Sunday, November 18, 2007

Good weekend for Indiana Sports Fans

The stars aligned for sports teams this weekend in Indiana. The Pacers stopped their six game losing streak by beating a very good Utah Jazz team on Saturday. In fact they routed them by twenty. The Indiana Hoosiers, who have not been bowl eligible since 1994 and not to a bowl since 1993, beat Purdue in a thriller in the Oaken Bucket. Notre Dame avoided the embarrassment of never winning a game at home by beating Duke. And the Indianapolis Colts won today defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in a nail-biter, 13-10.

I know in the Oaken Bucket an Indiana sports fan gets to hedge their bets between the two in state rivals but I really wanted Indiana to win this game. With their seventh win it should put them in the position to get an invitation to a bowl. I never could comprehend why Indiana would struggle so much in football. But their fortunes changed when they hired Coach Hep. Coach Hep may not have been able to take them to a bowl himself, but it is clear his teachings and his too early passing motivated this team to have its best season in years. Hopefully this will be the start of Indiana's football program to respectability. Now what about that contract for Bill Lynch?

The Colts have had quite the change of fortune. In years pass their defense was terrible but their offense could bail them out most of the time. That has changed for the last few games. The Colts offense is simply not in sync and it doesn't take a genius to figure out why. There have been far too many injuries. The O line is a shell of its former self. As a consequence Peyton doesn't have the time to find his receivers. If he was given time to find his receivers chances are they are running the wrong routes. Sadly the Colts opponents' secondary simply has to shut down Reggie Wayne to have a chance to stop the offense. Joseph Addai continues to impress me though.

Hopefully the injuries of the Colts will improve. Their careful attitude with injuries paid dividends last year in the playoffs. I hoping for more of the same this year.


Blogger torporindy said...

What about that Indiana basketball team and Air Gordon?

November 20, 2007  

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