The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

September 9, 2013

George Bremer: Uncertainty lone constant in NFL

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be 1-0 today if linebacker Lavonte David simply had allowed New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith to run out of bounds untouched.

The Cincinnati Bengals also might have won if not for a head-scratching personal foul by linebacker Rey Maualuga that allowed the Chicago Bears to retain possession and run out the clock.

And the New York Giants could still be undefeated at Jerry Jones' glistening football palace if they could have just held on to the football. Six turnovers, including a red-zone interception returned for a touchdown in the final minutes, sealed the team's fate against the Dallas Cowboys.

Anyone that thinks it's possible to predict what will happen each week in professional football is fooling themselves. That's just one of the reasons it's a good idea for Indianapolis Colts fans to take a deep breath and thank the football gods for a 1-0 start.

Nothing comes easily in a league designed for parity.

The Oakland Raiders won just four games last season and gave veteran backup Matt Flynn decent money to try his fortunes as a starting quarterback. But he and the team did not look good together in the preseason, and head coach Dennis Allen turned instead to third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

In just his second NFL start, Pryor threw for 217 yards and ran for 112 more as the Raiders pushed the heavily favored Colts to the brink at Lucas Oil Stadium. If not for two interceptions, the last by safety Antoine Bethea at his own 6-yard line with 25 seconds to go, Indianapolis likely still would be searching for its first victory today.

Everything from the defenders' physical fitness to head coach Chuck Pagano's job security has been questioned in the wake of the Colts' great escape. And there are good reasons to be wary.

Text Only
Sports
  • ken de la Bastide mug Ken de la Bastide: Allmendinger makes Chase field

    Lost in the media furor surrounding Tony Stewart last weekend was the fact that A.J. Almendinger qualified for the Sprint Cup chase for the championship.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Speedway announces changes to races Anderson Speedway officials have announced changes to the racing programs on Oct. 4 and 11, along with the addition of an event on Oct. 25.

    August 19, 2014

  • SPT - HB0819 - Lapel football - DH - 002 High school football preview: Baseball star Cherry has Lapel dreaming big Not very often does a Division I baseball player come into a football coach's office and declare that he wants to come out for the team, but that’s exactly what Brady Cherry did last summer at Lapel High School.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0819 - McAfee art George Bremer: McAfee can't wait for another shot at miracle finish Two days later, Pat McAfee still was kicking himself for missing a 64-yard field goal that would have provided an even more improbable finish to Saturday's 27-26 preseason loss against the New York Giants.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0818 - Alex scrimmage - 058 HS football preview: QB Kelly, Tigers chasing titles this fall Alexandria’s senior quarterback Blaize Kelly has all the statistics, honors and school records, but the one thing that he is still searching for is a sectional championship.

    August 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0818 - Griff Whalen art Rogers, Whalen heating up WR conversation Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen are competing so hard for the fifth WR spot, the Colts might be convinced to keep six.

    August 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pierce dominates winged sprint action Daleville’s Aaron Pierce used a fast race car and lots of patience late in the race to win the winged sprint car feature at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

    August 17, 2014

  • WEB Colts art 8-17 Giants rally past Colts in preseason home opener Pat McAfee truly believes he should have made a game-winning field goal for the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Never mind that the punter's attempt came from 64 yards out — a distance that would have equaled the NFL record set by Matt Prater last year. McAfee was focused only on the 27-26 loss against the New York Giants and how his right foot could have changed it.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0816 - Colts art Colts still in evaluation mode against Giants

    Many eyes will be turned toward Jonotthan Harrison tonight when the Indianapolis Colts host the New York Giants in their second preseason game. The undrafted free agent out of the University of Florida figures to be the starting center following Khaled Holmes' sprained ankle in the opener against the New York Jets.

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Winged sprint cars return to Anderson Speedway Anderson Speedway returns to racing action Saturday with the second appearance from the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series. The NASH FM ThunderCars and Front Wheel Drives Oval divisions will also be part of the racing program.

    August 15, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News