Fear not, the always entertaining Jim Irsay is here to lend his handy prediction skills to you, Colts fans. Or something.
The owner of the Indianapolis Colts made a promising prediction via Twitter regarding the Colts ability to effectively sell a slew of lingering tickets, thus escaping their first black out that would end a streak of 79 sold out games. Up second, he's also predicting that Andrew Luck will be signed and in camp, on time.
I predict no blackouts this year n#12 will b n camp on time;all drama-queens n kings please chill...media needs stories n gloom n doom sells— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) July 13, 2012
Just for the sake of curiosity, have the negotiations hit an unforeseen speed bump? Who should we be pissed at if Luck isn't flinging dimes in Anderson on day one? Not sure? Neither am I, but what I do know is this: Signing your franchise quarterback, so that he can get the machine running, is an enormous priority. I surely don't need to point out why, so I won't. I'm also not trying to cast blame in Irsay's direction, but simply stating that it'd be nice if the fans could focus on worrying about how the season will go with a complete representation of the on-field product, instead of when #12 will report to work.
And as Mike Florio over at PFT pointed out, if there's any remaining leverage to be had by the Luck camp, maybe Irsay just made it a little easier for them to ride this sucker out to sweeten up the pot.
Without trying to get all "doom n gloom" on you guys, the Colts decision to stick by the old blackout rule is an interesting one. They are touting an unproven product to a fan base that is still battling with images of their former franchise savior returning to his former glory in bright orange. Every game that your fans (old and new) can't watch your new team on the tube, your marketing goes out the window, along with some of your reputation. As a result, you stand the risk of alienating your fan base that is already in the midst of a frustrating rebuilding process.
Hopefully, all of this is blackout and absent Luck talk is just interesting conversation, and not a soon-to-be reality.
But hey, isn't the off-season NEWSTACULAR?!