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Polian meets media, refuses to talk about Super Bowl

On Friday, Colts president Bill Polian met with the media one last time in conjunction with the 2009 football season.

The only catch?  He didn’t want to talk about the final act of the 2009 football season.

Even though he acknowledged at the outset that the purpose of the press conference “is supposed to be a wrap up for the season.”

(The full 23-plus minutes can be seen and heard right here; Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel has included some of the quotes in a column that questions Polian’s refusal to talk about the Super Bowl.)

“As I tell the players quite often when I speak to them in training camp, the past is prologue,” Polian said.  “The ’09 season is in the books.  It is relegated to the history of the league and a new season begins — has begun, a new season begun — began last Tuesday.”

Actually, the new season began on Sunday night, once every team’s record was reset to 0-0.  But since Polian decided to talk about the Super Bowl loss on Tuesday night, and throw his offensive line and special teams under the bus in the process, he had no choice but to say that the new season began on Tuesday.

Of course, Polian’s placement of an artificial rule on the media session didn’t stop the members of the media from trying to, you know, do their jobs.  But Polian refused to revisit his comments from earlier in the week.

“I don’t need to look back upon it,” Polian said. “It’s gone and done
with.  I don’t think any purpose is served.  I’ve spoken about that
already.  What I said was clear and concise, I think.  The past is prologue.
It’s over.  There’s nothing to do about it.  You learn from your
mistakes in every game, whether you win or lose, you try to correct those mistakes and move on.”

(With Polian refusing to talk about the past, maybe the Colts should hire Mark McGwire to be their strength and conditioning coach.)

Polian’s remarks actually provide valuable insight regarding his approach toward failure.  He ignores it, and he moves forward.

But what of the time-honored notion that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it?

Maybe that helps us understand why Polian hasn’t won more than one Super Bowl in 24 years as an NFL G.M.

We recognize that Polian is very good at his job of acquiring and keeping football players.  But when it comes to talking publicly, the Colts should give thought to hiring a press secretary for their President.  Between Friday’s refusal to talk about the Super Bowl, Tuesday’s finger-pointing at players who will be a major part of the team’s immediate future, and December’s lame attempt to explain the decision to pull starters from the Week 16 game against the Jets, the Colts’ best interests would be served by paying closer attention to the manner in which Polian presents the team’s message to the rest of the football-watching world.

Then again, why should the Colts worry about the things that Polian has said in the past?

After all, the past is prologue.

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44 Responses to “Polian meets media, refuses to talk about Super Bowl”
  1. Alzado's Vein says: Feb 13, 2010 9:13 AM

    From blaming his o-line and special teams for losing the Superbowl to this, makes me believe that Bill Polian is just a downright arrogant a$$hole.
    Its never Peyton’s fault, and its never Polian’s fault. I would hate to play on that team. The players don’t look like they’re ever having any fun.

  2. CT Pats Fan says: Feb 13, 2010 9:16 AM

    Are the Indy fans ready to storm the Bastille yet? This is pretty incredible – You could excuse the arrogance of pulling starters for the last two games with the excuse that winning the superbowl was the ultimate goal.
    Of course, that goal wasn’t achieved, and now it’s being completely swept under the rug. It’s long been pointed (correctly) out that the Colts have put together great teams out of seemingly nothing, and couple that with having one of the gretest QB’s to ever play the game – HOW could this team only win one SB in the last decade?
    It seems like over the years, everyone’s taken the blame, this year it was the O-Line (even with thei 5-yards-a-pop rushing tally in the SB). Polian, it appears is above reproach.

  3. ampats says: Feb 13, 2010 9:17 AM

    Bill Polian may know how to build regular season rosters but he is clueless on how to close the deal.
    He made a terrible decision which it was obvious his team did not agree with when the Colts went into a fetal position in week#16 against the Jests instead of trying to continue on something special.
    I would not be surprised if he tries to institute a 5 mississippi rule for D lineman this season so Peyton can have more time. We all saw how he cried about his little receivers getting beaten up at the line of scrimmage.
    Colt fans say what you want but your team/management choked your chance to do something special and it may not ever happen again in the near future.
    Caldwell looked clueless in the Super Bowl which leads to questioning his ability as a HC.

  4. Bos Celtics says: Feb 13, 2010 9:37 AM

    Past in prologue is an instant clasic .In the dark ages before personal computers and the internet
    programers used IBM punch cards to write out commands.If a computer was required to perform a repetive funtion they would write a “DO LOOP” or an endless circle .So Colts fans ,get ready for an endless cycles of fast starts.
    then putting on the brakes then followed by a loss in the playoffs .The only thing left up tp chance is when not if the Colts fail .Do it enough times and it will lead to only one conclussion that being Peyton’s one SUPER BOWL win was a fluke.Rex Ryan may come off as a clown but he had it right when he said he “didn’t take the job
    to kiss BB’s ring.The tone was set and only time will tell if the Jets make it to the big game.
    If Bill Polian realy belives Past is NOT prologue
    than maybe he should learn from history and not repeat it.

  5. realityonetwo says: Feb 13, 2010 9:39 AM

    The past is prologue, huh? Somehow I don’t think those words would have floated from his mouth at this presser had the Colts won the game…

  6. Cro-Mags says: Feb 13, 2010 9:41 AM

    Indy media are real laydowns for Polian. Polian’s temper wouldn’t last 2 minutes with the NYC media under his skin.
    Good stuff. Try around 14:30
    Reporter: What do you attribute this franchises’ sustained excellence to? (Notice the past was only a forbidden topic if it covers losing, not stroking Polian).
    Polian:First of all, we have an owner committed to winning 365 days a year. (Well, unless the conf is clinched, then week 16 and 17 are exempt.)
    We have a personel staff that has had very little turnover, which has done a remarkable job. (That’s the beauty of nepotism isn’t it? Hiring your son as GM!)
    And we’ve got great fans who support us through thick and thin. (Yeah we saw all 11 at the airport). It seems to me a lot of Colt’s fans got soured on Polian’s Kool-Aid to me.

  7. tigerlilac says: Feb 13, 2010 9:51 AM

    Polian’s influence appears to be be waning, given the favorable treatment the Saints got from the refs on Super Bowl Sunday.
    A few years ago, Polian used his position on the Competition Committee (which gave directives to Pereira, the National Football League’s Vice President of Officiating) to gain a competitive advantage for his team with the specific aim of obtaining a competitive advantage over the Patriots that had continued success against his team.
    Why did the owners go along? Because they didn’t want one team dominating the competition. That’s not good for business. Belichick was too good so they rigged the rules. They came right out and admitted that fact.
    It appears the Colts got a dose of their own medicine in the Super Bowl.

  8. FireJerryJones says: Feb 13, 2010 10:07 AM

    Taking his media training from Belichick.
    We’re movin’ on.
    Now to change the rules again…

  9. tj.52 says: Feb 13, 2010 10:07 AM

    “With Polian refusing to talk about the past, maybe the Colts should hire Mark McGwire to be their strength and conditioning coach.”
    ———————————————————
    Nice burn, Florio.

  10. IStateYourName says: Feb 13, 2010 10:11 AM

    Your owner is a pu$$y Colts fans.

  11. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 13, 2010 10:25 AM

    The media’s job is to keep the public informed. The media THINKS it’s job is to sensationalize in the name of the almighty dollar and shape public opinion to suit a broader agenda. In general the media hasn’t, you know, done it’s job in a long, long time.
    “Polian’s remarks actually provide valuable insight regarding his approach toward failure. He ignores it, and he moves forward.”
    As far as “the media” is concerned, anyway. Any good manager of anything knows that it’s smart to ignore past failure as anything but a chance to reflect and improve where performance may be lacking. It really has nothing to do with the media and you have no absolute right to have anybody talk about anything just because you want them to. You guys may relish in your new-age “responsibility” to shape public opinion, but in the end your value to the public is minimal compared to what it used to be, and your value to business managers is nil. Sorry if it hurts your ego, but it’s the truth.
    Given the current state of “the media”, you can’t be surprised when your targets are less than forthcoming with you, and it’s sort of stupid to say that since they’re less than forthcoming with you, that it’s a reflection on how they look at past failures and apply what they’ve learned about them to the people that they have real responsibility to. Their bosses and subordinates.
    “Maybe that helps us understand why Polian hasn’t won more than one Super Bowl in 24 years as an NFL G.M.”
    There are worse track records. No need to get all catty at Polian because he doesn’t see himself as submissive to a bunch of agenda-laden pencil pushers that think that he owes them something. I doubt even the worst NFL teams would find advice and criticism from “the media” as something more than absolutely useless. You (and 32 NFL teams) are lucky that I (and by my casual estimation, at least 100 other PFT posters) am not an NFL GM, I’d be sure to piss you off before press conferences were concluded and I’d give you absolutely no real useable info in the process. I’m not a Polian fan but the man knows his job and does it well. Can’t really say the same about anybody in “the media”.

  12. slipkid says: Feb 13, 2010 10:30 AM

    maybe polian should just heed old herm edwards…

  13. Bos Celtics says: Feb 13, 2010 10:42 AM

    Colt’s bumber stickers/slogans for 2011-2011
    We were for the Super Bowl before WE LOST IT
    Post season is for sissies
    Were saving our starters for next year.
    Regular season wins didn’t count until we got the record.
    Remember it is not a rule change but a rule EMPHASIS
    Hey ,at least this year we weren’t one and done
    This last one has a dual use it shows progress
    and it can be used to taunt the 2009 Pats.
    As a Pat’s fan my reply would be 3 -1 is still
    better than 1-1
    Here is my list please feel free to add or subtract

  14. PatsRPerfection says: Feb 13, 2010 10:56 AM

    To me the greatest thing that has come out of the 2009 season is the shining of the light on the d-bag that is Bill Polian.
    This guy is right up there with the greatest jack-asses in league history. Us here in New England have long known it, now 2009 has highlighted it for the rest of the country to see.
    From the pinning up against the wall of a Jets employee, the profanity filled verbal explosions in away press-boxes, the intimidation and domination of the Competition Committee, constant complaining about the league when things don’t go his way, to his complete refusal to acknowledge his failures. This guy is a jerk.

  15. 8man says: Feb 13, 2010 11:11 AM

    I’m a Patriots fan. I live in Baltimore. I hate the Irsays. I’m not crazy about Indianapolis either. It still sickens me that you claim Johnny U as your own when he rightfully wanted nothing to do you.
    Peyton Manning is the heart and soul of that team. He works hard. He shows up every game. He puts that team on his shoulders. You never hear anything negative about him on or off of the field. He gets the job done. He’s a lock for the Hall of Fame.
    The decisions made in week 16 and 17 did not sit well with him at all. You know he wanted 16-0. And we all know he could have done it. But he kept his mouth shut out of respect for his coach and the team.
    He deserves better than this classless and clueless organization. And part of his legacy will be that his quest for championships was collateral damage in what is essentially a train wreck waiting to happen.

  16. ampats says: Feb 13, 2010 11:16 AM

    BosCeltics,
    Colts haven’t lost any games they wanted to win,
    We heard that all Super Bowl week. Secretly, he wanted the Saints to win.

  17. DemocratsAreStupid says: Feb 13, 2010 11:32 AM

    IStateYourName says:
    Your owner is a pu$$y Colts fans.
    —————————————
    No, the owner is a thief. The president is a pu$$y.

  18. SFrancis1680 says: Feb 13, 2010 11:37 AM

    the O-Line didn’t give up any sacks, and early in the game the Colts were able to run the ball effectively,… makes you wonder what game Polian was watching??? the Saints from the 2nd QTR on, was able to move the ball so effectively, that they limited the Colts to 8 possesions in the entire game, using a stratedgy that the Giants used against the Bills in a previous SBowl,…imagine you play on the Colts O-Line, and you hear you’re to blame for the Colts loss, while others escape mention???…is that a great morale booster, for that team or what?

  19. Bos Celtics says: Feb 13, 2010 11:47 AM

    Colt’s bumber stickers/slogans for 2011-2011
    We were for the Super Bowl before WE LOST IT
    Post season is for sissies
    Were saving our starters for next year.
    Regular season wins didn’t count until we got the record.
    Remember it is not a rule change but a rule EMPHASIS
    Hey ,at least this year we weren’t one and done
    This last one has a dual use it shows progress
    and it can be used to taunt the 2009 Pats.
    As a Pat’s fan my reply would be 3 -1 is still
    better than 1-1
    Here is my list please feel free to add or subtract

  20. stujo4 says: Feb 13, 2010 12:06 PM

    ## tigerlilac says:
    … given the favorable treatment the Saints got from the refs on Super Bowl Sunday.
    ——————————————————
    Tigerlilac, you’re probably one of the 11 people in the country who feel this way.

  21. JoeSixPack says: Feb 13, 2010 12:36 PM

    Cheer up Colts fans.
    Even if the Colts had won all anyone would be talking about is how they were too wimpy to have the guts to go for 19-0.
    The Pats may have choked on the cusp of making history in 2007 but at least they had the balls to try.

  22. RAVEN MANIAC says: Feb 13, 2010 12:49 PM

    Thats why you play every game to win. I guess the bright idea to sit players on a perfect season run was proved to be the STUPIDUS thing the Colts couldn’t have done. I guess not, LEAVING THE WONDERFUL CITY OF BALTIMORE RANKS AT THE TOP.

  23. tigerlilac says: Feb 13, 2010 12:58 PM

    stujo4 says:
    “Tigerlilac, you’re probably one of the 11 people in the country who feel this way.”
    I believe the Saints outplayed the Colts by a wide margin and deserved the victory. My point, which I should have made clearer, was that the refs let the Saints play, did not call any illegal contact gifts for the Colts, and for only the third time in 11 games called more penalties on the Colts than on their opponents.

  24. BikerSaint says: Feb 13, 2010 1:28 PM

    As a native of New Orleans, I have watched the Mannings from the time Archie came. Archie was, if nothing else, loyal to the Saints organization. He never asked to be traded or complained. In return, Bum Phillips came and traded him unceremoniously, and brought in Kenny Stabler. Archie vowed never to allow his sons to be treated similarly. Remember he told Eli not to go with the Chargers, because of Spano. So Peyton is likely to be the same way: he would never think of leaving out of loyalty. I have to give him that. The only disappointment to New Orleanians is that neither son went to LSU.

  25. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Feb 13, 2010 1:39 PM

    Stay classy Bill Po=lyin’, you man sized turd. What a gut-less douche. Next question.

  26. stoneycrusty says: Feb 13, 2010 2:06 PM

    Good comment Voxveritas! 1984 happened a quarter of century ago so…..let it go, stop flapping your gums, put the dentures back in & change your Depends. So your hating on Colts instead of talking about your city’s current team(Ravens) getting handled in a 1 & done playoff run with a score of 20-3. Is that prologue?
    Then the Colts beat the Jets. Brees then had a near perfect day in which the “Stats” were almost identical. The onside kick hit Baskett in the grill & Porter read the play. All it ever takes is 2 key things like that to win the game. The Colts were over-confident & the better team won.
    I don’t like Polian but he has a knack for building great teams of no-namers & keeping the same guys together, which is hard to do.

  27. tigerlilac says: Feb 13, 2010 2:13 PM

    The NFL is a drama play, players struggle against man (other players and refs), against nature, and against themselves.
    For some reason, the role of refs in this struggle is downplayed. Why? The NFL and its fans want the perception of fairness.
    Clearly, the way the refs called the Super Bowl was to the Saints advantage. Personally, I think they called a “fair” game. Don’t think for a second that the way they called the game did not impact the game.
    Let’s examine the facts.
    Fact: The penalties in this year’s Super Bowl favored the Saints, 3 penalties for 19 yards for the Saints and 5 penalties for 45 yards against the Colts.
    Fact: The Colts, in 8 of their previous 10 games had less penalties called on them than did their opponents.
    Fact: On average, in their last 10 games before the Super Bowl, the Saints were called for approximately twice as many penalty yards as the Colts. In the Super Bowl, the Colts were called for twice the penalty yardage called against the Saints.
    Fact: During the game, two calls (which I personally believe were both called correctly in the end), one on the onside kick and the other on the two point conversion, ultimately were called in the Saints’ favor.
    Fact: In a number of key games during the season, consistent with the “point of emphasis” on illegal contact that Bill Polian lobbied for and got approved through the Competition Committee, the Colts came from behind to win due, in large part, to illegal contact calls in the fourth quarter. The Colts did not benefit from any illegal contact calls in the Super Bowl despite their receivers frequently raising their right hand over their right shoulder after an incomplete pass, calling for a flag.
    Mike Pereira did not come out after the game and make the comments he did about an emphasis on illegal contact being “illogical” by chance. Illegal contact appeared to be deemphasized in the Super Bowl.
    Don’t kid yourself. One or two calls at key point in the Super Bowl could have changed the outcome. That’s the nature of game were refs play a major role. Recognizing that fact takes nothing away from the Saints and their Super Bowl victory.

  28. CKL says: Feb 13, 2010 2:17 PM

    stujo4 says:
    February 13, 2010 12:06 PM
    ## tigerlilac says:
    … given the favorable treatment the Saints got from the refs on Super Bowl Sunday.
    ——————————————————
    Tigerlilac, you’re probably one of the 11 people in the country who feel this way.
    ___________________________________
    Yeah and all eleven of those were at the airport to greet their team. :D
    As a Pats fan I loved the Colts losing the SB especially after giving up on the perfect season. I loved that it was PM who ended their hopes. It’s really too much joy for me to take that now Polian is being exposed for what he is. :)
    I also wonder at the “convenience” of Caldwell’s being “out of town” hence NaPolian had to talk. Interesting.
    And yes I know the Pats gagged up a huge hairball in the playoffs this year, starting with their all everything QB. The difference between most of us and most Colts fans is that is that most of us are willing to say our team’s QB had a craptacular game or made a bad throw or a poor decision.

  29. twinsanity says: Feb 13, 2010 2:58 PM

    ” I guess the bright idea to sit players on a perfect season run was proved to be the STUPIDUS thing the Colts couldn’t have done.”
    The unintentional comedy of this sentence doesn’t need to be explained does it?
    A couple of facts:
    - the Saints did not outplay the Colts “by a wide margin”. The Colts racked up over 400 years of offense and were driving down the field before the INT. They drove down the field after the INT and could have scored. They held the top O in the league to 24 points. You tell me before the game that’s what the Saints would score on offense and Im taking the Colts. No one could have predicted a pick 6 by Manning.
    - poor special teams decisions and play did the Colts in(missed FG when they should have punted, stupid decision to run out of the end zone, botched onsides kick)
    - the decision to not go for undefeated record had no bearing on this season. The goal was to be as healthy as possible for the final game of the season. It almost worked. Doing something special is winning the SB, not going undefeated then losing. See Patriots, 2007
    - Colts are still one of the top franchises in the league.
    Football is a game of inches and luck plays into it more than people want to admit. Drawing conclusions from severely small sample sizes is retarded.

  30. TryTheVeal says: Feb 13, 2010 3:25 PM

    Where are the Olympic Hockey updates? I only come here to boost NBC’s ratings, not actually talk football.

  31. tigerlilac says: Feb 13, 2010 3:51 PM

    The stats indicate a relatively even game but (1) the Saints had the better quarterback play, (2) the only turnover hurt the Colts, (3) the Saints placekicker had a great game, (4) the Colts did not get help from the refs, and (5) Payton had the guts to call the onside kick that worked.
    As for being surprised at Manning throwing a pick six, I seem to recall him throwing a few over the years.
    Saints / Colts
    1st Downs 20 / 23
    Passing 1st downs 16/ 16
    Rushing 1st downs 3/ 6
    1st downs from Penalties 1/ 1
    3rd down efficiency 3-9/ 6-13
    4th down efficiency 0-1/ 1-2
    Total Plays 58/ 64
    Total Yards 332/ 432
    Passing 281/ 333
    Comp-Att 32-39/ 31-45
    Yards per pass 7.2/ 7.4
    Rushing 51/ 99
    Rushing Attempts 18/ 19
    Yards per rush 2.8/ 5.2
    Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-3/ 2-3
    Penalties 3-19/ 5-45
    Turnovers 0/ 1
    Fumbles lost 0 0
    Interceptions thrown 0 1
    Defensive / Special Teams TDs 1/ 0
    Possession 30:11/ 29:49

  32. tigerlilac says: Feb 13, 2010 4:16 PM

    twinsanity says:
    “Doing something special is winning the SB, not going undefeated then losing. See Patriots, 2007″
    If you don’t understand what the Patriots have meant to the NFL over the last decade you are missing something special.
    The Patriots quest for a 19-0 season failed but they gave it their best. You can’t say that about the Colts, and that is not the fault of the Colts players. I’m a Patriots fan. It took a great catch, one that has been immortalized in NFL films, to keep them from going undefeated. A catch that came in response to one of the all-time great Super Bowl quarterbacks leading his team from behind for the go-ahead score in the last 2 minutes of the game.
    What Polian did at 16-0, sitting his players, was a disgrace. Caldwell didn’t make that decision.
    While you give that some thought, remember that it was the Patriots that first came out of the tunnel on Super Bowl Sunday as a team. Former players, including Hall of Famers like Steve Young, have said that moment sent a chill up their spine. Young referred to it as one off the most important moments in NFL history. Rush Linbaugh called it socialism. Of course, Rush is an ass, just ask McNabb.

  33. Reptar says: Feb 13, 2010 4:30 PM

    Well, Florio, judging by the comments here, you got what you wanted.

  34. CT Pats Fan says: Feb 13, 2010 7:10 PM

    @tigerlilac:
    ” The Colts did not benefit from any illegal contact calls in the Super Bowl despite their receivers frequently raising their right hand over their right shoulder after an incomplete pass, calling for a flag.”
    A player throwing their hand up in the air doesn’t mean they deserved an illegal contact call. If flags were thrown for every time a player threw their hand up….
    There are three constants that the Colts use for blaming their playoffs failure:
    1) the weather
    2) the ref’s
    3) the offensive line
    Once again, the o-line takes the bullet. Manning threw them under the bus a long time ago, which is why they’re probably not taking it personally this time around.

  35. sandy70 says: Feb 13, 2010 9:53 PM

    twinsanity says:
    February 13, 2010 2:58 PM
    ” I guess the bright idea to sit players on a perfect season run was proved to be the STUPIDUS thing the Colts couldn’t have done.”
    The unintentional comedy of this sentence doesn’t need to be explained does it?
    A couple of facts:
    - the Saints did not outplay the Colts “by a wide margin”. The Colts racked up over 400 years of offense and were driving down the field before the INT. They drove down the field after the INT and could have scored. They held the top O in the league to 24 points. You tell me before the game that’s what the Saints would score on offense and Im taking the Colts. No one could have predicted a pick 6 by Manning.
    - poor special teams decisions and play did the Colts in(missed FG when they should have punted, stupid decision to run out of the end zone, botched onsides kick)
    - the decision to not go for undefeated record had no bearing on this season. The goal was to be as healthy as possible for the final game of the season. It almost worked. Doing something special is winning the SB, not going undefeated then losing. See Patriots, 2007
    - Colts are still one of the top franchises in the league.
    Football is a game of inches and luck plays into it more than people want to admit. Drawing conclusions from severely small sample sizes is retarded.
    ————————————————-
    Regarding your “facts”:
    -The last time I checked, points determined who won or lost, not yards from scrimmage. The Saints won by 14, which is a pretty wide margin. All the woulda, coulda shouldas are irrelevent, so bringing them up is pointless on your part.
    -Special teams is still part of the game, so by stating that “poor special teams decisions and play did the Colts in,” you just add grist to the mill that the Colts got outplayed by a fairly significant margin.
    -Laying down those last two games did have an effect on the Colts…it destroyed their aura of invincibility in both their own minds and those of their opponents. And it put all the pressure squarely on the Colts shoulders, since they threw away a chance at history, supposedly for a title run, upon which they gagged. Now they have to live with the fact that they ended the season exactly the same way as every other team save the Saints–pretenders.
    -Being a “top franchise” means nothing without a title. The Ravens, Bucs, Rams, and Giants all have titles in the past decade. Are they, too, “top franchises?” Only the Patriots and Steelers can lay claim to being “top franchises” due to their multiple title winning teams in that period. Truth is truth.
    As for your supposition that luck somehow played a role in the game, the flip side of that coin is that luck kept the Colts from getting blown out worse then they eventually were, since the Saints did virtually nothing on offense in the first 30 minutes of the game, and couldn’t punch it in from the 1 on three successive plays. Yet the Saints dominated the final 30 minutes and won by 14; a 60 minute effort of that level by the Saints, and the final spread is a 30+ point embarrassment for the Colts, so I could just as easily surmise that luck kept them close enough in the first place to allow your inane ramblings.
    And what sample size would you have folks draw their conclusions from? This is football, not baseball, basketball, or hockey. They don’t play best of seven, it’s win or go home. The game last Sunday night is the COMPLETE sample, so just because the results differ from what you expected or hoped for does not cause an inherent flaw in the data supplied.
    Frankly, the only “retarded” activity taking place here is your attempt to spin theories into facts. But whatever gets you through the long, cold winter nights holding out hope that, in your mind, the results will be different because you want them to be, then you go on with your bad self. The rest of us will accept the reality of the situation.

  36. skoolya says: Feb 13, 2010 11:40 PM

    It kills me when people give this dirt bag so much credit. “nobody does a better job of picking players that fit his team” or “nobody drafts better that polian”. WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT. Every media member bows down to this asshole, or drink his kool-aid. Who says he does all this great decision making? I’ll tell you, HE DOES and the media believes him and prints it. No one is allowed to speak a word out of that organization but him and only league rules lets their head coach to speak. This jerkoff is a nazi, he is the Hitler of the NFL. He takes credit for everything and anything. He’s not out in the schools scouting, he drafts off the draft board that his scouts put together and that has been going downhill since he ran off all his scouts and put his baby boy in charge and hired all his classmates. The free agents that are signed come off the board that his pro scouts put together and sonny boy may be given credit for that but you never see that kid out at pro games scouting either. It is their pro scouts that tell him who the players are and it is the coaches who say what players they need. It douche bags job to get the contract done and he’s written some of the worst contracts in league history, contracts that have thrown the entire league out of whack. What he does best is scream loud and long and cowards in the press who don’t want to get yelled at just take him at his word and perpetuate his lie of a life.

  37. Sports-Enthusiast says: Feb 14, 2010 12:29 AM

    1) After the Dolphins held the ball for most of the game and racked up a ton of stats against the Colts but lost because they didn’t have more points than the Colts in the end, every single Colts fan said that the Colts won because they were the better team and that time of possession or yards gained did not matter. Now they want to reverse this to lighten the impact of losing by (not a blowout) a wide margin (meaning they didn’t lose by 2 or 3 points). Whichever Colts fan says that is a hypocrite, plain and simple.
    2) FACT: tigerlilac clearly does not understand the difference between a fact and something that is irrelevant to trying to win an argument. Most of that “stuff” that you wrote had no relevance. It’s like stating: “FACT: The Colts got to be the home team this year because it was the AFC’s turn and they wore their blue jerseys. Had they worn their white jerseys, they likely would have won the Super Bowl like the last several teams to wear white jerseys and win.” What the hell would this have to do with anything? It wouldn’t. So just because your team had fewer penalties than some opponents in other games and now they had a few more than the Saints did in the biggest game of the year, that must mean that the refs cheated? That’s pretty pathetic. Maybe your team doesn’t play as well in big games. Every single commentator and analyst said that this year’s Super Bowl was one of the best officiated games in recent memory (they said they barely noticed the refs all night). I guess that means that every single analyst and commentator is a cheater, too, then right? Seriously, that and the other “FACTS” you mentioned are clearly excuses and proof that you are in denial. The better team won. The clearly biased media (and it was almost all of them) were completely wrong about their pre-game predictions. Some are still crying about it now because they can’t stand to be wrong while others are biting the inside of their cheek while they give the Saints a “not bad” comment combined with an eye roll, immediately followed by “okay, well enough about yesterday’s Super Bowl… let’s focus on next season and how the Colt’s are favored to win next year’s big game.” You should join the media… you’d fit right in and get to complain and make excuses all you want.
    3) The NFL sucks for withholding the soundbytes of Reggie Wayne and Peyton Manning right after Manning threw the interception. They give us every other soundbyte of every other QB throwing a pick, running back fumbling, and coaches cursing at their players… gee, that doesn’t show bias toward Manning, Wayne and/or the Colts one bit, now, does it? Chalk it up to another reason why people hate the NFL and their greedy corporation. It’s certainly worse than it used to be before Goodell took over, and it seems to be headed for more bad times ahead (granted, I’m not knocking football itself and do believe there are some great players, coaches, and others in it that make it great and worth watching, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t entitled to raise our middle finger to the corporate offices).
    4) Speaking of raising a middle finger, I heard that Manning raised his after Porter reached the endzone for his pick-6. It was stated that Darren Sharper said something to Manning, causing him to show why he is “the greatest player and role model ever” and gesture accordingly. Thanks to the NFL protecting Manning and Wayne, we can’t hear what they had to say immediately after the pick, but hopefully, a picture of Manning’s middle finger stretching after the play will surface soon (it’ll be pretty hard for the NFL to withhold a picture taken by a random photographer or fan). Don’t get me wrong, Manning is a great player and a great person. I just think that he’s a regular person, too, who gets understandably gets frustrated like every other player – if the league wants us to hear all of the other players’ comments (as well as the rest of Manning and Wayne’s comments), then we should be allowed to hear EVERY SINGLE ONE. I also think that there is an extremely large number of biased idiots out there who are ready to crown Manning as the greatest human/athlete/role-model/etc after every pass he throws (this is clearly stupid, biased, and ridiculous… and let’s just ignore Montana, Bradshaw, and the others who have actually won multiple championships while we’re at it).

  38. Bos Celtics says: Feb 14, 2010 10:19 AM

    “colts are still one of the top franchises in the league”
    That statement is it in a nut shell –one of the top but NOT the TOP franchise .In an effort to build up the Legacy of the Peyton led Colts Bill Polian and the Colts fans seek to deny reality.
    Polian has made it a point to mispronounce the name Patriots .His statement that 19-0 is not historic and that the Colts team is the team of the decade is laughable .The 6 Super Bowl appearances by the Pats and Steelers are in the record books.Even for the most arden Pats hater it is imposible to to dismiss the fact that the Pats /Brady made it to 4 and won 3 .For sake of argument take Pats out of it that leaves 2 wins by the Steelers and 6 one and done by the Colts.
    How can the team of the decade be 1-1 when
    the Steelers with BIG BEN have 2 in the books.
    Had the Colts won on Sunday they would have been tied with the Steelers not the Pats .
    If Brady retires today he is in the hall of fame
    there is not one Pats fan that would claim he is(was) better than Montana .If Brady manages to win one more than he has 4 and ties Bradshaw and Montana .Winning 4 does not make him the best of all time he would just be joining a rather exclusive group .The way things are looking for the Pats Big Ben is more likely to get his third
    than Brady his fourth .Again it is also more likely that Ben gets his 3rd before Manning gets his second .I know the Colts fans will squeal at that
    but history shows the losing Super Bowl team has difficulty getting back to the big game ,Of course having Polian as the ring leader helps in this regard he got the Bills back 4 times they just never won anything—- after all past is prologue.

  39. Bos Celtics says: Feb 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    “colts are still one of the top franchises in the league”
    That statement is it in a nut shell –one of the top but NOT the TOP franchise .In an effort to build up the Legacy of the Peyton led Colts Bill Polian and the Colts fans seek to deny reality.
    Polian has made it a point to mispronounce the name Patriots .His statement that 19-0 is not historic and that the Colts team is the team of the decade is laughable .The 6 Super Bowl appearances by the Pats and Steelers are in the record books.Even for the most arden Pats hater it is imposible to to dismiss the fact that the Pats /Brady made it to 4 and won 3 .For sake of argument take Pats out of it that leaves 2 wins by the Steelers and 6 one and done by the Colts.
    How can the team of the decade be 1-1 when
    the Steelers with BIG BEN have 2 in the books.
    Had the Colts won on Sunday they would have been tied with the Steelers not the Pats .
    If Brady retires today he is in the hall of fame
    there is not one Pats fan that would claim he is(was) better than Montana .If Brady manages to win one more than he has 4 and ties Bradshaw and Montana .Winning 4 does not make him the best of all time he would just be joining a rather exclusive group .The way things are looking for the Pats Big Ben is more likely to get his third
    than Brady his fourth .Again it is also more likely that Ben gets his 3rd before Manning gets his second .I know the Colts fans will squeal at that
    but history shows the losing Super Bowl team has difficulty getting back to the big game ,Of course having Polian as the ring leader helps in this regard he got the Bills back 4 times they just never won anything—- after all past is prologue.

  40. tigerlilac says: Feb 14, 2010 1:55 PM

    Perception is reality.
    When I wrote in the past that the Colts received favorable treatment from the refs, (and supported those statements with statistics), Colts fans attacked me.
    Now, writing in this thread that the way in which the refs called the Supor Bowl (which I believe was fair) favored the Saints, (no rational analysis could deny that statement), I am being attacked as a Colts fan (I am a Patriots fan).
    By the nature of their job, refs make subjective decisions. Those decisions can have a major influence on the outcome of a game. That’s why Bill Polian lobbied so hard for the “point of emphasis” rule change relating to illegal contact.
    Polian and Don Shula, two of the most active and vocal members in the history of the Competition Committee, both worked to intimidate/influence officials. If any fan does not understand that dynamic then they don’t understand human nature, they are not anlyzing penalties, and they are not paying attention to the way games are called.
    Thankfully, Mike Pereira, the “former” National Football League’s Vice President of Officiating, was free to talk because he left his job. Don’t expect to hear something as refreshing and honest come out of the NFL offices any time soon.

  41. Jay16 says: Feb 15, 2010 6:14 PM

    Maybe the problem has been Bill Polian all along. The failures in the Superbowls and in big games seem to be pointing at one finger.

  42. hoosierguy says: Feb 15, 2010 8:05 PM

    Wow are there a lot of stupid comments in this thread, most by Pats fans not surprisingly.
    There is so much disinformation about the Colts it is not even funny.
    First off, Polian got the Competition Committee to enforce an existing rule, illegal contact. No new rules were created. The Philadelphia Eagles argued for the illegal contact rule being enforced as well.
    Second, Patsy fans have no basis to talk crap about the Colts. New England was EMBARRASSED at home by the Ravens, a team the Colts beat thoroughly the following week. Tom Brady choked big time and accounted for FOUR turnovers.
    The level of jealousy and sheer stupidity by posters on here is amazing ans sickening.

  43. hoosierguy says: Feb 15, 2010 8:10 PM

    Polian is one of the best GMs in the history of the NFL.
    He has built SIX AFC Champion teams.
    I’m sure the people of Buffalo would love to have him back in the Bills front office.
    The man knows how to build winning teams. Plain and simple.
    And the Colts won a SB without cheating, which is more than the Patsies can say.

  44. Little Tommy says: Feb 15, 2010 10:38 PM

    I’m sure glad the football gods got even with this dickhead. No perfect season, no SB, no nothing. He got what he deserved. Now let’s see if we can hammer Indy next year…go Bears!

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