Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 10/16/13
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay stirred up immense controversy with his abrasive comments yesterday in which he dissed longtime former franchise quarterback and current Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning. His remarks essentially insinuated that Indianapolis failed to deliver in the playoffs and that Manning fails to measure up with New England’s Tom Brady historically because of his fewer number (one) of Super Bowls won compared to that of the number won by Brady (three). Understandably many outsiders have questioned Irsay’s remarks, which arrives as Indianapolis gears up for #18′s return visit to Lucas Oil Stadium and to his old stomping grounds (Sunday, 8:30 pm Eastern, NBC). He proceeded to state that he and his franchise are striving to win more than one Super Bowl, the number which Manning won with the Colts, under the new leadership of second-year franchise QB Andrew Luck. The comments have been interpreted as Irsay and the Colts franchise basically turning their backs on Manning and all the tremendous accomplishments enjoyed by the club under his leadership. Jim Irsay is playing with fire, in the aftermath of his comments downplaying the achievements of Peyton Manning. Knowing the history and consistent approach to the media shown by Manning over the years, outside observers can expect him to generally downplay inevitable questions surrounding Irsay’s remarks and Manning’s return visit to his longtime prior employer. That being said, you can undoubtedly count on Manning using Irsay’s comments as bulletin board material seared in the back of his mind leading up to this weekend’s showdown. And Manning can unleash any pent up fury by simply shredding his former team on the football field; rest assured that he fully intends on doing just that this weekend. Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay is setting himself up as susceptible for an epic embarrassment this weekend at home in Lucas Oil Stadium. He very evidently turned his back on the club’s former wildly successful QB Peyton Manning by implying that the team underachieved in the playoffs under his watch and that he historically fails to stack up with Tom Brady. While the Colts fans almost assuredly will greet Manning with a warm and highly appreciative reception, fans can expect him to be determined to show up Irsay and to prove a point for his negative remarks. No views yet
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