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INDIANAPOLIS - Colts defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois is spending championship week as the teams locker room lead entertainer.On Thursday, he grabbed a microphone and started interviewing inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman. On Friday, he delivered a pair of new sneakers to outside linebacker Erik Walden. The rest of the week, well, his deep voice and unmistakable laugh have reverberated.Make no mistake, Jean Francois and his teammates are focused intently on Sundays AFC championship game at New England. Theyre just trying to have a little fun.Theres no need to be uptight and worried, Jean Francois said. We can still be goofy, like we always are in here.Why not? Indianapolis has already defied expectations by winning at Denver. Even fewer people believe the Colts (13-5) will beat the Patriots (13-4) on their home turf.The Colts have gone one step deeper in this seasons playoffs than they went a year ago, and are two games deeper than they were two years ago. So with seven wins in eight games, the locker room chatter and playful banter is a reflection of growing confidence.You should be yourself, Walden said. Look, everybodys locked in, but youve got to be yourself. Your personality has to stay the same, but the preparation goes up.For these Colts, its just the way they do business.Coach Chuck Pagano put a small archery target on an easel in the locker room hallway this week, an effort to emphasize the point he made to his players about being focused on the target.Plus, the Colts can always rely on the calming presence of Andrew Luck. Though hes one of 40 players on Indys roster about to make their championship debut, the third-year quarterback rarely gets rattled.Peyton (Manning) had a different, more strict demeanour, four-time Super Bowl-winning kicker Adam Vinatieri said, remembering that the former star Colts QB didnt like loud music in the locker room. But theres a lot of different ways to skin a cat. I think as long as youre ready to play on Sunday, thats all that matters.Cory Redding is eager to erase the stinging reminder of a 23-20 championship game loss at New England three years ago. It cost the defensive end a trip to the Super Bowl, and the next year, Redding and Pagano were in Indy when the Ravens won the title.Redding wants to make sure another opportunity, perhaps his last one, doesnt slip away. Usually exuberant, he put on his game face in the lead up to the Denver game and hasnt taken it off yet. His teammates dont mind.He wants to play in a Super Bowl because he never got that chance, said Jean Francois, who won an NFC title with San Francisco. Let him be the way he is, well be loose.But the Colts are quick to point out that just because theyre having fun, theyre serious about winning.Pagano has talked all week about how the run defence is playing its best football since he came to Indy while the offence and special teams are playing well, too.Hes not the only one who sees it. Two weeks ago, Reggie Wayne walked to the podium and told reporters that this team reminded him of the 2006 Colts, who won the Super Bowl. He still believes thats true.You know when the offence is starting to hit their stride. You know when the defence is doing their thing. Special teams is right on point. So when I said that, thats what I meant, he said. I felt like everything for us was starting to hit right on time, right in the perfect timing going into the playoff run, and so far, everythings been pretty solid.All the Colts have to do now is prove they can win this way, their way.Were not going to (change things) because of the enormity and the ramifications and all that stuff surrounding the game, weve got to focus on the things that we need to focus on, Pagano said. If Ive got to give some Knute Rockne speech at this point in the season to get them fired up, somethings wrong. That wont be needed. Theyll be ready to go.NOTES: Pagano said cornerbacks Vontae Davis (knee) and Greg Toler (groin) are listed as questionable after being limited participants in practice Friday. He expects both to play Sunday, though. Walden (knee) was a full participant Friday and is listed as probable. 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The CFL Players Association has mailed strike ballots to its members but Alberta labour laws could push the start of a strike into next week. For defensive back Eric Fraser, a union rep for the expansion Ottawa Redblacks, thats a good thing. "Thats a lot of time for the (CFLPA) executive and CFL to sit back down and hammer something out," he said. "I dont think were too far away right now, but tough decisions are going to have to be made on our end and their end and hopefully we can nail something out and everyone leaves the negotiating table a little upset because they think they gave up a little too much." There has been one strike since the formation of the CFLPA in 1965. That was in 74 when a new agreement was reached during training camp without the loss of regular-season games. The 2014 regular season is scheduled to kick off June 26. Despite the huge cloud hanging over the league, Fraser is confident a deal will be reached. "I have 100 per cent confidence there would be no lockout or strike like (2012 in the NHL) in the CFL," he said. "You just cant do it. "A good deal is going to get done here and I think thats positive." The CFL and players met for 17 hours over two days last week but money remains a major stumbling block after the league signed a five-year TV deal with TSN said to be worth a whopping $42 million annually this off-season. That deal alone would reportedly net teams an extra $2.7 million in 2014. The CFLPA is looking for the salary cap -- which was $4.4 million last year -- to increase to $5.8 million, with a $4.8 million minimum. The league has countered with a $5-million cap offer and boosting the average stipend to $96,000 from $92,917. The players have amended their revenue-sharing stance. Instead of requesting specific percentages on gate, television and sponsorship revenues, the CFLPA proposed a fixed cap for at least two years. After the second if league revenues increased by more than $12 million -- excluding the Grey Cup -- the two sides would renegotiate the cap or the CBA would be terminated at seasons end. The league would renegotiate the cap if revenues increased by $27 million or more in the third year. Cohon, who called the CFLs proposal last week its last and best, has repeatedly stated owners wont agree to any revenue-sharing offer because league revenues and profits arent enough for the model to work effectively. And that bothers veteran kiicker Paul McCallum, the B.ddddddddddddC. Lions player rep. "I dont know which way is up when (Cohon) talks sometimes," McCallum said. "All I know is the finances are what they are -- theyre black and white. "As players we just need to be treated fairly, and thats all were asking for. Were not millionaires here." For decades the CFL suffered financially, something the 44-year-old McCallum knows firsthand. But the veteran kicker feels the CFL is banking on the union cracking this time around. "To be quite honest, over my career weve sort of bent and bent and bent so I guess they think why would we not bend now," he said. "Theyre in for a rude awakening this time. "Enough is enough." Argos centre Jeff Keeping, also a member of the CFLPA executive, is glad to be playing football again but would readily replace his uniform with a suit for the resumption of contract talks. "The players are unwavering . . . we hope to get back to the negotiating table," he said. "Until then were here to play football." Veteran Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris is undeterred about the leagues labour strife but said its time the two sides resume talking. "The people that are in place saying all this stuff in the media, they need to quit all that crap and get to work and do what theyre paid to do and thats to make decisions and get this thing rectified so we can get back out here and do our jobs," he said. "For me thats the bottom line, as a senior member of the CFL, Im telling you guys Lets get this thing done, so we can get out here on the field and do our jobs because were looking forward to an amazing time here in Ottawa and we dont want nobody to spoil this party that we have planned." Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich has contingency plans for a work stoppage but says right now its business as usual. "Any practices we can get is great for the coaches, great for the players," he said. "It just makes the practices we get in even more important that we take advantage to all the minutes and reps we get." Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and B.C. running back Andrew Harris are both pretty much taking the same approach. "Its not in my mind, its not in my control," Levi Mitchell said. "No matter what, whatever happens, the day you come back, if it does happen, youve got to be ready to play that day. Were going to come out here and compete and get better every single day and practise like nothings going on." Added Harris: "Were here to work. were here to get better. Youve just got to prepare as if everythings going great and were going to be playing." -- With files from Lisa Wallace in Ottawa, Donna Spencer in Calgary and Joshua Clipperton in Kamloops, B.C. White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys Camo NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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