Many people wonder if the window on the Peyton Manning championship era is closing. Manning will be 33 when he reports to training camp for the 2009 season however just put up his third MVP season in 2008. In addition the Colts failed all season long at establishing a running game and have numerous questions with big free agents.

I for one have the opinion that the Colts will have their best season since the 14 wins they posted in 2005. Then again, that was the year they whiffed in the playoffs.

The Colts lose Tony Dungy, who in my opinion has not been with the Colts 100% for more than two seasons. While I respect Dungy as a coach and as a person, I wonder if his sometimes timid coaching was the best option for the high flying Colts. When he made out of character challenges and fourth down attempts in the playoffs, I knew he was hanging it up. They replace him with a solid but rather unknown coach in Jim Caldwell. While I can’t say he is better than Tony, I do feel as if it is an upgrade. Call it stale coaching or just a change in the man in charge, I think it will have a positive impact on the season of the Colts. In addition to JC, he immediately comes in and fires the DC, which again I like, and praise God, fires the special teams coordinator which has been piss poor for as long as I can remember. In come Larry Coyer who coached his last few seasons in Tampa Bay and before that was the DC for the “get after the quarterback” Denver Broncos. Also Ray Rychleski comes to Indy as special teams coordinator from the University of South Carolina.

Free agency is an area where the Colts rarely make a play. They often feel to draft players and develop them rather than to pay large salaries, especially on defense. They rarely ever go after another teams free agents. There are four big names of the Colts that will be the focus of this off season. Number 1 is Kelvin Hayden. He will be a very important piece in Larry Coyer’s puzzle. He’s quick and tall and will be the number 1 focus. It’s my fear the Colts will have to Franchise tag him making him a 10 million dollar man. The number 2 guy to me is Jeff Saturday. The Colts struggled last season when Jeff wasn’t snapping to Manning. They are like ying and yang together. Saturday isn’t old really but until they are 100% they have a good replacement in town, I’d hate to see Saturday leave. Next would come Dominic James. I think he is an essential compliment to the often injured Joe Addai. He’s not an expensive player and appreciates the opportunities that Indy have given him. Finally is Marvin Harrison. Marvin’s had an uncharacteristic brush with the law, and had it been anyone else, I’d expect the Colts to just release the player. However Harrison has his own place in Indianapolis history and isn’t a guy we could just cut. However he needs to rework a contract if he wants to remain in Indy. He costs too much to be unproductive as he was last season. Resign for a million a season or pack your bags for Philly.

The Colts draft late in 2009, which is a whole nother load of crap, so it will be hard to get an impact player without trading up. I’d love to see them invest in a large DT either in the draft or free agency but I won’t hold my breath.

There’s a lot to be optimistic at if you are a Colts fan. Change is a good thing and can often be more than the visible changes you originally see. And at least you don’t have to be like Deej and his sad Bears or Hunt and his overpaid and underperformed Cowboys. :)

So this past week SI released the fact that Alex Rodriguez along with 103 other baseball players failed testing for banned substances between the years 2001-2003.

How many of these players were All-Stars? How many are/were future Hall of Famers? Will baseball ever be able to recover?

It’s only a matter of time before the 103 other players will be named and then baseball sinks further from America’s game to a game of disgust, lies and cheating.

Bonds who broke Aaron’s career home run record will never be in the Hall of Fame.
McGwire who broke Maris’ season home run record will never be in the Hall of Fame.
Clemens the winningest right handed pitcher of our era will never be in the Hall of Fame.
Sosa, who has more 60 home run seasons than anyone, will not be in the Hall of Fame.

I wonder if Cal Ripken ever used to stay healthy enough to play 2131 games straight.
I wonder if the fan favorite of Ken Griffey Jr is clean as well.

Baseball’s evolved from America’s game to the most tarnished. And it’s not getting better. It’s not cleaning up. It needs an extreme overhaul to flush out the cheaters. It needs suspensions, fines and banishments tossed around like needles were the past 10 years. Pete Rose is serving a lifetime ban for his actions. These current players must face the same judge and jury.

I wonder how long would it take the fans to overcome actions like this. It took a number of years after the strike for the embrace of baseball to be felt again. But that was when 61 mattered. When 755 was untouchable. When 2131 is something that would never be duplicated. History is what makes baseball great, and to let history be forgotten by juiced up numbers is what will make baseball forgotten.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR. When you say, ‘I love you ,’ mean it.

FIVE. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.

SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN. Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’

FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN. Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson !

SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship..

NINETEEN. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.

I’ve got a great smile & I use it without hesitation.

Some times after a few drinks I do silly things that make others laugh – and I don’t regret them.

I believe in chivalry.

I’m a great cuddler.

I’m almost always the life of the party.

I’ll try anything once. Except skydiving.

I’m horrible with names but I never forget a person.

I love my friends dearly & take my friendships very seriously.

I spend too much time stressing and need to spend more time with people who put me at ease.

I love necking in the twilight hours of the night.

My friends are just as absurd and rambunctious as I – and thats why I love them!

I love to take road trips.

I love to play sports.

I’m always down for adventure.

I’m adamantly loyal to my friends, family and loved ones.

I very much value honesty and being straighforward.

Im a fantastic cook and love to cook for friends.

I like to plan romantic getaways.
I love a slightly chilly room, but a warm, snuggly bed.

I like but never need an “I just wanted to say hi” phone call.

I’ve never been “across the pond” but plan to change that in the near future.

I work hard but play harder.

If I’m committed, I never cheat.

I like to send flowers.

I’m polite and thoughtful.

I like going to the bars on a Tuesday and staying in for a movie on a Saturday.

I take everything in stride, and can cope with anything that comes my way.

I’m a tough competitor and a gracious loser.

I always have a story to tell about something.

I’m a guy you want your parents to meet.

I want children very much when I’m stable and in a place where I can support them without living hand to mouth.

I respect my elders and understand that what they have to offer is priceless.

I’d love to have someone to explore neighborhoods with.

I do miss holding hands.

I’m a momma’s boy.

I love, love, love sushi.

I’m rarely ever tardy.

My confidence is never conceit.

I’m a great boyfriend for the right girlfriend.

I’m a romantic, a realist, and the guy who’s there when the chips are down.

So today I was called into work 4 hours early and then stuck in a booth because 4 people decided to call into work today. It’s not really that bad( if you have a good book, a dvd player, a newspaper or a few magazines) but if not it can get really really boring. As was today. So after I finished my book, read the newspaper did the crossword and suduko I got to thinking of stuff that annoyed me. Things I came across on the drive in and seemingly run into daily.

1. People that don’t acknowledge you or respond to a gesture/greeting/etc. This happens all the time when I am giving a lunch break or something like that.

Car comes up.
Me: “hello, how are you doing today?”
Customer: “……”
Me: “that’ll be two dollars.”
Customer: “….”
Me: *hands back change* “have a nice day.”
Customer: *drives off*

(In a Michelle Tanner voice) How ruuuuuude. Sure I took your two dollars, but you know what, I did it with a nice fuckin smile so when someone says something nice to you get off your high horse and say something nice back. If not becuase it would make your pathetic life better do it for the other person who isn’t trying to be everything that is wrong with the world.

2. People who talk on the phone. Constantly. This is one that I noticed this morning, not that I hadn’t before, but one that just hit me. People are always on their cell. From when they wake up, to the car ride into work, til their cigarette break, til lunch, til the moment they clock out of work, til the drive home, til inbetween bites of your dinner that night. Let me tell you, 80% of your life isn’t so interesting someone wants to know about all of it. My god, if cell phones were knocked out for a week people would be zombies. It’s really kind of sickening. Then again this is from the guy who hates talkin on the phone so much that he went over his 1000 texts per month. By 1300.

3. People who say “funner.” It’s not a word. Don’t use it. Ever. Bad grammar makes you look like a retard. Sorry to the retard reading this who even he is smart enough not to use the word “funner.”

4. People who are constantly late. If you say you are going to be somewhere at 5, be there at 5. If you have an interview at 9, be there at 8:40. If someone is holding seats for you at a bar for a game don’t show up at tip-off when that persons been there 4 hours before tip-off to hold you a seat. Be there as soon as you can. You being a lazy ass on the sofa is not an excuse.

5. People who don’t take work seriously. I know I don’t have the most intriguing job to everyone but I do enjoy it, and I do everything at 100%. I don’t slack off when I’m at work if there are things that need to be done. I don’t call in sick all that often. I’m one of the most “immature” people out there but you’ll never find someone else doing MY job. Work hard, play harder.

So what is the deal with people throwing their cigarettes out of the car window when they are done with them? Are those the new biodegradable cigs you get at the organic shop? Do you throw your supersized Coke of french fry container out the window when your done with that? Use the ashtray, smoker.

And why is it you like to crowd the entrance to the hospital, or huddle right near the exit of the garage to puff down your smoke. Do you see that “No Puffin” sign behind you. 100% cheezy but I guess the kids notice it. Or how about the 3 “No smoking on hospital property” signs on each side of you? Have you smoked so much you can’t read. There’s also a picture to help you. It’s a big X on a smoking cigarette. Brilliant.

Ah, then you finish smoking and decide the ground is a nice place for the butt. Yeah, maybe a magical cigarette bird will come and pick that up and carry it away. Maybe not. What’s the problem with moving to the street as policy states? Oh, you say the wind is too frigid. How about smoking in your car, then placing the butt in your ashtray? Ahhh, you don’t want your car smelling of cigarette smoke. But then again you can sit in a bar or restaurant and plug away smoke after smoke and really never give two shits. Thanks.

Then there is the lovely act of throwing your smoke into the driveway or the yard of the person you are visiting. This is one of my favorites. Nice work.

I believe…. chivalry isn’t dead.

I believe…. what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

I believe…. loyalty is very important trait in a lover and a friend.

I believe…. one who can make you laugh at anytime is more valuable than their weight in gold.

I believe…. that the most fun things in life happen after 3am.

I believe…. that while many say they don’t regret, there are many things we would go back and change if we could.

I believe…. that wishing on a falling star does mean – well something.

I believe…. that you can hear that wish.

I believe…. you can find good friends anywhere. School, work, bars or even myspace.

I believe…. that cuddling close with a nice summer breeze is the best way to sleep.

I believe…. that it’s a great feeling to have a sidekick.

I believe…. competition brings the best out of people.

I believe…. mothers are a good judge of character.

I believe…. marriage is something in my future, but after 30.

I believe…. in being on time.

I believe…. 3rd base is a spectacular every day thing.

I believe… in staying up and watching the sunrise.

I believe…. in true love.

I believe…. in dreaming tomorrow.

I believe…. that even with all the pains and sorrows in life, the people and experiences we have make this life heaven.

Sorry you didn’t get Daughtry but I think i’s time to hang it up. I recently had the pleasure of working a special event at the Murat Theatre the weekend of the Brickyard 400. It was a bunch of people from Goodyear, sports marketing reps and anyone else who was “in” with the industry.

Well blame it on quals being pushed back, or the ample possibilities of the night before the race but on an event where they get Let’s be Frank (a Sinatra cover band), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Fuel to play, an open bar with unlimited wet possibilites and not to mention a valet service staffed 12 deep and only manage near 75 at peak. 25 cars valeted, that’s $88 dollars per car and a mediocre crowd to see Fuel play Bad Day = a bad event by the company.

Oh yeah, never wear black socks and brown sandels.

Well this past weekend the Broad Ripple Celebrity packed up his bags and headed up to Chi-town for a Cubs game and other debauchery. With a large homemade Maker’s and Coke we set off for the three hour drive North to the Windy City. With little to no traffic we made it to Wrigleyville in good time and we were well on our way to being at a bar with a good hour and a half of pre drinking time. What we weren’t ready for was the obvious Al-Quada convention in town at the same time. First there wasn’t a cab in site, then the next 10-12 we saw were carrying one passenger and we were just out of luck. So my skills of manueving around Nap come into play. I’m wearing tight baseball pants and a Cubs jersey with stirrup socks