I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
The Colts lead the Broncos 26-14 at half right now. Also, the Lions lost on a GW field goal. The Patriots lost on a GW field goal after a very controversial call, so much so the NFL changed its rulebook.
The Colts are set to announce that they are releasing Peyton Manning tomorrow. It's an end of an era, and sad to see—despite the fact that I am not a Colts fan. That being said, I think it's probably the right move for the Colts in the long run.
As for where Peyton lands, I'm not sure, but ESPN has predictions. My guess is Miami (sadly, I hate to see Henne get ousted, even though he has struggled there), but we'll see.
ESPN is reporting that for the second time since the firing of Jim Caldwell, the owner of the Colts has spoke to Jim Tressel about their head coaching vacancy.
I'm not sure how I feel about it. I care about the NFL very little outside of the Lions and fantasy football, but maybe if Tressel stupidly gets this job, it may make me interested again (at least in the fact that I'll have a team to root against).
Any thoughts from big NFL fans here, or even better, any (possibly soon to be ex-) Colts fans?
I just wanted to scream it from the rooftops of the internet - Mike Hart scored his first TD in the NFL!!! I have been patiently waiting for him to recover and contribute to an NFL team, and he did a great job yesterday. Don't be surprised to see him scoring a TD in the Super Bowl this year.
Waaaah, waaah, waaah. Everybody is whining about the colts losing the perfect season. And every idiot with a keyboard (yes, me included) is going to make some silly argument about how they should, or shouldn't do that. But what I really hate about the crappy sports writing going on right now, is that that most of these jar heads have no idea how to conduct analysis.
Take this guy for example:
without boring you with the details, he tries to argue that the colts shouldn't have rested their starters and lost to the jets. But in support of this, he only offers two other data points, the two times that teams have finished the regular season undefeated. One worked, one didn't, and together they add absolutely nothing to his argument whatsoever.
And then he tries to argue that they might be helping inferior teams like the jets make the playfuls, while more 'deserving' teams get shut out. Well duuuuh!! That's even more incentive for teams that have clinched everything they can to rest their starters. I'm sure the colts would much rather see the jets in the playoffs than the defending champion steelers. In fact, there is a strategic incentive for all the top seeds to act in collusion to get the weaker borderline teams in.
But whatever, I'd just wish if someone was going to make a historical argument, that they would look at a more meaningful data set. Take every team in the last 40 years that has clinched and rested starters and chart their playoff success. Now that would be meaningful and interesting.
But that would take more time than I have, and I don't even have a deadline to write by. So I'm not gonna hold my breath for anyone else to do it. but it would be nice if someone did.
Here is a clip of one of Hart's runs yesterday. I have few others, specifically the one with his 3 consecutive carries that I'll put up tomorrow. I need some rest, I stayed up learning how to get these into the correct format...By the way, these are in HD!
*edit: new link, password protected now.