About McFultz

Created this site with writer Kalib, Aka Vernon Smells. A huge sports and music fan. Avid concert goer and bandwagon enthusiast. Specializing in NFL, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF and pop culture. Huge Colts fan, so when it comes to football I can be a little biased (I apologize). People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks. Vernon Smells addition: I also make terrible grammar mistakes, and have made Vernon Smells take hours out of his life editing my nonsense.

The Beauty Inside The Madness

Besides the Super Bowl, March Madness has always been my second favourite sporting event. It has all the drama, a sports fan could want. It’s here where we see the magic in sports and the true passion. A few minutes ago Phil Pressey, of the 3rd ranked Missouri Tigers, (whom I had winning it all in my bracket) missed a game winning 3 pointer and fell victim to 15 seed Norfolk State. Norfolk State has now cemented itself in sports history by being the fifth 15 seed to ever beat a 2nd seed. It’s here that we see the magic in sports, and why every year millions of us tune in to watch March Madness. In March Madness there isn’t just one winner there are several. There is the team that actually wins the tournament and then there are the winners in the teams that upset the heavy favourites the VCU’s, Norfolk States’ and the Davidson’s of the world. These teams, help us as people believe, they show us that anything can happen and that even the little guy can win. We’ve all heard the story of David and Goliath, but time after time we see the Goliaths win in the real world. So when we do see something like this happen it’s relieving and heart warming. Seeing the father of Norfolk States’ forward Kyle O’Quinn jump up and down and get all giddy in the rafters, made me forget about my bracket and actually cheer for Norfolk State. How could anyone cheer against them? In all the Madness that is March Madness, it’s times like these where we see the beauty and the passion in sports. Even if Norfolk State was too lose 100-39 in there next game, all they would remember, and all the world would remember is how on March 16th they upset the number 3 school in the Nation. So with that I say congratulations Norfolk State, you are the true winners of March Madness.
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30 Teams In 30 Days- Minnesota Twins

Oh, the Minnesota Twins, the little wholesome team with the hometown hero and the Canadian boy. They had so much promise, but all that could go wrong, did go wrong. So let’s check out their horrendous season last year.
Minnesota Twins
Record: 63-99
Finished: 5th in AL Central
Playoffs: N/A
Top Pitcher: Scott Baker 9-8, 3.14 ERA, 123 SO
Top Hitter: Michael Cuddyer .284 AVG, 20 HR, 70 RBI
Manager: Ron Gardenhire
Important Acquisitions: Daniel Rams, Ryde Rodriguez, Chris Collabelo, Brad Thompson, Jason Marquis, Joel Zumaya, Josh Willingham
Important Losses: Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan and Matt Tolbert

Last season was a rough one for Twins fans, both of their star players, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer were plagued with injuries and ailments which led them to combine for just 7 Homeruns all year. Yes you read that right 7! Mauer was under a lot of scrutiny for this, as if he wasn’t really trying. This angered me because the man was injured, and he’s a Minnesota native who decided to stay in Minnesota instead of going to a team like the Dark Lord New York Yankees. I believe that both Morneau and Mauer will have comeback seasons. The Twins did lose their best offensive player from a year agom Michael Cuddyer this could be a problem if the aforementioned Mauer and Morneau are unable to produce. During the off-season the Twins signed a lot of pitchers, this was probably a good idea, seeing as only one of their pitchers had a winning record last season. The Twins had an abysmal season last year, but don’t worry Twins fans, I see a huge improvement. I don’t think they will have a winning record or make the playoffs, but at least this team will be a fairly competitive team and give you all a false sense of hope.
Prediction
Record: 78-84
Finish: 3rd in AL Central
Playoffs: N/A
Top Pitcher: Scott Baker 10-8, 3.19 ERA, 138 SO
Top Hitter: Joe Mauer .312 AVG, 19 HR, 89 RBI
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The 2016 Super Bowl Champions… The St. Louis Rams and Peyton Manning Watch Day 2

In the last hour the St. Louis Rams cemented them selves as the 2016 Super Bowl champions. The Rams traded the 2nd overall pick to the Washington Redskins for three first round picks and a second round pick. The Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota trade has been considered the greatest trade in NFL history, as it led to the Cowboys dominance in the 90s. For now, at least until we see how these picks pan out, it shall remain a close second.

The Rams have been lacking a receiving core that their former first overall pick QB Sam bradford could throw too. Well now with the 6th overall pick, the Rams may be able to select OK ST WR Justin Blackmon. Bradford and Blackmon could prove to be a lethal combination. As well, with 4 first round picks in the next two years, the Rams will be able to add as much depth as a team could possibly need.

Now on the Redskins front, the ‘Skins have now shown that they intend to draft Baylor QB Robert Griffin the 3rd. Although this could prove to be a great pick, the trade doesn’t make a lot of sense. Let’s say Griffin proves to be everything we thought he could be and more, who will he pass the ball to? Who will block for him? Who will play defense on the ‘Skins? Even with a great QB, you still need a great team to win a Super Bowl and you can’t have a great team without draft picks. If free agency is all you needed then the ‘Skins would have been a contender for the last 10 years.

From the beginning St Louis has been trying to shop this pick and the only possible team to make the trade was the Washington Redskins. The asking price was too high for any other team and the ‘Skins Owner, Dan Snyder has been known to make insane moves (i.e Albert Haynesworth’s 100 million dollar contract…).

Peyton Manning Watch Day 2

As of today QB Peyton Manning is talking to the Denver Broncos. This is the first of plenty of teams that the future hall of fame QB will talk to. Now a lot of people seem to think that Manning could end up there and with the ‘Skins, who were already a long shot and have now all but dropped out, the Broncos have moved into 4th place in a lot of peoples minds. I can’t see Manning signing with the Broncos. Manning is a future hall of famer why would he want to sign with a team that already has a famous QB in John Elway, Manning doesn’t want to compete with that legend. Now many people say that the trade would end Tim Tebow’s career but really it would only improve his career. Manning could teach Tebow the way of the QB or they could trade him to the Jaguars, who have been rumoured to be shopping for the Floridian legend. The Broncos aren’t stable enough for Manning, John Fox has not proven to be a great Coach, granted he made the Super Bowl with the Panthers, but since then all his teams have been failures. I still see Manning either going to the Cards, Fins or Jets.
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30 Teams in 30 days – Chicago White Sox

Hello, and welcome to the second edition of 30 Teams in 30 Days of the day, due to the Wednesday mix-up. I’d like to open my newest session with the following  statement: THE CHISOX ARE SECREWED! Now with that out of my system, let’s review last season, shall we?
Chicago White Sox
Record: 79-83
Finished: 3rd in the AL Central
Top Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, 13-9, 3.59 ERA, 109 SO
Top Hitter: Paul Konerko, .300 AVG, 31 HR, 105 RBI
Manager: Robin Ventura
Important Acquisitions: Kosuke Fukudome OF, Osvaldo Marinez INF, Pedro Hernandez P
Important Losses: Ozzie Guillen MIA, Mark Buehrle MIA, Omar Vizquel TOR, Juan Pierre PHI, Jason Frasor TOR

All you need to know about the 2012 ChiSox season is that they’re Guillenless. Ozzie Guillen is easily my favourite manager in the MLB, he is eccentric and all out crazy. Guillen has been a great manager for the ChiSox, so he will be missed and it’ll show. After Guillen went to Miami to create the Venezuelan Marlins, star pitcher Mark Buerhle followed. So now the Sox are missing their star pitcher as well, with these two major losses one would think that Sox would just fold for this season, but rest assured Sox fans their is some silver lining.

1) You still got Konerko, he will almost be in a managerial position, leading the lost Sox through the treacherous terrains of the AL. He also plays baseball…. and plays it pretty well, so there’s that.

2) Adam Dunn, Dunn had a disappointing season last year, only hitting 11 HRs and hitting a measly .159. I can’t see Dunn playing that bad this season, he’s only hit less than 20 HRs once before (not including last season), and that was in his rookie campaign.

SO Sox Fans besides those 2 silver linings, have fun with the long season, and hey at least you’re not a Cubs Fan.

Prediction
Record: 75-87
Finish: 4th AL Central
Playoffs: HA
Top Pitcher: Jake Peavy: 10-11, 3.35 ERA, 129 SO
Top Hitter: Paul Konerko: .295 AVG, 28 HR, 100 RBI
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The End of An Era

Although it is not official…yet. It is rumoured that the Indianapolis Colts will release  star quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning was drafted in 1998 by the Colts with the first overall pick, his first season he went 3-13, but in his second season he went 13-3. He brought the Colts to 9 consecutive playoff appearances, before missing last season. With the Colts, Manning won 4 MVP awards (an NFL record), he won one Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP award. He is 3rd in every major passing category and he’s face of the franchise… or was. With Manning gone, the Andrew Luck era shall begin, pending the Colts draft Luck. The best situation to happen for the Colts is that Luck goes 3-13 (like his predecessor) and gets the Colts another first overall pick so they can build a team around Luck.

Now for Manning, he now has the option to sign wherever he pleases. The top four teams I can see Manning go to are as follows.

1) The New York Jets, the Jets have a great defence and a great run game. The one thing they’ve been missing is a consistent QB, Mark Sanchez has been less then stellar in his time with New York. Manning’s father Archie during an interview a few months ago almost hinted that Peyton could end up there. If Peyton were to land in New York it would really heat up the Manning-Brady rivalry, as well there would be two Mannings’ in New York.

2) The Arizona Cardinals, the Cardinals have been one of the teams that are consistently mentioned. Arizona is a very stable environment (which Manning likes), they also are the city that took in an old Kurt Warner.  Arizona also has one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, Larry Fitzgerald. A Manning-Fitzgerald combo would be killer, as well the Cardinals are in the NFC West, a division that has been the weakest division in the NFL in recent years. With that being said the 49ers were stellar last season but Manning could easily dissect the 49ers defense. Also the Cardinals hired Manning’s ex QB coach Frank Reich.

3) The Washington Redskins, the Redskins are a team that have been known to sign older players and have always been willing to pay top dollar. The Redskins have been known to look for the quick fix and if your looking for a quick fix, Peyton Manning is your man. The Redskins also hold the 6th pick, with that pick they could possibly draft Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. With Manning and Blackmon the ‘Skins could tear up almost any defense. Now their main competition would be the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, who are led by non other than Peyton’s younger brother Eli. The Giants made the playoffs with a 9-7 record, Peyton hasn’t won less then 10 games since 2001. Now, even if the Giants were once again to finish first in the division, it’s safe to say that Manning would lead the Redskins to a  wild card spot

4) Last but not least, the Miami Dolphins, The ‘Fins have been a team always in the mix of the “where will Peyton end up talks”. Although the ‘Fins had a pretty bad season at 6-10, they were not actually as bad as their record suggests, they finished the season 6-3. The ‘Fins also hold the 8th pick, with that they can improve an already pretty solid o-line, fix up some of their defensive problems or if around, draft WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame or Kendall Wright from Baylor, with one of these  two start wide receivers plus Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins could torch any opposing defense.

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30 Teams in 30 Days – Boston Red Sox

Hello everyone, and welcome to the second installment of 30 teams in 30 days. Today’s team was one of the biggest discussion last year and the most interesting story. The Boston Red Sox.
Boston Red Sox
Record: 90-72
Finish: 3rd in the AL East
Playoffs: N/A
Top Pitcher: John Lester 13-6, 3.16 ERA, 146 SO
Top Hitter: Adrian Gonzalez .343 AVG, 18 HR, 94 RBI
Manager: Bobby Valentine
Important Acquisitions: Cody Ross, Mark Melancon, Nick Punto, Kelly Shoppach,
Andrew Bailey, Ryan Sweeney
Important Losses: Liquor, Jonathan Papelbon PHI, Marco Scutaro COL, Josh Reddick OAK

Last season, the Boston Red Sox were on the verge of making the playoffs but then all hell broke loose. In September, the Red Sox had a 96% chance of making the playoffs. The Red Sox would go on to lose 18 of their final 24 games. In their last game of the season,  against the Baltimore Orioles, they blew their lead and lost their shot to make the playoffs, as The Tampa Bay Rays came back to win their last game in extra innings against the Yankees. Now the 2012 Red Sox have a lot to over come. Their pitching rotation (which was their achilles heel last season) hasn’t been drastically changed, they lost Papelbon who was their star closer and they are still stuck with “wild card” type pitcher John Lackey, who they need to produce to help their team. The BoSox also have a lot of interior problems. Their GM Theo Epstein resigned and Manager Terry Francona was relieved of his duties. They also lost their ability to drink in the clubhouse after their new Manager Bobby Valentine, banned all alcohol from the clubhouse. Now this will prove to be pivotal as last season the Red Sox had one of best records in baseball going into September, they did this with alcohol in the clubhouse, so it will be interesting to see how they do without it. Also the BoSox are lacking in a power hitter, their best option as one is an aging David Ortiz. I do believe though, that Carl Crawford will be the silver lining for the BoSox. I think unlike last season he will produce heavily. With the Rays, Yankees and Jays all getting better and the Red Sox getting worse and with the turmoil in the system at the moment I can’t see them doing any better then 3rd in the AL East.

Prediction
Record: 85-77
Finish: 3rd in AL East
Playoffs: N/A
Top Pitcher: Josh Beckett, 17-11, 3.26 ERA, 220 SO
Top Hitter: Carl Crawford, .327 AVG, 24 HR, 97 RBI, 35 SB
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A Tale Of Two Nashs

This year in both the NHL and NBA, Phoenix Suns’ point guard Steve Nash and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash are involved in major trade talks.

Steve Nash has been with the Phoenix Suns since 2004 and has given them all he has to offer, winning two MVP awards and leading them to several playoff appearances. Nash is now 38 and closing in at the end of his career. There is one thing Nash is missing though and that is an NBA championship. The Suns are not in the hunt for even a playoff spot let alone a contender for the championship. So what many people including me think they should do is trade him. The Suns need young players to rebuild their franchise. Steve Nash has done everything he possibly could for them, so why not give him the chance to end his career on a high note. Now there is a problem for getting a deal done, there aren’t a lot of teams who are willing to give up young players or picks for a 38 year old point guard. With that being said there are three teams that I can think of that could use Nash and possibly make a trade for him.

1) The Los Angeles Lakers, The Lakers need a point guard, badly! Without a point guard the Lakers have a slim chance of winning the NBA championship. However, with Steve Nash they have a solid chance of if not winning the championship at least making it there. The Lakers are a team who wants to win and would likely be willing to give up a draft pick  for a future Hall of Famer. Also after seeing them willing to give up Gasol for CP3 they may be willing to give him up for Nash. Nash would also be more willing to play for two or three more years.

2) The Indiana Pacers, the Pacers made the playoffs last year and should make it again this year. The Pacers have some decent point guards, including Darren Collison. However, they don’t have a true leader or man to run the court. Steve Nash is that. The Pacers could give up a second round pick, a future pick and one of those point guards.

3) THE BOSTON CELTICS! I have not heard this team named yet and I’m very surprised to say the least. The Celtics have had continuous problems with Rondo. Nash would give the Celtics the consistency that they so desperately need. The Celtics also are the type of team that I could see giving up draft picks for an old player. With Nash, the aging Celtics could make a legitimate run for the NBA championship.

 

Now for Mr Rick Nash, Rick Nash is latest man to be put on the trading block. He is also the biggest name out of all of them, and the most enticing. A lot of teams are interested in Nash. One team that could trade for Nash is my hometown Leafs, the leafs could make a deal for Nash getting rid of Nazem Kadri and other loose ends or draft picks. The Leafs have the GM to do so as well. Brian Burke has been able to muster up plenty of trades this would be one I’d like to see. Other teams Included could be the struggling Habs, The Penguins, pending a trade for Staal amongst other players and picks. We brought in one of our hockey experts, Vernon Smells, for his take.

Rick Nash was asked to make a list of just 5 teams, so it has to be a team he’s willing to go to. So as McFultz said, Toronto is a possibility, with Nash being a Brampton boy and all, I’m sure he’d love playing in front of all his friends and family, but will this deal get done? I doubt it, mostly because the asking price for Nash is huge, they would probably have to trade away multiple prospects and probably a 1st rounder to get him, and they aren’t willing to bring on that much of a cap hit when they already have 2 first line wingers. They’re still in desperate need of a center. As for Pittsburgh, I don’t think they have the cap space or the assets to pull this deal off. Montreal is an interesting choice, I can’t see him going there, as that Hal Gill trade sort of proclaimed that they were sellers, but they swear they’re not. They could probably muster up the assets(P.K Subban, Pacioretty, some prospects and maybe some draft picks) but they don’t have the cap. I also don’t see why a team out of the playoff picture would trade away their future for 1 player, or why Nash would want to play in Montreal, but it’s possible. Here’s my list of the 3 most likely teams Nash will be dealt to before the deadline.:

1) Los Angeles Kings. The L.A Kings have been looking for a star winger for a while now, they tried and failed with Kovalchuck, and now that Nash is available, they’re going to be trying harder than ever to acquire him. The most interesting part of this story is that they have the assets, the most likely trade is Nash for Bernier+Johnson+picks and/or prospects. As long as they move Bernier and Johnson, they’ll also have the cap space to get this deal done. The other side of this story is that the Jackets also want to move Carter, and the Kings may be one of the few teams interested, so maybe move Carter to the Kings and Nash elsewhere, but for the Kings, an organization in dire need of a cup, they will try their best to get Nash.

2) New York Rangers. The Rangers have shown great interest in Nash, and to be honest I’m really not sure why, they already have a high-scoring winger(Gaborik), and they’re second overall in the the NHL and a Stanley Cup contender, why mess with that chemistry? They do have the assets to get this deal done, but they’d have to give up Dubinsky, Del Zotto, Hagelin maybe, along with multiple other prospects and picks. I understand that he has nobody good playing with him, and he’s had much better years, but  essentially your giving up that much for a 27 year old on pace for 55 points and a -33 on the season. However, they do have high interest and are a front-runner to land him.

3) Philadelphia Flyers. The Blue Jackets and Flyers have been in major talks over the last week, Blue Jackets GM, Scott Howson, is reportedly trying to orchestrate a deal with Sean Couturier and/or Brayden Schenn, however, Paul Holmgren, the Flyers GM, is reluctant to give them up. There may also be a deal in the works including Bobrovsky, Van Riemsdyk and a draft pick. However, The Flyers are still more interested in acquiring another Defenceman, with the absence of Chris Pronger.

To me, the most likely scenario is that he doesn’t get dealt until the off-season. There will be more teams interested, such as The Red Wings, The Bruins and The Sharks, and more teams means higher return.

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ValLINtines day 2012

February 14th, 2012 will from now on always be known as VaLINtines day in remembrance of Jeremy Shu-How Lin’s 5th and most majestic start yet. The Raptors had the lead throughout the game and into the the 4th quarter. Then with 1:06 left in the fourth quarter LINSANITY happened. Jeremy Lin made an outstanding lay-up that led to a foul. Lin then made his free throw. What happened next was the craziest thing I’ve seen since the 49ers-Saints game. The Raptors had the ball with under a minute left, Leandro Barbosa missed a three point shot. The Knicks proceeded to get the rebound with 43 seconds left. The Knicks then went on the offensive. With 19 seconds left, the Knicks got an offensive rebound and had the chance to close out the game. They put the ball in the hands of point guard, Jeremy Shu-How Lin. Mr Lin let time die down and with 1 second on the clock, he shot one of the most beautiful three pointers AND MADE IT. The Knicks ended up winning, Lin scored 27 points and it sprung a slew of tweets and Facebook statuses with Lin Puns. This game reminded me of the Broncos-Jets game, by comparing Tebow and Lin, because just when you thought Lin couldn’t do anymore, HE DID. I cannot wait to see what Jeremy Lin does next.

Randy Moss, Linsanity, Manning Vs Manning, Hines Ward and The Grammys

Due to some internet problems over the last few weeks I’ve been unable to write any articles, but now I’m back and I’ve got a few stories and topics to cover.

1) Randy Moss is out of retirement! Last year, wide receiver, Randy Moss retired after no teams seemed to have any interest in him. I thought this was crazy as he is a “freak”. As long as you have someone to throw the ball high in the air, Moss will catch it. I’m hopping that someone will sign Moss this year. Personally the Team that has Peyton Manning at the beginning of the season should sign Moss. Imagine Peyton Manning throwing 60 yard bombs to Randy Moss and who better to keep him in check.

2) Jeremy Shu-How Lin (not to be confused with Timothy Richard Tebow) is the greatest player in NBA history. Alright well, maybe not… YET, but he is one of the greatest things to happen to basketball. Jeremy Lin is a Harvard graduate, for those not familiar with the likes of Harvard graduates, I brought names: John Adams, John F Kennedy, Mitt Romney, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It is easy to assume that Mr Lin is a very intelligent man and that he is good role model. Lin is also the underdog story of the year. He went from living on his brothers couch to averaging 27.3 points and 8.3 assists in his first 4 starts. Jeremy Shu-How Lin is a mix of a genius, Rudy and Tim Tebow. This is why he is the greatest thing to happen to if not basketball, all of sports.

3) Since winning his 2nd Superbowl and slaying the evil Patriots AGAIN, Eli Manning is now said to be better than his older brother Peyton. Now as an avid Colts fan, I understand that maybe I only have this view, for the fact that Peyton Manning has been my idol for as long as I’ve liked football. However, with that being said, Peyton Manning has won 4 regular season MVP awards (an NFL record), he is the 3rd all time in both passing yards and touchdowns and has one a Super Bowl of his own. Eli has won two Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVP awards. I understand that the NFL weighs Super Bowls heavily, but you shouldn’t judge a player solely on that, you should judge him for his whole body of work. Peyton Manning led his teams to 9 consecutive playoff appearances (tied an NFL record). He did this with a low-ranked defense, and in the last few years a low-ranked run game. Eli has been leading an off and on Giants team that has had a great defense, and like the team in general an off and on run game. Eli is younger and has time to improve his stats and career, but until then, I think it’s safe to say Peyton Manning is the better Manning.

4) Fourth on the docket, the curious case of Hines Ward. Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward wants to end his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler, but the Steelers plan on releasing him. Hines Ward has even stated that he would restructure his contract so he could remain a Steeler. This case reminds me of where the Edmonton Oilers traded Ryan Smyth, who said he’d love to play for the Oilers(as they were his favourite team as a child), but they still traded him. Although I am not a Steelers fan, I feel for Hines Ward and I hope that the Steelers do decide to keep him for the rest of his career.

5) Last and least, The Grammys. The Grammys were as expected, very tame and horrid. However, there was a small silver lining, Bon Iver won Best New Artist, Adele won 6 Grammys and Kanye West won four. After this years list of winners, The Grammys got back some of their integrity by locking out Artists such as Drake and Wiz Khalifa. However, this years performances were less then stellar with the exceptions of Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “I will always love you” by the late Whitney Houston and Adele’s performance of “Rolling in the Deep”. Next year, pending albums of course, I’m hoping for performances by Kanye West, Jay Z, Blink 182, Eminem, a performance by Dr Dre (after finally releasing Detox), a rejuvenated Green Day and or multiple Rock band acts. I would like less performances by Chris Brown, David Guetta, Taylor Swift and everybody and anybody in the Young Money family.

 

-McFultz

 

The Sanctity Of The Horseshoe

As of this week, there seemed to be a small riff between Colts owner Jim Irsay and Colts star quarterback Peyton Manning. It all started when Peyton did an interview with Bob Kravitz. Manning had just disclosed his personal feelings about the Colts current situation. Jim Irsay would have none of this, saying Manning should’ve kept it “in the house” and talked about the “sanctity of the horseshoe”. This was all very ironic, seeing as Irsay loves to tweet as much as possible. As well, his father did just abandon the city of Baltimore during a snow storm to relocate to Indianapolis. Since this little riff Irsay and Manning have released a joint statement saying everything was okay now and so on, but with this latest riff, it’s becoming more and more clear that Peyton Manning will not be the Colts QB next season, but for the sake of the Colts they should pray they don’t have to play an angry Manning next year.