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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  December 29, 2009 01:11 PM

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Colts president Bill Polian said the perfect season was never the team's issue. Well, it is now because Indianapolis fans are irate that their team yanked Peyton Manning and the rest of its starters with a 15-10 lead midway through the third quarter. Hot under the collar Hoosiers harangued Polian on his own radio show yesterday over the retreat into defeat against the Jets.

Here's my issue: if the Colts wanted to rest their starters, fine, then let them play a half or a quarter and take them out. But don't bail on a competitive game with historical and playoffs implications deep in the second half. It's an arrogant disservice to your players, your team and the NFL.

No one has embarrassed the state of Indiana this much since former vice president Dan Quayle misspelled potato.
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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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