Rushville Republican

Sports

July 30, 2013

Pagano: Colts have unfinished business

ANDERSON — During last year’s training camp, the Indianapolis Colts expressed their dismissal of outside expectations by sporting t-shirts that highlighted the team’s status as the 32nd-ranked team in certain NFL preseason power rankings.

The Colts backed up their belief in themselves by finishing with an 11-5 record and earning an AFC Wild Card playoff berth.

This year’s motivational t-shirts were borne out of one of last season’s most indelible moments.

After a midseason victory against the Miami Dolphins, head coach Chuck Pagano — who was battling leukemia and had been away from the team for weeks — made a surprise appearance in the postgame locker room.

His address to the team, which was shown on nearly every national highlight show that Sunday, included a particularly emotional description of the future.

“My vision that I’m living is to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and then hoist that Lombardi (Trophy) several times,” Pagano said as his players roared their approval. “I’m dancing at two more weddings, and we’re hoisting that trophy together, men.”

As new wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey caught passes from a JUGS machine before Sunday’s afternoon practice at Anderson University, he wore a t-shirt with an image of a hand grasping the Lombardi Trophy on the back. Underneath were two simple words, “Hoist It.”

That’s the message that will dominate this training camp and, the Colts hope, the entire 2013 season. There’s a sense of unfinished business in the air.

Indianapolis trailed the Baltimore Ravens 17-9 early in the fourth-quarter of their playoff loss, but the Colts had a first-and-5 at the Ravens’ 18-yard line. Two incompletions and a penalty later, the team missed a 40-yard field goal and Baltimore later drove for an insurance touchdown en route to its own Super Bowl championship parade.

Text Only
Sports
  • spt-rv082214-colts button Grigson continues to work the phones INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has never shied away from making a trade that he thinks will improve the overall makeup of his roster.While some trades have panned out better than others, Grigson continues to work the p

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs RCHS eventsTodayFootball: Milan at Rushville, 7 p.m.SaturdayTennis: Rushville at Connersville Inv., 10 a.m.Girls soccer: South Dearborn at Rushville, 11 a.m.Boys soccer: Rushville at South Dearborn, 11 a.m.Volleyball: Rushville at Anderson Liberty, 9

    August 22, 2014

  • spt-rv082214-gsoccer pic Centerville knocks off Lady Lions In the season opener for the Lady Lions, Centerville came to town and left with a 6-0 victory over Rushville.The Lady Lions are excited for this season as the two main scorers from last year, Emilee Rogers and Jordan Linville, are back and ready to p

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • spt-rv082214-tennis vs EC pic Lions fall to EC in tennis opener The Lion tennis team opened the season against EIAC foe East Central Monday at the Richard Bradley Tennis Center. The visiting Trojans posted a 5-0 victory over the Lions.“We couldn’t find a win tonight, but we feel like we got a good effort from the

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Lions third, Lions fifth at New Palestine NEW PALESTINE – The RCHS cross country teams opened the regular season at the New Palestine Invitational. The Lady Lions placed third as a team behind Pendleton Heights and Shelbyville. Rushville was led by Kayla Fogg in second place (22:21), Brandi

    August 22, 2014

  • Mt. Vernon wins 3-team match at Bear Chase SHELBYVILLE - Rushville and Mt. Vernon (Fortville) traveled to Shelbyville’s Bear Chase Golf Course for a 3-team event.Mt. Vernon took top honors with a team-total 179. Shelbyville was second with 179 and the Lady Lions finished with 229.Mt. Vernon’s

    August 22, 2014

  • Lady Lion spikers fall in opener The Lady Lion volleyball team lost to Tri 20-25, 25-20, 25-12, 25-20 in the season opener Wednesday.“There were many bright spots in the game. We are still working on getting used to playing with a new group of girls and being comfortable on the floo

    August 22, 2014

  • Fishermen… How dedicated are they? I have heard a few fishing friends describe themselves as “avid” anglers. Knowing my self-descriptive fishing addicts friends, I am tempted to insert the word crazy rather than avid.Backing up my claim of anglers being deeply devoted to the sport, a

    August 15, 2014

  • Sports Briefs RCHS EventsTodayGirls golf: Greenfield, Centerville at Rushville, 5 p.m.SaturdayGirls golf: Rushville at New Palestine Inv., 9 a.m.MondayBoys tennis: East Central at Rushville, 5:30 p.m. Oden faces October trial on battery chargesINDIANAPOLIS (AP) —

    August 15, 2014

  • spt-rv081514-meyer feature pic Meyer figuring out life in pro baseball INDIANAPOLIS – Alex Meyer said last Friday afternoon that his goal as a first-year, Triple-A baseball player was to become a more consistent pitcher. “I’m not there, yet,” Meyer said moments before his Rochester Red Wings faced the Indianapolis India

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Photo Roundup
NCAA Top 25
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.