Tuesday, January 3, 2012

YOU'RE FIRED! AND TAKE YOUR KID WITH YOU.

It Takes A Second To Say Good-Bye,
Push The Button And Pull The Plug,
Say Good-Bye, Oh, Oh, Oh.
                                         -U2-

Bill Polian worked for the Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis
Colts for 14 years. He helped resurrect a franchise and
was the architect of a Super Bowl-winning team. But on
Monday, a day after the Peyton Manning-less Colts finished
with a 2-14 record, Polian got pink-slipped by his boss,
who told him to take his son, Chris, the team's general manager
with him. Polian had been friends with Irsay, the Colts
owner for 30 years, but in the cold-hearted, what-have-you-done-
for-lately-world of the NFL, that didnt matter. Friendship
rarely does, especially in business.


The Colts needed a change of direction, as did the St. Louis
Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who gassed their head
coaches a day after the season was over. Black Monday bled
into Tuesday as the Chicago Bears dumped their General
Manager Jerry Angelo and offensivie coordinator Mike Martz.
More changes are sure to come. There's no way Indianapolis
head coach Jim Caldwell survives after seeing Polian walk
the plank.

It Takes A Second To Say Good-Bye,
Push The Button And Pull The Plug,
Say Good-Bye, Oh, Oh, Oh.

It's the end of an era in the Hooser state and it's not because
Polian, Little Polian, and Caldwell are gone. Peyton Manning
won't be back, either. The franchise quarterback is owed a $28
million roster bonus in March. Do you honestly think Irsay is going
to say, "Peyton, you led us to a Super Bowl, the playoffs for
nine straight years, helped build a new stadium, and made me
filthier rich than I already was. If that makes sense. So, I'm 
going to give you this big fat check."? Hell, no!


The NFL isn't Major League Baseball where owners always seem
to lavish aging stars with ridiculous, mind-boggling, guaranteed
contracts, paying them for what they've done instead of what
they will do for the team in the future. (See Yankees and Alex
Rodriquez)

Irsay doesn't even know if Manning can come back from neck
surgery. Who does? Loyalty in the NFL? That's laughable.
It went out with the Rubix Cube and acid-washed jeans. If
Irsay gives Manning that check, I will ride my  bike in nothing
but a  jokestrap to Indianapolis and have a horseshoe tattooed
on my forehead. It's not happening. Say good-bye to Manning
and hello to Andrew Luck. There are very few dumb owners in
the NFL, Irsay is not one of him. The Colts cut bait with Johnny
Unitas, they will do the same to Manning.

It Takes A Second To Say Good-Bye,
Push The Button And Pull The Plug,
Say Good-Bye, Oh, Oh, Oh.

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