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Representative Julia Carson (D-IN) Dies

Filed in PoliticsTags: Democrats, Indiana, Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Democrat Julia Carson, US Representative for the Indianapolis area, has died, mere weeks after announcing that she would not seek re-election due to her failing health, including apparently terminal lung cancer. Rep. Carson was 69.

While I believe that the people of Indianapolis would be better-served by a representative less staunchly liberal, I would never have wished ill will or ill health on Rep. Carson. May she rest in peace, and may God be with her family in this time of loss.

Grandma Carrie, Rest in Peace

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Indiana

I received some very unexpected news this week, when my mom emailed me to say that my Grandma Carrie had passed away.

Carrie Pilant wasn't my biological grandmother, but she was, in my mother's words, the only real mother that my mother knew. Some of my oldest memories are of visits to see Grandma Carrie and Papaw Wayne "down on the farm" - from my dad's hunting trips (even the ones he let me go with him), to playing in the fields with my "cousins", to Sundays - with church service at Friendly Grove, a big Sunday dinner back at the house, and an afternoon nap.

Grandma Carrie had suffered through various health issues in recent years, but from all accounts, her passing was unexpected. Unfortunately, it was so sudden that I was unable to coordinate the time off from work to attend her funeral, which took place Thursday.

I don't know what more to say right now, other than that I haven't really lost my grandma; she has just gone home. If anyone loved the Lord, she did; and now she is with Him for eternity. I sympathize the most with those in her family on whom she had such a profound impact.

Rest in Peace, Grandma Carrie.

Haunted Fraternity House

Filed in PersonalTags: College, Indiana, RHIT, Terre Haute

Here's one for my mother-in-law: the fraternity house in which I lived while in college is haunted. The Terre Haute Trib-Star writes about it every so often; here's the latest. Here's a little background from the article:

[The] fraternity house was part of a several-building complex for the former Vigo County Home for Dependent Children, which was also known as the Glenn Home. The orphanage was created in 1903, though the “main building” was constructed in 1896, and still survives, a Web site dedicated to the Glenn Home’s history reports.

Several buildings were replaced through the orphanage’s tenure, which lasted more than 75 years. It finally closed in 1979, and many of the buildings later became part of Pi Kappa Alpha’s property.

And then the legends began.

Here is the Glenn Home History website.

Colts-Pats Analysis After Week 7

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, Media Bias, NFL

(Or: Shutting Up Tony Cornhole)

So, are the Pats really dominating more than any other team in the league? From listening to the sycophants analysts, one would think so. However, that analysis may not be true.

Using the team-offense and team-defense stats available on NFL.com, I compared how each team has performed relative to their opponents.

Patriots Through Week 7

The Pats are ranked 1 in scoring offense at 39.9 ppg, and 10 in scoring defense at 17.1 ppg.

The Pats' opponents have a combined record of 17-28 (average record of 2.4-4), their offenses score an average 23.8 ppg, and their defenses give up an average 26.7 ppg.

Discounting each team's game against the Pats, those teams have a combined record of 17-21 (average record of 2.4-3), their offenses average 24.6 ppg, and their defenses give up an average of 23.9 ppg. This "composite" team would rank 8 in offensive scoring and 24 in defensive scoring.

Against the Pats, these teams scored an average of 17.1 ppg and their defenses gave up an average of 39.9 ppg.

Thus, relative to their opponents, the Pats have held their opponents to 7.5 ppg less than their average, while scoring 16 ppg more than their other average.

Colts Through Week 7

So how do the Colts compare?

The Colts are ranked 3 in scoring offense at 32.2 ppg, and 6 in scoring defense at 15.8 ppg.

The Colts' opponents have a combined record of 20-18 (average record of 3.3-3), their offenses score an average 19.4 ppg, and their defenses give up an average 20.9 ppg.

Discounting each team's game against the Colts, those teams have a combined record of 20-12 (average record 3.3-2), their offenses average 20.2 ppg, and their defenses give up an average of 19.0 ppg. This "composite" team would rank 18 in offensive scoring and 14 in defensive scoring.

Against the Colts, these teams scored an average of 15.8 ppg and their defenses gave up an average of 32.2 ppg.

Thus, relative to their opponents, the Colts have held their opponents to 4.4 ppg less than their other average, while scoring 13.2 ppg more than their average.

Conclusion?

The Pats have played teams with good offenses and horrible defenses. Against these teams, they hold them to 7.5 ppg less than their average, while scoring 16 ppg more than their average.

The Colts have played teams with both average offense and an average defense. Against these teams, they hold them to 4.4 ppg less than their average, while scoring 13.2 ppg more than their average.

Thus, the Pats' defense is clearly playing well against good offenses, while their offense is feasting on atrocious offenses. Meanwhile, the Colts' defense is outplaying average offenses, while their offense is clearly dominating average defenses.

The Pats' defense is a bit more impressive against good offenses than the Colts' defense is against average offenses; however, The Colts' offense against average defenses is performing on par with the Pats' offense against terrible defenses.

In other words, anyone who, at this point in the season, crowns the Pats' offense as head-and-shoulders above everyone else is simply ignorant of the facts. This Colts offense is demonstrably as good as the Pats offense.

(My calculations can be found in this (.ods format) spreadsheet: Colts Pats Comparison 2007 Week 7.)

Get Hunter “The Punter” Smith’s Autograph!

Filed in Religion, SportsTags: Christianity, Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, Music, NFL

To all my Colts-fan friends: here's an easy way to get an autograph from Colts punter Hunter Smith. His band, Connersvine, is releasing an album October 23, 2007. Pre-order the album, and it will come with an autographed insert. See the official web site for details.

Oh, and for those of you in Indy, you might be interested to know that Connersvine will be having a CD release party at Trader's Point Christian Church, on the far northwest side.

Watching The Game With Lily

Filed in Personal, SportsTags: Colts, Family, Fatherhood, Indiana, Indianapolis, Marriage, NFL, Photos

Today we had the rare pleasure of getting to watch the Colts game (not often aired in the St. Louis market). Lily wore her Colts cheerleader outfit, and we cheered on the Colts' 38-20 victory over Denver.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 7

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Keyunta Dawson

With the 242nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Keyunta Dawson, DE, Texas Tech
(HT: 6'1" / WT: 268 / 40: 4.62)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com
  • SI.com

    Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Dawson is a practice squad player and developmental prospect. Best fit is at linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

  • Fox Sports

    270 pounders who can move are rare. He's not a linebacker and he's certainly not going to be a tackle, like some think he might be. He's a big end who could be terrific in a rotation as a decent pass rusher and potentially a big run stopper. With room to get bigger, he could grow into a late steal.

  • Scout.com

    Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, Dawson is a practice squad player and developmental prospect. Best fit is at linebacker in a 34 alignment.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 6

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

The Colts did not have a pick in Round 6.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 5

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Roy Hall

With the 169th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Roy Hall, WR, OSU
(HT: 6'2 / WT: 229 / 40: 4.46)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Kris Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs … Hall might be a better fit at H-back, where a team can line him wide because of his speed, in motion because of the mismatches he would cause against smaller defensive backs or in the backfield, where he is a promising blocker … He does take plays off and concentration issues led to several costly drops over the years, but with his body frame and quickness, he is worth a long look in training camp and could be a nice late draft pick-up.

  • SI.com
  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports
  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Could project to and get looks as a tight end or H-Back at the next level...He was not invited to the Combine but tore it up at his Pro Day...Someone just may take a flyer on him based on potential alone...Intriguing and a classic workout warrior.

  • Scout.com

Michael Coe

With the 173rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Michael Coe, CB, Alabama St.
(HT: 6'0" / WT: 190 / 40: 4.53)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Cory Webster, New York Giants -- Like Webster, press coverage might not suit Coe well. He has good ball skills and takes decent angles at times, but despite his speed he is not a quick twitch-type. He has some value as an emergency punt returner, but did have fumbling issues there in the past. Some experts say Coe can handle press coverage, but he is not as active shooting his hands as one would like. With his functional route awareness and ability to keep plays in front of him, Coe might bring better value as a free safety. The talent is certainly there, but he failed to impress against top-level competition at Arkansas and only one of the receivers he faced in 2006 (Henry Tolbert -- Grambling, who missed most of the game with an injury) is considered even a camp prospect at the next level, making it hard to judge his senior performance against such inferior competition.

  • SI.com

    Transferred from Arkansas so he could play under his father at Alabama State, Coe made big strides last season. A solid special-teams player, he offers possibilities as a nickel or dime back in either a zone system or as a press corner.

  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports

    An Arkansas transfer that played up to his physical tools as a senior under the guidance of his father and head coach. He was used at both corner and free safety depending on an opponent's offensive scheme. He has good size, can turn and run with most receivers and plays with a physical flair to his game. He showed up well in his postseason games. He has man coverage ability mixed with very good ball skills. He's a good wrap-up tackler and ran in the mid-4.4 range at his workouts. He's a coach's kid who works hard, which should help him play early in his career.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Played most of his career at Arkansas but transferred to Alabama St. to play for his for his father, head coach Charles Coe...Showed well at the East-West Shrine and the Senior Bowl as well after being brought in as an injury replacement...A guy who quietly emerged as one of the top sleeper prospects in this draft...Has all of the physical tools and could end up going quite a bit higher than most think.

  • Scout.com

    Transferring from Arkansas in order to play under his father who is the head coach at Alabama State, Coe made big strides last season. A solid special-teams player, he offers possibilities as a nickel or dime back in either a zone system or as a press coverage.

2007 NFL Draft – Colts: Round 4

Filed in SportsTags: Colts, Draft, Indiana, Indianapolis, NFL

Brannon Condren

With the 131st overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Brannon Condren, S, Troy
(HT: 6'1 / WT: 208 / 40: 4.48)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Compares To: Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee … Look for Condren to make a living on special teams earlier in his career. He is slow to recognize plays developing, but has the burst to close in a hurry when he locates the ball. He peeks into the backfield too long to play strong safety and needs to show better route recognition to handle man coverage assignments. Still, with his athletic ability he is worth a look late in the draft. Just look at what the Titans found in a similar prospect in Finnegan.

  • SI.com
  • Fox Sports
  • Yahoo Sports
  • Scout.com

    Analysis: A zone safety with limitations in coverage, Condren is a special teams prospect at the next level.

Clint Session

With the 136th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts take:

Clint Session, OLB, Pittsburgh
(HT: 6'0" / WT: 233 / 40: 4.7)

Analysis:

  • ESPN.com
  • NFL.com

    Session got drafted on what he did at Pitt’s Pro Day. He can play outside, he can run and he’s a very, very good special-teams player (that’s what they’re looking for at this point in the draft). He's 5-11 and 236 pounds, but he has 4.57 speed.

  • SI.com

    Session is a special-teams player who could back up in a one-gap system.

  • Fox Sports

    Session is an aggressive prospect who has good quickness and is a big hitter. He reads the play extremely well, and he has the ability to diagnose the play even before the snap. Session can simply take the ball away from the ball carrier and plays with the mean streak teams look for. He has a hard time holding his ground when teams run at him, so adding some bulk would be a wise move for him. He had some durability issues and struggled with injuries for a stertch. If he stays healthy, he could turn out to be one of the steals late in the draft.

  • NFL Draft Countdown

    Struggled in '05 after making the move from inside to outside linebacker but really hit his stride in 2006 and had a terrific senior campaign...Needs to be in the right scheme to succeed but could at least be a backup and special teamer in the pros.

  • Scout.com