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Colts Jim Irsay takes issue with criticism of his Twitter skills

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Since itís supposed to be a slow week, hereís an item that is best suited for consideration during a slow week.

Colts owner Jim Irsay has taken to Twitter to call me out personally for a joke included at the bottom of a Saturday item regarding Irsayís position that marketing rights arenít holding up an eventual contract with quarterback Andrew Luck.

Since most of the latest available pictures of Luck show him wearing a mortar board and a gown tied and draped over his shoulders like an Andy Bernard sweater, and given that the topic of the item was Luckís marketing rights via the poorly-crafted tweets of Jim Irsay, I closed with this: ďLuck likely will be free to endorse whatever he wants to endorse, including the use of images of his Stanford graduation to be included in a campaign for online courses aimed at teaching rich, middle-aged white guys how to type legibly on Twitter.Ē

It was a slap at Irsayís notorious habit of oft-indecipherable Twitter messages, and using the term ďrich, middle-aged white guysĒ was aimed at describing Irsayís overall demographic.

Irsay didnít see it that way. On Monday morning, Irsay started the debate with this:

Jim Irsay



@JimIrsay

Mike Florio,this is a graffiti tweet site,mis-spelling n slang rein intentionally;but 4 you to bring up race,age,eco-status is inappropriate
25 Jun 12

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Then, without a response, he said this:

Jim Irsay



@JimIrsay

Mike Florio,ur comment about"campaign for online courses aimed at..white guys how to type legibly on Twitter",what do u mean? As opposed to?
25 Jun 12

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I considered not taking the bait; after all, the guy owns an NFL team. But like I mentioned above, itís slow right now. Also, I wasnít entirely comfortable with the not-so-subtle effort to suggest that I expect only white people to type legible Twitter message. (For the record, I expect everyone to type legibly on Twitter.) Besides, Irsay asked a question. The least I could do was answer it.

Jim Irsay



@JimIrsay 25 Jun 12

Mike Florio,ur comment about"campaign for online courses aimed at..white guys how to type legibly on Twitter",what do u mean? As opposed to?

ProFootballTalk



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@JimIrsay . . . The full term was "rich, middle-aged white guys," and since you're asking I meant "Jim Irsay."
25 Jun 12

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A loyal PFT reader (I knew there was at least one) thereafter responded to the kerfuffle. Irsay then replied to Wes LaFeverís tweet with this:

Jim Irsay



@JimIrsay

Oh really Wes LaFever..so you like racist slurs,age discrimination and class warfare? Is that what your cheering about? I'm asking?
25 Jun 12

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So, basically, Jim Irsay thinks Iím a racist and I donít like old people (even though Iím now seven years into the legally-protected class of old people) and I donít like rich people (even though Iíd very much like to be one, someday).

Wow. He really has cracked the code.

Now if only I could crack the code for interpreting 99.8 percent of his Twitter messages, this job would be a lot easier.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...witter-skills/



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