Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


November 27, 2013

Holiday-week musings from the Sunshine State

I got off the plane late Sunday afternoon at Orlando International Airport expecting to go to my brother’s to watch the Colts/Cardinals game on DVR. De-boarding, I got this text from Flyer sports editor/fellow season ticket-holder/tailgate partner-in-crime Jake Thompson:

“What a disaster,” it said.

With that, I didn’t have to know the exact details of the Colts’ nauseating ineptitude in Arizona. After seeing similarly horrendous outings for most of the last few weeks, I didn’t need to.

Even the most optimistic of Colts fans has to know there’s big trouble. Head coach Chuck Pagano certainly does.

“There’s blood in the water right now,” Pagano said after Sunday’s 29-point trouncing.

The offense, defense and special teams have been equally bad. In a symbiotic relationship, no hand is washing the other. As projected here after the Denver game, injuries are the main culprit. The loss of Reggie Wayne has been catastrophic on multiple levels. The leadership and performance void is glaring, and outside of Andrew Luck’s tirade at halftime against Houston, no one has stepped up to fill it. Truth be told, no one can.

The Colts will make the playoffs, but with the current depleted roster, it’ll probably be a short stay, even in this less-than-impressive AFC.

TIME FOR REAL CHANGE: This week brings state title games in high school football. For the first time, there’ll be six championship contests. While that’s new, the total end result won’t be.

With Carmel and Warren Central in the Class 6A game, the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference will get its 11th big-class title in 13 years. While I have no problem with that, because that’s where the top talent and enrollments are, it’s what’ll happen in the lower classes that I take issue with.

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