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“Operation Blue Out” Celebrates Return on Primetime Football to Indianapolis

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 16, 2013 – 5:03 pm

Commemorative Poster, Gameday Handouts Available for Fans

INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier this week, the Indianapolis Colts announced their “Operation Blue Out” efforts to celebrate the team’s back-to-back primetime appearances and the return of primetime football to Indianapolis. This Sunday, October 20, will mark the first primetime game in Lucas Oil Stadium since 2011 as the team host’s NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game and to pick up a special edition “Operation Blue Out” poster at participating Central Indiana Meijer stores starting at 4 p.m. today, October 16.


At the game, the first 3,000 fans inside the American Family Insurance Touchdown Town will receive a blue foam finger, compliments of WTHR Channel 13, and the first 50,000 fans inside the stadium will receive a blue rally towel, compliments of Lucas Oil Products.


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In honor of the return of primetime football to Lucas Oil Stadium, and in partnership with WTHR Channel 13 and 1070/107.5 The Fan, the Indianapolis Colts have created a commemorative “Operation Blue Out” poster for fans. The posters will be available at six (6) Meijer locations throughout Central Indiana from 4:00-8:00 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, October 16 through Friday, October 18, while supplies last.


  • Pike Plaza Meijer -5349 Pike Plaza Rd, Indianapolis, Ind. 46254
  • East Washington Meijer -11351 E Washington St, Indianapolis, Ind. 46229
  • Avon Meijer -10841 E US 36, Avon, Ind. 46123
  • Carmel Meijer -1424 W Carmel Dr, Carmel, Ind. 46032
  • Southport Meijer -5325 E Southport Rd, Indianapolis, Ind. 46237
  • Noblesville Meijer -17000 Mercantile Blvd, Noblesville, Ind. 46060



Listen to Hank FM all week long! Every morning at 7:10 fans will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Colts vs. Broncos game and a meet-and-greet with country music star Sara Evans before the game.



Beginning Wednesday, October 16, the Indianapolis Colts will host contests on Twitter (@colts), Facebook ( and Instagram (@colts) giving fans the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, including tickets to the Denver game. Stay tuned to for information.


In addition, local businesses are encouraging to submit a photo of their office going blue for the opportunity to win a COLTSTRONG Office Takeover, which includes catering and visits from Colts Cheerleaders and Blue. Photos can be submitted at



Throughout the year, Indianapolis Colts Mascot Blue hosts a variety of educational, interactive school shows throughout Indiana. Students attending his shows during “Operation Blue Out” week will be encouraged to wear blue and each student will receive an “Operation Blue Out” poster. His school show schedule is listed above. All school shows are closed to the public.



Throughout the week, Blue’s Fan Van will be making stops at Meijer stores in the Indianapolis area, to distribute prizes to Colts fans who are showing their team spirit by sporting blue apparel. A complete list of stops during “Operation Blue Out” week can be found above and online at



The Indianapolis Colts have installed blue LED string lights on the trees along South Street in front of Lucas Oil Stadium. These lights will be on beginning at 7 p.m. through 7 a.m. each day of the week during “Operation Blue Out.”



On Friday, October 18, at 6:30 a.m. the Colts will turn the Canal in Downtown Indianapolis blue in honor of “Operation Blue Out.” Media who would like to attend may park on Robert D. Orr Plaza between the Government Center buildings off of West Street.



On Friday, October 18, WTHR Channel 13 will host a drive-thru poster pass-out at their headquarters, located at 1000 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, Ind., beginning at 6:30 a.m. while supplies last. To pick up a poster, cars should enter the WTHR parking lot off of Tenth St., just west of Meridian St.



The Colts host Meijer Blue Friday events before every home game at various Meijer store locations. Meijer Blue Friday events include Colts cheerleader autographs, Colts giveaways and Colts In Motion, the team’s traveling museum (weather permitting).  Fans may also win Colts tickets to upcoming home games through a spin-to-win wheel and register to win autographed items. The Blue Friday on October 18 will be held from 5-6 p.m. at the Noblesville Meijer store (17000 Mercantile Blvd, Noblesville, Ind. 46060). Fans will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Colts vs. Broncos game at the event.


GAMEDAY (SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20), presented by Lucas Oil Products

As primetime football returns to Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Colts have planned some special activities on gameday for their fans. These include a free zipline in American Family Insurance Touchdown Town from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., blue foam fingers from WTHR Channel 13 to the first 3,000 fans inside American Family Insurance Touchdown Town as well as blue rally towels, courtesy of Lucas Oil Products, for the first 50,000 fans inside the stadium. American Family Insurance Touchdown Town is located on the north end of Lucas Oil Stadium, along South Street and the adjacent parking lot. It will open at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, and close at 8:00 p.m. in preparation of kickoff at 8:30 p.m.


  • American Family Insurance Touchdown Town (5:30-8:00 p.m.)
    • Operation Blue Out Foam Fingers, provided by WTHR Channel 13, to first 3,000 fans
    • Free Zipline Rides
    • Blue Carpet Photo Booth
    • Operation Bleu Cheese Burger and Colts Blue Buffalo Wrap at US Foods Truck
  • Blue Rally Towels, courtesy of Lucas Oil Products, to first 50,000 fans at the game
  • National Anthem and Halftime Performance by multi-platinum selling country music artist Sara Evans


The Indianapolis Colts are now accepting deposits for the 2014 season ticket waiting list.  Fans can join the waiting list by visiting and clicking the Tickets tab at the tab of the home page. 

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:34 pm

The NFL’s competition to win a SUPER BOWL XLVIII experience is now closed so I hope you got your entry in. I’ve heard on the grape vine there’s a better than an ever chance of the Colts attending the game! The competition was a great opportunity but, alas not unless you lived in the USA, which is reasonable. But for me, well that means I can’t enter.  Envious of this competition I have decided to submit my pseudo-entry through my blog.

On September 11, 2001 the world’s eyes turned to America and any half decent human had eyes that filled with tears. If you had any humanity in you, you couldn’t help but pray for those still alive and feel for the great loss that weighed in New York. Like many, I did look more towards your country and having watched, but not fully understood the pleasures of this game on the gridiron, I became compelled when the country took some relief in the football, ending in a fabulous game where the red hot favorites, the Rams would meet the young guns, Tom Brady and the Patriots.  Some six years later New York rallied around Eli and Tom as well as the rest of the team that brought back the Lombardi Trophy. It helped continue the healing process of that great city.

While I wasn’t that thrilled when the Saints defeated my beloved Colts on February 7, 2010, we all still felt some relief for New Orleans, having comeback from the devastation of cyclone Katrina five years before.

The other night, or rather three in the morning, unable to sleep I was learning the words to the Star Spangled Banner. It’s not that I don’t love my country; I do love Australia. But I do admire, and yes love America too. Who could not admire a country whose motto, which is in the last verse of the anthem, states, “”In God is our trust.”  So that’s why I love your football; it brings the country together.

There are two days of the year that I always take off work. The Friday in Australia when you are celebrating Thanksgiving, and of course, Super Bowl Monday. (Well we’re a day in front!) Thanksgiving is for my friends and me, turkey, roasted vegetables, roast pork, all the trimming, pumpkin pie and FOOTBALL. Super Bowl Monday is great dips, beer, buffalo wings, beer, hotdogs, beer, burgers, beer and FOOTBALL. It’s brought me great friends and I’ve learnt so much about your wonderful country. I can even sing the Star Spangled Banner (“No Dad” my children protest, “That’s NOT singing!”).

Last year I sat in Lucas Oil Stadium. An absolute foreigner, people just continued introducing themselves, saying hello and welcoming me to your country. Yeah, the gridiron…’s America. And the NFL epitomizes all that is good and great about American football. God Bless you all.


Rooting for the Colts a half a world away.  Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.

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Looking at the offensive numbers of the Colts and Broncos

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 3:00 pm

Over the next two days, will take a look at the offensive and defensive stat breakdowns for the Colts and Broncos.

The charted stats will then be followed by three takeaways that will be critical if the Colts want to head into their bye week with a 5-2 record.

Here’s a look at the offensive breakdown:

Offensive Stats

Stats (NFL Rank) Colts Broncos
Total Yards 346.5 (15) 476.0 (1)
Passing Yards 215.8 (23) 360.7 (1)
Rushing Yards 130.8 (8) 115.3 (15)
3rd down conversions 45.8% (5) 57.5% (1)
Time of possession 30:10 (16) 30:43 (12)
Points 24.7 (11) 44.2 (1)

3 Takeaways:

  • Broncos can torch opposing defense through the air: Denver’s passing numbers speak for themselves but it’s the balance among the receiving targets that is so impressive. The Broncos have four different receivers that have caught at least 31 passes (Colts have just one) and all four targets compliment each other in size, speed and athleticism. When the Broncos get into the red zone the leading receivers (Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker) aren’t necessarily the first options. Instead, it’s tight end Julius Thomas (6’5”, 250) and Wes Welker (5’9”, 185) who have combined for 15 touchdowns.
  • Time of possession will be critical for Colts success: The recipe the Chargers used on Monday night to limit the Colts possessions (38:31-21:29) is something that could work well for Indianapolis this week. Keeping Manning off the field is something opposing teams tried for years when playing the Colts. Now it will be the Colts trying to control the time of possession, a stat that has correlated to success all season long for Pep Hamilton’s offense.
  • Can the Colts stop the Broncos rushing attack with their front seven (six)?: Teams have had to play a ton of nickel packages against the Broncos, which adds another defensive back to the field. Denver uses three different rushing backs in a variety of roles and if the Colts can shut down that element, without committing seven or eight guys into the box, then that should bode well and allow the pass rush to get after Peyton Manning.

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Pagano talks AFC South standings, Reggie Wayne’s 1,000 catches and Monday’s loss on radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:00 am

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights (Tuesday this week due to Monday Night game).

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show following the Colts 19-9 loss to the San Diego Chargers:

On still being in first place in the AFC South despite Monday’s loss:

“We had a chance to gain ground but we didn’t take advantage of it, like you talked about with the division but we didn’t lose any ground. We certainly understand that it’s Week Six, we have Week Seven coming up. We are back at home. We will get back to work, get back on the field (Wednesday), guys will be eager to get back out there, correct the mistakes that we made, move on and get ready to play a heck of a ball game come Sunday night.”

On Reggie Wayne getting 1,000 catches:  

“Obviously, it’s a testament to the man that Reggie is and the player that he is and his work ethic and his passion for football. He’s in an elite group. Just an incredible feat. Again, reading the clips and reading what Reggie said, as only Reggie would, he’s humbled by it and it’s a great honor but he would have much rather had the W than that but that’s just Reggie being Reggie.”

On San Diego keeping the ball away from the Colts offense:

“You look at possessions three, four, five and six for them—55 plays total and 29 minutes and 16 points. Those four drives and they had some 77 plays total, 55 of those came on those four plays. Again, we shot ourselves in the foot. Anytime you are out there the length of the time that we were out there on defense, it’s extremely difficult.”

On doing better on third downs this week:

“It’s staying on schedule. Offensively, we’ve got to do better on first and second down to get ourselves in third and manageable. When opportunities present themselves, we’ve got to make the plays. Defensively, it’s the same thing. If we do well stopping the run on first and second down, and you get them in third and long situations, then we’ve got to certainly put more pressure on the quarterback.”

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Eye on the Prize: Week Seven AFC South Standings

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Each week will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.

Here is a look after Week Six:

Rams 38, Texans 16

-The downward spiral for the Texans continued in a blowout home loss to the Rams. A 17-6 halftime deficit quickly turned ugly as the Rams scored touchdowns in all three phases during the third quarter. Houston quarterback Matt Schaub was benched for T.J. Yates. However, Yates threw a pair of interceptions, including one that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown. Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster did rush for 141 yards on 20 carries.

NEXT GAME: @Kansas City, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST

Seahawks 20, Titans 13

-Tennessee hung tough into the fourth quarter in one of the toughest road environments in the NFL. The Titans lone touchdown came on a 77-yard blocked field goal returned for a touchdown at the end of the first half. Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick made his first start in place of Jake Locker and threw two interceptions. Running back Chris Johnson was held to 33 rushing yards on 12 carries. The tough stretch for the Titans continues next week with San Francisco coming to Nashville.

NEXT GAME: San Francisco, Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EST

Broncos 35, Jaguars 19

-In a game where no one gave the Jaguars a chance, Jacksonville was down just 21-19 midway through the third quarter. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Chad Henne threw for 303 yards and the Jaguars have found a go-to target in Justin Blackmon. Henne and Blackmon hooked up 14 times for 190 receiving yards. Next up for Jacksonville is a pair of NFC West home games.

NEXT GAME: San Diego, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.

2013 AFC South Standings

Indianapolis 4-2

Tennessee 3-3

Houston 2-4

Jacksonville 0-6

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Colts Daily Headlines: October 16th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:47 am

The Colts will return to the practice field less than 48 hours after a Monday night defeat. Today’s news looks at the Colts decision making late in the game and the mental mistakes that led to Monday’s loss.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 16th.  

Colts coach Chuck Pagano defends fourth-and-short punt in fourth quarter of loss to Chargers

By: Michael Pointer, Indy Star

One of the major points of Chuck Pagano’s conference call on Tuesday afternoon was his decision to punt it late in the fourth quarter on Monday night.

The Colts trailed 16-9 when they faced fourth-and-2 from their own 17-yard line with 3:17 left. The field position wasn’t good, but considering the relatively short distance for the first down and the time of the game, some observers figured they would go for it.

Instead, with the Colts holding all three of their timeouts, Pagano sent out the punting unit, hoping the defense would force a quick three-and-out and returning the ball to the offense before the 2-minute warning.

“I just felt like that even thought we had given up some yards, it was a one-score game,” Pagano said. “Our defense had kept them out of the end zone.”

Colts try to pick up pieces after latest stumble

By: Mike Marot, The Associated Press

Tuesday was the players’ off day as the Colts reviewed Monday night’s tape in preparation for a short week and the Denver Broncos.

Looking back on the tape, Pagano saw too many mental mistakes combined together that led to the 19-9 loss.

“It was different. It certainly was uncharacteristic of us,” Pagano said. “I just think, you can point your finger to a lot of things — didn’t execute well, obviously, third down was an issue on both sides of the ball, which led to the time of possession issue and all those type of things.

“Three third downs on defense where you have penalties that extend drives by four plays, five plays, nine plays, lead to 10 points, that’s shooting yourself in the foot. Talked about the dropped passes, which are totally uncharacteristic of our guys. We had opportunities, we had chances.”