Disturbing news from the Colts. Here's the official press release. Hopefully, this is nothing, and he'll be back in a week or too. Tip to Derek Schultz
20 hours of travel with three kids.
Links are all you are getting today!
BBS talks special teams. Good note about Fisher and James.
Phil B throws no stones at John Gill. I loved this piece. He's right on the money. I was never a carouser, but I empathize anyway. The Colts are handling this beautifully.
Kravitz summerizes the Hall debate nicely. I have no major nit picks, other than I think Dungy's case is stronger than he does, though his commentary is accurate. Freeney needs 5 more good years. Wayne and Saturday need rings.
I love Gonzo. Sometimes it sounds like I don't like Garcon. I need to work on that. I love Garcon too and I think he's everything a Colt should be. I just happen to love Gonzo as a player a bit more. The man wants it.
*On regaining timing with Manning: It's not like it's my rookie year. We have two and a half years of experience to draw from. Obviously last year got cut very short for me, so we weren't starting at Square One by any means. The other thing is, I stayed involved. I stayed in Indy, even though I was hurt the whole year. I was in the meetings listening. I wasn't physically going through everything, but mentally, maybe I was. I think you can get around some of those issues if you stay mentally into it.
There will be no hangover. Enough said.
Mock recaps Monday. Love the note on Eldrige
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (100 catches, 16.9 plus-minus)
Going after one of the league's best wideouts? Hold your horses. We're not saying Wayne is suddenly going to become a mediocre receiver, just that his ridiculous figure of 100 catches on 134 catchable passes isn't likely to recur. He had a similar plus-minus in 2007 (18.3 on 142 targets), but he was well below those totals in 2006 (12.1 on 128 targets) and 2008 (8.6 on 124 targets). He'll still be good, but fantasy owners expecting something like his performance from last season can probably drop six catches, 80 yards and a touchdown off their projections and end up with a more accurate figure for Wayne's 2010 line.
Tip to @xtrarant, is Curtis Painter some kind of big foot? What's with that insane picture? It's like he's a UFO or something.
Joseph Addai jerseys remain on sale at $30 in the Colts Pro Shop. The conspiracy theorist in me makes me wonder what this means for the running back's future with the team, but the realist in me knows they just printed too many. A Peyton Manning 1955 "throwback" — with the only change from the current uniform being the stripes are below the numbers on the sleeve — is retailing for $90.
I noted this as well. Buy an Addai jersey and a MJax jersey for cheap. They will remain classic.
Let us never forget.
I'm heading back to Argentina today. It's been a good month here in Hoosierland, but my my real life beckons. Be sure to be checking out the twitter updates from Hartz and Mock today. They've been delivering the goods from training camp all morning. Be sure to follow me on Twitter as well. I'm actually usuing the account for more than just updates. I sometimes pass along unrelated links I don't feel like posting on the blog
I'll check back in tomorrow or Wednesday with that book review of Dungy's The Mentor Leader. Don't expect anything until later in the day, however. I'll probably post some links tomorrow afternoon, but after an all night flight with three small kids, I'm going to be toast.
It was wonderful meeting so many of you on this trip. For those who want a copy of Blue Blood autographed, I have left a stack of signed books here. I can't personalize them (obviously), but if you want to buy a signed copy, email me and I'll make sure you get one sent to you. The book should be showing up in stores (finally) as well, so be on the look out for it. I won't get the chance to see my book on shelves, so if you happen to be at a greater Indianapolis store and see it, snap a picture and send it to me, just for kicks. Thanks!
I love my life and my real job, but leaving Indianapolis and the amazing people I love so much here breaks my heart every time. Naptowners, you live in the greatest city on earth. Never take it for granted!
Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver of all time, is being inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend. He universally acclaimed as possibly the best player ever.
So, in honor of Rice, today I offer a comparison of Rice's pace of catches verses that of Marvin Harrison. This chart tells us two things:
- Harrison is better than some people remember. He was on a faster pace than Rice until he retired.
- Rice's most incredible accomplishment was his longevity. The man just played at an impossibly high level for years and years.
Westside Rob checks in with a brief morning report:
A few months ago, I wrote a reasonably controversial piece about the role of Peyton Manning's contract negotiations in the overall scheme of the NFL labor situation. I argued that there is no way for Manning to take a "hometown discount" and still be a good teammate and labor man.
Let me just say: I was right.
Yesterday, Manning had some quotes out about his relationship with the players union. Readers of 18to88.com will find them quite familiar.
While players do have some leeway to make negotiations smooth and not contentious, the truth is that while it would help the team for Manning to take less money, it might not help his teammates. The truth is that the players union watches the contracts of the biggest stars closely. There is a lot of pressure on key players to score as big a contract as possible. It's not just hubris for the player; it's for the good of all the players. The reason the players union opposes things like a hard cap for rookie salaries is the same reason I have no doubt that Jeff Saturday (the Colts union rep) will remind Peyton that he has an obligation to his brethren to get every dime he can: big contracts raise the tide for all players.
Yesterday, Peyton said:
Attaboy 18. That's how you lead a team.
I review things from time to time. Don't ask. Just go with it.
I'll have you know, I'm no hipster. I'm an utter poser.
At least I admit that I know it.
I first saw the trailers for the movie Scott Pilgrim versus the World about six months ago. Being devoted to Arrested Development, I feel oddly compelled to pay attention to every subsequent Michael Cera project. The movie looked spectacular and weird. I had no idea what Scott Pilgrim was all about, and I had no clue that it was based on a series of comic books that has been around since 2004.
A number of you are now disgusted with me and have stopped paying attention. Pardon my ignorance. Let's not pick on the middled aged square guy.
While I'm obviously too old to be reading comic books, I'm also too immature not to. I went down to pick up the first of the six volume set: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.
After reading volume 1, I immediately bought the final five editions. Quite simply, Scott Pilgrim is spectacular.
The set follows the life of 23 year old Toronto slacker and bassist Scott Pilgrim as he struggles to get past his past and grow the hell up already. The books follow Scott and his dysfunctional urban family for about 18 simultaneously life changing and mind numbingly boring months. They center on Scott's relationship with a mysterious and mystical 'ninja' delivery girl named Ramona Flowers.
Though on the surface the books are a realistic tale of quarter life crisis, they soon evolve into a surreal collage of music and video game fighting, as Scott and Ramona try and deal with their pasts as embodied by epic super powered fights between Pilgrim and Ramona's 7 evil exs. Pilgrim gets knocked around pretty severely by an assortment of vegan psychics, douchey hipsters, and non-white/non-jocks in an effort to officially win the right to live happily ever after with Ramona.
I realize that there is no sane way to explain the events of Scott Pilgrim to a rational personal. Instead of focusing on the insanity of the books, just remember this:
- Scott Pilgrim books are painfully hilarious. I mean, my wife and I have been laughing out loud for days reading them.
- They are unflaggingly original and unlike anything you've read before.
- The perfectly capture the pathos of today's delayed adolescent culture in a uniquely authentic way.
- They are simultaneously beautifully drawn and silly.
I have no idea if the movie is going to be good. I hope and pray it will be. Everything in the trailers has been meticulously lifted directly from the pages of the books. All I know is that good or bad, in 40 years when people want to know what it felt like to be 23 years old at the turn of this century, Scott Pilgrim will be best way to explain it from the inside.
If you've never read one, go out and buy volume 1. The books can be had for $7 and change on Amazon, and they are worth every penny.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to being a grown up.
Thanks to my buddy Nate for taking the pictures.
Next time, pick up that yard, Ok?
Um, Curtis...you have chick hair.
Bring kids. They'll have fun.
Hello, Mike Lombardi? I'm FINE, fool. Oh, by the way, I know where you live.
I say, stretch your quad, and you'd better not audible out this time!
I made my first foray to Colts' camp on Wednesday night, and despite the rain, a good time was had by all.
For those who haven't been, it's extremely family friendly. In total, my wife my friends and I had four children from ages 6 to 3 plus a baby in tow, but the event still managed to be stress free. The kids' favorite part was watching the myriad of players present fielding punts in warmups. If you are even thinking about heading up to Anderson for a session, do it. It was a wonderful, though brief experience. I'll post pictures in the morning.
Here's what little I noted before the rain cut us off:
- Ray Fisher was not in pads. Dawson and Baldwin were also both not in pads and looked to not be participating.
- Bob Sanders and Dwight Freeney were ready to practice.
- Many players were fielding kicks before practice, including the likes of Gijon Robinson. I wouldn't read too much into it. I saw Garcon out early taking kicks as well.
- Right before the rain hit, the team was running field goal drills. Vinatieri looked sharp easily drilling the longer kicks with plenty of leg to spare.
It's a shame the storm came and washed out the rest of the night. The stands were packed with people, though I imagine even more stayed away because of the weather.
If you have little kids, don't waste an expensive game ticket on them. Pay $10 for parking, plus some gas and head up to Anderson for camp. They'll have a blast, and you'll get to see the players up close. It's a win/win for everyone.