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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Ailing Colts coach Chuck Pagano gives emotional postgame pep talk to team

11.05.12 at 7:01 am ET

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‘™¦ The surprising Colts are 5-3 after Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, and the fact that they’re doing so well while their coach is off battling leukemia is even more impressive.

Chuck Pagano, weakened by chemotherapy treatment, paid a visit to the locker room after Sunday’s game and delivered an emotional pep talk.

“As I mentioned before the game, you guys are living a vision, not circumstances,” Pagano told the players. “Because you know where [the prognosticators] had us in the beginning, every last one of them, but you refused to live in circumstances. And you decided consciously as a team, as a family, to living a vision. And that’s why you bring things home the way you brought it home today. That’s why you’re champions, and well on your way.

“I’ve got circumstances. I understand it. You understand it. It’s already beat. ‘€¦ My vision, I’m living to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and hoist the Lombardi Trophy several times.”

‘™¦ Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams helped his team to a victory in Washington on Sunday, and he explained that part of Carolina’s motivation was Washington’s decision to make the contest a “homecoming” game, welcoming back 150 former players and wearing throwback uniforms.

“That was definitely motivating,” Williams said. “I mean, you don’€™t say you’€™re going to have a homecoming in the National Football League. I mean, you do it in college. It’€™s [against] one of those teams that’€™s just terrible. You don’€™t book a good team for homecoming. ‘€¦ I don’€™t know if they had a dance or anything; I just know you don’€™t give a team extra motivation by putting that on your program, just blatantly coming out and saying, ‘You’€™re our homecoming game.’ ”

Added Williams later on Twitter: I’ve never been more insulted in the nil until today!

‘™¦ The New York City Marathon was canceled due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, but that did not deter thousands of runners, who showed up Sunday morning in Central Park to run an adjusted version of the 26.2-mile race.

“A lot of people just wanted to finish what they started,” explained Lance Svendsen, who organized an alternative marathon called Run Anyway that drew about 600 participants.

Meanwhile, other would-be marathoners took a ferry to Staten Island to help people in the neighborhoods that suffered the most damage.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 5, 1946, the newly founded Celtics played their first-ever home game, which was delayed after which player damaged the backboard during warmups?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us. We plan to meet again early in the week.” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, referring to a secret bargaining session with a players’ association representative over the weekend and giving hope that the lockout will soon see an end

STAT OF THE DAY: 433 — Yards passing for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, breaking Cam Newton‘s NFL singe-game record for passing yards by a rookie

‘NET RESULTS: In case you missed this from Saturday’s Celtics game, here’s Rajon Rondo with an amazing one-handed follow shot after his initial jumper was rejected.

During a Texas high school football game, Sharyland’s Sean Landez reached over the end line to catch a missed field and returns it 110 yards for a touchdown against Edinburg North.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chuck Connors, who went on to star on TV’s “The Rifleman”

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Peter Noone, former lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, was born on this day in 1947.

Read More: Andrew Luck, Chuck Pagano, DeAngelo Williams, New York City Marathon