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September 18, 2013

"Reality to Mr. Irsay ... Are You There?"

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INDIANAPOLIS —

After plenty of silliness across the nation from high school athletes, coaches at that level have become remarkably proactive. Many coaches won’t allow their athletes to be on Twitter unless they are a follower, thus allowing them to constantly monitor posts. A bit draconian? Perhaps, but with the casual willingness held by much of today’s youth to post virtually anything, protecting them from themselves in this case isn’t a bad thing.

Irsay’s behavior is disappointing because he is such a good person. His charitable acts, especially regarding opportunities for kids, have been tremendous. A generous tipper, he used to hand out $100 bills like dollars to employees of the country club I worked at a decade ago. Like me, he also overcame substance abuse issues, and I’ve always respected him for that.

I want to think that somewhere deep down, Irsay’s just trying to relate to the fan base. The problem is, it looks like a circus sideshow. Not on the scale of the laughable Jets, but who wants to use that as a measuring stick?

Sometimes less is more, and I hope Irsay will consider living by that code. The minute Bill Polian walked out the door on 56th Street for the last time, a giant weight was lifted off of those who work there, from players to custodians. With all of the positivity the team produces, it doesn’t need to be brought down or distracted by the guy at the top.

A guy who cares as much as Irsay obviously does should know that.

Brent Glasgow is a sports writer for the Hendricks County Flyer and Westside Flyer. He can be reached at brent.glasgow@flyergroup .com or by calling 272-5800, ext. 190.

 

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