If you’re only going to follow one sports-related Twitter page, follow the Twitter page of Colts owner Jim Irsay. It’s the perfect blend of news, song lyrics, and cryptic clues.
This morning, Irsay is addressing the Peyton Manning situation. Specifically, Irsay uses the platform to dispel an apparent rumor that Irsay isn’t happy that he paid Manning many millions in 2011. Here’s the full text of the tweet: “Knowing medical situation last yr. n still paying $26,000,000.00 to #18,I’ve no regrets.It was right thing2do,I’m not pissed,contrary2rumor.”
By pointing to a rumor that we hadn’t heard and that we’ve yet to find reported anywhere, Irsay has given the story unnecessary legs. Irsay also seems to suspect the dissemination of false info, unless this subsequent tweet comes from a tune with which I’m not familiar: “Some1’s got it n 4 me,they’re planting stories in the press…whoever it is,they better cut it out quick,but when they will,I can only guess.”
If someone deliberately is putting out the rumor that Irsay is upset that he paid Peyton $26 million for nothing in 2011, it would be appropriate for Irsay to wonder whether it’s coming from Peyton or someone close to him. Based on Manning’s Monday night interview with Bob Kravitz, it’s obvious that Peyton has fired the first shot in a battle for the hearts and minds of Colts fans in advance of the looming divorce.
Then there’s the fact that Irsay has created a flock of potential enemies over the past few weeks by firing a head coach, assistant coaches, a G.M., and a Vice Chairman. Any, some, or all of those folks could be sharing with members of the media their own stories about things they witnessed or perceived behind closed doors last season, while the Colts sank to the bottom of the league and the money paid to Manning did nothing to make a difference.
Regardless, the Irsay Twitter page likely will become more interesting before it gets any less interesting between now and March 8, the date on which another $28 million will be paid to Peyton Manning.