Reggie Wayne Stays a Colt!

So much for Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning, who was released by the Colts last week, ending up on the same tem.

Wayne, 33, has been a vital partof the Colts offense for years, first as the complimentary receiver to Marvin Harrison, then as Manning’s No. 1 option.

In 2011, the five-time Pro Bowler still excelled even as Manning missed the entire season after neck surgery. Wayne had 75 receptions for 960 yards and four touchdowns.

In 2010, Wayne had a career-high 111 receptions for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns. He has 11,708 career receiving yards, putting him 22nd on the all-time list. He is one of only 26 receivers in NFL history to have more than 11,000 yards.

Fans this is where your voice counts…Lets hear it!

IndyCar goes Hollywood

IndyCar  inked a deal with DreamWorks Animation to make “Turbo to hit theaters in the summer of 2013.

The animated movie features an ordinary garden snail that dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500, and gets a chance to do just that after a freak accident leaves it with extraordinary speed.

The film is scheduled for release July 19, 2013, and is the biggest deal yet for IndyCar’s Entertainment division.

Filmmakers hope the racing snail can become as big a hit as the Cars series that featured a talking, NASCAR-style race car.

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN!!

Calling all Cinderellas: looking for a March Madness contestant – not seeded first or second – that can surprise some people, bust some brackets and become the sweetheart of the Big Ball.

The March Madness brackets are set and fans are frantically filling out their predictions. Before you put everything down in pen, have a look at our five favorite teams to make a deeper-than-expected run in the tournament and become this year’s Cinderella story:

Florida State Seminoles
East Region If we’re following the Cinderella blueprint from last year, the Florida State Seminoles are the pattern

Virginia Commonwealth Rams
South Region

Last year’s surprise Final Four entrant could be ready for some more exploits this year. Head coach Shaka Smart was tempted with lucrative offers from bigger programs but instead stayed in Richmond, and has once again brought his team to the dance.

Michigan Wolverines
Midwest Region

Heading into the Tournament, the Wolverines might be overlooked a little bit considering they took a 22-point loss from Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament and dropped down to a four seed.

Kansas State Wildcats
East Region

All of the attention in the Big 12 is focused on Missouri, their Big 12 tournament win, their departure to the SEC and their snubbing of a top seed. But another Big 12 team coming off a good season could make some noise at the Big Dance.

New Mexico Lobos
West Region

If you haven’t met Lobos forward Drew Gordon, you might get to know him better in the coming weeks. When he’s on (17 double-doubles on the season), the Lobos are one tough team to beat. Just ask 18th-ranked San Diego State, who saw him take control with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Mountain West Championship Game en route to the upset.

 

Four days of Basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

How will how the BIG TEN conference tournament  play out, we have an exciting four days of basketball coming up in Indianapolis.

During the season, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan tied for first place.

Wisconsin and Indiana finished just one and two games behind first place, respectively, making it five Big Ten teams in the Top 15 in the country.

Don’t forget about Purdue and Northwestern, who both have a good shot of making the NCAA tournament too.

Madness will clearly ensue for all four days (official bracket and schedule), and while studs like Draymond Green, Jared Sullinger, Jordan Taylor and Cody Zeller will get the attention, here’s a look at some underrated players to keep your eye on.

Peyton Manning and Colts part ways!

Peyton Manning and Colts part ways!Peyton Manning’s 14-year career as a member of the Indianapolis Colts is coming to an end.

The four-time league MVP missed the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months, a fusion of two vertebrae. His doctors have medically cleared him to resume his career and Manning has increased his throwing regimen.

The decision to pass on the $28 million bonus owed Manning and not to pick up the four remaining years on his contract means Manning will become a free agent

What are your thoughts on the release of Peyton Manning!

Mathis finds his “POT OF GOLD”

Mathis finds his “POT OF GOLD”

Does 4 years 36 million sound like a good number?

You better believe it does to Colts DE Robert Mathis.

Mathis is Robert Mathis, one of the NFL’s most dangerous pass-rush ends. The Colts are expected  to move from its traditional 4-3 alignment to a 3-4 under first-year coach Chuck Pagano, Mathis’ skills and forcefulness are still needed by The Colts!

Pagano is a defensive guy and I think he just made his first bold statement as a head coach!

The real multi-million  dollar question is does this mean that we could be saying goodbye to Freeney

And the other question we are waiting for answers will be soon…Yeah I know what your saying you almost made it thru an entire article without saying his name….

Joke is on you because I didnt say his name!

One thing is for sure we are standing by to bring you the News when it breaks!

 

 

 

IU Dominates Purdue/Evan Williams

IU Dominates Purdue/ written by Evan Williams

Bad first half dooms Purdue; fall to #18 Indiana 85-74

 

After suffering their first loss to Indiana earlier this year for the first time since 2008, Purdue was looking to upset the 18th ranked Hoosiers on their Senior Night. After a very poor shooting performance in the first half, the Boilers (20-11, 10-8 B1G) were unable to overcome the Hoosiers (24-7, 11-7) as they lost 85-74 at Assembly Hall. The win for Indiana marked the first time the Hoosiers have swept Purdue since the 2005-06 season.

The difference in the game came down to the shooting for both teams. Indiana played excellent basketball and shot an outstanding 66.7% from the field in the first half. The Hoosiers also went 8 of 14 from three. Purdue shot 36.4% from the field in the first half and finished with 43.8% for the game. Tonight was just a night where it seemed everything Indiana threw at the basketball went in and Purdue could not have bought a bucket.  A fast paced game, Indiana raced out to a big lead early and took a 49-34 lead into half time.  The game did not change coming out of the intermission as Indiana continued its great shooting display.

Christian Watford led Indiana with 19 points and Will Sheehey scored 16. Cody Zeller scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked two shots for the Hoosiers.  The Hoosiers five seniors: Kory Barnett, Verdell Jones III, Daniel Moore, Tom Pritchard, and Matt Roth all saw playing time on Senior Night.

Purdue put five players in double figures with Lewis Jackson leading the way with 17 points. Robbie Hummel scored 16 and pulled down eight rebounds. Terone Johnson added 13 while Ryne Smith and D.J. Byrd scored 12 points each.  The Boilers just could not seem to get it together early on and were unable to be effective from long range, shooting 8-21 from three.

I would not say that the Boilermakers did not play well on defense; they just were unable to get as more scoring opportunities as Indiana had. No one from Indiana got into any foul trouble and the Boilers only had 13 attempts from the line compared to the Hoosiers 25. Purdue actually turned the ball over less than Indiana, with 10 turnovers compared to the Hoosiers 12. Without a true inside scoring threat, Purdue was forced to shoot the ball where they had been struggling all game.

Purdue made a late run in the second half, and got the score to 77-71 but were running out of time. Indiana went on to hit eight of ten free throws to end the game.

It was disappointing to see Purdue lose to Indiana twice in one year, especially after the Boilermakers recent dominance in the series.  The Purdue and Indiana rivalry is coming back into the form where it is one of the best in the country. Both teams are getting better and both have great recruits coming in. One thing that bothers me is the talk that Indiana had so much of a better year than Purdue and that Purdue had an awful season. If you look at it this way, had Purdue not dropped the three out of conference games, they would have the same record as IU. As far as how the season went, I’d say it is safe to say that when you lose your two best players that are NBA draft picks, you might have some sort of a drop off. Indiana lost no one significant from last year’s team, and they added a great player in Cody Zeller.  I also do not think that Indiana fans should forget about the recent terrible seasons they had such as their 6-25 season in 2009.  As much as I despise Indiana athletics and a good majority of the fans I encounter, I do have respect for the school and the knowledgeable fans out there.

With the conclusion of the regular season, the Big Ten Tournament is now upon us.  Sixth seed Purdue will take on 11th seeded Nebraska; a team the Boilers recently pounded 83-65, on Thursday. The game will be televised on ESPN 2.

Purdue Women BIG 10/Evan Williams

#21  win Big Ten Tournament after outlasting #24 Nebraska in Double OT

 

Earlier this season, Purdue dropped a triple overtime thriller to Nebraska at Mackey Arena. The Lady Boilermakers (24-8) made sure that they would not have a similar outcome this time as they sealed a 74-70 win over the Cornhuskers (24-8) for their eighth Big Ten Tournament title in the past 17 years.

Purdue’s Brittany Rayburn, who hit the game winner over Penn State in the semifinal game, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.  Sophomore guard KK Houser was also named to the All-Tourney team.

Purdue led 56-54 with 51 seconds remaining in regulation, but fouled Nebraska’s Lindsey Moore who made both free throws. After the first overtime ended, Purdue was able to take advantage of Nebraska’s fatigue in the second overtime.   Purdue’s depth on the bench proved to be key and helped lead the Boilers to the 74-70 victory after a desperation shot from Nebraska missed the net. 27 points from Moore and 25 from Jordan Hooper were not enough to carry Nebraska’s lack of bench scoring.  The Boilermakers’ bench outscored Nebraska’s 26-2. A much more physical team, Coach Sharon Versyp’s squad was also able to out muscle the Huskers on the boards, 51-40.

Houser led Purdue with 19 points on the day. Chantel Poston had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilers and Sam Ostarello notched eight points and 10 rebounds. Rayburn added nine points, in limited time due to foul trouble.

With the Big Ten Tournament title, Purdue should have some nice momentum going into the NCAA tournament. I really feel that Purdue has a great chance of making a deep run in the tourney. This team has the talent to make the run; they just have to bring it all together.

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