Shortly after the Colts signed Kerry Collins out of retirement, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne voiced his displeasure at the team not giving Curtis Painter his chance. Not too long ago he took to a Miami radio station to speak his mind again:
"It took me two years to learn this offense," Wayne said. "Now, you mean to tell me you're gonna bring in somebody and he's gonna learn it in 18 days? That just didn't sit right. That just didn't sit right with me. And I know we had Curtis Painter who'd been here for three years. You just gotta give him a shot. We gotta give him a chance."
Curtis Painter is going to get his chance all right, and in front of the whole nation on Monday Night Football.
I'm looking forward to seeing what he does against what I think is a lackluster Tampa team. I've been reading a lot of what the mass media has been saying, and I find it rather appalling. It's almost as if they are a bunch of hyenas circling a wounded wildebeest.
All they want to do is talk about how much the Colts suck. Not only that, they want to talk about how much more they think the Colts will suck with Curtis Painter behind center.
It takes nothing to write about someone or something not doing well; flaws are always obvious. I almost get the sense that some writers are taking their shots just to take them. I sweat, I read five articles from reputable news sources today that had only one line of relevant news in them (Curtis Painter starting). The rest of it was a regurgitation of the Colts missing Peyton Manning and what happened to him.
I haven't always been Curtis Painter's biggest fan. The fact of the matter is, he is a professional and regardless of how much preparation the team gives him, he should be ready when his name is called. That being said, I think he might surprise a few people tonight.
What do you think Sports Fans? Am I nuts? Am I a fool? Or am I a crazy optimist that might be onto something? Let me hear it in the comments section!