The Hendricks County Flyer
Wed Sep 18, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT
There is no denying that Twitter has provided a once-impossible glimpse into the minds of sports figures. It has also infinitely increased the ability of those figures to make absolute fools of themselves.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is one such individual, one who has used the social media platform in a way that is simply embarrassing for the proud organization.
Irsay’s latest oddball airing of company business on Twitter called out players and coaches for a lack of protection for quarterback Andrew Luck. While deficiencies in shielding The Franchise have been obvious (and amplified by Sunday’s loss of lineman Donald Thomas), these are things that should stay in-house, not be broadcast in some goofy grandstanding act.
The Colts are a billion-dollar business. Imagine for a second, your business’ owner outside of your workplace entry with a bullhorn quacking about the ineptitude of the employees within to any customers or passers-by. You’d think he or she was a disrespectful loon sabotaging the image of their own business for reasons beyond comprehension.
This is how Irsay is coming off, and I can’t figure out his motivation. He is 54 years old, but his online persona resembles an irresponsible teenager starved for attention.
Irsay is not alone. Many hundreds of athletes at all levels have taken their clown shows to Twitter, some while drunk, mostly while stupid.
While Johnny Manziel’s Twitter antics might’ve gotten the greatest attention, the most imbecilic tweet from the college ranks has to go to Ohio State backup quarterback Cardale Jones, who posted the eternally-epic, “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS.”
The pro level has its own moronic offenders, including current Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, whose online complaints about playing time last season led the eventual NFC-champion 49ers to suspend and release the helmet-throwing lummox.
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Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
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An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
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