The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

December 10, 2012

George Bremer: Colts' unique run rolls on

Andrew Luck has been compared to Peyton Manning since it became clear the Indianapolis Colts would select him with the No. 1 pick in April’s draft.

Through every question about his well-chronicled predecessor, Luck has smiled and talked about his admiration for the NFL’s only four-time MVP. He’s also said, on more than one occasion, that it would be an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as Manning.

How about this sentence? With three games remaining in the regular season, Andrew Luck has more passing yards as a rookie (3.792) than Peyton Manning had in 1998 (3,739).

In fact, Luck needs 259 yards to surpass Cam Newton’s all-time rookie passing record.

Luck has shied away from such talk all year. So I knew his likely answer when I asked him about passing Manning after Sunday’s 27-23 win against the Tennessee Titans.

But I had to ask.

“I’m glad we got the win,” Luck said. “Again, I don’t think I deserve to look back doing anything. It would be dishonest to my teammates, and I have to keep focus. I guess it’s good to get records. Good records, not interception records.”

That last bit was added almost as an aside, an example of the self-deprecation that has marked every one of the rookie’s meetings with the media.

It’s also an example, however, of what sets this Colts team apart.

You know it’s a special season when a game in which a team rallies from a 13-point halftime deficit and the quarterback takes a gaudy franchise record away from a bona fide icon barely moves the needle.

The absurd has become expected in Indianapolis this fall.

With their ninth win Sunday, the Colts clinched a winning season just one year after finishing 2-14. They’re also the first team in the Super Bowl era to have a winning season with a rookie quarterback selected No. 1 overall.

And that quarterback deserves his share of the credit. He set a rookie record with his sixth game-winning drive and tied another with his fourth fourth-quarter comeback against the Titans.

But the beauty of this team is that nobody cares who gets the credit.

Cassius Vaughn’s interception return for a touchdown gave Indianapolis its first lead in the third quarter Sunday. In the postgame locker room, he made certain to thank his defensive line for putting pressure on Titans quarterback Jake Locker and free safety Antoine Bethea for having his back and allowing him to jump the curl route.

Luck, meanwhile, said the defense deserves more than half the credit for the Colts’ current three-game winning streak.

When I asked wide receiver Donnie Avery last week why this team has such a knack for winning close games (it’s 8-1 in contests decided by one score or less), his answer was simple and telling.

“We don’t have any selfish players,” he said. “Everybody works for each other.”

All that work is adding up to the NFL’s story of the year.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0419 - Muller final - 077 Arabians make history in Muller thriller Pendleton Heights beat Anderson 3-2 to become the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament's first repeat champion.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lady Ravens refusing to lose

    The Anderson University softball team swept Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Transylvania University on Saturday at Raven Field to finish a perfect 8-0 at home this season.

    April 19, 2014

  • Arabians win third straight County softball title It was a scenario Pendleton Heights had seen before. The game was scoreless late into the championship game of the Madison County softball tournament.

    April 19, 2014

  • Bulldogs rally past Eagles at Muller Kallen Brooks went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, including a walk-off double in the eighth inning, and Lapel rallied to defeat rival Frankton 3-2 on Saturday at Memorial Field.

    April 19, 2014

  • Eagles stop Lions to claim third place Frankton's Tia Sharp drove in three runs including the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth as the Eagles defeated Liberty Christian 11-1 here Saturday.

    April 19, 2014

  • PH pushes across only run in 7th

    After Frankton's Kyleigh Garner and Pendleton Heights' Bailey Benefiel battled one another to a standstill from the pitcher's circle for six innings, it took one mistake in the seventh to decide the outcome.

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT - HB0419 - County track - 116 Arabians sweep track titles again Beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures greeted the competitors at the Madison County track meet Friday at Madison-Grant. The Pendleton Heights boys and girls teams were looking to take the county for the third year in a row, but Anderson and Lapel had other ideas. It started off as a record-setting meet and finished with a bang as Pendleton was able to wrap up both titles. The girls held off a stiff challenge from Lapel to win 167.5-147, and the boys took the final event of the night to squeak out a 156.5-148.5 win over Lapel.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Arabians clip Eagles, go for Muller repeat The competitive feeling at Pendleton Height’s Bill Stoudt Field quickly faded Friday during the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Arabians once again took advantage of the opposing team’s generosity as Frankton pitchers gave up six walks and hit five batters, and Pendleton Heights took the 14-3 victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Arabians win County net title with 5-0 shutout

    An intriguing battle awaited and there was no indication what the team scores would be. Considering the Frankton Eagles had home court advantage, the Pendleton Heights Lady Arabians came hungry for the Madison County tennis title. Pendleton aced a 5-0 win and came away with the crown.

    April 18, 2014

  • Indians scratch back into Muller final A young and inexperienced Anderson team again proved its mettle Friday in the semifinals of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Indians (2-3), playing without several expected starters to open the season, clawed out a 10-6 victory against Lapel (2-2) at Memorial Field to advance to the championship game for the 10th time.

    April 18, 2014