It’s been two days since Colts owner Jim Irsay reacted negatively to criticism of his Twitter skills. Within the next two days (if not sooner), the NFL could be reacting negatively to the substance of one of Irsay’s latest tweets.
On Wednesday morning, Irsay made reference to the current point spread for the team’s Week One game at Soldier Field.
I guess we're 10 point Dogs in Vegas in Opener in ChiTown already...I hope we get ColtsFans making the journey 2 ChiTown,Twitter Bus maybe?—
Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 27, 2012
Given the NFL’s staunch we-know-it-exists-but-we-won’t-acknowledge-it attitude toward gambling, an owner’s reference to a point spread surely is causing discomfort at 345 Park Avenue. At a minimum, the powers-that-be quietly will be letting Irsay know that he should refrain from touching on those topics via Twitter or otherwise.
It could even culminate in a 32-team memo, reminding all franchises that it’s not kosher to talk about gambling in any way, including but not limited to mentioning point spreads or Las Vegas or anything else that would be viewed as the NFL recognizing or legitimizing the act of wagering money on the outcome of NFL games.
Either way, I’m willing to bet that Irsay won’t be mentioning point spreads again, on Twitter or elsewhere.