Colts owner Jim Irsay was fined $500,000 by the league and banned from participating in any way with his team for six weeks by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday after he pleaded no contest to a DUI charge.
But the toughest part of the sentence for Irsay could be his ban from team-and-league-related social media.
First, there's no real way to ban someone from social media. There's nothing to prevent Irsay from setting up any number of anonymous accounts to vent. But none of them will legitimately carry his cache as owner of the Colts.
Now, what are Irsay's more than 278,000 Tweeps supposed to do for the next six weeks? Well, they could get a life. But we're now in football season and this IS Twitter.
Here's a quick trip down memory lane of his most-memorable Tweets. This one came in the wake of the Colts' 39-33 win over Denver and Peyton Manning last season.
As OWNER,Buck stops with U;In 1997 n January 2012,alone n the room,plotting the vision 4 Greatness! Strategically decades of success follows— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
It was followed by this:
Thanks 2 many ignorant n mean spirited media types,only some,certaInly not all;Man you helped FIRE UP our team..you were AWESOME! Thank YOU!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
And this. (Hint, if you have a drinking problem, you probably should not be Tweeting at 3:39 a.m.
Actually working,sorry naysayers..I don't drink...haven't in over 15 years..I know when your unhappy or jealous it's easy to b mean-spirited— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) October 21, 2013
As a public service, here are some of the Jim Irsay Tweets they'll be missing over the next six weeks. (Of course, none of these are real, but we're pointing this out just in case you think we're able to travel in time and would waste it looking at Twitter. The time stamps in our fake Tweets are a dead giveaway.)
Anyway, here we go.
The Colts and Broncos have a rematch on Sunday night to open the season.
Don't worry, NFL. I'm here and I'm not going anywhere. #PeytonOverrated— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
And there will be lots of chatter about the Broncos wanting to fix what happened last season.
Peyton Manning proved his value in the Super Bowl. Nice job taking a safety on the first play. #Colts4Ever— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
Nothing like a little trivia contest to keep the fans interested.
Fans, here are my top-5 Colts' QBs. 5. Jeff George. 4. Bert Jones. 3. Earl Morrall. 2. Andrew Luck. 1. Johnny Unitas. Am I missing anyone?— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
When Irsay got pulled over last March, he had $29,029 in cash in a brief case in the front seat next to him. But he vows that his fine will not be a problem.
That $500,000 fine? I have the money in my trunk. #Colts4Ever— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
For the sake of this exercise, we're going with the Broncos at home Sunday night. No doubt, there will be dark forces at hand conspiring against Indianapolis.
In Week 2, the Colts host their home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Arrive early. We'll be hosting our 1st annual "No. 18 Manning Jersey Bon Fire" an hour before kickoff. Bring your own gas can. #ColtsNation— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
Expect plenty of offense in this one, and some frustration from the team owner about his team's lack of defense. It would not be the first time he's taken to social media to rip into his players.
To quote the great Bart Scott: "These guys can't stop a nose bleed." #StepItUpColts— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
Week 3 has the Colts visiting divisional foe Jacksonville.
Nothing beats a trip to the Waffle House at 4 a.m. #WheresMyHotelAt— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
As long as Blaine Gabbert is still QB for Jaguars, the Colts should have no trouble with this game.
Big win today! Great job, everyone. The Hooters in Downtown Jax is open until 11 p.m. Wings and beer on me. #ColtsStrong— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
Then, it's back home against Tennessee and a chance to go 2-0 in the almost-as-soft-as-the-AFC-East AFC South.
Things will be a bit more challenging for the Colts and Irsay in Week 4, when the Baltimore Ravens pay them a visit.
You all think I'm bad? Well how stoned were these guys when they gave Joe Freaking Flacco a $120M contract. #GetMeSomeOfThat— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
The Colts and Andrew Luck should prevail over Baltimore's aging secondary.
One part of Irsay's punishment includes random drug testing. Things could get a little messy.
In Week 6, the Colts pay a Thursday night visit to Houston. Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt could be the stuff of nightmares for Luck and the Colts. But the Texans may not score more than 5 touchdowns on offense all season.
By this time, the strain of being away from his team begins to show.
OK, I admit it. I picked Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in my Fantasy League. #WinningIsEverything— Jim Irsay (@ColtsJim) September 2, 2014
Confession is always good for the soul.
For the Colts owner, whose team could very well go 4-2 during his suspension/absence, it makes for a nice start.
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