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@DougEngland That was one excellent post. But I wonder if you actually find that state of affairs to be a such a mystery.
1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams
@travismj33 Wow, that's was a lot of bales to stick in one straw man. It's one thing for a player not to play up to his first-round status, and another for a player not to be playing up to his first-round status and then give up a first-round pick for him anyway. To be a better match, Polian would had to have seen Hughes for a couple of years as a pro, then travel back in time and select him all over again. Addai? I agree with Nate above.
@travismj33 Thanks, now I know why I'm disappointed the Colts surrendered a first-round pick for a so-far sub-par player: I'm using the wrong textbook.
Nicely done. Of course, at this rate, I might not live to see what you do with Motherboy.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Bluths Explain Football: The Pats are Solid as a Rock in Week 8
Excellent work. I have responded differently to the split. Of course, after being booted out of the most significant relationship of my life, I was still babysitting her kids and help her out financially, for years.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to What Peyton Manning Means to Me
I have trouble separating Peyton's departure from the other changes to the team. I don't know if seeing his release as a changing of the guard or the natural order of things represents a myth, but I see it instead as part of the Schism of 2012. My sympathies lie with the excommunicated. If that "stats/championships" quote is accurate, Irsay made me very angry today.
Outstanding piece, by the way.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Eight Myths Surrounding Peyton Manning's Departure from the Colts
So glad to see this back. Thanks. I think I like this return of the Bluths more than the one on Netflix.
2 months ago on The Bluths Explain Football: Romo Blues Himself
Luckily, ideas aren't right or wrong based on the "credentials" of the person expressing them.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers
Maybe he'll fail the physical.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on BREAKING NEWS: Colts acquire RB Trent Richardson while simultaneously mortgaging future!!!
The Annual is indeed spectacular. So is seeing "Eyes in the Backfield" again.
3 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Raiders
@Nate Dunlevy en route...thanks.
3 months, 1 week ago on The 2013 Colts Authority Annual
I'm trying to purchase...does anyone know how to make the "Country" field say something other than "USA?"
Please stop using my current age as a comical signifier of advanced decrepitude.
1 year, 1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Titans | October
@Nate Dunlevy @omahacolt I thought it was pretty funny. I might have laughed harder if I weren't 54.
1 year, 1 month ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Browns | October
@DougEngland I'm with you. For the next few years, as long as Peyton Manning plays, the desire to see him add to his legacy and remove all doubt about his place in history, or at least to force his detractors to move the goalposts a couple more times, will far surpass the desire to see the Colts go 8-8 instead of 6-10 or 6-10 instead of 4-12.
A far as being a "real" fan goes, there are many reasons I follow football. The need to prove anything about myself to other fans is not one of them.
1 year, 6 months ago on He's Just Gone | June
I’m reacting to this in a much different way. Of course, I wasn’t born with “blue blood,” and Indianapolis is not my city.
My earliest reliable memories of professional sports trace back to the late sixties and involve Bobby Orr. I’ve been seeking out transcendence ever since, going from sport to sport, team to team (with some teams, the Habs as a random example, exempted). I remember reading about Archie Manning, and the surprise that the Pats hadn’t selected him with the number one pick. “He’s going to be football’s Bobby Orr,” I thought. I was off by a generation.
The NFL started as my second-favourite league of my second-favourite sport. Perhaps as a consequence of trying to follow the NFL whilst living in a two-channel universe governed by Canadian content regulations, my allegiances were always split between a handful of teams, one of which was the Baltimore Colts of the Bert Jones era. How that eventually transformed into a singular and surpassing focus on the Indianapolis Colts is a long story. (At least, the part about the NHL and the CFL losing my attention, and recounting my itinerant NFL fandom, which included a stop with John Elway’s Broncos, would take time. Otherwise, it’s straightforward: a team I was predisposed to like drafted Peyton Manning.) But, following more than one team will come easily and naturally to me.
I’m still a Colts fan. However, if I were coming fresh to this website, and with a tip of the hat to a transcendent figure from another form of human endeavour, the user name I would choose would be “Kind of Blue.”
I'll add my voice to the chorus of praise for this stunning piece of writing.
1 year, 9 months ago on Stealing the Thorny Crown | February
Payton Assuming its accuracy, the report changes something for me: I can no longer take Manning's expressions of optimism in and of themselves as reasons for my own optimism. What hasn't changed is my utter lack of preparedness for the worst case scenario.
1 year, 10 months ago on Banks Reports Manning had Secret Surgery Last Summer | February
JasonLeeJason I'm just not sure the are in it together. This is starting to resemble how it all played out with the Packers. They wanted to move on to the shiny new guy but also wanted zero responsibility for the old guy being gone. If I remember correctly, their actions became so discordant with their public rhetoric that they had to import a former White House spin doctor to reconcile it all. What I'm hearing in Irsay's comments about health and "if he wants" is a guy positioning himself to say "not my fault."
1 year, 10 months ago on Manning Watch 2012: Are the Tides Turning? | February
Excellent post. I agree with all of it.
1 year, 10 months ago on Peyton Manning Deserves Better | January