After nearly three weeks of telling the world (via Twitter) that a deal with quarterback Andrew Luck is “close,” Colts owner Jim Irsay has ventured out onto the thinnest part of the limb.
He has predicted that Luck will be in training camp on time.
Irsay later rebuked a doubting Twitterer, saying “what the hell does it matter if #12 is signed tonight or in 14 days, it matters not a iota.”
What matters is that, by “predicting” the deal will be done before camp opens, Irsay may have yielded some leverage to Luck’s agent/uncle/agent, who could prove his mettle as a fledgling representative of pro athletes by digging in his heels and forcing Irsay to make that final key concession or two. Which could help Irsay avoid having to eventually say on Twitter something like “what the hell does it matter if #12 misses a practice or two, it matters not a iota.”
Irsay also predicts that the Colts will endure no blackouts this year, something over which Irsay likewise has control. If the team comes close to selling all non-premium tickets, Irsay can buy the remaining seats at 34 cents on the dollar to ensure that the blackout will be lifted.
And then he can give the tickets purchased at 34 cents on the dollar away on Twitter.