In the NFL, the team with the worst overall record gets the first pick in each round. The first pick has high expectations and can often make or break a team.
This year, speculation has surrounded the possible emergence of purposeful losing in order to secure that No. 1 pick.
This is because, this year, that No. 1 pick is a particularly impressive prospect.
Andrew Luck is the quarterback for Stanford. He throws like a Pro Bowler and has made a slightly-better-than-average team a BCS National Championship contender. The guy has more potential than a two-year-old hitting Par Five holes in one on a regular basis.
Luck can technically choose to play college ball for one more year, due to his redshirt, but he probably won't.
Enter the former Baltimore Colts in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning's injury recently revealed how bad the team was without an elite player calling the signals. They lack style, depth, talent, intelligence and every little thing that adds to the success of a football team. That is, except for cheerleaders and Pat Angerer.
They are definitely the worst team in the NFL. I would bet that LSU could beat them on any day of the weak.
However, they don't deserve a messiah.
Andrew Luck is an honest, hardworking kid with a great deal of potential. He could win several Super Bowls by the end of his career. On the Colts; however, he will not be able to win eight games a year. Only good "luck" can save him from such a fate.
That is, a career marked by waste.
The Colts are terribly managed and lazy. They don't want to win now because losing is their only chance at winning in the future. Somewhere, the Colts lost their drive.
The team fell from Super Bowl contenders to the biggest losers within two years. That should not be possible. A team that awful does not deserve redemption. They do not deserve Luck.