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Media descend on Rose-Hulman

Well, there's been a flurry of media attention focused on Rose-Hulman the last few days. Fox Sports, Yahoo, and Peter King (or, as we call him, the Jabba the Hutt of football gurus ) have all penned their observations of Colts training camp. From their articles, Stampede Blue has deduced the following:

  • I have issues with Peter King (shock!)

  • Adam Schein is a good writer, and can get good quotes from players

  • The media really, really, REALLY likes Adam Vinatieri

Now, I know what you're thinking. Oh God, here he goes ranting on Peter King again! I promise to keep this short and sweet.

Good ole Peter King says that the Dallas Cowboys will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, and that Dallas will win. When confronted on this expert opinion, by none other than Colts' kicker Adam Vinatieri, King replied:

"What can I say?" [King] said to Vinatieri. "I've got to go for the happy ending with Parcells riding off into the sunset after the Super Bowl."
Ah, so that's it. Rather than (oh, I don't know) doing his job, which is to objectively analyze the NFL and offer his expert opinion, Peter makes his Super Bowl prediction based upon "the best story." This is yet another reason why I have big problems with writers like Peter King. If he actually thinks that, right now, the Dallas Cowboys are better than the Seahawks (who have a better squad than last year's Super Bowl team) or the Panthers (who have seriously reloaded, and, unlike Dallas, they made the playoffs last year) then he is not objective at all. If he thinks the Patriots (who were destroyed in Denver last year, and won 10 games in a horrible division) are the class of the AFC, then those brownies he's stuffing into is face have more than just chocolate in them. Why does he want a Dallas v. NE Super Bowl?

Because he wants his friend Bill Parcells to go out on top.

He's tailoring his opinion to meet the best story, rather than writing the story based on objective analysis. If King were the Cowboys' beat writer or a blogger, I'd understand this. He isn't. That's why I've got problems with him.

Turning to Fox Sports, Adam Schein had some good nuggets regarding rookie running back Joseph Addai:

Peyton Manning raved about his work ethic. James Mungro gushed about his explosiveness. Dallas Clark says he can pass protect. Jeff Saturday reports he can hit the hole with a bang. Dwight Freeney says he is difficult to tackle.

If Freeney is having trouble catching Addai, then that's... that's just... wow!

The main point all these camp visits have pointed out is the Colts seem to have no hangover from the loss to Pittsburgh in the playoffs. Dungy himself has raved about the team's focus, the leadership of veterans, and the preparedness of the rookies. And, unlike last year, players like Corey Simon and Vinatieri are able to go through an entire training camp and get comfortable in the system. Young players like Keiaho, Jennings, Addai, and Rushing really benefit, which is why it was so important to get all of them into camp.

The first pre-season game is less than a week away against the Rams. It will be very, very interesting to see how all this hard work in camp pays off in game-like conditions.