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Maybe he was comparing playing Trent versus only fielding 10 players and handing the ball off to empty space.

7 months ago on Colts Notebook: Ryan Grigson Discusses the Offseason Ahead

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My only divergence with this is who gets the 1(a) position, but the reason is the same, even if I suspect that his detractors will regard additions to Manning's legacy the same way creationists regard additions to the fossil record.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Coping with Conflict

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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.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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@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. 

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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@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.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield Rams

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Nicely done. Of course, at this rate, I might not live to see what you do with Motherboy.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on The Bluths Explain Football: The Pats are Solid as a Rock in Week 8

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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.

10 months, 1 week ago on Hitchhiker's Guide to What Peyton Manning Means to Me

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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. 

10 months, 1 week ago on Eight Myths Surrounding Peyton Manning's Departure from the Colts

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So glad to see this back. Thanks. I think I like this return of the Bluths more than the one on Netflix.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on The Bluths Explain Football: Romo Blues Himself

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Luckily, ideas aren't right or wrong based on the "credentials" of the person expressing them.

11 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers

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The Annual is indeed spectacular. So is seeing "Eyes in the Backfield" again.

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Raiders

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@Nate Dunlevy en route...thanks.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The 2013 Colts Authority Annual

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I'm trying to purchase...does anyone know how to make the "Country" field say something other than "USA?"

11 months, 3 weeks ago on The 2013 Colts Authority Annual

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Please stop using my current age as a comical signifier of advanced decrepitude.

 

1 year, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Titans | October

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 @Nate Dunlevy  @omahacolt I thought it was pretty funny. I might have laughed harder if I weren't 54.

1 year, 10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield-Browns | October

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 @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.

2 years, 2 months ago on He's Just Gone | June

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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.”

2 years, 2 months ago on He's Just Gone | June

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I'll add my voice to the chorus of praise for this stunning piece of writing.

2 years, 5 months ago on Stealing the Thorny Crown | February

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@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.

2 years, 6 months ago on Banks Reports Manning had Secret Surgery Last Summer | February

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@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."

2 years, 6 months ago on Manning Watch 2012: Are the Tides Turning? | February

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Excellent post. I agree with all of it.

2 years, 6 months ago on Peyton Manning Deserves Better | January

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@squirrel@GregC "Respect is owed for who you are, not what you've done." Does the Hall of Fame know that?

2 years, 6 months ago on Peyton Manning Deserves Better | January

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I am going to find that "happy happy rainbow fun-time fairyland" Nate mentioned in his earlier post and camp out there for awhile.

2 years, 7 months ago on Colts to Fire Bill and Chris Polian | January

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You're our spokesman? I may have to renounce my citizenship. @vbcolts

2 years, 7 months ago on Colts to Fire Bill and Chris Polian | January

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Going undefeated didn't even make the Dolphins the "team of the decade."

2 years, 8 months ago on Tuesday Open Thread: What If?

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Until I see him playing, or at least practicing, again, any bit of presumptive good news is going to sound to me like NBC saying "Community hasn't been cancelled, we are just taking it off the air for awhile."@DougEngland

2 years, 9 months ago on Wednesday Open Thread-Six Seasons and a Movie!

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First Peyton Manning and now Community. The quality of my life has been taking some hits lately.

I bugged out of The Office a few years back primarily because I refused to confuse cringing embarrassment with humour. So I'm surprised to find myself liking the New Girl.

I wouldn't feel better about 3-7. It would mean that there were serious flaws in my understanding about Manning's transcendence and about the way the Colts are structured.

The shipping notification from Amazon came today. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

2 years, 9 months ago on Wednesday Open Thread-Six Seasons and a Movie!

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I don't follow college football. Luck's name has been inescapable, but I couldn't name another QB, or even another player, if you put a gun to my head. Still, it seems straightforward: if you are drafting a successor to Manning (I wouldn't say "replacement") you draft the best available.

2 years, 9 months ago on Tuesday Open Thread: Moving On

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That was so good I had to return to it at lunch and read it again.

2 years, 9 months ago on The Truth is Boring

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On the bright side, you gained some valuable insights into the quality of your wife's thought processes.

2 years, 9 months ago on The Truth is Boring

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On or about Labour Day, my expectations for this season tanked. Once I got over the initial shock and horror, I settled in to watch the inevitable unfold with all the indifference I could command. I honestly been more disturbed by all the bad thinking about the Colts than by the bad football played by the Colts.

But, this is going to be the one that hurts.

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

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Winter Dance Party 2011

2 years, 9 months ago on 'Name that Chapter' Contest!

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If we are in this scenario (#1 pick and Manning coming back right as rain), I hope we trade the pick to an NFC team. I fear there will come a time when we find that there is "value" in not having against Luck very often.

2 years, 9 months ago on What Can You Get for the #1 Pick?

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Skimming through some of these posts, with their umpteenth iterations of bad-draft arguments by assertion, I starting thinking of the scene in "In Bruges" where that Belgian functionary repeatedly pokes Ralph Fiennes character in the forehead. I'm not sure why.

2 years, 9 months ago on Toxic Shock

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Actually, the only thing I've ever found even a little bit off-putting about this site is the comment section. @MarlaAS

2 years, 9 months ago on Toxic Shock

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Yikes.

2 years, 9 months ago on Colts Falcons Open Thread

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Fearsome stuff. Running the Polians out of town would be stupid. I'm hoping Irsay is smart.

2 years, 9 months ago on What the Front Office Has Done Wrong

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Before the game, I listened to a recording of Faurè’s “Requiem.” I believe it has put me in the right frame of mind.

2 years, 10 months ago on Colts/Bengals Open Thread

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I agree completely with no. 2. There is an international boundary, about three state lines, and a great selectiveness about what I read insulating me from the non-sense. But, if it is afflicting the comment sections in this bastion of reason, then I have to believe the equivalent of a ritual satanic abuse craze is sweeping through the Colt fan base.

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

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I’m usually nodding in agreement or vocalizing enthusiastic approval when reading Nate’s posts, but point 1 left a fair bit of daylight between his thinking and mine. The post hoc fixing of negative circumstances to the “Curtis Painter Incident” seems straight out of Kravitz. I don’t think adult human behaviour is quite that elastic. If I did (or found it useful to pretend to), I’d probably say that the Colts fans have been “taught” by years of hearing ring-counting analysts relentlessly downplay Manning’s achievements.

I think it is more basic: the worse a football team is the less likely people are going to want to spend money to see them play.

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

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