OIL History 2009: Reminded of Our Roots

This is the fourth installment in our ongoing oral history project. You can view previous chapters here.  The fourth season of the OIL saw many changes and a lot of drama. Not just petty trade controversies, either: life and death drama. Remember, the 158 returned to Iraq in Fall 2008, and they were there risking their lives until August of 2009. That was the year many...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will Return Kicks and Punts for Colts in 2015?

The Indianapolis Colts' special teams were a surprising success overall in 2014 but, while the kick return team was efficient, its punt return unit left much to be desired. Last season, the Indianapolis ranked 14th in expected points added on kick returns, and 31st on punt returns, according to Football Outsiders.The average ranking in terms of kick returns has much to do with a...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back on the Indianapolis Colts' Special Teams

The 2014 Indianapolis Colts season had plenty of things that Indianapolis fans had become familiar with since the 2000's.A prolific passing offense? Check.An inconsistent defense that was better against the pass than the run? Check.A playoff loss in Foxboro? Sadly (for Colts fans), you can put a check there too.Special teams success, though, was something new. Indianapolis ranked...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

How the Patriots Killed the Colts' Passing Attack

The Indianapolis Colts lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game for so many reasons. There were numerous miscues to start the game, Boom Herron dropped two passes – one should have been for a touchdown – and Josh Cribbs decided to use his head, in the worst possible way.The Colts’ run defense again was pushed around, failing to maintain their gaps and struggling...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts: 3 New Year's Resolutions for 2015

The Indianapolis Colts had a good year.  And then they ran into an immovable force.  Forget the size of the balls.  It's not about the size.  It's about the talent.  And the Colts need to resolve to bring some talent to surround their all-everything quarterback, Andrew Luck. 1. Running gameYes, Dan "Boom" Herron played okay, except when it mattered.  Trent Richardson is a...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

A Browns-centric look at the NFL Conference Championships

Ihope you’re sitting down: The Cleveland Browns did not make the NFL playoffs this year. A shocker, I know. It looked like they might sneak in for a minute, but a December swoon saw the Browns finish 7-9, which, to be fair, was their best record in seven years. Again, Browns fans could only watch the playoffs from a distance, like hungry children peering through the window at...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Heroes and Goats: Five who did and didn’t shine during the NFL’s conference title games

The stage was huge, with four teams battling for two spots in the Super Bowl. All eyes were on Seattle and Foxboro, as the conference title games pitted the best of the best against each other, with trips to Glendale on the line. When the dust had settled, it was the two No. 1 seeds that were headed to the big game. Seattle and New England advanced, while Green Bay and Indianapolis...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The five stages of grief for Colts fans

Colts receiver Reggie Wayne during the AFC Championship game in Foxborough, MA(AP Photo/Julio Cortez) There’s no doubt about it. This one’s going to hurt a while. Not because the Indianapolis Colts lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. But…because they barely competed. The Colts were manhandled by their archenemy, losing 45-7 on a national stage, in...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Cribbs Apologizes To Colts Fans ‘For Sucking’

Josh Cribbs apologized to Colts fans and his supporters "for sucking" in Sunday's AFC Championship with a heartfelt Instagram post.
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Eyes in the Backfield: Patriots 45 Colts 7

12 Things We Saw in Sunday’s New England-Indianapolis Game A dream deferred. And crushed. (image courtesy of Well that was ugly. There’s only so much to say about a game where one side was completely outmatched.  So let’s say it, pack up and move on to 2015. 1. We saw predictability. While we (the royal we) hoped the game would be close, what New...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Another Colts Playoff Run Ends in New England

Another year, same story. It's always sunshine and rainbows until the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots play. There were no rainbows and there was no sun in this game, just a lot of rain. The torrential downpour lasted all evening and it had an effect on the Colts. Whether it was dropped passes or missed tackles, the Colts just didn't have it in them today.Despite a...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Dominate Colts in Route to AFC Championship

Going into this game, I tried to convince myself that the Colts would make this game competitive, unlike the previous three matchups with the Patriots. I thought that their defense was playing better, and that Andrew Luck would finally perform well against the Patriots. As it turns out I was wrong. The Patriots came out and dominated from start to finish once again, and now the New...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Advance to Super Bowl XLIX After Trotting Over Colts in AFC Championship Game

Good evening, Patriots fans! I’ll keep this as short as possible. Our New England Patriots are going to play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX after thrashing the Indianapolis Colts tonight on a rainy night in Foxboro in the AFC Championship! There have been several ups and downs this season, but as Pats fans, we’ve seen it all. For what it’s worth, we’re almost there...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts blown out in playoffs yet again at Gillette Stadium

An entire calender year had gone by, but yet not much had seemed to change. Sure the Colts came in with a more high powered offense, and seemed to be on a roll, but the New England Patriots were ready and still the superior team. A year ago the Patriots ran their way through, around, and over the Colts for a 43-22 win. This time around was not much different. The Patriots cruised...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis vs. New England Playoff Takeaways

Game Footage> It was nice of Tom Brady to throw a red zone pick in the first half, just to keep suspense in this one for more than a few minutes> Andrew Luck's ability to throw a tight spiral on his picks shows his innate talent> Bill Belichick had the Patriots score to go up 17 points before a massive weather system moved in, because he's a coaching genius> One of these...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Indianapolis Colts KR Josh Cribbs Tries to Catch the Ball With His Facemask

Josh Cribbs was a beast at one time. He was the kind of guy you wanted on your team and hated to see on the opposition. When the ball got in his hands there was no telling what could happen, but he was definitely capable of scoring on any given play. That is probably why the Colts brought him to town.Moves like this will be why he is not invited back when the season is over.Read more »
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Brown Josh Cribbs takes a punt to the face(mask)

When Josh Cribbs was in a Browns uniform, he was one of the best returners in football. On Sunday however, Cribbs, now playing for the Indianapolis Colts, had a bit of trouble catching a punt in the first half of the AFC Championship Game. Not only did Cribbs fail to catch the punt, he took it right off his facemask. Well, guess he kept his eye on it at least?
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots lead Colts 14-0 after 1st quarter of AFC title game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) LeGarrette Blount scored on a 1-yard run after a muffed punt gave New England a short field, and James Develin caught a 1-yard touchdown pass to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead over the Indianapolis Colts through one quarter of the AFC championship game on Sunday night. The teams traded three-and-outs, but on New England's punt the ball bounced off of return...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Matthew Slater: Colts’ Josh Cribbs One Of The Best Returners In NFL History

This embed is invalid" /> FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are tasked with slowing down an elite kick returner for the second consecutive week. The Patriots, who were forced to stall Jacoby Jones in Saturday’s divisional-round playoff win over the Baltimore Ravens, now are preparing for the difficulties of facing Josh Cribbs in Sunday’s...
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Denver Bronco Omar Bolden's attempted murder on Indianapolis Colts' returner Josh Cribbs

The Indianapolis Colts' Josh Cribbs was absolutely crushed by Denver Bronco Omar Bolden. [Bleacher Report]Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or Return home for Top sports news.
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Indianapolis Colts PR Josh Cribbs Destroyed Trying to Catch Punt--Again

Sunday was a rough day for Indianapolis Colts punt returner Josh Cribbs. His one kick return was a solid 32 yards, but he only had about seven yards on three punt returns. It's not the number of yards that made it a rough day though. It's the hits he took from the Broncos while trying to catch them that sucked.The worst came from one of his teammates and a Broncos player at the same...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Denver Broncos Omar Bolden Absolutely Hammers Colts Josh Cribbs

Punt returners deserve a lot of credit for what they do. It has to take some pretty big ones to stand there watching the ball come to you knowing full well that someone could be barreling down field looking to take your head off. Look and you risk missing the ball so you have to decided whether you want to play it safe, call for the fair catch, and catch the ball without fear of...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts' Josh Cribbs buys fellow WRs custom jersey robes

It's a cold hard fact that jersey robes are cool. You won't be able to deny that after seeing the photos below. Josh Cribbs gifted his fellow Colts receivers on Thursday with custom blue bathrobes,  featuring each player's name and number on them. Notice the exquisite detail; numbers are on the sleeves as well as the back! Receivers Griff Whalen and Josh Lenz shared their excitement...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Cribbs talks about Charlie Frye

You know what’s crazy? Josh Cribbs has won his first playoff game as a player. In his tenth season – albeit a short season having only played in six regular-season Colts games – Joshua Cribbs has not only now made the playoffs, but been a part of a playoff win for the first time. On January 2, before the Colts played and won their game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Cribbs...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Can you guess which team this hardcore NFL fan is rooting for today?

Can you guess which team this NFL fan is rooting for today? Masterpiece of the Indianapolis Colts fan. — Thomas Noble (@thomasnoble12) January 4, 2015 If you guessed the Indianapolis Colts, you were probably right. This guy gets brownie points for originality. That and being totally out of his mind. Indianapolis leads Cincinnati 13-7 midway through...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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