The Indianapolis Colts will be the underdog this Sunday at Candlestick, but they do have the happiest player in the NFL right now. RB Trent Richardson went from the House of Pain in Cleveland, where they don’t have a QB or a prayer in hell, to the playoff contending Colts with superstar in the making QB Andrew Luck. Richardson found out about the trade on the radio, which some felt was a bit low class of the Browns. But the truth is the Browns didn’t want to tell him face to face and have to watch him break into a gigantic smile and skip out of the room singing, “Oh Happy Day!”
The Colts announced the trade quite a bit differently. Their owner hit the Twitter wire with this tweet: “This day of MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making…Shocks the system of “..Didn’t see THIS ONE COMING!!!!!!” Grig’s Rollin’ Dice!”
Good old Irsay. He only goes tweeting after downing a quart of whiskey and a couple lines of coke. Alledgedly, of course. Perhapsably.
Indy won’t win Sunday, but they won’t really care, either. They marked this down as a loss when the schedule came out. It’s one thing to be a frisky contender in the AFC South and quite another to beat one of the big boy NFC powers on the road.
The Colts will also be catching the 49ers at a bad time — for the Colts. Some fans without short term memory problems will remember the Niners were waxed by Seattle last week. An angry bunch of boys the Colts will be facing. They’ll also be facing a coach, Jim Harbaugh, who has yet to experience even a two game losing streak in his NFL coaching career.
Luck will be missing his starting TE for this game, too. That would be Dwayne Allen, out for the year, not Bay Area favorite Coby Fleener, whom many thought the 48ers should have selected in the 2012 draft instead of mega-bust WR AJ Jenkins. Hard to argue that now, even though Fleener has set the world on fire in Indy, either. He’ll have a chance this game, when he steps up into Allen’s shoes.
For fans who get a boner over the sight of passes spiraling hither, nither, and yonder all over the field, this should be a fun game to watch. Two premier young QBs, Colin Kaepernick being our own boy for those who are just getting shore leave after one year duty on a submarine, dropping back and heaving it all over the place.
Each team will also devote a modest amount of time trying to get a running game going. The 49ers have been noted for their powerful running game the past two years, but that side of the offense has been a complete dud through two games. The Colts will be trying to shove Richardson into the lineup with some basic plays like “Here’s the ball, run like hell with it.” Hopefully, Richardson and Luck will fumble a few handoffs and botch a few alignments as they go looking for the same page, upon which they hope to eventually thrive. Not in this game, I would imagine.
Two days til we kick this eye pleaser off. I think I’ll grab some popcorn and follow Jim Irsay as he describes the COUNT DOWN … to .. !!! ARMAGEDDON … baby h,old ur SOCKS ON!!!