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Irsay: “Colts family remain close and unified”

It looks like someone within the Colts organization talked owner Jim Irsay out of releasing a statement on Peyton Manning’s health on Friday.  (Good idea.)

So he decided to release a statement that says nothing at all instead. With a picture attached!

“Peyton Manning, Jim Irsay and the entire Colts family remain close and unified as we continue to work through all the options that relate to his future with the Colts,” the statement reads. “The present focus is on the Super Bowl and the great game that awaits.

“A good time was had by all at the Colts party Thursday night.”

Colts fans everywhere surely say thank you.

We can feel the awkwardness just looking at that picture. It’s like a divorcing family’s last Christmas card.

UPDATE 4:56 p.m. ET: Yes, that is Meg Ryan in the photo.

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53 Responses to “Irsay: “Colts family remain close and unified””
  1. brokea$$lovesmesomeme says: Feb 3, 2012 4:48 PM

    Little late for that statement. These JA’s are taking the focus off of who really deserves it. Not a drunken owner and his hobbled QB.

  2. jmagnet28 says: Feb 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    “And my mouth remains large and stupified”

    My judgement?
    “poor and unsanitized?

    My wife?
    “bitter and unsatisfied”

    My twitter account?
    “huge and idolized”

  3. kwalk4780 says: Feb 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    shut up dude. Your dad was a liar and you are a liar. Hurry up and cut Peyton so we can all move on and you can go back to be an embarassment of an organization.

  4. mcjon22 says: Feb 3, 2012 4:54 PM

    If you believe this, I have a unicorn Id love to sell you along with a leprecon and some magic beans

  5. gmen1987 says: Feb 3, 2012 5:02 PM

    Buh bye Peyton. Been nice knowing you.

  6. dabears62 says: Feb 3, 2012 5:06 PM

    This owner acts like a 12 year old little girl. He has no class, he is just like his father.

  7. rc33 says: Feb 3, 2012 5:10 PM

    …scrambling to look up the (apparently) new definitions of “close” and “unified.”

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 3, 2012 5:14 PM

    They’re a very close family whose son will be moving out and will try to make it on his own.

  9. rufustfireflyjr says: Feb 3, 2012 5:15 PM

    What kind of family fires people and tells others that they aren’t good enough to be a family member? Memo to coaches and players: Whenever you hear a team owner refer to his team as being a “family,” put both hands on your wallet.

  10. neuteronomy says: Feb 3, 2012 5:15 PM

    Didn’tRob Lowe report Meg Ryan would be the next QB of the colts or something?

  11. 33rdasylum says: Feb 3, 2012 5:18 PM

    Love the pic.
    Closing time at the Star Wars bar.

  12. toolman94 says: Feb 3, 2012 5:19 PM

    Meg ryan is dating mellencamp who is in the picture . Now you can explain it.

  13. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 3, 2012 5:20 PM

    the picture is so small . Are you sure that’s Meg Ryan with Peyton and a group of bozos?

  14. unitedstateoftexas says: Feb 3, 2012 5:24 PM

    This is the picture they should use in the obituary at Peyton’s career’s funeral.

  15. jetgreeeen says: Feb 3, 2012 5:24 PM

    Is Peyton’s wife hot or what???

  16. oscojoe says: Feb 3, 2012 5:26 PM

    Ditto, remember who started all this!

  17. jessethegreat says: Feb 3, 2012 5:27 PM

    before seeing the Meg Ryan quote, I was thinking to myself, “Nice work Peyton, you got yourself a cougar”.

  18. numberoneinthehoodg says: Feb 3, 2012 5:30 PM

    Possibly that Manning will be Sleepless in Seattle?

  19. deadeye says: Feb 3, 2012 5:46 PM

    “Colts family remain close and unified”



    Since Peyton is causing such trouble, he’s no longer in the Colts family.

  20. milehighphan says: Feb 3, 2012 5:50 PM

    I always thought Peyton would be able to choose to go to Houston or San Francisco but now I think the Colts are gonna trade him. How else are they gonna rebuild?

  21. gb15class says: Feb 3, 2012 5:57 PM

    This certainly is conjuring up memories of 2008 and Favre. The main difference is that Mark Murphy (new president at the time) said very little, GM Ted Thompson said next to nothing, and Mike McCarthy stuck to a very businesslike script when he was repeatedly questioned. Thompson in particular was villified as stupid and aloof inside and outside Wisconsin by many. He doesn’t look so dumb anymore. Fortunately the new Colts Coach Pagano can keep this at arm’s length. Manning’s camp has indeed dropped a PR bomb or two, just like the Favre camp, and yet Irsay is incapable of shutting up for even 24 hours. Notice that the Patriots and Giants also have GMs/Coaches and owners who know that many things are best left unsaid. Was it Abe Lincoln credited with the classic, “Better for others to wonder if you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

  22. knowerofallthings says: Feb 3, 2012 5:58 PM

    What an embarassment! Please shut up!

  23. cantonbound13 says: Feb 3, 2012 6:10 PM

    I’m sure I speak for the majority of PFT readers when I say, I am sick of this tweeting putz! Hearing his comments are worse than Brett Favre comeback stories.

  24. omegalh says: Feb 3, 2012 6:13 PM

    Meg Ryan birthed peyton’s twins?

  25. jamaltimore says: Feb 3, 2012 6:21 PM

    Wonder what Chuck Pagano was thinking going to work for Irsay. I loved him as Ravens D coordinator, he worked for a great owner and now he’s walking into a 3 ring circus with Bruce Arians, Steeler bum of a coordinator working with him. over under on that job is 1.5 years

  26. rexachss says: Feb 3, 2012 6:33 PM

    Jerry Jones has changed the game……the owners are “flexin” with Goodell as their well paid puppet……Damn I picked the wrong career! !!!!

  27. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 3, 2012 7:04 PM

    when did john mellencamp start working for the colts?
    Irsay is gonna get smoked whenever he waives peyton!

  28. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 3, 2012 7:11 PM

    It just goes to show… the Baltimore Ravens will never get to the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at QB.

  29. raiderapologist says: Feb 3, 2012 7:17 PM

    Meg Ryan? Was she wearing shoes?

  30. wherezwaldo says: Feb 3, 2012 7:24 PM

    Has Jim Irsay had 50 concussions?

  31. 8man says: Feb 3, 2012 7:52 PM

    I’ve cursed him. I’ve rooted against him. I’ve used his name in vain and made fun of his looks.
    It was all because he is a winner and he played for the Irsays.

    What I found out is that he is an incredible competitor, carried his team into the playoffs in years when they had nothing and by the way, is funny and engaging!

    Now I can root for him to go to another team and come back and stomp the Colts into hell!

    Situations make for strange bed fellows, revisionist history and changes in who we support.

    Funny stuff!

  32. jpb12 says: Feb 3, 2012 7:53 PM

    Slightly better than the Bud Adams Christmas Card…

    Is that a Mayflower Van Line sponsor in the background?

  33. JohnnyRyde says: Feb 3, 2012 7:55 PM

    Meg Ryan… That’s Buddy’s granddaughter, right? She should tell her uncles to pipe down until they win something…

  34. vikesfansteve says: Feb 3, 2012 8:02 PM

    Red faced drunk

  35. gmen1987 says: Feb 3, 2012 8:11 PM

    milehighphan says: Feb 3, 2012 5:50 PM

    I always thought Peyton would be able to choose to go to Houston or San Francisco but now I think the Colts are gonna trade him. How else are they gonna rebuild?
    Goobs, No team is going to trade for a 36 year old QB that may never play again. Peyton will be cut, not traded. Both Houston and SF would be stupid to sign Peyton.

  36. gmen1987 says: Feb 3, 2012 8:12 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 3, 2012 7:11 PM

    It just goes to show… the Baltimore Ravens will never get to the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco at QB.

    Earth to Goobs, Joe Flacco almost made it to the Super Bowl two weeks ago.

  37. TheWizard says: Feb 3, 2012 8:12 PM

    Irsay certainly is coming across as Baghdad Bob as of late.

    Not sure about Peyton letting his medical info out in Super Bowl week, though. Not what I expected from a supposedly high character guy.

  38. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Feb 3, 2012 8:23 PM

    Bunch of idiots. For the first time in my life I feel sorry for Evan Bayh.

  39. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 3, 2012 8:36 PM

    and, Birch Bayh is rolling in his grave.

  40. artiesliver says: Feb 3, 2012 8:38 PM

    All the Mannings look like they have a touch of retardation.

  41. moelester says: Feb 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    Thumbs up if you would bone 2012 Meg Ryan, thumbs down if not.

  42. pdma7 says: Feb 3, 2012 8:50 PM

    Oh how the Colts wish they were like the Pats.

  43. Patriot42 says: Feb 3, 2012 9:16 PM

    Isn’t this the same bunch that snuck out of Baltimore in the middle of the night.

  44. buzzbissinger says: Feb 3, 2012 9:19 PM

    another installment in the never-ending saga of half truths…

  45. megatronownsyou says: Feb 3, 2012 9:54 PM

    So sick of hearing about this. Irsay is a total idiot who thinks he’s a clever, funny guy. He’s not.

  46. johnniemayes says: Feb 3, 2012 9:59 PM

    In other news, Rex Ryan says he still has control of the lockerroom.

  47. brownsclown says: Feb 3, 2012 10:02 PM

    Isray is smoking too much horse dung. The marriage is over. Manning will be playing at FedEx, throwing to Oucho Stinko and Braylon ‘hands of stone’ Edwards.

  48. croghan1919 says: Feb 3, 2012 10:36 PM

    WoW, some of you folks need to get a grip on the reality of the “principals” involved situation.
    Its a win/win for both sides.

  49. bigdogsolec says: Feb 3, 2012 10:48 PM

    geessss , i’ll blame the founders of twitter,and the originator of twitter Jack Dorsey .
    Peytons doing what every othe man , women,ect., would do when someone trys to cut there throat.
    should never have introduced twitter to Irsay, HE DON’T KNOW WHEN TO STOP TWEETING

  50. latenightroach says: Feb 3, 2012 11:36 PM

    I wish someone would hack Irsay’s Twitter account.

  51. conbro8 says: Feb 3, 2012 11:56 PM

    Just because the media likes to spin it so Manning and Irsay had a “fight” (supposedly) does not mean Manning is leaving the Colts. I can’t wait to read the apologetic stories from these “reporters” next season when Manning suits up in Colts blue.

  52. yevrag3535 says: Feb 4, 2012 12:28 AM

    Yeah right. Sorry nobody believes you.

  53. musicman495 says: Feb 4, 2012 9:05 AM

    stoneydog1000 says: Feb 3, 2012 8:36 PM

    and, Birch Bayh is rolling in his grave.
    Especially since he is not dead.

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