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redgoldexpress
11-07-2012, 08:15 AM
http://www.jacksonsun.com/usatoday/article/1687669&usatref=sportsmod?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CSports%7Cp


Bald is in with the Indianapolis Colts.

More than two dozen players, along with several support-staff personnel, decided to shave their heads in support of coach Chuck Pagano, who has started a second round of chemotherapy in his battle with leukemia.

"It's all for Chuck,'' punter Pat McAfee said Tuesday evening. "We all don't look good. I'm not built to have a bald head. I've got a huge sniffer.

"But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we're all in this together. It's a really cool thing.''

David Thornton, the director of player engagement, got things rolling after Tuesday's practice. He had a barber waiting in a hallway as players walked off the practice field.

McAfee and defensive end Cory Redding were among the first to lose their hair.

"Then it kind of caught on like wildfire,'' McAfee said.

The list of players includes McAfee, Redding, placekicker Adam Vinatieri, safety Antoine Bethea, running back Donald Brown, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, corneback Darius Butler, linebacker Kavell Conner, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, guard Joe Reitz and long-snapper Matt Overton.

Pagano has been on indefinite leave since being diagnosed with leukemia and hospitalized Sept. 26. He was released from IU Health Simon Cancer Center Oct. 21 and attended the Colts' 23-20 win over Miami last Sunday. Pagano addressed the team before and after the game.

Monday, it was announced he was in remission but still scheduled for two more rounds of chemotherapy.

The Colts travel to Jacksonville Thursday night. Many players will be sans hair.

"By the time Thursday comes around I think you're going to see a very large number of bald-headed people playing for the Indianapolis Colts, all in support of our coach,'' McAfee said.

"We haven't been around each other very long. Our team was forced after all the changes to really build camaraderie and Chuck was that steadying piece. He motivated everybody. He was the guy that was pushing everything. We have grown to have a very close relationship with him in a short period of time.

"We're a family and the coach is almost like a father figure. When something happens, you want to rally behind him.

SNR
11-07-2012, 08:37 AM
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theelusiveeightrop
11-07-2012, 08:48 AM
Pioli set this trend long ago.

Crush
11-07-2012, 09:05 AM
I would never wish cancer on anyone, but Pioli is making it awfully difficult to do so.

DMAC
11-07-2012, 09:12 AM
I would never wish cancer on anyone, but Pioli is making it awfully difficult to do so.

Yep. We have become Philly.

SNR
11-07-2012, 09:16 AM
Mike Mayock on Chuck Pagano during the Chiefs/Chargers game:

"Chuck Pagano now here's a guy with leukemia cancer"

Deberg_1990
11-07-2012, 09:24 AM
Colts = Smartest organization in football.

To basically roll from P Manning into Luck with only one truly awful season in between was a stroke of genius. They will win the SB again with Luck before the Chiefs win again.

SNR
11-07-2012, 09:28 AM
Colts = Slimiest organization in football.

To basically roll from P Manning into Luck with only one truly awful season in between was a stroke of genius. They will win the SB again with Luck before the Chiefs win again.

FYP.

It's lucky is what it is. One single injury. Peyton Manning plays even 4 games last year, that team has no QB, and they're a defunct organization for a long time. The way shit should be.

At least the Packers went out and PAID for their next QB after Favre. The Colts fell ass over tea kettle into theirs.

Nothing smart about that.

Deberg_1990
11-07-2012, 09:39 AM
At least the Packers went out and PAID for their next QB after Favre.

What do you mean by this? Plenty of teams passed on Rodgers, including the Chiefs.

SNR
11-07-2012, 09:59 AM
What do you mean by this? Plenty of teams passed on Rodgers, including the Chiefs.

They didn't just say, "WHOOOOOOPS! OUR FRANCHISE QB IS INJURED? BOY WE SURE DO SUCK, HUH? I WISH THE NFL WOULD BAIL US OUT WITH THE #1 OVERALL PICK SO WE COULD NOT SUCK SO MUCH!"

The Colts never legitimately sucked. They just built their team precariously around one of the best QBs in the game, and when that lynchpin was removed they fell apart. It's total fucking bullshit to just one day find your franchise QB injured with the next big thing one of the best QB prospects the draft has seen in a long time.

The Packers were picking in the back of the first round. They planned the transition from Favre to the next guy. They said, "Rodgers will be the next starter." They traded up to go get him. They did their homework, worked him through on the bench, and invested a LOT to go get him.

What did the Colts invest to get Andrew Luck? Fucking nothing.

brorth
11-07-2012, 09:59 AM
Colts = Smartest organization in football.

To basically roll from P Manning into Luck with only one truly awful season in between was a stroke of genius. They will win the SB again with Luck before the Chiefs win again.

Just to be clear:

Are you saying they will win the SB before the Chiefs win a game?

I just might believe you at this point.