PTI Friday

I played nonstop, year-round soccer growing up, so outside of the Braves, I never really got sports fandom until college.  At that point, there were three things more than any other that turned me onto a culture that I’ve never since let go of.  First, Georgia football and all the accompanying tailgating, partying, and girls in sun dresses.  Second, and less obviously, NCAA Football (in particular NCAA Football 2003; we ended up buying 2004, but they screwed with all the passing settings, so we ditched it and went back to Joey Harrington); it literally taught me football — from post routes to defensive schemes (although anyone that teaches you that running a 7-man blitz package on every play will work is a poor teacher; I think my roommate put holes in the wall throwing the controller in frustration:  “THAT WOULD NEVER WORK!!!!”).  Third and finally, PTI, or Pardon the Interruption for the uninitiated.  PTI taught me how to “talk” about sports.  I could ask and answer questions about sports before then, but I was never conversant, never really part of the discussion.  But every afternoon at 4:30 (DVR was many years off), the roommates and I would plop down, turn on the TV, and the discussion began.  And here it is, continuing unabated.

So, it is with tremendous gratitude that I wish PTI a very Happy Birthday, on its 10-Year Anniversary (which is technically tomorrow, but who’s counting).

Why don’t the Colts pick up David Garrard?

Rotoworld reports:

Colts not going after David Garrard –

The Colts have not contacted free agent QB David Garrard. With the inept Kerry Collins being evaluated for a concussion and Peyton Manning (neck) likely out for the season, Colts fans are clamoring for an addition. But the team might be best off going with Collins and Curtis Painter, thus entering themselves in the Suck for Luck sweepstakes. The Colts have not shown any interest in Kurt Warner or Marc Bulger either, although they are both retired anyway.

I was thinking last night that Indy should make a move for Garrard, whom Jacksonville almost certainly shouldn’t have let go. They probably will have to lose every game– something of which they’re undoubtedly capable– to get Andrew Luck, but it still is amazing to think that a team like the Colts would even be in a position where flushing a season looked like the team’s best (and possibly only) option. Keep reading…