The Hendricks County Flyer
Thu Oct 17, 2013, 04:19 PM EDT
There have been a lot of big games played in Indianapolis, none bigger than the Colts’ unforgettable win over New England in the AFC championship seven years ago.
While next Monday’s visit from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won’t eclipse that monumental event, there is no doubt that the city has never and will never experience another night like No. 18’s return.
The primetime contest is one that was inconceivable not all that long ago. Prior to the disastrous 2011 season, we all assumed Manning would play every game of his career in a Colts uniform. Like most things in life, however, it didn’t work out as planned.
The only comparable situation in my lifetime was Joe Montana’s 1993 exit from San Francisco, something that seemed impossible after he delivered four Super Bowl titles. The best big-game quarterback of all-time, Montana found himself in Kansas City as the 49ers put their future in the hands of Steve Young.
The Colts hope they’re as fortunate, to have back-to-back Hall of Fame QBs, but even with Andrew Luck’s great start to his career, nothing is guaranteed, including the kind of storybook ending Manning was supposed to have here.
With Manning again lighting up the league, it’s easy to forget how uncertain his return from repeated neck procedures was. For a while, his rocket arm was a limp noodle tossing dirt balls. Now, he looks as good as ever, and although the pain of his departure has subsided in Colts Nation, each touchdown he throws and every win he accumulates stings a little bit.
Right now, Denver’s offense looks unstoppable, and there’d certainly be some poetic justice if the Broncos went 19-0. It would be the perfect slap to former tyrannical team president Bill Polian, who pulled the plug on the Colts’ perfect season in 2009. That was the beginning of the end of the Manning era, as widespread injuries killed his final two years with the team.
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There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
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Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
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December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
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Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Sleep. Oh, to sleep. A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults. And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.
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