The Colts continued their commitment to strengthening both lines of scrimmage, as well as the defensive backfield, in this weekend’s draft. With plans of shipping 1st round bust Jerry Hughes into the sunset, Indy, for the second time in four years, attempted to find Dwight Freeney’s full time and long term replacement. Additionally, and contrary to the philosophies of previous management, the front office showed a willingness to gamble on players with character issues and history of injury in order to secure greater value from the later rounds. Overall, it was a solid weekend for the Colts as they continued to add depth and address their greatest roster concerns.Key Picks
Bjoern Werner – Defensive End – Florida State
For NFL fans, one weekend in late April typically marks the most important and exciting event in the entire offseason: the NFL draft. For a few sweet days and nights, we are relieved from our reality that is plagued by a lack of pigskin and so closely resembles the dystopian settings of films such as: Judge Dredd, 12 Monkeys, Escape from New York, Running Man, Bladerunner, and the Matrix. Except our offseason months in the real world are much worse than these fictional masterpieces; we have no hope of becoming mixed up in the exploits of Snake Plissken or Ben Richards.However, 2013 is set to be a ghastly exception. We will receive no relief from the depressive fog of the offseason. On Thursday we will witness what will be remember as the most mundane draft in the history of the NFL. The first 5 selections will likely be spent on linemen, and the 1st quarterback taken may be some guy from Syracuse whose college career was so inconsequential that reporting his name to my reader (or readers - we are still interpreting the data) does not warrant my opening of a web browser and executing a Google search in order to report his actual name.But, as always, you can count on Rob’s Sports Desk to report the upside of any bad situation. On Wednesday night, men across our great nation will tell their wives that, despite the airing of the NFL draft, they are relinquishing control of the television to said wives, for reasons such as: “you’ve had a tough week” or “I watch enough football in the fall,” etc. I suggest you salvage this terrible situation by by doing the same. Valuable marriage sensitivity points are at stake. And if such techniques fail you, hope is not completely lost. If you consult the Thursday night programming guide found here, you’ll find that Hollywood gems such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Steel Magnolias, and Marley and Me are airing Thursday night at 8pm. Just be sure to consult you mobile devices for thumbnail updates as the night wears on for draft and trade updates.
In the first year alone, the event raised $700 for Toys for Tots. They’ve since nearly tripled those numbers and expanded the event to include a raffle. This year, the best Santa in town will be in attendance.
Earlier this month, Jennifer Rhoutsong of the Evansville office ran in the "Bourbon Chase"- a 200-mile relay visiting major Kentucky distilleries. Jennifer ran three legs for a total of 18 miles. Describing a particularly intense rougt through fog, drizzling rain, and backwoods country roads, she said, "I was a little terrified at times; I ran the 11:00 PM leg the fastest so that I could be done with it." The 12 person team completed the course in an impressive 30 hours.
Rob Lime of the Indianapolis office puts together a weekly analysis of the NFL. Enjoy the following excerpt:
Ask Kris Farkus how last week went, and she'll reply without hesitation, "Crazy."
It's happened to everyone. You get back from a great trip, transfer photos to your computer or Facebook, and then promptly forget about them. The vacation is over, and the pictures fail to bring you back into those magical moments.
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