Remember 24 hours ago when everybody dismissed Colts owner Jim Irsay as the crazy old guy who just happened to inherit the team from his dad? And maybe that still holds, but he still Monday's big winner.
In the days leading up to the Peyton Returns to Indy! Bowl, Irsay made some questionable comments about Peyton Manning, and in the process insinuated that former coach Tony Dungy and team president Bill Polian failed to live up to expectations.
That led to a whole thing, one Manning steered clear of, while everyone else took up his cause. Dungy even suggested that Irsay was trying to provoke Manning, a theory we shot down because, as we wrote Sunday morning, "This is like Irsay trying to distract a bear by poking it with a branding iron. Instead of confusing the bear, Irsay instead made the bear lose its mind and is promptly the victim of a vicious attack -- at his own doing."
As OWNER,Buck stops with U;In 1997 n January 2012,alone n the room,plotting the vision 4 Greatness! Strategically decades of success follows— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
Thanks 2 many ignorant n mean spirited media types,only some,certaInly not all;Man you helped FIRE UP our team..you were AWESOME! Thank YOU!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
Through seven weeks there's no denying that the Colts are one of the best teams in the NFL. They've earned that distinction, and Irsay's earned the right to crow about it. In the meantime, he'll be praying for you, haters.
I do pray for you unhappy,shit-slingers...who wants to live on a planet with those who don't like themselves..we want happy,kind people:)— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013