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Columnist complains about Colts secret workouts

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Like most teams, the Colts have held reportedly held informal workouts during the lockout.   Unlike most teams — but not all — they have gone out of their way to keep the practices a secret.

Bob Kravitz, the dean of Indianapolis sportswriters, wrote a column about it Wednesday in the Indianapolis Star.

“I’m looking for the right words to characterize the players’ — and by that, I mean Manning’s — insistence on working out in utter secrecy, keeping fans and media at bay.

“Ridiculous.

Dumb.

Idiotic,” Kravitz writes.

We like Kravitz’s writing a lot in general and the points he makes in the column are largely true. The secrecy seems out of habit more than anything. The paranoia is great enough that Dallas Clark reportedly complained when cameras were at a facility where Clark works out. The cameras were following Deion Branch, who also works out there.

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com writes that fans have reportedly complained that Kravitz comes off as a whiner, which is a fair point.  Is this an issue worthy of a column?

It sounds partly like a writer frustrated with one of the most difficult organizations in the league for the media to deal with from the top down. The fans do suffer — reporting on the Colts is consistently inferior to other small market NFL teams in quantity and quality of coverage.

It’s a media strategy the organization is obviously comfortable with, and one that won’t change until the team starts losing again.

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35 Responses to “Columnist complains about Colts secret workouts”
  1. jw731 says: May 18, 2011 11:31 AM

    At night, does everyone in Indianapolis, kneel before their bed, and thank God for the Chicago Bears?…Without that team that year, there is no way this team ever wins a title….

  2. Collin says: May 18, 2011 11:34 AM

    @jw731

    Not before thanking the Chiefs, Ravens and Patriots.

  3. touchdownroddywhite says: May 18, 2011 11:34 AM

    “It’s a media strategy the organization is obviously comfortable with, and one that won’t change until the team starts losing again.”

    Which will either be this year when Manning leaves for greener pastures, or in 3 more years when he retires.

    Either way, wont take Colt’s fans long to get the coverage they so desire.

  4. commoncents says: May 18, 2011 11:37 AM

    this should make it much easier for Kravitz to get the inside story moving forward.

  5. indywilson40 says: May 18, 2011 11:52 AM

    jw731, I didn’t realize that the Bears were the only other team in the league that year. I thought all 32 teams had a chance to win the Super Bowl in 2006, but what do I know? Btw, the Bears were 15-3 in 2006 and crushed the Saints in the NFC title game. Also, Manning and the Colts put up 32 2nd half points on the #6 ranked Patriots defense in the Afc title game. Owned.

  6. illinidave says: May 18, 2011 11:52 AM

    @jw731 Just imagine how much more difficult it would have been if they had to beat a tough team like Baltimore or New England in order to win that title. Oh wait… Silly me…

  7. parkerfly says: May 18, 2011 11:53 AM

    Ridiculous, dumb, and idiotic also describe Kravitz’s whining about this.

  8. La Milicia Negra says: May 18, 2011 11:54 AM

    it could be worse, he could be covering the raiders… their secrecy is more than legendary… its almost and religion…

  9. swervinmervin says: May 18, 2011 12:05 PM

    Kravitz and Tony Kornhieser are buddies. Just thought I should point that out.

  10. marvsleezy says: May 18, 2011 12:05 PM

    I found a grammatical error in the above update. I think that is unprofessional.
    ____________
    Here it is:

    Like most teams, the Colts have held reportedly held informal workouts during the lockout.
    ____________
    Thumbs up if you are sick of this crap.

  11. brutus3413 says: May 18, 2011 12:07 PM

    So…you wrote a story about whether another story was worthy of being a story?

  12. bhindenemylines says: May 18, 2011 12:07 PM

    “Is this an issue worthy of a column?”

    I was thinking the same thing as I read this article.

    Can I please have my 3.5 minutes back that it took to read it???

  13. b7p19 says: May 18, 2011 12:09 PM

    Why does the media think we care about them? Just because they want some useless scoop about what color jock Dallas Clark is wearing doesn’t mean the fans give a crap. I, personally, could not care any less about how much the team talks to the local beat guys.

  14. lucky5934 says: May 18, 2011 12:20 PM

    Ahh, poor little beat writer didn’t get his story?? Poor baby!!

  15. profootballwalk says: May 18, 2011 12:29 PM

    When Kravitz reports that the Colts lost a game, the Indy fanboys scream that he’s being negative. Indy-fan really does think that Jesus wants the Colts to win.

  16. scrotiemcb says: May 18, 2011 12:38 PM

    Man, I miss Kravitz. When he packed up and headed to Indy, the collective IQ of the Denver sports media went down by about 2/3rds.

  17. dexterismyhero says: May 18, 2011 12:40 PM

    Bob Kravitz, the dean of Indianapolis sportswriters
    =============================
    no one and I mean no one gives a crap about Bob Krapitz and his columns. he needs to go back to Denver or replace Wilbon on PTI which would make it Pardon The Ingnorance with him and Kornholer.

  18. raiderinpa says: May 18, 2011 12:57 PM

    Dont blame them for dodging the media… They dont ALWAYS have to have their noses up everyone’s arses!!

  19. AlanSaysYo says: May 18, 2011 12:57 PM

    It’s not just print media that gets the shaft. When was the last time you saw the local television media talking to Peyton Manning? It doesn’t happen much, because he doesn’t want it to happen much. The rest of the organization is pretty tight-lipped, but Manning takes them to an entirely different level.

  20. dgforreal says: May 18, 2011 12:59 PM

    Dear Football,

    Please start now.

    Love,
    The fans

  21. sneaky1632 says: May 18, 2011 1:14 PM

    They don’t want anyone to see the coaches who are not suppost to be there.

  22. rockstart42 says: May 18, 2011 1:20 PM

    Hey Idiots!

    This workouts are closed to the media except the first one of the off season. They don’t allow media or anyone into these work outs on any other season!

    This is only an issue because of the lock out. So this moron doesn’t know what he is talking about.

  23. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 18, 2011 1:23 PM

    SHUSH!

    Don’t tell anyone, but I saw them practicing down a Ricks Boatyard. Irsay was there too.

  24. bunjy96 says: May 18, 2011 1:28 PM

    With everything else going on ( or maybe not going on) just maybe the players don’t want to talk about it every time they get together to practice.

    These types of practices, at their best, are nowhere near what they would have in other times. They sure don’t need all the the media distractions.

    Too bad the other teams don’t do the same.

    Screw the media, they just want some player to make ANOTHER stupid comment, so they can put it in their blog and sensationalize it.

    Cheers to the Colts.

  25. august1969 says: May 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    The Colts have to thank three things for their Super Bowl win: the Bears, the flu, and the guy who pumps heat into their stadium

  26. kevpft says: May 18, 2011 1:59 PM

    Since the NFL is in lockdown, these workouts are private individuals taking part in private activities. No one has a right to be in on that.

    Oh, and the people commenting above on the Colts’ Super Bowl win are all correct. They did beat some very tought teams on the way to the game, and did get lucky with an inferior final opponent (and inferior opposing conference in general).

    If they’d had a better track record since then, there wouldn’t be questions about their SB win. But year after year, it’s the same – do great in the regular season, then wheeze out when it counts. Resting players late in the season, killing momentum, that’s all been well-covered. No excuse for that pathetic SB against the Saints.

    Win another one and all the questions go away. Manning deserves it, now if only the incompetent leadership of that team would get him the team he needs…

  27. dryzzt23 says: May 18, 2011 2:23 PM

    Since when does the MEDIA have a RIGHT to being privy to anything? They can’t keep secrets b/c they all want to make a name for themselves at the expense of others.

    Why is it if the media is not allowed somewhere then they are “offended” and demand entrance? The Colts are a PRIVATE entity, they are not required to be subject to public scutiny at the behest of the media.

    I am so tired of the media, sports and otherwise, forcing themselves onto private businesses and citizens solely for their own benefit.

    reporters should be banned from all informal NFL workouts IMO, the media just wants a story, and if they don’t get one they’ll make one up anyway.

  28. thefiesty1 says: May 18, 2011 2:41 PM

    If there is nothing to report, then don’t wire an article. Kravitz needs to get over hisself.

  29. nooittall says: May 18, 2011 2:43 PM

    Is this some elementary school newletter I stumbled onto? The snappy repartee is truly enlightening. Look Indy has a bunch of fairweather, hayseed fans who jumped on the bandwagon when Peyton got there and they’ll be quick to jump off when he’s gone and they can all go back to watching basketball and racing. Kravitz will leave for some other football town and all will be right in redneck heaven. Now everyone go back to your barn and play nice.

  30. stampnhawk says: May 18, 2011 2:49 PM

    The local press’ sense of entitlement is getting bad many places. With the internet and national media now competition for them, if the local guy can break a story on twitter, or as an recognized “insider”it gives them their ego boost and validates them.

    Obviously not being able to get to the inner circle of watching some passes thrown and observing calesthenics for Manning, means that whoever this schlub is, can’t get that inside scoop that he can use to build his rep as a “Colts Source” or “Insider”.

    It also means he actually has to do some actual journalism work, digging and researching something else to produce his column, as opposed to taking the day off to go stand and watch nothing of significance, all while expensing coffee, gas and lunch and bs’ing with the other press that out number the players.

  31. metalhead65 says: May 18, 2011 3:02 PM

    it would be okay if he were just whining about the practices but when he drags manning’s family into it he went overboard. he is upset he wasn’t invited to the birth of peyton’s twins or that they did not make it a media event when it happened. how is that anybody’s business but manning’s? why does the he or the public have a right to know anything about his wife and kids other than to know he has them?maybe because he grew up in the spotlight because of his dad and he does not want his kids to might have something to do with it but it is his business and not the press.

  32. obsession55 says: May 18, 2011 3:39 PM

    @ jw731

    I didnt realize the Bears were just placed in the SB that year so the Colts could get an easy win. I thought they dominated the NFC that year and earned their way. Silly me I guess.

    And beating the Ravens and Pats to get to the SB means nothing to you??

    I bet you didnt complain when the spygate Pats squeaked out a SB win over Jake Delhomme and that expansion team, did you?? Shut your face

  33. whatswiththehate says: May 18, 2011 3:58 PM

    Got to love how the sports media interject the fans into everything as a way of appearing to seem everything they are doing is more for us and not them behaving as if they should know everything happening as it pertains to NFL.

    Like I really care to know every day which team is practicing together. I just want them to end the lock-out. Everything else IMO, is plain silly and useless information.

    I swear these sports media guys behave like spoilt brats.

  34. cleanface says: May 18, 2011 7:07 PM

    Kravitz is just in need of something to put into a column. There’s not much going on in Indiana sports right now. The Pacers are out of the playoffs, college hoops is long gone, there’s no baseball there. With the exception of the Indy 500, there’s nothing for these guys to write about until the Colts start up again.

  35. bava84 says: May 18, 2011 11:18 PM

    First of all, why the heck is a N.E. Patriot (Deion Branch) working out in Indy?
    I wouldn’t trust anyone in that organization…

    Finally, a celebrity has one-upped the media — Ya see, Peyton never struck me as the dramatic type, cf. Brady and Brees, and that’s why news emanating directly from Manning’s mouth seems genuine and not staged or feigned as when it concerns the likes of Brady or Brees, who appear to bask in the limelight.

    I don’t think, and I pray Peyton’ll never be the league’s Drama Queen quite like Brady, even Brees.

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