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To be honest Coltzilla, this is the second (of 2 I think?) article that Anthony Payne has written that is quite frankly, way way way off the mark on many many things. Where did you find this guy? The last article (Changing of the Guards or something along those lines) was by far the most poorly researched and argued article I've ever seen at Coltzilla.
Wow a night of sleep and look at all the excitement that has come abound. I thought the article would obviously be read as a wish list. (hints the word hope in the title.) It is obvious that not all of the signings are possible. The idea was to show possibilities at every position. In that idea I did that. For all those who are ever so upset about the Bob Sanders comment, it was obvious that is was simply an idea of opinion. I also gave the evidence in why one could come to the conclusion. It was a not a story breaking idea. It blows my mind so many are upset about a side bar in an article that was just an overview of possible free agents that could fill in. With no offseason moves being made by the team it would be nothing but a shot in the dark as to what money we have to spend on any position. If you disagree or think that my opinion is wrong that is fine. As it is for me to have mine, I offer you prove me wrong.
So, instead of writing a brief correction and an apology for the misrepresentaion of opinion as fact as you should have you come off with this smartass comment trying to justify your mistake with a "it was obvious that it was simply an idea of opinion" when it most definitely was not written that way (the reason why your editor later changed it). You then go on to bait your readers with an "I offer you prove me wrong." Real professional.
The fact that you don't even get what you did wrong is disturbing. When you write, "We sat and watched his body break down from the steroids (two biceps tears?) for too long now," it is not presented in the context of opinion, but as that of fact. Please read this and learn to tell the difference (http://www.thenewsmanual.net/Manuals%20Volume%203/volume3_56.htm). An example of how your sentence should have been written if it were to be presented as your personal opinion instead of a statement of fact:
"We sat and watched his body break down from what may have been steroids (two biceps tears?) for too long now." If you are a writer, even a lowly blogger, you have to take care as to how you say things, that they not be misconstrued.
Or that you not get sued.
P.S. It's "hence" not "hints".
Comments regarding Sanders and steroids:
I just wanted to pop in real quick and state a couple of things for regular readers who were upset about the comment.
First, I edited this story and left that in because, in my opinion, the "(two bicep tears?)" following the mention of steroids seemed like a clear clarification that the comment was conjecture, theory, or opinion. If "two bicep tears" is a part, or large part, of the weight behind the statement preceding, I thought it was fine for Tony to have that opinion. I did not feel that he was representing his opinion as "fact."
Second, even in the comments here he clarifies the statement, that "yes he called Sanders a juicer" but the clarifying statement is "maybe I'm wrong" and "walks like a duck, talks like a duck." Again, in my mind, that represents opinion and does not represent "fact" in either case.
Finally, I really thought that Tony showed a lot of effort in his thoughts discussing the team, some great insight into the kinds of players that could or may be considered by fans or the coaching staff, and generally did a lot more work than the one comment that is rubbing some the wrong way. I would be happy to discuss this further, on Coltzilla in an open thread we can set up specifically for this discussion or by email, but I will hope that most who come in and read the story from here forward will discuss this information, idea, and thought-rich story.
Honestly, I thought the juicing statement was horrible and the context is open to debate as to whether or not it was presented as opinion or fact. I will respect your wishes and not contest that here. However, the rest of the article, in it's entirety, reads like a ridiculously juvenile wish list of fantasy football madness. You could literally replace "Colts" with the name of any other NFL team and have your typical "WHAT IF WE SIGNED EVERY AWSUM FA OUT THERE?!?! WE'D HAVE TEH MOST AWSUMEST TEAM EVAR!!!!!" post by a seemingly uneducated fan. This article is only germane to the Colts in that it uses the names of a couple of Colts players (one instance of which is to libelously malign said player) other than that, it is uninformed and uninforming.
Understood PUD. I will let Tony discuss the context or meaning of his listing potential free agent players at each position. I met Tony a couple of weeks ago and discussed Colts football with him for a couple of hours and I think he is very knowledgeable about the team. I do not know if he intends to suggest that the Colts should sign all of the players mentioned and dump all of the rest or if he only intends to discuss who is available who could provide help at each position. (my guess is the latter)
I will completely agree that the story may read more like a wish list but if you give Tony a chance I think he will prove that your concern with the one statement and the content of this particular article will not last as it is not representative of all he has to say, offer, or add to the discussion. Just try to not run the guy off by throwing daggers at him right after he starts. Eh? :)
I updated the story regarding the potential steroid issue to use wording that I hope more concretely presents Tony's thoughts as opinion. If I failed to appropriately edit or accurately represent via my editing that the comment was opinion, I apologize to any who might have been offended.
This article is a joke, and if you fell into the realm of an actual journalist it would be, in the least, unethical, and in the most, libelous. You cannot say things like "We sat and watched his body break down from the steroids (two biceps tears?) for too long now."
This one article just set back the reputation of this site and all the hard work Brett and the contributing writers have done to make it a reputable source for Colts news and analysis to nearly zero.
Thanks a lot. Perhaps you'd be more at home at Stampede Blue.
I'm not going to write a 1000 word post disagreeing with 80% of the opinions in this article, but I totally disagree with four fifths of this article.
I did just call Bob Sanders a juicer. It is all based of his injury history. If one is took look at the type of injury he had with his first bicep tear it would raise questions. Theu00efu00bbu00bf three most common issues body builders face are shoulder ligaments, bicep ligaments, and yes elbow ligaments. The reason for this is the muscle the body is building is growing at a rate in which the ligaments can not keep up, because of this there is a high risk of tears. Feel free to check those stats. Bob has now had all three of those injuries (biceps on both arms!). Look i'm just as big a fan of Bob as anyone, and I also know we are all fools if we don't think the NFL full of HGH players. Maybe i'm wrong, possibly he is like Mr. Glass and Tracey McGrady and just stuck with bad luck, but as T.O. once said, "walks like a duck, talks like a duck."
Still, that's your opinion and should be stated that way. I'd hate to see Coltzilla go the way of StampedeBlue (well, mainly one of the writers over there) and start posting speculation as fact.
Overall, it was a good article and a nice wish list.
I think you're a moron and a stain on this fine site. Please prove me wrong by posting quality content free of that type of gossip rag bullshit.
I'm terribly sorry, this story was written by Anthony Payne and published by me after editing. I failed to change the author information to him. I will notify him that he has some questions.
It know it looks like I have given up on Donald Brown early, but the fact is I never liked the draft pick in the first place. He seems like a great guy, but when he has proven nothing. He can't stay healthy and is averaging less yards per carry than even Mike Hart. If he does end up being wrong, and he has an Arian Foster break out year, I would eat my words all the way to the super bowl.