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Jim Irsay is only talking about the Super Bowl this week

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We’ve been engaging in a fair amount of Peyton Manning chatter on these pages Monday, but you shouldn’t expect Colts owner Jim Irsay to join in the fun.

Irsay, at a press conference Monday for the Super Bowl host committee, said that he would be taking a break from talking about Peyton Manning this week after engaging in a little sniping with the quarterback before issuing a joint press release pledging civility. Irsay let everyone in on his plan when asked about Manning at the presser.

“Obviously the media has been very hungry for comments and those sort of things,” Irsay said, via the New York Daily News. “There’s a great interest here in Indianapolis. But Peyton and I, in talking this weekend and everything, we want the focus to be on the game. He’s excited about Eli, having his whole family coming in. And hosting the game. That’s where the focus should be. Obviously, it’s a story that has a lot of interest. But we’re going to go about this week with that focus in mind.”

Manning’s status was going to be a big issue this week regardless of where the game was being played. The fact that the game is in the Colts’ stadium with his brother starting for one of the teams makes it all the harder to ignore. Irsay and the league would obviously prefer to keep the talk on the game, but, if Monday is any indication, there will be plenty of people willing to fill the void even if nothing can really happen until the Colts decide whether or not they will be exercising their $28 million option on Manning’s services.

 

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16 Responses to “Jim Irsay is only talking about the Super Bowl this week”
  1. randolph32 says: Jan 30, 2012 6:13 PM

    Please stop the Peyton Place Pain!!

    Nothing will happen until the Colts and the rest of the NFL know if the guy is healthy, period.

    Have a nice Super Bowl Indianapolis, your team won’t be playing in one for a while….

  2. xli2006 says: Jan 30, 2012 6:16 PM

    Good call. As a Colts Fan and Indy Resident… Can we enjoy this week before the pending Peyton news? Indy is buzzing right now, no need to spoil the party.

  3. mychode says: Jan 30, 2012 6:17 PM

    You know? If I owned an nfl franchise, I’d be just like this dude.

  4. jb24fan says: Jan 30, 2012 6:23 PM

    Seriously make this guy go away.

  5. mnfan1 says: Jan 30, 2012 6:24 PM

    Please no more Peyton talk!!

  6. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 30, 2012 7:39 PM

    Maybe the gossip gals in the media could focus on the game this week. It’s kind of a big deal. Just sayin’

  7. croghan1919 says: Jan 30, 2012 7:56 PM

    I’m sure the media will make sure he has to talk about more than the SB.

  8. goforthanddie says: Jan 30, 2012 8:37 PM

    Why would anyone talk to him about the Super Bowl? That’s like asking Lohan about sobriety. Been there, did it once, now totally irrelevant.

  9. cliverush says: Jan 30, 2012 8:50 PM

    Thank you kind sir. You know the hags in sports media will hound you about this matter even though no one has any answers.

  10. borisbulldog says: Jan 30, 2012 9:03 PM

    Irsay needs talk about that faux goatee he’s been growing for 18 years

    I believe he’s challenging Arthur Blank for the NFL owners with the silliest looking facial hair!

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    PS-Mods? WhyTF do you keep deleting my post?

  11. thetooloftools says: Jan 30, 2012 9:10 PM

    I’ll give it till Wednesday and they are pushing each other around again.

  12. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 30, 2012 9:43 PM

    Jim Irsay is showing his Amish roots in the pic.

  13. rickrilla says: Jan 30, 2012 9:43 PM

    Would it be crazy to think Irsay would want Manning to start dram between them so Irsay don’t seem like bad guy in Indy? I really would not be surprised if Manning was told to go to Media and stir up things. I guarantee Irsay will come out of this like he’s not the bad guy

  14. nofunleague says: Jan 30, 2012 9:45 PM

    Good. No one wants to hear him anyway.

  15. hammertoe11 says: Jan 30, 2012 10:27 PM

    I say by Late Wednesday Irsay goes on twitter and talk about Peyton. I am surprise went front of the cameras and said something there. Some one must told stop using twitter all the time.

  16. trucker2020 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:16 PM

    So instead of talking about Manning he decides to say having a SB in London would be a possibility.
    Andrew Luck would be a damn fool to go to Indy.I actually never had anything against the Colts-Until Now.I hope they go 2-14 Until 21 years after the last Irsey drops dead!

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