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Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: August 22, 2011 12:26 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re big fans of Colts owner Jim Irsay’s Twitter updates* because he’s either tweeting the lyrics to deep track Pink Floyd songs, occasionally breaking news, or reassuring his team’s fans about Peyton Manning’s neck.

*Of course, we are. We named him No. 4 among our favorite NFL tweeters last year.

He’s a bit of jokester on Twitter, which is why we’re assuming (hoping?) that he was kidding when he tweeted this on Sunday, “I'm in Mississippi,down at the crossroads....looking 4 that deal Mr. Johnson cut so many years ago....I'm in Hattiesburg...is it right or left at the Firechief?”

J. Irsay screenshot 1

J. Irsay screenshot 2

OK, some clarification. Hattiesburg, Miss., is the home of an old-time gun-slinging QB you might have heard about named Brett Favre, who insists that he’s retired. Considering we don’t know when Peyton Manning -- who had offseason neck surgery and hasn’t practiced yet this preseason -- will return to action and considering it’d be hard to stomach either Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky starting the Colts season opener, Irsay and the Colts might be in a tight spot if Manning can’t play.

Hopefully, though, Irsay is only pretending to seek out Favre to take over for Manning.

Moving the joke along a little further is Irsay’s reference to “Mr. Johnson” cutting a deal. If you’re in need of a rock history lesson, Irsay is referring to Robert Johnson, the old blues guitarist who supposedly sold the devil his soul at a Mississippi crossroad so he could be a master guitar player. So, in effect, Irsay is saying he’s selling his soul to the devil in order to obtain Favre’s services.

I didn't think about it at the time, but one of my editors pointed out that the "Brad" in Irsay's second tweet might be refering to Brad Childress, a former Colts assistant coach who, as you know, was Favre's final head coach in Minnesota.

Good stuff. But for now, we’ll just assume he’s kidding and move on with the rest of our day. Unless Favre, like the devil, is going to put us through eternal hell and keep returning to play.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:02 am
 

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?




Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:00 am
 

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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 4:41 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

everyone needs to get off his jock, you actually have an owner who's not a stiff and actually messes around with everyone. I'm sure everyone else has said something close to this, but come on guys lighten up off the message boards!!

 




Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

What part of "Irsay was joking around" do you not get? Irsay does this all the time - like 96% of his tweets are gags. The Colts have reported that he was nowhere near Hattiesburg this weekend. And that the sports media is so desperate to keep the Favre storyline going is just pathetic.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:32 pm
 

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

So all this time gone by, in the age of "instant communication", and nobody who works with him or is close to him
can ask "Are you joking?"

Come on!!  Are you or are you not going after him?? 



Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

That's what I thought.  Pretty funny stuff.



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

Favre would love to be the guy to start for the Colts and end Mannings run at his consecutive starts streak! 

If you honestly think Manning wouldn't line up under center for the first snap of each game and then go to the bench in order to keep his streak alive, then you didn't witness the anguish on his face when the Colts decided not to pursue the perfect 16-0 season two years ago.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Irsay isn't on a quest to find Favre, is he?

Shaqdawg: Chilly's the one who recruited him, hence the one who would know how to get to his house. Not technically his final coach, so the story has a small inaccuracy, but Leslie Frazier isn't really relevant to the story in any way, honestly.


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