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Bill Polian called out

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by sdbound, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    Bill Polian called out by Colts fans on his call-in radio show, gets defensive, seemingly ends show early

    If you were a Colts fan within range of an Indianapolis or an Internet connection, you likely listened to the Bill Polian Show this evening. This show is a regular for Bill, where he takes calls from fans from 6pm-7pm on local Indy station HANK FM. However, if you tuned in this evening, what you heard were some very irate but thoughtfully articulate Colts fans essentially tell Bill Polian that his excuses for pulling starters against the Jets were unacceptable to the Colts fanbase (our open thread for the show is here).

    One caller claimed Polian and the Colts had run from the win.
    Another caller, a polite but obviously agitated lady, brought up the point that it was unfair to charge fans high ticket prices during a recession only to see the team pull starters.
    Another fan, which happened to be the last caller of the show, challenged Polian by stating the obviously: The Colts did not put forth a maximum effort to win because they pulled their starters at a critical time in the game.
    All of this resistance to Polian, the Colts, and their excuses for not trying to win the ballgame seemed too much for the Colts president. Midway through the final caller, with about ten minutes to go in the show, the show was cut-off. The station immediately threw in music and commercial filler, and thus, the Bill Polian Show was abruptly ended. Perhaps there was a technical failure. Perhaps a major FM radio station in a somewhat large metro area lost their feed. Perhaps one day a flaming monkey will shoot magically from my butt.

    To put what happened in a proper context, just like pulling the starters Sunday, Bill Polian seemed to pull himself out of the show early to avoid further injury.

    Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.

    To start, Bill Polian's relationship with fans is now severely damaged. It might not even be salvageable. Hoosiers do not take kindly to people belittling their opinions, which is what Polian has done these last 24 hours to Colts fans. I also do not think he or the other powers-that-be in the Colts organization really knew just how much fan backlash there would be against this decision. They seem to be genuinely dumbstruck that people would be this pissed because the Colts pissed away a game.

    There is just no way to rationally defend the babbling, logically-flawed nonsense he started his show with, and his attitudes towards the very polite, very understandably upset Colts fans seemed to write a new definition for the word "rude." I feel sorry for the Colts PR Department. I really do. No amount of scrubbing and Mr. Clean will be able to easily wash away the murder scene that was the 12/28/09 airing of the Bill Polian Show.

    After making a bunch of claims that how winning 23 straight games was important and getting the most wins in a decade was important but going 16-0 wasn't (huh?), Bill Polian started taking some callers. To HANK FM's credit, they did not seem to screen the callers for obvious Polian bootlickers. For this, we commend HANK FM.

    The people who called in seemed to gracefully and articulately express the anger fans had towards the decision. The lady caller (whose name escapes me) offered one of the best arguments, but Polian's response to her was anything but articulate or graceful. He accused her on air of reading from "talking points," and did not allow her to respond to his accusation. The final caller, who was cut off when the show was seemingly stopped short ten minutes early, was the one who sounded as if he got the under Polian's skin. He stated pretty much what many of us have said the last 24 hours. Polian made a claim that the Colts give maximum effort during every game, and expect that effort from players, coaches, and personnel people. The caller countered with an obvious, and devastating retort: Benching starters at a critical time in a ball game is NOT giving maximum effort to win.

    This seemed to drive Polian nuts.

    Polian then countered, with his voice much more animated, by asking the caller what would do if he ran the Indianapolis Colts with the upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills. Would he force injured players to play in a meaningless game? The caller countered that such a request or situation was not what he and other fans were questioning. The caller then seemed to make the point that Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, and Reggie Wayne were all pulled from the football game yesterday at a critical time, and the benchings were not injury-related. The issue wasn't playing injured players. The issue was benching healthy ones when the game was still winnable.

    It was at this point that the broadcast went dead.

    When the dust settles from all this, the damage done between the Colts organization and the fans will be quite severe. Bill Polian did nothing last night to stop the angry tide against him. If anything, he incited more. The man is an abject failure at public relations and has seemingly no regard for fans or their opinions.

    Dear Jim Irsay, lock this guy up somewhere and cool him off. That, or give him a rattle and a diaper. Either way, keep him away from hard-working, loyal Colts fans, because he clearly doesn't like it when they hold him to adult-like standards of accountability and respect.
     
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  2. IFiredCHart

    IFiredCHart Well-Known Member

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    He was also invited to our local Talk Radio God's show (Mike Francesa) about a year ago. The discussion became heated, and he ended up hanging up on Mike, so I am really not surprised that he decided to leave his fanbase out in the cold, too.

    I hope that another early playoff exit allows him to finally see the light, but I doubt it will (again).
     
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  3. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    Sooooo, does that mean that the Bils need to play all of their starters this week just in case? And does this mean that Indie will have to play all of it's starters, even the injured ones like Mainning for the entire game just to calm the savage crowds in Hosertown?

    Pointy :icon_shrug:
     
  4. BOLTS4LIFE

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

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    **** the Ponies and their fake, gay fans!!! :icon_evil:
     
  5. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I'd be pissed if we were in the Texans, Broncos, Steelers, Ravens position.

    It effects the competitive balance of the league, at least make NYJ earn their playoff spot rather than giving it to them.
     
  6. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    I understand that even though NY still has to take care of business. As a Charger fan though, and one that doesn't HATE the Colts but is sick and tired of their exposure, it's music to my ears. Boo frickin' hoo, Indy, you don't get to go 16-0. Cry me a River. We're gonna bump the team, Manning and all, out of the Superbowl anyway.

    Seriously, I applaud Coach Caldwell's call. I thought it sounded all week like Rex Ryan was coming with fire into this game and nothing to lose. I absolutely picked the Jets because I figured a few good hits on Manning and Caldwell would be more than justified in pulling #18. It was a good move to put the World Championship ahead of the undefeated season in priorities.

    Colts fans can suck it. At least you're not Patriot fans at 16-0 and Superbowl loss.
     
  7. Savage Lizard

    Savage Lizard Charger fan at 7000'

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    The Jets will probably also benefit from the Bengals taking their foot off the gas if the early games go their way.
     
  8. BeerGuy

    BeerGuy BoltTalker

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    That's 18-1........if you're going to belittle me, get it right.....:lol:
     
  9. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    No their undefeated season is over, so a loss to the Bills doesn't matter. Colts fans are not going to care if Manning and company exit by halftime. They have already lost their perfect undefeated regular serason.

    F-The Colts.
     
  10. IFiredCHart

    IFiredCHart Well-Known Member

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    That is too flattering to Pats fans...how about this?

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  11. WonderSlug

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    The Pats went for the undefeated season. Even in the final two regular season games, when they had already locked up the #1 overall seed.

    Them losing the Super Bowl had nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, to do with trying to win all 16 games.

    The Pats lost the Super Bowl because of the Giants defense, a miracle pass catch, and because of the Chargers' defense smashing up Brady's foot in the AFCCG. Neither of those happened in the regular season.

    If we are ever 14-0 and in the same spot, I would sure as hell want Norv, AJ, and Rivers to try to go 16-0.
     
  12. HollywoodLeo

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    Who cares?

    The Texans, Broncos, Steelers, and Ravens should have won more games if they didn't want other teams deciding their playoff fates.

    The Colts earned the right to make this decision by winning 14 games. Why do they need to cater to other team's desires?
     
  13. Daddy_O

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    I wonder if Polian got a little bag of cash for this from the Jets or the bookies? :icon_shrug:
     
  14. HollywoodLeo

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    Why is Polian being called out anyways?

    Is he the head coach now?

    When did Caldwell get fired?
     
  15. Boltfan7998

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    I love it! The limelight is showing on the "never do anything wrong and we're perfect Colts" HAHAHAHA. I'm glad we have a smart FO and just want to keep winning. Norv has no intention to pull our starters unless they are injured but if they're healthy, they're playing. So let the Colts rest Manning, Saturday, Clark and whoever....let them cool off, get out of rhythm so if we see them we'll beat their a$$e$! Good luck Colts on getting that confidence back and to the Colts fans, come on over to a REAL football team with a AWESOME president who doesn't stab his fans in the back!
     
  16. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Because word in INDY is that the "pull the starters" decision came from Polian. It is the same thing they have done in years past and every time they have lost in the playoffs when they followed this plan.
     
  17. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    Interesting.

    Another meddling owner in the NFL?
     
  18. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Polian is the Pres/GM. Irsay family owns the team.
     
  19. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    Whoops.

    Either way, though. :lol:
     

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