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  1. It's been a few years since this game has been competitive. The Cougars have to feel good about having a couple of wins (West Vigo, for one), but the Miners will continue to prevail in this matchup. It may not be a blowout win as in the past few years, but I think the Miners are still too much for the Cougars and will win. Best of luck and good health!
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    2018 Hoosiers

    This is one year I feel the Hoosiers have a legit shot at winning this game. The media isn't going to love IU no matter the outcome of this game. I agree it will be what's wrong with MSU instead of what's right with IU if IU wins. They have Rutgers next week and we could possibly see a 5 - 0 IU team at 5 - 0 Ohio State the week after. How crazy would that be? The Buckeyes have Tulane today and go to Penn State next week. Penn State didn't look that great for about 3 quarters last night at Illinois. They pulled away in the fourth quarter, but Illinois had the lead in the third (24 - 21). The BTN previewed this game and said that Indiana is looking good on both sides of the ball and that Allen has them playing good defense. They also mentioned how the Hoosiers are running the ball as well.
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    Linton-Stockton @ North Daviess

    The more things change, the more they remain the same. 52 - 6 final. The JV gave up the 6 points late in the fourth quarter. The Miners dominated the entire game. 2 one play drives (47 yards and 91 yards) broke the game open in the first quarter. North Daviess tried, but they just don't seem to have the depth or experience. Lots of freshmen played for North Daviess. In another couple of years, they should have a decent team. Good to see the Miners passing game show up. On to next week.
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    Linton-Stockton @ North Daviess

    The Miners are growing with every game. Cutting down on the penalties would go a long way with sustaining drives, especially once they get in the red zone. You could say that some calls might be questionable against them, but the flag gets thrown regardless. Their SOS has been reduced by more than half of what it used to be. The game last week with Ritter felt like a playoff game. I expect them to win out with maybe the exception of Providence. Not sure what they have coming back this year. Last year Linton got out to a big lead and then had to hold on for dear life. I don't expect the blowout wins like we have seen in the past. I don't even expect a blowout tonight over the Cougars. North Knox seems to be improved and Eastern Greene is still rolling along even without their great quarterback that took them to state last year. North Knox and Eastern Greene are home games for the Miners. That should help them a bit. Long road trip to Providence might be a tough one. I guess we'll know in a few more weeks.
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    2018 Indianapolis Colts

    New head coach, new strategy? With the hiring of Frank Reich, I wonder how the draft and Free Agency will go this year? It seems last year there was a lot of defense chosen/signed. I'm reading that the defense is going to be "blown up" somewhat and changed again this year. We NEED an edge rusher badly. Rather than draft a newbie in Chubb, I've seen a few names on free agency lists that might fill the need: Demarcus Lawrence (probably will stay in Dallas), Zeke Ansah, Detroit, Alex Okafor, New Orleans, Julius Peppers, Carolina. All of these players are proven edge rushers. I would argue why draft one and have to develop him when there are several available with experience? With 80+ million in cap space, they could easily sign one. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. With the third pick, I would take Barkley (if he's there). He is a once in a generation type running back and would step in and make an impact from day one. If the Browns pass on him with the first pick, I'd grab him up at #3. All things being equal, the Colts running game would be in good shape for the next 8 - 10 years. I'm not hearing too many warm, fuzzy things about Luck. I said it last year and I'll say it again this year: I think he's done playing. I've heard rumors he needs more surgery, but there is really nothing they can do for him. So there's that. I also said it won't surprise me if he ends up retiring. IF that happens, then I guess the Colts will be looking for another quarterback. Ah, the drama of it all.
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    2018 Indianapolis Colts

    I read an article on another website that says the Eagles will be without 3 of their top 4 WR's, their number one RB, and one of their starting offensive linemen. All of them out due to injuries. Wentz was given the start on Sunday. I'm thinking without all of his weapons, is he going to stumble? This game is ripe for the Colts to win it.
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    2018 Hoosiers

    Maybe IU has no linemen (for now) who will play on Sundays, but Scott has had: 74, 204, and 113 yards rushing in 3 games. Granted they weren't games against the "stronger Big Ten teams", but there must be SOME linemen doing their job(s) for him to have that success. Scott has been a big surprise starting off the season and he's only a freshman. Ramsey has developed nicely at running the offense. I think it's a no brainer that the biggest improvement has been the defense. I can think back a few years when IU could have used a defense like this. Things would have turned out much differently in a lot of games. I am expecting the MSU game to be a dog fight. Hopefully the Hoosiers will win and won't be an afterthought by the media. I hope they get a lot of press should they win, especially by the Big Ten Network and ESPN.
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    2018 Hoosiers

    Spot on, my man! I was thinking about that after I submitted my post (some great offenses but terrible defenses). I think the weather played a part in that UVA game with special teams. I think they looked okay against Ball State last week and FIU in week one. Thinking about going to the MSU game this weekend. Have been to a couple others (MSU games here at IU). Usually entertaining. If IU plays like they did last week, they should have a chance to win. I wouldn't necessarily call it a huge upset, but it would indeed be an upset. You KNOW they are going to crush Rutgers and will more than likely lose at Columbus. They usually give the Buckeyes a good game for 2 and a half to 3 quarters. However, I don't think that's going to happen this year. This Buckeye team is on a different level than everyone else in the conference. Haskins (QB) is unbelievable for the Buckeyes. 11 TD passes in 3 games. I think that is some kind of team record for the first 3 games at Ohio State. And by the way, I was NEVER a Wilson fan. Allen reminds me a lot of Hep. I hope he can keep on building this program. It would be a great thing for the conference not to mention the fan base here in Bloomington. Considering what happened last weekend, the conference could use a feel good story.
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    2018 Hoosiers

    IU should win 6 minimum and get another bowl invitation. Going 3 and 0 was a big deal. I had doubts in the first 2 games. Also didn't think they would have had an easy time with Ball State, but they did. Allen has them playing on another level that we have not seen for years here at IU. It's all about the recruiting. Allen is obviously good at it. Another bowl after this season, and it will even get better.
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    Vontae Davis: Smart Or A "Quitter"?

    Now you know why the Colts never resigned him. Tool!
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    2018 Indianapolis Colts

    The defense was relentless yesterday! They were the difference between game one's loss and yesterday's win. I thought the game plan was masterful and the players executed it really well. Darius Leonard is a beast. I hope people get used to hearing his name. It's only after 2 games, but he leads the league in tackles with 27. What a motor on that guy! He had 15 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 1 sack, and a forced fumble yesterday. I read an article that said he is a rising star. I'm like, "ya think?!?" Several other guys played well individually, but overall, the defense was very, very good as a unit. I believe they had 11.5 tackles for loss yesterday. I am hoping this isn't a one trick pony and hope we see more and more of this in the future. Looking forward to what they can do against the Eagles and I hear that Wentz is starting this week. Maybe he'll get introduced to Mr. Leonard. LOL
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    2018 Hoosiers

    Winning last week in the rain against a good Virginia team said a lot about this years' Hoosiers. Scott has been a big surprise in the running game. One thing I've noticed during games this year: a LOT of the players who's names get announced are from Indiana high schools. We had heard that Allen had roots for recruiting in Indiana. For him to get players to come to IU and not leave the state, is a good thing to see and really great for the program. Unless there are some major injuries, this team has a good chance of winning 7 or 8 games this year and a better bowl. Still early yet, but I see signs.
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    Bears 2016/2017 and Now 2018

    Peace of mind doesn't erase an L from the record. I get no peace of mind with the Colts. They find ways to lose fourth quarter leads all of the time. Some fans try to be optimistic about losing. I don't see it. It's either a W or an L. There is no, "we look better than we did" when you lose. Whether it is one point or 41 points, at the end of the day it is STILL a loss.
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    Linton at Ritter

    For all intents and purposes, this game felt like a playoff game in the middle of the season. Gut wrenching for the Miner fans, elation for the Raider fans. To say it was like the semi-state games with Ritter would be an understatement. The Miners had chances. They turned the ball over what? 3 or 4 times on downs? And the penalties were just killers at times. Having the ball at the goal line and not punching it in brought back those bad feelings of losing to Scecina in OT in the semi-state. The Miners showed a LOT of improvement (and on the road) in this game. Yes it was a loss, but I believe they will be fine now for the remainder of the season and in the tournament. I just hope the injury bug doesn't railroad the progress that has been made. In some areas they aren't as deep as they have been in the past. Go Miners!
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    Bears 2016/2017 and Now 2018

    Parcells was/is a very wise man when it comes to the NFL. I believe it is widely accepted that the NFL is a business. So in that regard, I have to believe if you aren't winning, then your "business" must be failing.
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    2018 Indianapolis Colts

    Last week the Colts were up 23 - 10 late in the 3rd quarter. The defense STILL can't hold a fourth quarter lead. What happened to the offense in the second half? I thought maybe Pagano had snuck back onto the sidelines and was calling the game. Sheesh. They got outscored 24 - 0. There is just NO excuse for it. So no matter who is at quarterback, they can't score especially in the fourth quarter and the defense can't get off the field. The Redskins will beat them by 2+ scores or more again this week. There are ZERO pass rushers and the secondary looks bleak on the defense. I don't care how so and so looked great, or that a couple of guys played really well. Unless they somehow win this week, the season isn't going to go very well. Luck's career is being wasted in Indy IMO.
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    Bears 2016/2017 and Now 2018

    At the end of the day, a loss is a loss. Sounds about like some Colts fans: "We lost but man did we look great in losing". In the NFL it is all about the wins and losses. You could lose 12 games by a total of 24 points or less but it is STILL 12 losses. And so it goes.
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    Linton at Ritter

    Thanks Miner Pride for starting the thread. Quickly: Looks like the Miners have figured out some things. I would expect them to play differently the rest of the season. Harrell's website predicts a Ritter win at 28 - 21. I noticed SOS is in the Miners favor at 73 to 90 for the Raiders. I never used to pay a lot of attention to SOS years ago but in the past 4 or 5 years I notice it more and more. The Miners schedule has prepared them for a game like this. I have to think with the changes made on offense AND defense, will go a long way in the Miners finally getting a much needed win (and on the road). The Raiders are a high quality program. It would say a lot for this year's Miners to head back home with the W. Wish I could watch the game in person, but had my monthly treatment yesterday. Takes a few days to feel halfway human again after I have one. Best of health to both teams! Go Miners!
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    Missing persons

    Okay since I was called out personally, I'll clear up the mystery. And WWFan I do NOT think you are talking or trying to start crap. This particular season I haven't had as much time to post as I used to. Due to work schedules and personal things, I don't have as much time as I have had in years past. This has absolutely NOTHING to do with how the team is doing. A couple of weeks ago I started a game thread and there was only one other poster that commented. So I haven't put one up the past couple of games because I figured what is the use if no one will comment? As far as Linton always being on the first page, I made sure it was always on there. I felt it was a small part I could play as a fan to get the team noticed and help the reputation around the state. If I noticed the game thread slipping to page two, I would make a post even if it was just about the weather, field condition or whatever. I can't say where other Miner fans are. I can only tell you I just don't have the time I used to. I still love high school football and will always be a Miners fan whether I can post on here, attend games or not. I hated not putting up a Monrovia game thread. Have several friends on here from Monrovia I always like talking football with. It will be the same this week with the Ritter game. Have tailgated with some of those folks over the years. They are great peeps and some of the best football fans I have ever known. I'll always remember the friendships I have made on here. Some of them were very helpful (whether they knew it or not) when I was going through all of the chemo. Good health to ALL of the young men who play the greatest game on the planet!!! Go Miners!
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    Bears 2016/2017 and Now 2018

    But the Colts didn't have to give up draft picks to get Luck. Let's see how great everyone feels about this if/when Mack goes down with an injury. I'll be sure to ask the same question back at you coach. LOL (how's that working out for you?) And let's not forget, Luck plays the most important position on any team: Quarterback. Other than Mack, the Bears don't have much. Oh it's great to have a player like a Mack on your defense, but teams will game plan to take care of him. Who else is going to pick up the slack? No envy on this end, just think it was too much for one guy even though he's great at what he does.
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    Bears 2016/2017 and Now 2018

    $141 mil for 6 years with $90 mil guaranteed? Whoa! All of that money tied up in one player? It won't matter if Mack leads the league in sacks, the Bears had better win the next 2 or 3 Super Bowls for that kind of an investment. Sounds like they gave away the farm to win NOW. And what IF, Mack gets injured? It happened to J.J. Watt. Just sayin......
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    2018 Indianapolis Colts

    Not only was Simon released, they also cut Delaire. So now the Colts have ZERO pass rush. The only 2 guys who showed any ability to get to a QB are no longer on the team (Simon and Delaire). The Colts are VERY young. Methinks this could be VERY ugly for the Colts defense this year. They were horrible last year. This year they could set some new records and NOT in a good way. I see some possible shootouts on the horizon. It isn't fair, but the offense is going to have to carry this team until the defense grows up. And it won't be this year. They looked decent against the 49ers in game 3 of the preseason. However, some of those guys are no longer Colts. Rebuilding stinks!
  23. Hard to believe the season will already be one third over after this Friday. The Bulldogs visit the Miners and this game is like looking in a mirror. The Bulldogs are 2 - 0 and the Miners sit at 0 - 2. Monrovia has wins over 2 quality opponents in Cascade and Ritter. On the other hand, the Miners have also played 2 quality opponents (Southridge and Sullivan) but with opposite results. The young Miners are most assuredly taking some lumps this season and this Friday will probably be no different in the outcome. The Miners finally get a home game. However, the Bulldogs will have extra motivation as well due to the past 2 seasons (both Miner wins). My hope is this: the Miners play mistake free football and that BOTH teams incur no injuries. I see it: 27 - 7 Bulldogs. I hope I'm wrong, but have to look at things realistically. I expect the Miners will get better as the season progresses. Nothing like experience.
  24. Doesn't matter. It isn't going to happen. We are just wasting bandwidth.
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    Monrovia @ Linton

    Wow! I can't ever recall a Miner offense that didn't crack 100 total yards for a game! The defense actually played well enough to keep the Miners in the game in spite of the final score. On to North Vermillion for the Miners. NV must be licking their chops for this one.
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