Arians implores Colts fans to contain the Cheeseheads

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As the Colts prepare to attempt to match their 2011 win total with a game against the team that won 15 regular-season games last season, their interim head coach has a message for all fans of the team.

We cannot allow the Cheeseheads to come in here and take over,” Bruce Arians said Thursday, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

“Having been against the Packers, I know how their fans travel,” Arians said.  “No way can they come into Lucas Oil this week and take over our stadium.”

It wouldn’t be the first time it happened.  Arians mentioned a 1999 home playoff game — the first of Peyton Manning’s career — during which a vocal contingent of Titans fans forced the Colts to use a silent count.

There’s a fine line between encouraging fans to be louder than the fans of the visiting team and urging fans to take steps to quiet the fans of the visiting team.  In the latter case, one thing could lead to another very quickly, and oversized foam wedge of cheese could end up getting stuffed in a place where oversized foam wedges of cheese aren’t supposed to go.

Really, what should Colts fans do if Packers fans are being loud when the Colts are on offense?  Politely ask the Colts fans to please be quiet?  Fold their arms and give them a dirty look?

Efforts by fans to get opposing fans to pipe down can quickly become the kind of stuff that the NFL doesn’t want to see happen in NFL stadiums.  But that’s essentially what Arians’ request could trigger.

64 responses to “Arians implores Colts fans to contain the Cheeseheads

  1. Really, what should Colts fans do if Packers fans are being loud when the Colts are on offense? Politely ask the Colts fans to please be quiet? Fold their arms and give them a dirty look?

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    Ummm…. i think he means politely ask Packers fans to be quiet. C’mon Man!!!

  2. It’s cool. Packers have the best fans in the nation – don’t need physical altercation to make up for rooting for a terrible franchise like most of the other fans in the league.

  3. Did Arians attempt to get Colts fans to get confrontational? I’ve lived in Indy for 8 years. That’s the most docile fan in the league. No good can come of this order.

  4. I’m fairly certain Arians is merely implying that Colts fan show up for the game (vs. selling tickets to Packers fans and/or resellers).

    I see no indication, as the author implies, that Arians’ call that Packer fans not be allowed to “take over the stadium” is in any way a request for physical action against the opposing fans.

  5. Overreaction. When a coach asks this of their fans they’re asking fans to buy up the tickets to prevent opponents fans from entering the stadium. They are not telling them to forcibly quiet the traveling fans.

  6. The Packers played in the loudest venue in sports and lost the game due to a horse apples call and a heck of a Seattle defense. Noise/12th man had little if anything to do with it.

    Also, the Packers practice in a state of the art building that pumps in noise to replicate a loud crowd….if anyone can hack it, it’s the Packers.

    While traveling to Indy always seems to be a tough venue for the Pack, I find it laughable that an owner would have his own fans try to aid in the silencing of likely one of the top 3 traveling fan bases of one of the most popular teams. Don’t like it….buy up all the tix, Bruce……and good luck, BTW. You’ll need it.

  7. The Colts will just have to turn up the “crowd noise” on the PA even louder, when the packers have the ball.

  8. Just don’t be “that guy”.

    If you do, you will end up on at last 12 cell phone videos, and end up on YouTube / Deadspin/ Barstoolsports and countless other websites for eternity.

  9. Hey Bruce Bruce it’s Friday and the loads of Cheesheads already have their tickets. They will be there and be loud. And once you’re Colts are down by a few scores and you’re fans go quite, the sounds of “GO PACK GO” will echo through Lucas Oil. Just accept it now big guy. It has been written.

  10. they should’ve been imploring their fans to buy tickets. sorry bout it, arians. if there are a lot of GB fans in indie on sunday, its because they wanted to be there more than indie fans did.

    expect audible “go pack go” chants on the fox broadcast this weekend.

  11. I think he’s suggesting that Colts fans not sell their tickets to Pack fans. Once they’re in the stadium, those fans are entitled to cheer on their team and they’re also entitled to safety.

  12. I think what Arians means to say is, please Colts fans, do not sell your tickets for a quick buck, but instead occupy the season tickets you have purchased and give the players a home field advantage.

  13. Great!
    Now someone has decided that people who buy a Ticket to a NFL Game and spend money for Concessions and maybe a Hotel room — are to be silenced by all means necessary!!
    So much for Sportmanship

  14. umm i think Arians is talking about not selling their tickets to cheeseheads…i dont think he is advocating colts fans to lay the “peoples elbow”

  15. “There’s a fine line between encouraging fans to be louder than the fans of the visiting team and urging fans to take steps to quiet the fans of the visiting team. In the latter case, one thing could lead to another very quickly, and oversized foam wedge of cheese could end up getting stuffed in a place where oversized foam wedges of cheese aren’t supposed to go.”
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    It didn’t even cross my mind that he was encouraging violence. He was just telling Colts fans to show up at the game and don’t sell your tickets to Packers fans.

  16. I think he meant for season ticket holders not to sell their tickets to packet fans. Similar to Brian Billick asking Ravens fans not to during Pittsburgh week during his tenure in Baltimore.

  17. I know a lot of people who are Colts season ticket owners who don’t go to games. They sell their tickets online to whoever the highest bidder is. Rather than encouraging the home crowd to “contain” the opposing teams fans maybe Ariens should have implored the season ticket holders to not sell out.

  18. They could just turn up the volume on the loud speakers with their fake stadium noise. That always works.

  19. I’m a Saints fan and have been my entire life. Trust me Colts fan a few years from now when you’ve upgraded your talent a little you’ll be right back blowing teams out that come to your building. In the mean time it’s going to be kinda hard to cheer if the team isn’t giving you anything to cheer about. PS, I’m praying for your coach and your organization. Be Blessed!!!

  20. He is probably implying that he doesn’t want fans selling their tickets to Packer fans. That would keep them out. But, Packer fans travel well. If someone can get a good chunk of money from selling the tickets for this one game, they might be able to offset 1/3 or 1/2 of their total season ticket cost. In this economy, it may be worth missing one game against a good opponent, if doing so helps subsidize the rest of your ticket plan.

  21. Might be reading to much into Arians thoughts. IMHO Arians probably wants all Indy fans to give it their best to buy tickets to the game. In other words, Indy fans, pack this house……

  22. I think what he means is don’t sell your tickets on Stubhub or Craigslist and actually go to the game.

  23. as a packer fan, i do not like the actual “cheesehead” hat, i was at the Chargers/Packers game last year, a group of 5 packer fans in front of me all wearing cheeseheads and i couldnt see anything on the field. had to ask them to take em off so i could watch the game. love my fellow pack fans

  24. Just do what the Niner and Raider fans do…Bring out the guns and knives in the parking lot!

  25. Pleading with fans to show support? What a lousy fan base. Kind of like when Rex Ryan had to leave voice mails to ticket holders begging them to show up and make noise at Giant Stadium. Pretty embarrassing.

  26. Well, one way to quiet the Cheeseheads is for the Colts to establish an early lead and maintain it throughout the game. The O-line need to keep Matthews and Raji in check.

  27. “We cannot allow the Cheeseheads to come in here and take over”

    Is it possible he just means, buy more tickets (don’t sell the ones you have)… I didn’t hear him say it, but it doesn’t sound like inciting violence to me.

  28. I think the idea here isn’t to get Colts fans to stop Packers fans from making noise. It’s trying to get them not to put their tickets on StubHub and to actually show up to the game or else the Packers fans will outnumber the Colts fans.

  29. Oh Oh —- Colts fans better be careful here.

    The State of Wisconsin just passed concealed carry this year — you never know what can fit into a cheesehead!

    We know how those holes got there, anyway.

  30. Look how retarded the Packer fans look with cheese on their heads. This is the lamest thing in ALL of sports even down to the high school level. Just goes to show there is a sucker who will buy anything.

  31. C’mon…this article is a total reach (yet another case of PFT trying to make something out of nothing). Only an idiot would draw the conclusion Arians was encouraging Colts fans to intimidate or assault Packers fans. It’s obvious he was encouraging Colts fans to show up at the game and to be more vocal…to give their team a home-field advantage. It’s not like he told the fans to put some hot sauce on the cheese heads.
    Move along, folks…nothing to see here.

  32. Canned Heat says:
    Oct 5, 2012 1:37 PM
    The Packers played in the loudest venue in sports and lost the game due to a horse apples call and a heck of a Seattle defense. Noise/12th man had little if anything to do with it.

    Also, the Packers practice in a state of the art building that pumps in noise to replicate a loud crowd….if anyone can hack it, it’s the Packers.

    While traveling to Indy always seems to be a tough venue for the Pack, I find it laughable that an owner would have his own fans try to aid in the silencing of likely one of the top 3 traveling fan bases of one of the most popular teams. Don’t like it….buy up all the tix, Bruce……and good luck, BTW. You’ll need it.

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    1. ALL teams pipe in noise at practice.
    2. Arians isn’t the owner.

    Do your homework.

  33. This article is way off point. Nothing Arians says implies aggressive or even rude behavior to Packer fans. Obviously what he means is don’t sell tickets to Packers fans and in general, don’t let let Packer fans out-fan Colts fans. I attended last season’s Steelers came in Indy with thousands of Steelers fans and I didn’t see or sense any belligerent behavior whatsoever. Unless and until proven otherwise, don’t assume that paying fans in Indy are going to get violent toward each other over a game millionaires play. Get real. Even the implication is offensive.

  34. “It wouldn’t be the first time it happened. Arians mentioned a 1999 home playoff game — the first of Peyton Manning’s career — during which a vocal contingent of Titans fans forced the Colts to use a silent count.”

    That was actually pretty funny. Bill Polian nearly busted a vein in his forehead over that.

    Those were the days. Now, Titans fans are among the worst offenders when it comes to selling their own season tickets to visiting fans. And it’s the Steelers coming to town next Thursday, on national TV. That ought to be fun.

  35. I believe all the tickets have been sold, so a bit late to storm the box office.
    Indy should be used to it – didn’t tens of thousands of Viking “faithful” take over the stadium a few weeks ago?
    Yeah… that was a joke.

  36. I am happy that his focus is on the fans and not the game plan, sounds like a good use of his time.

    He is not giving advice on selling tickets but if he has any advice, he should give it to Mike Tice.

  37. Ill be there Ron Artest’ing these cheeseheads in the stands!!! Metta World Chaos at the Luc!!!

  38. britishteeth says:Oct 5, 2012 3:47 PM

    just leave a keg of PBR and some naked pictures of Roseanne Barr in the parking lot. They’ll never make it inside.
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    I get that it was a joke and an insult on the sensibilities of Wisconsin residents, but seriously, just mentioning Roseanne and naked in the same sentence should really get you permanently banned from ever posting on the internet again….

    ugh…

  39. It doesn’t matter what he meant. There will be several idiots who take it the wrong way. See the Ron Artest moron above.

  40. Sounds like a bounty on cheeseheads! Lookout GB fans! Open your mouth and you may find a large foam piece of cheese in it! Hey Roger! Better look into this!

  41. Its clearly a call to be good colts fans, support your team, come to the game, and nothing more sinister than that. Having said that, we (packer fans) will be there in great numbers. Its Indianapolis – in general – the home fans are reasonable people, unlike the deluded morons in Philly or Detroit who think that “protecting your home turf” or being physically violent toward visiting fans is in some distorted way being a good fan.

  42. jrmbadger says: Oct 5, 2012 4:12 PM

    britishteeth says:Oct 5, 2012 3:47 PM

    just leave a keg of PBR and some naked pictures of Roseanne Barr in the parking lot. They’ll never make it inside.
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    I get that it was a joke and an insult on the sensibilities of Wisconsin residents, but seriously, just mentioning Roseanne and naked in the same sentence should really get you permanently banned from ever posting on the internet again….

    ugh…

    Could of been worse , he could of said Rosie O’donnell which the Packer fans love more.

  43. As a 15 year season ticket holder I have seen many opposing jerseys in the stands at Colts games over the years. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard from opposing fans comment how friendly Colts fans were to them. That just shows you can be loud and proud without being an a$$hole.

  44. packerhater says: Oct 5, 2012 3:15 PM
    Look how retarded the Packer fans look with cheese on their heads. This is the lamest thing in ALL of sports even down to the high school level. Just goes to show there is a sucker who will buy anything.
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    Ooooohh….stop. Way back when, being called a cheesehead was supposed to be an insult. It never materialized. Ever. In fact, it became a profitable cottage industry. Even my dog has one. It doesn’t work because the joke is on people like you. You see, we don’t take ourselves too seriously, unlike you. We know jealousy breeds contempt. We’ve been there before and seen it before. We’re having fun, usually at your expense. At the same time, it tells people we don’t care what they think. That’s where we’re coming from. We know who we are and we know what we have. Haters like you with their anonymous name-calling and hate-baiting in the same repetitious manner every day, only demonstrates your lack of imagination and proves the point. I’m sure it makes you feel good about yourself, but it doesn’t work. See you in Indy. I’ll be wearing the V for Victory shaped cheesehead. You won’t be able to miss me, and I sure won’t miss you.

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