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:
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:
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.