Originally written February 15, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Jim Irsay is desperate. This is out-and-out panic. How do you reconcile the feelings of your fans with the act of giving the finger to their hero? Irsay is desperate for a way to get rid of Peyton Manning, without losing paying customers. The getting-rid-of part is easy enough. Irsay has to decide by March 8 whether to keep Manning, and give him a $28 million bonus. Forget it. Clearly, Irsay wants to say goodbye to Manning by then. The hard part is keeping the fans. So Irsay is playing politics with Manning, who seems to be playing, too. But Manning is craftier at it. Irsay is awful. And Colts fans? Well, your quarterback and your team owner are using you, playing you for the fool. Suddenly, and from unknown sources, Sports Illustrated has reported that Manning actually had four neck surgeries, not three, and might need more. Not long ago, reports leaked out that Manning was clear to play. It's impossible to know who is leaking what, but it sure does help Irsay's side t...

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