free agency, but he absolutely can't miss this year.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Fireside Chats with Colts Authority

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Two of the three names to watch went to Cal. Just sayin'

10 months ago on Defending Crazy: Why I don't want the Colts to draft OL early

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@SpencerFGrayThank you!

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Coping with Conflict

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@PiedIs this so that the Colts don't face the Broncos until the AFCCG (if both get that far)? or some other reason?

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Coping with Conflict

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No need to cut anyone yet, as Walden is on a one-game suspension

1 year ago on Colts Sign Free Agent RB/KR Chris Rainey

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You forgot one of the games, Nate. Now I'm not sure exactly where BYE is based, but I'm rooting for them to absolutely trounce New England!

1 year ago on Who to Root For: Week 10

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Can't help but think the reason the Texans have surrendered so few yards on defense is because of all the short fields they've afforded their opponents on picks.

1 year ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to Colts at Texans, NFL Week 9

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"Please note that [T.Y. Hilton] is more beneficial than a fullback".  Brilliant.  Also, on the comment on Mathis, excellent use of the subjunctive - A+ on grammar.

1 year, 1 month ago on The Colts Win a Wild One over the Seahawks, 34-28

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This was great, Kyle.  I learned a lot from this analysis!

1 year, 3 months ago on CA Video Breakdown: Hugh Thornton's Debut

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I continue to be so impressed by readers like you who can see and inventory these packages/formations from what must be a difficult angle.  As long as I've watched the game, I still tend to "follow the ball."  Thanks so much for this!

1 year, 3 months ago on Guest Post: Personnel Packages and the Colts

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Hi hankster - we have hosted fantasy leagues previously... I'll confirm with the team what we're planning this season.  We'll have information posted shortly!

1 year, 4 months ago on Luck: Historical Greatness Inside Two Minutes

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The other factor here was Arians' willingness to go for it, in stark contrast to Jim Caldwell's approach.  Imagine what Caldwell would have done if Luck were 50, 60, 74 yards away with less than 40 seconds to go?  Maybe start with a handoff to see if they could generate anything... watch the runner get stuffed behind an inept line, then take a knee to end the half.

While I watched a few Stanford games over the last couple of years, I'm not sure of Hamilton's philosophy... hopefully closer to Arians' than to Caldwell's.

1 year, 4 months ago on Luck: Historical Greatness Inside Two Minutes

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Sounds like you had a great time, and thanks for writing this up, OD!

1 year, 6 months ago on An Evening with Andrew Luck

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Not even in the quote itself ("There's nothing we can't do. We can incorporate some pistol concepts") does Hamilton say they WILL (or will not) do anything!

1 year, 6 months ago on Pep Hamilton's Quotes Misreported, Cause Unnecessary Angst

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I think Johnson-Webb actually signed with the Cardinals.  https://twitter.com/DubtheGreat67/status/328874320489234433

1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Updated UDFA List

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Hard to not watch these highlights and snicker every time the Trojans fail... that said it seems Holmes has a lot to work on... stands way too tall and seems to easily get either undercut or bull-rushed. Hope Gilbert can coach him up!

1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Draft Khaled Holmes, Center, USC, with the 24th Pick in the 4th Round

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Nice write-up Ben. I can only hope that DHB's catching quirkiness has more to do with the guy throwing balls to him than his own oddities.  I saw DHB at Raiders' training camp a couple of years ago and he is impressive up close... in practice at least his hands are decent!

1 year, 7 months ago on Free Agent Examination - WR Darrius Heyward Bey.

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Love these!

1 year, 8 months ago on #CATweetbag: Grading Grigson

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I feel like Joe Theisman... can't maintain the stream  :-(

1 year, 8 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Live Free Agency Coverage

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Maybe I shouldn't have told anyone I was listening, then

1 year, 8 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Live Free Agency Coverage

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I get to listen for the first hour of free agency!!

1 year, 8 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Live Free Agency Coverage

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Computer not cooperating so I can't paste, but Googling his name reveals an article that says he had single level spinal fusion surgery and they discovered more soft tissue damage than expected.  So the original estimate of 4-6 months to return to normal (non-football) activity is even longer.  I hope he doesn't try to return; I can't imagine he'll ever be up to par.

1 year, 9 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Super Bowl 47 Breakdown and Off-season discussion

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oh - then I don't know where I got that impression from... cool

1 year, 9 months ago on Possible Safety Targets in Free Agency: Ed Reed or Others?

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Too lazy to look it up... hasn't Spencer had some injury issues?

1 year, 9 months ago on Possible Safety Targets in Free Agency: Ed Reed or Others?

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I think Reed's value would be in grooming younger safeties while holding down the position at a decent level (better than Zibby)

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Off-Season Live Shows: Colts, Super Bowl, NFL talk

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Didn't want to steal your thunder!

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Off-Season Live Shows: Colts, Super Bowl, NFL talk

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just answered my own question!

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Off-Season Live Shows: Colts, Super Bowl, NFL talk

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Oh NO! I'm sorry - can I delete my post?

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Off-Season Live Shows: Colts, Super Bowl, NFL talk

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Weeeiiirrdd... I was totally thinking about the idea of captains choosing their own teams the other day.  I dismissed the idea, though, because I feared there would be hurt feelings or something - at least with the requirement of AFC/NFC, it's out of the players' hands.  Yes, I know... hurt feelings for a football player is silly, but you get the drift... what if Manning chose A.J. Green over D. Thomas? Would Thomas pout? maybe that would make it fun...

1 year, 10 months ago on Fixing the Pro Bowl

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For the record I don't have an opinion either way as to whether it should be a penalty.

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Pep Talks: Colts Off-Season discussion

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 @ImNickSmith Why? Because the symptom is so obvious?

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Pep Talks: Colts Off-Season discussion

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It does work; so maddening... you wonder why defenders don't study it more.

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Pep Talks: Colts Off-Season discussion

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I thought he wasn't deciding until after the Pro Bowl?

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Pep Talks: Colts Off-Season discussion

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McAfee better be

1 year, 10 months ago on Colts Authority Radio's Pep Talks: Colts Off-Season discussion

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