Pagano says talk of piped-in crowd noise is an “insult” to fans

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As the Ravens prepare to face the Colts in Indy, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh made a tongue-in-cheek reference to notion that the Colts artificially augment the crowd noise at home games.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano wants the crowd to show Harbaugh he can stick it somewhere other than in his cheek.

“I think it’s more of an insult to our 12th man, if you will,” Pagano told reporters on Wednesday.  “I think he’s calling out our fans, which I think are the best fans in the National Football League.  So let’s see how our 12th man reacts to that insult.”

Nearly seven years ago, the Colts were cleared of using artificial noise during a game against the Patriots.  The Pats had complained about the situation, and coach Bill Belichick likewise groused that his coach-to-quarterback communication system wasn’t working.

Two years earlier, the Steelers complained about piped-in crowd noise in Indy, prompting then-Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to issue a memo threatening the stripping of draft picks for franchises that artificially made it louder in their home stadiums.

While there’s no evidence that the Colts have ever artificially increased the volume of the fans at Lucas Oil Stadium or its predecessor, the RCA Dome, Pagano’s comments surely were aimed at creating an artificial controversy that will prompt an increase in the natural noise from the stands.

27 responses to “Pagano says talk of piped-in crowd noise is an “insult” to fans

  1. Why would they need to pipe in noise when they never open their roof? The oil can should be renamed the tin can because that’s what it sounds like in there. Nothing but one big echo back and forth.

    Beautiful stadium but absolutely terrible acoustics.

  2. Of course noise is piped in…

    Your typical, rabid, screaming fan can no longer afford the Goodell NFL experience…

    Come in, pay one month’s wages for admission, do as we say and don’t deviate from the scripted narrative, wear what we tell you to wear, pay obscene, over and above UCR refreshment costs…

    How do you get excited and cheer for your team after being pigeon-holed like that?!?

    Saints Games use to be amazing, now it’s all corporatized with lawyers with their very junior legal secretaries who don’t want to draw attention to themselves…

    We’ve allowed the Goodells of the world and his politically correct police to rid us of the random displays of game excitement and original thought and speech; the fan experience many of us grew up will all but be gone along with the Redskins name because of them…

    Isn’t ironic though that fan violence is on the rise?!?

  3. Pagano’s comments surely were aimed at creating an artificial controversy that will prompt an increase in the natural noise from the stands.

    But then again, where would this site be without artificial controversy?

  4. This only implies to the PEDhawks there Chuck, i think the Chefs, yes i spelled it right, have an actual great crowd. #nobodyhasitbetter

  5. Pumped in crowd noise? Ask Seattle all about that!! Before 2012th man they had 17 fans. Stealing the 12th man from Texas A&M. Sad.

  6. I don’t know about Lucas Oil, but years ago I would have sworn the RCA Dome had piped in crowd noise, until I went there. That place was simply a small stadium with a low roof that held ALL the noise in. I’m no Colts fan, but I don’t think they do this.

  7. Ed Werder started this rumor and no one in the media ever challenged him after the findings of CBS and the NFL.

  8. 12th man…. Really? I can picture every Seattle fan saying to themselves right now, Hey! That’s our title! We stole that from Texas A&M first! You can’t use that name!

    Here is to Seattle selling out the next home game twice to steal the loudest crowd back from Kansas City because they need it so badly. Note to Seattle fans, it’s still more impressive in Arrowhead, your stadium was built to amplify sound, Arrowhead wasn’t.

  9. Much better to have piped in noise than noise supporting a wife beater like you find in Baltimore. Harbaugh has little room to question any franchises integrity considering his team comes up so short in that area.

  10. Geez Pags, can’t take a joke anymore? Do Indy fans suck that bad that you have to try to give them an incentive to be loud?

  11. Hey Chuck, there is only one “12th man” in the nfl. Everybody knows the hawks have the most passionate and greatest fan base. Unlike other fan bases, the “12thman” isn’t just loud for meaningful plays, we are up for the entire game. Other teams fans envy our teams talent while other teams players envy our fan base.
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #wilsoniselite

  12. Jim Harbaugh called to get the schematics on the piped in sound because the fans in his stadium “need improvement”….

  13. I wouldn’t surprise me. I remember going to the RCA Dome and that place was legitimately loud. All the noise was trapped and reverberated all over that stadium. Lucas Oil frankly has a lot of dead area given the size and seating configuration. Outside of the comeback against the Patriots on Sunday night where Bellicheck went for it on his own 28 game. That place has never been as loud as the RCA Dome in the games I’ve attended, especially with the roof open.

  14. Harbs just isn’t used to seeing such home crowd support. His stadium usually is filled with about half of opponent’s fans. Closer to 60/40 for steeler games.

  15. Come on, Chuck, you’re better than that. Don’t go with that bush league “12th man” stuff. That title is reserved for franchises that need a marketing gimmick to get their fans to feel like they have some influence on the outcome of the game.

  16. Unidentified_Flying_Stiviano says:
    Oct 2, 2014 8:23 AM
    12th man…. Really? I can picture every Seattle fan saying to themselves right now, Hey! That’s our title! We stole that from Texas A&M first! You can’t use that name!

    Here is to Seattle selling out the next home game twice to steal the loudest crowd back from Kansas City because they need it so badly. Note to Seattle fans, it’s still more impressive in Arrowhead, your stadium was built to amplify sound, Arrowhead wasn’t.

    Arrowhead also seats over 10000 more people than Seattle’s stadium. So I’d say it about evens out. Not to mention KC fans had drums and horns and had to be prompted to break the record during a break, Seattle’s record occurred during actual game time.

  17. Commenters that are going to talk about piped-in noise need to do a little reasearch on the physics of acoustic pressure.

    “Loudpeakers don’t work like that!!” Lrr, Ruler Omicrom Perei 8

    Also nice to see Indy calling on thier 12th Man. Every team has one, it’s not just a Seattle thing. Hawks retired #12 in the 80’s about a decade before A&M decided to copyright it. Great idea TX, thanks.

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