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    Him and Barnwell have been pissing all over the Colts from the off season. Barnwell described us as a terrible team after the loss vs Miami. I'm glad the Colts are shutting their mouth with their performances.

    PS: I've got strong feelings against both of them (for past and present talk which has included the Pacers) but I'm doing my best to keep them in me.
    I've said this in many different places, but for the life of me I will never understand why fans take what national writers say so personally. Advanced metrics and all the "regression signs" pointed to us sliding backwards. Hell, I thought we would be a better team and but probably finish with a worse record (wasn't alone there). Also, after the first two games, we did look terrible. The Raiders were thought to be one of the very worst teams in the NFL and we barely beat them at home. Now they are seen as more "mediocre" than "atrocious." The Dolphins weren't highly thought of either, and after that Raiders performance at home and with our upcoming schedule, I mean, I don't really blame anyone for being down on the Colts after two weeks. We looked bad.

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    Well personally I expected us to be a better team overall with a slightly worse record. My beef is you can't say the Colts are terrible. Period. Terrible team is Jacksonville not Indy no matter how they had played until then.
    Yes we looked bad but as you said Oakland was not the worst team as everyone else expected and they had no idea Pryor would be playing like the way he did. Miami turned out more than a good team.

    Moreover, the most frustrating thing is to keep hearing "Ah the Colts managed a playoff birth last season because they rallied around the coach. It's not gonna be there this season".
    Did the players rally around Chuck last season? Absolutely but it's not the entire truth. They also had a rookie QB that happens to be a badass. They also had an extremely productive draft. They made a lot of moves in the off season and they improved. How much, we will see in the end.

    Off topic but I will say it. As far as Simmons and his Boston sports wankfest, he was on record saying after the playoffs or during the NBA finals he expected the Celtics to be challenging with the Heat and the Bulls(I think). All that after the Pacers performance in the ECF.
    Way to diss a team that had an extremely productive season and build up a team (that happens to be your favourite one) who clearly was going nowhere.

    It's rather disrespectful to the players and the coaches to dismiss a team (both the Colts and the Pacers) like that.
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    Him and Barnwell have been pissing all over the Colts from the off season. Barnwell described us as a terrible team after the loss vs Miami. I'm glad the Colts are shutting their mouth with their performances.








    PS: I've got strong feelings against both of them (for past and present talk which has included the Pacers) but I'm doing my best to keep them in me.
    Today Barnwell gave another backhanded compliment to the Colts where the Seahawks lost because they punted on a 4th and short. He's a grade A idiot.

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    George Whitfield Jr. did his due diligence, then headed to the nearest hardware store.

    It was several years ago and the San Diego-based quarterback coach/guru had to find a rake, a broom — anything — to help him simulate what Andrew Luck would face when the Indianapolis Colts played at Houston last Sunday against the Texans’ vaunted pass rush.

    Whitfield frantically waved the rake during drills to replicate the distracting hands of a rushing defensive end or linebacker while working with Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger in 2010.

    “It’s in Ben’s garage somewhere,” Whitefield said, laughing lightly.

    When Luck was preparing for his pro day at Stanford before the 2012 draft, he hooked up with Whitfield. The workouts included Whitfield jabbing, swatting and slapping Luck with a broom as the quarterback took a three- or five-step drop, focusing on a receiver streaking down the field.

    Whitfield’s overriding objective while tutoring Roethlisberger, Luck, Carolina’s Cam Newton and so many other QBs: Keep your cool amid the chaos, because there will be chaos.

    Cue the video from the Colts’ 27-24 win over the Texans. Rewind to the fourth quarter, Colts trailing 24-12 with a second-and-1 from their own 42. Out of the shotgun, Luck pats the ball twice before delivering a 58-yard touchdown to T.Y. Hilton.

    No sooner had the football left Luck’s hand than Texans end J.J. Watt leveled him. But he had kept his cool and performed amid the chaos.

    “Exactly,” Whitfield said. “I don’t think there’s anybody in the league that stands in there and dedicates himself to making one definitive throw better than Andrew.

    “It’s ‘I’ve got this opportunity and I’m going to take it in spite of being a stride away from being rocked. That’s OK because me getting rocked doesn’t hurt half as bad as this kid catching the ball 25 yards down the field. That’ll rock their whole sideline.’ ”

    Luck smiled at that characterization.

    “That’s part of it,” he said. “It feels good when it’s a touchdown.”

    Don’t discount Whitfield’s influence or that of Colts quarterback coach Clyde Christensen, whose daily work includes Luck, Matt Hasselbeck and practice squad quarterback Chandler Harnish dealing with the “gauntlet.” While preparing to pass, the QB has his arms slapped, his balance jostled. More http://www.indystar.com/article/2013...elp-rake-broom
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    Nuntius was right. I was wrong. Frank Vogel has retained his job.

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    Andrew Luck's love for soccer runs deep

    Andrew Luck's love of soccer began with his dad, Oliver, former President of the Houston Dynamo.
    When Massachusetts-born Geoff Cameron took one of his first throw-ins after moving to Stoke City in August 2012, an overly enthusiastic British commentator was moved to declare that the American launched the ball into play "quarterback style."

    It's a wonderful turn of phrase, but one that truly resonates only when used in relation to Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, the NFL star. Luck graduated from Stanford with a degree in architectural design, was selected first overall in the 2012 draft, broke rookie yardage records, and became only the fifth quarterback to pass for 20 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. Oh, and doing all this while maintaining that his two favorite things in life are "books and soccer."

    I had the chance to learn more about Luck's broad embrace of every stripe of football when he guested on this week's Men In Blazers podcast on Grantland. Our interview took place the day after his Colts routed the Texans 25-3, a win that gave him extra pleasure because it was against Houston, the team from the town where he had come of age, making the game a kind of Andrew Luck Derby.

    Luck credits his love affair with football of a different kind to the nine formative years he spent growing up in London and Germany following his father, former pro quarterback Oliver Luck, as he helped set up the World League of American Football.

    "We lived close to Arsenal's old stadium, Highbury,” Andrew Luck tells me while explaining his voyage of discovery. "The passion the supporters have for their football clubs in Europe is different from the passion NFL or college teams will have. And I think both are great in their own right, but to me ... the supporters of a Tottenham, Arsenal or Manchester United ... I love watching the games and hearing them chant and sing, and I love the fluidity of soccer. The football I play tends to be a much more staccato sport where you go, you stop for a while, maybe a TV timeout, and then you start up again."


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    Luck makes time to watch at least one Premier League game a week amid his busy NFL schedule.

    Luck reminisces enthusiastically about his days as a soccer player in Stanford's intramural rec leagues, describing himself as "a hustler with absolutely zero technical ability." I ask him which Premier League player he most identifies with as an NFL quarterback, reading out a listener's suggestion that he embodies a "mix of Wayne Rooney's grit, Aaron Ramsey's flash, John Terry's presence, Timmy Howard's beard, with a bit of Joleon Lescott's facial expressions mixed in for good measure." Luck laughs, then considers the question carefully before responding.

    "I think it would be great to be one of the Toure Brothers [defender Kolo and midfielder Yaya]," he decides. "I love watching those big guys play ... and they have their own song."

    The quarterback admits that the intensity of the NFL season precludes him from devoting the energy he would like to soccer. His exposure is limited to the locker-room hours he can invest in "EA Sports FIFA" on the Xbox, and to savoring a solitary match a week.

    "I try to watch at least one game to relax on a Saturday afternoon," he says. "That's sort of when I have a little bit of time off." Yet Luck has made time to attend games in person and even flew to London to watch last season's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Dortmund. "It has always been a dream of mine to go watch a game at Wembley," he explains with enthusiasm. "The pregame pageantry reminded me of an NFL game. They had some knights in shining armor. ... It was like a German invasion."

    I broach the thorny subject of which Premier League team Luck calls his own, remarking that an equal number of Arsenal and Tottenham fans have reached out to me believing he was a fellow supporter, a local rivalry akin to Stanford and Oregon. "I know it might not make sense, but I try to support as many of the American fellows playing over there [in the Premier League] as possible,” he says to clarify any misunderstanding. "I started supporting Tottenham because of Clint Dempsey ... but now that he's gone I'm open again, and now you have Jozy Altidore on Sunderland, Brek Shea and Geoff Cameron on Stoke. ... I don't know if that's fair or not."


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    Does Luck have a favorite soccer team? Far from it -- he roots for American players overseas like Stoke's Geoff Cameron.

    Upon further consideration, Luck circles back to the question to define his affiliation. "The team that I follow completely is the Houston Dynamo," he says. "That's my No. 1 team in my heart because my father used to work for that club [as founding president and general manager]," he said. "I'm definitely plugged into the MLS season fairly heavily. ... It's fun to see the league grow. I think it's great for the sport in this country."

    I wonder how an NFL star views that growth, broaching the fact that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have both broken the Top 10 favorite athletes as defined by Americans aged 12-24. "It's great," he says, without pausing for a beat. "This country is a great sports country as it is. It can sustain hockey and football and basketball and baseball. Why not soccer?"

    To finish our chat, I urge Luck to play an active role in promoting soccer's profile, encouraging him to consider importing the Premier League goal scorer's ritual knee slide celebration into the NFL. The quarterback considers the request for a moment. "I do think the knee slide is a little better than the Gareth Bale thing he does with his hands, the little heart,” he says. "But the knee slide ... I wear a knee brace so that thing might get caught and I'd start spinning over.

    "I would be ridiculed for that."

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