This is what 2-14 earns you: Andrew Luck and lots of 1 PM kickoffs. The Colts were given a single prime time appearance next year, the league minimum:
The 2012 regular season begins Sept. 9 against the Bears in Chicago. The Colts' schedule, which the NFL announced tonight, has just one prime-time game and 15 games with 1 p.m. kickoffs. After being featured in at least four prime-time games in every season since 2004, the Colts’ only night game this season is Nov. 8 at Jacksonville.
I like the 1pm games better anyways! lol I am sure by year 2-3, when Luck is doing commercials like Peyton, we will have more primetime games.
It's not just "a lot" of 1 pm games, it's *nothing but* 1 pm games except for that single Thursday night throwaway against the J-ville Dumpster Fires.
What a bunch of garbage. The Colts play by the rules, keep their stars out of trouble, conduct themselves with integrity, and the minute their marquee player leaves town the NFL totally buries them. Meanwhile the Saints cheat and lie and they still get four primetime games. Fuck you, Roger Goodell, you hypocritical ass clown.
@squirrel Not too dissagree, but come on: this team will probably be pretty awful, and if not then they will get flexed to a later time. This has nothing to do with "following the rules" and expecting it to be so makes YOU the ass clown. Good teams and teams with big names get good games, its as simple as that.
@gbearrin I don't expect the Colts to get equal billing with the Steelers or Pats but they are the only team this year to have one primetime game and FIFTEEN 1pm games. The league buried the Colts as deep as it is possible to bury an NFL team in the schedule. That's just kick-in-the-nuts insulting.
As for the Saints, if you want to make a statement about how teams shouldn't go headhunting and then lie about it, you should probably start by NOT making a lying headhunter team a centerpiece of your league. So crazy it just might work.
@Goéland @pierrezombie @squirrel @gbearrin If this were the NBA, you would be right. But given the fact that revenue is shared, combined with the fact that ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX paid a whole lot of money for TV rights, they have to have games that include stars, quality teams, and have a high probability for quality games. So thinking that the league should act all high and mighty might be "good" but it would be irresponsible. Not to mention: wouldn't you be angry if the league tried to hide the saints in 1pm games? They are going to have every angle of that story discussed ad nauseum. I for one would rather have leagues not hide their warts-- and that goes for 'roids users in the Baseball HOF.
Also, this: if the Colts look like they could take on a quality team later in the season, they will get flexed to a better time. But slice it any way you want it, many people assume the colts will have the leagues worst roster, and until that opinion changes, they will stay out of the limelight.
@pierrezombie @squirrel @gbearrin Honestly, I get the feeling there´s a little bit of payback involved in that schedule. Your argument about Luck is absolutely right, so I´m quite convinced this is a way for the league to state that since the Colts let the league´s cash cow walk, they´ll need to prove themselves to be treated as something other than laughingstocks.
And I agree with squirrel that it´s highly hypocritical of the league to talk about wanting to maintain the integrity of the game by punishing the Saints and at the same time bring money into the coffers by promoting the faulty team.
@squirrel Ok, yes, that was to disagree.
And it´s against Jacksonville? Talk about adding insult to injury. I really hope we don´t lose that one.
@Goéland I don't even have to check the schedule to know it's their only primetime game, too. LoserBowl 2012.