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Raise your hand if you thought the Indianapolis Colts would be competing for a playoff berth in 2012.
One year after finishing 2-14, the Colts now sit at 8-4 with a real shot at making the postseason. For a team with a rookie quarterback dealing with the emotional toll of having their head coach battle Leukemia, that would be quite the accomplishment. The Colts play five games in December, but only two will be in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium. Here’s a look at the two matchups:
Tennesse Titans (December 9)-The last time these teams squared off, the game went into overtime where Andrew Luck hit Vick Ballard to give the Colts a 19-13 win. Beating the Titans is nothing new for the Colts. The Colts have won 7 of the last 8 games against the Titans.
Houston Texans (December 30)- The Colts conclude the regular season with a home game against division rival Houston. The Texans have been an elite team this year and have their sights set on reaching their first Super Bowl. In a bit of a scheduling quirk, the Colts and Texans will play each other twice in three weeks. If the Colts want to start printing playoff tickets, they will probably have to win at least one of those matchups.
Which game are you looking forward to most this December?
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I am stoked. While most people have already shifted their focus to Christmas, I have my eye squarely focused on Turkey Day. Is it because I love spending the day with my family reminiscing about the past and thinking about what I’m most thankful for? Of course not. I love Thanksgiving because I get to spend an entire day eating obscene amounts of food while watching football.
Football on Thanksgiving is one those beautiful traditions I didn’t appreciate until I was older. As a kid, I took the games for granted. They were always there. It wasn’t until I grew up and occasionally had to spend the holidays with people who didn’t watch football, that I truly missed it. There are few things in life more depressing than eating turkey while Lifetime movies play in the background.
Professional football games go as far back as 1920. Before that colleges and high schools played on this day. The Detroit Lions have been a Thanksgiving fixture since the 1930’s. This year, the Lions square off against the Houston Texans. Although I’m not a Lions fan, I always root for Detroit on Thanksgiving, if for no other reason than they always seem to lose.
The Dallas Cowboys, another Thanksgiving stalwart, will face off against the Washington Redskins on Thursday. Despite their yearly presence on Turkey Day I will not be rooting for the Cowboys. Rooting for the Cowboys feels like rooting for the Yankees in baseball or the Lakers in basketball. It’s lazy and unimaginative. The only difference is those other teams have actually won championships recently.
For the night cap, the New England Patriots take on the New York Jets. Though it may be the unpopular choice in Indiana, I have a soft spot for the Patriots. The Patriots are a well run organization with quality players and a coach who dresses like a homeless man every week. Bill Belichick is one of those weird coaches who is extremely good at what he does and seems to have no personality to speak of. Listening to his postgame press conferences, it’s usually hard tell if his team won or loss. I suspect if he were to ever shed a tear, his head would explode. I find that to be an oddly endearing quality.
Who are you rooting for this Thanksgiving?
Football season is in full swing and that means tailgating season is here too! The south seems to think they have tailgating down to a science but I’d like to suggest that folks here in the Hoosier state know a thing about tailgating too.
Here are some do’s an don’ts…
DO plan ahead. Pack the cooler up the night before (as much as you can) and bring a trash bag for after.
DON’T forget your football tickets (that is if you actually plan to attend the game!)
DO wear your favorite teams colors to support them.
DON’T eat too much food OR drink too much or you will be miserable come game time.
DO make a play list on your iPod to jam too while you are tailgating of course.
DON’T forget your sunglasses OR your poncho…be ready for whatever weather might come.
DO have fun! That is the #1 rule of tailgating!
I’ve finally figured out what’s missing in my life. Fame? Fortune? Height? Nope. What my life is sorely lacking is school spirit. I think I may have figured out how to get it back.
According to a study I recently made up, people with school spirit are 23.2 percent happier than those without it. I’ve decided the best way to rekindle my love for my alma mater is to attend a sporting event. Before I can do that, I should probably decide which school to root for.
I spent half a decade matriculating the halls of Indiana University Purdue University- Indianapolis, or as the cool kids call it IUPUI. While IUPUI has sports teams, technically no one graduates from IUPUI. You’re either an IU or PU alum. Part of me wishes I graduated with a Purdue degree so I could tell people I went to the same school as Drew Brees, my adulthood hero. However, I am content saying I graduated from IU.
One of the best ways to ignite school pride is to attend a football game. There’s something about piling into a stadium with a couple thousand friends and watching large gentlemen pound the snot out other gentlemen that promotes bonding. As luck would have it, the Hoosiers have two home games this month. I’m thinking a road trip to Bloomington might be just what the doctor ordered.
October 6- Michigan State Spartans
According to my research, Michigan State was in the top 25 up until last week’s loss to Ohio State. My research also indicates the last time they played an Indiana team they lost 20-3. Technically that team was Notre Dame and not IU. However, I think it’s safe to say that MSU fears all Indiana teams. What’s that? Michigan State beat IU 55-3 last year? Hmmm…maybe I’ll check out the next home game.
October 13- Ohio State Buckeyes
I don’t need to do much research to realize this one has blowout potential. On the bright side, a road trip to watch this game would allow me to engage in one of my favorite sports hobbies: booing Ohio State. There’s something about Ohio State football that makes me ill. I think it has something to with the fact that they routinely beat up on weak teams, but get smacked around by other elite schools, especially those outside the Big Ten. My only concern is the Ohio State fans travel well and I worry and hate to get into a fight at my first IU game. I bruise like a peach.
I’m beginning to think I may need to find a different path to channel my inner Hoosier.
Last year I was a part of my first weekly football poll. Each week I would get the matchups and I would then rank what teams I thought would win in order. There would usually be 16 games a week so I would rank the team I thought would win the most with the highest number. Each week that would usually be the Steelers because I am a Steelers fan. My other choices would be complete guesses…yes guesses.
Why was I in a football poll you might ask if I just wanted to guess? It was fun! I liked randomly picking and not really having a care about which way the games would go. After the first few weeks of my guessing game though I stopped and went and looked at the team rankings. With the help of my coworkers I would then make a better educated guess about who might win that week.
Believe it or not my guessing or better educated guessing did get my somewhere. One lucky week my guessing won me $100!
Whether or not you guess in your football poll or make calculated choices each week, do you think you could predict the two teams to be in this year’s Super Bowl? The season is just starting but you probably can tell how some teams are going to be from last week’s showings OR you can just flip a coin and guess with me.
Why not give it a try? http://a.pgtb.me/LWXbH8
Fantasy football is a craze that has swept the U.S. Millions of people every year sit at their computers analyzing players and sweating over decisions, but why is this game so popular? I have been a fantasy player for at least 8 years now and have been the commissioner of my family/friends league for 5 years now and I have identified a few reasons why I think it’s so much fun.
The first is obviously the competition. It is great to have bragging rights over your friends when you beat them and you can brag all year long if you win the championship. For my league we have an added bonus because for the last 3 years we have done our draft at Buffalo Wild Wings and when you do that you get $100 Gift Cards and a Championship Flag. When we hold our draft there my dad pays for everyone but then he keeps $90 of the gift cards and gives $10 to the winner. That’s great to get a free meal from BW3, but the flag is what it’s all about. My brother and my friend each have a flag and when I see it in their rooms it rubs me the wrong way, yes I’m very competitive. Competition is always what drives the people in my league.
The second factor would be the ability to root for (or against) players on a lot of different teams. Most people would only care about their favorite one or two teams and not pay much attention to any other games, but when playing fantasy football you could potentially have a player in over half of the games. You’ll have an urge to keep checking the scores of those games to see how your player is doing.
Lastly, it’s so easy! If you’re wondering why fantasy football has so many more players than baseball or basketball, this is why. With fantasy football you only have to check your team once a week since that’s how often the teams play. It’s not like basketball or baseball where there are games every night. For people with busy schedules this takes 5-10 minutes per week to move your players around. If you want to trade or add/drop players that’s only another few minutes, that’s it!
Those are the 3 reasons I like fantasy football and if you think there’s a more important reason you can post below and share your opinion! The only downside to fantasy is when a main player on your team is playing your favorite team (the Colts for me), you have to decide if you want your player to score a lot or if you are going to root for your team. It can be tough if you are close to winning your game. Fantasy Football is great fun between friends and I highly recommend starting a league at work or with family and friends. The bragging rights are definitely worth it.
Indiana has always been known as a basketball state, with IU having 5 basketball championships and Butler making back-to-back final games a few years ago. However, football in this state has been good (mostly Notre Dame) but the other 3 teams have had their time in the spotlight too. With the college season quickly approaching, we will preview Indiana’s biggest 4 football programs: Ball State, Indiana, Notre Dame, and Purdue.
Ball State – Ball St. is coming off a 6-6 season, but was not invited to play in a bowl game (maybe unfairly). This will be Head Coach Pete Lembo’s second year at the helm and he is looking to continue improving this team. The offense returns 8 of 11 starters from last year, but only 5 starters on defense. Last year the defense gave up the most points out of any team in the Mid-American Conference. This year the Cardinals will be looking for their first bowl game since 2008 and if some of the new guys can step in on defense and play well, I think that is close to a reality.
Indiana – Indiana is coming off their worst season in recent history, 1-11. Coach Kevin Wilson is entering his second year at IU and hopes to turn it around. He played 16 true freshman last year, including quarterback Tre Roberson, and hopes that the experience will pay off this season. Indiana always has a tough Big Ten schedule, but this year is especially tough (ranking 4th toughest in the Big 10). But if all goes according to plan, Indiana should at least double their wins from last year…maybe even triple! Click Here to buy tickets to IU home games!
Notre Dame – The only team from Indiana ranked in the preseason top 25 (they are 24). The Fighting Irish went 8-5 last season, also the best out of any Indiana school, but was disappointed with it. Notre Dame has some of the richest football history in the country and they are still trying to return to glory. The Irish will have an extremely tough schedule this year facing 5 teams in the top 25 including the 3rd and 4th ranked teams. Notre Dame always has the talent to surprise people, but will they? Notre Dame is the big question mark this year. Click Here to buy Notre Dame tickets!
Purdue - Purdue had a productive season by their standards making and winning a bowl game and ending with a 7-6 record. This year may also be Purdue’s best chance to better that record as they return 9 starters on each side of the ball…out of 11! Purdue also will have a QB controversy going into the season as both Caleb TerBush and Robert Marve have starting experience for the Boilermakers. No matter who they go with, Purdue’s defense is supposed to be very solid and if the offense comes along, this could be the year for the Boilermakers. Click Here to buy tickets to Purdue home games!
Come see Luck in action again at Lucas Oil Stadium for the second preseason game in town on Thursday, August 30. Click below to be entered to win!
Seeing live football action can be the highlight of any sport fan’s year. Being in the stadium, roaring with the crowd and enjoying time with family and friends is a meaningful experience. It is especially meaningful for families at the Ronald McDonald House who are facing troubling times as their child or young loved one faces a tough illness. Going to a football game gives them time to rest from stresses at the hospital and enjoy some recreation.
Circle City Tickets and other National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) members have teamed up with the Ronald McDonald House Charities for the past three years and have donated 32 tickets for each preseason NFL game. The program is called “32 for 32” and got its name because of the 32 NFL markets. Each NATB member like Circle City Tickets donates 32 tickets per preseason game as well as serves 32 volunteer hours in their NFL market.
Last weekend here in Indianapolis Circle City Tickets actually gave out 67 tickets for families staying at the Ronald McDonald house got to enjoy the Colts preseason opener against the Rams. They got to see Luck in his first game at Lucas Oil as well as see the Colts come out on top.
The next preseason game families’ rom the Ronald McDonald House will be able to attend is on August 30 against the Bengals.
The last four to five years have been a roller coaster ride for the Colts. They’ve had the good (making the Super Bowl in 2009), the bad (going 2-14 in 2011), and the Lucky (drafting Andrew Luck, the former Stanford Cardinal). Peyton Manning has been the face (heart, soul, and basically whole body) of the Colts franchise since he was drafted in 1998, leading the Colts to a 2006 World Championship. He wasn’t only the leader of the Colts, he WAS the Colts. Now not only is he gone, but no longer will we see Joseph Addai, Dallas Clark, and Gary Brackett in a Colts uniform. Furthermore, with a new quarterback, coach, and philosophy, many people don’t know what to expect this season. The preseason will be great for the Colts because everyone can see what kind of team they will shape up to be. The preseason starts this Sunday, so let’s take a look at their schedule:
Home vs. St. Louis Rams: This is the first chance for fans to see Luck in real game action and he will be going up against another former #1 pick, Sam Bradford. The Colts have never been very good in the preseason while Manning led the team, but this game will set the tone for their upcoming season and I think it’s important for Luck to have a good game and build some confidence. Want tickets? CLICK HERE.
Away vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: If Andrew Luck is going to have nightmares about a preseason game this would be the one. For as long as most can remember the Steelers have been known to attack on defense. Luck may be in for a long game.
Away vs. Washington Redskins: The third preseason game is usually when the starters play the most. Andrew will have to prove he can stand in the pocket for more than a quarter or so as the preseason winds down.
Home vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Hopefully Luck took notes during last year’s NFL season because the Bengal’s Andy Dalton pretty much wrote the book on what to do as a rookie quarterback in the NFL. He was fantastic and now Luck will have to out duel him in the last tune up before the regular season. Want tickets? CLICK HERE.
The Colts have plenty of room to grow, but the fans that go along for the ride will be glad they did. If you want to experience these moments, Circle City Tickets can get you to any Colts home game. The Colts are going to have Luck this season, and sometimes it’s better to be Luck-y than good.