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COLTS TAKE NO. 12 SPOT IN CBS SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 21, 2013 – 11:19 am

The jerseys are being donned by the Colts players this week at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center and with another phase of OTAs marks one step closer to the begin of the 2013 regular season.

Pete Prisco from CBS Sports has come out with a version of the 2013 Power Rankings and the Colts come in at the No. 12 spot, a far cry from where many pundits had them at this time last season.

Here is what Prisco had to say about the Colts ranking:

They shocked a lot of people last year, and Andrew Luck will be better, but the schedule is tougher too. Do they have a step-back season?

AFC Teams in the top-15 of the rankings are as followed:

  • 1-Denver
  • 4-New England
  • 7-Cincinnati
  • 8-Baltimore
  • 9-Houston
  • 12-Indianapolis

Three 2013 NFC West opponents of the Colts find themselves in the top-15 (2-San Fransisco, 5-Seattle, 15-St. Louis)


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COLTS ROOKIE CLASS VISITS INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:40 am

The Colts 2013 rookie class isn’t a month into their new city but they are slowly being ingrained to what Indianapolis is all about.

With some extra planning from Director of Player Engagement David Thornton, the Colts rookies had a weekend that many Hoosiers would dream of in visiting two iconic images in the state capitol.

It all began on Friday afternoon as after a week of work at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, the rookies had a little bonding time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for “Fast Friday.”

IMS“It’s absolutely amazing,” kicker Brandon McManus said while standing in the IMS pagoda looking over the straightaway.

“When we pulled it, we pulled right inside and half the players didn’t even know that we were inside the track. It’s like it’s own little town or city inside the track.”

Stormy weather on Friday afternoon didn’t damper any of the rookies spirits as the awe of being inside the world’s largest stadium quickly set in.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard welcomed the rookies to the Speedway and gave the class a short speech on the magnitude of an impact they will have on the Circle City.

Next on the agenda was a trip down to the social media center where the players interacted with fans and took their turn at an IndyCar simulator.

“Indianapolis is synonymous with lots of sports but if you go anywhere around the world people mention the Indy 500,” IMS Public Relations/Media Liaison Suzi Elliott said. “It was important for us to get them here and expose them to our event and our venue and welcome them to the city.”

The trip did not end without the players heading down to the car garages where they toured various team garages.

Next, was a chance to step foot on the track where the rookies kissed the historic yard of bricks before a few hopped inside of an impala and were driven around the 2.5 mile oval.

For nearly every member of the rookie class, it was the first time that any of them had been to a race track.

A few will be back on Sunday to experience the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. This past weekend’s visit to IMS was followed up with a trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Pacers clinching Game 6 victory which made for an exciting first weekend away from football for the 2013 Colts rookies.

“It’s real nice because you have a bunch of guys from all over the country and from outside the country like Bjoern (Werner),” offensive guard Hugh Thornton said.

“To have us all together in the community, that’s what we are all about and that’s what the Colts are all about. We are all just about giving back and now we are at the biggest event in Indianapolis to support the race.”

Colts draft picks Hugh Thornton, Montori Hughes and Khaled Holmes meet fans inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Colts draft picks Hugh Thornton, Montori Hughes and Khaled Holmes meet fans inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


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SPECIAL HOOSIER HOSPITALITY

Posted by craigkelleycolts on May 20, 2013 – 9:06 am

Components almost too many to number helped make Indianapolis a rousing success as it hosted Super Bowl XLVI.

Those who visited the city came away with a deep appreciation for the local acuity and spirit that positioned Indianapolis and surrounding areas alongside the 13 previous Super Bowl sites and ahead of most of them.

Local organizers had 8,000 volunteers who invested 150,000 hours in the planning and implementation of Super Bowl XLVI.

Then-Governor Mitch Daniels lauded the efforts that spanned the state he led, mentioning the “seasoned” nature of volunteers who helped rev the engine.

One outstanding memento from the event came back to mind today when reading a local article written by Allison Melangton about the passing of a true Hoosier hero.

Bev Meska of Michigan City displayed the warm human touch that makes the words “Hoosier Hospitality” much more than a phrase.

Meska, then 81, personally knitted 250 Super Scarves that were among the hoped-for 8,000 that would be given to volunteers and provided to many visitors – including both participating teams.

Melangton wrote the Meska was not necessarily a football fan and likely had not watched many previous Super Bowls, yet she wanted to do her part to represent her state.

Like all who knitted the keepsakes, she included a hand-written note to provide background on the scarf.  In the note, she thanked recipients for selflessly volunteering to make Super Bowl XLVI a success.

When the project started, Meska, who started knitting at age 16, didn’t know how 8,000 would be produced.  Knitting 10 Super Scarves was her goal, and her heart took her the rest of the way.

Bev was not alone.  The final tally of scarves made was 13,024, with scarves being made from 45 states, Washington D.C and four different countries (Canada, England, South Africa and Belgium) once word of the project spread.

What was a special time for Indianapolis came because of the efforts of many wonderful people.

Bev Meska was one of those people, and she passed away on May 11.

Melangton wrote that Bev left behind a true legacy.

Indiana is a poorer place without Bev in it.  Her example is found in many residents of this great state, and learning her story and admiring her heart needs to be remembered and celebrated.

Bev, thank you.


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 20TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:54 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Monday, May 20th

Chuck Pagano checks off ‘bucket list’ item at Indy Motor Speedway

By: Will Brinson, CBS Sports

After the Colts rookies got to experience the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon, their head coach followed suit on Saturday.

Chuck Pagano took in one of the most iconic stadiums in all of sports and was even able to ride around the historic track with Mario Andretti.

“It’s one of those bucket list deals you check off,” Pagano said via Fox 59 in Indy. “It’s one of those things you’d never thought you would have a chance to do.”

“Unbelievable, exhilarating,” Pagano said. “The speeds, the excitement of sitting behind Mario Andretti, the all-time great. It was just fabulous.”

Monday Morning Quarterback

By: Peter King, Sports Illustrated

It might be the offseason, but King’s Monday Morning Quarterbacks is still a must read.

In this week’s entry he takes a look at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the comment the All-Pro signal caller made which will surely make a few heads turn around the NFL.

“Going into my 14th year, I have never had more confidence in how I am throwing the football. I’ve never felt better throwing the football.”

As far as Colts fans go, the good news is the Patriots and Colts aren’t on the schedule for the first time since the 2002 season.


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IS A BIG A WIDE RECEIVER NEXT IN LINE FOR THE COLTS?

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:35 am

The names and stories are all over the Colts locker room.

There’s Jerrell Freeman who turned three years in the Canadian Football League into setting a Colts season record in tackles last season.

Further down the wall of lockers is Justin Hickman who’s roots also extend into the CFL.

Jeremy Kelley knows those names and Ryan Grigson’s pedigree for exploring all options in completing a full roster was something that intrigued the 6-6, 225-pound wide receiver to sign with the Colts.

“Once I get here, I find out that there’s a couple of more guys that were under the radar type guys that took the road less traveled,” Kelley said.

“It’s a good feeling to see some familiar faces but also at the same time they believe in those guys. Those guys do have a shot. It’s proof and I believe that I’m one of those guys that just had to go through the ringer to get to where I’m at.”

With the frame of a slender tight end, Kelley brings something to the receiver position that hasn’t been seen in Indianapolis.

The Colts receiving corps is filled with electric, jitter-bug type targets and Kelley feels he brings a dimension that can only add to the diversity of the group.

“That’s what I kept hearing when I came out here–Indy’s never had big wideouts,” Kelley said.

“I feel like I’m big enough, fast enough to bring a change. Whether they want to use me as a red zone threat, whether they want to use me as an inside, big target across the middle, whether they want to use me to block for screens, being bigger, being stronger, I think that makes me accessible to do more things.”

Kelley, who has spent the last two seasons in the Arena Football League following a stint in the CFL, participated in the Colts rookie minicamp from May 10-12.

When the first rookie minicamp practice concluded, there was the thump of the jugs machine running near midfield as Kelley was the lone member to stay after for extra reps.

The following day, there was Kelley again the lone rookie in the Colts locker room with iPad in hand, dissecting a playbook he hopes to still be in come September.

“It’s necessary, especially a guy in my position, being a free agent coming out of Arena, Canadian leagues and what not,” Kelley said of the extra work.

“It’s just perfecting your craft. For me, it gives me that confidence on the field and now I can go out and I can trust what I’m doing and just play.”


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THE LAST WORD RADIO SHOW – MAY 17TH EDITION

Posted by coltsindianapolis on May 17, 2013 – 1:17 pm

The Last Word with the Colts returns this week to discuss how the Pacers can bounce back and close out the Knicks in Game 6 tomorrow night.  The boys – Matt Taylor, Jimmy Matis and Bob Lamey – also have a friendly chat about which drivers have the best chance to take the pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow.  Guests Ryan Grigson, Helio Castroneves and Scott Goodyear stop by as well!

Tune into 1070 The Fan, 107.5 FM, or listen live on 1070thefan.com


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LIVE CHAT FRIDAY AT 11 A.M.

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

This Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 11 a.m. During the offseason, the chat will take place every two weeks and it will move to a weekly schedule once the regular season gets closer.

The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.

For this week, OTAs are in full swing and the Colts rookie minicamp took place this past weekend.

What questions do you have about the Colts 2013 rookie class? What are your impressions of this team with a 90-man roster in place and training camp just two months out?

We will concentrate on these topics but whatever questions you have, I will try and address in the course of an hour. Also, I sat in on Chuck Pagano’s conference call with season ticket holders on Wednesday night and I will share some of the head coach’s thoughts during our chat.

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 11:00 a.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.

 


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: MAY 17TH EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:15 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Friday, May 17th:

Colts’ Jim Irsay No. 2 in poll ranking NFL’s ‘best’ owners

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

The CBS Sports story that ranks Irsay as the league’s 2nd best owner broke earlier in the week but Chappell offered his own thoughts via his blog.

Chappell is one of the longest tenured beat writers on any NFL team so he has great perspective when these debates arise.

Along with commenting on the Irsay ranking, Chappell points out another CBS poll that left off the Colts personnel department among the league’s top ten front offices.


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ANDREW LUCK AMONG COLTS PLAYERS THAT VISITED INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:40 am

Ask virtually any Indiana native and it’s almost a right of initiation for a Hoosier to at least make one visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the month of May.

Andrew Luck has called Indianapolis home for just over a year and he accomplished that visit on Wednesday afternoon.

Driver Charlie Kimball hosted Luck, Chandler Harnish, Matt Hasselbeck and Griff Whalen as the four players got to tour the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing garage.

“As a sports fan, it’s awesome to see a spectacle like this, a stadium like this,” Luck said in a Wednesday press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “To see how different athletes operate and how a race car team operates compared to a football team. Hopefully it will be a little educational for us.”

Busy with school last May, Luck made sure to make it out to the speedway this year and his relationship with Kimball extends back to the IU-Riley event the driver attended with the Colts quarterback.

Kimball’s father is a Stanford alumnus and Charlie’s aunt even spoke to Luck’s freshman English literature class in Palo Alto.

Both Luck and Kimball spent part of their childhood growing up in Europe but now it’s all about the Circle City during the month of the May.

“I wanted them to come see my office, because in the Winter, it’s easy to turn on the TV and see these guys go to work on Sundays,” Kimball said.

“I wanted to give them the opportunity see what I think is the greatest sporting venue in the world – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and see us turn laps at 215, 220 mph and give them the full Indianapolis experience.”


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A CHANCE TO MEET PAT MCAFEE AND MUCH MORE AT POOLS OF FUN IN NOBLESVILE ON SATURDAY

Posted by Kevin Bowen on May 16, 2013 – 1:50 pm

Looking to spend a day with Colts punter Pat McAfee with a chance to win various Colts prizes, including tickets and a signed Andrew Luck helmet.

Well then you’ve come to the right place as Pools of Fun in Noblesville will host McAfee for an autograph session on Saturday, May 18th.

Full details of the event and prizes are below:

Saturday, May 18 at Pools of Fun – Noblesville location – 14765 Hazel Dell Crossing Noblesville, IN 46062

Event time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pools of Fun Open House

*Colts elements arrive at noon with Pat McAfee signing autographs from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Lots of register to win prizes and raffle items including:

·         Autographed Andrew Luck helmet

·         Colts team signed helmets

·         VIP Colts Practice Facility tour for four (4)

·         Discounted pool supplies and services

·         Green Egg grill

·         Colts tickets

All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

 


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