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More at Los Angeles Times: “Tony Dungy reportedly will announce today that he is stepping down as coach of the Indianapolis Colts. The team has called a news conference for 2 p.m. PST. Various media outlets, citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation, say Dungy is ready to call it quits after nearly three decades of NFL and college coaching. He has long indicated an interest in stepping away from the game at some point, in part to devote more time to his Christian ministry.” Share this:StumbleUponLinkedInRedditTumblrPocketDiggTwitterFacebookGooglePinterestEmailPrint...

Marvin Harrison out for game: “NDIANAPOLIS — Colts receiver Marvin Harrison did not travel to Jacksonville on Wednesday and will miss Thursday night’s game against the Jaguars.” Share this:StumbleUponLinkedInRedditTumblrPocketDiggTwitterFacebookGooglePinterestEmailPrint...

NFL Game Center: Game Recap – Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts – 2008 14: “INDIANAPOLIS — Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden had a perfect read on the Cincinnati Bengals. Peyton Manning apparently was doing his homework, too. Manning threw for three scores Sunday and Hayden returned an interception for a touchdown, leading the Colts to their most lopsided win of the season, 35-3.” Share this:StumbleUponLinkedInRedditTumblrPocketDiggTwitterFacebookGooglePinterestEmailPrint...

Considering the injuries, it’s amazing the Colts have done so well. Indianapolis without five starters against RaidersAssociated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts will sit five starters for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, with injuries to defensive end Robert Mathis leaving the team without any of the first-string defensive linemen it had to start training camp. The Colts decided Saturday that Mathis and safety Antoine Bethea would not play against the Raiders, Indianapolis spokesman Craig Kelley...

Nick Harper Leaves Champs for Titans See my comments belowBy Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nick Harper is going from the Super Bowl champion Colts to a division rival, the Tennessee Titans. The free-agent cornerback agreed to a three-year deal with the Titans on Tuesday, agent Ian Greengross said. “Nick was impressed with what he saw when the Colts played the Titans,” Greengross said. “They played the Colts close the first time and beat the Colts the second time. He likes where they are heading.” The...

Dwight Freeney Is Colts Franchise Player for 2007 – Indy Star – Mike Chappell As expected, the Colts have made certain defensive end Dwight Freeney’s career will continue in Indianapolis. The team has affixed the exclusive “franchise’’ designation to their career sack leader. That assures Freeney a one-year contract in 2007 of at least $8.644 million, and eliminates the possibility of him testing his value of the NFL’s veteran free-agent market in March. Team president Bill Polian says he will now try to work on...

About a week ago, San Diego Chargers running back LaDanian Tomlinson was seen stating that the Patriots were less than a class organization and suggesting that their character — making fun of the Chargers’ Sean Marriman’s dance after the Patriots won — came from their head coach Bill Belichick. Now, here’s video evidence that he may have a point. While Coach Belichick was gracious in his congratulations of Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy, he totally and openly snubbed Peyton Manning and it’s captured...

Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Perloff calls the 2007 AFC Championship Game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, was one of the greatest in history. I have to agree. In this article below, he asks for a nickname for the game. That’s hard because unlike “The Drive” — Denver v. Cleveland — or “The Catch” — SF v. Dallas in 1981 — there were so many moments and plays it’s hard to pick just one defining moment. In the sprit of “The Thrilla In Manilla”...

Lovie Smith taking on Tony Dungy marks only the second time in the four major sports that the championship has both teams led by a black head coach/manager. In 1975, Al Attles’ Warriors defeated KC Jones’ Bullets in the NBA Finals. Here’s the list of black coaches in championships: NBAYear Coach Result2006 Avery Johnson, Mavs Lost 4-22003 Byron Scott, Nets Lost 4-22002 Byron Scott, Nets Lost 4-01986 KC Jones, Celtics Won 4-21985 KC Jones, Celtics Lost 4-21984 KC Jones, Celtics Won 4-31979 Lenny Wilkens, Sonics...

THE MAGIC TURNAROUND – INDY STAR, January 21, 2007 After struggling in the beginning of the game as his team fell behind 21-3, Peyton Manning found his rhythm at the end of the first half and led the Colts to scores on six of their final eight drives (not counting the final kneel-down). The shortest of the six drives was 59 yards, and four of them ended in touchdowns. Here’s a look:Colts’ final eight drivesStart at Indy 12: 15 plays, 80 yards, 2:59 elapsed, field goal. Manning is 7-of-12 for 82 yards, most on underneath...

My good friend Mike Silver over at Sports Illustrated has observed that the New England Patriots focus and preparation is better than most teams. That the New England Patriots are a well-coached team and that they do this is is true but not well defined and doesn’t adress why they lost to the Indianapolis Colts in one of the best games in NFL History. But few have deconstructed their game planning pattern and apparent philosphy which in my view led to their loss. I did that while watching the AFC Championship Game and came away...

FOR USE AS DESIREDNFL-PER-20B 1/19/07CHAMPIONSHIP GAME INJURY REPORT – FRIDAYNew England Patriots Probable Tom Brady (Right S houlder)NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT CHICAGO BEARSNew Orleans SaintsQUESTIONABLE WR Joe Horn (Groin); S Omar Stoutmire (Hip)PROBABLE TE Mark Campbell (Knee)Listed players who did not participate in ”team” practice:(Defined as missing any portion of 11-on-11 team work)WED Joe Horn; Mark CampbellTHURS Joe HornFRI Joe HornChicago BearsQUESTIONABLE WR Mark Bradley (Ankle)Listed players who did not participate...

I hope this happens, as it would pave the way for major changes in society and for the better. Kids need to see this. They need to know they have a chance. Other kids, not Black, need to see that Blacks can lead on a national stage. Dungy, Smith have chance to be first black coaches in Super BowlDAVE GOLDBERGAssociated Press INDIANAPOLIS – Two weeks ago, Lovie Smith made the three-hour trip from Chicago to watch Tony Dungy’s Colts take on Herman Edwards’ Chiefs in a first-round NFL playoff game. The night before,...

BOB SANDERS – SafetyIndianapolis ColtsQ&A – January 17, 2007Q. Bob, what’s been the difference with the defense in these last couple of games, especially against the run?BOB SANDERS: I think it’s attitude, everyone being passionate about it, wanting to go out and win and wanting to be the team where we don’t have to really rely on our offense. And I think everyone has done a great job. We know what type ofdefense we are. We know we can play well. It’s just when it was going to be the we’ll step it up...

FOR USE AS DESIREDNFL-POST-3 1/16/07FINAL STEP TO SOUTH FLORIDA! SAINTS CONFRONT BEARS,PATRIOTS TAKE ON COLTS IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES “Two wins away from having a ring on my finger for the rest of my life.”That’s what quarterback REX GROSSMAN exulted after leading the Chicago Bears to victory last Sunday. And that’swhere every player on the four teams competing this weekend in the AFC and NFC Championship Games find themselves –one win away from Super Bowl XLI in South Florida on February 4 and another victory away from wearing...

What is a classic battle is well-recounted in this Indy Star article. Familiar foe, in the domePatriots meet Colts for crown in AFC By Mike [email protected] Brace yourself, Indy, for the most important football event that’s ever visited the Circle City. One step away from their first Super Bowl appearance in more than three decades, the Colts will attempt to take that monumental step against nemesis New England on Sunday evening in the RCA Dome. The No. 4-seeded Patriots earned their spot in the AFC Championship...