Colts opted for paintball instead of practice on Thursday

The Colts, like various other teams, skipped a day of non-contact* practice for something other than football. They chose paintball. Which is hardly non-contact*.

“[The idea was] team building, camaraderie — instead I got bunch of welts,” coach Chuck Pagano said at the season-ticket town hall meeting on Thursday night. “It was a great opportunity for our guys to get off campus, do something a little bit different.”

The exercise entailed a little more risk than going to Dave & Buster’s or driving go-karts.

“I was praying, down on my hands and knees, nobody turn an ankle,” Pagano said.

Ankles aren’t the only things at risk while playing paintball. A decade ago, Washington’s defensive backs opted for paintball as a team-building exercise. Then-rookie LaRon Landry took a paint-filled pellet to the McNuggets.

“I didn’t know paintball was that dangerous,” linebacker Marcus Washington said at the time. “I hope it wasn’t friendly fire.”

Apparently it was friendly fire that resulted in Landry suffering an injury that actually caused him to miss time at the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Here’s what PFT had to say about the situation at the time, via “Landry had ‘shot’ one of his teammates, knocking him out of the game.  Then, Landry walked up to the player, who was on the ground at the time, and proclaimed that he was going to finish him off, execution style. The teammate then raised his paintball gun and shot Landry point-blank in the crotch.”

The Colts apparently emerged from the exercise without a similar injury. Which may or may not justify the hanging of a banner.

14 responses to “Colts opted for paintball instead of practice on Thursday

  1. Paint ball for the players…8 ball for the owner…and no football…
    It’s the Colts…

  2. When you hear about players skipping OTAs to work out on their own with world-class trainers (and/or send a message to the team regarding their contract), it makes you wonder how much work is really being achieved at OTAs if the coaches and owners would rather the players just play paintball.

  3. Statistically speaking, paintball is literally safer than bowling. Unless you hurt yourself by twisting and ankle, taking off a mask when you are on the field, or get shot point-blank from a teammate in junk, odds of getting hurt are actually astronomically low. It’s a good team-building event, and the Ravens would agree. They just played at a local field Friday instead of doing football-related things.

  4. Lucas Oil Field reps told reporters that monday morning they were all welcome to join the team in the raising of the banner for the 2017 Colts paintball champs!

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