More Training Camp Notes

Tom H is back with a MASSIVE three pracitice notebook.  This is part of our ongoing Training Camp Contest

Let me start by saying that I am not qualified to make any comments whatsoever about the Colts other than to say that I love the Colts.  I have no training whatsoever, and if I were to sit down and watch film of the Colts, I wouldn’t be able to analyze any one play or player and tell you what happened or what should have happened.  I don’t know proper blocking technique.  I don’t know what an “A Gap” is.  So, having said all that, I am going to provide my thoughts on three different Colt practice sessions over the days of August 5, 2011 and August 6, 2011.

I came to camp with several things in mind to try and watch.  I’ve been a Colts fan for 25 years, but I don’t know how any particular position is supposed to be played.  I wanted to look at the safety position and see what kind of depth we had.  The roster only listed defensive backs, so I was lost before I sat down in the bleachers.  I know of Melvin Bullitt and Antoine Bethea, after that, I didn’t know of a single safety by name.  This didn’t start off well.  Also, I wanted to review the Offensive Tackle positions.  Either they got beat, or they didn’t.  That’s about all I can say.  Defensive Line – will there be any run stuffers?  What does a run stuffer look like?  I don’t know.  Tony Siragusa?

August 5, 2011 – 9:30am (practice)

I gathered my three kids, got us all ready, and left.  9:40am.  That was pretty good.  Got to campus.  Parked for $5.  A little bit of financial hope.  Maybe I’ll come back this afternoon and pay $5 again.  Save $10 on the day.  Hmm?  Walked over to Colts City and evaluated my options:  sit down and watch the Colts, or let the kids play in the inflatables?  Did a little of both.  I took the morning session to determine the lay of the land (much bigger on a map than in real life).  I thought, “If I watch some practice and then let the kids jump around for a while, maybe we’ll do all practice in the afternoon…”  We did a little of both.  Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get to see a lot of the Colts in the morning.  These are my bullet points:

  • Practice took place in Macholtz Stadium.  I sat on the west side of the field in the bleachers.  Moved so that we wouldn’t be blocked by a light pole.
  • We did a check for the player numbers that were on our shirts:  63, 18, and 88.
  • I offered to pay my kids a dollar if they could find Peyton Manning.  Not the jersey in the stands, but the real man on the field.  They thought the offer was fantastic.  They had no idea that I was going to keep my money!
  • Philip Wheeler was in the backfield way too often.
  • Missed too much of the practice to formulate any real thoughts.  There wasn’t much to see.  Practice ended.  Very few players stayed after to practice or work on “things”.
  • There are machines that shoot out the footballs.  One throws a spiral, and the other throws the ball end-over-end.  We were watching the spiral machine.  Two tight ends were trying to catch balls while standing in different positions.  The balls were thrown at their feet.  47 (Mike McNeil) dropped too many balls.  86 (Rob Myers) had hands of glue.  Caught most of the passes, except maybe 2.  Liked the hands, but probably won’t make the team.  Between the 2 prospects, I liked 86 much better.  He could catch.
  • Checked out the rolling museum.  Gave the Peyton Manning and Dwight Freeney cut-outs some love.  Gave Peyton a high five.  Tommy cuddled with Freeney, or so it looked through the camera.
  • Kids did more inflatable activity.
  • Met Jim Caldwell and wished him well.  He signed the hats for my kids:
    • One stylish girl’s hat – fine
    • One Colts hat – fine, but a comment about my son’s #82 Ben Watson flag football camp shirt.  “Ben Watson, huh?”  Signed anyway.  (We live in Cleveland, Ohio.  I explained that we live in Cleveland, but I grew up in Anderson.)
    • One Cleveland Browns hat – more hesitation.  The 5 year old didn’t know or care.  To him, it was a hat that needed to be signed.  Jim Caldwell thought this was strange, but my 5 year old thought it was normal.  Hesitation, then signed.
    • The lady next to us was talking again.  Darn it, this is my time with the coach!  I’m the last in line.  Caldwell to the lady – “Looks like you have your hands full.”  Triplets (boys) and a daughter – 5, 5, 5, 4, whew!  Jim said that he had four kids, went through the vital stats – age, name, birth date (one happened to be born on August, 5).  “Oh, really.  Are you going to see (said child) today?”  “No…”  “Well, wish (said child) a happy birthday…”  Enter me again, “Can I get a picture of you and my kids?”  “Yes.”  Got the picture.  Eyes were open.  Success.   It’s true.  Jim Caldwell is a man of few words..
  • Called a co-worker back in Cleveland.  Told him that we met Jim Caldwell and that he is really alive.  Co-worker made some comment about Caldwell looking like a statue on the side-line and that he was very robotic – like a first generation Terminator unit.  He had to throw in that jab.  I asked for it!  After all, I called him at work on my day off.  Regardless, I assured him that Caldwell was real, was alive, and had a soul.

August 5, 2011 – 3:30pm (practice)

  • Arrived at 2:35pm. 
  • Walked around Macholtz Stadium.  There appears to be a crown on the east side of the stadium.  Climbed up the bleachers and stood at the top near the fence (back of bleachers).  We sat backwards.  I figured: if we need to turn around and view the stadium, then we’ll have some good seats.  Never happened…
  • 3:00pm – Pat McAfee came out and warmed up.  He ran up and down the practice field one time.  Made a sad attempt at stretching.  I got the impression that he doesn’t like to exercise, or move for that matter.  Pat started to kick.  A few expletives.  He was kicking 65-70 yard punts.  High and long.  Where the hell is that during the games?
  • 5 (Travis Baltz) was working next to Pat McAfee.  He didn’t have any chance of making the team, but he did his thing anyways.
  • A kid in the crowd had a big cardboard cut-out of Anthony Gonzalez (Gonzo).  He unfolded it and stood it up.  He hoisted it high.  Gonzo saw it and motioned for the kid to put it down.  Maybe he was embarrassed.  Don’t know.  The team was getting ready to start doing something.  Gonzo ran over and signed it, threw the marker, and then ran away.  People instantly yelled at the kid and asked him to put the poster down.  Mission completed.  Well done, kid!
  • Pierre Garcon and Gonzo fielded punts.
  • Donald Brown was on the kicking team during kick-off coverage.  Is Donald Brown practicing to be a body, or is this a reflection / sign of the team’s outlook on him?
  • 12 (David Galbreath) broke through coverage.
  • Jerraud Powers was fielding punts.
  • My oldest son said that Adam Viniateri hit the tennis court light during a field goal drill.  “That was funny!”
  • 94 (Drake Nevis) looked very fat.  Doesn’t move quickly…
  • Defensive Back drills:  38 (Mike Newton – my dark horse candidate from 2010 to make the team) looks good.  Caught everything thrown at him.
  • Donald Brown blocking drill – 1st try was poor.  2nd time was much better.
  • Jacob Tamme protection not great.  2nd time was much better.
  • 42 (Javarris James) just got pushed down.
  • I fear Joseph Addai doesn’t have much left in the tank.  I think he’ll help the younger guys… and he’ll be a leader for the running backs.  But, by the end of the season, someone new will take his place as the primary running back.  Hope I’m wrong.
  • Good to see Dallas Clark back and catching the ball.
  • Family moment:  I told my daughter that I used to ride my bike over and watch the Colts practice.  I pointed to the place where I used to sit.  It was near the northeast corner of the tennis courts.  There were two white tents there today.  I don’t know if my daughter thought anything at all of this, but I’d like to think she did.  These are my musings on my sharing this information with my daughter:  Was she surprised that I would have ridden my bike over to see the Colts?  Was she surprised that I never came in?  Why would someone sit by the fence when they could come inside?  Was she surprised that I loved the Colts enough to sit outside the fence and watch?  Was she surprised that I wasn’t with my parents?  After all, she always is.  Finally, was she surprised that I was old enough to ride my bike (by myself) so far from home?  In reality, she probably thought none of these thoughts.  But, I can pretend.  Back to practice…
  • Dallas Clark and 72 (Jeff Linkenbach) on left side.  Good blocking at left tackle position.  Joseph Addai around left end for a big gain.
  • Donald Brown hit in backfield by Philip Wheeler (my lone meaningful football-related recollection from the morning session).
  • 74 (Anthony Castonzo) – decent blocking.
  • Anthony Castonzo (tackle) and Jacques McClendon (guard) were on the left side.
  • Decent players in the secondary – need to stay healthy.
  • If play with a lead, defense should be okay.
  • Short yardage drills:
    • 2nd down:  I formation 32 (Darren Evans) behind Mike McNeil (bad hands guy from the morning session) – Darren Evans ran into Mike McNeil.  Lost 4 yards on play.
    • 3rd down – I formation – Darren Evans to right side – gain of 2 yards.
    • 4th down – single back – Darren Evans for 2 yard gain.
    • 2nd down – I formation 34 (Delone Carter) behind Javarris James – gain of 2.
    • 3rd down and goal at 2-yard line – pass to Dallas Clark, right side, no gain.
    • 4th down and goal at 2-yard line – TD run by Delone Carter – fought through pile of men and squeezed in low.  Probably wouldn’t be a TD in a real game, but we’ll let him have it!
  • Jacob Tamme, Jeff Linkenbach, Joe Reitz – pass to left side to Joseph Addai for 9 yards.  Mike Newton in on D – 2nd down and 1 to go
  • Joseph Addai for 1st down
  • 94 (Drake Nevis) looks very fat.  Legs are like tree trunks.  Look at those stretched pants.
  • Ball at 2-yard line:  45 (Devin Moore) great run to right.  Fili Moala had penetration – Devin Moore slipped right under and past him to right.
  • Anthony Castonzo is getting better, but he is going against scrubs.
  • Want to see Anthony Castonzo versus Dwight Freeney!
  • Ben Ijalana in at right tackle with Dallas Clark at 40-yard line:  Ben Ijalana slowed down Robert Mathis.  QB got pass off safely.
  • Dwight Freeney versus Jeff Linkenbach:  Jeff Linkenbach did okay.  28 (Chad Spann) to the 28 before getting hit.
  • 3 (Chris Rucker) nice kick-off return
  • David Galbreath nice kick-off return
  • Devin Moore to 25 yard line before getting hit
  • Daddy, when is this going to be over?
  • Moments pass…
  • Daddy, when is this going to be over?
  • Eric Foster schooled 73 (Jaimie Thomas).
  • Fili Moala around Joe Reitz – Joe Reitz recovered and protected QB’s back
  • Anthony Castonzo versus Jerry Hughes – Jerry Hughes went low, Anthony Castonzo stood him up and stopped his drive.  Yes!
  • 96 (Tommie Harris) around Jaimie Thomas on right
  • Ben Ijalana versus 62 (Casey Bender) – Ben Ijalana kept him upright.  Casey Bender spun, Ben Ijalana waited, was there to stop Casey Bender.  That’s what we want!
  • Jeff Linkenbach versus 97 (John Chick) – false start – John Chick still won.
  • Ben Ijalana versus Casey Bender – upright – got good penetration.
  • Jeff Linkenbach versus John Chick – spin to inside and go – running back would have been down.
  • Family moment:  my daughter is a bag of bones on the bleachers behind me.  Mostly comatose.  My boys are playing near the fence at the bottom of the bleachers.  My oldest turned a Community Hospital fan into an airplane and was throwing it at the youngest child.
  • We left at 5:30pm.  Practice was still in session.  Reggie Wayne made a great catch as I walked away.  My kids were toast.  They could barely walk out of boredom.  They perked up when they realized that Colts City was still open.
  • Strangest moment (a.k.a. best dressed fan):
    • Jeff Saturday fan: wore home-made hat made of 2” thick Styrofoam block.  About 24” high, with horseshoe on top, a cut-out of Jeff Saturday in the middle of the horseshoe, and “INDY” and “COLTS” on bottom part of hat (the part that wrapped around the sides of his head).  The hat was held in place with lots of friction and a tie-string.  He made a custom sign out of the same material as well.  He wore a 63 jersey and had a bullhorn strapped to his pants.
    • Wanted to get a picture, but didn’t want to be too obvious.  Missed the photo op, but the image is burned onto my retinas.
  • All of this for $12.  Not bad!  Not bad at all!

August 6, 2011 – 10:30am (scrimmage)

  • I sat at the 50 yard line, on the west side of the stadium, in the last row.  I leaned back onto the front of the announcer’s booth.
  • The players wore shorts and shoulder pads.
  • Pat McAfee kicked a 60-yard field goal during warm-ups.  No problem.
  • Bob Lamey waddled up the stairs.  Near the top, someone uttered, “There goes the best announcer in football.”  Bob said “Thank you” and continued on.
  • More blue (defense) on the field than white (offense).  Is this normal?
  • How many players on the field already know they aren’t making the team?  Do they realize that this may be the last football they ever play?
  • Several formations were practiced (against air):
    • Kick-off
    • Offense
    • Punting unit (against 55 (Ernie Sims), Gary Brackett, Pat Angerer, Jerraud Powers, and Melvin Bullitt)
    • 1st Defense (added Jacob Lacey and Antoine Bethea)
    • 2nd Defense (added Justin Tryon)
  • 11:00am – quick position drills with 11 players
  • Anthony Castonzo, 76 (Joe Reitz), Jamey Richard, Jaimie Thomas, 79 (Ben Ijalana) with Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, and Taj Smith.  Joseph Addai in the backfield.
  • Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme in as Tight Ends with Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon.  That may be a powerful group of receivers in days to come.  My concern with this unit is the blocking.  Can Jacob Tamme and Dallas Clark provide adequate blocking to help protect Peyton Manning?  We can live with Dallas Clark, we’ve done that for years.  Jacob Tamme didn’t block particularly well in drills on August 5, 2011.  Hmm?  My neighbor in the stands suggested that those players may work well together during 2-minute drills.
  • Delone Carter working on special teams.  He caught an onside kick.
  • 11:23am – National Anthem.
  • Peyton Manning came out to an ovation right after the National Anthem.  The players on the field turned to see why the crowd was going crazy.  The players were disgraced.  They were working hard and didn’t get any love.  Why should Peyton Manning?  He wasn’t working.
  • Quarter 1, 8:00 left on the clock, score: 14 to 14.
  • Dallas Clark, Jeff Linkenbach, Joe Reitz, Jamey Richard, Jaimie Thomas, Ryan Diem, Jacob Tamme with Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Curtis Painter and Joseph Addai in the backfield.
  • Passing team efficient against 2nd teamers.
  • Running game: 1 yard for Addai, 2 yards for 31.  (some things don’t change)
  • Pierre Garcon dropped a touchdown pass in the right side of the end zone.  (some things don’t change)
  • Field goal formation.  Pat McAfee to kick, Jacob Tamme to hold.
  • Field Goal was good.  Defense 14 and Offense 17.
  • The offense already matched their point total of last year (3 points).
  • Special Teams wearing red helmet condoms for receiving team.
  • Devin Moore received ball at the 1-yard line, to the 22 before contact.  Ball placed at the 24-yard line.
  • Anthony Castonzo at left tackle.  Ben Ijalana at right tackle.  Kyle DeVan, Jacques McClendon, and 64 (Ollie Ogbu) filling out the line.
  • Devin Moore – loss of 3 yards.  Defense in backfield.  Just like Friday morning.
  • Anthony Castonzo versus Robert Mathis – good protection.  My neighbor was impressed.  I think he’s from (dare I say?) Coltzilla.com.
  • Ben Ijalana – Devin Moore next run to right – Devin Moore had a very good burst of speed – good run, good block.  Dark horse candidate for 2011?
  • Quarter 1 ends
  • Quarter 2 – 2nd and 4
  • Anthony Castonzo versus Jerry Hughes and Ben Ijalana versus 90 (Jamaal Anderson) – good protection – QB had time to do whatever he wanted.  We need more of that.  Peyton Manning could carve up any defense with protection like that!
  • Chad Spann slipped and lost 1 yard.  Would have been a loss anyway, as defense was waiting for him.
  • Jerraud Powers laid out Devin Moore, but Devin Moore made the catch anyway.  3rd and 5.  Dark horse!
  • Interception to house – Melvin Bullitt for an 80- to 90-yard touchdown return.
  • Ernie Sims deflected the pass.
  • Defense 21, Offense 17.
  • Chad Spann deep for kick-off.  Offsides on 80 (Tyson DeVree).
  • Jeff Linkenbach in at left tackle.
  • Austin Collie nice catch over the middle for 7 yards.  He’s looking good.
  • Defense forced a punt.  D = 22.  O = 17.
  • 2-minute warning.
  • 35 (Joe Lefeged) returned the kick for 16 yards.
  • Robert Mathis versus Anthony Castonzo.  Delone Carter in the backfield.  Pass to Jacob Tamme for 6 yards.  Nice protection.
  • Anthony Castonzo versus Robert Mathis.  Good protection.  Tommie Harris knocked down a pass.  The crowd cheered.  That’s the first positive contribution I remember seeing Tommie Harris make.
  • Jerry Hughes, Eric Foster, Tommie Harris, Robert Mathis.  Eric Foster got the sack, but Robert Mathis was present in the backfield as well.
  • 1:24 left – time out.
  • Defense forced a punt.  D = 23.  O = 17.
  • David Galbreath tackled by Mike Newton at the 28 yard line.  There’s Mike Newton (the 2010 dark horse)!
  • Anthony Castonzo, Joe Reitz, Jamey Richard, Jaimie Thomas, Ben Ijalana on O-line.
  • Delone Carter catch for 12 yards.
  • Hurry up offense in action after completed pass.
  • Austin Collie made a nice catch on the sideline.
  • Javarris James in at running back, but Austin Collie made a catch for 20-yard gain.
  • Austin Collie is looking good, but he has slipped between two defenders several times.  He keeps catching the ball, but I’m concerned that he would become a concussed sandwich during a real game.  Cross those fingers and hold thy breath.
  • 27.3 seconds left in the half
  • Austin Collie on left side with Jacob Tamme and Anthony Castonzo.
  • Austin Collie for a gain of 6 yards.
  • Reggie Wayne for a gain of 10 yards.
  • Time out at 4.8 seconds.
  • Field goal attempt.  Pat McAfee as kicker and Jacob Tamme as holder.
  • 28 yard kick is good.  D = 23.  O = 20.
  • Halftime.
  • Look, the offense doubled their score from last year!
  • Quarter 3, 8:00 on clock.
  • Donald Brown lined up on the 20-yard line for the receiving team.  There he is again.  What does this mean?
  • Devin Moore received the ball at the 1-yard line and returned it to the 20.  I like this kid.
  • Anthony Castonzo, Jacques McClendon, Ollie Ogbu, Kyle DeVan, 75 (Michael Toudouze) on O-line.  Darren Evans is the running back.
  • Fili Moala went right around the left end and met the QB in the backfield.  Incomplete pass.
  • Darren Evans for gain of 3 up middle.
  • Robert Mathis versus Anthony Castonzo.  Robert Mathis got past Anthony Castonzo, but Anthony Castonzo recovered and kept Robert Mathis off of QB’s back.
  • Defense forced a punt.
  • D = 24.  O = 20.
  • Pat McAfee to punt to David Galbreath.  David Galbreath – 13 yard return.  Beautiful kick!
  • Ben Ijalana versus Casey Bender.  Delone Carter made a spin move behind Ben Ijalana for a 4-yard gain.  Ben Ijalana didn’t make enough contact with Casey Bender.  The spin move saved a loss of yardage.
  • Couple of plays later, a false start.  I commented to my neighbor (Coltzilla guy?) that, “Hey, at least it wasn’t Ryan Diem!”  I thought it was darned funny, but he didn’t seem to think it was.  He acted offended.  Sorry, Coltzilla guy!
  • I still think it’s funny! 
  • Ben Ijalana versus Casey Bender.  Pierre Garcon caught a pass for a 1st down.  Where was that in the end zone earlier?
  • Jeff Linkenbach and Ben Ijalana as bookends on O-line.
  • Delone Carter up the middle for 4 yards.  Good push by O-line.  We need more of that!
  • Delone Carter catch on right side for no gain.  Diving catch.  Great hands!  Nice start.
  • Anthony Gonzalez, Pierre Garcon, and Austin Collie with Delone Carter.  Austin Collie – tipped pass.  Defense couldn’t catch the ball.  Lady luck.  We could use that all season.
  • Punt.  D = 25.  O = 20.
  • Joe Lefeged to return.  Caught ball at 16.
  • Punt.  D = 26.  O = 20.
  • David Galbreath – from 24 to 40 for 16-yard gain.  We could get used to this starting field position…
  • Devin Moore ran for miles and miles, but was called down after an 8-yard gain.  Could get used to that as well.  I get the feeling that we might want to keep an extra running back on the active roster this year.  Devin Moore might be a nice addition.  He has some good plays in him for 2011, and I’d like those plays to be for the Colts.
  • Pierre Garcon to 28-yard line for 1st down
  • Javarris James for 7-yard gain on right side
  • End of quarter
  • Quarter 4 – 4:00 minutes remain. D = 26.  O = 20.  Hurry up in effect for quarter.
  • Defense in backfield again.  Incomplete pass was ruled on field.  Should have been ruled a sack.
  • Anthony Castonzo – nice protection.  Curtis Painter to Austin Collie for 1st down at 15-yard line.
  • Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana are bookends on O-line.  Javarris James for no gain.  2nd down.
  • Jerraud Powers versus Anthony Gonzalez.  Jerraud Powers should have had an interception.  3rd & 10.
  • Tyson DeVree had the ball, was hit, and dropped it.
  • Time out.  2:43.
  • The practice fields are being tended to.  No usage on Sunday, so getting them ready for Monday.  Steam roller and other implements of destruction.
  • Offense went for it on 4th down.  Incomplete pass in right corner of end zone.  Only the defense was close.  Defense gets point.
  • D = 27.  O = 20.  Poised for overtime of O gets a TD?
  • 1:10 remaining on the clock.
  • False start on Offense.  1st and 15.  No Ryan Diem.  J
  • Hurry up after catch.  Go!
  • Darren Evans – off tips of fingers – pass incomplete.  Stopped the clock.
  • Taj Smith to the 43.  43 to go. 1st and 10
  • 13 (Kole Heckendorf) made a catch on knees to 34.  2nd and 1.
  • Spiked ball.  3rd and 1.
  • Pass to left side broken up by Justin Tryon.
  • 11.8 seconds left.  Tension mounting.  4th and 1.
  • Darren Evans catch and out of bounds at 25.  1st down.  Almost stayed in bounds but was smart and ran out of bounds!  Good to see that he was aware of the situation and time left on the clock.
  • 5.4 seconds left on the clock.
  • Time out.
  • Looks to be a good ending.
  • Pass to back of end zone.  Looking good.
  • Kole Heckendorf had the ball by the goal post, came down on his back, and the ball popped out.  A collective “ahh” went through the stadium.  Kole Heckendorf didn’t get up.  Probably got the wind knocked out of him.
  • The scrimmage ended a little after 12:30pm.
  • Final score:  D = 27.  O = 20.
  • The whole team huddled up save Kole Heckendorf.
  • I spotted Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday in the crowd.
  • Blair White came out and caught some passes.  He signed some autographs.
  • 6 (Dan Orlovsky) worked on routes with David Galbreath.  Dan Orlovsky should get a job somewhere.  Nice tight spiral.  Just don’t think it will be in Indy.
  • Peyton Manning signed some autographs for kids that were on the field.
  • Jeff Linkenbach, Anthony Castonzo, and Chad Spann stayed to sign autographs at the perimeter of the stadium.
  • 78 (Mike Pollak) stayed out and worked on his technique.  He was trying to get out of his stance quickly.
  • Dallas Clark ran past the crowd, carrying his pads.  No autographs today.
  • Dan Orlovsky went over and signed autographs for a while.
  • The crowd went crazy when Peyton Manning crossed over to the south side of the stadium to sign autographs.  You would think the Beatles were in the stadium.  People were extremely excited to get his name on a piece of paper.  A woman was talking to her baby, telling her that the baby now had Peyton’s autograph.  The baby was unimpressed – not too emotional about it, really.  Mom was.  Good for her for being excited.  I’d rather sit down and talk with Peyton Manning than get his autograph.  That’s just me…

Parting comments on the scrimmage:

  • It seemed that the offensive line had a bad play (mental breakdown) after each break (end of quarter / half).  The next play saw improvement.  Maybe this has to do with formations or people being out there that won’t be out there during a regular season game.  Either way, mental breakdowns can and should be avoided.
  • Had Peyton Manning been out there and had this been a real game, there would have been plenty of chances for him to get destroyed.
  • Regardless, I feel – by the end of the season – that this offensive line will be better than last year’s line.
  • Ben Ijalana probably won’t see much time at right tackle, but I was glad to see him get a lot of time today at that position.
  • If the running game was so poor last year, why didn’t the Colts work on the running game more during practices?  Is this something they would rather do in the secrecy of Indianapolis?  The Colts like secrecy.  Or, is it not that big of a concern knowing that Peyton Manning is going to throw lots and lots?

I lived in Anderson, Indiana for 25 years of my life.  I didn’t see a single person that I knew.  Not even a person that looked remotely familiar to me.  Where are they?  No one from my high school.  No one from church.  I realize that Anderson is a decent-sized city, but where are they?  Delco Remo used to be here.  Guide Lamp used to be here.  They left and took jobs with them.  Did they take the people with them?  Some, yes, but not all of them.  Where was everyone else?  It would be a shame if the people were still in Anderson and simply didn’t visit Colts camp.  It really would.  You couldn’t keep me away now… and I live 300+ miles away.

My parents have lived in Anderson for over 50 years.  My dad, all of his life.  Never went – not once.  My mom used to go to Indy and sell food in concession stands in the old Hoosier Dome.  She did this with a group from church as a fund-raiser.  That’s over 40 miles and she went.  Yet, camp is 3 miles away and they’ve never been.  Forgive me.  I live 300 miles away and I want to be there all 18 days.  I can’t be there, but I want to be there.  How could someone live in the same city and not go?  I think that’s criminal… a shame really.  If you read this and never have gone and have the opportunity and the ability to go, then DO IT!  No excuses… just do it!  It’s a good show.  There’s something for everyone.  DO IT!

I’m not yelling at anyone.  I just wish people would take advantage of the opportunity to see their team.  It’s a treasure that’s hidden in plain sight.

I’m a die-hard fan, so this was great for me.  I spent $19 over three different visits and had a fantastic time.  Though my kids were bored at the end of the first day, they still had a great time.  $19 and 18 miles worth of gasoline – that’s all it cost me.  (I paid $20 just to park near Lucas Oil Stadium last season.)  It wasn’t expensive and it was fun as could be.  What could be better than that?  Like I said, I’m not yelling at anyone.  I just wish people would get out and go.

Good luck, Indianapolis Colts.  If I don’t see you at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2011, then I hope to see you again in Anderson, Indiana at Colts Training Camp in 2012.

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