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Right in the Ding Ding

Posted: August 16, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

 

The Wasting Away of Andrew Luck

Posted: August 15, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump / @Hoosier_Hoops

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If I told you that Andrew Luck, sooner rather than later, is going to be taking snaps for the Indianapolis Colts for his 6th NFL season – does that catch you off guard, even if it’s just for a brief moment? Did you let out a small gasp?  Is it as amazing to you, as it is to me – that this franchise is hell-bent on ruining a prodigious football talent by stumbling and bumbling around with incompetent General Managers and coaches with more bark than bite?

Six years?  Already?

It leaves me flabbergasted.

It makes me angry.

Perhaps no franchise in the history of the National Football League “lucked” (so awful – sorry) into back to back QB talents like the Indianapolis Colts did with Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Green Bay comes to mind but even then, Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench for several years before taking over the Pack.  This was a clean break in Indy.  Peyton was unceremoniously released and Luck was drafted a few months later.  I won’t waste your time with the details because if you’re a fan of the Colts, you know them all too well.

Colts’ Owner Jim Irsay hired rookie GM Ryan Grigson and Indianapolis enjoyed some initial success. No question.  Grigson had a good first draft, nabbing Luck, TY Hilton and others – and hopes were, fair or not, sky high.  But soon after, Grigson fell as flat on his face as someone could fall – turning a once-proud NFL franchise into a run-of-the-mill, mediocre, 8-8 has-been.  The atrocious AFC South, a division the Colts had owned since its inception – became unconquerable.  Absolutely crazy.

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has never had a good offensive line. It’s the truth.

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has never had a great running back. That’s true, too.

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has never had a good defense. Care to argue?

Andrew Luck has played five NFL seasons and has one good coach – his rookie season: Bruce Arians.

By all accounts, Chuck Pagano is a damn good man. He’s an exceptionally good fit for the Indianapolis community and after his bout with cancer – a great champion to those, especially children, who battle the disease.  He would be the kind of neighbor you’d pay to have live next door.  The kind of guy that if you saw hanging out in his garage, would walk over and offer him a beer so you could shoot the breeze.

But he’s a terrible football coach.  God awful.

If you need me to back those statements up with fact, quit reading this column and move on to the next.  Seriously, we’re done here.  If you can’t see it, then you just don’t know and that’s okay but you need to be reading something else.

If you need a coach that can come up with a sensational cliché, then Chuck is your guy. If you need a man to be tough, to hold his players accountable, to demand smart play – he’s not the one.  He just isn’t.  He never will be, either.

Make no mistake about it – this is Chuck’s last stand. The only way he’s back next season is if the Colts make it to the AFC Championship game.  That’s it.  New Colts’ GM Chris Ballard will most certainly hire “his guy” at the first available opportunity and believe you me, Chuck Pagano is not him.

As a matter of fact, if the Colts start out 0-2 or even 1-2, with or without Andrew Luck, I could see Ballard lopping off Chuck’s head and going another direction. We’ll see.

Again, Jim Irsay hasn’t done Andrew Luck any favors whatsoever. We are smack dab in the absolute middle of Luck’s prime years and the Vegas books have the Colts over/under win total pegged at 8.  Seriously?  8 wins?  Again?  Sure, there’s real uncertainty over Andrew’s surgically repaired shoulder labarum but this is the state of this franchise.  This is the deal.  This is the reality of it all.  This is the culmination of Irsay making terrible decision after terrible decision.  This is a team that’s not even predicted to win its own division.  Hell, it’s not even predicted to finish second in the AFC South!

This is Indianapolis not protecting their franchise quarterback so he tries to make plays that almost rupture his liver and end a season.

This is Indianapolis not protecting their franchise quarterback and allowing his shoulder to be practically torn apart, attempting to play through the pain.

Andrew Luck is getting ready to start his 6th NFL season and he’s further away from a championship now, then he was when he was a rookie.

That’s frightening.

That’s unacceptable.

Tick-tock, Indianapolis.  Andrew Luck is already entering his prime and you should be concerned that the first five years were essentially wasted.

Don’t blink.

When I set my blaster to stun I usually don’t aim at media members and one I tend to like and follow like Rob Dauster, @RobDauster, but I saw something recently that I just couldn’t ignore.

Rob Dauster wrote a story on NBCSports.com that discussed something the NCAA will be changing next spring during March Madness.

Click the link above to read the entire story but here is the gist.

Dennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com

The NCAA is adopting a practice that is used in an annual summer basketball tournament, The Basketball Tournament.  What they do is have a player from the winning team go up to an oversized bracket that would make the All Valley Karate Championship proud and move their team name along the bracket path.

Most would say this seems fun and harmless and Rob Dauster agreed with you and wrote the following.

I love this idea so much.

Great photo ops. Fun moments for fans. Shareable, viral content for social media. A chance for the teams to celebrate specific players, coaches or members of the program.

There is no downside.

and to that all I have to say is…

I am so sick and tired of the NCAA, NFL, helicopter parents everywhere and any other group that want to organize our fun and tell us how athletes should and shouldn’t celebrate.  Our society is attempting, and being successful, at sucking all the fun out of the world of sports I grew up loving.  The NFL is the worst at doing this and because of it I watch less and less Sunday football every year.  Super Bowl celebrations used to take place in the locker room out of public eye where men could laugh, yell, cry, curse and celebrate like no one was watching.  There were no rules or script for when things were taking place, just celebration.  Well, not any more.  Now you can’t get the trophy until some washed up player walks the trophy out,  now stay back and don’t touch it, Ok you can touch it but you better not grab it.  Well you can have it now but up here on this platform so everyone can see how great we are.  Straight unbridled bullshit! That’s what that is.

And now the NCAA is wanting to do it too and if you ask me they have already done enough to kill the fun out of the post game celebration.  Take a look at these photos of the past.

You know what I see?  I see impromptu raw emotion and pure joy.  You know what I don’t see?  A fucking ladder.

So yes, Rob Dauster, I do see a downside.  I see the NCAA taking something that should be spontaneous exuberance and mapping it out for their benefit.  Just so you can have, as you put it…Great photo ops. Fun moments for fans. Shareable, viral content for social media. 

Ridiculous if you ask me.  You can keep your Facebook likes and canned fun moments.  I want more players on backboards.

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BDS goes to the 2017 Indy Golden Tee Open

Posted: August 7, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

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So somehow I talked the wife and two friends of ours to head to Broad Ripple last Saturday evening for date night at a Golden Tee tournament.  We met up with BDS contributor and Golden Tee legend, Chad Schrump to check things out and see what it was all about.

We were able to somehow record a podcast before it got too dark signaling the time everyone over the age of 35 should be out of Broad Ripple.  No really, when we were paying our tab I joked with our waitress it was time for us old folk to leave and she just nodded her head in agreement.

Click the link below to subscribe and listen to BDS Episode 4 – Indy Golden Tee Open from the Old Pros Table.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/backdoor-slider/id655909598?mt=2

Special thank you to Old Pros Table, Kevin Lindsay and the team from Incredible Technologies and 2-time World Golden Tee Champion Graig Kinzler for being such great hosts and coming onto the podcast.

Any Given Sunday vs Invincible

Posted: August 5, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized