Proceeds to Benefit Local Charities
INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in team history, the Indianapolis Colts will host a 50/50 Raffle for fans at each of their ten home games this season. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the day’s ticket sales will go to one lucky fan and the remainder will support the work of the Indianapolis Colts Foundation in the community. Proceeds from the raffle will support efforts around breast cancer research, youth football, education and literacy, as well as other community initiatives.
“The 50/50 Raffle will be an exciting new addition to Colts gamedays,” said Colts Vice Chair and Owner Kalen Irsay. “Not only will this program offer a fun engagement opportunity for fans, but it will also provide a positive impact for our community by supporting numerous charitable organizations throughout our city and state.”
Tickets will be sold by Colts 50/50 Raffle volunteers from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation and can be purchased before kickoff in American Family Insurance Touchdown Town, the Blue Crew and South parking lots, as well as during the game at six kiosks throughout the stadium and from multiple mobile sellers. Prices will be three (3) tickets for $5, ten (10) for $10, and forty (40) for $20. Tickets can be purchased by fans through the end of the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, the Colts will randomly select one winner and announce the winning number and amount. The winner does not need to be present to win and has thirty (30) days to claim their prize.
WHAT: 50/50 Raffle Program
WHEN: All Colts home games starting August 16, 2014
WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium; 500 S. Capitol Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46225
Parking Lots: American Family Insurance Touchdown Town, Blue Crew and South lot
Kiosk Locations: Lucas Oil Plaza, Section 116, HH Gregg Gate Section 129, Huntington Gate Section 143, Terrace Level 513/613, Terrace Level 539/540
For more information about the Indianapolis Colts Foundation’s 50/50 Raffle program, please visit www.colts.com/5050Raffle.
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Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano to Sign Copies of Book: Sidelined: Overcoming Odds Through Unity, Passion and PerseverancePosted by on June 16, 2014 – 4:03 pm
Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano will be signing copies of his book, Sidelined: Overcoming Odds Through Unity, Passion and Perseverance, at the Barnes & Noble Carmel location on Saturday, June 21 at 11 a.m. Adults, children and Colts fans are invited to attend.
Pagano’s philosophy on coaching football helped build a team that would triumph over a cancer diagnosis and carry them through to the playoffs. In SIDELINED, Pagano shares what’s being called the most inspirational story in recent NFL history. This book details how he was diagnosed with leukemia three weeks into his first season with the Colts, a team still reeling from a painful 2-14 record the year before, and how passion and perseverance conquered predicted failure to unite a family, a team and a community.
The best part of Pagano’s tale is how this amazing fight to overcome adversity ultimately led to triumph at the end of that first season. SIDELINED is a real account of how a determined group of men, inspired by their ailing head coach, played selflessly with a never-give-up attitude to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Carmel/Westfield is located at 14790 Greyhound Plaza, Carmel, IN, 46032.
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INDIANAPOLIS – This Mother’s Day, the Indianapolis Colts mascot, Blue, is teaming up with Meijer to offer fans a unique gift for the special mom in their life. Through a personalized surprise visit from Blue that includes confetti, flowers, chocolates, and a card, individuals can give their mother a day they will remember forever. Whether it’s an office, school, or home, let Blue surprise your mom and shower her with gifts.
Blue’s Mother’s Day Visits are currently available May 7-9. Individuals who are interested in booking Blue for Mother’s Day this year can visit www.colts.com/blue and submit a request online or call 317-808-5264.
WHAT: Blue’s Mother’s Day Deliveries
WHEN: Reservation being accepted online for deliveries on May 7, 8, and 9.
COST: $150 (Includes visit from Blue, confetti, flowers, chocolates and a card)
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that restricted free agent guard Joe Reitz has signed his qualifying offer.
Reitz saw action in 14 games, making three starts in 2013. He helped pave the way for the Colts to rush for 1,743 yards, their highest single-season total since 2006. Reitz also blocked for quarterback Andrew Luck to throw for 3,822 passing yards, bringing his career total to 8,196, which is the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons.
Reitz was originally claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Miami Dolphins on September 8, 2010. For his career, he has appeared in 34 games and has made 20 starts.
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Intro: The Colts’ season ended Saturday at New England with a 43-22 loss where Indianapolis trailed after 79 seconds and never was able to draw even. Indianapolis allowed 234 rushing yards and committed four turnovers to end a season that had a number of accomplishments.
INDIANAPOLIS – Saturday’s 43-22 Divisional Playoff loss at New England was a disappointing ending to a second straight year that featured 11 regular-season wins.
Indianapolis advanced one round further in the playoffs than it did last season and for a roster that featured 27 players finishing their first year with the team, a team that had to use a league-high 73 players because of injury, it was a year that had noteworthy accomplishments that can point toward a bright future.
The Colts absorbed a tough loss to a talented New England team, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ANDREW LUCK WILL HAVE HIS DAYS – It is evident readily that Andrew Luck is one of the special talents in the NFL, though Saturday at New England was not his night. Playing the toughest position in sports can mean a player will have a game like Luck did with four interceptions. While each throw had its own story, Luck shouldered the blame and will take the experience with him into his third season. Coming off a wondrous Kansas City performance, this likely felt like both ends of the football spectrum for him, but Colts fans are heartened by what they have in Luck. Sure, it will sting watching veterans Peyton Manning and Tom Brady battle next Sunday, as well as youngsters Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick but given a logical progression for Luck, there should be future title Sundays for him. There already have been many special ones for Colts fans with him at the controls.
GROUND IT OUT – When Chuck Pagano states the importance of running the ball, he could point to the eight playoff results as exhibits why. The Colts ran 19 times for 100 yards (5.3 avg.) against Kansas City, and that was the lowest rushing total of any eight playoff winners this year. In the Wild Card round, New Orleans (185, 5.1 avg.), San Diego (196, 4.9) and San Francisco (167, 5.6) pounded the ball. In the Divisional Playoffs, New England (234, 5.1), Seattle (174, 5.0), San Francisco (126, 3.7) and Denver (133, 3.9) ran effectively, and often. The Colts were out-rushed by Kansas City, 150-100, the only post-season winner with fewer yards than its opponent. In two playoff games, opponents had almost twice the rushing attempts (78-40) than did the Colts, and a 90:40 pass:rush ratio was not healthy. Establishing a better blend is necessary (there were scoreboard factors that tilted it), and it would not damage the effectiveness of the passing game.
STOP RUN – The Colts allowed a 192.0 rushing average in the post-season, with New England getting 234 yards, the second-most allowed in a playoff game in franchise history. At the start of the season, Pagano said rushing for a 5.0 average would be the club’s dreamed-of goal since that average would “lead the world.” Kansas City and New England combined for a 4.9 average. Counting the playoffs, Indianapolis allowed 150-plus rushing yards in five of its last seven games. When subtracting the Jacksonville and Houston outings, the remaining five opponents ran for 856 yards (171.2 avg./game), a 5.1 average and 12 touchdowns. Being more stout in the run defense has to be on the mindsets heading forward.
THIS ISN’T ‘RUDY’ – The Colts were ahead on the scoreboard in the post-season for just 4:21 in two games, and Indianapolis was in a tie score situation with Kansas City and New England for only 11:49. Other than that, Indianapolis was trailing, and the offense took the field just once in two games while not behind (that was the game-opening possession at New England). While comebacks are great theater, it is not the way to thrive in this business regularly. Four major comebacks (Seattle, Tennessee, Kansas City and Houston) are memorable and will have their rightful place on the highlight film, but consistent adverse scoreboard conditions (one first-half lead in a six-game mid-season run was arduous) spell trouble.
TRENT, PAT, VINNY – Here’s hoping Trent Richardson has a solid upcoming off-season to get fully acclimated. Four post-season rushes in two games is not what Richardson or anyone wants, and he was credited with appearances on 35-of-130 offensive snaps in two games. He is a young talent that needs to contribute in 2014. Pat McAfee had a good playoff showing (six punts, 51.7 average, 44.7 net), particularly against Kansas City in helping keep a dynamic return team at bay. Adam Vinatieri was perfect in the post-season after having one of his best-ever regular-season performances, and he’s had 17 prior to this past one. There is a business side to the game, but the Colts were in good hands with these two performers in 2013.
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Intro: Indianapolis wiped out the biggest deficit in franchise history and the second-largest in NFL playoff history by earning a 45-44 victory in the Wild Card round after trailing Kansas City, 38-10, in the third quarter. It was the fourth comeback win by the Colts in 2013, and it sends them deeper into the playoffs than they have been since 2009.
INDIANAPOLIS – Saturday’s improbable and pulsating 45-44 victory over Kansas City in the Wild Card playoffs was achieved by Indianapolis overcoming the largest deficit in franchise history and the second-largest ever in league post-season play.
The Colts did almost enough to lose before finishing a nose ahead in what Chuck Pagano called an “epic” victory.
Indianapolis always uses a 24-hour rule to process the outcomes of games and with a post-season date Saturday in New England, putting the result behind is in order. So is correcting matters that made such a comeback necessary.
It was one of the most unforgettable Colts and NFL playoff games ever, and here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ANDREW LUCK CONTINUES TO DEFINE SPECIAL – Already a playoff starter in consecutive seasons to open a career and having tied for the second-most starting victories (22) over the first two seasons by a QB in the Super Bowl era, Luck delivered a performance that almost defied belief and description by overcoming three interceptions with four touchdown passes and guiding the Colts back from a 38-10 second-half hole to a 45-44 victory. Luck helped the Colts out-score Kansas City 35-6 over the game’s final 27 minutes. He moved the club to three TDs in 16 snaps to narrow the 28-point deficit to 10 points entering the last quarter, then capped a marathon 90-yard march by recovering a fumble and running/diving for a touchdown. At 44-38 past the midway point of the final quarter, he converted a third-and-five with an 11-yard completion, then reared back and hit T.Y. Hilton for a 64-yard strike to settle the matter. Indianapolis had five TDs in six possessions to earn the win, and Luck’s 443 yards ranked fifth in NFL playoff history. In a franchise that had John Unitas and Peyton Manning win titles, Luck’s first-ever playoff win was one for the ages. Afterward, all he could do was credit teammates for sticking with him, while Ryan Grigson compared him to Michael Jordan for always excelling in the clutch and wanting to do so in those moments.
BELIEF NEVER WANES – Just this season, Indianapolis rallied from 12 points down to beat Seattle, 14 to top Tennessee and 18 to dispatch Houston. Those were the eighth, ninth and 10th comeback wins under Pagano. Saturday’s stage was bigger than the regular season, and the deficit was larger than any overcome in the Colts’ 60-plus seasons. Still, a band of brothers fought, chipped away, didn’t judge, stuck to the process, honed fundamentals and techniques – all the things Chuck Pagano said afterward were critical but made him sound like a broken record when he cited them. These players are tight. Had the comeback not happened and they had to answer why, they would have done so with complete professionalism. That is not the case and a group that never quits has 60 more minutes to fight. Belief in Pagano and the program are as solid as any team has in this league. Players play for each other as much as they play for themselves, maybe more so.
SPECIAL NIGHT – Knowing how talented Kansas City is on specialty units, Indianapolis copped a better kickoff return average (30.0) than the Chiefs (26.7). Kansas City’s average was almost three yards off the NFL record it set during the season (29.4). Eight times Pat McAfee sailed kickoffs into the end zone and seven times Quintin Demps brought them out. McAfee’s kicks were five, eight, nine, six, four, six, eight and eight yards deep, and only the last one was downed by Demps, and that came after the Colts’ last score. His longest return was 34 yards, and Indianapolis met the goal of Special Teams Coach Tom McMahon of having the Chiefs play full-court offense. On kickoff drive starts, the Colts held a two-yard advantage (nine drives, avg. of 22-yard line; KC, eight drives, avg. of 20). Additionally, McAfee’s lone punt of 51 yards was returned only six yards, another victory for the Colts. Special teams were an issue in the club’s last home playoff loss in 2010 as the Jets scored a last-second field goal for a 17-16 win. This time? No dice.
MATHIS MOMENT – All year, Robert Mathis has helped turn games with sacks and strip-sacks. His strip-sack against Denver helped ignite a nine-point splurge that put the Colts ahead in the second quarter with a lead it never yielded. He has found times to bedevil quarterbacks, and his sack-strip of Alex Smith in the third quarter set the stage for a quick 41-yard TD drive that cut a 38-10 gap to 38-24. Kansas City had run a nice offensive tempo to negate Mathis (he was an eyelash away from Smith before he threw a 79-yard TD pass for a 17-7 lead) most of the game, but the NFL sack champion got one that counted. This team feeds off many sources, but this “pillar” player had a timely play in a comeback. Since Luck said there were no 28-point plays to be made, this one play was huge.
WINNING KEY STATISTICS – An abnormal day saw the Colts win a game with a minus-three turnover ratio while allowing more than 500 net yards and owning the ball not even 23 minutes. Kansas City converted nearly 60 percent of it third downs (nine-of-16) and inflicted major damage on that down with two early TDs. All year long, Pagano said next to points that turnovers tell the tale of outcomes. The Colts were out-scored, 17-14, in points resulting from turnovers, so that tale was suspended for a day, a key day. According to ESPN number crunchers, the Colts had only a 3.6 percent chance to win when they trailed by 21 points at the half. After Luck’s interception to open the third quarter, that percent dipped to 0.9 when the Chiefs upped the deficit to 38-10. Whatever numbers may be, Indianapolis caught lightning in a bottle with the NFL’s second-largest post-season rally. Winning twice while having such deficits in key categories likely is not possible next weekend.
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Intro: Indianapolis controlled almost every aspect of a game for the third straight week in moving from 8-5 to 11-5 with a 30-10 victory over Jacksonville. The Colts earned the momentum they sought entering December, and now it is on to January.
INDIANAPOLIS – After Sunday’s 30-10 victory over Jacksonville, Chuck Pagano said everyone knows the second-most important month to be playing good football is in December.
He then pointed to his team’s 4-1 mark that was forged with three straight double-digit wins to end the season.
It was a strong response following a December 8 lopsided loss at Cincinnati, 42-28, the day Indianapolis captured the AFC South crown.
Knowing better play was imperative, the Colts focused on basics and end up entering the playoffs with much-needed steam.
After the club’s impressive victory over the Jaguars to go 6-0 in the division, here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
WINNING ELEMENTS – A message that Chuck Pagano uses that irks a few followers is, “In the NFL, more games are lost than won.” It’s not that Pagano doesn’t take calculated approaches to win, he just wants to avoid pitfalls that equate to losses – two being penalties and turnovers. Indianapolis became the second team in 26 years (Kansas City, 2002) to top the league in fewest penalties (66, for 576 yards) and turnovers (14). The Colts rebounded from minus-12 to plus-13 in turnover ratio from 2012 to 2013 (a jump from 26th to third). The turnovers set a franchise record. The team had three or fewer penalties in eight outings and only hit 40-plus infraction yards six times. The NFL penalty-yard average was 98-845. Of 12 playoff teams, 10 have positive or neutral turnover ratios. The top six ratios all are playoff teams.
POSSESSION ADVANTAGE – While points win games, so can possession time. Indianapolis won its last three games by controlling the ball 33:11, 38:20 and 33:40. In eight of those 12 quarters, the Colts held the ball for nine-plus minutes and only three times lost the possession margin. It speaks to executing third downs as well as ball security. The Colts are 7-1 this year when topping 30-minutes. Clearly the team is doing something with the ball when it has it, but keeping it usually means an opponent is being held at bay.
SPECIAL LUCK – Andrew Luck now is tied for the second-most wins by any QB since 1970 for the first two seasons of a career (22). His 8,196 passing yards are the most ever over the first two seasons. Luck is on a short list of Super Bowl era QBs who opened or are opening their careers with consecutive seasons with playoff starts (5, Joe Flacco; 3, Dan Marino, Bernie Kosar, Andy Dalton; 2, Shaun King, Ben Roethlisberger, Mark Sanzhez, Luck, Russell Wilson). Dalton, Luck and Wilson are current streaks. Enjoy Luck as he starts in his second playoffs. It’s been a wondrous run so far by a special talent. Note: Luck has hit five, nine and 10 different receivers in the last three games, some of whom did not start the season here.
UP TEMPO, AGGRESSIVE LEAD FROM START – The last three games have seen the Colts pick up the tempo a notch on offense. Sunday saw the club probe down the field in an aggressive manner. There are factors that help a team get off quickly in a game, and this has helped as the Colts own a 24-10 first-quarter and 53-13 first-half points advantage in that time. The previous six games had seen the club labor with 49-9 and 112-24 deficits over those opening quarters and halves, while holding the lead but once. Keeping the foot down can help the passing game and open up some running room.
SO BASIC – So many times, less is more. When the team struggled, it went basic. While focusing on small aspects of the game not appreciated by some non-purists, Robert Mathis preaches the critical nature to crafting solid performances. “Just doing the little things, fundamentals, techniques, sound football, that’s the difference between winning and losing,” said Mathis. “Fundamentals separate good players from great players and good teams from great teams. It’s very important.” Said Adam Vinatieri about the need for a team to focus on itself, not others, “It is very important. If we work on what we do and execute our game plan, the team that does that wins a lot of games. We have what it takes in this locker room. We just have to continue to play well, commit ourselves and everything that it takes. If we do that, we’ll be fine.”
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