It looks like the bad old days are back for the Indianapolis Colts.
After the Colts made their midnight move from Baltimore in 1984, they didn’t win 10 games until Peyton Manning’s second season in 1999.
They then posted seasons with double-digit victories 11 times and went to two Super Bowls, winning one.
When Manning was injured in 2011, the Colts went 2-14 — but that was a good year to get the first pick in the draft. It gave them a chance to start over with Andrew Luck.
Owner Jimmy Irsay released Manning, when went on to appear in two Super Bowls with the Broncos, winning one – and fired general manager Bill Polian and coach Jim Caldwell. He replaced them with Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano.
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It is not exactly a secret that Los Angeles likes Showtime.
It is a market that craves stars. And wants its sports teams to win or it ignores them.
Not surprising the Los Angeles Rams don’t seem to realize that.
When personality challenged owner Stan Kroenke (pictured above) decided to move the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles a year ago to play in a new palace he’s building, he overlooked two things.
The first is that Los Angeles has a rather nonchalant attitude towards the NFL. It wasn’t particularly upset when two teams left two decades ago and isn’t exactly turning cartwheels over the fact that two teams are playing their now.
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Dean Spanos still doesn’t get it.
The Los Angeles Chargers owner, who ripped the hearts out of the San Diego fans when he moved the team to Los Angeles this year, still thinks the team has a lot of fans in San Diego.
“[We say] thank you,” Spanos said, when asked by ESPN about San Diego fans who still follow the team. “They’ve been great. They’ve been loyal to the team, and there’s a lot of them. I’m very appreciative — my family, players and the entire organization thanks them.”
I seriously doubt there are a lot of fans in San Diego who still follow the team. Some, but not a lot.
Spanos also hired Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson as a special assistant. Tomlinson is supposed to reach out to the San Diego fans.
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The Patriots didn’t do any deflating Thursday night.
Instead, they inflated five Super Bowl trophy replicas that looked like they belonged in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and rolled them onto the field before their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
They put on the scoreboard: “Atlanta 28 NE 3 2:12 3rdQtr”
That was a reminder of their Super Bowl comeback, and the announcer talked about the greatest comeback of all time.
They unveiled their fifth Super Bowl banner.
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When Gisele Bundchen speaks, the NFL listens.
The supermodel who is Tom Brady’s wife said on CBS This Morning last May that Brady has had concussions pretty much every year and suffered one last year.
“We don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions,’’ she said.
When Brady was finally asked about his wife’s comments, he said it was not anybody’s business, which is not exactly a strong denial.
The New England Patriots had never put Brady on the injury report with a concussion, but then the Patriots aren’t noted for being candid in their injury reports.
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Remember New Coke?
In one of the most bizarre marketing decisions in American history, Coca-Cola changed its century-old formula in 1985 to a more sugary taste, only to face a deluge of complaints from outraged customers.
Just 79 days later, the company brought back old Coke as Coke Classic.
All you could think of at the time was, what were they thinking?
Their explanation is that they were worried about losing market share to Pepsi. But nobody in the boardroom raised a red flag that changing the formula wasn’t the answer.
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Five things I’ll be looking at in the first week of the 2017 NFL season:
1. How will Tom Brady play in the Patriots Thursday night opener against the Chiefs?
At age 40, Brady has shown no signings of slowing down in training camp. And if Brady is still Brady, they are three games – two home playoff games and the Super Bowl – away from a sixth Super Bowl title before they inflate their first football.
With Brady, they are a lock to make the playoffs again since they play in a division with the Jets, Bills and Dolphins. But sometimes aging quarterbacks can just suddenly fall off a cliff. Or decline slowly.
Brady will be under the microscope for any signs of slowing down all season. Oh, and the other thing about the opener is the reception the Patriots fans will give Roger Goodell. How many will wear the clown T-shirt that defensive coordinator Matt Patricia wore getting off the plane after the Super Bowl? What will their signs say?
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