The last time Jim Irsay posted a bunch of nonsensical tweets directed at NBC and Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, he was fitted for a clown suit. Apparently, the mercurial Colts owner did not learn his lesson, and once again we are presented with a late-night tweet from Irsay directed at Florio:
FLORIO-Floor Sweeper,maybe 160 mil.is chump-change 2U,but see a New Wide Receiver catches the football from the QB,there's beginner courses— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 2, 2013
That tweet was sent very late last night. Over 12 hours later, I still can't make any sense of it.
This morning, Florio responded:
Late last night and/or early this morning, Colts owner Jim Irsay hunt-and-pecked a tweet directed at yours truly.
But, like many of Irsay’s tweets, I don’t really understand it.
It’s apparently a belated response to my fair-and-balanced assessment of his Saturday boast that the Colts had engaged in a free-agent "pillaging." Still, I’m not quite sure what Irsay is saying.
Florio also got on Twitter and asked his over 469,000 followers:
One person who responded was Florio's partner on NBC's Football Night In America, Peter King:
Sadly, King is correct. Irsay has not responded well to criticism in recent years, even if that criticism is valid.
The "pillaging" comment refers to an Irsay tweet from last weekend, where the Colts owner said that "We’re FIRED UP about our free agent pillaging and the potential for 5-7 new starters!!" Florio responded to it with the following:
The five-to-seven guys who’ll be losing their jobs are understandably less enthused.
A valid point. A fair point. I highly doubt guys like Winston Justice, Joe Reitz, Fili Moala, Cassius Vaughn, and Tom Zbikowski are as excited about the Colts new free agent crop as Irsay seems to be.
If you go on to read the rest of Florio's response to Irsay's "pillaging" goofiness, there really isn't anything in there that should piss off Irsay. It mostly talks about how expectations for the Colts in 2013 will be greater than they were 2012, which is true. If the Colts fail to make the playoffs, or win a playoff game in 2013, it will be viewed by fans and media as a disappointment.
Is this really what Irsay got all crazy-stupid over?
At the end of the day, the entire thing is silly, and it's yet another example of Irsay needing to lay off Twitter. If he's going to get this worked up over something like a member of the media pointing out that 2013 will bring heightened expectations, then Irsay's assistant needs to find new and inventive ways to hide her boss's smartphone from him.
It's possible that part of the reason Irsay doesn't respond well to criticism is he doesn't really get any from the local media in Indianapolis. From what I see, we're the only media entity that occasionally takes him on while everyone else seems willing to trade objectivity for access to Irsay's team. When we do make critical comments about Irsay's actions or behavior, it isn't because we find it "fun" or "cute." We do it because it's warranted, and because Irsay is accountable to the people of Indianapolis.
You know, the people who paid for - and continue to pay for - the stadium Irsay's team plays in even though Irsay himself is worth $1.5 billion and is listed as one of the richest sports franchise owners in America.