Practice? I'm talking 'bout practice!
By Mike Dunleavy
Practice. We're not talking about a game. We're talking 'bout practice. Not a game. Practice.
That's what I'm finally up to these days. Normally, as a player this isn't something you get overly excited about (just ask A.I.), but since I haven't practiced since last January, I was a little gung-ho for my first one.
Thus far, it has gone well. I can go for an hour but they are keeping me in the half-court when we scrimmage. The next step of playing full-court should come real soon. After that, I'm hoping to get cleared to play for the real deal.
The only hold up in the foreseeable future is that we don't have a lot of practices coming up. With all the games we having over the next couple weeks, it makes it hard to squeeze in practices. I really need a week or so of good solid scrimmages before I'll feel comfortable or the training staff will give me the OK.
I'm trying to get everything back all at once: conditioning, timing, strength, etc. It's not like I've been out six weeks; it's been nine months since I've played so this takes some time.
That being said, once I get fully back, I may be a little rusty but I think I will be able to contribute to helping the team win games. My minutes will be limited at first but it was the same thing last year so I have a feel for how to be productive in short stints.
Then again, if we keep winning like the way we are, maybe I should just hold off and let these guys keep rolling. I don't want to ruin a good thing.
The team has won five in a row for the first time in years. Couple that with the Colts' undefeated start and things are looking good around here.
After we beat Boston on Saturday night, I got a chance to go to the Colts-Patriots game on Sunday night. It goes without saying that it was unbelievable. It was like a playoff atmosphere at the stadium and both teams put on a show. It doesn't get any better than a last-second victory over a rival opponent.
The fans thus far have been great and we look forward to even more support as the season moves along. It's gonna be fun to watch, I guarantee it.