What better way to start the second Fan Fest of the summer than with an out of state road trip to visit Colts fans down south? After an awesome Colts Fan Fest in Greensburg, we were ready to bring the Colts fun to Louisville, Kentucky!
When we arrived at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, we were ready to setup. With this being our third event of the Summer Tour, our crew had the setup process down like pros. The inflatables were up, Colts in Motion was ready to go, and our special addition to Fan Fest in Louisville, a 35 foot zip line, was all set for some eager fans to enjoy.
Matt Overton and Adam Vinatieri arrived via helicopter, and the devoted fans who were already waiting in line greeted the players with cheers and waves. Soon after, four cheerleaders and Blue arrived. Finally, we were ready to get Fan Fest started!
Both players were looking forward to being in Louisville and meeting some Colts fans. “I’ve never been to Louisville before and I’m excited to be in a new city. It’s awesome to interact with our fans here in Kentucky,” Overton said.
“It’s fun to see the fan base we have around here and get to mingle with the people who are always supporting us,” Vinatieri added.
Loyal Colts fans Mary and Michael brought their sons Aiden and James to the Fan Fest. The family goes to every Colts event they can, and Mary told us that James, age 5, had a very special Colts memory. “On his 4th birthday, we went to training camp and he got a bunch of autographs,” Mary said. “It was the best birthday ever!” James added.
Elijah, age 9, and his brother DaQuan, age 10, were most excited about testing their football skills in the Play 60 Zone. They agreed that this was the best inflatable at Fan Fest, but when asked what the best part of the day was, DaQuan told me, “Meeting the football superstars!”
After getting autographs from players, cheerleaders, and Blue, fans had the chance to register to win Colts tickets, purchase pizza from the Papa John’s Pizza Truck and listen to the Hunter Smith Band, as the former Colts punter led the entertainment for fans once again.
“We always love the super loyal, committed fans,” Vinatieri said, and it’s no doubt there were plenty of these fans in Louisville. Vinatieri also knows a good crowd when he sees one – throughout his eight seasons with the Colts, the veteran kicker has appeared at multiple Summer Tour events, and always proves to be a favorite among the fans.
Loyal and committed fans is also something Overton knows well. “My rookie year I had a grandmother try to have me propose to her granddaughter,” Overton told me. “That’s probably the craziest thing a fan has done!”
Despite the summer heat, more than 800 fans joined us at the event. One more Fan Fest down, and one more to go! We hope to meet many more Colts fans in Fort Wayne on July 11th as we host our final event of the Summer Tour at the Three Rivers Festival, featuring players Bjoern Werner and Anthony Castonzo. Thanks for a great evening, Louisville, and here we come, Fort Wayne!
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Tumbling, Stunt Squad to Perform at All Colts Home Games
INDIANAPOLIS – Last season, the Indianapolis Colts introduced a new group to the Lucas Oil Stadium sidelines – the Blue Stampede. The 16-member co-ed squad tumbled and performed stunts at each Colts home game to enhance the gameday entertainment experience. On July 11 at 6:30 p.m., the Colts will hold open auditions for the 2014 Blue Stampede squad at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
Individuals interested in trying out must complete the audition application available at www.colts.com/bluestampede and bring it with them to tryouts on July 11. The Colts are looking for individuals with exceptional tumbling and stunting skills, as well as a passion for Colts football. All participants must be 18 years or older by June 1, 2014, and available for all Colts home games, as well as one practice per week.
WHEN: Friday, July 11, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center
7001 W. 56th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46254
WHO: Men and Women interested in becoming a part of the 2014 Blue Stampede. Must be 18 years or older by June 1, 2014, and available for all Colts home games as well as one practice per week.
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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 have wrapped up their nine-week offseason program.
What did you like and not like about OTAs and minicamp?
What are your thoughts on the Colts heading into the a month long break until training camp?
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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Event Includes Appearance by Tight End Coby Fleener
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will host their fourth annual Blue Evening event on Saturday, July 12, for members of their official female fan club, the Blue Ladies. The event, which will take place from 6-9 p.m., will be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center (7001 W. 56th Street, Indianapolis). Proceeds generated from the event will benefit The A21 Campaign, an organization which exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century through a comprehensive system of preventative measures, victim protection, prosecution of violators and strategic partnerships.
The evening is free for Blue Ladies members and will include a Q&A session with Colts Tight End Coby Fleener, an assortment of hors d’oeuvres provided by Jonathan Byrd’s Catering and complimentary beer and wine. Throughout the night, Blue Ladies members will have the opportunity to participate in a tour of the locker room and indoor practice facility, and enjoy Colts themed manicures and massages courtesy of Tyler Mason Salon & Spa. In addition, attendees will be eligible to win more than $10,000 worth of amazing raffle prizes including a weekend Colts home game package and a stay at the Conrad Indianapolis.
Ladies who are not members of the Blue Ladies, but who are interested in attending the Blue Evening can register to become a member of the fan club at www.colts.com/blueladies prior to July 12 in order to be eligible to attend. Membership for the Blue Ladies is $75 for the first year and includes access to a variety of exclusive events, apparel and much more.
All current Blue Ladies members must RSVP in order to attend the event. To RSVP for the Blue Evening, members can log on to their Colts Members account at www.coltsmembers.com.
About the Blue Ladies Fan Club
The Blue Ladies fan club was designed with the female fan in mind and offers a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else. Blue Ladies members will receive a personalized membership kit, monthly newsletters, invitations to attend private member-only events, volunteer opportunities and much more! Join the Blue Ladies today and meet new friends of all ages that share a common bond through their passion and enthusiasm for their favorite NFL team, the Indianapolis Colts! To learn more about the Blue Ladies or to join today, visit www.colts.com/blueladies.
The Blue Ladies is proudly presented by Circle Centre Mall, RevolutionEYES and B105.7.
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The Indianapolis Colts today released safety Corey Lynch from Injured Reserve.
Lynch was placed on Injured Reserve on June 13, 2014. He was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on November 27, 2013 and played in five games, contributing six special teams tackles last season. He also competed in both postseason games and made two tackles and three special teams stops. Lynch played the first three games of 2013 for the Tennessee Titans before being released on November 22, 2013.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent nose tackle Brandon McKinney.
McKinney, 6-2, 345 pounds, has appeared in 61 career regular season games (six starts), totaling 82 tackles (42 solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also has recorded nine tackles (five solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery in seven postseason contests. McKinney was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on April 5, 2012. He spent the last two seasons (2012-13) on Injured Reserve before being released on August 7, 2013. Prior to joining the Colts, McKinney played four years (2008-2011) for the Baltimore Ravens, where he posted 45 tackles (26 solo), one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived outside linebacker Justin Hickman.
Hickman played in 12 career games with the Colts in 2012 and made 14 tackles (six solo) and three special teams stops. Last season, he was placed on Injured Reserve on August 14, 2013. Hickman was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on February 9, 2012 after spending three seasons (2009-2011) with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
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Just one week after Colts Day at Vincennes University, the Colts crew was off on another adventure in Greensburg, Indiana for our first Fan Fest of the summer. Once again, we loaded up the trailer and Colts vehicles with several fun inflatables and Colts giveaways, and headed to Greensburg.
When we arrived at the Decatur County Courthouse, we were greeted by some Colts spirit in the town square. Several shops and restaurants were proudly displaying Colts gear and posters. Thanks for the warm welcome, Greensburg!
Although I’m sure the fans were looking forward to everything that Fan Fest had to offer, I know they were especially excited to meet Jerrell Freeman and Dwayne Allen. Both players arrived in a helicopter not far from the Courthouse and then headed over to the event. However, this wasn’t just any player arrival – a Ford truck stretch limo with a police escort transported Freeman and Allen to Fan Fest. Their red carpet arrival was accompanied by cheers of loyal fans, excited to meet the players and eager to get the long line moving!
Both players were looking forward to being in Greensburg and meeting some of the 1,200 fans in attendance.
“I love the opportunity to interact with the fans,” Allen said. “They get a taste of my personality, and I get a chance to see theirs.”
“It’s great getting out here and being in cities I haven’t been to,” Freeman added. “This is my first time in Greensburg, and it’s an awesome crowd.”
After getting autographs from the players, cheerleaders, and Blue, siblings Emily, age 9, and TJ, age 12, tested some of the exciting inflatables. Although we brought our Colts horse slide, Play 60 Zone, Field Goal Challenge and bounce house, Emily was able to choose a favorite. “I think the bounce house is the best and I like that it’s shaped like a football!” she said.
Fans took a break from the fun and enjoyed some pizza from the Papa John’s Pizza Truck and live music from the Hunter Smith Band. The former Colts punter and his band will be playing at each Fan Fest on the Summer Tour, and he is definitely favorite among the fans.
Those who came out to Fan Fest also shopped at our Mobile Pro Shop to stock up on Colts gear. From jerseys to car decals, the Pro Shop had it all. However, car decals were the last thing Colts fan Braidon needed. “I deck my car out in everything Colts for the whole year, not just the season!” he explained. Now that’s what we like to hear!
Erica, a longtime Colts fan, enjoyed meeting the four cheerleaders who came out to Greensburg. “I went to the cheer showcase this past year,” Erica, Indiana State University student and 2013 Miss Decatur County, told me. “I’m also planning on auditioning next season!”
After the two hours of Colts fun in Greensburg, we packed up and headed back to Indy. “We love fans who are passionate and loyal to the Horseshoe,” Allen said. After talking to just a few of the fans in Greensburg, I would say they definitely match Allen’s description! With one more successful event down, we’re ready for another Fan Fest in Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on June 26th. We hope to see many more Colts fans at this Summer Tour event. Thanks, Greensburg, for a great time!
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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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