The Indy Eleven made some big announcements at the beginning of October. First they announced their first player signing, Goalkeeper Kristian Nicht, will play for the Indy Eleven in their inaugural 2014 season. Kristian will be wearing a blue, white or red (not sure which but it will be very American), jersey sponsored by Honda. Well, actually, he will probably be wearing some other random color since he is the goalkeeper but his teammates will be sporting one of America’s colors. If you are interested in season tickets for the Indy Eleven be sure to act fast. Only 7,000 season tickets are going to be made available and according to Indyeleven.com only 154 tickets remain.
Pacers Back in Action
I am not the only one back in action. The Indiana Pacers took the court starting in late October and have come out of the gate swinging (or should I say dunking). The Pacers came away with a home and season opener win against the Magic followed by two somewhat dramatic wins against the Pelicans and Cavilers. At the beginning of the season Derrick Rose made a statement claiming he doesn’t think the Pacers and Bulls have a rivalry – if anything the Bulls and Heat are bigger rivals. Rose must still be living in 2011. Last year the Bulls lost to Miami four games to one in the second round. Sure Rose, you are correct, you sat out the entire year last year with an injury, which is a fair excuse. Let’s look at 2012 when the Bulls had Derrick Rose and the number one seed – they lost to the eight seed 76ers in six games.
That brings us back to the 2011 season where the Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Championship and lost to the Heat four games to one. Clearly Rose just made a mistake in the interview. Unmistakably it is the Heat and Pacers who have the rivalry, at least currently have the rivalry. The Pacers lost to the Heat in the second round four games to two in 2012. Then last year the Heat beat the Pacers four games to three in the Eastern Conference finals. It appears the Pacers have given the Heat a better run for their championship then the Bulls. In the end Rose, it doesn’t really matter who you think your rivals are…the play on the court and the passion of the fans are going to determine it for you. In the meantime, the Pacers are off to a 3-0 start and the Bulls are sitting with a 1-2 record.
The Indianapolis Colts continue to find ways to win despite the injury bug never leaving after the 2012 campaign. Many thought the Colts would have a solid wild card year, especially with the return of many key young players and a few veterans but no one saw a division leading 6-2 Colts at the beginning of the year. If you are completely honest with yourself you would have been happy with a 4-4 record. After having to play the 49er’s, Broncos and Seahawks – in which the Colts won all three games, a 4-4 record would have been good so a 6-2 record is unbelievable but it doesn’t stop there. The Colts have done all of this with multiple injuries.
The biggest impact has been a rotating door of running backs and of course veteran Reggie Wayne. Wayne’s presence last night was clearly missed as the Colts struggled early on in the game. The Colts are lucky they have Luck and an emerging T.Y. Hilton who has to fill big shoes as the Colts try to hang onto a strong playoff position. If you would have promoted the question who is 2-6 and who is 6-2 after eight games considering all of the Colts injuries and their tough schedule – I would have guessed wrong and given Houston the 6-2 record and the Colts the 2-6 record. Somehow this Colts team continues to find a way…or should I say Andrew Luck finds a way to carry this Colts team.
There is so much going on I could writer forever but I need to save some sport’s juice (I guess that would be Gatorade??) for next week. As always thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my first article back and I look forward to many more before we end out 2013! Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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