One minute, the Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals rumor seems like a certain reality... the next minute, water colder than a Mike Brown/ Bill Bidwill throwing a "making it rain" party is thrown on the fire.
Most Cardinal fans have viewed this scene before. (Well, about 95% are sure they've having deja vu.) But is sure seems like soap opera with all the twists and turns.
And it follows the usual operatic story guidelines. (Not that I know; just going from what I read and experience.)
First, Oakland expects Carson to take a pay cut to better the team, assuming he's a good soldier and will placate the franchise in which he has already restructured.
Second, came the tweet from Jason LaCanfora
With the Raiders on verge of a trade for Matt Flynn, the Cardinals are nearing a deal for former Raiders starter Carson Palmer.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 30, 2013
The typical "bait and switch" move where one person has the "hots" for the other, yet they fail to see they are both basically related and since genetics are strong, likely similar results. (See Derek Anderson signing.)
Then, with heightened possible expectations for Cardinals fans came the next logical melodrama: "Back from the dead". Palmer will be the next Kurt Warner. Basically same age, same veteran retread story, same bad haircut. "It is written."
But wait, evil Adam Schefter throws a wrench into the situation while taking a long pause at the camera and the music playing "Dun, dun, dun. Dun, dun, dun."
Would be a surprise to people around the league if Oakland QB Carson Palmer winds up in Arizona. A real surprise.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 30, 2013
Of course, he using the famous fourth overused daytime narrative: Build the suspense as long as possible before coming back from commercial break. Been practiced as long as Cardinals offensive specialist Tom Moore has been a NFL coach - a REALLY long time.
Now, we wait for the conclusion. If you're a connaisseur , you know exactly how this will end. At the eleventh hour of the "wedding" the New York Jets will sweep in and take Palmer into open arms with the Cards holding the ring.
It's like the first 15 plays of a game. It's scripted. It is written.
Dun, dun, dun. Dun, dun, dun.