Colts are the latest to wander obliviously into something stupid

AP

Attention all young marketing and advertising professionals — the NFL and its member clubs need your help.

Badly.

On the same day the Buccaneers launched a patronizing, pandering appeal to female fans, the Colts have stumbled into another well-meaning attempt at public service that ends up making them look like a bunch of clods.

They’re asking fans to bring any unused or expired prescription drugs to training camp.

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Does no one in owner Jim Irsay’s front office have even a shred of self-awareness?

This is even more tone-deaf than the Vikings promoting Family Day with a photo of Adrian Peterson kissing his kid.

If there’s anything the NFL has proven itself great at, it is reaching large groups of people, and separating them from their money. But somewhere along the way, the league has gotten to the point where they’re either too big to notice or too big to care when they step into a pile of something.

For a league that is so concerned with messaging, you’d think they’d be better at it.

78 responses to “Colts are the latest to wander obliviously into something stupid

  1. Whoo boy – Jim Irsay and a literally tractor trailer truckload of old prescription drugs!

    Great idea!!!!

    I think the last time something similar happened was around the AFC East Championship game – not coincidentally the next morning Bob Kravitz got his “11 of 12 balls down 2psi” tip from a “secret” Colts source

  2. So let me get this straight. Irsay’s issues should somehow trump a good public service? Irsay’s issues might have been the reason why they looked into providing a safe and easy way to dispose of prescription drugs. Talk about crushing an organization for doing a good deed…

  3. It’s safer to get rid of unused prescription drugs responsibly then to dump them down the toilet. We all know Jimmy likes his prescription drugs, but the Colts are simply offering a service.

  4. Perhaps they weren’t being stupid at all. Maybe Jim Irsay just saw it as a great way to get some new drugs. If he is the one who has volunteered to dispose of the drugs all by himself, well…

  5. This is just bizarre. Urging lots of fans to bring unused prescription drugs to a pro team’s training camp just sounds like a prescription for disaster and shady dealings, regardless of the team.

  6. You are way off on this one, PFT. This is a very important public service that the Colts are providing. There are a lot of problems that come with keeping old and expired drugs around, not the least of which ia drug abuse by teens in the house. Thank you, Colts for stepping up.

  7. You couldn’t make that up and have anyone believe it. The jokes write themselves. Must…avoid…low hanging fruit.

  8. Hey, if someone is offering this, and I can do it at a convenient time, I don’t care how tone deaf it is. Disposing old drugs is a hassle.

  9. Yeah, just set them over there, in the trunk of that BMW.

    No cholesterol pills, opiates and benzos only!

    Here’s your receipt. We always write them on the back of hundred dollar bills. Wink,wink.

  10. Theres a box in the trunk of Irsay’s car, just leave all your pills there and they will be safely disposed of

  11. You know you need to ask and get an honest opinion. “How does this sound?” “Really, really bad.” In Indy’s defense a lot of businesses are making the same mistake.

  12. Raider Jon says: You are way off on this one, PFT. This is a very important public service that the Colts are providing. There are a lot of problems that come with keeping old and expired drugs around, not the least of which ia drug abuse by teens in the house. Thank you, Colts for stepping up.
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    Sorry – not true… just google rxdropbox and you can quickly find dozens of drop off locations right in any location in the United States

    There’s a half dozen in the Indianapolis region alone – usually police departments where there’s a 24/7/365 drop off location

    Telling drug addicts that there’s ample Oxycontin that’s going to be in people’s possession at an upcoming Colts Camp is NOT a public service

    I’d be surprised if addicts don’t line up ready to shake down any attendee they can

    A REALLY DUMB IDEA

  13. If you knew anything about the town/area where the Colts hold training camp, it is economically depressed and there is a LOT of drug/substance abuse with prescription drug abuse being on the rise. Kudos to the Colts for stepping up and offering this community service in an area that desperately needs somebody to stand up and take the lead.

  14. I know they make contact lenses that can change the color of your eyes but do they have even wider lenses that can make he whites of the eye look white? If they do Irsay needs a few pair.

    The guy looks permanently stoned.

  15. “Safe Disposal” of Rx drugs by donating to an NFL Football Team???!!!

    OMG that’s hilarious!! That’s like an Alcohol Anonymous group offering to take donations of all things alcohol!!!

  16. Oxy addicts are setting up a 100 yard perimeter around Colts Camp so they can get their hands on the drugs before Irsay does

    The Colts can re-brand this as “Free Mugging Day” in the parking lots!

  17. I am not sure what is funnier, the fact that the Colts of all organizations would be the one doing this, or all of the waaaay overly sensitive folks that cant take a joke… Get over yourselves. We know this is a good deed and Rx abuse is rampant, but if you cant see the humor in the fact that the 1 franchise doing this is the only franchise whose owner was in rehab for drug abuse…

  18. If the league was concerned they , the owners would care about the fans they want to destroy with the greed of Los angeles. They speak with forked tongue.

  19. j0esixpack says:Aug 6, 2015 1:10 PM

    Raider Jon says: You are way off on this one, PFT. This is a very important public service that the Colts are providing. There are a lot of problems that come with keeping old and expired drugs around, not the least of which ia drug abuse by teens in the house. Thank you, Colts for stepping up.
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    Sorry – not true… just google rxdropbox and you can quickly find dozens of drop off locations right in any location in the United States

    There’s a half dozen in the Indianapolis region alone – usually police departments where there’s a 24/7/365 drop off location

    Telling drug addicts that there’s ample Oxycontin that’s going to be in people’s possession at an upcoming Colts Camp is NOT a public service

    I’d be surprised if addicts don’t line up ready to shake down any attendee they can

    A REALLY DUMB IDEA

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    It is true there are a lot of places to take old meds, but for many different reasons some people just don’t do it. The Colts are offering a public service message (dispose of old drugs properly) while simultaneously offering a time, place, and incentive for people to do so. While its true that people should just be responsible and do it anyway, that just isn’t the case. So again, I thank the Colts for stepping up.

  20. Quite possibly not only the stupidest franchise ever but the most jealous and envious as well

  21. Tone deaf. Yeah, that’s what I want out of my team, no tone deafness. Forget wins and losses. Being tone aware is the mission. Who cares that they have the best young QB in the game, and are likely to compete for multiple championships over the next decade? Give me the tone aware Bills and Cassell any day.

  22. This is a great service and I think the posters taking offence are just looking for a way to be offended.
    I have lived in Indiana all of my adult life. When a friend died his widow asked me to help get rid of his cancer medications. In Indiana it is difficult to discard drugs. Even unopened you cannot give them to others. You shouldn’t flush them down the toilet into the sewers and onto our groundwater.
    So it is helpful for there to periodically be places to get rid of them. What do folks do in other states?

  23. Behind all the rhetoric, smoke & mirrors, and forced pageantry, the NFL is nothing more than a business run by a bunch of people who aren’t nearly as smart as they think they are.

  24. I for one actually think that this is rather brilliant. You don’t think Irsay keeps his billionaire status by paying full price for anything, do you?

  25. I don’t get it, do I need someone’s help to dispose of my prescription drugs? My toilet doesn’t flush, I am incapable of putting them in the trash bag, which goes into a trash can that gets picked up at the curb?

    I certainly don’t need Adrian Peterson’s help in raising my kids, thank you very little.

  26. whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 6, 2015 2:22 PM
    I don’t get it, do I need someone’s help to dispose of my prescription drugs? My toilet doesn’t flush, I am incapable of putting them in the trash bag, which goes into a trash can that gets picked up at the curb?

    Correct – you don’t get it. There are many issues with disposing them how you listed.

  27. Wow. That’s some funny stuff. Jimmy!!! Pet the pills down and stay out of Hamilton County. The team has enough distractions with this whole Deflategate fiasco. But thanks for making me laugh.

  28. How dare an organization try to do something good for the community. Of all the nerve.

    I wonder how much good the armchair cynics did for their community today?

  29. “I don’t get it, do I need someone’s help to dispose of my prescription drugs? My toilet doesn’t flush, I am incapable of putting them in the trash bag, which goes into a trash can that gets picked up at the curb?”

    Not sure if this is a lame attempt at humor, or you’re serious. But anybody with half a brain should know flushing old meds down the toilet is NOT an appropriate method of disposal.

  30. It’s a good public service and a very nice gesture. True Colts’ fans and fans of children love Jim Irsay. So many kids die or get sick when they accidently get their hands on old prescription drugs that are left laying around the house. I have children and I love them very much. Thank God for Jim Irsay and the Colts who also love kids. There’s more to life than winning football games, which, by the way, the Colts are very good at that too.

  31. I understand that people think they are doing a good thing. Wouldn’t it have just made more sense to promote where the normal places to drop them off year round is? Something doesn’t sound right at all about this. Then again their ball handlers hide needles up their sleeves during games when tampering is illegal…

  32. Look who their owned by, of course they will do stupid things. A sad pathetic franchise that would be a perennial loser if it wasn’t for two no brainer number one picks in Luck and Manning. They may win some games but won’t win another Super Bowl. Soft and weak! LOL
    Can’t wait for them to get blown out by another good team like the way Dallas and New England humiliated them.

  33. Come on people… think for one minute. Are you so shallow to make a joke at this good gesture and use it to make fun of Irsay’s problem?

    What Irsay is trying to do is take these extra pills off the street. It’s an attempt to do something good in an area he personally has trouble with. They’ll have pharmacy staff present to properly dispose of this stuff. Anything else would be illegal.

    In case you’re living a a hole and don’t know: people sell these extra pills to addicts, people also get prescriptions sometimes just to sell them to people they know, supporting their problems. Others just leave the stuff lying around for someone to find in their medicine cabinets. Irsay is just trying to do something good…. by eliminating these pills from potential abuse. I applaud the Colts for this and find it in no way “stupid”… in fact, I find it brilliant.. and I feel pity for you guys who make fun of Irsay’s act of good will by ridiculing his struggles. Shame on you!

  34. Just another slap in the face of the stupidness that is Deflategate. Really 1psi compared to a drug abuser owner asking for your old scripts

  35. Most drugs that aren’t on the flush list, that need this type of disposal, are drugs that can cause environmental health issues. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to this type of hazard. This type of effort shows a team trying to do the right thing as well as looking out for women. This is something the NFL has not been doing very well. Contrast this with Jeff Pash ignoring the welfare of a 15 year old girl and continuing to leak lies about the Patriots.
    This Pats fan applauds the effort by the Colts.

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