First, thank you all for indulging my tardiness. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed Mackinac Island... once we finally got there. Yes, it snowed on Saturday morning and instead of hanging out enjoying the sun I bought a ski hat, but other than that...
This edition of Luke Links is dedicated to our brethren across the pond who have finally installed a new government - congratulations... and NO POLITICS!
FROM THE SADDLE
Official Team News
- John Oehser (Colts.com): Jacques McClendon wants to be a better football player; Brody Eldgridge will do whatever is asked; Kavell Connor is used to having to prove himself ; Ricardo Mathews is happy that all players get an equal look
- Jeffrey Gorman (Colts.com) interviews Brandon King
- Colts PR Third round draft pick Kevin Thomas suffered what may be a season-ending knee injury
GREEN APPLES AND ROAD APPLES
Positive and Negative Analysis
- John Oehser (Indy Football Report) takes a pre-OTA look at the tight ends, the O-Line, the defensive ends, and the wide receivers
- Paul Kuharsky (ESPN) thinks Bethea's stock is rising. He also wants to hear from you about the best Colts team of all time, then ponders what the Colts O-Line will look like come Game 1
- Scott Thien (Indy Star) Check out a public Colts practice at the Luke on June 5
- Phil Richards (Indy Star) Jim Caldwell thinks Jacques McClendon could be an "anchor" in the middle of the O-Line
- Jeff Swiatek (Indy Star) The NFLPA is flexing its collective muscle in support for other unionized labor
- Phillip B. Wilson (Indy Star) hates to see Thomas go down
- Mike Chappell (Indy Star) O-Line performance will be in focus this offseason
- Nate Dunlevy (18to88.com) examines what it means for Thomas to blow his knee, including who might step up to fill Thomas' spot
- Jesse Nocon finds common traits among those drafted by the Colts
- Brett Mock (Coltzilla) looks at how the following training camp battles might play out: Fisher v. B. James, Wheeler v. Angerer, M. King v. Mathews, White v. Guice, and B. King v. Turner
- Brett Mock reminds us about Gonzo, thinks Cody Glenn may be on the verge of a breakout year, examines the Colts' reputed third round curse, and has us take a collective breath about the secondary
- USA Today raises the question of who will back up Peyton Manning
- Desmond Conner (The Courant) Donald Brown graduated from UConn with a degree in kinesiology
- Gregg Rosenthall (ProFootballTalk) demonstrates the childhood game of "telephone"
OUTSIDE THE STABLE
Around the League
- Nate Dunlevy considers the state of the Titans and the Texans
- Paul Kuharsky (ESPN) The Jags need break-out years from Derek Cox and Terrance Knighton
- Don Banks (SI) explains why he will vote for Cushing again to win DROY
- Aaron Schatz (Football Outsiders) interviews Tony Dungy*
*For those who wonder why I didn't include this link under the Colts-related articles, my feeling is that - although Dungy is a venerated former coach - he is indeed, a former coach.