Irsay interviewed Colts vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III and said it was a tough decision to pick Ballard over Raye.
Chris’s enthusiasm rubs off quickly, Irsay said. I know that his optimism is going to turn into reality.
The Colts gave quarterback Andrew Luck a six-year, $140 million contract last summer. Grigson blamed Luck’s contract for the lack of overall depth on the roster. Ballard will place a priority on building a complete roster.
Andrew is a great player, but it will never be about one guy, Ballard said. It’s about all 53 men in that locker room, 63 including the practice squad. It will always be about the team. Is he a good piece, absolutely, but it will always be about the 53 men in that locker room.
It has lost a little luster with both teams suffering upset losses this week, but Kentucky-Kansas is as good as it gets for college basketball before the month of March. Look for this matchup of top five bluebloods to deliver the second-biggest rating of the season on any network, behind only Kentucky-North Carolina in December. Prediction: 2.0.
Saturday’s final will not come close given the middle-of-the-night start time, the other-side-of-the-world location, and the lower stakes Serena was going for the calendar grand slam that year. Still, expect biggest rating for the Australian Open women’s final since it moved to 3:30 a.m. ET in 2009. Prediction: 0.6.
Also for an unexpected ninth time, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet in the final of a major. Once the biggest rivalry in tennis, Federer-Nadal moved the needle like nothing else in men’s tennis. The last time they met in the Australian Open final, their five-set thriller in 2009 had a 0.8 rating quite strong for the 3 AM window. Expect comparable numbers this time around. Prediction: 0.7.