The Replay: Jim Irsay, Bill Polian, and Tom Brady

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Every Friday, we post up The Replay, our weekly look at sports. It’s mostly fouls and airballs.


» Bitter Pill: Did anyone run this community-service project/tweet past Jim Irsay? Good intentions, bad execution. Here, the tweet in question, plus the four stages of social-media regret.

1. Embarrassment:

2. Anger:


3. Disbelief:


4. Acceptance:



» Bill’s Due: Walmart greeter Bill Polian gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. The former Colts GM enters Canton under the new “Contributor” category and should be remembered for the franchise’s perfect 2009 season and inventing the game building a winner. Thought he was already enshrined? So did his ego. Seriously, though, congrats—and thanks for introducing Indianapolis to football.


» Fool’s Gold? Notre Dame makes the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s annual College Football Preview issue, along with three other schools. The Irish are looking to rebound after a disappointing 8-5 campaign in 2014. And what of the other in-state powers? Indiana and Purdue will play basketball later this year.


» Cry Brady: Some of Tom Brady’s emails were released as part of the NFLPA’s lawsuit regarding the quarterback’s DeflateGate suspension. Highlights include a Peyton Manning joke and—no joke—whining about the color of a pool cover.



» Now Read This: Former Pacers center Roy Hibbert opens up to ESPN about his mental-health struggles.