Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Peyton Manning is a Free Bird, Jim Irsay Loves Guitars

By Jake Heston

Two days before the Colts would have to pay Peyton a $28 million bonus, Jim Irsay finally did what he could have done months ago: He released one of, if not, the greatest NFL QB ever, Peyton Manning.

These actions all obviously exacerbated by ESPN, but nonetheless, it shouldn't have come to this: Isray has acted disrespectful toward Peyton throughout the entire process, questioning his health and calling him a "politician" on Twitter, asking him to retire publicly, etc.

As I see it, money was not the factor in Irsay's decision o release Manning. He wanted to clean house after an embarrassing 2-14 season and, like a spoiled child, whose father owned the Baltimore Colts, Isray waited until the last day of the marking period to hand in his less-than-average, barely completed homework assignment.

Moving forward, the Colts clearly intend on drafting Andrew Luck with the overall  #1 pick - so the big story from here on out will be where the best two QB prospects in the NFL, Manning and RG3, land (Alex Smith and Matt Leinart sigh). Teams in desperate need of a Quarterback that will be interested in the two are Miami, Washington, Seattle, and possibly the NY Jets. The Skins already secured that #2 overall 2012 NFL Draft spot, so they're out as far as Manning goes. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck make up the best NFL QB draft class in years.

In light of the fact that Colts Owner Jim Irsay has been making headlines, we thought it'd be interesting to dig a little deeper into the personality that thought it wise to choose a rookie and $28M over paying respect to the greatest millennial NFL QB. We need not dig deeper than Jim Isray's Twitter background and wikipedia page to see what's going on underneath the ESPN, SportsCenter facade.

Irsay's Twitter background and pic. (Seriously, check out Irsay's Twitter - it's a prime example of how social media reveals entire new sides of people. Good stuff!)

Quoted in full from Wikipedia:
  1. Irsay married Meg Coyle in 1980, and the couple have three daughters, Carlie, Casey and Kalen.
  2. Irsay has a habit of quoting rock music. It is rumored that he brings his guitar on Colts road trips and plays until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. 
  3. In 2001 Irsay purchased the original manuscript of On The Road, or "the scroll": a continuous, one hundred twenty-foot scroll of tracing paper sheets that Jack Kerouac cut to size and taped together, for $2.43 million.
  4. Irsay is a big fan of British rock band The Who.
  5. Irsay also has purchased guitars originally owned by Elvis Presley, George Harrison, and Jerry Garcia.
  6. Even though he has liberal interests he still invited and hosted President George Bush on the sidelines at a Colts game in 2007.
  7. In 2009 Irsay was vocal about preventing a group that included talk-show host Rush Limbaugh from purchasing the St. Louis Rams. "I, myself, couldn't even consider voting for him," Irsay said at today's NFL owners meetings. "When there are comments that have been made that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive... our words do damage, and it's something we don't need."
  8. Irsay has made political contributions to John Edwards and Harry Reid.
End quote.

Irsay has his ways, and the NFL is a business. Maybe one day this offseason, at 3 a.m., he will write a song and reveal the truth as to why he treated the letting go of Peyton Manning so frantically, immaturely. Why he treated Peyton like...a free bird.

Until then, we'll just have to wait and see where Peyton takes perch.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice piece! Are you going to follow up with what Peyton has to say?
    Love the political mentions! Hate Limbaugh!