No, not just the Irsays, yet very much them. (Sounds like an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one).
My first live game was at Indianapolis, a memory I’ll never forget and I sat next to a perfect stranger who simply shook my hand, introducing himself as Brian Wise. It may have helped that he was wearing a Colts Guernsey while I had my number 12 on. But it was like I was meeting family. When he found out I was from Australia he asked, “well, how did you pick the Colts as your team to follow?” I explained it was all the community things I kept hearing about. Sure, all NFL teams do it, but there was something extra in the way the Colts went about supporting their community. “It comes from the head down,” said Brian. “Jim Irsay is very much community minded so we all seem to just follow his spirit. Players, coaches, staff and fans.”
Recently the Colts received devastating news that has even rocked those in Australia who follow the NFL. But listening to Jim Irsay’s take on the news was heartwarming. Coach Pagano has leukemia, and when Mr. Irsay announced it he simply said that the head coach will miss a few games, about six or so, but he will be back. In other words Coach Pagano has the full support of the Colts family and we are there for him through this fight. There is little many of us can physically dog for Chuck Pagano, but I know how important positive support is to get you through a battle with cancer, and Chuck you have the support and prayers of every Colts fan in the world. Certainly, I’ll be sending up lots of prayers for a man who always has a smile in his face and nothing but a good word to say about anyone.
I know the Colts family is leaving a light on in Coach Pagano’s office until he gets back so I’m going to do the same here. I’ll also be going to Church to light a candle for him and look forward to his very healthy return to the gridiron.
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
Posted in Voice of the Fans
As offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians expands his role in the absence of head coach Chuck Pagano, his voice now becomes even more prominent around the Indianapolis Colts.
Arians spoke to ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday night’s ‘Pagano Show’ and some of his thoughts are below:
On what was going through his head when Pagano called him Sunday evening:
“This whole thing brought back some memories to me when I was told I had cancer six years ago. You don’t remember the next 24 hours when somebody tells you that. I was shocked because Chuck is so upbeat and full of energy all the time. The tiring part is part of our job. We always get tired. When he called (and told me the news) he was as upbeat and positive as he always is.”
On dealing with his own cancer during his time in Pittsburgh:
“Mine wasn’t quite as severe. I had prostate cancer. It came out of the blue after a normal check-up. Then they tell you that you have it and at first you are in shock, but then like everyone should do you trust your doctor and you make a plan. You get a plan and you stick to the plan. I was very fortunate did not have to go through chemo and was actually at the (NFL) Draft the following weekend. This one is going to be a tougher fight but I know it’s one that we are going to win. With all the energy and positive energy that these players bring to him, it helps you fight that fight.”
On the ‘family’ atmosphere that has been created by Pagano:
“That’s the only way I’ve been brought up in this business. I truly wouldn’t have worked for anybody else that didn’t believe that as strongly as Chuck does. When I came back to work with him, that’s all he preached and that’s all he preaches. It’s great to be apart of and it’s something that I truly believe in. We are all in this together. Everyone that wears that blue horseshoe in this entire building is our family. Those of us that worked together 10-15 years ago, I think they know me that way. I think that’s the way we want to maintain this thing, if not even make it better, until we get Chuck back.”
On how the coaching staff and specifically Arians will have to adjust:
“I don’t consider myself the head coach. I’m just taking over a leadership role, an expanded role until our head coach is back. This is just a temporary thing. We are going to get through it and do the best we can. We are going to win some games because that’s what Chuck wants and that’s what Chuck expects, nothing more, nothing less.”
Tags: bruce arians, chuck pagano
Posted in Colts Blog
Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Texans 38 Titans 14
-The Texans are just one of three undefeated teams in the NFL thanks to their second AFC South win of the season. Houston put together another complete performance on both sides of the ball as the defense intercepted a pair of passes and returned them for a touchdown. Defensive end J.J. Watt had two of his team’s four sacks on the afternoon and now leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks after four games. Quarterback Matt Schaub had an efficient afternoon throwing for 202 yards on 20-of-28 passing and two touchdowns.
NEXT GAME: @New York Jets, Monday at 8:30 EST
Texans 38 Titans 14
-Facing a 14-7 halftime deficit, the Titans unraveled following intermission with a pair of interceptions thrown that were returned four touchdowns. Quarterback Jake Locker threw just two passes on the afternoon, leaving the game with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder early in the first quarter. Locker’s status is up in the air heading into Week 5. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 17-of-25 for 193 yards and threw for two touchdowns to go along with his two interceptions. Running back Chris Johnson had a season high 141 yards on 25 carries. The 141 yards were 117 more than his previous season high.
NEXT GAME: @Minnesota, Sunday at 4:25 EST
Bengals 27 Jaguars 10
-The Jaguars jumped out to a 7-3 second quarter lead before Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense went to work. Dalton threw two and ran for another touchdown to push the Bengals second half lead out of reach for the home team. Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 38 yards on 13 carries. First round draft pick Justin Blackmon had a career high six catches for the Jaguars.
NEXT GAME: Chicago, Sunday at 4:05 EST.
2012 AFC South Standings
Posted in Colts Blog