Merry Chapmas everyone! The Colts take on the Patriots in Foxborough at 4:25 this after noon. Here's your open thread for the early games, and a poem I wrote in honor of the greatest day of the year, Chapmas! (The debut of rookie NT Josh Chapman, for those of you who are really confused right now) Hope you enjoy, and GO COLTS!
Twas the morning of Chapmas, when all through Gillette
Not a Patriot was safe, not even Mallet.
The guards were shaking, they were quite scared
With the knowledge that Chapman soon would be there.
The Running backs were all hoping he'd sit
That his knee injury would just cause him to quit
And Bill and Josh were both trying to plan
for the player they knew could be blocked by no man.
When from down in the locker room there arouse such a scream
they arrived to find Tommy having a bad dream
His fears they both did try to allay,
But they knew nothing could stop Chapman that day.
When the sun had reached its noon time high
its rays revealed players had started to cry.
No one could eat their breakfast or lunch,
with the fear that Chapman on their bones would soon munch.
The clock struck one, buses started to pull in,
and Arians and Manusky stepped off with a grin.
As they stood, they beckoned their team by name,
calling them one by one, those who would soon grace the Hall of Fame.
"Come TY, come Antoine, come Anthony, come Dwayne,
Come Jerrell, come Donald, and come Reggie Wayne!
The buses emptied, just two players were seated,
The off stepped Andy and Josh, the team was completed.
Into the stadium they marched, as a team with a goal,
not 53 men, they played as a whole.
To beat the Patriots for themselves and their coach,
To show they were ChuckStrong in their play and approach.
I'm not sure if I like Arians as the OC and head coach. I'd say head coach and pick someone else to be OC. Odd play calling sometimes - too conservative, and he's gonna get Luck killed.
I didn't see the game at all, just listened to parts and bits on the radio while I was working, but from the statistics, it looked like Luck played lputrid
@RobertItoh He played okay - just sloppy with some of the throws, and our oline could not keep the Blitz off of him. I got worried cause he got up holding his leg. But played out. Special teams terrible.
Well, chalk today up to a learning experience for our team... 'cause it sure as hell wasn't anything but a schooling for us. :-/
@Payton If only there was a distinction between a practice coach and an actual in-game coach.
Not a joke. I'm envisioning "training/practice/prepatory" leadership vs. in-game leadership. To torture an analogy (since it doesn't hold fully true due to rotations between assigned duties), I'm envisioning a separation akin to the military training in basic, what I've seen be referred to as "AIT", and the various specialty trainings (like Ranger school). Vs. actual in-war leadership.
Like I said, it's not the best analogy since training sargeants and officers rotate in and out of that duty. Plus, from what I understand, there's constant training in an active duty unit. But still, you all see what I mean: The job of formally preparing the "troops" is held as different from the job of actually leading them in wartime. There are times I wish that held true for the NFL.
Colts needed a good smackdown, I think. I dunno. I'd prefer they didn't but if they have to, they have to.
Well... at the beginning of the season we *did* think we'd lose to far worse teams than New England. So just having hope for a half is some sort of accomplishment, however limited it is.
At least I keep on telling myself that... still feels like we should've been more competitive.
@smonroe Yep - they run up the score. That's why their team has Bad Karma.
Not only was that untouched, but the defenders probably couldn't see the touchdown because there was a Patriots jersey in the way. :-/
... Oh, wait, specifically on that play? Couldn't tell, because I wasn't watching the edge of the frame away from the ballcarrier where all the Colts defenders were. :-/
@smonroe Even if it was just STs and INTs, we'd be within a touchdown or two.