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Week 2: Colts vs. Eagles | Darren Sproles Strikes Again

Philadelphia Eagles Running Back/Colts Nemesis Darren Sproles(Photo: AP/AJ Mast) I had the strangest dream the other night. A little green monster took the field against the Colts on Monday Night Football. He was weary and worn, but when he stepped on the field, something magical happened. He suddenly emerged youthful and powerful. Small but strong, he was difficult to spot and even...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The War of 1812: Part Two

Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Colts QB Andrew Luck (Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar) The second War of 1812 picked up right where the first one left off. Especially for Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The last game he played in was October 20, 2013 against the Denver Broncos at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday Night Football. And here he was. September 7, 2014. On Sunday Night Football...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

My Letter: Dear Jerry Hughes

Former Colts LB Jerry Hughes with Coach Jim Caldwell and GM Bill Polian. (Photo: AP/Darron Cummings) Dear Jerry Hughes, I heard that some NFL players were critical of the sentence handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell to Colts owner Jim Irsay. That didn’t particularly surprise me. What did surprise me however, was reading a comment by Jerry Hughes, likening the punishment...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

The War of 1812: One Year Later and Scars Remain

October 20, 2013(Photo: IndyStar/Matt Kryger) “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” - Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses What a difference a year makes. I saw the first promo for the week one Colts vs. Broncos Sunday Night Football game. And you know what? I’m fine. Really…I am. Last year? Let’s just say it didn’t go so well. Blame it...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Colts Preseason Game 4: My Keepers

Three of my keepers: S Colt Anderson, CB Marcus Burley, and OLB Jonathan Newsome make a tackle.(Photo: Colts) Alright, the Colts’ fourth and last preseason game against the Bengals was not exactly interesting. Or watchable. But, some of us forced ourselves to watch it anyway. Mostly, so we can speculate who will make the team. The good news is…the preseason is over. The bad news...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Colts Preseason Game 3: The One Where Reggie Comes Back

Welcome back, Reggie Wayne! (Photo: Indy Star/Mike Fender) This was supposed to be the big third Colts preseason game. The one where they game plan a little. The one where the starters play through the first half. The one where we get a glimpse at what this team is made of. We did learn something watching the Colts play the Saints during Saturday night’s third preseason game. Mostly...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Colts vs. Giants Preseason Game 2: Fast Start…Not So Fast Finish.

Colts WR Hakeem Nicks with his former Giants quarterback Eli Manning. (Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports) The biggest thing that struck me watching the Colts preseason game against the New York Giants is this: If I were Tom Coughlin, I would give Ryan Nassib a closer look. Seriously. He was my favorite quarterback from that draft class. And I think he earned the position of...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Star Reporter Phillip B. Wilson on His New Gig at Scout.com

Phillip B. Wilson with the “Famous Chicken” After two decades at the Indianapolis Star, sports reporter and videographer Phillip B. Wilson is embarking on a new venture. And he’s hoping Indy sports fans will join him. “It was emotional. It was much more difficult than I thought it would be. You wonder for two months whether you could walk away from 20 years at the Star. In...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Colts Camp in Rear View Mirror, Start of Season on the Horizon

The final play of Colts camp 2014 It’s a wrap. Actually, it was a kickoff (from the JUGS machine) caught by special teams coach Tom McMahon, that signaled the end of training camp for the Indianapolis Colts. Head coach Chuck Pagano put McMahon and assistant coach Brant Boyer in the end zone and told players if either of them caught the ball, he would release them from the remaining...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Closes Out 2014 Season with MotoGP

The RedBull Indy MotoGP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Summer is winding down. The days are getting shorter, the kids are going back to school, and football is making its long-awaited return. Before we know it, there will be a chill in the air and leaves on the ground. But before bidding summer farewell, there was a little more racing to do at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And it...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Boom Baby! Bobby Slick Leonard Into the Hall of Fame

Slick Leonard gives his induction speech in Springfield, MA(Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Bobby “Slick” Leonard is a hall of famer. And if you think that will change him, well…you don’t know Slick. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night, Slick opened in typical Slick style…his own brand of humble and folksy: “Well, I may not be the...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Colts Rookies and Veterans Impress in Preseason Debut

The Indianapolis Colts make their preseason debut against the New York Jets(Photo: Colts) With a new emphasis on player health during training camp, there was much speculation over how the Indianapolis Colts would perform against other teams. Were they prepared? Would they be tough enough? Fast enough? Aggressive enough? After playing their first NFL preseason game against the New...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What Paul George’s Injury Means for Paul George

Photo: Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports The worst thing about Paul George’s injury is not the horrible image, the reaction of the players, what it means for the Pacers or even Team USA… The worst thing about Paul George’s injury is what it means for Paul George. Because Paul George loves basketball. His family tells stories about the future forward for the Indiana Pacers...
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August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Injuries Set the Pace at Colts Camp

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne arrives at Colts Camp in an IndyCar(Photo: Brent Drinkut/The Star) If “build the monster” meant actually building it, out of carbon and rubber and steel, the game of football would be easy. When a player went down, you’d just replace a part and throw him back in. Kind of like an IndyCar. But football players aren’t machines. They’re human...
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August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Week One of Colts Camp: Test the Monster

Colts Training CampAnderson, Indiana They’re back at it. Or, at least…they were. The Indianapolis Colts got their first break since starting training camp at Anderson University last week. They resume practice on Wednesday. And so far, we’ve learned a few things. The monster is assembled. General Manager Ryan Grigson spent the offseason adding pieces. Now, it’s time to make...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Lance Stephenson Just Wasn’t That Into Us

I woke up Wednesday morning to a familiar ding on my phone. Breaking news. Hopefully, no one got shot… As my sleep-weary eyes tried to make out the headline, I breathed a sigh of relief. Pacers Lance Stephenson signs 3-year, $27M deal… Oh, thank God that’s over. Wait… With the Charlotte Hornets?! Whaaat??? My first reaction was denial. This can’t be true. He wasn’t even...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Coby Fleener. Ladies Man. But Not the Way You Think.

Colts tight end Coby Fleener with members of the Blue Ladies You could say Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener is a bit of a ladies man. It has nothing to do with his chiseled features, his Stanford degree, his career as a professional football player, or even his boyish charm. You see, Coby Fleener was raised by women — his mom and his sister. He’s always put them first...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Time for Broad Ripple to Grow Up

(Photo: justinvining.com) Broad Ripple Village is an arts, shopping, and nightlife community located along the White River and Central Canal, six miles north of downtown Indianapolis. And like so many places, it is at a crossroads. Broad Ripple started out as one thing, evolved into another, and now…it has to decide what it wants to be as a grown up. Otherwise, it runs the risk...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Opens Solar Farm

IMS President Doug Boles (with partners from IPL, SunWize Technologies, and Blue Renewable Energy) cuts the ribbon on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Solar Farm The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always been on the cutting edge of technology. Founded by Indianapolis businessman Carl Fisher in the early 1900’s, IMS was developed as a proving ground for new technology – the automobile...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Colts Special Teams Work Out Austin Dillon

NASCAR driver Austin Dillon with Colts players Matt Overton, Pat McAfee, Colts cheerleaders, and Blue The Indianapolis Colts worked out a player on Wednesday afternoon. At 5’8” and 178 pounds, 24-year-old Austin Dillon of North Carolina doesn’t have any football experience per se, but he did play in the 2002 Little League World Series. And he has two championships under his...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Red, White, and BOOMSTICK

Colts punter Pat McAfee and his dad, Tim, director of the Pat McAfee Foundation. There is nothing more American than a professional athlete standing up for the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and calling them the real heroes. Those are the words Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee uses often when speaking about members of the military. And he did so again during his...
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June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

My Review: SIDELINED by Chuck Pagano

Chuck Pagano’s book SIDELINED is published through Zondervan and is available to pre-order now or purchase next week through all book retailers. “Circumstances never determine who we are; they reveal who we are.” -Chuck Pagano When Chuck Pagano was introduced as the new head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, the team held a press conference to introduce him to the public. Approximately...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Clark Back to the Colts…Forever

Colts tight end Dallas Clark(Photo: Colts) When one of my favorite players leaves for greener pastures (or is put out to pasture), I like to take a minute and look back on some of my favorite memories watching them as a Colt. For Dallas Clark, the montage in my head goes something like this: Dallas Clark. So many catches. So many drops. With a highlight reel of unbelievable grabs...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

My Response: Dear Greg Cote,

Dear Greg Cote, It’s always interesting to read the views from the opposing team’s camp. I can be objective. Sometimes I like to see the game from the other side of the court. Or, in your case…the other side of the solar system. You’re the guy from the Miami Herald who accused Pacers fans of being racist for holding up cutouts of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in bikini tops...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Pacers Lose Themselves? Or Did I Never Know Them? 

Pacers guard Lance Stephenson beats his head against the basket. (Photo: Mike Fender/The Star) You know what I loved about the Indiana Pacers? I was always proud of them. Win or lose, they always said the right thing. They always did the right thing. Good game or bad, they had the right attitude. They had my heart. And more importantly, they had my respect. And now? What happened...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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