Aaron Rodgers calls off wedding… because Shailene didn’t want to follow him to Indianapolis?

A source close to Rodgers confirms to PEOPLE that the NFL star, 38, and the actress, 30, have split, just over one year after he made the surprise announcement that they were engaged. “It was an amicable split; it just wasn’t working,” the source says. “They’re very different people with busy careers and there were obstacles that they couldn’t surmount. They will remain friendly; there’s no bad blood and no drama. It just didn’t work out for them.”

People (Karen Mizoguchi, Steve Helling

Oh lawd… the drama. Aaron Rodgers and Woodley have called off their engagement. Looks like true love doesn’t exist after all kids. With so many questions about his future, Aaron had figured that he had at least found the woman he’d be with in that future.

Sadly he did not I guess.

So what happened? Well I feel like the engagement call off is always promted by a big fight then the inevitable “What are we even doing here?” Aaron has a lot of decisions to make coming up so, with his future up in the air, I like to think that maybe it was a shift in where he’d like to play come September. Maybe he had laid out a plan where half their football season would be spent in sunny San Fransisco, close to most of her work in Los Angeles. But could a change in destination have led to a fight that couldn’t be mended. What would piss off Shailene so much? Possibly a move to Indianapolis when San Francisco is where she had been told the whole time, could lead to a dissolving of the relationship. So I will say it here first…

Aaron Rodgers will be an Indianapolis Colt.

Now this is all a scenario that may, or may not have taken place. I can’t imagine that Shailene would be too excited about a move to Indy right after she had put her time in in Green Bay. Anyone not from Indiana, doesn’t know what we have here. Personally, I’d like to keep it this way. But, Indianapolis HHAASSS to be the most attractive roster for Aaron, I mean come on. The Indianapolis Colts are loaded compared to the rest of the league, they just lacked a solid option at the single most important position, quarterback.

I don’t see any reason, that if Aaron Rodgers is committed to trying to cement his legacy as not only one of the best but one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks to ever lace them up in the NFL. The difference between best and greatest, SUPER BOWLS! No single team is a quarterback away from a dynasty more so than Indianapolis. So I think this breakup may be a great sign of things to come in Indianapolis!

I mean come on, Imagine this backfield behind the Colts offensive line (should they be able to stay healthy). Jonathon Taylor and Aaron Rodgers are so much better for each other than Aaron and Shailene were. So all in all Aaron, don’t cry because it’s over, smile because your on your way to Indianapolis

-Burke

Bears’ Allen Robinson III a perfect fit for the Indianapolis Colts

From the mothership…

Why it makes sense: We love the fit as a do-it-all receiver option opposite Michael Pittman Jr. But the Colts rarely spend big. Is Robinson attainable coming off a down year statistically? Maybe that’s when Indy pounces. — Fowler Scheme fit: Robinson is a smooth route runner with the physical traits to make contested catches. And opposite of Pittman in Indianapolis, the veteran wide receiver can be deployed as a vertical target in the slot and on play-action in-breakers. — Bowen

ESPN

Previously on the blog, I discussed the current QB situation in Indianapolis. Much like we need to address the QB situation this off season, the Indianapolis Colts’ front office, headed up by GM Chris Ballard, will need to add a viable deep threat option so as to open up the pass game entirely.

Adding Robinson to the team would have an immediate impact on the Indianapolis offense. Him being available as not only a deep option, but a deep threat, will open up the offense. This will give Pittman Jr. More mid range options as the opposing defense will need to cover and game plan for Allen Robinson.

Adding Allen Robinson to an already stout offense. Another facet to opening up the true potential of the offense would be Allen Robinson’s effect on the run game. Jonathon Taylor is already an absolute menace in the NFL. Led the league in rushing. Now imagine what he could possibly do with the defense having to cover the deep ball. Doing so, limits the defenses ability to stuff the box and in doing so stop the run. Now they weren’t able to stop Jonathon Taylor before, I wince imagining what he would be able to do to them now.

credit: photomania

My favorite aspect of this whole possibility is the type of player the Colt’s would be getting from Allen Robinson. Robinson is sneaky one of the most dominant receivers in the game. I think should the Bears have been able to get any sense of an offense going during the Matt Nagy era, but this era has cast just a looming shadow over Allen Robinson’s dominant game. That’s a type of player I love to go and get. The type of guys that I know will make an absolutely game changing and immediate impact while also not making so many ripples within the news cycle to have teams reevaluate us and pump our egos. That is what I am not here for. I want my Colt’s to have a chip on their shoulder.

We’ve consistently compete despite all evidence that that really shouldn’t be the case. But now they’ve gotten good enough to actually let you down when they fail. The realization that we are in our window of opportunity to win right now, with our offensive line, Jonathon Taylor on his rookie deal, and Darius Leonard tied down, has to be very apparent in Indy.

Moves need made in Indianapolis. Do I think the Colt’s need to go and get him? Yes. Am I paid millions and millions of dollars for my analytical knowledge and proof that I can cultivate a competitive franchise, No. So as I do in all cases, even to my own detriment with the Carson Wentz trade, I will be hopelessly optimistic in my genuine confidence that Chris Ballard will be able to get this done, and if not, he already has a contingency plan in place to address the offenses deep threats.

-Burke

The Colts Need to Cut Carson Wentz and spring for Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson, or Aaron Rodgers

I’d say it’s about past time that the Carson Wentz Era in Indianapolis has come to an end. We are at a crucial impass. We must win NOW!!!

There’s just no winning with Carson Wentz at the helm of the team. The Colts find themselves in their WIN NOW window. Unfortunately, we can’t take the take for Carson to figure it out or “get comfortable”. He ran Frank Reich’s offense for years, if he doesn’t get it by now, what are we even doing here? The Carson Wentz era is coming to a close, and it absolutely has too. We just saw teams make the playoffs that have franchise studs under center for any team that was making any real push. The Colts are a Super Bowl team without a Super Bowl Quarterback right now. So I just wanted to look at 3 options that are making themselves ever more apparent and each day.

Russell Wilson

First let’s discuss Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson is a proven gamer, that has stepped up time and time again in huge moments. He is a top quarterback and an absolute master of his craft. A proven Super Bowl champion playmaker should be a no brainer right? Well personally, I don’t want the Indianapolis Colts to take on such an odd duck. I mean anyone who has ever seen Russell Wilson describe his inner persona “Mr. Unlimited” as his hero (I’m pretty sure both the multiple personas and the inflated sense of self here both lean towards sociopathic in my mind) knows how unsettling this guy can be. Someone that odd has garnered a reputation for being a little off from the rest of the league by now in his career. It may be one thing two work with that when you’ve drafted it and have built the entire locker room around that. I just believe that a lot of these factors make it hard for Russell to be able to plug into a championship locker room and click with the guys.

It’s a no for me dog.

Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers is not a pending free agent. He and the Packers agreed to a restructured contract last summer. In that deal, a void year was added for 2023 – meaning he would be able to enter free agency and be ineligible for the franchise tag after next season. The contract was also structured so that the Packers would save nearly $20 million against the cap if Rodgers is traded before June 2022. Based on that language, many have speculated that he will seek a trade this offseason.

-Logan Reardon, NBC SPORTS

This one is ACTUALLY getting interesting. Aaron Rodgers to Indianapolis sounds like a shitty day dream I may have had the year we ran it with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. Love the heck out Jacoby, he just isn’t “THE GUY”. Every team in the NFL is looking The Guy. Aaron Rodgers in one step about “the guy” he’s entered the realm of “That Dude”. “The Guy” can get into your franchise and make you a competitor, “That Dude” can win a Super Bowl with any team so long as he’s on it. If Aaron Rodgers goes to the Indianapolis Colts, the Colts would immediately become Super Bowl favorites in my book. Yes, we would need to address a deep threat option in the receiving corp, but we would be absolutely set for a Super Bowl run.

What’s helping the Colts in the Rodgers race would be their location in the AFC South, meaning that the only way the Green Bay Packers would have to face their spurned QB in a playoff game would be in the Super Bowl. This also helps the Broncos or anyone else in the AFC in their bid for Aaron Rodgers. I wouldn’t really be getting to wound up by Aaron Rodgers to Indianapolis rumors, Rodgers is notoriously “hollywood” and I wouldn’t be surprised if following his time in Green Bay he would want to overcorrect to one of the largest markets possible. I will say, the fact that even ESPN reports this as a possibility makes me fear for the all too familiar let down sure to come my way.

Kyler Murray

While Aaron Rodgers is by far the best option in my opinion, especially for a “win now” team like the Colts, I think I’d rather have Kyler Murray. Yes, Aaron would give us the best shot at a Super Bowl right now, but if the Colts were able to go out and land Kyler Murray than we would be a Super Bowl contender RIGHT NOW, with a franchise QB for the forseeable future. Whatever team gets Aaron Rodgers will most likely be dealing with a Manning to Denver or Tom Brady to Tampa Bay vibe. Both awesome scenarios resulting in Super Bowls for those teams, but both short in tenure. With Kyler Murray under center the run game could explode behind the combination of Jonathon Taylor, the offensive line, and now the scattiest quarterback out there.

Any way you boil it down. It’s time for everyone here to move on. Unfortunately, I don’t know what this would mean for Carson Wentz, as I don’t know how many other places he will get serious starting QB knods. If you couldn’t take this Colts team to the playoffs, there is a serious problem. One that MUST be addressed.

For the Shoe,

-Burke

side note: We are currently looking for someone to head up writing for our Packers, Lions, and other midwest fanbases. Please let me know!

Pepsi Halftime show and Lil Dicky’s Quartertime show Reviews

It’s the one and only…

Go head on over to NFLs YouTube to check out the show.

This show was so freaking great!

Set design was stellar. The neighborhood was out for this show and the stage presented that. Really cool nod to Los Angeles urban culture throughout. Who doesn’t love Snoop Dogg. Not a single person. Martha Stewart gave him the stamp of approval for the white woman demographic. And who gives a shirt what some Ignorant racists may thing. This music speaks to anyone under the age of 50 and it’s here to stay.

As the first Hip Hop half time show I feel like they were really tame here just so as to not burn any future potential there. Which is smart and safe. A good move I’d say. Still just an awesome show top to bottom. Great stroll down memory lane of Hip Hop during my formative years.

Awesome getting to see 50 Cent drop down a la his breakthrough music video. Anyone ripping my boy saying he look bloated and sound old… to you I say let’s see how you look performing your banger at the Super Bowl halftime show 20 years after you dropped that shirt. Fuq outta here.

50 ladies and gentleman

Best entrance for sure goes to Kendrick Lamar. That was trippy and his freaking choreography game is next level. And it’s apparent in all of his videos as well as being on full display throughout his performance here.

Eminem. While his entrance looked like it was to be grander than it was presented on the show, he still killed it. Lose Yourself is an alltime go to banger. That song doesn’t miss.

Just really wish each of these guys had more time. Each of these artists (except Mary J. Blige, sorry) could carry a halftime show themselves. Should have had 2 of them. I mean Eminem and Kendrick alone is so awesome and each of them would have had more time to really get into and perform. But again the 5 artist thing may have been a way of helping break hip hop into getting to do this more often.

All in all not the greatest show of all time but pretty great. I’d say still behind Prince and Bruno Mars in my mind. Yeah sure, call me soft for the bruno mars call, but when he was channeling the ghost of James Brown I was all in! Shirt was fire!

God Lose Yourself is the best isn’t it.

LIL DICKY’S GOPUFF QUARTERTIME SHOW

Lil Dicky is an absolute genius. On every level. Music. Comedy. Drama. Business. Marketing. Dudes the whole package. That’s my review. Just really more of an observation.

-Burke

Rams win Super Bowl 56. quarter by quarter thoughts and recap

Heading into the game the media made had made the past two weeks The Joe Burrow show on every major news outlet. And rightfully so. He’s been proving that he’s the Big Game Kid!

I know I spew a lot of trash about the burning hell hole that is Los Angeles, but what an awesome stadium. SoFi is truly a site to see that I would risk a trip to Los Angeles for. But without further ado. To the game!

First quarter

Odell Beckham Jr. Grabs the TD from Matthew Stafford to get the score to 7-0. While the Los Angeles offense was kicking off with Matthew Stafford connecting on his first handful of passes in the game.

The Bengals have not been able to piece anything together. At the kick of this game Joe Burrow is running for his life, looking to get it to receivers who’ve barely ran through their routes. Not looking great until Joe was able to piecemeal a drive together painfully culminating in the Evan McPherson kick and bringing the score to 7-3.

Ending score of first quarter: Bengals 3 – Rams 7

BOOOOOOOO!!! OBJ BOO!

2nd Quarter

Big starting grab by Odell Beckham Jr. Leads to a drive resulting in a Cooper Kupp touchdown. Following that is a missed PAT and what appears to be a stubbed toe for LA Rams. Bringing that score to 13-3.

While the Bengals are started less than stellar they have begun to piece together a resistance. During the second half the Bengals run the HB pass and that’ll be 6 points for the Bengals! Score was now 10-13 in favor of the Rams.

Ending score 2nd quarter: Bengals 10-Rams 13.

At halftime it appeared that we had a real contest on our hands. A true battle was taking place much to the surprise of many LA supporters. But not to the surprise of Joe Burrow’s apostles. Second half was looking to be an absolute battle to decide the 2021-2022 NFL season!

Come the opening drive of the 3rd quarter Joe Burrow delivers Higgens a 75 yard strike giving the Rams a 17 to 13 lead. Then following up with a McPherson field goal their next drive it began to look like it was now Bengals game to lose. Then the Rams hit a field goal to bring it to Bengals 20 Rams 16.

End of 3rd quarter score:Bengals 20-Rams 16

4th Quarter

After a back and forth 4th quarter the LA Rams realized they should probably return to what has worked for them all season and Stafford connected with Cooper Kupp to take the lead 23-20 with 1:25 left to play. The magic surrounding Joe Burrow had to persevere for one more drive…..

And it didn’t.

Credit: Rams Twitter

So good for LA. La-di-freaking dah. It’s a wrap! LA wins another championship good for them!

I hate sports.

(Really though props to Aaron Donald. He can’t help he was drafted by them. He is a monster that deserves this. Just wish it was with someone else).

Oh well on to 2022-2023. Go Colts

-Burke

Bengals have to defy all logic and analytics for a 3rd time in a row! Super Bowl 56 (opinion piece).

So here we are. The grind that has been the 2021-2022 NFL season gets its bookend tomorrow in Los Angeles. Super Bowl 56 is upon us and the Cincinnatti Bengals are looking to take down the Los Angeles Rams.

Everyone is rooting for the Bengals it seems (unless your in their division or the 4 Rams fans out there). And who could blame them?

Joe Burrow has made his way into everybody’s heart with his playmaking big game abilities. He is the absolute man. Does BIG things in BIG situations, against BIG odds. What’s not to love when your QB is drippin in so much swag he makes O’Dell Beckham Jr. Look like Bernie Sanders

The Bengals took down the Coach of the Year Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans. They then took the Kansas City’s high powered offense, where the Bengals were able to capitalize on Joe Burrow’s gunslinging and their defenses ability to capitalize on the rare Mahommes error. Although, he seemed to be making a large amount of errors, for his quality of course. Now they just need to beat the Los Angeles Rams and Matthew Stafford, arguably the most “due” guy in the NFL.

I will give Matthew Stafford all the credit in the world. He is an absolute Hall of Famer in my opinion. He was just never able to have help in Detroit. The lack of quality in the front office led to his best target,Calvin Johnson heading out to greener pastures. Literally.

Original photo credit: Primitiv

https://www.insider.com/calvin-johnson-started-a-marijuana-business-2021-6

While Matthew Stafford is due and I’m sure more Lions fans will be rooting for the Rams than there are actual true Rams fans. The Los Angeles Rams have the saddest fan base in sports. Yes of course they need to build one. But how uninterested does your new city need to be for your stadium home games to look like this

Sad.

Who would want them to win that isn’t exclusively rooting doe Matthew Stafford!?! They don’t deserve this. Bengals for sure deserve it over the Rams. I want this for the city of Cincinnati.

LOS ANGELES IS LITERALLY ON FIRE but but Merryl Streep wants to tell me I have to use paper straws from her private jet or something. It’s like the whole state is in the spin zone.

So the rest of the country is almost seeking to have the Bengals stop LA for all of us! They can not win in the first year of stadium home games there. There must be some semblance of justice in this world. Although LA is favorited in this one I am all in on the Joe BurSHOW to continue.

#JoeBurShow

Go Bengals.

-Burke

TJ Watt didn’t deserve the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Darius Leonard did.

Luke Kuechly. Brian Urlacher. Ray Lewis. Ever heard of them buddy? What an absolute flex by the Indianapolis Colts. And you know what… after that Jacksonville Jaguars loss to end the season and send the insufferable Steelers into the playoffs, I will take pride in whatever I can. And that being both Darius Leonard and Jonathon Taylor’s HOF making seasons.

Darius had a complete season. He is the all around best defensive player there is. He is a natural ball magnet. The man is constantly making plays just based on his sense of the game and where to be. He has a nose for the ball. The man is an absolute Maniac… sorry had to.

While TJ Watt undoubtedly tied Michael Strahan’s sack record, you can not sit down and actually watch Darius Leonard play and tell me he isn’t the best player there is out there. If he doesn’t make the tackle himself, he is within arms reach of the tackle each and every play. His foresight is absolutely unmatched.

I don’t understand why more people aren’t watching Darius Leonard’s game as closely as they should. It’s so crazy to say that the highest paid linebacker in the league is underappreciated. But I have to say nationally, HE IS!!! Nobody respects this man’s name as much as it nearly deserves. But as an Indianapolis Colts fan, I love it. Feed the maniac bulletin board material. I’m all for it! Let’s see what insane numbers he can get overlooked next season.

Honestly… why is this okay? Everyone loves the Watts! All-American conmen if you ask me. Too Clean… I can’t trust anyone who presents that cookie cutter clean. Can’t do it won’t do it. If I can’t tell that you’ve got a skeleton in your closet, I assume you’ve got a warehouse full of skeletons hidden somewhere.

-Burke

A look at the Madden’s Super Bowl simulations prediction history. Also a tangent on EA.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow can light up one more victory cigar — at least if the virtual prediction of Sunday’s Super Bowl ends up coming true.

In the official Madden ’22 simulation of Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals knock off the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and it is Burrow, the second-year quarterback out of LSU, who becomes the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Burrow, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, led Cincinnati down the field to set up kicker Evan McPherson for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati the win.

credit: EA SPORTS

Well the nerds over at EA have decided the Bengals won the Super Bowl. Great season everybody. That’s a wrap!

But seriously let’s take a look at the simulations pick history…

Super Bowl 54KC 35, SF 31KC 31, SF 20Right!
Super Bowl 53LA 30, NE 27NE 13, LA 3Wrong!
Super Bowl 52NE 24, PHI 20PHI 41, NE 33Wrong!
Super Bowl 51NE 27, ATL 24NE 34, ATL 28Right!
Super Bowl 50CAR 24, DEN 20DEN 24, CAR 10Wrong!
Super Bowl 49NE 28, SEA 24NE 28, SEA 24Spooky Good!
Super Bowl 48DEN 31, SEA 28SEA 43, DEN 8Wrong!
Super Bowl 47BAL 27, SF 24BAL 34, SF 31Right!
Super Bowl 46NYG 27, NE 24NYG 21, NE 17Right!
-credit Eddie Makuch gamespot.com

It is so interesting to see these simulations in a grid like the one above. I was fully ready to get on here and absolute rip the simulations apart for being no real reading or barometer for what will be happening in the Super Bowl, but I got to say, looking at these numbers laid out like this, this thing is actually kind of amazing!

If this simulation were just a mere degenerate gambler, he would be in the black for sure!

Look at the years it was right, It got within a close margin for the actual scores on several occasions. And then there is Super Bowl 49! The simulation predicted New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t the score. That being said, 28 to 24 is the one of the more “football score” games (you know games where the numbers are typical integers of 7 and 3). So, not really taking any risks. Had it hit on Super Bowl 54’s prediction of 35 to 31, a far less common “football score” that would have been impressive.

As for 24 to 21 Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Rams, I’m here for it. Not the most risky scoring bet. Honestly 24 to 21 with either team pulling out the win sounds fairly logical and that even sounds like the logical score. But, we aren’t here for logic! We are here for miraculous drives, unlikely heroes, and moments that make you think “Man there was just no predicting that”. So with that I’ve come all the way back around. BOO these nerds.

Also,

side tangent.

EA Sports should be ashamed for the crimes they’ve committed against the public and the American people. By having a monopoly on NFL simulation games, they have stifled game mechanic development and graphic development as well! Their lack of competition in the market is a detriment to the product and gaming culture as a whole. They’ve pumped out the same game, on the same engine since like 2016. It has to stop. Same could be said for NBA 2K22… Complacent. Every last one of them…

Assassins Creed Valhalla is an absolute marvel of modern gaming and everyone who can’t appreciate and enjoy it just has a dump in their shorts.

-Burke

Is anyone other than Steelers fans rooting for the LA Rams this Super Bowl?

Looks like most the country is going to be pulling for Joe Burrow and the Bengals. And why shouldn’t they?! They are a fun, young team, with arguably the biggest swag show in the country under center each snap.

Caption missing… as there is no need for one.

What is not to like when your watching them?while AFC North fans, Detroit fans, and the five Rams fans there are in LA will be rooting for Matthew stafford to get a super bowl in his first year in LA. I think im with the rest of the country in rooting for Joe Burrow and the Bengals, a “team of destiny” who just defeated the evil empire of the Chiefs.
As much as I genuinely like Joe Burrow and company. The fallout from a Bengals win for the rest of the league is far less detrimental then an LA win.
By being in Los Angeles the Rams immediately became a free agent powerhouse. Immediately winning the super bowl will win over a fan base and get ACTUAL Rams fans to the games. And why do they deserve that?!

Sad that this was a Rams home game. Pathetic really…


I would give everything short of my closest(and I MEAN CLOSEST) loved ones for a Super Bowl for the Indianapolis Colts, and next weekend all the Kardashians and all hollywood’s elite who could give two shits about the game get to play dress up in BRAND NEW JERSEYS!!! TAGS STILL ON IM SURE! NO FAMILY HEIRLOOMS PASSED DOWN HERE (they were all burned when the team left the first time) and support the Rams in the Super Bowl! What a fickle bitch life can be…


God, I hope the Bengals get after it Sunday. Can’t say I’m confident that the Bengals will be able to beat the Rams. But I’ve been wrong 3 times this playoffs already with them so here’s to number 4!
-Burke

Matt Eberflus. Just some thoughts from this Bears fan.

Matt Eberflus is making his presence felt in Chicago! Mostly through staged as all hell social media posts highlighting his work ethic

That gets me beyond geeked.


This man develops ballers and that’s exactly what we will need him to do for the Bears next year. During his time with the Colts Matt Eberflus installed his more hybrid coverage oriented schemes. This schemes have allowed some of the Colts less prototypical guys to develop into actual monsters on the gridiron. He saw that Darius Leonard was best utilized as a ball hound drifting into coverage often, but for the most part giving him the freedom to make plays where he chooses. This had freed him up to make the second round pick the Turnover King of the NFL.

He doesn’t force guys to fit his schemes, he forces schemes to fit his guys. And this practice is the way to go about cultivating the best defensive presence for your team.

While I was initially hesitant about the hire, just based on myself wanting to bring in a QB whisperer to develop Justin Fields into a top tier QB. It will be interesting to see who’s going to be heading up the Justin Fields development within the team.
With that in mind, I have come around on the hire. Never thought it was terrible, Matt Eberflus is a defensive mastermind. And when the Colts defense was clicking under his watch the whole team played with so much more joy and turnovers weren’t just turnovers, they were parties! So awesome when a coordinator can get through to an entire squad of guys.
-David S.

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