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Michael Irvin to Jim Irsay: Colts Franchise Was ‘Garbage’ Without Peyton Manning

The Peyton Manning situation in Indianapolis has gotten ugly over the past couple of weeks, and it will probably get worse before it gets better.  Manning is frustrated.  He does not seem to know what his standing is with the Colts. In addition to that, rumor has it he is struggling with his rehab.  When Manning expressed his displeasure with the way Jim Irsay and the Colts have conducted business since the season ended, Irsay responded by saying Manning should be careful about “painting the horseshoe in a negative light.”  Enter NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin, who said what many of us were thinking over the weekend.

“Whatever understanding we have of what Irsay called ‘the horseshoe’ is Peyton Manning,” Irvin said according to The Huddle. “The horseshoe is first? The horseshoe is nothing before Peyton got here. You could’ve taken that horseshoe, and you couldn’t have given it away. It wasn’t lucky, it was killing you. This horseshoe was garbage without Peyton — it was garbage when he got here and garbage when he left here this season.”

Irvin’s right.  This isn’t Randy Moss joining a Super Bowl-winning Patriots team that is giving him an opportunity to rescue his career.  Before the Colts drafted Manning, their last division title was in 1987.  With Manning calling the signals, they won eight division titles in 13 seasons. They went to two Super Bowls and won one of them.

If it is time for the Colts to move on from the Manning era, Irsay and company should watch what they say — not the other way around.  Indianapolis’ 2-14 record this year further proved how valuable Peyton has been to the franchise.  A Brett Favre-style exit is not in the best interest of the Colts franchise, especially if they want their fans to continue supporting them as they begin rebuilding.

Michael Irvin: Wes Welker Is Best Wide Receiver in Football

Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin is the latest NFL analyst to enter the “best receiver in football” debate. Todd Haley and Jason Garrett both have Calvin Johnson at the top of the list, as does Andre Johnson. Rob Ryan ranks Miles Austin and Dez Bryant towards the top. But Michael Irvin? Well the former Cowboys star is going in a different direction.

“If you ask ‘Who is the best receiver in the league?’ I say it’s Wes Welker,” Irvin asserted during a guest spot on Jim Rome Is Burning. “His versatility makes him one of the best. Period. And we don’t want to hear that, because he’s not a 6’4″ 230 pound Andre Johnson, or Brandon Marshall, or Calvin Johnson. He goes inside and he plays outside. Man, I love Wes Welker.”

It’s not just Welker’s spectacular start to the season that impresses Irvin, it’s also his ability to recover from a major knee injury suffered in 2009.

“I had a knee injury that almost ended my career. I went into depression,” Irvin admitted. “I couldn’t come out of that thing. [Welker] snaps right back.”

Welker leads the NFL with 40 catches and 616 receiving yards through four games. He’s blowing away the field in both categories, but Irvin should know better than to fall into this trap.

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Michael Irvin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Making Brothers Look Bad by Ducking Pacquiao

We’ve been talking about a potential dream fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao for two years. In our first mention of the fight, it was Manny Pacquiao who said he had no interest in the bout. That was a long time ago, because things have changed since then.

Floyd said he had nothing to gain from the fight and demanded Manny Pacquaio take extra drug testing. Pacquiao initially refused, later acquiesced, but he’s always wanted a cutoff date for the testing. Because of his demands, it’s appeared as if Mayweather was ducking the fight. It’s so bad that he’s even been called out by Michael Irvin. Check out this interview the Playmaker gave to Elie Seckbach:

“I like both fighters but I’m telling you right now, I wish Mayweather would go ahead and fight the guy. It makes brothers look bad with all of this running. You know we’re not into the running.”

That’s a pretty funny line, but I back Floyd on this. He’s the one who looks bad because he doesn’t have a loudmouth promoter like Bob Arum controlling the press. If Pacquiao would agree to complete drug testing, this would be on. As it is, it looks like the fight will finally go down early next year.

Michael Irvin on the Cover of Out Magazine to Support Gays

Former Cowboys wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin has become somewhat of a preacher as he’s grown older. He’s no longer the drug using, womanizing, flamboyant party animal he was during his playing days and in the early parts of his retirement. Now, he’s making an effort to support gays.

As we learned via Deadspin, Irvin is on the cover of Out Magazine and talked about homosexuality in a feature article.

“If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him,” says Irvin. “That’s why I do my radio show every day. When these issues come out, I want to have a voice to speak about them. I think growth comes when we share. Until we do that, we’re going to be stuck in the Dark Ages about a lot of things. When a guy steps up and says, ‘This is who I am,’ I guarantee you I’ll give him 100% support.”

“The last thing I want is to go to God and have him ask, ‘What did you do?’ And I talk about winning Super Bowls and national titles,” Irvin says. “I didn’t do anything to make it a better world before I left? That would be scary.”

Irvin says he thinks he would have supported a gay player on his team as long as the player helped them win. He also thinks the player would have been supported rather than chastised as long as he were accepted by some of the other team leaders.

You can also call him the anti-David Tyree for his views on the issue. Tyree, the former Giants receiver, infamously said gay marriage would lead to anarchy. Irvin feels differently about the way homosexuality should be viewed.

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Michael Irvin Loved His Hall of Fame Jacket Too Much

With the Hall of Fame Enshrinement coming up on Saturday, a humorous story about Michael Irvin’s enshrinement in Canton has been making the rounds. As Hot Clicks points out from With Leather, Irvin told the Chicago Tribune that he embraced his Hall of Fame jacket so much that he didn’t take it off for two straight days regardless of what he was doing. And you can guess what he was doing …

“I remember when I was inducted into the Hall of Fame and they gave me my Hall of Fame yellow blazer. I wore it for two straight days. Finally my wife was in bed and said she wanted to make love but that I had to take the coat off. I refused and kept the blazer on because I wanted to perform like a Hall of Famer on the field and off.”

There are plenty of other Michael Irvin jokes to throw in there about what else he did with that blazer on but this was unexpected. And why am I thinking that his wife got her way with this one? Let’s just hope he got it dry cleaned afterward.

Sources:
Michael Irvin’s Hall of Fame jacket [Hot Clicks]
Michael Irvin Did the Dirty in His Hall of Fame Jacket [With Leather]
Michael Irvin tells all about his NFL Hall of Fame jacket [Chicago Tribune]

Doubting the Michael Irvin Rape Charge

Michael Irvin has already lost his job at 103.3FM in Dallas for the rape allegation that arose on Thursday. The station justified their actions by saying they already planned on letting him go Monday. Whatever the explanation is here, I really doubt the accusations put forth in the civil lawsuit against Irvin. The alleged incident took place two and a half years ago and it took the woman two weeks to report it to the police. A day after she reported the alleged rape, she signed a waiver of prosecution which indicates to me she was paid to shut up. The chick probably was hard up for cash in these tough economic times and decided she needed to squeeze more money out of her cash cow. So what did she do? Threaten a civil suit.

The Miami Herald report says the woman asked for a million dollars from Irvin in a potential settlement. They later came down to $800,000, but even that’s a lot of money to pay to someone who’s making up a story in order to harm a reputation. Irvin may have used pathetic excuses to explain his possession of a crack pipe and he may have been caught with drugs and hookers several years ago, but I doubt he committed the crime of rape. The guy is a public figure who happens to be very rich, love sex, and love drugs, so he’s an easy target. If you can’t get knocked up by an athlete to secure your financial future, why not threaten a lawsuit? It’s pretty simple with many of these women — they’re looking for a payday. And if the press didn’t hammer guys like Irvin before facts emerged, the women wouldn’t have leverage to threaten suits.

Bottom line: would any amount of money make up for the humiliation and horrible feelings one would experience from a rape? Of course not. You would want the perpetrator to go to jail. Forever. You wouldn’t be looking for money. That’s why I think this story is total and utter b.s. and I’m glad Irvin has threatened with a counter-suit.

Could Michael Irvin Join Dan Patrick on Syndicated Radio?

I’ve already touched on Dan Patrick’s planned departure from ESPN Radio later this month. I’ve also speculated about his future and future replacement at ESPN. Now, Pro Football Talk is speculating that the great Michael Irvin could join Patrick on his new syndication venture. From their Rumor Mill which I banged:

An industry source tells us that former Cowboys receiver and ESPN commentator Michael Irvin, a brand-new member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is preparing a radio show that will be paired with Dan Patrick’s new syndicated radio broadcast to be distributed by the Content Factory.

They apparently won’t be on the same show; instead, it will be Patrick then Irvin, or vice-versa.

We’ve not yet confirmed this tip, but we’ve got no reason at all to doubt it.

I don’t have much reason to doubt the rumor either. For one, Ben Maller mentioned last week that Irvin expressed interest in hosting a show for 790 The Ticket in Miami. Secondly, Irvin used to be a guest on Patrick’s radio show on ESPN, until Irvin went off the racial deep board. Clearly the pair have a relationship. So I guess that means this could be possible. One problem, I highly doubt that Irvin could carry a show solo — I’m guessing he’d need a co-host.

UPDATE: Sources have told me Irvin may try out radio, but it might not be with Patrick’s new company. Check back for further updates …