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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Twitter reacts to Colts GM saying ‘the rivalry is back on’ with Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts held a press conference on Wednesday to address the sudden re-opening of their head coaching search, and general manager Chris Ballard did a good job of showing no animosity toward Josh McDaniels or the New England Patriots. That is, until he was about to walk away from the podium.

Right after Ballard fielded his last question from reporters, he pronounced that “the rivalry is back on” and then walked away from the podium.

Ballard said that he wishes McDaniels well and that he did not care to hear an explanation for why the offensive coordinator bailed, but that final remark showed that the Colts are taking things personally. Naturally, Twitter had a field day with Ballard’s dramatic mic drop moment.

You can understand why Ballard is angry and trying to rally his team’s fans, but that last tweet pretty much sums up where the “rivalry” currently stands between the Colts and Patriots. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady had some great battles back in the day, but New England beat Indy the majority of the time then and has owned the Colts in recent years.

There have been indications that Patriots owner Robert Kraft intentionally stuck it to the Colts with the McDaniels disaster, but New England is still in much better shape than Indy heading into next season. That renewed “rivalry” may have to wait a few more years.

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