I think that Reggie Wayne's comments about signing Collins, and Wayne's continued support of Painter is a significant story. Fans, and quite frankly the "inside" media spend a lot of time and words speculating and are often correct because it is obvious.
The situation with Painter is NOT obvious, because he would be gone or secured in a locker during game time based upon what we have seen. Wayne is not the only one to express support for Painter this summer, so for me, this becomes a situation that is not obvious, and I am compelled to check my negative evaluation and look to game 3 when the full complement of players is on the field with Painter.
Hopefully the line is settled in, and they are able to open up the playbook a little, so we can see if those great throws in practice translate into positive plays on the field. The negative response to him has been appropriate base upon the first two games. Painter will start against GB whether we like it or not, and some of you will be ready to evaluate him fairly, and others will not give him a break no matter what, like petulant children who've decided they don't like something beyond all reason. There's some speculation of my own.
So I will be rooting for Painter more than I ever have because it will be good for the Colts, it will vindicate Reggie Wayne who is one of my favorites, and it will be more than fun to see what twist of logic some of you will use to paint Painter's successful outing as questionable or worse. As a fan you can react any way you see fit. You can boo Peyton because you don't the clothes he wears at post game conferences, but I am calling out to all fans to take a positive approach and cheer Painter at every opportunity and make it obvious and noticeable. Why not, this is it, this is the last chance and big hoora for Painter, and what WOULD you do if he marches the Colts down the field a few times. Seems to me a crowd cheering him, and a team backing him publicly as he proves us all wrong would be a lot more fun than the opposite.