Postcard from camp: Colts
At the Colts' training camp -- the last day of it -- on the campus of Anderson University, about an hour northeast of downtown Indy. I used to love the Colts' setup at Rose Hulman Institute in Terre Haute, a couple of hours away, and this one's not quite as homey. But the Colts do a good job of letting their fans touch the players, and after this practice, about 25 players -- including new darling-of-the-fans Andrew Luck -- spent time (Luck about 25 minutes) signing and posing for photos with a sparse crowd on hand.
Nothing here. Team SI ate at the Olive Garden down the road. Have I ever told you how much I love the salad bowl they plunk down at your table? I could do without the huge peppers, but I demolish a couple of bowls of the stuff before every meal there. Lunch today was capellini pomodoro, with a touch of basil. Refreshing and filling. A-minus.
Luck got good practice against a heavy rush Sunday in Pittsburgh, and that'll come in handy when he opens the season against Julius Peppers and the Bears, followed by Jared Allen an the Vikings. Really, it's all about Luck's maturation this year, and it'll be interesting to see how he performs against some of the league's toughest defensive minds in Bill Belichick, Rex Ryan and Dom Capers when he faces the Pats, Jets and Packers.