Yeah yeah yeah, I know, it took me forever but it's here. The very first edition of VOTF. No lengthy intro needed, read and enjoy.
Me: Who is your favorite Colts player of all time?
YS: Marvin. Of course it's Marvin because I always liked playing WR when my friends and I would play ball. I think the easy answer is Peyton and he's close, but as a fan of WRs it's hard not to appreciate his greatness.
Me: Those were some good times huh? Playing football with all of our friends. If I recall correctly, I was your QB a good number of times chucking you deep passes, so does that mean Peyton should be my favorite player?
YS: I think Sorgi would be more fitting.
Me: Heh, I walked right into that one. Yellowsnow 1, King 0.
Me: What is your favorite Colts game aside from the 2006 AFCCG and the SB?
YS: Manning vs. Favre in '04 I think? That was a fun game to watch. It's really not that easy to think of my favorite game outside of the two you mentioned. The playoff games are always more memorable...but it seems like there are way more playoff letdowns than great memories.
Me: Sadly that seemed to be a staple of the Dungy era in the playoffs. But I'm not going to complain. 1 > 0.
Me: If you attended any Colts games, which was your favorite one?
YS: Home game: I'm thinking it was 2004, Colts v. Broncos playoff game. We blew them out and the fans were unruly by the half.
YS: Hard not to be haunted by Jacksonville in '06. But I would say it was the 2003 regular season game when the Pats beat the Colts on the 1 yard line, Edge getting stuffed repeatedly. Still makes me sick thinking about it.
Me: Gee, thanks for reminding me. What the hell was I thinking when I asked this question? Regardless, the Colts got their vengeance, but they aren't done yet. As far as I'm concerned, the Colts still owe the Patriots a few more beatdowns. Would you agree?
YS: I don't even think the Colts are .500 against them in the Manning era, so yes that definitely needs to change.
Me: Who would you rather have in their prime: Marvin or Edge?
YS: Marvin for the aforementioned reasons.
Me: Fair enough. I don't think too many people would pick Edge honestly. If they did, I'd be interested in hearing why.
Me: Who would you rather have as your starting QB: Manning or Brady?
YS: Brady. Yeah, I'm kidding. I'm not even going to start on this other than that Peyton is better than Brady..period.
Me: Who would you rather have as your coach: Dungy or Belichick?
YS: Belichick is a piece of %@#5, but a pretty good coach. Homer pick again here. At least Dungy doesn't cheat.
Me: I hear ya. I give Belichick a ton of crap because he's, well he's a damn cheater. I just can't justify calling him a "great" coach, because we really don't know how successful he would have been without cheating all of those years. We have a pretty good idea by the hackjob he did in Cleveland, so who knows. Cheating or not, winning 3 Super Bowls in 4 years is a pretty amazing accomplishment.
Me: Speaking of Belichick, what do you think about this picture?
YS: If those aces up his sleeves have cameras embedded on them, it makes sense!
Me: Who would you rather see the Colts face: LT or Sproles?
YS: LT in his prime, I take Sproles. In the '08 playoffs, I wanted to see a banged up LT more.
Me: Lucky for us, the Chargers just re-signed LT. Good move or bad?
YS: Good move. I like Sproles and all, but I wouldn't bet money on his body holding up to a whole season of pounding as a featured back. They'll need someone in tandem with him, and who better than LT?
Me: Name one player who has played or is currently playing during the Manning era, that you wish was a Colt.
YS: Hm. Just one? How about Steve Hutchinson. A dominant running game + Manning = unstoppable, right? Or maybe just Adrian Peterson. Or how about the entire Vikings O-line and AP. Ok, so I pick 6 players.
Me: You know, Hutchinson isn't a sexy pick, but man do I like it. As for the Adrian Peterson comment, I think I would have to change my pants asap if he were to somehow become a Colt. Dear god.
Me: Which era of Colts football was more exciting: Harbaugh or Manning?
YS: Both very exciting, Manning's has been longer so I'm going with him.
Me: I would agree here as well for obvious reasons. I think Harbaugh's era is comparable to the 2008 season, a lot of games were won by pulling them out of their ass.
Me: How many more Super Bowls do you think the Colts will win before Manning retires?
YS: 2...hoping for 3+ though, obviously.
Me: What's wrong with hoping for 5?
YS: Better start next season then.
Me: Apparently you didn't get the memo. The Colts are going 19-0.
Me: Who should the Colts draft with their first pick in the 2009 draft? If you don't know any players, name position(s).
YS: Hm...RB, OL, LB, something to that affect.
Me: What area do you think the Colts need to improve the most?
YS: Running game. Seriously, it's bad. Whether that is the OL or RB (have a feeling it's both) it needs to be fixed.
Me: The running game definitely is a shell of its former self. Do you think the Colts can get it turned around this season?
YS: Why not? Some more experience for the younger guys in the OL, and hopefully another back in the draft that can tandem well with a (hopefully) healthy Addai.
Me: What's your take on the steroid policy? Good? Bad? Needs to he harsher?
YS: Doesn't seem too bad. I read that they actually look at your junk while you're going so yeah, kinda hard to use a whizzinator. I don't know all the specifics of it, but it's random, could probably be done a little more often.
Me: What do you think about the problems with the CBA?
YS: I just don't like the idea of all the stars ending up on the same teams. I would rather have the CBA the way it is with a cap, so there can still be players who are the face of a small-market franchise over their entire career.
Me: The way the cap has increased year after year, the salary cap is going to be useless here shortly. Do you think the salary cap is too high? Too low? Do you think it should be lowered because of the bad economy?
YS: I think the more pressing problem is the rookie salaries in the first round. They are driving the proven players to go after more money, since unproven players get such insane contracts. Then there is less cap space and more people want the cap to get bigger. It seems like a never-ending cycle.
Me: Do you care about the Pro-Bowl?
YS: I care who is voted in, but not about the game itself. Still, I am addicted all things NFL football, so I will watch it because I need my fix....haha.
Me: Well that's all I've got for you. Thanks for your time and your answers.
YS: No problem. Go Colts!
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