In Indianapolis, the hatred for New England runs deep.
Mention the words 'Belichick' or 'Brady' and you'll make a native Hoosier's blood boil. Colts' fans once booed a young girl who was wearing a Patriots jersey during a Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Lucas Oil Stadium. Heck, I was once refused service when someone here found out that I was born and raised in Connecticut, until I explained to them that I was a Giants' fan (not really, but you get the point).
If you need another reason to hate anything Patriots, here it is: they cut a starter after he was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes.
The player in question is defensive tackle Kyle Love, who was released via the non-football injury designation. Love was an effective player, starting 25 games for the Pats over the last two seasons, and still had another year remaining on the contract extension he signed prior to the 2012 season. The NFL has players suffering from the disease, most notably Jay Cutler, who has Type-1 Dibetes which is much harder to manage. This sort of move isn't exactly unprecedented for New England, as they also cut Tiquan Underwood just one day before taking on the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.
As you can see, Love was a solid player in New England
I guess Love - who absolutely is good enough to play in the NFL - will now have to go to a team that actually has some compassion, and will allow him to fight through his Diabetes to continue his dream.
Did the Patriots brass send anyone out to Love's home to kick his dog, too?
It’s always fun to talk racing with two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, but he shared a pretty interesting family story (no, it’s not that his son, Arie Jr., was a finalist on The Bachelor) with us yesterday at the track.
It turns out that Arie’s father was a part of the Dutch Resistance in World War II. When describing his dad’s role in the Resistance, Arie said, “Anything he could do to mess up the Germans, he did.” It appears that ‘messing things up’ included stealing a Nazi truck, disassembling it, burying it piece by piece, then rebuilding it after the war. Arie told us that the German truck was the only operational vehicle on the island where the Luyendyks lived south of Holland:
Viva la Resitance! Hear the full interview here.