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November 15, 2012

Colts, Patriots renew rivalry for 10th straight year

INDIANAPOLIS — Once again, Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., it’s the Indianapolis Colts playing the New England Patriots.

The two franchises haven’t been in the AFC East since 2001. Yet due to the quirks of the NFL scheduling system, this is the 10th straight year that the Colts and Patriots have faced off against one another.

“It’s like a division game,” New England coach Bill Belichick said during Wednesday’s teleconference.

First it was rookie quarterback Peyton Manning and veteran Patriots signal-caller Drew Bledsoe. Then it was Manning and a young Tom Brady. Now it’s come full circle to be former Super Bowl MVP Brady and Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck.

Times have changed. So has the makeup of the two franchises.

The only constants in the series over the last 10 years have been Belichick, who is in his 13th season with the Patriots, and Brady.

Indianapolis, meanwhile, has countered on the sidelines with Jim Mora, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and now interim coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

Arians, filling in for coach Chuck Pagano as he recovers from treatments for leukemia, knows the Patriots well from his days as an assistant with Indianapolis, Cleveland and, most recently, Pittsburgh.

That knowledge of how Belichick likes to set up defenses against inexperienced quarterbacks should come in handy.

Arians, though, says the Colts won’t be doing much different in how they prepare for the Patriots as compared to other opponents this season.

“I think at this point of the time in the year, when you get into November football and you are in the hunt, everyone should spend a little more time, sacrifice a little bit more, to prepare yourself because you are playing for now. To play for more, you do more,” he said Wednesday.

“I don’t think [Luck] has to do anything different than he’s been doing. Study the tape, it’s all out there. We have had a pretty good relationship and I’ve had a good experience against coach Belichick over the years with young quarterbacks and old quarterbacks. I kind of feel that I have a pretty good handle of what to see. We’ll have him ready.”

Physiologically, Arians wants to make sure his rookie quarterback doesn’t get caught up in the notion that he has to match everything Brady does on the field Sunday.

“The thing about that is [Luck has] got to realize that [he doesn’t] play Tom Brady. [He and the rest of the offense] have to get ready for their defense,” he said.

“The best way to handle Tom Brady is to play real good yourself and keep him on the bench. That’s easier said than done with their defense.”

Going on the road to Gillette Stadium with a young team is not an easy task in the best of situations. Arians knows that.

“We have to first and foremost protect the football because they lead the league in turnovers. They’ve got 13 fumbles and 10 interceptions. When we’re in piles, a half a yard doesn’t mean as much as protect the football,” he said.

“They do a great job of stripping the ball. It’s a matter of you executing your offense, scoring as many points as you can and let the team take care of the rest. Don’t get caught up standing there and watching [Brady].”

The fact that over two-thirds of the Colts’ roster wasn’t around last year can be more than a little disconcerting.

“It’s funny because I had a show of hands of how many guys in the lockerroom that this was their first trip to Foxborough. Way too many,” Arians said with a laugh and a shake of his head.

•  Injury list — Cornerback Vontae Davis (knee) and rookie tight end Coby Fleener (shoulder) have been ruled out of the New England game.

Davis and Fleener, though, might be back in time for the following week’s home game with Buffalo.

“We’re hoping [getting Davis back] possibly next week, shooting for Detroit for sure but we got our fingers crossed he can get back next week,” Arians said. “Coby ran around a lot last week and is starting to heal. It could be next week also for him.”

Outside linebacker Robert Mathis (back), center Samson Satele (back), offensive tackle Winston Justice (knee) and running back Donald Brown (knee) all fully participated in Wednesday’s practice.

Chapman might see work -- Rookie nose tackle Josh Chapman is expected to be brought along slowly in the week leading up to the Patriots game.

Chapman was added to the active roster earlier this week after being cleared to play. He had been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery in January. The former Alabama standout may be a game-day inactive depending on how he does the rest of this week in practice.

“It’s just a matter of if he’s healthy and if he’s the next best player we have to dress on Sunday. We’ll make that determination as the week goes along,” Arians said. “He’s been cleared to play. We have some nice depth in our defensive line right now so there’s not a need to push him out there if he’s not ready. We’ll wait and see how that goes.”

Rookie offensive tackle Justin Anderson, who has been out with a foot injury since the start of training camp, is going through the same three-week review process that Chapman just completed.

“He’s coming along. He’s practiced two or three weeks now, two weeks. He’s got a long way to go consistency-wise. Hopefully we can keep him going. We don’t have to make that [roster] move for at least another week,” Arians said.

Butler did it — Cornerback Darius Butler has been named as the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Jacksonville last Thursday.

A second-round pick by New England in 2009, Butler had a pair of interceptions — including one run back for a touchdown — in the win over the Jaguars. He also recovered a fumble that helped set up the Colts’ first touchdown of the game.

While he was in New England, Butler became friends with Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. The two former teammates will renew acquaintances Sunday.

“Obviously, I was there for two years with Wes. We actually work out offseason at the same place, so we’re definitely familiar with each other as far as athletic ability,” Butler said. “It’ll be a great matchup. He’s one of the best receivers in the game, obviously one of the most productive in the past few years in this league. It’ll be a great matchup for us, for this defense.”

 

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A.J. Reed The University of Kentucky baseball team falls to Missouri 8-7 on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

  • Immense power: A leaner A.J. Reed making play as elite prospect

    Reed took his talents to Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference in 2011 and hasn’t looked back in the baseball sense. After a standout career at Terre Haute South — he was Indiana’s Player of the Year in 2011 — area fans had an idea of the wind Kentucky was sowing when it coaxed Reed to Lexington, Ky.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT041914track porter.jpg Terre Haute track and field athletes shine at Patriot Invitational

    The Terre Haute North and Brown County girls and boys came out winners Saturday in the Patriot Invitational Track and Field Meet at Terre Haute North High School.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Metro roundup: Reed connects for 15th home run on four-hit day

    Terre Haute’s A.J. Reed and Kentucky baseball teammate Max Kuhn each had four hits and a home run to lead the No. 19-ranked Wildcats to a series-clinching 11-4 win at Southeastern Conference foe Texas A&M on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in front of 5,311 fans at Blue Bell Park.
    Kentucky (26-13, 9-8 SEC) clinched the series victory at Texas A&M with the win, a day after posting a 6-3 victory in the opener Friday night.

    April 19, 2014

  • Prep roundup: North girls tennis beats ranked teams

    Terre Haute North knocked off two state-ranked teams — No. 12 Fort Wayne Canterbury and No. 13 Delta — on its way to capturing the Delta Invitational championship for girls high school tennis Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU baseball drops second straight

    Indiana State’s baseball team rallied late in the game but could not get in front as the Canisius Golden Griffins held off the Sycamores 5-4 Saturday.
    ISU (24-12) will look to avoid being swept for the first time this season at noon EDT today when it plays the series finale against Canisius (22-13).
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Redneck Quaker: A young lady of the outdoors

    Where do I start to tell you about this 10-year-old outdoor lady? Let’s start with her own words from a nice letter she wrote.

    “My name is Lilly Hutchison and this year when I was nine and again hunting with my Papaw, Mike Burch, we got up way before daylight on opening morning of youth deer season. I was watching a 6-pointer for several minutes until a larger buck appeared and chased him off, but not giving me a shot at him. Papaw and I were preparing a place for our evening hunt when a couple of does came across the field right to us. I carefully placed my shot and she ran around 8 yards. That evening, we decided to go to our neighbors’ woods. On the way in, we saw a large buck watering in one of the few puddles in the creek. Papaw said we would wait nearby to see if he would come back. To our amazement, he did! I was fortunate to take this 10-pointer, 250-pound buck. I have had many great hunts with Papaw.”

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041814THS BB jenkins.jpg Herrin's pitching effort leads South to win over Northview

    When two good high school baseball teams get together, each using one of its better pitchers, the margin for error figures to be slim, and some defensive plays that weren’t made were the difference Friday evening as Terre Haute South beat Northview 7-1.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • Stout home run sparks South softball at Sullivan

    Terre Haute South junior Mariah Stout made her father proud and helped her team win its eighth game of the season at the same time Friday evening.
    With the previously flat-looking Braves trailing host Sullivan 1-0 with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the second inning, Stout woke up her dugout mates by hammering a McKenzie Pirtle pitch over the fence in left-center field for a score-tying home run.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: Waltman's funeral Saturday at Indianapolis

    Royce Waltman’s visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Methodist Church at 100 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis.

    April 10, 2014

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Burnham leads Woods softball to wins

    After dropping a pair of games to Missouri Baptist on Wednesday, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods beat Lindenwood-Belleville 9-7 and 1-0, both games in eight innings, on Thursday afternoon.
    Sarah Burnham’s seventh-inning homer in the first game tied the score 4-4, and the Pomeroys took a 5-4 lead later in the inning on an RBI double by Brooke Jordan before the Lynx tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

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  • METRO ROUNDUP: ISU softball splits pair in Florida

    Pitching dominated Tuesday’s opening day of play in the Rebel Spring Games for the Indiana State softball team, which defeated Bucknell 2-0 before falling 2-0 to Creighton.
    “The girls did a great job in the first game getting a couple runs,” ISU coach Shane Bouman said. “We leaned on [sophomore] Yvette Alvarez who pitched really well. We probably got as much as we could out of her and probably should have changed earlier so put that on me. We have a couple little things we can clean up and get a little better and we will be ready to go tomorrow.”

    March 11, 2014

  • Tony Dungy, wife Lauren signing books today in Terre Haute

    Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife, Lauren, are at Sam’s Club in Terre Haute today, Feb. 12, signing books until about 1:30 p.m.

    February 12, 2014

  • Vigo County Jail Log: Feb. 7, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Thursday, based on jail records.

    February 7, 2014

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A.J. Reed The University of Kentucky baseball team falls to Missouri 8-7 on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

  • Immense power: A leaner A.J. Reed making play as elite prospect

    Reed took his talents to Kentucky and the Southeastern Conference in 2011 and hasn’t looked back in the baseball sense. After a standout career at Terre Haute South — he was Indiana’s Player of the Year in 2011 — area fans had an idea of the wind Kentucky was sowing when it coaxed Reed to Lexington, Ky.

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • METRO ROUNDUP: Odum shines in Portsmouth Invitational

    Former Indiana State guard Jake Odum had a productive first night at the Portsmouth Invitational late Thursday.
    The Terre Haute native scored 16 points, had six assists and three steals for the Portsmouth Partnership team in its 88-81 victory over Cherry Bekaert.

    April 19, 2014

  • ISU falls to Canisius in first of three-game road series

    The Indiana State baseball team fell behind early and never could get the lead as host Canisius posted a 3-1 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Demske Sports Complex.
    The Sycamores (24-11) and Griffins (21-13) will meet again at 2 p.m. today, but the venue will switch to Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, N.Y. The same two teams also will play Sunday back at Demske Sports Complex in a noon start.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT041614 SMWC jordan.jpg Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sweeps doubleheader over Rose-Hulman

    Over the years, defeating its crosstown rival has not usually been easy for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods or Rose-Hulman when they’ve met in college softball.
    But on Wednesday afternoon at The Woods, the home team made its doubleheader sweep look easy to first-year coach Mark Feller with five-inning decisions of 10-0 and 11-1.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 030714 ODUM 02O'LEARY.jpg Terre Haute North grad O'Leary to transfer from Loyola

    Matt O’Leary is one of three men's basketball players at Loyola recently granted a release from his scholarship from the Missouri Valley Conference school.
    The former Terre Haute North standout told the Tribune-Star he doesn’t yet know his next move.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

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Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Expanding the fan base: Bruce Rosselli, manager of the Terre Haute Rex, displays the team's new slogan, Wabash Valley's Own, during a press conference on Wednesday at Clabber Girl.

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