Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Mine was a bit of a downer. As a kid, I was a big Michael Jackson fan. Used to have one of his jackets. Dozens of zippers and stuff. Made me the coolest kid in school having that jacket. Like Elvis, Jackson was a talented entertainment icon. His death signals the complete end of an era. And I actually enjoyed Bill Mays. It's hard to sell useless crap and make it seem fun and important. He did that. His death seems similar to what happened to Natasha Richardson in that a knock on the head might have caused some internal bleeding. Very sad. Silly jokes about OxyClean and Mighty Putty aside, the guy had a family, just like Jackson and the now-late Farrah Fawcett. Sad stuff. Sorry to start the week on the downer.
The positive is in one month, training camps start opening. One month. 31 little days. Start the countdown, kids and kittens!
- Oh, you rascal you, Pete Prisco. Looks like I shall not (or, shan't--- love that word) be bashing your top 50 NFL players this year as I've done in previous years. Manning is #1 and Brady #2. That's pretty much how it has been since, oh, 2001. But hey, that's just me.
- Sadly, Fox Sports Adrian Hasenmayer is not as cool or insightful as Pete Prisco. lists New England Patriots' QB depth better than Indy's. Really. Jim Sorgi (a five year vet) is worse than Kevin O'Connell (never played an NFL game, ever)? Maybe he means that Tom Brady (recovering from two major knee surgeries) is better than Peyton Manning (reigning 2008 MVP). Either way, Hasenmayer comes off looking like an idiot for his amateurish analysis.
- Peyton Manning. Madden 10. Get excited.
- Mike Pollak is "ready for the jump." He damn well better, or we fans will most certainly jump all over him.
Steve Justice, another "Why'd Indy draft him?" player from the 2008 draft, talks about training camp and getting ready for the 2009 season. In this writer's humble opinion, do not be surprised to see Justice cut by the end of camp. With Jamey Richard clearly cemented as Jeff Saturday's back-up at center, Justice services absolutely zero purpose on this team unless he can learn to play guard.
- Brett Favre is expected at Vikings training camp in one month. This means Favre's first game in purple will be the Vikings v. Colts pre-season game at The Luke on August 14th. Hmmmm... Favre in purple v. Manning. I'm thinking maybe that game will get the national spotlight. Our own Cassieper has a FanPost on Favre.
From last week, but still interesting; looks like Roy Hall knows this is a make-or-break season for him. He's got a good coach in Clyde Christensen, a head coach that likes him, and the best QB in football throwing him the ball. Roy should be fine. Tip to Hitstick Killer.
- FanPost on great Colts games on iTunes.
- And finally, Peter King likely got lost in an airport coffee shop somewhere, which is likely why this week's Monday Morning QB is authored by new-retired NFL QB Trent Green. Green describes the temporary gig:
The honor I feel as the first Monday Morning Quarterback guest columnist is only eclipsed by the pressure. It's one thing to play football in front of 80,000 fans on Sundays, but it's quite another to write about it knowing 1.5 million of you are used to a pro like Peter King. I feel a little like Jim Sorgi stepping in for Peyton Manning. (No offense, Jim.)LOL. Sure Trent. No offense, indeed. For what it's worth, Green does a fine job stepping in for Peter.