The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

October 28, 2013

George Bremer: Colts enter new frontier

The Indianapolis Colts enter the next phase in their monster construction this week. And this can be the toughest project to master.

Welcome to life as a favorite.

Wins against San Francisco, Seattle and Denver raised the Colts' national profile. With nine games left in the regular season, they have a two-game lead in the AFC South. And each of Indianapolis' division rivals just went 0-for-October.

That has led to increased talk about playoff seeding and the race for a first-round bye. For the first time under this new regime, the Colts are being spoken of nationally as a Super Bowl contender.

All of which can be hazardous to a young team that still is trying to find its footing among the nouveau NFL elite. Add in the challenge of conquering this new frontier without star wide receiver Reggie Wayne in the lineup, and you start to get a sense of the intrigue the remainder of the season holds.

"You start reading the press clippings and worrying about power rankings and all this other stuff, you're done," head coach Chuck Pagano told the media Monday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. "You're done. We're going to stick with the process."

That process leads to another prime time game Sunday night in Houston. The Texans are a desperate team running out of options. Despite boasting the NFL's top-ranked defense, Houston (2-5) has lost five consecutive games and will replace a healthy Matt Schaub at quarterback with second-year pro Case Keenum.

The former University of Houston star made his first NFL start two weeks ago in a 17-16 loss at Kansas City. Keenum earned another chance by completing 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards and one touchdown without an interception against the undefeated Chiefs.

Like the Colts, the Texans are coming off a bye week. A home loss Sunday essentially would eliminate Houston from the division title race, and that should make the Texans even more dangerous.

Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0418 - PHHS vs Alex - 017 Arabians hold off Alex to reach semifinals Good teams don't need much help. That didn't stop Pendleton Heights from accepting a little aid from Alexandria in the second round of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament on Thursday.

    April 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Panthers claw way into softball semis If only Elwood's Jessie Noone had missed the team bus, Thursday's game in the Madison County Softball Tournament would have been more competitive.

    April 17, 2014

  • Ravens drove Manchester to avoid sweep NORTH MANCHESTER — The Anderson University baseball team defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader Manchester University 9-5 on Wednesday at Gratz Field. Andrew Eiler led the Raven offense with three hits, three runs and an RBI, including one of four home runs the visitors hit.

    April 17, 2014

  • Elwood, Liberty Christian advance in county softball tournament The 2014 Madison County Softball tournament got off to a wild start at Liberty Christian on Wednesday night as Elwood and the host Liberty Christian Lions advanced with victories.

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT - HB0417 - Nick Muller - 05 Bulldogs, Indians impress in openers Lapel and Anderson have very different histories in the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament.

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • SPT - HB0417 - Pendleton v Mad Grant 2 Eagles, Arabians move to second round Frankton got off to an uneven start, falling behind 4-3 and 6-4, but rallied for a 14-6 triumph over Alexandria in the first round of the Madison County Softball Tournament here Wednesday. In the second contest, Pendleton Heights topped Madison-Grant 2-1 in a game where both runs and hits were at a premium.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rick Bramwell: Improving weather should aid morels When I looked at my wilted daffodils Tuesday morning, I knew this would be a setback for morels. The long-range forecast through April 29 calls for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. This is good news for the blacks and grays.

    April 16, 2014

  • SPL - PT041014 - Ken de la Bastide column - Ken sig Ken de la Bastide: Hunter-Reay's blunder proves costly A lack of patience cost Ryan Hunter-Reay and teammate James Hinchcliffe a chance at victory last weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Long Beach.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0416 - tennis file - 14 Many girls tennis teams return top talent With spring sports getting off to a good start thanks to some spring-like weather last week, local girls tennis teams are taking to the court.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wild week will get later start The busiest week on Madison County's high school sports calendar is going to start a day later than expected.

    April 14, 2014