JUST GET ME ONE TOP FREE AGENT! Tyrann Mathieu to the Colts seems like it may have legs. Short thoughts.

Just one time. Just one time I want to land a top tier free agent. What’s the point of all this cap space if we aren’t going to use it on a stud or two? Tyrann Mathieu appears to be having odds on him to the Colts. It appears the gambling site oddschecker has moved the Colts into the odds favorite to get Tyrann Mathieu from free agency, following his tenure in Kansas City.

Tyrann Mathieu seems to be the biggest named free agent still available on the defensive side of the ball. With the Colts being seen as favorite a few places, I have to say this must really have some legs. Because when are we EEEVVVEEERRRR the favorite for a projected free agent landing zone? Not too often. I seem to get my hopes up each and every year that we will get the free agents of top caliber, but rarely is this ever the case.

I’ve gotten my hopes up time and time before. And time and time before I’ve been let down. We have yet to make a real splash in free agency in the Ballard era. The largest splash we’ve seen was Carson Wentz and I’ll say the unexpected move of Matt Ryan was solid, with the actual verdict to come following his play on the field. We haven’t had a solid free agent track record from our current regime. So I am cautious to get too invested in potentially wishful thinking.

Although, I believe if the Colts can secure Tyran Mathieu and he can perform up to the level that we’ve seen from him over the course of his career, the Colts defense could have the most intuitive defensive duo in the NFL. Darius Leonard and Tyronn Mathieu are both very, very intuitive players. Their instincts and knowledge for the game seem to put them in positions to make a play more often than not. Not many players possess this gift to any degree, while these two guys may be some of the best examples of this in the NFL.

He would enter that Colts’ locker room and immediately seek to aid Darius in setting a tone of attitude and rock steady defense. His resume speaks for itself and would speak volumes to those within the Colts organization. He is a genuine leader, and after watching the Colts last year, other than Darius, I feel like our leadership was lacking. The Colts Need to go out and get the guys that will help “set the tone” for lack of a better explanation.

While all of this is very promising I can’t help but fear a potential fall off in Tyrann’s game following his next contract signing. I’m sorry I just don’t see him remaining in that top tier of NFL safeties for too much longer. I imagine he may be looking for this next contract to be his last MAJOR payday. If this is the case, I think he may be looking for a longer contract, and get really comfortable wherever he lands next. I don’t know how tied down we’d want to be with a major contract spent on Mathieu when there seem to be more imperative roles that need to be paid and cemented within our franchise. (Fingers crossed we got QB covered for a few more years if Matt Ryan should find a second wind in Indianapolis and want to stick around).

Here’s hoping something can come of this. I will be over the moon if we are able to land him. Because ultimately, this salary cap is going to climb. And there seems to be more and more ways that creative accounting is allowing teams to manipulate that salary cap. So throw it all at him. Get our number 1 recruiter Darius Leonard on the case! I’m ready to see Tyrann Mathieu suit it up For The Shoe.

Vegas oddsmakers agree, the Matt Ryan trade was for the best! Hopefully this can ease the detractors just a bit.

So, you know why Vegas has been able to be the national capital of gambling and debauchery since the city’s founding in 1905? Because THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS. They’re right more often than not. If they weren’t, the gambling industry wouldn’t be the evergrowing behemoth that it currently is. And if you are a frequent sports gambler, you see just how good these line makers and bookies are at forecasting any given scenario in sports. I mean so often there is a game still in gambling contention right up until the final whistle.

I’m going to spare anyone unfamiliar with the way odds are expressed the pain of having to trudge through this post, and not get into the specific odds. I understand that to the less degenerate among those faithful to the shoe, that reading odds and payouts can often times feel like a foreign language.

Need to get to whooping on the Titans.

Following the Matt Ryan trade there has been immediate shift in the odds for the AFC  South crown. Across the many, many sports books out there, the Tennessee Titans were the favorite to win the AFC South and who could blame the bookies and NFL analysts for that? This is no longer the case, with the Colts moving into the favorite position across many sportsbooks in America.

How major is this? Well consider the fact that just last season the Tenessee Titans were the #1 seed last year. A season after they posted the best record in the AFC and following 2 years in which they won the AFC, the Titans now slip out of favor with the book makers all because of the signing of Matt Ryan to the Colts. This should put the mind of many Colts fans at ease even if just a bit.

I get all the frustrations currently with our front office. But for the major detractors from this trade, you need to realize while this post may be written by a neverwaivering Colts fanboy, Vegas is as objective as it gets. They honestly can’t afford to be anything other than objective. So while the detractors are often the loudest among us. I am genuinely excited to welcome our latest attempt at finding a QB, and I have to believe that is the case for most of us out there.

Yes, Matt Ryan’s numbers were down last season. But look at what he had for an offense. Look at his team. The Falcons were an absolute joke. At the least having Jonathon Taylor opens up the field for him. At the best we develop our receivers and can create multiple options for Matt. I have to believe that just having the threat of the pass now is the significant boost in our odds. A threat that in Vegas’ eyes is very real with real potential.

It does seem that you need the stud QB to win the super bowl these days, but I am (maybe delusionally) hopeful that if Matt Ryan can just be reliable, limiting our 3rd and longs and keeping possession of the ball, we can do something special this year.

I know the whole fan base seems torn on this offseason. Yes, I get that we’ve had more QBs than one would care to support. But hey, at least Irsay is invested enough in his own team to put a fire under Ballard to get something done. We have an active front office willing to go out and try something. There are so many teams out there that this is not the case for. Many owners are ok with mediocrity. While stability is king, Irsay’s willingness to try anything and everything to make this team better is the reason I love our ownership. And at the end of the day, no one truly knows what they’re getting. I mean how different would NFL drafts be with the power of foresight. I can tell you great QBs like Mahomes, Brees, or Brady would DEFINITELY not go where they did.

All we can do is ride with our squad. So I’m buckled in and fully on board for our AFC South Reclamation Tour. Here’s to Ballard for making a deal that will at least make the Boys in Blue watchable. And here’s to Vegas for laying out that this is a step in the right direction for the Indianapolis Colts.

For The Shoe

Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State Buckeyes PREVIEW BLOG

Game tips off at 7:00 ET today. Indiana has the all-time advantage on Ohio State 109-87. Their previous matchup this season resulted in a 67-51 Indiana victory fueled by a MONSTER performance from Trayce Jackson-Davs (27 points, 12 rebounds). Indiana’s relentless defense was able to force 15 total turnovers from the Buckeyes.

Ohio State will be hosting their 4th home game in a row. While that is usually a cause for relaxation and a bit of an ease in the schedule, Ohio State will have hosted these 4 games over the course of 8 days. Quite a busy schedule. Whereas Indiana University has had 6 days to prep and rest for the Buckeyes Monday night. Ohio State will be looking to win a game following them being taken to the woodshed in that last game, losing by 16 and being held under 60. Indiana Hoosiers will be coming off a slide of epic proportions looking to salvage anything they can before we just call the season a wrap. Big stakes here.

I’m really hoping that the Buckeyes 30% shooting from the floor (Absolutely pathetic at home) spills over into this one. Both teams really have one player that the offense revolves around. You all know Indiana’s guy!!!

TJD!!!

In order to shut down the Ohio State offense, E.J. Liddell will need to be slowed down. I say slowed down because I don’t believe he can be stopped outright. Currently averaging 19.7 ppg Liddell has been the catalyst for Ohio State’s offense.

Indiana must play through Trayce. The Hoosiers just aren’t scoring from beyond the arc this season, and unless a significant amount of change has taken place in 6 days, I don’t see us scoring much on a defense that is solid on the perimeter. The Hoosiers can not, CAN NOT, miss layups today. Indiana has left points on the table at every possible chance this year it seems. This must be eliminated from our program.

This game looks to be a low scoring bout. I’m always hopelessly optimistic, but after that lost last week I don’t know if I really expect Indiana to win. Ohio State will be a tough matchup across the board. When a game is poised to be so low scoring, we must make free throws and layups. Doing that will easily limit the Hoosiers from beating themselves and fixing the trajectory they are currently on.

PREDICTION:

While the game is currently projected to end in a 72-66 Ohio State victory (kenpom.com), I believe that the Hoosiers will pull this one out. I can’t see Ohio State having enough time to prepare for this one as the Hoosiers did. Their limited turn around time will have them really only having addressed TJD and focus on him. If Indiana’s supporting players want their time to shine and have a memorable performance this is it. I’m looking for TJD to administrate the offense and have a big assist total in a 64-57 Indiana Hoosier victory.

Illinois Illini vs. Indiana Hoosiers (The One vs. Kofi Cockburn) pregame post

Date: Saturday, February 5
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Illinois (16-5), Indiana (16-5)

INDIANA V. ILLINOIS 184 (IU LEADS ALL TIME 93-90)

Big, Big, B1G matchup today (see what I did there?). Indiana has silently been a force in the Big Ten this year. Apart from some heartbreakers, least of which is the God forsaken loss at Wisconsin. SO CLOSE!!! SO CLOSE TO SNAPPING THAT LENGTHY ASS L STREAK IN MADISON!!! Indiana has locked down teams ability to hit the three in Bloomington and I believe their 37% opponent field pct. is going to play a huge factor in the overall tempo of this game. If you can’t hit shots you can’t find a rhythm.

This Indiana team just plays a balanced game together. Each man playing their role to a t in a finely tuned machine when things are running properly. Mike Woodson is really doing some great things in Bloomington, things already paying dividends! They seek to dominate the tempo by wearing you out on the defensive end. This aspect of Indiana’s game will be face no bigger test than the test of Kofi Cockburn.

I gotta hand it to Kofi Cockburn. That guy is a certified stud. This Indiana defense will be a true test for the scoring National Player of the Year candidate, who just last week absolutely balled out with 16 for 19 from the floor and 12 rebounds in Illinois’ spanking of Wisconsin.

Indiana is sitting as a -1.5 favorite with an over/under sitting at 136.5. I gotta say personally I’m going large on units for both of these bets. Seems to be an easy win. Take Indiana and the Under. I’m sorry, never fun to take the under but Indiana has set a tone with their defense at home. A tone that hasn’t yielded large scoring outputs for their opponents.

As an avid Indiana fan I’m pumped for this game between two “all things pointing to tournament bound” teams, it will be a true test of both teams. As a gambler I’d have to say you can’t bet against the deafening ruckus that is brought by the Indiana Fans in Assembly Hall.

-Burke

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