Technology can be a blessing, but it can be a pain at the same time. Unfortunately, it was a pain for me which is why we don’t have a Tailgate of the Year video from the Broncos game. All the footage that we shot was unfortunately deleted. Therefore, I am writing a recap of the tailgate because I visited two fun and COLTSTRONG tailgates.
However, I was able to catch up with them later in the year. We invited a few of our favorite tailgates to enjoy a VIP tailgate spot right across from Lucas Oil Stadium. Watch the video below to get a better idea of the Sons of Tailgating.
I started at the Ryan Fire Protection Tailgate which is located just west of Lucas Oil Stadium. While their centerpiece is a BIG and bright GREEN and white fire engine, everyone was sporting their blue gear. I had seen this tailgate before, but this was my first visit.
With all the emotion and buildup for the big game, they took a different approach to their tailgating menu. They had a catered Qdoba buffet that must have been 15 feet long. I’m talking steak, chick, queso, guacamole, beans, rice, tortillas, all types of salsa and really anything you could want. While it’s not what I’m used to seeing from a food standpoint, it was still delicious because it was Qdoba. They had corn hole set up and of course the beverages were flowing. They also had a mobile bar tucked inside one of the fire engine’s side compartments.
Everyone was friendly and of course having a great time getting ready for the prime time matchup. They had a lot of energy as it was still early when I stopped by, and went out of their way to make me feel welcomed. Great hospitality from this group!
The second tailgate I went to was the 2012 Tailgate of the Year Champions “the Sons of Tailgating.” They had been telling me that the Broncos tailgate was the one to come to and they were not lying. Dave, who handles all their food, brought the perfect menu to win over my heart.
Their main course was stuffed tomahawk pork chops that were perfectly cooked. They had cheesy potatoes with a creamy cheese sauce that was unreal. They also had homemade pretzels and of course they brought the nacho cheese dispenser. They even had bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers and some “Asian Cajun” ribs! Check out the photo gallery below for more photos from the tailgate!
The atmosphere was top-notch as that become expected with this tailgating group. They had A LOT of members of Colts Nation out getting ready for the big nighttime game.
Overall, both tailgates were impressive. The energy level all around was unlike anything I’ve seen due to the magnitude of the game that was coming up. At the end of the day, one tailgate had to win and that was the Sons of Tailgating. They were the defending champs, and could have taken a week off, but they didn’t! They brought their A game and had every angle covered!
I’ll be out and about again prior to the Rams game on Nov. 10th. Feel free to tweet me @ColtsCaseyB or hit me up on Facebook and I could stop by your tailgate!
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Pep Hamilton wasn’t expecting to spend his bye week in this fashion.
Instead of reviewing film of the first two months of the season and getting a head start on the Houston Texans, Hamilton also dealt with the task of preparing for life without Reggie Wayne.
“It’s one of the harsh realities of the National Football League. It was tough to say the least,” Hamilton said of Wayne’s absence.
“We feel like we got to find ways, even if it’s by committee, to continue to move the ball and continue to move the ball in the passing game and be effective as a passing offense without Reggie. Andrew (Luck) had a tremendous amount of trust in Reggie and knowing that Reggie would get to the spot and ultimately that Reggie would make the play. We feel like we’ve got some other guys that are very capable of stepping in and making plays for us.”
Another area that Hamilton focused on during the bye week was creating more chances for new running back Trent Richardson.
Without Wayne, Hamilton knows that more attention will move towards opponents stopping the Colts run game.
“I have to do a better job of coming up with schemes that not only give our offensive line a chance to be successful, but of course to create holes for Trent. Create schemes that complement his wealth of talent,” Hamilton said on Thursday.
“That’s one of the things that we spent time as an offensive staff just looking at during the bye week. Finding ways to better feature our playmakers. Not just Trent, but Donald (Brown) and T.Y. (Hilton) and DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey) and Coby Fleener and Stanley Havili for that matter. But yes, I have to do a better job of finding ways to get Trent out in space.”
The last time Wayne missed a game with the Colts, Hamilton was a 27-year old offensive coordinator at Howard University, his alma mater.
His game plans for the rest of 2013 won’t include No. 87 but that doesn’t change the goals for this offense.
“We feel like even up until this point we’ve been an offense by committee. We’ve had a lot of different guys step up and make plays for us,” Hamilton said.
“We just know moving forward that it’s the next man up. DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey), T.Y. (Hilton), some of the younger guys that may get an opportunity to go in there and make plays for us in the passing game. Somebody is going to have to step up and make the plays.”
Tags: Coby Fleener, darrius heyward-bey, donald brown, Griff Whalen, LaVon Brazill, Pep Hamilton, Reggie Wayne, Stanley Havili, T.Y. Hilton, trent richardson
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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 back from their bye week and will be playing in prime time on Sunday night.
What are your thoughts on the Colts trying for their first win in Houston since 2009?
What are your biggest concerns coming out of the bye week?
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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The Colts will wrap up Week Nine practice later this morning. Today’s news looks at the play of Robert Mathis in 2013 and the last time the Colts played without Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Friday, November 1st.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Even with a career-high 11.5 sacks after seven games, Robert Mathis still ins’t garnering the national attention in 2013.
A midseason poll of NFL.com contributors listed Defensive Player of the Year possibilities: Houston’s J.J. Watt, the 2012 winner; Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh, Seattle’s Richard Sherman, Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson, Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs and Buffalo’s Mario Williams.
Colts safety Antoine Bethea shrugged and dismissed the snub. He believes Mathis should join safety Bob Sanders (2007) as the only Colt named Defensive Player of the Year.
“He’s got my vote,” Bethea said. “He’s a difference maker.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Chappell takes a look back over 15 years ago to the last time the Colts offense was without No. 87 or No. 88.
For the first time since Dec. 27, 1998, the Colts will take the field without either Reggie Wayne or Marvin Harrison in the lineup. That’s 251 games, including the playoffs, with either No. 87 or No. 88 — or both — on the field.
Wayne’s streak of 189 regular-season appearances, 207 including the postseason, will end Sunday due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered against Denver.
Harrison’s final season with the Colts was in 2008; appearing in 190 regular-season games during his 13-year career. The last time the Colts’ offense was without Wayne or Harrison was the final game of the ’98 season against Carolina. Harrison missed the final four games that season with a shoulder injury and Wayne was drafted in 2001.
Like the team as a whole, long-time assistant Clyde Christensen still is trying to come to grips with life without Wayne.
“I hear people asking Andrew (Luck) how it’s going to be without Reggie,” Christensen said with a smile. “Well, how about me? This is the first time I’ve been in the (meeting) room without Reggie.
“Believe me, it’s different. He was such a security blanket.”
Tags: Clyde Christensen, Reggie Wayne, robert mathis
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