Colts Fan Reaction To Peyton Manning’s Release: ‘So long Peyton, So long Colts’

Full disclosure: in no way will I attempt to keep this article objective.

Everyone and their mother knows the deal:

  1. Peyton Manning has a scary neck injury.
  2. Andrew Luck is the greatest QB prospect since John Elway.
  3. Peyton Manning is owed a lot of money on Thursday.
  4. The Colts are in a tough spot.

Rational thought says that the “smart” move is to draft Andrew Luck. Common sense tells you that neck injuries are frightening, and no team would be wise to tie up $28 million on a player with an uncertain future.

You know what?  I don’t care.

peyton-manning-jim-irsay-fan-reaction

Photo via Fox Sports

Common sense doesn’t matter to a fan. Rational thought matters even less.

Here’s what I do know: Peyton Manning should retire in a Colts uniform. Because of Jim Irsay, he’s not going to.

And because of that, I will no longer be a Colts fan.

Yes, I can hear you right now on your high horse. Go ahead and call me a fair-weather fan.  Go ahead and call me a sell out.  I can hear you in Cleveland…whining that I don’t truly know what it’s like to go through heartbreak as a fan.  I can hear you crying the same thing up there in Minnesota.

I have heard the same lame thinking time and again: “You are a fan of a team, not a player.”  Blah, blah, blah.

But here’s the thing. You are all wrong because of one reason. No player in the history of professional sports has meant more to a specific team or franchise than Peyton Manning has to the Colts.

Larry Bird?  Sure, he meant a LOT to the Celtics, but did he save basketball in Boston?  Please.  The Celtics had already won a dozen championships before Larry Legend came on the scene.  Of course the Boston fans adopted him as their own, and cheered him more than most Boston athletes…but to compare him to Peyton Manning?  They aren’t in the same ballpark.

Derek Jeter?  Mickey Mantle?  Yogi Berra?  Babe Ruth?  Sure, each of them was vital to the Yankees’ success over the past hundred years…but without one of them, are the Yankees really missing much?

Michael Jordan?  I guess he comes close.  He brought six titles to the Windy City, and he’s the most famous athlete in the world.  But let me ask you this – when you think of Michael Jordan, is Chicago the first thing that comes to mind?  Is it in the top five?  Michael Jordan meant a lot for BASKETBALL…but he left Chicago years ago and hasn’t given it a second thought.

No, when it comes to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, no other player/team combo comes close.

Peyton is the Colts.  Can non-Colts fans name five other players on the team?  Can actual Colts fans name ten?

Peyton saved football in Indy.  Without him, we would be watching the Los Angeles Colts draft Andrew Luck this April. Peyton built Lucas Oil Stadium by himself.  He brought a Super Bowl to the Circle City.

Peyton saved sports in Indiana at a time when the state needed him the most.  Class basketball had destroyed Cinderella stories.  Bobby Knight left and a few idiots destroyed Indiana basketball. Ben Wallace, some thugs, and David Stern dismantled the best team in the NBA.

There was a void in the sports world for people in Indiana, and Peyton Manning filled it.

Well guess what, Mr. Irsay?  Indiana doesn’t need the Colts anymore.  While you may not like the following statements, they are all true:

  • Indiana is now, has always been, and will always be a basketball state.
  • IU is back, Butler is relevant, and Purdue and Notre Dame are both legitimate hoops contenders as well.
  • The Baby Pacers are exciting, fun to watch, and a legitimate playoff team again.
  • The state of Indiana likes Peyton Manning, and has enjoyed cheering for him much more than the Colts, in general.
peyton-manning-released-fan-reaction

Are Colts fans more loyal to the franchise, or the player who rebuilt it? (Photo credit: derivative work: Ytoyoda (talk) Manning_on_the_sidelines.jpg: Craig ONeal via Wikimedia Commons)

I feel tied to Peyton Manning.  I have defended him more than any other team/player/coach in sports.

Peyton Manning has my loyalty, and he should have had the Colts’ loyalty.

But he didn’t.

You sold him out.

And now I’m selling you out.

Have fun kicking a pigskin around the next several years.  You may even win some games with this Luck kid. But I won’t be watching…unless #18 is on the other side.

And in that case, I won’t be cheering for the Horseshoe.



About Jon Washburn

Jon Washburn grew up in Indianapolis, IN and as such, is a diehard Pacers, Colts, and Cubs fans. When it comes to college, he cheers for Notre Dame football fan and Purdue basketball. Yes, this sounds shady, but since he grew up without cable, he learned to love Notre Dame - the only team on TV. Glenn "The Big Dog" Robinson was at Purdue when Jon was in his formative years, so he latched onto them as well. Did that make him a fair-weather fan at the time? Sure. Give him a break...he was 8...and he has stayed with those teams ever since. Currently, he lives in Charleston, SC with his wife who grew up in Cleveland. Although he is no longer physically in the Midwest, his heart will always be there. Jon goes by the name "Twitch" because he has Tourette's Syndrome. Hit him up on his twitter @jwtwitch.

Comments

  1. I think you’re a bit delusional if you don’t think MJ is still revered in Chicago. 

  2. you may not have thought about all angles in this one? if manning wanted to retire a colt he would probably be a little more angry at irsay wouldn’t he? what if manning also realizes that his best chance to win might not be as a colt? they are a rebuilding team and he knew that. maybe walking away now was best for both of them, like they have said. the circumstances were already extremely tough and the surgeries added to that. manning may end his career on a higher note and a better place if he goes to san francisco or miami as opposed to staying on a very bad colts team for maybe 3-5 years at best. 

  3. Mtytftdo20 says:

    LOVE THIS!

  4. Excellent blog here! Also your website loads up very fast!

    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  5. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.
    In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  6. I do believe all of the ideas you have offered for your post.
    They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the
    posts are too short for starters. May you please extend them a bit
    from next time? Thanks for the post.

  7. Hello, Neat post. There’s an issue along with
    your web site in web explorer, may test this? IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and
    a good section of other folks will pass over your wonderful
    writing due to this problem.

  8. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell
    to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  9. I like looking through an article that can make people think.
    Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

  10. I will immediately grab your rss as I can’t find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service.

    Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me understand so that I could subscribe.

    Thanks.

  11. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different page and thought I might check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to
    going over your web page for a second time.

  12. I got this web page from my friend who shared with me concerning this site and now this time I am visiting this
    site and reading very informative articles at this time.

  13. Hi there very cool blog!! Guy .. Excellent
    .. Wonderful .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds
    additionally? I am glad to find a lot of helpful info right here within the submit, we need develop
    more strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . .

    . . .

  14. Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the net the simplest thing
    to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people think about worries
    that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people
    could take a signal. Will probably be back
    to get more. Thanks

  15. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board
    and I to find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I am hoping to provide something again and aid others such as
    you aided me.

  16. This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me.

    Thanks a lot!

  17. Hi there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads
    a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a reasonable price?
    Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  18. Hello, I enjoy reading through your article post.
    I like to write a little comment to support you.

  19. Hurrah, that’s what I was seeking for, what a material!
    present here at this webpage, thanks admin of
    this web site.

  20. Heya this is somewhat of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG
    editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding knowledge so I wanted to
    get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  21. Your style is really unique compared to other folks I’ve read stuff from.
    Thanks for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just bookmark this blog.

  22. Thanks in support of sharing such a fastidious thinking,
    article is nice, thats why i have read it entirely

  23. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is
    a really well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it
    and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post.
    I’ll definitely return.

  24. Thanks , I’ve just been searching for info about this topic for
    ages and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered
    till now. However, what about the conclusion? Are you sure in regards to the supply?

  25. Wonderful, what a weblog it is! This webpage provides valuable data to
    us, keep it up.

  26. continuously i used to read smaller articles that also clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this article which I am
    reading here.

  27. magnificent submit, very informative. I ponder why
    the opposite experts of this sector do not notice
    this. You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a great readers’
    base already!

  28. For latest news you have to pay a quick visit world wide
    web and on web I found this web page as a finest web
    site for hottest updates.

  29. I like what you guys tend to be up too. This type of clever work and coverage! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.|

Speak Your Mind