The entire Colts Authority staff would like to wish all of our faithful readers, interested new visitors, and podcast groupies a very happy new year.
For those of you who are surprised by being redirected from 18to88.com, Coltsider.com, or Coltzilla.com, we would like to introduce you to a project we're very excited about -- and one we believe will lead to a more educated, closer Colts community with ready access to content, comraderie, and products that interest its members.
The backbone of Colts Authority is a collection of the very best Colts writers on the internet. Nate Dunlevy, Kyle Rodriguez, and I have been privileged to work with a number of talented writers, who have made the transition with us. Much of the Colts community has become famlilar with Joe "Shake n Bake" Baker's writing at sites like Stampedeblue.com, 18to88.com, The League -- Washington Post's sports blog, and as a regular participant in the Check it to Pancakes podcast. Laura "Dr. Blue" Calaway has also had her writing featured on Stampedeblue.com, Coltzilla.com, and has been one of the most consistent and informative voices on Colts injuries available to the entire community as a co-host on the Check it to Pancakes podcast. Greg "Pass the Syrup" Cowan has produced excellent stories on the front page of Coltzilla.com, is one of the most loved and animated members of the Colts open thread community, and hosts the most popular Colts podcast on the internet -- Check it to Pancakes.
What helps make Colts Authority different than what any one of the previous blogs offered on their own is that an outstanding group of talented writers and contributors from around the world have come together in one place, for the benefit of the community. Ben "The Chap" Savage hails from Great Britain and brings some of the most informative play and player breakdown weekly pieces along with him. Adam "I'm a Hoosier" Johnson joins the team with a community centered focus and experience as an editor at SB Nation's Indiana Hoosiers blog Crimsonquarry.com. Jacob Crocker joins a team full of stat-minded fans and writers with his own unique collection of statistical play breakdowns. Scott "Vanderjagt" Cooper brings considerable writing talent and an oustanding sense of humor to covering and discussing the Colts. Scott "Captain Comeback" Kacsmar joins the team as a writer at Colts Hard Football Facts and puts a great deal of talent and research into providing his perspectives.
Also joining the team is editor Kelly Hinojosa, fantasy and picks writer and director Jared Malott, Hoosier Authority writer and 18to88.com contributor Evan Reller -- who is finishing up his Masters in sports journalism, 18to88.com daily links writer and collaborator Todd Smith, and Coltzilla.com and MockingtheDraft.com NFL Draft guru Travis Tango.
We are extremely proud of this team and believe our visitors will appreciate and enjoy the professional content it produces.
Some of the features to look forward to include: ones from Coltzilla.com like the player profiles, statistics, salary cap, training room, Colts Academy, draft, and podcast features; ones from 18to88.com like the very popular entertainment themed prediction pieces, eyes in the backfield, and game reviews; and ones from Coltsider.com including quick game reactions, film reviews, and statistical breakdowns.
It is our goal for Colts Authority to be your one-stop location for all of the latest news, analysis, and commentary on the Indianapolis Colts. It will offer the most comprehensive, professional, and entertaining online venue for Colts fans to gather, learn, and connect.
Follow the site throughout the coming week to have a more detailed explanation on how to navigate the site, specific details on the feature pages, and to get an idea of what you have to expect and look forward to at Colts Authority.
Thank you for your continued support and GO COLTS! Cheers to new beginnings in 2012!
Congratulations on the Launch everyone! The site is loading fine and running smoothly on my end, and if you can handle the traffic today, you should be able to handle anything! It's going to be the most eventful, exciting offseason in more than a decade. And I'm thankful colts fans have a place like this to go too for all our content!
Sorry to nitpick but one thing so far bothers me: The main page title says "The Colts Authority - An Indianpolis Colts Blog." I'd give you an A for effort, but that's what is missing already!
I am so glad this is around but the site loads incredibly slowly and has way too many widgets and scripts running. I hope this gets ironed out since it is not easy to navigate and slow as hell (I have logged on via 4 different browsers and 2 computers).
That and the DNS is messed up. Going to www.coltsauthority.com is not the same as coltsauthority.com. @JTBLA
@JTBLA Thanks for the feedback. We will try to get things ironed out quickly.
Thanks for the reply. I am on a new laptop and there are a lot of scripts that take a while to load. Had the same issue with 18 to 88. This will not stop me from reading this site since I think it's a fantastic mix of writers, just trying to make a constructive suggestion. So jazzed it is up and running.
And to disagree with Nate, the Colts should keep Manning and draft Luck. Gotta get the conversation back on track. ;-)
@JTBLA Do you have old computer(s)? Seems to load quite fast for me.
Gentlemen, www.coltsauthority.com does not work - it directs you to the 'coming soon' screen. Whereas coltsauthority.com (without the www pre-domain) DOES work. Looks like whoever is hosting your site needs to change the DNS record (CNAME record) to point both to the new site. Also, the DNS redirection from 18to88.com does not seem to be working. Just a heads up.
I'm thrilled my three favorite blogs united into one super blog to challenge the-blog-which-shall-not-be-named
Our readers are awesome, it's my sincere hope that our content lives up to the support they show us. Thanks, everyone, and Happy New Year!
I'm really excited you guys are up and running and can't wait to get involved in this Colts community. Happy New Year and Go Colts
Happy New Year !!
Looking forward to a "REAL" fan blog where the people running it are respectful and approach their work "PROFESSIONALLY"
Wow, this is an awesome new website! Welcome to the Bloguin network! Great to have another amazing site.