I can’t tell you how many NFL owners over the last 30 years have told me they don’t really "own" a franchise. The team actually belongs to the fans, they tell me, and the owners are merely caretakers of a public trust. Whether those owners believe it or not, it sure sounds good. It’s so politically correct. Without fan interest, professional athletes may as well be watch-makers or ticket-takers. If no one’s watching, no one’s caring. ... Whether the decree to shut it down came down from Colts owner Jim Irsay, general manager Bill Polian or coach Jim Caldwell is irrelevant. Their fans deserved better. If there’s no discount on tickets, there should be no discount on effort. As a fan, if I’m going to pay top dollar I want to see top effort. The Colts failed their fans Sunday.Rick Gosselin, DallasNews.com. Yes, I know it's another article on a story we've talked to death. But, this one is from Rich Gosselin, who most of us agree is one of the most objective and intelligent writers out there. So, when he says the Colts cheated their fans, it speaks volumes.