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Peyton Place

Dec. 06, 2004
Dec. 06, 2004

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Dec. 6, 2004

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Peyton Place

Twenty years after they came over on the Mayflower (moving vans), the Colts are happily part of the Hoosier landscape

DEC. 5 >> TENNESSEE TITANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS >> 1 P.M. EST

This is an article from the Dec. 6, 2004 issue Original Layout

[1] MAYFLOWER BUSINESS PARK Headquarters of Mayflower Transit when it handled secret, middle-of-the-night Baltimore-to-Indy move in 1984. Now a collection of retail stores and restaurants. [2] LILLY LIBRARY Home of Jack Kerouac's first draft of On the Road (ten 12-foot-long sheets of paper Scotch-taped together), which was purchased by Colts owner Jim Irsay for $2.43 million in 2001. The manuscript is now on the road (in Rome through Jan. 7) as part of a 16-city international tour. [3] INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY World-famous 21/2mile oval is site of Indy 500 and NASCAR's Brickyard 400. A 4K racetrack run/walk on Nov. 6 raised $8,500 for the Pat Tillman Foundation. [4] HALL OF CHAMPIONS Mecca of all things NCAA displays a banner for each of the year's 88 national champions. [5] CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL Host of NFL combine since 1987; players and league brass fill all 273 rooms for three nights each February. [6] VAPOUR LOUNGE Giants QB, Bachelor alum Jesse Palmer frequents it when he's in town visiting family. ("Drives the girls crazy," says chef Matthew Lane.) At now suspended Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal's 26th-birthday party here in October guests included Colts Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James, and the lounge was decked out with ice-sculpted 7s--O'Neal's jersey number. [7] SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE In the Westin hotel across from the RCA Dome. Many Colts come to tackle the 48-ounce porterhouse "because it's the macho thing to do," says hotel director of operations Garfield Campbell. "Not many finish it." [8] CONSECO FIELDHOUSE Home of the Pacers and WNBA Fever. For this year's world swimming championships, fire department pumped in 300,000 gallons of water to make a temporary pool. [9] EAGLE CREEK PARK Tight end Marcus Pollard trolls the 1,350-acre reservoir for crappie, walleye and largemouth bass. [10] BRICKYARD CROSSING GOLF COURSE The 6,994-yard public course includes four holes (7-10) inside the Motor Speedway oval. Pollard and kicker Mike Vanderjagt are regulars. --Adam Duerson

11 RCA DOME

• FOOTBALL CAPACITY: 55,506, lowest in NFL

• LARGEST HOOPS CROWD: 67,596 (for U.S. Olympic Dream Team vs. NBA All-Stars in 1984)

• RETIRED COLTS NUMBERS ON DISPLAY: 19 (John Unitas), 22 (Buddy Young), 24 (Lenny Moore), 70 (Art Donovan), 77 (Jim Parker), 82 (Raymond Berry), 89 (Gino Marchetti)

•GAMES PLAYED IN INDY BY THOSE PLAYERS: Zero

• FINAL FOURS HOSTED: Three (1991, '97, 2000). Scheduled to host again in '06 and '10

• COST OF CONSTRUCTION IN 1984: $77.5 million

• ANNUAL GUESTS: approximately 1.5 million

405 MILES NE

Hamilton, Ont., Ivor Wynne Stadium. Filming locale of 1998 Tony Danza made-for-TV snoozer The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon. Danza's body double: Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

585 MILES EAST

Philadelphia, Tasty Baking Company. In the late '90s, WR and Philly native Marvin Harrison had 30 packages of Tastykakes--and the Philadelphia Daily News--delivered to his house every week.

763 MILES SW

Dallas, SMU. Alma mater of former Colts running back Eric Dickerson and Colts owner Jim Irsay--who played a season at linebacker. During a '90 contract dispute Dickerson claimed Robert Irsay, Jim's dad, had him fly "2,000 miles ... to talk in circles for 10 minutes." Dickerson was shipped to Oakland in '92.

1,024 MILES SSE

Miami, team's birthplace. The All-America Football Conference's Miami Seahawks relocated to Baltimore in 1946, then Indianapolis in 1984.

1,028 MILES SSE

Coral Gables, Hecht Athletic Center, University of Miami. A $250,000 donation from ex-Hurricane, current Colt Edgerrin James in 2000--then the largest to the athletic department--went toward a weight room and the Edgerrin James Team Meeting Room.

1,023 MILES SSE

Miami Beach, Surf Club. Where Peyton Manning unofficially became the Colts' first pick in '98. After accepting a breakfast invite from team owner Jim Irsay nine days before the draft, Manning looked him in the eyes and promised, "I'll win for you." Irsay later said, "I knew then he was the guy I wanted."

Visitors' View

The Titans talk about what they like to do in Indianapolis

When I was drafted by Indianapolis [in 1994], they were revamping downtown. They made the mall called Circle Centre and put in restaurants. When I go back I like to see how the place has grown. They've got a nice little Johnny Rockets. I go there and have a nice little cheeseburger. --Jason Mathews, tackle

"I go for a run on the morning of the game, and I like going through the new downtown, running past the ballpark and down by the river."

--Jeff Fisher, head coach

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