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

February 09, 2012 | Nestor Aparicio


as the Manning storyline played out with Peyton and Jim Irsay fighting on Twitter and in the local media. It was very reminiscent of the elder Irsay warring with Unitas in 1973.

And then freaking Manning’s little brother shows up – and then SHOWS UP – big bro with a stunning last-minute drive to win his second Super Bowl. He also solved and avenged his bigger (and some would say) better brother’s Dr. Evil in Tom Brady.

You couldn’t write this stuff…as Charlie Eckman would say (and maybe you could pass this blog onto him as well) “It’s better than the movies!”

I don’t know if you caught any of the 80 videos we shot on Radio Row with various celebrities and football players and coaches. We had an amazing week in Indianapolis and had record web traffic to but nothing was more of a hit than Bob Irsay, himself, who stars in all of our videos and watched from the front row of the radio set.

I didn’t originally intend to take the “Beanie Bob” dummy with me but many people amongst the Radio Row revelers were from Indianapolis and they all wanted a picture of the dummy. At one point, Jim Irsay was in the room and I was going to offer to give the dummy to him for his collection of cool artifacts. But I never got the chance and the dummy is safely back in Baltimore, resting comfortably for the next round of the Baltimore-Indianapolis wars of the future.

On Saturday morning, I shot two hours worth of NFL Films footage for some future “Top 10” shows and these are always kinda anecdotal and reflective by their very nature. And all of the stories wind up with me in Baltimore as a kid rooting for the Colts and wearing a Colts hat:

Or a Colts sweatsuit:

Or a Colts bathrobe:


And as much anger as I’ve channeled and regret I’ve swallowed in regard to losing the Colts and the angst of Indianapolis, I’ve decided that I wanna be the bigger guy – the one who has grown enough as a 43-year old with his own beautiful purple football team in Baltimore to attempt to repair this seemingly eternal damage.

Irsay’s franchise has become a rose – a blossoming beautiful “May flower” that’s about to roll into its next chapter with Andrew Luck (and that’s strange for me because his old man was a Houston Oiler – and well, if you know anything about me you know I’m a complete whore and sucker for anything Luv Ya Blue, the other love of my youth).

And the Houston Oilers are gone, too. Even the logo is gone and never to be replaced but that hasn’t stopped me from slobbering all over Dan Pastorini, Bum Phillips and shamelessly sitting on Earl Campbell’s lap in Dallas last year.

Things change.

People change. We all have memories.

Children become adults.

Even franchises move or change or die off – just like people!

And it’s very apparent that the people of Indiana have the same insecurities and “second city” status

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:


Leave a Reply