Posted on: February 6, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2010 11:15 pm
The Saints held their final practice session on Saturday, and so far still only have corner back Randall Gay (illness) and Lyle Hamilton (ankle) as their sole injury concerns. Gay has been suffering from a cold, but head coach Sean Payton expects him to play. Payton is not as sure about Hamilton, who has been nursing a sore ankle, but the coach remains optimistic.
When last we heard from the Colts, all their star players were spontaneously combusting all over the place. Indianapolis also held their final walkthrough practice Saturday morning. Dwight Freeney (ankle!) sat out practice again. Corner back Jerraud Powers (foot) did some light work. Head coach Jim Caldwell said both are considered day-to-day. As for Reggie Wayne, he returned to practice Saturday after leaving 20 minutes early Friday when he re-aggravated his right knee.
“We’ve done extremely well and been attentive," he said. "The [players] have been very, very focused and our practices have been sharp as well. Overall we’ve been moving in the right direction.”
I certainly hope so. It would be great if both teams had all their star players in the game. Super Bowl parties are depending on it. And these injured players need to stand up, play through the pain and understand that destiny is calling. "Perseverance!: What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!" I read that on a poster at a dentist's office once. I'm not sure what it means, but if it has anything to do with my Super Bowl party and the crapload of buffalo wings and Jose Ole' taquitos that' I'm planning to consume, then that would be fantastic.
Posted on: February 5, 2010 6:42 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2010 6:49 pm
Reports out of Colts camp this afternoon is that Reggie Wayne left practice early after pulling up short on a route.
The four-time Pro Bowl receiver left practice 20 minutes early after aggravating an injured right knee. Coach Jim Caldwell said Wayne hurt the soft tissue below his kneecap. Wayne is listed as probable and Caldwell plans on him playing against New Orleans. Wayne got through the injury most of the season.
This might be nothing, seeing that Reggie basically played the entire season with a bad knee. And he is expected to start and play Sunday. But it's got to be a little disconcerting for Colts fans that two of their star players are banged up before the big game. It's ironic that this is happening given the fact that Indy sat down their starters and opted not to chase a perfect season just to avoid this kind of thing.
Jim Caldwell should've just slammed car doors on the hands of Colts players and stuck thumbtacks on their seats before team meetings at the end of the season. Seems like it would have been just as affective as resting them. Some guys think they know everything.
Posted on: February 4, 2010 10:09 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 10:16 am
It's pretty clear that the Saints are America's team entering Sunday's game. The underdog status, the history of the franchise, the recent history of the city, Who Dat Nation, Drew Brees, Bobby Hebert in a dress. All the elements are there. They're the sentimental favorite.
Well the Colts would like to tell your sentimentality to suck it, because they're here to spoil the party. And they know it:
"It's amazing to see the Saints in the Super Bowl," the Colts receiver said Wednesday. "I remember growing up and thinking it would happen, and it never worked out that way. To see what it has come to is just great. Now, unfortunately, I've got to be the bad guy, but like I say I've got Bills to pay."
You hear that, America? What's gonna pay for Reggie's gold-trimmed bedsheets and his fleet of hovercrafts? A Super Bowl winner's paycheck, that's what.
Peyton Manning knows the Colts are the bad guys in this whole thing:
Peyton Manning understands what a Super Bowl win would mean to New Orleans, so he understands that to many fans the Colts are wearing the black hat. “We certainly understand we may not be the team that everybody is cheering for in this game,” he said. “We’re OK with that… I think as far as non-New Orleans Saints fans, non-Colts fans, somebody is going to pick a team to follow and they will probably pick the Saints. That’s fine."
Yes, every Super Bowl has it's good vs. evil. But both Reggie and Peyton are New Orleans natives. So this could all be just cheap talk. I think the only way we’ll truly know that they’re serious about all this “bad guy” stuff is if every member of the Indianapolis Colts grows a goatee for the Super Bowl. Like good Spock and Evil Spock, that's the only way we'll be able to differentiate between the good guys and bad guys.
Posted on: February 2, 2010 6:00 pm
In case you missed it, this year's Super Bowl Media Day was the most banal yet!
No one wearing dog collars. No one proposing marriage to any player. No one dressed in drag. There was, however, a guy holding a sign telling Saints players he needed to pee. Sgt. Floyd Pepper from the Muppets apparently made an appearance. Oh and look! Indianapolis practice squad quarterback Drew Willy! Being interviewed by someone from the Jay Leno Show! Oh the hilarity that will certainly ensue!
There was also a Telemundo anchor wearing wings wandering the premises and asking Colts players to put on a cowboy hat and buck like a bronco. Because these guys play for a team named after a horse, you see. Oh and there was another Telemundo guy with a puppet. But everyone pretty much ignored him, so no one knows what that was about.
You can see a quick mashup video of the zany wacky high jinks here.
Here are the highlights from the video:
Hard to believe this sort of thing goes on at Media Day. Even harder to believe: I just wrote the words "Colts reserve defensive end Ervin Baldwin rocking the Heisman pose with his Entertainment Tonight Super Bowl Idol award." This is compelling journalism at it's finest, people!
Hat tip to CBSSports.com on-air host Jason Horowitz for the pics
Posted on: February 2, 2010 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2010 2:16 pm
Posted on: January 29, 2010 11:19 am
So how good is NFL MVP Peyton Manning? So good even his own teammates and coaches can't fully explain it:
His relentless thirst for knowledge, his passion to know opponents better than they know themselves and his uncanny ability to recall crucial details in split seconds have many NFL observers wondering how, exactly, does Manning's mind work?
"It's quite confusing," Colts receiver Reggie Wayne jokingly said this week. "It's something that whenever his mind starts to go, I'm trying to get as far away from him as I possibly can. Just tell me the end result, that's all I need to know."
Manning's greatness makes Reggie Wayne's brain hurt. So much so that he wants to literally jump into a time machine just so he doesn't have to think about it.
And linebacker Gary Brackett likens Manning to a master chess player:
"What's the saying, 'A good chess player can see 10 moves ahead?' I think that's exactly what it is," linebacker Gary Brackett said. "It's like 'If we do this, they're going to do this. If they do this, I'm going to do this.' Thinking that step ahead and being already on to the next one when they break up a pass. He and Reggie are great at that. Reggie just throws up the hand, Peyton knows exactly where to go."
So there you go. Peyton Manning is quite unstoppable. As unstoppable as a Polar Bear wielding a Samurai sword? Well of course not! Don't be an idiot!