As I wrote on Saturday, I think Colts owner Jim Irsay did a masterful job all week leading up to his team's showdown with Peyton Manning and the Broncos, forcing all of the media attention on himself and taking it off his players and coaches. Colts punter Pat McAfee apparently agrees with me.
However, if you thought ole Jimmy was going to stay humble and quiet following Indy's impressive 39-33 win over Denver, you don't know our Mad Hatter.
Thanks 2 many ignorant n mean spirited media types,only some,certaInly not all;Man you helped FIRE UP our team..you were AWESOME! Thank YOU!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
Wait, there's more, of course:
Actually working,sorry naysayers..I don't drink...haven't in over 15 years..I know when your unhappy or jealous it's easy to b mean-spirited— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
And then finally, there is this:
I do pray for you unhappy,shit-slingers...who wants to live on a planet with those who don't like themselves..we want happy,kind people:)— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
The "shit-slingers" comment I can only assume is meant for NBC's Mike Florio, who wrote about Irsay's dig at Peyton Manning earlier in the week. Florio's response is here:
So let’s get this straight. Irsay said something stupid, Broncos coach John Fox and "some" in the media reacted, and that "helped FIRE UP" the Colts?
The truth could be that the Colts managed to win despite the best (worst) efforts of their owner to screw everything up.
Yes, I agree with Florio that Irsay's comments quoted in USA Today were indeed a shot at Peyton, not necessarily former team president Bill Polian. Peyton Manning was the one who put up the "Star Wars" numbers in his tenure in Indy, and Peyton Manning was the one Irsay's team was playing Sunday night.
It's also possible the after-game tweets were aimed at Polian as well, who is now a member of the media as an ESPN employee. Polian said last week he was openly rooting for the Broncos due in no small part to his falling out with Irsay.
In the end, Irsay got what he wanted. He got a week's worth of attention capped off by a franchise-defining victory at home. The win offered him even more vindication for firing Polian in January of 2012, releasing Manning in March of 2012, and drafting Andrew Luck that April. Luck outplayed Manning Sunday night, and the Colts look to be the better overall team at this point in the season.