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Colts issue joint Manning-Irsay statement

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As it turns out, neither guy will have the last word.  Instead, they both will.

The Colts have issued a joint statement from quarterback Peyton Manning and owner Jim Irsay, to cap a flurry of sound bites that have suggested a rapidly deteriorating relationship between the two men.

“We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us,” the statement reads, ignoring the fact that the perception arose from their own words — and their compulsion to respond to each other’s words.   “Since 1998, we have enjoyed a great relationship, based upon mutual respect and trust.  We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends.  We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring.”

The future brings one significant challenge:  What to do on March 8, when the Colts owe Manning a $28 million payment that could be avoided only if Manning is cut before then?  Embedded in the question of whether the Colts will give the money to Manning is the question of whether Manning will delay the due date in order to give the Colts a better chance to assess his health.

So while today’s statement represents a bucket of water on the burgeoning brush fire, the embers will still smolder.  The goal will be to keep the flames from returning before the unblinking red eye of the national media leaves Indy the morning after the Super Bowl.

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63 Responses to “Colts issue joint Manning-Irsay statement”
  1. bengalred says: Jan 27, 2012 2:47 PM

    unblinking red eye? I thought this was a family blog.

  2. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 27, 2012 2:48 PM

    If they start singing Kumbayah, I’m gonna go nuts.

  3. seangifford says: Jan 27, 2012 2:48 PM

    Yeah…go ahead and try to shove that toothpaste back in the tube and see how that works for you….

  4. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 27, 2012 2:49 PM

    Will manning start texting his junk to physical therapists now?

  5. farmmbig says: Jan 27, 2012 2:50 PM

    I don’t see the delayment of payment going much beyond April 26th…. If Andrew Luck is their guy, Manning will either demand to get paid or request release.

  6. fan555 says: Jan 27, 2012 2:50 PM

    Now WE KNOW it’s over.

  7. purplengold says: Jan 27, 2012 2:51 PM

    caption: “Aw dude, c’mon man…”

  8. jdandcoke says: Jan 27, 2012 2:53 PM

    they could create a soap-opera based on this manning/irsay fiasco and call it “as my stomach turns”.

  9. irongershwin says: Jan 27, 2012 2:54 PM

    I think it’s time for a Hell in a Cell match.

  10. cleverbob says: Jan 27, 2012 2:54 PM

    Everything’s cool. What’s $50 million between friends, anyway?

  11. miamiisdecent says: Jan 27, 2012 2:59 PM

    That’s not a load of bull at all…

  12. thejuddstir says: Jan 27, 2012 3:00 PM

    Not a Colts fan per se but I think it would be great to see Manning retire as a Colt. I would hate to see the Colts treat Manning as the Packers did Favre. Two of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game and with all the blood, sweat and tears they gave, it’s so easy for their teams to treat them like roadkill. I don’t think Colts fans would ever treat Manning like Packer fans did Favre as that was one of the biggest disgraces the NFL has ever experienced. Packer fans were in such a huge rush to rally around A. Rodgers…..because he is “today’s savior hero” but I sure hope Rodgers takes note of how not just how Favre was treated, but also how the Colts seem to be treating Manning. Packer fans love to talk about their long deep tradition of being such a model franchise, blah blah blah but they have proven how quickly they forget the “greats” that are responsible for their tradition. Case in point, the Packers were bottom feeders from basically the 70′s thru early 90′s when Favre became a Packer and restored their great “pride in their franchise”. Let’s hope Isray and the Colts aren’t able to manipulate Colts fans the way that Ted Thompson did with the Packer fans.

  13. sbaltimore says: Jan 27, 2012 3:00 PM

    Are the embers really still smoldering, or do you just like to fan the flames of controversy?

  14. 1captain1 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    Manning is a greedy Son of an Archie

  15. gmen1987 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    “We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us. “Since 1998, we have enjoyed a great relationship, based upon mutual respect and trust. We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends. We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring.”

    Signed by Roger Goodell.

  16. michflaguy says: Jan 27, 2012 3:04 PM

    I think all will be “even-stevens” if Peyton just kicks Irsay in the nuts once or twice. *Then* they can move on with the business of trading Peyton to the Broncos for Tebow.

  17. gmen1987 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:04 PM

    thejuddstir says:
    Jan 27, 2012 3:00 PM
    Not a Colts fan per se but I think it would be great to see Manning retire as a Colt. I would hate to see the Colts treat Manning as the Packers did Favre. Two of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game and with all the blood, sweat and tears they gave, it’s so easy for their teams to treat them like roadkill. I don’t think Colts fans would ever treat Manning like Packer fans did Favre as that was one of the biggest disgraces the NFL has ever experienced. Packer fans were in such a huge rush to rally around A. Rodgers…..because he is “today’s savior hero” but I sure hope Rodgers takes note of how not just how Favre was treated, but also how the Colts seem to be treating Manning. Packer fans love to talk about their long deep tradition of being such a model franchise, blah blah blah but they have proven how quickly they forget the “greats” that are responsible for their tradition. Case in point, the Packers were bottom feeders from basically the 70′s thru early 90′s when Favre became a Packer and restored their great “pride in their franchise”. Let’s hope Isray and the Colts aren’t able to manipulate Colts fans the way that Ted Thompson did with the Packer fans.

    ==================================
    Goobs,

    It was Brett Favre retiring, then unretiring that got him out of Green Bay and on the bad side of fans.

    I’m sure Packer fans are perfectly happy the way things turned out with Rodgers and getting rid of Drama Queen Favre. The Packers would not win the Super Bowl last year with Favre.

  18. larryravor says: Jan 27, 2012 3:05 PM

    Jim Irsay is just like dad. They have heaped disrespect on two of the greatest QBs ( Unitas and Manning) of all time. Watch out Colt fans. You had better support them or watch out for the mayflower vans.

  19. Henry says: Jan 27, 2012 3:06 PM

    Said it before, gonna be a looooong time before the Colts are relevant again!
    It’s best they air all their dirty laundry now so that they can start rebuilding in earnest for next season.
    This past season was a total waste!

  20. tudefit says: Jan 27, 2012 3:14 PM

    First of all Favre refused to take any interest in helping tutor Rodgers. Then he starts his I may retire I may not retire routine. The Pack never had a clue as to what his actual plans were and when it came time to decide what to do with Rodgers when his contract was ending. Favre continued his retirement crap and the rest is history, I used to like the guy until Rodgers was drafted (I’m a Browns fan by the way) and football people said that was great because he could learn behind the best and Favre acted like a jerk and said he didn’t have time to tutor him. Favre was all about himself only.

    With Manning I might agree except it’s not known whether he can play again. This is not Mannings fault, nor is it the Colts fault. However, there seems to be not much concern on their part as they already seem to be leaning towards Luck. That’s wrong and they should be wanting him to tutor Luck like the Packs intentions were. Manning seems more straight up and would possibly be open to that. If he can play, he should be the starter. If he can’t then he moves on. They will look like complete jerks if they don’t pay him and he goes on to play a couple more quality years elsewhere.

  21. marvsleezy says: Jan 27, 2012 3:15 PM

    Remember the horse shoe is on the bottom of the foot, so dont get stepped on Peyton.

  22. unodosochocinco says: Jan 27, 2012 3:20 PM

    that was one hell of an analogy at the end there

  23. bobwsc says: Jan 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    this is starting to out-do the daily Jets nonsense from a couple weeks back.

  24. dexterismyhero says: Jan 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    Where the heck is Bob Sanders?

  25. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    Irsay issues post-joint statements.

  26. hendawg21 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:25 PM

    Oh the free agency period can’t get here soon enough…Peyton you’ll have plenty of company as there are other well known highly paid players umemployed as well their owners/GM’s just haven’t informed them of it yet…partly because they don’t get drunk and twitter.

  27. hendawg21 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:27 PM

    btw you once reference a liquored up kicker, I can’t wait until you serve up your liquored up owner should be quite interesting!

  28. charlutes says: Jan 27, 2012 3:33 PM

    Irsay’s all high and mighty…why again? didn’t your team prove how poor a job you are doing this year? peyton has put that organization on his back and brought irsay success, now the clown thinks he knows how to field a winner. your a check writer dummy, stick to writing checks and pray for Andrew luck to be a sliver of the talent peyton was. sports owners are so utterly dillusional about their impact on the game. GM’s absolutely. coaches, 100%. Players, obviously…owners? your a check writer! stay out of the spotlight, stop trying to a be a celebrity, write the bloody checks and thank the talented players for actually playing football. what a clown this irsay guy comes off as. oh and shut up rob Lowe you idiot, if you didn’t realize you were breaking huge news with peytons retirement then you are clueless. thx for forcing your plastic face into the career of one of the great quarterbacks of all time. idiot. and then he goes on Ellen…this guy must have 0 clue how actual sports fans think.

  29. poondive says: Jan 27, 2012 3:43 PM

    thejuddstirr,

    These are two completely different scenarios. One was a waffling QB that couldn’t make up his mind, and the other is coming off a horrible injury. But way to use this blog to take a cheap shot at Packer Fans. If you think for one second we don’t appreciate how lucky we were to have Favre as our QB your sadly mistaken. It’s just we’re having a hard time getting that horrible taste out of our mouth from all of his back and forth b.s. You know the bad taste I’m talking about right?!? The same kind you get after tossing your boyfriends salad!

  30. 4gone says: Jan 27, 2012 3:43 PM

    Makes me laugh how few Packer fans even know what happened with Favre/Rodgers. Look Pack probably made right decision moving on, it is how they did it that ruffled many. Favre threatened retirement because they were close to going all the way and he wanted Uncle Ted to sign a few free agents to push them over the edge, to make a last run, we all know Ted didn’t, he was using the only leverage he (Favre) had. Ted took it personal. The Pack hired former presidential spin doctor Arie Fleisher and burried Favre in media and you all bought it.
    Ted didn’t sign that extra player last year either (think Cullen Jenkins or LB opposite Matthews). Lets see how long until Rodgers disagrees with Uncle Ted’s “one way” approach.

  31. yogikenobi says: Jan 27, 2012 3:47 PM

    Another statement already? At this rate they could make up the bonus money by selling us microwave popcorn.

  32. cubano76 says: Jan 27, 2012 3:49 PM

    Lies! All lies.

  33. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 27, 2012 4:06 PM

    dexterismyhero says:
    Jan 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    Where the heck is Bob Sanders?
    ***********
    Proper snark about bad contracts?
    Perhaps why polian is gone.

    Bob was IR for San Diego, September.
    4th year in a row.

  34. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    “We had a long talk today and we want to assure Colts fans everywhere that we are both committed to maintaining our close relationship and to working together through any challenges the future may bring.”

    Translated:

    “Manning will be a free agent and Irsay will not pursue tampering charges. We’ll admit this after the Super Bowl leaves town.”

  35. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 27, 2012 4:08 PM

    charlutes says:
    Jan 27, 2012 3:33 PM

    Irsay’s all high and mighty…why again?
    **************
    You answer your own question.

  36. granadafan says: Jan 27, 2012 4:15 PM

    I have to laugh whenever a team issues a statement on behalf of a player. It’s called a spin job. The statements were written by lawyers and/or the the Public Relations department with very bland language that puts the player in the best possible light with no hostility or animosity.

    Media outlets fall for this all the time when they say a ” issued a statement…..”. What a joke.

  37. klownboy says: Jan 27, 2012 4:34 PM

    This is one huge mess in Indy. It’s not only a matter of when Peyton will be terminated from the Colts…

  38. wikidpissah says: Jan 27, 2012 4:39 PM

    The last time I saw a joint statement like this was from Robert Kraft and Bill Parcells just before the Super Bowl in 1996. The following week Parcells was gone to the Jets.

  39. conbro8 says: Jan 27, 2012 4:46 PM

    Apparently my posts are censored whenever I mention this particular “journalist”. YOU are responsible for this fight. YOU and the rest of the “media”.

  40. lookatthefarside says: Jan 27, 2012 4:49 PM

    Having watched half of the movie, Gigli, I think I’d rather watch the other half instead of hearing anymore of the irsay/manning breakup!

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:01 PM

    ““We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us. Last night we took each other out for a nice meal at a nice restaurant, came home and cuddled for hours in front of a roaring fire before romance took its course. Colts fans have nothing to fear for their beloved Horseshoe or beloved quarterback.”

  42. kent909 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:06 PM

    I hope they release Manning. He does not need to retire a Colt. He was the only person to bring any credibility to this franchise in the last 30 years. They are blowing the franchise up and Irsay cares not one bit about anyone and their contributions to his wallet. If the 49er’s signed Peyton they would win SB’s 47 and 48. Alex Smith choked in the NFC game when it counted. He is not the answer there.

  43. chris6523 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:16 PM

    Makes me laugh how few Packer fans even know what happened with Favre/Rodgers. Look Pack probably made right decision moving on, it is how they did it that ruffled many. Favre threatened retirement because they were close to going all the way and he wanted Uncle Ted to sign a few free agents to push them over the edge, to make a last run, we all know Ted didn’t, he was using the only leverage he (Favre) had. Ted took it personal. The Pack hired former presidential spin doctor Arie Fleisher and burried Favre in media and you all bought it.
    Ted didn’t sign that extra player last year either (think Cullen Jenkins or LB opposite Matthews). Lets see how long until Rodgers disagrees with Uncle Ted’s “one way” approach.

    _________________________________

    No, packer fans know exactly what happened with Favre/Rodgers because it all happened right in front of our own eyes. To refresh the memory of many, the first Favre talk of possible retirement occurred in October 2002. Every offseason centered around the possibility Favre may retire. With that in the backdrop, in 2005 Aaron Rodgers lands smack dab in the packers lap (and Favre throws a fit). End of the 2006 season, at the end of the last reg. season game in Chicago, an emotional Favre poses for a picture with the o-line and suggests he is tetering toward retirement. Fast forward January 2008. Because it is really cold, Favre clearly is not interested in being out on the field against the Giants despite there being a Super Bowl berth on the line. Favre throws another backbreaking interception. The pack gives favre until the middle of march to decide what he wants to do. Finally, the pack says, “uh, yeah Brett, we have this draft thing coming up and we’d really like to know if we need to draft a backup quarterback.” So Favre retires. Then, after long romantic conversations with Darell Bevell, he tries to make a sham of a comeback with the pack right before training camp, knowing it’s too late for him to come back (had Favre been welcomed back, it would have been good bye Rodgers).

    No, as a lifelong packer fan and someone who lived and died with Favre for 16 NFL seasons (hell, him and I were born 28 days apart), that one is on Brett entirely.

  44. august1969 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:21 PM

    Mannings agent is a god. 28M for a lost year and now another windfall from the Dolphins/Jets/Whomever. Kneel before Zodd!

  45. turtlehut says: Jan 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    If Peyton Manning really wants to remain a Colt he will grow a silly thin goatee like owner Jim Irsay, GM Ryan Grigson, coach Chuck Pagano, and Indy Stars beat writer, Bob Kravitz

  46. zinn22 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:46 PM

    Manning or his agent must have written that. I don’t think Irsay could write a coherent sentence. Listening to some of the things Irsay tweets makes me wonder if he has alcohol or substance abuse issues?

  47. colts01 says: Jan 27, 2012 5:57 PM

    If Peyton can show he has gotten better, if not even perfect, I can see them restructuring the bonus to maybe guarantee the payout over the remainder of his contract or even 2 years and keeping him to avoid others from gaining him and/or his knowledge and to keep the revenue $$$ flowing into Indy. You know Pagano would love to have Peytons mind on the sidelines to help shape that offense. Clean house could cost the team more money in jersey sales, consessions sales and ticket sales which would far out weigh Mannings contract. Just a thought and hey…Irsay has said and done much stranger things as a little birdy tweeted to me!! (maybe I’m just not ready to think of life after Peyton..lol)

  48. cmgww says: Jan 27, 2012 6:01 PM

    Jim Irsay is just like dad. They have heaped disrespect on two of the greatest QBs ( Unitas and Manning) of all time. Watch out Colt fans. You had better support them or watch out for the mayflower vans.

    ======================================

    You have no idea what you are talking about. First, Jim knew what his dad didn’t….that he shouldn’t meddle. He brought in Polian and let him run the show, producing a decade of winning only exceeded by the Pats and Steelers (who both, btw, missed the playoffs during the Colts run). He also knew Polian was slipping and his son Chris was unqualified to be GM (as evidenced by recent drafts leaving the Colts bereft of defensive talent). He is a quirky dude for sure, but he also gives fans and people around the city all kinds of prizes, cash, tickets (incl. Super Bowl tix) for answering trivia questions. This whole mess was blown WAY out of proportion by the media. Manning had a right to be upset, as did Jim….but the ESPN hype machine and Bob Kravitz just fueled the fire. Irsay has built one of the winningest franchises over the past decade by letting football people do their work. It was time to clean house though, and he had the balls to do it instead of staying with the status quo. Manning is great, but he’s not the owner. He’s also not cleared to play. If he is, I bet my house he’s on the Colts roster next year. Irsay will find a way to keep both Luck and him on the roster via clever salary cap moves, etc…

  49. larryfinfan says: Jan 27, 2012 6:02 PM

    With all due respect to Jim Irsay, how classy is Peyton Manning to make this ‘joint’ statement ?? What this statement does is speak volumes as to how classless and clueless Irsay really is. I’m not an Indy fan, nor have I ever been. I don’t know what’s going to happen, as does no one else, but Irsay should be so lucky to have a man like Manning work for him, put his name on Twitter, build that beautiful stadium, build a legacy for one of the long-standing organizations in the NFL…So, Mr. Irsay, with all due respect, you had better pray that Andrew Luck is half the man that Peyton Manning is…

  50. cmgww says: Jan 27, 2012 6:07 PM

    Oh and BTW, Irsay just paid Manning $26 million to NOT PLAY this season….and also tweeted he didn’t regret it. Manning is his guy…He just lost his cool b/c local a-hole Star writer Bob Kravitz keeps stirring the pot….He’s a joke of a columnist and never writes anything positive about the Colts, unless he absolutely must. He already has Manning on the way out of town, when we don’t know what will happen. I place most of the blame on the idiots in the media who have to spin and create hype to sell papers/get people to watch tv…like Skip Clueless for instance. Irsay is one of the best owners in football, and had the guts to make changes when they were needed. Whether manning is in the Colts’ plans for the future depends on his health. If he’s cleared, he’s back with the Colts, mark my words. You morons that know nothing about the Colts besides what you see on BSPN need to shut your pieholes, b/c you don’t know what Jim has done for this team (perennial laughingstock to perennial playoff team)

  51. brutus9448 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:39 PM

    this is like a reality tv show. They should cameras following these 2 guys.

  52. thetooloftools says: Jan 27, 2012 6:46 PM

    I would cut Payton Manning loose in a heartbeat.
    Thank You Payton.
    Thank You for what you have done.
    You just made over $20 million for NOT taking a snap.
    You MAY Make over $20 million more and not have to take another snap.
    I hope Irsay cuts you loose.
    Your insurance may cost more then your salary if another team signs you.
    Neck what?
    That is not good.
    Great ready to walk the plank too.
    I am 100% Irsay.
    Thank You and find another cow to milk because PAYTON, you’ll never see that kind of $ again.
    I respect you, but I would cut you.

  53. bucsfan5000 says: Jan 27, 2012 6:55 PM

    Robert Irsay is spinning in his grave, he would be so ashamed of his son Jim.

  54. NFLJunkie says: Jan 27, 2012 7:05 PM

    Will manning start texting his junk to physical therapists now?

    Manning prefers to do it the real in-your-face way, like he did in his UT days to unsuspecting female trainers.

  55. cmgww says: Jan 27, 2012 7:26 PM

    Robert Irsay was a drunk who meddled in the locker room, often coming in and yelling at players and coaches after games, firing HCs like Steinbrenner, uprooting the team, etc. Jim has been a model owner. Quirky? Sure. But a bad owner doesn’t have a SB win, another appearance, and 9 straight playoff appearances…Jim is not his father. He knows what he’s doing. This whole thing is a result of media hype BS. The Colts were a joke before Jim took over as owner, and he got them to be one of the best franchises in the NFL over the past 12 years….it was time to clean house though, as it is in many NFL franchises from time to time.

  56. cmgww says: Jan 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    I would cut Payton Manning loose in a heartbeat.
    Thank You Payton.
    Thank You for what you have done.
    You just made over $20 million for NOT taking a snap.
    You MAY Make over $20 million more and not have to take another snap.
    I hope Irsay cuts you loose.
    Your insurance may cost more then your salary if another team signs you.
    Neck what?
    That is not good.
    Great ready to walk the plank too.
    I am 100% Irsay.
    Thank You and find another cow to milk because PAYTON, you’ll never see that kind of $ again.
    I respect you, but I would cut you.

    ====================================
    your screen name fits you well. His name is Peyton, dufus. PAYTON is the coach of the Saints….nice argument wasted b/c you repeatedly misspelled the name of probably the most famous player in the NFL…WTF? How does that happen???

  57. backindasaddle says: Jan 27, 2012 7:32 PM

    If Manning refused to delay the March 1st trigger date then we all know that it’s Manning who will be to blame for the divorce. If he genuinely is more interested in staying on with the Colts, then he would delay the payment until such time his neck heals and he’s able to demonstrate, without question, that it has not caused a debilitation that prevents him from playing at his previous level of play. Remember, Peyton has already robbed the franchise of $25,000,000 this year because he did not fully disclose the neck situation upon signing the contract.

    Should Peyton choose to NOT delay the March 1st trigger date…. I think that tells us all we need to know about Peyton.

  58. realityonetwo says: Jan 27, 2012 8:38 PM

    They both should have shut up. They’re just making it worse.

  59. trojan33sc says: Jan 27, 2012 8:49 PM

    Had to run and put on my hip boots so that I could wade through the pool of shyte !!! Now, what are they saying ????? LOL

  60. achamarro1 says: Jan 27, 2012 8:59 PM

    I would lie cheat and steal to get 25 mill. cant blame peyton for not fully disclosing injury..they have these dudes called team drs. and trainers to figure that out. They should cut peyton and try to resign him to a bonus ladened contract that way he can EARN his money. All contracts should be bonused ladend so you dont get the CJ2K fiasco again.

  61. ErikW65 says: Jan 27, 2012 9:06 PM

    Jim Irsay is trying to do the same thing the Packers did to Favre- get him to retire/sit on the bench, in submission to the organization. It’s BS. You don’t force any superstar QB that gave your organization a SB Ring into a dormant state. You should have the courage of your convictions that he if can’t play well enough for you to start him, then he can’t hurt you playing for someone else. Or else pay him the money and shut up.

  62. buzzbissinger says: Jan 28, 2012 12:07 AM

    @gmen1987,

    It’s Lord Mannings’ inability to retire when it is painfully obvious to even the casual observer that his time is up. That is why everyone is drawing the Farve conclusion.

  63. toolkien says: Jan 28, 2012 11:13 AM

    No, No, No, Peyton – you have to throw the management under the bus as a bunch of liars, have a three night session on Greta to do so, talk about forcing hands, start now talking with other teams (preferably division rivals), toss in a legitimate retirement somewhere along the line, and then, when the situation has by and large moved on, demand the starting job back like nothing ever happened. You deserve to be the de facto GM and are entitled to do and say whatever you want in getting it or punishing the team for not giving it. This is your team. You are above it and better act like it.

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