Indianapolis RecorderOn Sunday October 18th, the day of the Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots Game, advertising company AirSign will be flying high over Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis Colts Fans came to the advertising company to taunt the legendary quarterback, Tom Brady, after being accused of deflating footballs before the games in the very high profile Deflategate Controversy.

The fans will rent the Thermal Airship, an environmentally-friendly and more versatile alternative to Helium blimps, to fly over the game saying #DeflateThisBrady. AirSign invites you to join in on the fun to help fans raise money on their Go Fund Me page and send Tom Brady a message he will never forget!!

Every time I think the Colts, their smarmy, sychophantic media and their fan base of podunk, corn-pone rubes has reached rock bottom, they manage to dig down a little deeper. And this time, they’ve put an oil rig down in the ditch and are drilling through the Earth’s mantle.

C’mon, Indy. Have a little dignity. Have some pride. Show a little self-respect, if that’s even still possible. You want to celebrate Deflategate? You’re spending good money to remind the world about the AFC title game your team lost by five touchdowns and a field goal? You intend to advertise the fact that your organization is run by sniveling, underhanded, petty, whiny sore losers who couldn’t handle the fact that in the Andrew Luck era you’ve lost to the Patriots by an average score of 47-18 so they invented some stupid deflated balls fiction and lied about it orchestrating it? And you want to “taunt” the quarterback who’s been the architect, engineer and foreman of all those ass-whuppings? This is like the orcs celebrating the War of the Ring and trying to “taunt” Frodo over the way they defended Mount Doom.

But by all means, be our guest. Taunt away. We not only welcome it, I’ll personally kick in to the GoFundMe page. I’ll more than make the money back by betting the Patriots and the over. Because this game already was circled on the Patriots’ schedule as the Vengeance Bowl. But every goofy stunt pulled by the Colts’ unsophisticated, jerkwater fan base and every unctuous word written by their fawning press will just add more fourth-quarter F-you touchdowns.

Of course if you really want to celebrate the championship game last year, this would be way more appropriate:

My only advice is that if you’re actually going to go through with this thermal balloon stunt, watch out if it’s a cold, wet night. PV = nRT isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law.


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Jerry Thornton
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[0:01:37] ... here because he was never able to get back down. A wooded Nick Saban said last month that after agrees to do in the Miami Dolphins sort of back in 2006 and still be an outing anybody believes Nick Saban would be going in the year eleven anywhere. But the idea is you have to have a franchise quarterback and that's going ...
[0:03:16] ... one heck of a test if I look back to 2008 when Matt Cassel. Went ten and five as a starter after Tom Brady got injured some not willing to say. There's no way it's gonna work. I feel like Belichick and company would find a ...
[0:04:10] ... her reluctant franchise quarterback because he doesn't embrace the job. The way Tom Brady Russell Wilson Peyton Manning embrace the job. It just seems like hey he's a guy who's there to throw the football match ...

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MLB playoffs: Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB playoffs: Astros at Royals, 3:45 p.m. (FS1)
College football: Southern Miss. at Marshall, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: N.C. State at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA Finals: Lynx at Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Euro qualifier, Spain vs. Luxembourg, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Deflategate finally is dying down, but Spygate appears to be making a comeback.

According to a report out of Dallas, the Cowboys — who normally allow reporters to film their offensive work during the parts of practices that are open to the media — banned anyone from filming Thursday’s session in advance of Sunday’s game against the visiting Patriots.

Tweeted Dallas Morning News writer Jon Machota: Cowboys usually don’t care what cameras film during the open portion of practice. But this week, no filming the offense.

Meanwhile, while the Cowboys continue to tweak the Patriots, they have their own issues to worry about — first and foremost, how to justify the presence of domestic abuser Greg Hardy.

Jennifer Staubach Gates, a member of the Dallas City Council and the daughter of team legend Roger Staubach, said she will struggle with rationalizing supporting someone like Hardy.

“I’ve grown up a Cowboys fan, and it’s hard not to continue to root for them, but there will be a lot of mixed emotions when he takes the field on Sunday,” she said in a radio interview (via the Dallas Morning News). “It will be difficult to cheer for someone who has been accused of what he’s been accused of.”

Gates chairs the city’s Domestic Violence Taskforce, and she said someone like Hardy can’t be viewed as a hero no matter what he does on the field.

“If he makes an incredible tackle or makes a difference and we win the game … I don’t want to wish it doesn’t happen, but we need to make sure that we don’t make him the hero,” Gates said. “Hopefully they’re coaching him in a way that he’ll be a better person. I’ve heard [coach] Jason Garrett say that.

“We’re going to hold them accountable that they are going to make him a better man. We as a society need to stand up and say we’re not going to tolerate domestic violence and we’re not going to make heroes out of celebrities or athletes that engage in that kind of behavior. We can do that.”

Garrett said he spoke to Hardy about his comments referencing Tom Brady‘s wife this week, insisting, “That’s not how we want to operate as an organization.”

Said Gates: “I thought, like so many other, why is he talking about players’ wives, why is he going down that road?”

Hardy also showed no remorse for his off-field actions, but even if he did, Gates said she’d need to see more from him.

“I think he still needs to be held accountable, and the Cowboys still need to hold him accountable,” she said. “Words are not enough. It’s about actions over time.”

— Last year, when aging Lakers star Kobe Bryant was ranked 40th in ESPN’s list of the league’s top players, he dismissed the ratings as “silly” and “laughable,” adding: “I’ve known for a long time [that] they’re a bunch of idiots.

This year he’s dropped to 93, and he said Thursday, “I don’t need to defend that [ranking]. Nobody does, really.”

During Thursday’s preseason game in Southern California, Bryant acknowledged he heard a couple of fans yell references to the ranking. One shouted, “You ain’t no 93!”

Bryant, who scored 16 points in 22 minutes of L.A.’s 105-97 loss, had no interest in getting into a discussion about why he might have dropped so far in ESPN’s poll of 101 analysts, writers, researchers, editors and others.

“Please don’t ask me about silly stuff like that,” he said.

The rankings are designed to predict a player’s performance for the upcoming season. Bryant was in the top 10 the first three years of the poll from 2008-11 but has trended downward since, from 25 in 2013 to 40 last year to his current 93. He had a major, season-shortening injury prior to each of the last three rankings.

Bryant, 37, is in the final year of his contract, which will pay him a league-high $25 million this season.

— Sharks forward Raffi Torres apologized for his hit to the head of Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason game and will accept his record 41-game suspension.

“I am disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again,” Torress said in a statement from the team after his fifth career suspension.

Added Torres: “I worked extremely hard over the last two years following reconstructive knee surgery to resume my NHL career, and this is the last thing I wanted to happen.”

Torres said he is thankful Silfverberg was not seriously injured, and he apologized to his own team.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a separate statement that the team supports the league’s decision.

“While we do not believe there was any malicious intent, this type of hit is unacceptable and has no place in our game,” he said. “There is a difference between playing hard and crossing the line and there is no doubt, in this instance, Raffi crossed that line.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 9, 1988, the Red Sox dropped a 4-1 decision to the Athletics, as Oakland completed a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series. Which former Red Sox player was named MVP of the series?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “They gave me a chance. That’s all I can ask for. They gave me a chance. … It’s on me to repay them. They showed a commitment to me and I just have to honor that and keep on going out there and making [it] right. They gave me a chance, and that’s how I repaid them.” — Running back Dion Lewis, who agreed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 13 — Consecutive home victories by the Bruins in Boston over the Jets/Thrashers franchise before Winnipeg captured a 6-2 victory Thursday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick makes a nice diving catch against the Royals.

Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has an eventful game against the Blue Jays, twice getting hit by David Price pitches, lining a solo home run, scoring three times and making two impressive defensive plays.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Closer Dennis Eckersley, who saved all four games

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late John Lennon was born on this day in 1940.

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