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Colts win sparks memorable locker-room moment

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An Indianapolis Colts fans displays a get well sign for Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Indianapolis. Pagano has been diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


The Indianapolis Colts moved to 5-3 on Sunday, an amazing start to the season for a franchise that was 2-14 last year and 3-13 in the rookie season of their most recent franchise quarterback.

After the game, the Colts gathered in the locker room with coach Chuck Pagano.

In a memorable few minutes that went from the “Our Father” to an “F” bomb from Pagano, the Colts said a post-game prayer (there’s that “faith” thing again), and Pagano then addressed the team.

Looking noticeably thinner, the coach who resumes chemotherapy treatments for leukemia on Monday said that his disease is already beaten, that he plans to dance at the weddings of his two unmarried daughters, and that he intends to hoist multiple Lombardi Trophies with the Colts.

When discussing his aspirations for the team, Pagano punctuated the thought with a profanity that presumably was not broadcast live by CBS, but which was captured by CBS microphones and cameras.

The Colts have become one of the great stories of the season, and they still remain in striking distance of the 7-1 Texans. And the Colts and Texans play twice in the final three weeks, including a game in Indy, where the Texans have never ever ever never ever beaten the Colts.

UPDATE 6:12 p.m. ET: Here’s some of the video, with the “F” bomb edited out.