COMMENTARY: IRSAY NEEDS TO STAY OFF TWITTER
October 17, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Twitter has become an easy way of expressing an opinion or share information without actually interacting with anyone. It can be a good way to communicate and it can be bad because it can be hard to tell how one may feel or what one may be thinking when they take to the “world of twitter”. In other words, you may tweet one thing and mean another and once it’s out there, it can’t be taken back.
Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts, has become quite famous on twitter. He rips his team when they don’t play well, he tweets about players when they don’t perform as well as he believes they should and he says things that make some us of wonder if he pushed the wrong buttons on his smart phone.
The most recent tweet that made the news had to do with former quarterback Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis this Sunday night. The tweet had to do with Manning winning only one Super Bowl while directing the Colts offense all those years. Denver Head Coach John Fox called the comments by Irsay “inappropriate” and a “cheap shot”.
Manning, the class act he is, refused to get into a war of words with Irsay when asked about the tweet. Manning said “To answer a question like that doesn’t serve me well.” No it doesn’t! That’s the difference between Manning and Irsay. A wise man knows when to be quiet and when to speak. Irsay apparently isn’t very wise!
Irsay says he was disappointed the Colts won only “one” Super Bowl with Manning at quarterback. I wonder how many championships Irsay would have won without Manning? In fact, how many times would the Colts have made the playoffs without Manning? Would the Colts have Lucas Oil Stadium if Manning wasn’t the Colts’ quarterback?
We will never know what might have been if Manning played in San Diego and Ryan Leaf played for the Colts, but I have a feeling San Diego’s owner and their fans would have certainly celebrated a Super Bowl championship and a Hall of Fame career and would have stayed off twitter!