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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest Winner – Ravens Week

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on October 4, 2014 – 4:24 pm

It’s a new Colts football season and that means that it’s tailgating season! Just like last year, 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. We want to see some creativity and of course plenty of pork! What something to sweeten the deal? How about a year supply of bacon! Yes, the grand prize winner will receive a year supply of bacon. The weekly winners will receive a prize package consisting of a $50 Meijer gift certificate,101 Things to Do With Bacon Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2013 Season DVD.

This week’s winning recipe comes from Andrew Cardamone who has a flavor-packed pork stew that will be sure to keep you warm in the cool and breezy weather. This recipe is packed with pork shoulder, peppers and lots of flavors to fill you up right on gameday.

Pork Stew
Olive oil -your call how much you wanna use, 2-3 tablespoons
2-3 lbs of pork shoulder, cut into cubes
3/4 cup white wine
2 yellow onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 dry chiles (pasilla, ancho, chipotle) depending on your heat tolerance, chopped, deseeded and destemmed
3 Tbsp hot Hungarian paprika
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1½ cups pork stock (or chicken stock)
Half a can of tomato paste
28 oz of canned whole tomatoes, separated from liquid, torn up by hand
4-5 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley
pinch of dried thyme (I didn’t have fresh on hand)
Salt and pepper (for the pork and to taste throughout)

Method

Pat pork dry. Brown in batches with a tablespoon of olive oil on medium high heat, it took me two.
Transfer to a bowl.
Turn pan back up to medium high heat. Add part of the wine to pan and stir with a spatula deglaze the fond.
Once all the brown goodness is loose from the bottom, pour over the pork.
Again bringing the pan to medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.
Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are clear and starting to brown.
Add the peppers and cook until the onions are browned and peppers are soft.
Then add the spices (paprika, cumin, cardamom, dried thyme) and tomato paste stirring until mixed completely.
Then add the stock, some more wine, the tomatoes, bay leaf, parsley, and pork back into the pan.
Bring it to a boil, then reduce to low. Partially cover the pan and let it go….slow and low that is the tempo for about 3 hours.
Serve with rice or couscous, garnish with chopped parsley if you are fancy.

 

Thanks for sharing Christopher! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 3, 2014 – 5:40 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Winston Guy to the practice squad and released inside linebacker Rob Ruggiero from the practice squad. The team also waived inside linebacker Mario Harvey from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement.

Guy, 6-1, 218 pounds, has played in 20 career games (five starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-14) and Seattle Seahawks (2012) and has recorded 38 tackles (28 solo), 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. This season, he started three of the first four games for the Jaguars and compiled 14 tackles (10 solo), 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. In 2013, Guy recorded career highs in games played (14), tackles (24), special teams stops (four), sacks (1.0) and forced fumbles (one). He was originally selected by the Seahawks in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.

Ruggiero was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 21, 2014 and was waived on August 30. He was then signed to the practice squad on September 30. Ruggiero transferred to Bridgewater State University following three years at Springfield College and in four collegiate seasons, compiled career totals of 47.5 tackles for loss and 22.0 sacks.

Harvey played in 28 career games with the Colts (2012-14) and recorded 15 tackles (13 solo) and 16 special teams stops. In three games this season, he posted one special teams tackle, spending time at both the fullback and inside linebacker positions. Harvey was waived-injured from the team on September 27, 2014.


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COLTS P-PAT McAFEE NAMED AFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 2, 2014 – 10:00 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.

Through the first four games of the season, McAfee leads the NFL in net punting average (45.6) and ranks third in gross punting average (49.6). He has posted a league-high 24 touchbacks on kickoffs and has converted two onside kicks. No other team in the NFL has been successful on a single onside kick in 2014. McAfee also serves as the holder for kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has converted 8-of-8 field goals and 16-of-16 extra points for 40 total points, which is tied for the NFL lead.

In Week 2 against Philadelphia (9/15), McAfee registered four punts for a 55.3 average, which marked the second-best single-game average of his career. In Week 3 at Jacksonville (9/21), he set a franchise single-game record with eight kickoff touchbacks and added seven kickoff touchbacks the following week against Tennessee (9/28).

McAfee holds Colts career records in kickoffs (413), kickoff touchbacks (188), punting gross average (45.7) and punting net average (38.6). He also ranks fourth in franchise history in career punts (380) and punting yards (17,380) and third in punts inside the 20 (122).


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on September 30, 2014 – 11:56 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Jalil Brown to the active roster and signed wide receiver Chandler Jones and inside linebacker Rob Ruggiero to the practice squad. The team also extended the contract of outside linebacker Robert Mathis an additional year through the 2016 season.

 

Brown, 6-1, 207 pounds, has played in 34 games (two starts) and has registered career totals of 24 tackles (all solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He played in five games with the Colts in 2013 and recorded two solo tackles. In 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown posted career highs in games played (15), games started (two), tackles (20), passes defensed (two) and forced fumbles (one). He was originally selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Colorado.

 

Jones, 5-9, 185 pounds, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 4. He set career records at San Jose State for receptions (248), receiving yards (3,087) and touchdown receptions (29) and became the first player in school history to record at least 50 receptions in all four years. Jones posted 10 career 100-yard receiving games and became the second player in NCAA history to score a rushing, receiving and fumble-return touchdown in the same game. In 2013, he set a school record with 15 touchdown receptions and ranked 10th in the FBS with 1,356 receiving yards.

 

Ruggiero, 6-2, 245 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 21, 2014 and was waived on August 30. He was also a tryout player during the Colts rookie mini-camp this past May. As a senior at Bridgewater State University in 2013, Ruggiero was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 44 tackles and 23.0 tackles for loss. He also participated in the 2013 All American Bowl and earned the Jim Marshall Award as the top defensive lineman. He transferred to BSU following three years at Springfield College and in four collegiate seasons, compiled career totals of 47.5 tackles for loss and 22.0 sacks.


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STATEMENT BY AN NFL SPOKESPERSON:

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 29, 2014 – 4:38 pm

LaRon Landry of the Indianapolis Colts has been suspended without pay for the next four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Landry will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, October 27 following the team’s October 26 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:00 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Dewey McDonald to the active roster from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers. The team also placed outside linebacker Robert Mathis on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

McDonald, 6-0, 220 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. Collegiately, he transferred to California University of Pennsylvania from Fairmont State. As a senior captain with the Vulcans, he tallied a career-best 89 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions (all returned for touchdowns) and eight passes defensed. His three interception returns for touchdowns made him the first PSAC player to accomplish the feat in over 10 years. McDonald finished his career with the second-most career interception return yards (475) among active Division II players.

Rogers has played in five career games (three starts) with the Colts, totaling 14 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded one reception for 46 yards in two postseason contests. Rogers was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 2, 2013.

Mathis, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is the Colts’ all-time career and single-season sack leader. In 2013, he was voted an Associated Press and Sporting News First Team NFL All-Pro selection for the first time in his career after leading the league in sacks (19.5). For his career, Mathis has totaled 555 tackles (419 solo), 111.0 sacks, 48 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries, 18 passes defensed and one interception in 163 games played (99 starts).


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“Back-Up of the Game” is safety Mike Adams

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:16 am

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Mike Adams.

Labeling Adams as a “backup” isn’t totally true but this is a guy who didn’t take consistent first team reps at safety until the end of Training Camp.

Adams also didn’t have anywhere close to a full offseason with the Colts, after the team signed him near the end of OTAs.

But after four weeks, Adams has done a very solid job at stabilizing the safety spot next to LaRon Landry.

“He came in and did what we expected him to do,” Darius Butler says of his fellow secondary member.

“He’s played a long time in his league. He’s a good veteran presence back there and he came right in and learned the playbook on the run.”

On Sunday against the Titans, Adams had a pair of interceptions and a key second quarter pass breakup that held the Titans to a field goal.

The interceptions were the 14th and 15th of the 10-year career for Adams.

It was another solid defensive effort from the Colts with the unit starting to create some more chances for the offense.

“We have to play with an edge,” Adams says of the defense. “We got to match number 12. If 12 is playing well, we got to play well, too.

“We’re getting the chemistry together and we’re starting to roll. We got to keep this going, that’s the main thing.”

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Five Things Learned: Colts/Titans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:14 am

 

 

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts closed the first month of the season on Sunday afternoon with another impressive victory.

 

For the first time since 2004, the Colts have scored at least 40 points in back-to-back games.

 

The Colts (2-2) will now host Baltimore (3-1) on Sunday afternoon before traveling to Houston (3-1) a week from Thursday.

 

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

 

ANDREW LUCK ANOTHER ELITE PERFORMANCE– In facing the league’s second ranked pass defense on Sunday, Andrew Luck’s NFL-best numbers were supposed to dwindle. Luck padded those stats against the Titans and his 13 touchdown passes after four weeks is the fourth most in NFL history. The Colts quarterback continues to spread the ball around with tremendous efficiency as eight different players caught at least two passes on Sunday.

 

EVEN QUARTER – Dropping the first two games of 2014 put the Colts behind schedule in re-capturing the AFC South. The tides have turned a bit after back-to-back division wins and now the Colts find themselves just a game back of the AFC South-leading Houston Texans. The Colts will travel to Houston on Thursday, October 9 in their last division game until November 23.

 

REGGIE IS BACK – Sunday served as another indication that Reggie Wayne is indeed back. Wayne’s 119-yard receiving day was highlighted by his first touchdown of 2014. Wayne continues to redecorate his own Hall of Fame resume while providing such a consistent target for Andrew Luck to turn to at the age of 35.

 

TURNOVERS STARTING TO BUILD – While the Tennessee Titans had trouble protecting the ball on Sunday, credit the Colts for being in the right place at the right time. Veteran safety Mike Adams had a pair of interceptions and, for the second straight week, the Colts defense forced three turnovers. Those turnovers have led to a significant discrepancy in plays run and time of possession for the Colts the last two weeks.

 

A DIFFERENT OCTOBER – Sitting with a 2-2 record at the quarter poll, the Colts will now take on four teams with .500 records or better the next month. The stretch begins with two days next week (Baltimore on Sunday and at Houston on Thursday). The Colts will then finish the month with Cincinnati coming to Lucas Oil on 10/19 and a trip to Pittsburgh on 10/26.

 

 


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 27, 2014 – 1:25 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed inside linebacker Andrew Jackson to the active roster from the practice squad and waived-injured inside linebacker Mario Harvey. If Harvey clears waivers, he will revert to the team’s Injured Reserve list.

Jackson was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (203rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft and was signed to the practice squad on September 1, 2014. At Western Kentucky, he registered 326 tackles (174 solo), 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one interception in 37 games played (33 starts). Jackson became the 10th player in school history to record at least 300 tackles, as his total ranked 14th among active NCAA Football Subdivision players. He competed in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game and earned All-Sun Belt Conference first-team honors in two consecutive seasons (2011-12).

Harvey played in 28 career games with the Colts (2012-14) and recorded 15 tackles (13 solo) and 16 special teams stops. In three games this season, he posted one special teams tackle, spending time at both the fullback and inside linebacker positions. Harvey was originally signed by the Colts to a reserve/future contract on January 20, 2012.


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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest Winner – Titans Week

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on September 26, 2014 – 11:44 am

It’s a new Colts football season and that means that it’s tailgating season! Just like last year, 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. We want to see some creativity and of course plenty of pork! What something to sweeten the deal? How about a year supply of bacon! Yes, the grand prize winner will receive a year supply of bacon. The weekly winners will receive a prize package consisting of a $50 Meijer gift certificate,101 Things to Do With Bacon Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2013 Season DVD.

This week’s winning recipe comes from Christopher Park who has a fall-inspired take on a traditional tailgate favorite. How do you make pulled pork even better? Add some maple bourbon and some pumpkin and you got the perfect recipe for a fall day filled with football!

Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pulled Pork

5 1/2 pound bone-in pork shoulder
1 can (1 3/4 cup) pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup Jim Beam Maple Bourbon
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Dash of salt
Buns (option, but honey wheat works well)

1. Mix all ingredients except pork and buns in a mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Place pork shoulder in a crock pot and cover generously with the mixture.
3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or until pork is fork tender.
4. Shred the pork, remove any bones, and return to the slow cooker for at least 30 minutes.
5. Serve warmed from the crock pot on the burger buns (generally better if toasted).

Thanks for sharing Christopher! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.


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