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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest – Dolphins

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on September 13, 2013 – 5:20 pm

The Colts and Indiana Pork have partnered in search of the best pork tailgate recipe in all of Colts Nation, and guess who is in charge of it? Yours truly! We’re going to be searching for the best pork tailgate recipes you have to offer. This week, our favorite was from Paul Woolsey of Indianapolis, Indiana. I must admit, this is something I have NEVER heard of, but man does it sound delicious!

Hoosier Dog
1 ea 3 oz cubed pork cutlet
3 oz Buttermilk
3 oz Seasoned Flour
2oz Crushed Crackers
1 ea Hot Dog
1 ea Hoagie Roll
3 oz shredded pork
1 oz BBQ sauce
2 oz Corn Salsa (recipe below)
1 oz Shagbark Mustard Sauce (recipe below)
1 oz Bacon Bits

1. Dip lightly pounded pork cutlet into buttermilk
2. Combine Seasoned Flour and Crushed Crackers
3. Dredge pork cutlet into flour and crushed cracker mixture
4. Roll Hot Dog into Breaded Pork Cutlet and secure with tooth picks
5. Deep Fry until golden brown
6. Place Hoosier Dog into warmed Hoagie Roll
7. Top with Shredded BBQ Pulled Pork, Corn Salsa, Shagbark Mustard Sauce and Bacon Bits

Corn Salsa
1 Jar of your favorite Salsa
½ Can of Corn Kernels

1. Combine Well

Shagbark Mustard Sauce
2 oz Yellow Mustard
1 TBSP Shagbark Syrup or good quality Maple Syrup

This could very well be the best use of a pork cutlet I’ve ever seen! Paul will receive a prize pack consisting of a $75 Meijer gift certificate, Bacon Nation Cook Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2012 Season DVD. PLUS he will be entered into the grand prize which is the Traeger Lil’ Pig Grill.

Think your recipe has what it takes? Enter it here.

This is the GRAND PRIZE!!

This is the GRAND PRIZE!!

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INSTANT REACTION: Vick Ballard placed on injured reserve

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 12:41 pm

It’s not even Week Two of the regular season but the Colts “Next Man Up” philosophy is already being put into action.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano announced Friday afternoon that running back Vick Ballard will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during Thursday’s practice.

How does Ballard’s injury impact the Colts going forward?

First, losing Ballard is an obvious blow to the Colts offense.

He played well beyond the No. 170 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Late in his rookie season, Ballard was the main bell cow for a depleted Colts backfield.

Everyone knows what Ballard has done from a rushing standpoint (over 800 yards in 2012) but he’s a valuable blocker, and both Pagano and Andrew Luck raved earlier this week about the second-year back’s ability to block.

Moving forward, Ahmad Bradshaw and Donald Brown will be the guys to count on at the running back position.

Bradshaw had seven carries for 26 yards last week against the Raiders and that load will certainly increase beginning this weekend.

At 5’10” and 214 pounds, Bradshaw has rushed for at least 1,000 yards twice in the last three seasons and achieved that mark in 2012 despite playing in 14 games.

Bradshaw has played some of his best football on the game’s brightest stages and there’s no question that the seven-year veteran will be counted on heavily in 2013.

He is known as one of the better blocking running backs in the NFL and has also caught 125 passes over the last four seasons.

In his fifth season with the Colts, Brown should first be commended for how he’s accepted his role on special teams in 2013. He is the team’s punt protector and has excelled on special teams during the preseason and in Week One.

Now, Brown will see his role expand offensively after playing just one offensive snap in the Colts opening week victory.

Brown has 449 carries for 1,840 yards in his Colts career and has caught 56 passes out of the backfield.

Running backs coach David Walker stressed during the offseason the importance of finding a third running back how that would inevitably be needed over the course of a 16-game schedule.

That unfortunately comes in Week Two and the Colts will now deal with their first major adversity beginning on Sunday afternoon.

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A look back on the Colts 23-20 win over the Dolphins last season

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:07 am

Here’s a look back on the Colts 23-20 win over the Dolphins last season at Lucas Oil Stadium and some of the highlights from the Nov. 4 meeting:

  • The 23-20 win gave the Colts their first three-game winning streak since 2010.
  • Andrew Luck was 30-of-48 for 433 yards and two touchdowns. The 433 yards set a new NFL record for passing yards by a rookie quarterback. He had 273 passing yards in the first half.
  • T.Y. Hilton caught a 36-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and he finished the game with 102 receiving yards.
  • Fellow wide receiver Donnie Avery also topped the 100-yard mark (108 yards) and the Dolphins game marked the first time the Colts had a pair of receivers achieve that clip since Jan. 24, 2010.
  • Vick Ballard rushed for 60 yards on 16 carries and added three receptions for 38 yards.
  • Robert Mathis returned from a three-game hiatus to record a sack of Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The sack brought Mathis consecutive games with a sack streak to eight contests.
  • Fellow outside linebacker Dwight Freeney had a sack and forced a fumble of Tannehill.
  • The Colts were 13-of-19 on third downs and that was the team’s highest percentage in over three years.


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Live Chat Today at 2:00 p.m. EST

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.

On Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 2:00 p.m EST.

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, the Colts are now 1-0 after Week One’s 21-17 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

What were your thoughts on Week One’s victory?

What are your expectations with the Miami Dolphins coming to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon?

Feel free to join the chat via this link around 2:00 p.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: September 13th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:41 am

The Colts will wrap up their final day of preparation for the Miami Dolphins this afternoon. Today’s news looks at defending the Dolphins wide receivers, and how to involve T.Y. Hilton into the Colts offense.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, September 13th.  

Colts Insider: Dolphins’ receivers pose major test for Indy’s Vontae Davis, Greg Toler

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

After a week in which the Colts secondary was not really tested, the Dolphins have a pair of receivers that can certainly change that on Sunday with Ryan Tannehill giving them the ball.

Tannehill has the benefit of throwing to two accomplished receivers, free-agent prize Mike Wallace and his sidekick, Brian Hartline. Though considered the No. 2 receiver, Hartline got off a hot start against the Browns last week, catching nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Wallace caught just one pass for 15 yards and sulked. But that only means the Dolphins are likely to double down and try even harder to make register some of the quick-strike plays Wallace became known for with the Steelers.

What this means is that Colts cornerbacks Vontae Davis and Greg Toler are going to have their work cut out for them.

“Everybody knows Mike can run,” said Davis, who will be facing his former team for the second time in two seasons. “He’s a fast guy, got a lot of ability and I’m pretty sure they’re looking forward to using Mike to make different mismatches. We got a challenge ahead of us with Mike Wallace and also Brian Hartline. They’ve got real good receivers.”

Bob Kravitz: Colts need more T.Y. Hilton, less Stanley Havili

By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star

Kravitz’s Friday column looks at T.Y. Hilton’s snaps from Week One and how he sees the Colts offense evolving over time.

Listen to Jim Sorgi, the Colts’ former backup quarterback and current radio analyst, whose honesty is refreshing.

“Why are we taking some of our playmakers off the field?” Sorgi said in an interview on WFNI-1070 AM this week. “I know we want to run the ball with the power running game with two, three tight ends, and that’s fine. But you can also run the ball with two, three wide receivers in there. It’s easier to identify where they’re coming from and that’s where we got in trouble (Sunday against the Oakland Raiders).

“We did a good job on the two opening series, but the next four, we get in those two, three tight end sets and they start packing the box and you don’t know where they’re coming from, who’s coming, who to identify. Plus you’re taking the game out of Andrew’s hands as far as being able to check in and out of run plays to pass plays when you have numbers. I just don’t like T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the bench. I don’t.’’

Ditto on that.

Hamilton trying to spread the ball around

By: Mike Wells,

Ever since taking the Colts offensive coordinator job early in the year Pep Hamilton has been stressing the importance of getting the ball into the hands of playmakers.

“You only have one football, so it’s hard to spread the wealth,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “It’s even harder when you only run 53, 54 snaps.”

Hamilton said in his weekly meeting with the media Thursday that it’s a bit “premature” to read too much into the play calls against the Raiders because they had only seven offensive series, which tied for the fewest in the league.

“I thought we had a pretty good mix, a pretty good balance as far as running and the passing,” he said. “The ratio was pretty close to being even. I just feel like we have the athletes on the offensive side of the ball that afford us the ability to be mobile, the ability to be multiple in personnel groupings and find a lot of different ways to feature our playmakers.”

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