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Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

Posted on: October 15, 2011 5:46 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is, once again, the prize gem of the NFL's incoming draft class. But things are a little different this year, as a number of discontented fan bases fired up "Suck for Luck" campaigns in the hopes that their team will be worse than your team and therefor end up drafting the Stanford prospect No. 1 overall.

Awkwardly, Luck's very much aware of these campaigns and, as he told Judy Battista of the New York Times recently, he's not a fan.

"I am aware of it," Luck said. "A couple of guys told me about it. I think it's stupid. Simply put."

It is stupid. And frankly, kind of annoying, given that there are so many fanbases -- the Colts, the Seahawks, the Chiefs and the Dolphins to name a few -- involved this early in the season. (There's nothing wrong with scouting Luck, of course.)

In fact, Chris Joseph, the fella that runs Fins Nation, a Dolphins blog, is quoted in Battista's article as wholeheartedly endorsing the campaign, saying that he "actively rooted" for the Dolphins to lose to San Diego recently.

That's pretty awkward if you're a "real fan" or whatever, but making it even worse is that Luck still has a year of eligibility left. As a redshirt junior, Luck doesn't have to leave Stanford. Though if he wins the Heisman (he's the prohibitive favorite right now) and the first-ever Pac-12 title game, plus a BCS bowl game, he'll be hard pressed to hang around, especially since the Cardinal graduating 23 seniors from this season's team.

But maybe Luck will think twice if the folks who'll end up cheering for him in 2012 spent the entire prior year rooting against their own team.

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Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:10 pm

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

Please take a look at my article regarding Suck for Luck.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:13 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

If I'm Andrew Luck, I start saying I don't want to play for a quitter, so I think I'll come back for my senior year or pull a Elway/Manning and say I won't play for certain teams and that I'm prepared to sit for a year.  There a teams that are going to suck no matter how many first round picks they get.  Unless a team has a decent veteran quarterback so they can let Luck learn the pro game and build a team around him, they are going to get him killed the first few years just like Stafford in Detroit.  And you can't tell me that isn't in the back of his mind.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:12 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

Fans blame the Colts's miserable season on the loss of Peyton Manning.  I guess we'll never know how much of the Colt's lost season is due to the loss of Tony Dungy, Tom Moore and Howard Mudd. Or the transition from Bill to Chris Polian. If Peyton returns next year and the Colts continue to fail, it will no doubt be blamed on "injuries."  

I've assured that no professional team or player would intentionally lose a game.  They are playing for contracts, bonuses, and pride, and could not care one iota less about the draft.  (Of course, I never would have imagined a defensive player would fake an injury to slow down the hurry up offense.) 

I would be surprised if Peyton returns from his injury and is able to play every game for the next 5 years.  Even if he returns to #1 form, the Colts will be in the same situation 5 years from now. If Peyton stays in during "garbage time" in order to pad his stats for his HOF career, the Colts will wind up with an inexperienced rookie or a veteran QB that doesn't know the offense 5 years from now.  I say draft Luck, let him learn from Manning and let him play some his first season.  


Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:06 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

thought before the game it would not be so bad if they loose at least they will get a higher draft pick. 

This is called looking on the bright side.  It is realistic and there is nothing wrong with it.  It is also entirely different from rooting for your team to lose.

I could see they fans silently rooting for there team to loose

If you are silently rooting for your team to lose that makes you the loser not the team.

For all those fans who are rooting for their team to lose just so they can take Andrew Luck... for all those fans I hope they get their wish,     and as bad as it sounds I hope Luck turns out to be the next Ryan Leaf. 

Before you go off on me for hoping the kid fails realize that I don't wish that on him.  He sounds like a good kid and he is certainly one heck of a football player and I wish him all the best wherever he goes.  Its just that if he does end up being the next biggest bust there will be a certain group of fans that I would relish the idea of reminding that they got exactly what they wished for.

It kind of reminds me of Cam Newton.  All those people who wanted him to fail (and he still may but signs indicate otherwise) and they are upset that he is doing so well.  This would be my ideal situation for all the "suck for Luck" idiots.  Their teams all lose badly but the Panthers end up with the first pick and they trade the pick to some team that finished ahead of their team and they lose out anyway. They end up with a sucky record and their luck in the draft sucks even worse.  To top it all off thier #1 pick turns out to be the worst bust in NFL history. That would be poetic justice in my eyes (At least I think that would be poetic justice, I'm not sure if I am using the phrase correctly or not.  Still... I think you get my point)

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:00 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

I like Luck and I think he's a good QB...but we heard a lot of the same "cant miss" stuff from Jake Locker also.

If any team is expecting this kid to come into a bad team and be Peyton Manning instantly they are fooling themselves...many QB's are only as good as the team around them. Lets say he goes to Indy or Miami. Are they all of the sudden going to be feared because Luck is under center? Not at all.

I really hope Luck turns around and goes back to Stanford for another season..THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!     

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:57 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

I'm hoping my team tanks it.
Because I know they'll continue to suck for years without a true QB at the helm.So if it's stupid to hope your team sucks just to draft him, then so be it.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:06 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

Andrew Luck is at a top notch University which most people would climb mountains to get into, and his desire to get his degree is a good sign of a sensible young man with places to go. Frankly, he would be fine without football - but clearly a lot richer with football, and if football is his passion, then good luck to him (no pun intended).

Regarding teams deliberately playing a bad year, well if any team is doing that right now then it is nothing short of ridiculous, but nothing would surprise me anymore.

As a Seahawks fan (dirty job, someone has to do it) I want us to push for continual improvement. It is extremely rare for a single draft pick to change a team, and I hope Seattle is not "going for it". Of course, if a team is already 2-13, I could understand it (although I would never support it).

It is clearly time for a new drafting mechanism. Why should a team who are awful "deserve" a high pick? 

How about the non-playoff teams are entered into a random draw for the top picks. And let all drafted players play on a one year contract for minimum NFL salary. If, at the end of a year, they are still wanted - then let their clubs have first option for a couple of years. But if a club cannot attract decent players, maybe that is something the club should address, rather than a system being devised to annually reward the weak and unsuccessful?

Just a thought.    &nb



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:00 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

I think the whole Suck for Luck thing is funny and entertaining. There are going to be some very bad teams thinking they will have a high draft pick who will end up somewhere like #6, way off from the top 2 pick they were expecting. Can't wait to see two really bad teams play each other in the final couple weeks of the season, each with a draft placement at stake. Will it be obvious that these teams will not be giving 100%? I'd watch those games just to see who wants to win less, and how they try to mask their intentions.

Fans in some areas are funny. Waste an entire season rooting for losses so you can get an unproven rookie who may or may not make it in the NFL.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:31 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

I'll tell you this. If the colts ends up with the #1 pick i think Luck will play one more year in college. Why would he want to go to a team that will have him sit 4-5 years waiting for P.Manning to retire?

Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:15 am

Luck on 'Suck for Luck' campaigns: 'It's stupid'

Seriously? Who are you? Do you think these writers scour the comments section on their websites for ideas? Do you think you're possibly the ONLY individual who came up with this idea independently? Provincial thinking in the highest. Nobody is stealling your ideas. Seriously, how self-important are you?

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