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Colts cheerleader agrees to shave head if $10,000 raised for leukemia research

The Indianapolis Colts organization has done a tremendous job of showing support for head coach Chuck Pagano since he was diagnosed with leukemia, and that continued over the weekend when a member of the cheerleading squad agreed to join the movement.

On Sunday, the Colts’ mascot, Blue, sent a tweet asking if a member of the team’s cheer squad would let him shave her head if he could raise $10,000 for leukemia research. A Colts cheerleader named Megan M. agreed.

A day later, a light-hearted video entitled “Operation Shave Megan’s Head” was posted to the Colts’ website, and it shows Megan signing an agreement to shave her head.

“Everybody knows someone who’s been affected by cancer,” Megan said. “Knowing that I can maybe be strength or inspiration for someone going through this … I want to be strength for them. That’s really what it’s all about — showing that we’re Chuckstrong.”

Blue is now asking fans to visit www.colts.com/chuckstrong to make a donation to the CHUCKSTRONG fund. The mascot has until Sunday, November 25 to raise the money. If he reaches his goal, Megan will shave her head at the Colts vs. Bills game.

As we showed you last week, more than two dozen Colts players have shaved their heads to show their support for Pagano. Guys can pull off the shaved head look and most of them had short hair to begin with, so it won’t take the players nearly as long to look like their old selves as it would for Megan. Her offer is just another example of how selfless the entire organization has been in showing their support for their head coach and cancer research.

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Photo via Twitter/ColtsCheerMegan

Colts players shave their heads to support Chuck Pagano (Pictures)

The Indianapolis Colts have shown tremendous support for head coach Chuck Pagano throughout his battle with cancer, and that continued this week when more than two dozen players and staff shaved their heads. Adam Vinatieri and others went with the cue ball look, and much of the action was captured in this video on Colts.com.

“It’s all for Chuck,” punter Pat McAfee told the Indy Star on Tuesday. “We all don’t look good. “I’m not built to have a bald head. I’ve got a huge sniffer. But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we’re all in this together. It’s a really cool thing.”

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Reggie Wayne reportedly chose Colts over Patriots

How close was Reggie Wayne to leaving Indianapolis for one of the Colts’ biggest AFC rivals? Very close, apparently.

In a journal entry posted on his website Wednesday, Wayne says he had four finalists and got down to three, then two.

“And you Colts fans don’t wanna know who other team was. I’ll let you figure that one out. Ha!,” Wayne wrote.

The Boston Globe confirmed that the other finalist was the Patriots.

The money Indy was offering Wayne was probably too good to turn down — three years for $17.5 million, including $7.5 mil guaranteed — and the Patriots likely were not offering as much. But it’s interesting that New England was pursuing Wayne given that he’s 33 and his skills may be declining. Apparently the Colts weren’t the only ones who still think he has some talent left.

Colts owner Jim Irsay: We can make it work if Peyton Manning wants to stay here

Colts owner Jim Irsay has put the ball back in Peyton Manning’s court as the public relations battle between the team and player continues.

“We can make it work if he wants to be here,’’ Irsay said of Manning Tuesday. “We’d be excited to have him back and finish his career with us.

“I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the . . . healing process with the regeneration of the nerve.”

Irsay is making the Colts look like the good guys in this negotiation. They’re not going to pay Peyton his $28 million option bonus on March 8. If they do offer him a contract, it likely won’t be for much money.

Considering the Colts are planning to draft Andrew Luck (or another quarterback), Peyton likely wouldn’t be willing to share the position when he could go to another team where they’d love to have him. This was a wise public statement by Irsay.

Colts Reportedly May Interview Jim Tressel for Head Coaching Position

The Indianapolis Colts fired Jim Caldwell this week following the team’s brutal 2-14 season. The Indianapolis Star reports that former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel may be interviewed to fill the vacancy.

In their report, the Star says team owner Jim Irsay’s plane flew to Sarasota, Florida Friday morning where Tressel owns a home. They say that multiple sources expect Tressel to be interviewed for the job.

This wouldn’t be too surprising given Tressel’s experience and success as a collegiate head coach. He served as a head coach at Youngstown State in Ohio from 1986-2001 where he won four national championships. He was hired by Ohio State and won a national title in the 2002 season.

Tressel served as a consultant for the Colts this past season after resigning as coach of the Buckeyes in May.

Being interviewed for the position doesn’t mean he’s going to be the team’s next coach, but it shows he may be seriously close to getting back into coaching.

The Colts reportedly are also expected to interview Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for their coaching vacancy.

‘Pete’ Stands to Win $10,000 from a $10 Bet if Colts Go 0-16

Are gamblers taking low-risk, huge-reward bets and coming close to winning them more often these days, or are we just hearing more about it? I’m sure it is the latter, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable to read about. Before we begin, let us note that for every @Pistol_Pete82 or rabid Cardinals fan who could win huge money through extremely unusual circumstances, there are millions of knuckleheads who might as well rip up their money and flush it down the toilet. That’s why the house always wins and will always win.

All that being said, according to the gambling website Beyond the Bets, a man named Pete took a 1,000-to-1 prop bet before the season began that the Colts — with Peyton Manning’s future in question — would go 0-16 on the year.  Pete placed only $10 on the bet and is five losses away from making $10,000.  Here is a picture from his iPhone that was posted on his Twitter page as proof.

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Peyton Manning Reportedly Fine with Colts Drafting a Quarterback

Indianapolis Colts fans are well on their way to accomplishing their goal for the 2011 season.  The goal itself may have changed rapidly over the course of the offseason, but Indy has done a great job of conquering it.  With only six games remaining in the season, the Colts have a stranglehold on last place in the NFL.  They have a two-and-a-half game deficit behind lead over the Rams, Vikings, and Panthers for last.  They are the clear-cut favorites in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, which should make their custom-jersey wearing fans proud.

According to Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian, Peyton Manning would be fine with Indy taking a quarterback with the first overall pick in next year’s draft.

“The bottom line is that if the right person is there, and it has to be the right person, then now is the time to make that choice,” Polian said WFNI-AM 1070 according to the Indianapolis Star. “Peyton and I have spoken about that, and he’s OK with that.”

As you may remember, a few weeks ago Phil Simms decided to operate under the assumption that a healthy Manning would never allow the Colts to draft his successor.  Manning was understandably offended by Simms essentially calling him a baby, but the question is do you believe that it wouldn’t bother him?  One of the toughest things for a superstar athlete to come to grips with is the fact that his glory days may be behind him.  In his mind, I’m sure Peyton feels like he has another five years of MVP-caliber football left in him.  Physically, there are many who wonder if he will ever play again.  If the Colts draft Luck and Manning plays next season, we will then get a chance to see how well he plays the role of mentor.