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Irsay is giving away a Toyota

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Jim Irsay is pulling an Oprah.

Apparently bored with giving away relatively small cash prizes and/or signed footballs, Irsay has taken it up a notch.  Irsay said this morning on Twitter that he’ll be giving away a Toyota.

The bad news is that only season-ticket holders are eligible.  And while details are scant at this point, there’s a Willie Wonka quality to the contest.  There will be 10 footballs signed by the No. 1 overall pick.  One will also have the signature of “Reggie” (Wayne, we assume), and whoever gets that one will get the car.

So if anyone currently is debating whether to buy Colts season tickets this week, the “pros” column now has on the list “possible free Toyota.”

Of course, the “cons” column continues to include “team currently stinks, and may stink indefinitely into the future.”

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51 Responses to “Irsay is giving away a Toyota”
  1. talkintrashallday says: Apr 23, 2012 10:44 AM

    knowing Irsay, it’s probably a Prius….the base model…

  2. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 23, 2012 10:52 AM

    This guy is sad. Even Rex Ryan doesn’t seek this much MEdia time.

  3. hoosiermizuno says: Apr 23, 2012 10:55 AM

    I think its a Toy Yoda. a little star wars figure or something.

  4. purplegreenandgold says: Apr 23, 2012 10:55 AM

    irsay gives away A toyota(singular)
    oprah gives away toyotas(plural)

  5. pickleman77 says: Apr 23, 2012 10:56 AM

    Hopefully he isn’t pulling the old “Toy Yoda” trick…

  6. petedutcher says: Apr 23, 2012 10:59 AM

    Skeptics aside, it’s actually a pretty brilliant marketing move. You can’t get odds like that in the Lottery.

    And…will the option of a custom paint job come with it? I would love a custom painted car of my team.

    I’m surprised other teams have not thought of this.

  7. chadmurdigan says: Apr 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    And if you want a football signed by Peyton Manning, you have to pay $19,000, even if you win the first prize and the cheesy autograph from an unproven draft choice.

  8. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:03 AM

    “Slightly” used, and a piece of crap I’m sure, just like the whole team.

  9. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 23, 2012 11:03 AM

    Does this team even have a marketing or PR dept? It seems that Irsay’s tweets have evolved from press releases to marketing gimmicks.

    Hint—Teams that retain their Hall of Fame QB’s don’t have to give away footballs and cheap cars to keep fan’s interest.

  10. spellingcops says: Apr 23, 2012 11:03 AM

    The least he could do is give away a car that is desirable.

  11. camssportsjam says: Apr 23, 2012 11:08 AM

    You can criticize this guy all you want, but he seems like a pretty cool guy, he’s always giving away stuff in neat ways, getting involved with the fans, and the only time he started to get criticized by the media was after the Peyton Manning thing

  12. thewizardofbs says: Apr 23, 2012 11:09 AM

    Can’t he at least give away an American car, like a Chevy or Ford? Does he not understand Buy American?

  13. 305phinphan says: Apr 23, 2012 11:15 AM

    So someone that has season tickets obviously has time and MONEY so let’s also give the person who has money a FREE CAR! The rich just keep getting richer! Why not let the grunt employees that work for the stadium in on this to, im sure they could use a free car more than a season ticket holder.

  14. dcpowergator says: Apr 23, 2012 11:17 AM

    FYI – 1.3 million toyotas were made in the US during FY 2011

  15. vahawker says: Apr 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    Wait til the winner gets the tax bill on that one, may not seem like such a great “win”.

  16. rajbais says: Apr 23, 2012 11:22 AM

    Well, it’s better than what Stephen Ross is doing in Miami!!!!

  17. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 23, 2012 11:23 AM

    It’s the Tercel he was driving when he popped his first Vicodin.

  18. indyspeedo says: Apr 23, 2012 11:28 AM

    Once again the blogger finds a way to twist the knife a little more. Does it really matter that he is interactive with the fan base. Do you and some people on here have to continually knock him, the Colts and Peyton. Imagine that I thought you might actually be giving props to him for a change. Truth be known if it weren’t for the whole Peyton thing nobody would even know who Mike Florio is. Give it a rest and write about something people care about. Peyton will do fine in Denver. We Colt fans will always be thankful to him and Mr. Irsay for the great run we had. Might never see another one but it is time to move on. Maybe you should too.

  19. boilerup1869 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    Nah, it’s Reggie from the mail room

  20. pickleman77 says: Apr 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    @thewizardofbs -You do realize that Toyota employs thousands of American auto workers in their plants right here in the US, right? And most American car companies are global. (Our “big three” have LOTS of off-shore production..) “Buy American” doesn’t mean much in the car business anymore.

  21. wildal says: Apr 23, 2012 11:51 AM

    This post is so silly. If you bothered to do ANY research at all instead of just posting on one tweet, you would know that he is also giving away a BMW – anyone can enter. Why do you find it necessary to post on Irsay’s twitter. Is this really news?

  22. aldavisisthenfl says: Apr 23, 2012 12:05 PM

    FYI, did you ever stop to think where the PROFITS go on all those foreign vehicles made here…..didn’t think so.

    Those views are what is killing this great country…

    If everyone bought American then the American workers building these Toyotas would be building more American vehicles for us and keeping profits here where they belong.

    Just sayin’….

  23. ozz2012 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:06 PM

    Haters gonna Hate.

    I love Irsay and the Colts. Already have my season tix.

  24. granadafan says: Apr 23, 2012 12:22 PM

    “spellingcops says: Apr 23, 2012 11:03 AM
    The least he could do is give away a car that is desirable.”

    Toyota is the largest car manufacturer in the world and makes great reliable cars, unlike the crappy ones in Detroit. So, yes, Irsay IS giving away a desirable car that was likely actually made in the US.

  25. joeinoh says: Apr 23, 2012 12:26 PM

    Maybe what Wizardofbs meant, and what I’d hope, is that it is a Toyota built in the US. I think Toyota has at least one plant in Indiana. That would make sense. Keep it local when you can. It matters.

  26. devildog911 says: Apr 23, 2012 12:32 PM

    GO COLTS! Haters will hate because their team owners haven’t done what Mr Irsay have done to the fans and the city of Indianapolis.

  27. PriorKnowledge says: Apr 23, 2012 12:36 PM

    There is a Federal gambling law that says that any “sweepstakes” style give away must not require a purchase. Otherwise it is gambling.

  28. fafaflunky says: Apr 23, 2012 12:38 PM

    @pickleman77..
    do you buy foreign pickles..prolly not go buy a chevy

  29. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 23, 2012 12:39 PM

    dcpowergator says: Apr 23, 2012 11:17 AM

    FYI – 1.3 million toyotas were made in the US during FY 2011

    ————————-

    Were those the ones with the sudden acceleration issues?

    And while Toyota may build cars in the US you be sure the profits are sent back to Japan.

  30. CKL says: Apr 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    You know how you get people to “buy American” (which as someone pointed out is meaningless when it comes to most cars)? Give them the same quality at the same price.

    ………………………………………………………
    clintonportisheadd says: Apr 23, 2012 11:03 AM

    Does this team even have a marketing or PR dept? It seems that Irsay’s tweets have evolved from press releases to marketing gimmicks.

    Hint—Teams that retain their Hall of Fame QB’s don’t have to give away footballs and cheap cars to keep fan’s interest
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Hint: “fans” who jump ship because one player is gone aren’t fans of the team anyway. If Brady had 4 neck surgeries and announced via his agent that he would take a more risk friendly deal with any other team but not from the Pats, I’d wave goodbye to him and wish him well. NO one player is above the TEAM, regardless of past ability or past performance.

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:32 PM

    Irsay is a cool owner, not many other owners do positive things as he does, he sent workers and 50k to the southern Indiana tornado a few weeks ago n offer other incentives to fans to win things, the redskins owner sued fans that couldn’t pay for season tickets cause of lost jobs, and he always try to keep s competitive team on the field

  32. shlort says: Apr 23, 2012 1:33 PM

    “Pros” – Possilbe free Toyota.

    “Cons” – Possible free Toyota.

    I guess the winner could sell it and buy something that isnt going to be in for recalls every 6 months.

  33. deljzc says: Apr 23, 2012 1:39 PM

    I can’t think of an off-season where an owner has made himself look more the fool than Jim Irsay this year.

    His whoring himself to the media through twitter is embarrassing.

  34. mjkelly77 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:42 PM

    purplegreenandgold says:Apr 23, 2012 10:55 AM

    irsay gives away A toyota(singular)
    oprah gives away toyotas(plural)
    _________________

    They should both be giving away vehicles manufatured by traditional American auto manufacturers. You know, the guys who pay taxes in this country. Taxes that are used to improve American roads and infrastucture, American medical and educational systems and not those of Japan and China.

  35. dadawg77 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:55 PM

    Toyota has a major plant in Indiana, I believe. so that works as a better local connection then Detroit. But he cant restrict it to only season ticket holders or it becomes an illegal lottery, I believe.

  36. vahawker says: Apr 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    mjkelly…Make a quality car that can compete with any foreign car and people will buy it. I’m sure those thousands of auto workers building Toyotas will be behind you 1000%. Afterall, its only their lively hood and their taxes. Guess you don;t buy anything from GE because they don’t pay taxes.

  37. mjkelly77 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    pickleman77 says:Apr 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    @thewizardofbs -You do realize that Toyota employs thousands of American auto workers in their plants right here in the US, right? And most American car companies are global. (Our “big three” have LOTS of off-shore production..) “Buy American” doesn’t mean much in the car business anymore.
    ____________________

    Toyota employs a fraction of American workers compared to the workers that the traditional American manufacturere employ. I see they’ve got you brainwashed. Check the Toyota annual report and see where all of their tax payments go. HINT: It ain’t the USA, baby. That’s why our balance of trade is terrible (thank you China and Walmart,as well) as well as our Federal budget and deficit. When you put an American in the unemployment line you not only make him a drain on society but you’ve also removed him from the taxpaying rolls.

  38. raideralex99 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:09 PM

    purplegreenandgold says:
    Apr 23, 2012 10:55 AM
    irsay gives away A toyota(singular)
    oprah gives away toyotas(plural)
    ___________________________________Get your facts straight … Oprah does not pay one penny towards those cars she is giving away. It’s the manufacturers that give those cars away … she gets all the credit without spending one cent.

    100% of Ford’s profits stays in the USA … you cannot say that for Toyota’s profits.

  39. hoosiermizuno says: Apr 23, 2012 2:16 PM

    Give me a freakin break on the buy American. There is a huge Toyota plant and Honda plant in Indiana employing thousands of Americans. GM has started to move production to China for the luxury car business.

    Its too easy to argue buy American without really having a clue about what you are talking about.

  40. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    how did this turn into a political arguement?

  41. erikmc10 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:01 PM

    I don’t think this is a legal sweepstakes, is it? It could be called a raffle, but that’s a whole different item.

  42. gcclark98 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:05 PM

    more toyota’s are made in the us than any other manufacturer…… and waiving manning had to be done…. from an intelegant business standpoint…..fans hated to see him go… but you cant hold on forever….. just imagine if the colts had a smash mouth defense when peyton was there…. why did colts have to be small and fast…. whats wrong with steelers/ravens/49ers D… or something in that direction?

  43. gcclark98 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    yes profits from ford go to some investors in us….. but one of the biggest ford shareholders is a chinese man….. it doesnt matter where u are from… as long as you pay capitol gains tax on proffit sharing…. well thats all i can ask for…… by the same notion- i would be mad at anyone who has ever vacationed outside of the US.

  44. gcclark98 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:15 PM

    i know its crazy for the chinese to bring us jobs….. pay some taxes.. and help the global economy…. they should all be shot.. what an outrage….. i think that the US should be entilted to all of the chinese mans money… i mean really grow up…. cant we just all work together?

  45. aldavisisthenfl says: Apr 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    re reading this thread is scary….now I have a much better understanding how Obama got in………

    keep buying foreign goods, and keep blaming the rich….

  46. pickleman77 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    @mjkelly77 – “They should both be giving away vehicles manufatured by traditional American auto manufacturers. You know, the guys who pay taxes in this country. Taxes that are used to improve American roads and infrastucture, American medical and educational systems and not those of Japan and China.”

    So, the tens of thousands of people that are employed at dealerships, assembly plants, suppliers, and service shops…where do their income taxes go? Oh yeah, that’s right! To the state and federal governments in the US! But hey-you’ve got it all figured out huh?

  47. mjkelly77 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:39 PM

    aldavisisthenfl says:Apr 23, 2012 12:05 PM

    FYI, did you ever stop to think where the PROFITS go on all those foreign vehicles made here…..didn’t think so.

    Those views are what is killing this great country…

    If everyone bought American then the American workers building these Toyotas would be building more American vehicles for us and keeping profits here where they belong.

    Just sayin’….
    ________________

    Judging by the 13 “thumbs down” there are still a lot of American consumers who don’t fully understand the consequences of their non-American buyng habits. And I thought we lived in an educated country.

  48. mjkelly77 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:43 PM

    granadafan says:Apr 23, 2012 12:22 PM

    “spellingcops says: Apr 23, 2012 11:03 AM
    The least he could do is give away a car that is desirable.”

    Toyota is the largest car manufacturer in the world and makes great reliable cars, unlike the crappy ones in Detroit. So, yes, Irsay IS giving away a desirable car that was likely actually made in the US.
    ___________________

    I could agreed with you but then we’d both be wrong.

    P.S. watch those cheap brakes they’re still putting on Toyotas. They don’t admit guilt until the deaths pile up and indicate otherwise.

  49. mjkelly77 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    pickleman77 says:Apr 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    @mjkelly77 – “They should both be giving away vehicles manufatured by traditional American auto manufacturers. You know, the guys who pay taxes in this country. Taxes that are used to improve American roads and infrastucture, American medical and educational systems and not those of Japan and China.”

    So, the tens of thousands of people that are employed at dealerships, assembly plants, suppliers, and service shops…where do their income taxes go? Oh yeah, that’s right! To the state and federal governments in the US! But hey-you’ve got it all figured out huh?
    ________________

    Those same taxes would still get paid if these people were employed by an AMERICAN car company. ADDITIONALLY, the corporate taxes would stay here as well. They don’t with Toyota. I guess some people will never “get it”. Think of an eroding US tax base, eroding services, eroding standard of living, eroding incomes. Think Toyota.

  50. soupkan says: Apr 23, 2012 11:47 PM

    Toyota makes a better car and always has.Would you rather win a Volt?

  51. indytom87 says: Apr 24, 2012 1:33 AM

    I will gladly buy an American car once it matches the quality of their competitors. Until then, I choose to buy what’s best for my family and my money before I help out someone else’s (UAW) . Some of you are basically asking us to knowingly pay more for less quality to help your family instead of mine. Is that fair? Besides some of these foreign profits are most likely found in one of your employers’ mutual funds of your 401k you have as well.

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