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Voice of the Colts speaks at Brazil Rotary Club

Thursday, August 9, 2007

TERRE HAUTE -- Local Rotary Members were treated to more than lunch at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Tuesday. The guest speaker for the large group was Bob Lamey, also known as the Voice of the Indianapolis Colts.

RHIT President Gerald Jakubowski welcomed Rotarians from the area, and proceeded to explain how hosting the Colts affects the well-known school.

"Hosting the NFL"s best in a training camp isn't easy," Jakubowski said. "It takes a lot of effort to prepare. Many people work very hard to make this a great experience for these athletes."

A short film showed exactly what Jakubowski was talking about. During the film, the crowd saw how the staff turned a dorm room that usually housed three to four students into a single unit. Twin beds were strapped together, plywood placed on top and large, king-sized mattresses brought into the dorms for the players to sleep on.

Drink coolers were stocked with a variety of juices, waters and other beverages.

Charter Communication's employees were on hand to make sure that the players had a wide variety of entertainment in their rooms.

"The team uses three fields for their practices, and the Colts specify a type of turf that they want on the fields. We have a special turf that must be in pristine condition, and grows so quickly that our dedicated staff must cut the fields twice a day," Jakubowski said. "We don't mind the time and effort. It's worth it to welcome the World Champions to Rose-Hulman for training camp. It is truly an honor."

Jakubowski then introduced the guest speaker, Bob Lamey.

"This is the 21st season he's been the Voice of the Colts," Jakubowski said. "If you can't be at the game, the next best thing is to be listening to Bob."

Bob Lamey took the stage to great applause.

"It's a great pleasure to be back, and to say that we're back as World Champions," Lamey said. "I started doing play-by-play's back in the 1950's, and to have gone to the super bowl was thrilling."

Lamey had high praise for the team, and the coach.

"I feel that (Tony Dungy) put his hand on the team, and guided them to greatness," Lamey said. "This team responded, and gave him more than he hoped for."

Lamey reminded the crowd of how far the Indianapolis Colts have come, and how hard they will have to work to stay where they are.

"Because of many issues, (Dungy's) personal tragedy, losing so many playoff games, and injuries to players, in 2005 people were saying that the Colt's couldn't get into the Super Bowl," Lamey said. "They were wrong. I'll tell you all, there is a unique feeling in this team's locker room, I can't explain it, but we all knew we could go the distance."

Aside from the team and the coach, Lamey laid credit for the spirit that infuses this team with the self-confidence it needs squarely at the feet of the team's owner, Jim Irsay.

"Jim is the real heart of this team," Lamey said. "Who he is, what he does, makes a difference to them, and to the fans who've supported this team for all these years."

Citing, for example, the recent trip the Lombardi Trophy made around the state, Lamey explained that it was the little things like this that make the fans feel just as important to the success of the Colts, as the team itself.

"That had never been done before," Lamey said. "For our fans to see and touch that trophy, when they had rooted and cheered for us through thick and thin, it meant something to them, and it was important for the team to give something back to their supporters."

Lamey ended his speech with a huge thank you to the audience.

"We knew when we got into Indy for the parade that it would be amazing," Lamey said. "We didn't expect such a tremendous crowd. We knew what it meant to climb Mt. Everest and stick the flag in the top of the mountain, but to see so many people there supporting us, well, we know that this team still owes its fans a lot. You never wavered, and all I can say is that this was the best sports feeling I've ever had, and I'm glad the pressure is on the New England Patriots now."

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