Appetizers From Indianapolis

From Indianapolis, Indiana

Quite possibly the No. 1 appetizer on the NFL circuit can be found right here in central Indiana. Should your travels ever bring you here, make sure to stop at St. Elmo Steak House in downtown Indy.

St. Elmo is one of those places that has been around for many, many years (since 1902) and has developed a reputation for excellent wine, very good steaks and a shrimp cocktail appetizer that is a must for anyone who walks through the doors.

The shrimp is generally very good, but it’s the cocktail sauce that St. Elmo serves with the dish that will burn itself into memory, and I do mean burn. If you have any type of nasal blockages, this sauce will clean you out in a matter of seconds. It’s got a healthy dose of horseradish and I swear I’ve seen smoke coming out of the ears of several people who have tried it over the years.

If you get the chance, don’t miss St. Elmo; it’s about three blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium.


They are playing the Super Bowl here in early February. They will have the NFL Scouting Combine here in late February. This is now the home location of USA Football, a governing body for amateur football.

While basketball always conjures up images of the Hoosiers, and Indy makes one think of auto racing, this city is really the home for professional football.

From the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of:

  • Indianapolis Metro Area – 1,756,241.
  • Kansas City Metro Area – 2,035,334.

Right now, Kansas City is the 29th largest metro area in the country, while Indianapolis is No. 34.

So they’ve got the Super Bowl and because the rolling roof was voted down for Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City gets to watch from afar.


WR Steve Breaston watched the attention that the sideline disagreement between Todd Haley and Matt Cassel generated and laughed. For a guy that has been in the Haley blast furnace, Breaston said that disagreement was nothing.

“That happens all the time in the NFL,” Breaston said. “I’ve seen much louder and more profane shouting matches in other games. The only reason anybody noticed was because they caught it on TV.

“Nobody on the sidelines was too upset by what happened. It’s part of the game.”

Breaston pointed to the Arizona Cardinals game in the playoffs back in 2008 where Haley was caught in a verbal disagreement with WR Anquan Boldin. Its part of the video trail that has created the impression the Chiefs head coach is spoiling for an argument any chance he gets.

“That was nothing then, barely a voice raised,” Breaston said. “Again, the TV cameras caught it. I saw much louder arguments in that game before it happened, and after.

“I think it’s the people outside the team that make a big deal out of this. It was amusing to hear all the commentary early in the week about what happened last Sunday. If that kind of thing pulls your team apart, then you don’t have much of a team.”


On August 28, 2007 in Dallas, Jackie Battle was told to go see the personnel department. He was being released. Just out of the University of Houston, he has signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent. As he drove home that day, Battle did not know what the future held.

He tried to find another NFL home throughout that 2007 season, but nothing came together until he signed with the Chiefs practice squad the week before Thanksgiving. Battle spent three games there, before he was activated before the Chiefs game against the Detroit Lions.

Battle’s first NFL carry was in the red zone, a 3-yard TD run against the Lions at Ford Field two days before Christmas 2007.

That he would still be with the Chiefs four years later may surprise some people, but Battle has always been able to battle and keep a job because of his versatility. Now, with the team’s running game in flux because of the season ending injury to Jamaal Charles, Battle has an opportunity.

“I’ve always felt like I could play in the NFL,” Battle said this week. “They must think so too because I’m still here. I’m just going to do what I’m asked to do. Run, catch, block, cover kicks, whatever needs to be done.”

Battle’s opportunities have come in the pre-season. In the last four years, he’s run the ball 114 times for 472 yards and one TD in the August games. He also caught 16 passes for 122 yards.

In 37 regular season games, he’s run 51 times for 155 yards and 2 TDs and caught 7 passes for 10 yards. He’s also added 22 special teams tackles.


Indianapolis C Jeff Saturday has been the trigger man for Peyton Manning and the Colts offense for the last decade.

He also drew attention over the summer as one of the key negotiators for the players in their labor battle with the NFL owners. When it was all said and done, even the ownership side talked about how influential Saturday was to getting a deal done.

But then Chiefs LG Ryan Lilja knew that would happen.

“Leadership is in his DNA,” said Lilja, who played six seasons next to Saturday in the Colts offensive line. “That’s his nature. He’s a born leader.”

When Lilja joined the Colts after he was claimed on waivers from the Chiefs in 2004, the guy who helped him get through everything was Saturday.

“He knew that offense forward and backward; he had too working with Peyton,” said Lilja. “I leaned on him a lot for help and he always gave it. Not just to me, but to all the young guys.

“I’m sure he’s got a lot of that going on right now with the injuries they’ve had (in their offensive line). Losing Peyton has been tough for them, but if they were to lose Jeff as well, I’m not sure the offense would work at all. He doesn’t just know it, he helped create some of it.”

Like Lilja, Saturday is a great example that it doesn’t matter how a player enters the NFL. It matters what he does when he’s there. Saturday wasn’t drafted coming out of the University of North Carolina in 1998. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent, but never was released before the start of training camp. Saturday signed in January of 1999 with the Colts and he’s been there since, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl over that time


Frustrated by his team’s 0-4 start, Vikings WR Bernard Berrian got off the team’s charter flight from Kansas City early Sunday evening and checked his Twitter account.

A fan tweeted him and said he felt Berrian was open “at least five times” during the game against the Chiefs. Berrian tweeted back “been like that for 4 years.”

That comment drew another tweet from a fan, who tweeted “if you want to follow a hilarious Twitter account try (Berrian’s) who says that he’s open a lot and should get the ball more.”

Berrian answered back “anytime u wanna watch film with me, not just one game but all of them. If not sit down n shut up!”

What the Vikings receiver didn’t know was that the person tweeting him was John Kriesel, a Minnesota state legislator who is the co-sponsor of a bill supporting a new stadium for the Vikings. He’s also a veteran of the Iraq war who lost both of his legs in combat.

Berrian and Kriesel have since talked, with both apologizing for their Twitter shots. A lesson for anyone that likes to tweet – reacting with emotion is never the way to go, even in the anonymous world of the internet.

2 Responses to “Appetizers From Indianapolis”

  • October 8, 2011  - txchief says:

    This is a pivotal game for the Chiefs. If they win, they need to win out and show that they have something that no one else can see, because they’re likely out of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes with a second victory.

  • October 8, 2011  - Blake says:

    I still remember Jackie Battle’s first carry, that 3 yard TD run, he ran for a yard, lowers his shoulder and flat out runs over a LB, and then runs into the endzone. I was in shock when I saw that.

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