Jim Irsay. Mike Florio. Silly Twitter war. Rinse. Repeat.
Oh,M Florio..settle down/I love n respect ur writing,I really do;BUT 1)U wrote I was a mild FA spender when n fact I'm CASH over cap---CASH!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 4, 2013
Anyway Mike Florio,here u r agaIn taking shots at me,following ur previous inaccurate reporting..but I respect ur writing n work! C ya soon— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 4, 2013
Plus Mike,the proof is n the pudding..the last 15 yrs,my 1st decade n a half as Owner...ur welcome to compare and analyze anytime/Peace Out— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 4, 2013
Before you say anything, my dear and lovely readers... yes, these tweets are considered news worthy of discussion. Yes, I do have to note that Jim Irsay is, basically, acting like a child on Twitter again. Ignoring news because it is "too negative" is for simple-minded people who are better utilized waving pom-poms.
Irsay is the Colts owner. This is a Colts blog. We write about as many things related to the Colts as humanly possible. When the Colts owner unnecessarily lashes out at someone on Twitter, we gotta comment on it.
You get the point. If you don't, then go read another blog. The paragraph above is all I got.
Regarding Irsay's attack that Florio's reporting was inaccurate, I've gone back through PFT and watched segments of PFT Live, and I do not see any quote from Florio saying Irsay "was a mild FA spender." The closest quote I can find to that is this, from Florio's "pillaging' critique of Irsay:
"Pillaging" may be a bit of an overstatement, but the Colts attempted to address various needs without spending excessively. The challenge now becomes managing expectations. The coaching staff won’t want to hear the owner talking up the talent level; any failure to build on last year’s unlikely success will make it more likely that the coaches will take the blame.
If anyone else can find what Irsay is referring to, let us know.
As we noted earlier this week (when Irsay was once again acting like a yutz on Twitter) there's nothing wrong with Florio's quoted statement. It's a completely fair and astute observation. Personally, I'd argue that the Colts have overspent on marginal talent, but that doesn't make me more "right" or Florio less "wrong." In fact, it kind of reads like Florio is complimenting Irsay. Expectations have risen. Irsay and company better deliver. Any good owner should want expectations, and if they aren't met, someone should take the blame, whether it's Irsay himself, Chuck Pagano, Greg Manusky, or Ryan Grigson.
Obviously, Irsay can say whatever the hell he wants on his personal Twitter account, but it diminishes both him and his franchise when he takes shots at people because they dared to state fair and honest opinions. I know Irsay is not used to public criticism from established media because of how soft and gelatinous the local Indianapolis market treats him (The Indianapolis Star sponsors the Colts' training camp), but come on!
Doesn't need to be this way, Jim.