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July 30, 2013

Colts’ rally cry: ‘Unfinished business’ in ’13

ANDERSON — A year ago — with a new head coach, a rookie starting quarterback, a first-year general manager and coming off a dismal 2-14 record — the Indianapolis Colts’ training camp mantra was “Build the Monster.”

This year, coming on the heels of an 11-5 campaign and a 24-9 AFC wild-card round loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore, the slogan has become “Unfinished Business.”

Head coach Chuck Pagano wasn’t shy last summer about reminding his players that the Colts were picked to finish with the National Football League’s worst record for the second season in a row. Now Pagano is telling the team to not get caught up in last year’s unexpected success.

“It was no different than last year. We used that as motivation, obviously, but I think everybody, if you read the papers [going into this season], everybody’s still saying the Colts are fool’s gold. I think I read that one. I shouldn’t read that stuff but in this league what we did last year was last year. This is ‘What have you done for me lately?’ The National Football League, we’re all judged by wins and losses, and so that was last year,” he warned.

“We can sit there and read the press clippings and pat ourselves on the back and certainly get complacent. We’re not going to get complacent. You get complacent in this league, you go right back to where you were. It’s kind of unfinished business for us.”

Despite last year’s success, Pagano said the ultimate goals haven’t changed.

“Ultimate goal is always a world championship. First and foremost, the easiest way to get into the dance is to win your division. Our first goal is No. 1, win the [AFC] South,” he said.

“We’ve got to try to take over the South. Houston’s had it the last two years. This team and this organization has dominated the South for years and years and years and now we got to get it back.”

n Remembering the loss to the Ravens — The night before the Colts’ first two practices, Pagano took the opportunity to look back at the playoff loss to the Ravens.

“We showed a [video] clip [Saturday] night, a highlight, and it ended with the scoreboard in the playoff game. There was 12 minutes and 30 seconds to go on the clock and it’s in the fourth quarter and it was a one-score game. And we had the ball first-and-5 on their 18-yard line. That’s a team that eventually won the Super Bowl,” he said.

In other developments:

n Grigson’s second year — Ryan Grigson has a somewhat philosophical stance as he prepares for his second season in charge of the team’s front office.

Just don’t ask him about being comfortable in his job.

“I don’t know if you ever get comfortable. If you ever say the world ‘comfortable’ then you’re probably not going to be around too long. So I don’t ever really allow myself to be comfortable,” Grigson voiced this week.

“That’s the mindset in the building. We’re always trying to get better. If we tell the players not to stop and smell the roses, then we better not be doing that ourselves.”

n Off-field issues — The suspensions of wide receiver LaVon Brazill and former tight end Weselye Saunders for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policies, along with the arrest of safety Joe Lefeged on a gun charge, did not sit well with Grigson and Pagano.

“Disappointment. Pure disappointment. The owner [Jim Irsay] was disappointed, Chuck [Pagano] was disappointed. That’s all I can say,” the Grigson said. “We weren’t happy. We expect more out of our players and we won’t stop having high expectations for those people.”

Pagano agreed. “It’s well documented. I re-read all the things that I said coming out of the offseason. We talk about making great choices and we’ll continue to do that. We’ll continue to educate. We had some guys make some mistakes and made egregious errors in judgment,” he said.

“Certainly we’re disappointed, they’re disappointed. We hold each other to the highest expectations. It’s about personal accountability. We’ll deal with those internally. We’ll deal with them on an individual basis.”

n Brazill talks — The Colts’ second-year wide receiver offered apologies to his coaches and his teammates Monday for his league-mandated four-game suspension to begin the 2013 season. He reportedly tested positive for marijuana.

He is being allowed to practice with the team and will be able to play during the preseason.

“[My teammates were] with me. It was my mistake, I shouldn’t have [done] that but they were still with me. They said I’m a talented player and they’re going to stay with me. Just going to put this in the past and move forward,” Brazill said after Monday’s morning practice, adding that he understands the consequences if there are any further issues.

“This is it. No more, no more from me. No more out of me. Like I said, I got to keep working hard every day and just put this in my past and go work on my future.”

He will undergo a regular schedule of testing by team and league officials for the rest of the season.

“Just get tested every week, see a counselor every other week and just staying clean,” Brazill said.

n Injury list — Rookie offensive guard Hugh Thornton suffered a ankle injury during the final rookie camp practice on Friday and will be sidelined indefinitely.

“Last day of the rookie minicamp, down at West 56th, a guy fell down, fell on the back of his leg so he got a slight ankle sprain and so we got him in a boot,” Pagano explained. “So he’s going to miss a little bit of time. But it’s not that severe. We expect to get him back sooner than later.”

Nose tackle Brandon McKinney, meanwhile, is out due to swelling in his surgically repaired knee. McKinney missed all of the 2012 season after he was hurt in last year’s training camp.

“Had swelling in his knee. Something that hasn’t happened because he was doing great and had a little bit of swelling so we just held him out,” the Colts coach added.

Nose tackle Martin Tevasue had his right shoulder wrapped during the afternoon session. Defensive tackle Kellen Heard left the field midway through the second practice and did not return. The injury was not considered to be serious. Rookie tight end Justice Cunningham and rookie nose tackle Montori Hughes both experienced issues with cramping.  Inside linebacker Pat Angerer watched practice from the sideline. His right knee was wrapped. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw watched practice from the sidelines.

n Opening practice review — Pagano liked what he saw from Monday’s two practice sessions.

“We had a very productive day on all three phases: offense, defense and special teams. Obviously, we caught a break in the weather so guys were moving around. It looked like the retention from the offseason from a mental standpoint was excellent. We had very few mental errors,” he said. “There’s always on the first day some things to clean up in all three phases. Defensively, we forced some turnovers. [Cornerback] Cassius Vaughn had a couple pick-sixes, one in one-on-one period and then one in the team period.”

One of the offseason points of emphasis was to reduce the number of times that the Colts’ offense coughed up the football.

“We know we’re stressing, we have to stress the turnovers this year. Having 15 last year, we’re making an emphasis on that. You never stay the same,” Pagano explained. “You’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. Our objective is to come out and get better every day.”

n Sycamore gets NFL tryout — Former Indiana State wide receiver Justin Hilton — who has had stints with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals as well time with CFL and Arena League teams — is scheduled to undergo a workout with the Tennessee Titans today.

Hilton was on the Bengals’ practice squad last season and has seen playing time this spring and summer with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Arena League’s Tampa Bay Storm.

 

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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

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    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

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    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

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  • 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.

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

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    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

  • Terre Haute North baseball cruises past Warren Central

    Terre Haute North swept a high school baseball doubleheader against Warren Central on Friday night by scores of 14-1 and 10-4.

    April 19, 2014

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    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.”

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  • 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.

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  • 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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