Breaking news to Baltimore about glories of modern-day Indy & Jim Irsay isn’t easy

February 09, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio


celebration moved into the winter of Indiana, complete with a repeal of the “open container” laws.

The bars downtown were jammed and full of revelry. Everyone from the Village People to LMFAO to Darius Rucker to O.A.R. played free shows in the city streets. The zip line was a raging success. The enormous, peaceful mass of humanity downtown on Saturday night and the party raged until 5 a.m. on the day of the game.

I kissed the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Even though it looks like I’m vomiting at the foot of the Mara franchise.)

I drank beer out of ice glasses on the track:

This Super Bowl, was, well…SUPER!

And whatever “economic projections” the government lied about to get the game and get Lucas Oil Stadium built all somehow became factual last week.

I must admit that other than seeing the Rolling Stones on the beach in Rio de Janeiro a few years ago, I’ve never seen more people in one place celebrating anything in my life. It felt like there were 250,000 people downtown on Saturday night.

On Sunday, I’ll admit that I got a little blue – and I don’t mean Colts “blue” — in regard to the game. Finally, Giants and Patriots fans were pouring into the city and it depressed me about Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff and “wide left” all over again. At 3 p.m., I didn’t even want to go to the stadium and endure it. All I could think about was what was going on in Baltimore on Super Bowl Sunday and what could’ve been going on had fate been twisted. Every Patriots fan I saw had a story about winding up in Indianapolis. And I just couldn’t stop thinking about the disappointment of our Ravens’ fans and how many of us would’ve been lining the downtown streets and the chicanery would’ve succeeded in rallying.

This is what it looked like last time:

I’ve been inside Lucas Oil Stadium many times – I’ll practically live there again from Feb. 25-28 for the NFL Combine – but I gotta say that the place is impressive and like most of Indianapolis, clean like the Disney World pavement. And any Ravens fan would walk in there and say this: “Why didn’t we build a place like this in Baltimore?”

Well, I’d ask David Modell and the Maryland and Baltimore governments the same thing if I hadn’t already called them fools in 1996 when they didn’t build a dome to begin with in Baltimore.

The Colts have these hanging banners throughout the upper deck lobby with the faces of their fans and their date of birth. They say “Colts Pride” and “Blue since 19XX”…and of course, if you were born before 1984 and are a fan it simply says “Blue since 1984.”

(This is the part where I’d write that I would’ve been “Blue since 1968” if Bob Irsay hadn’t stolen the goddamned team. But, again, I’m self-soothing here…)

And as weird of a week as it was for me seeing Indianapolis come to life and the Colts celebrate a crowning achievement in the “friendly heart of The Midwest” hosting the Super Bowl it had to be even more strange for these Colts fans

9 Comments For This Post

  1. Mike from Carney Says:

    Did you hear about the measles outbreak at the SB village? Symptoms start appearing 2/14.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Its fine to like the city and the people of Indy but Jimmy Irsay? I said I was worried about you when you developed this strange love last week now I’m officially thinking your certifiable. Of course you could be trolling for ratings since the sports season is over until September in Baltimore and your little radio station is on life support? Maybe you should have had the same love for some of your x employees who actually made WNST a viable station for the wattage. Its clear your business plan is to hire people for the least amount of money and let them all go when they become good and ask for more. In effect you run your radio station just like Irsay ran the Baltimore Colts. When you stopped doing your daily show to manage the station I really missed you on the air you are the best Baltimore radio sports guy since Eckman. If you ever return to the airwaves I will happily change the dial to Scott and Jeremy. Have fun loving yourself Nestor.

  3. barnyard Says:

    Jim Irsay looks like a Mafia wannbe in that pin stripped suit. Bad dresser? He reminds me of a racoon that get’s into garbage & eats it’s full & I have to agree with Ed who called him garbage. He is typical of second generation who inherits it & blows it!…..The Indy Colts I don’t care one way or another but as long as the Irsay name is associated with this Franchise, it reeks. Jim Irsay I’m hopeful of & afraid at the same time is about to learn soon a very costly decision in his life.

  4. BmoreBobRob Says:

    My take is that the only reason you have this opinion is that Jimmy Irsay agreed to do a sit down for your book. Otherwise, you would have ripped the team, city and owner.

  5. ChuckT Says:

    Sorry Nestor…I have to disagree. I went to my first game at Lucas Oil two seasons ago and I felt like I was at a PGA event. Very polite clapping. Everyone dressed in their matching jerseys and going through the routine motions that they were expected to do. Walking to the stadium just 2 hours before kickoff, you would have never even known that there was a game going on. Typically the streets are flooded with cheering fans, vendors, and a level of excitement that the NFL is known for. I found none of that. It was very “Stepford Wives” and not indicitive of an NFL experience at all. While I am a lifetime Ravens PSL Holder, I have been to games in 26 different NFL stadiums so I am not saying this as a homer or anything like that, but rather from someone who has had a lot to compare it to. I enjoy comparing the gameday environments of the different stadiums and can remain impartial regardless on if I like the team or not. In Indy, I did not see a rich culture of football understanding, nor did I see anything to inspire this sudden lovefest you have towards them. I got into several conversations with Colts fans regarding why Baltimore was STILL upset, and not a single one even understood what I was talking about. All I would get was “you did the same thing”. They seemed oblivious to the fact that we do not have the Baltimore Browns…the Browns name, colors, and most importantly History remains in Cleveland to this day. If the city of Indy had renamed the Colts the “Indianapolis 500’s” or something symbolic of the local area, we would have stopped this conversation years ago. But they did not and never will acknowledge this crime that you were so adamant about just a little while ago. I tend to have to agree with the prior poster that this seems like a cheap publicity ploy, and one that I can not buy into. If anything, the small amount of respect that I did have for you has disappeared.

  6. Ted Says:


    You saying we stole the Colts is ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENT THEN US SAYING THE CITY OF DETROIT STOLE THE PISTONS AND TURNED ALL THEIR FANS INTO CONVICTS. Now we don’t do that here in Indy because you know what were better then that!!!!!! But then again from some stand point if you were alive at the time when the Colts had their glory days I can understand your frustration. I guess there are some things some people will never get over. I know I will never get over hating posers like Britney Spears, Hanson, and Justin Bieber. Their kind ruined the 1990’s after Biggies death and as a kid growing up in the 1990’s, I felt like they took the end of my generation when the alternative and tap music scene started to go down hill in 1998. I will never be over what they did to the music scene that’s why I to this day will not watch a single movie or anything with Justin Timberlake IE the kind that ruined my generation of music in it.

  7. Ted Says:

    Correction when the alternative and rap music scene started to go down hill (sorry about the type)

  8. Joe Says:

    Sounds like an epiphany of sorts, Nestor. Maybe now you can begin kissing Angelos’s derrier, just like you’re doing with Mr. Jimmy Irsay – shame on you.

  9. Tom Says:


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