Jeff Castner is the Assistant Director of Operations at a major university in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he also lives. He is a huge sports fan who supports all of the local teams in Indianapolis, including the Pacers and the Indianapolis Indians minor league baseball team.

So it seems a bit of an anomaly to some of Jeff Castner’s friends that he would also be a supporter of the Green Bay Packers. They know that Jeff Castner is a big Indianapolis Colts fan. But the Colts, says Jeff Castner, play in the American Football Conference, while the Packers are in the National Football Conference. So it’s okay for him to root for Green Bay.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

The Green Bay Packers, as Jeff Castner knows, are one of the most storied teams in National Football League history. The teams of the 1960s, coached by the great Vince Lombardi and led by quarterback Bart Starr, are among the most legendary in the game. Those teams won the first two Super Bowls and are recalled as some of the most dominant to ever walk onto a gridiron. Today, the Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual Super Bowl.

The Indianapolis Colts had some great years too, winning Super Bowl XLI in 2007. That team was led by Peyton Manning, now the Denver Broncos’ quarterback. But the Colts have Andrew Luck calling the plays, and as Jeff Castner knows, Andrew Luck is one of the most promising quarterbacks to come into the league in many years.

There could come a day when the Packers and Colts go head to head in the Super Bowl. If that day should come to pass, it’s no contest. Jeff Castner will be pulling for the Colts all the way.

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Jeff Castner knows better than most that in Indiana, basketball is a way of life. He is a huge fan of the Indiana Pacers, and remembers the Reggie Miller era very fondly. Reggie Miller spent his entire eighteen year NBA career playing for the Pacers, and is remembered as one of the league’s all-time greats.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

The Pacers got off to their best start ever in the 2013-2014 NBA season, going eleven-and-one in their first twelve games, and made it into the playoffs. But in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers were unable to stop the Miami Heat, who eliminated them in six games. The Heat were then the fist team to advance to the NBA finals four years in a row since the Boston Celtics did it between 1984 and 1987. In the end, though, the Heat could not stop the San Antonio Spurs, who won the 2014 National Basketball Association crown.

But Jeff Castner is confident that the Indiana Pacers are once again in ascendance. The coming NBA season could be another winner for the team. Jeff Castner has begun to personally write a sports blog in which he shares his thoughts about the Indiana Pacers and the other sports teams that he is interested in.

Basketball really is a way of life in Indiana, as Jeff Castner knows. One of its most famous basketball products is the late John Wooden, the former UCLA basketball coach who won an amazing ten NCAA championships over a twelve year period. As Jeff Castner knows, John Wooden grew up in a small town south of Indianapolis, near Martinsville.

Jeff Castner is a sports fanatic who lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the Assistant Director of Operations at a local university, and has worked at that institution in different capacities for nearly thirty years.

Like most sports enthusiasts, Jeff Castner has his favorite teams, and not all of them are local. Most of them are, but he likes pulling for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football Conference. In the AFC, though, Jeff Castner is one hundred percent committed to the Indianapolis Colts.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Quarterback Peyton Manning is now only a distant memory as Jeff Castner and legions of Colts fans get behind Andrew Luck. In each of his first two NFL seasons, Andrew Luck has led the Colts to playoff appearances, including winning a division title in 2013. Luck and fellow quarterback Russell Wilson are the only quarterbacks to lead a team to eleven-plus win seasons in each of their first two seasons. Wilson, of course, defeated former Colts quarterback Manning in the Super Bowl in February 2014.

Jeff Castner is optimistic about the Colts’ chances as the 2014 NFL season ramps up. In addition to Andrew Luck, wide receiver Reggie Wayne will be back in the lineup, returning from a season-ending injury. Wayne is going into his fourteenth year with the Colts, and as Jeff Castner knows, he is one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets.

The Colts will kick off the 2014 season against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Denver, and Jeff Castner is confident the team will get off to a good start by beating their old quarterback.

Jeff Castner is very optimistic about the 2014 Indianapolis Colts. He believes they will be favored to win their division and make a very long run into the playoffs. However, losing Robert Mathis on defense to suspension for the first four games of the season could prove to be very costly. The first four games should go a long way in determining what kind of team the Colts put on the field. With the suspension of Robert Mathis can this Colts team rally behind a very strong offense and compete at Denver to open up the season? Very unlikely. Denver will be coming off a very disappointing Super Bowl loss and will be seeking revenge for last year’s loss to the Colts. Look for Manning to have a monster opening game with Mathis watching from the sidelines.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner believes the Colts will bounce right back and win home games against Philly and Tennessee. They should also take care of business on the road against Jacksonville before getting Mathis back on the field for game five at home against Baltimore. The Colts schedule is very favorable and there is no reason to believe they can’t win ten or eleven games this season.

The 2014 Colts offense will be very strong. Led by the best young quarterback in the league in Andrew Luck, this offense will be very explosive. The receiving core with the addition of Hakeem Nicks, a rising star in T. Y. Hilton and a healthy Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen will be fun and exciting to watch. Also, look for Trent Richardson to be much improved after a full year of training camp and becoming more comfortable in the Colts offense.

Once again, the big question mark for the Colts will be their Defense. Can they stop anybody? The addition of D’Quell Jackson should help at the linebacker spot, but there are still a lot of question marks on the defensive side of the ball. There is no doubt the Colts success this season will again rest on their defense. If the defense can improve at all this season, look for the Colts to go very deep into the playoffs.

Jeff Castner is very frustrated by the recent play of the Cincinnati Reds. As they continue to fall in the standings there has to be an urgency to make some kind of move to jump-start this Reds team. The recent injuries to Votto and Phillips obviously hurt the Reds offensive fire power, but other players in the organization must step up and play like professionals.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner also believes the front office can not continue to watch this Reds offense continue to struggle to score runs. They must try to make a move and trade for someone who can give them some offense. We know that money is very tight, but this team currently sits fourth in the standings and games are slipping away. The Reds must get hot very soon or this season is virtually over.

There must be major changes in the off-season if this Reds team continues to falter. We must get more consistency in the middle of the Reds lineup. Votto’s best days may be in the past and Bruce continues to be inconsistent at the plate. This Reds team doesn’t have one player hitting over .300 and averages are falling fast since the All-Star break. Mesoraco, Hamilton and Frazier have been solid all season, but they need some help.

Let’s hope the Reds pitching staff can stay strong and the Reds’ bats suddenly get hot over the next 2 months. The race is not over yet, but trying to get by Milwaukee, St.Louis and Pittsburgh will be extremely difficult.

 

 

Jeff Castner is not convinced the Indiana Pacers really wanted Lance Stephenson back in the fold. There is no doubt Stephenson was a fan favorite for his hustle and improvement over the last 4 seasons, but to let him slip away for less than one million per season tells the story. For all the good Stephenson brought to the court for the Pacers, there were many more negative things that impacted this Pacer team. In the end, the Pacers may have thought the negative outweighed the positive. Give the front office some credit for at least offering Stephenson a decent contract to keep him around, but I’m not so sure they’re too sad to see him move on. Best of luck to Stephenson in Charlotte.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner likes the additions of C.J. Miles and Rodney Stuckey to the Pacers. Both of these players will add depth at the guard position and should fill in just fine for Stephenson. Stuckey played very well off the bench in Detroit last season and could be a big contributor. Miles will add outside shooting and may be the early favorite to fill in the starting role for Stephenson.

Jeff Castner is pretty sure the Pacers are not done dealing. Can this current Pacer roster win the East with Cleveland, Atlanta and Washington continuing to improve each season? Is there a deal out there to improve the Pacers? Will they have to move Roy Hibbert? Does anyone want Hibbert’s contract? Maybe a package deal that moves both Hibbert and George Hill? Larry Bird has some tough decisions to make in the coming weeks. It should be fun to follow what the next move will be.

Jeff Castner is very encouraged by the recent play of the Cincinnati Reds. They are one of the hottest teams in the National League and they continue to climb towards the top of the division. Though the Reds have been riddled with key injuries, they continue to get major contributions from their bench and find ways to win.

Jeff Castner says the pitching staff continues to be stellar and the key to the Reds’ success. The starting pitching of Cueto, Simon, Baily, Leake and Latos are giving the Reds a chance to win every night. Chapman is usually lights out every time he enters to close a game. Chapman’s much improved change-up has hitters looking silly and guessing at the plate. It’s great to see Cueto, Simon and Chapman being rewarded with All-Star appearances. They have been terrific on the mound.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner still believes the Reds must add a clutch hitter to the middle of the lineup via trade to get them to the top of the division. The injuries to Votto and Phillips will catch up with them if they don’t add a spark to their lineup. Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh are not going anywhere and this division will come down to the last few weeks. The Reds must be able to score runs consistently to win the division. The pitching will stay strong, but can the Reds stay consistent at the plate and put runs on the board to stay in the race?

Best of luck to Cueto, Simon, Chapman, Frazier and Mesoraco as they represent the Cincinnati Reds in the All-Star game. They have all played very well midway through the season and deserve to be All Stars. Go Reds!