Mailbag

Well, bag is stretching it a tad, but I thought I’d fill in the awkward silence with a few comments from our readers.  First up is JC who wants us all to know how great he used to be.

He starts off by sending us this photo:
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1999 Rhode Island All State baseball team.
 
You’ll notice there are two major leaguers on this team (Ianetta, Baldelli) and a third minor leaguer not pictured (Hertzler, Barry).
 
Had it not been for a gruesome injury to my right arm that left me with nerve damage in my hand and wrist……I might be in the dreadful Cincinnati Reds organization.
 
What you can’t see is that I out-hit Rocco by about 40 points and Ianetta as well.

Bummer.  I’d be a bitter drunk if I if had been that close, too.

Another regular reader, Ross, chips in with a really good question:

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If you guys could add one player from the Colts’ past who would it be?

Well, keeping with our rule to only include Indianapolis Colts in our discussions, the easiest answer would be Marshal Faulk since he’s the single best player to play for the Colts outside of 18 and 88.  Truthfully, the guy who might have made the biggest difference to the 08 Colts would have been Tony Siragusa, Chris Hinton, or Tarik Glenn.  Hell, Jake Scott might have been enough.

He also throws in a discussion of Rugby, a sport which I find impenetrable.  It’s on TV here, and I try to understand it, and have read up on the rules, but it still doesn’t make a ton of sense.  Here’s what he says:

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The two sports i think of is rugby, (which over here in good old England, is our NFL ) developed about the same time, the American went with their downs systems, (in rugby you can’t pass it forward), and both have similar scoring systems.
 
If you score a try (touchdown) you get 5 points, but depending on where you scored, a 2 pt conversion is attempted, successful conversion equals 7 point try. Same as a TD.
 
Field goals are 3 pts in NFL. In rugby there is drop kicks, (kinda like punting, or the NFL rule of a drop kick point after conversion) and a penalty kick, (after a foul, so rugby players get penalized more for a facemask, or high tackle in rugby. It can cost then points)
 
Here is our Adam Vinatieri, this kick in enemy territory, England vs Australia in Australia. In overtime, and to top it off, this is the Superbowl, and he is kicking it on his weaker foot, and he already missed a few before in this game.  If he misses we go to a penalty shootout, (and the English in any type of shootout, seem to bottle it for some reason).
 
One of the main differences between rugby and gridiron (NFL) is that 1. rubgy games can go for hours as long as the ball (a: isn’t sent out of play, b: no team commits a foul and c: no team attempts a scoring kick.
 
And secondly rugby players play with no helmets, very little padding and they don’t stop after each tackle.

Thanks, Ross.  That clears things up a little.

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