Michael Irvin might have completely glossed over thirty years of NFL history in Baltimore.  The NFL Network analyst chimed in on this week’s most popular topic — no, not the Super Bowl — Peyton Manning’s future in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has publicly gone back and forth with franchise quarterback Peyton Manning about respecting the organization’s image.  “I don’t think it’s in a good interested to paint the horseshoe in a negative light,”  Irsay said.

Irvin chimed in, “The horseshoe is first? The horseshoe is nothing before Peyton got here.”

Perhaps it was nothing in Indianapolis, but that isn’t the case in Baltimore.

“This horseshoe was garbage without Peyton — it was garbage when he got here and garbage when he left here this season,” he said according to Nate Davis of USA Today.

Greatest game ever played?  Super Bowl V?  Johhny Unitas, Alan Ameche, John Mackey, Don Shula, Art Donovan, Bert Jones, Lydell Mitchell?  Help me out.  Anything ringing a bell?

It’s unclear whether Irvin was referencing the Colts franchise in Indianapolis or whether he forgot about the franchise’s relocation from Baltimore by Jim Irsay’s dear ol’ dad. Either way, hearing someone say the “horseshoe was garbage” is like a punch in the gut to the Baltimore Colts fans.

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  1. Michael Irvin forgets what his own name is. Too many brain cells killed by crack. Hail.

  2. 90% of the people who watch football haveno clue who Johnny U was. We know from the 80’s on. Irsay snuck out of Baltimore and that team was garbage when his old manbrought it. It was still crap until manning got there.
    Eagles fan.

  3. Your blogger Jerry is a complete idiot to think that all NFL fans are as stupid and ignorant of football history as he is.

  4. There are simply no excuses for some people……….

  5. Lets be honest here : who cares what this guys says ?

  6. The Irsays left Baltimore 28 years ago. So no one under, say, 35 actually remembers the team there. And for most of the time the Irsay family owned it in Baltimore — going back to 1972 — the team was forgettably lousy. The last championship of the Unitas era was more than 40 years ago. So for most of the children who now work as sports announcers and analysts, the Baltimore Colts are as relevant and vibrant in their memories as the Spanish-American War. (And by the way, I quite vividly remember watching the 1958 championship game on TV with my dad — and listening on the radio when the TV feed went out.)

  7. What about the Colts when they had Bert Jones, Lydell Mitchell, and Roger Carr.Peyton Manning is a great quarterback and he has certainly earned the accolades he’s getting-but the Colts before Iray, when Carol Rosenbloom owned them were a solid franchise, it is just evidence that one bad owner can wreck a franchise. Mr. Angeloes are you listening?

    • Gary Snapp,

      Those were the Colts of my era, too. We going around this town throwing out of chest about how the Ravens have gone to the playoffs 4 straight years, but those Colts went 3 straight years, 75, 76, and 77, long before wild cards even existed.

      Little lesson, my young Ravens fans…if Harbaugh coached in that era, he’d be riding a 1 year streak in the playoffs as you had to actually WIN something to make the playoffs back then- namely your division. Harbaugh has done that once, this year.

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