On Sunday, convinced of my own brilliance, I made the following statement:
"If Ryan Grigson doesn't make a trade by Tuesday, I will never tweet again."
The possibility of Grigson NOT making a deal never entered my - surprisingly - limited brain. So here we are. Grigs let me down and now I'm a man without a tweet. It could be worse. I could be Blaine Gabbert.
Now, I'm not addicted to twitter or anything - pay no attention to my 52,000 tweets per month - so not tweeting is actually not that hard. Unless something incredibly stupid happens.
For example, what if the Colts decided to fill their roster spot with a tight end who had TWICE been suspended by the NFL for failing a drug test?
After the jump, we'll take a look at what my tweets may have looked like if such a ridiculous thing had actually happened.no comments
I sometimes play a card game called Blackout. Every turn, you declare how many tricks you’re hoping to win that round; each round, the number of cards in your hand increases by one. The point of the game is to evaluate your hand, estimate which cards you expect to win with, and which you expect to throw away. You gain points for guessing correctly.
Every team, midseason, has been dealt a hand. Our job: to figure out how where they stand, especially from Indy’s point of view. Hence …
… The AFC Midseason Blackout Shindig.
Well, the trade deadline passed, and that final roster spot remained empty. This evening, the team remedied that problem, welcoming tight end Weslye Saunders back to the active roster. They also signed tackle Xavier Nixon to the practice squad once again and released cornerback Daxton Swanson from Injured Reserve.
From the Colts’ press release:
Saunders, 6-5, 261 pounds, has played in 27 career games (10 starts), catching six passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. He was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 16, 2012 and appeared in 11 games (four starts) last year, recording two catches for 15 yards. Saunders was waived by the Colts on July 25, 2013.
Who’s Playing Receiver?
The last time Reggie Wayne missed a game due to injury,
- Jim Mora was in his final season as the Colts head coach, his fate likely sealed after the infamous “Playoffs?!” rant.
- Andrew Luck was 12 years old, had just moved to Houston, TX, and quite possibly was still playing defensive end.
- Reggie Miller, Jalen Rose, and Austin Croshere were all Indiana Pacers.
- The guy writing this was still attending IUPUI in beautiful downtown Indianapolis.
- People still used flip phones, dial up, Hotmail, and occasionally something called AOL.
This past week I read an article by Mike Wells of ESPN.com, the former Pacers beat writer for the Indy Star. The article contained Wells' semi-regular Twitter mailbag, and included the following interaction:
Wait just a gosh darn minute.
Keep in mind that all this comes in the midst of a discussion on how the Reggie Wayne injury will affect the Colts' offense.
You lose your No. 1 receiving target, the second-most important player on the offense, and you're not going to make any adjustments? Why is this exactly?
Oh, because the Colts are a run-first team.
What a load of barn poop.no comments
Early Monday morning, after giving the players a week off, the Colts announced they had activated receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad, shutting down – at least for now – the explosion of trade speculation that has swirled around since Reggie Wayne’s heartbreaking ACL tear. (A trade could still happen, but for now, the Colts have their fourth WR)
Whalen, a former Stanford walk-on, is primarily a slot receiver and has made a name for himself in the preseason as a sure handed target. Considering Wayne, a reliable possession receiver, spent 70.7 percent of his snaps (per Pro Football Focus) in the slot, Whalen may be exactly the type of receiver the Colts need at this time.
In a situation completely opposite to the Chargers fiasco, that was certainly worth staying up until 5:30am for. All the worry and dread pre-match quickly became delight and eventually more worry and dread as Peyton Manning started to lead a comeback, but the Colts held on for a vital win.
Whilst the Colts enjoyed a productive game across the field, the impact of their rookies is still to be felt.no comments
Here at Colts Authority, much of our work is based on game film and statistical breakdowns, but so many of our biggest questions and interests regarding trends, playcalling, etc. aren't tracked by many outside sites. Not by sites that offer those stats to the public, anyway.
So, one of the things that we'd like to launch at CA is the Colts Authority Game Charting Project, where we chart every game and keep track of things like formations, route combinations, offensive and defensive line play, substitution patterns, etc. With the onset of things like NFL Game Rewind, DVR, etc., it's something that even a fan-driven blog like ourselves can do.
The only thing that would stop us from this would be man-power. While we do have some intelligent, motivated people working as part of the CA staff, we don't have the time to be able to chart everything we want to for every game.
That in mind, we've taken to the streets of the internet to find game-charting volunteers to help us out. It wouldn't involve much time per person, and you wouldn't necessarily need to have DVR/Game Rewind previously. We would split the responsibilities across a few different people weekly and would provide access to game film if necessary.
While the project likely won't reach full capacity this year, what we're able to accomplish this season will set the groundwork for the project for future years.