— Michael H. of Indy (@IURedsMike) January 4, 2016
It was the final game of the season, and most of the world had sources who thought it would also be Pagano’s last.
— ESPN (@espn) January 1, 2016
Sources were more fervent in saying “bye bye” to the Colts head coach for much of “Black Monday.”
Pagano is doomed as the Colts head coach, but he's still taking the high road. https://t.co/8obZ95H9Ac
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 4, 2016
Honestly, folks, we know #Colts coach Chuck Pagano won't be retained. I sensed the players knew, too. Just waiting for confirmation.
— Phillip B. Wilson (@pwilson24) January 4, 2016
But, the team made them wait…
The wait continues, no official word from Colts on status of Chuck Pagano. We're camped out at the Complex. Atleast they got us pizza.
— Jason Spells (@JasonSpells) January 4, 2016
… and wait.
the Universe refuses to allow the 2015 Colts season to die honorably or in a timely/orderly fashion
— Nate Miller (@royhobbson) January 4, 2016
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) January 4, 2016
Apparently they waited for nothing.
Said a Colts spokesman: "There's no chance a decision will come tonight."
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) January 4, 2016
Then, the Colts announced a 10:30 p.m. press conference with Pagano, Grigson, and Irsay. The local sports media horde sped to the Colts complex. 1070 The Fan’s Michael Grady captured the scene along 56th street.
— Michael Grady (@Grady) January 5, 2016
— Mike (@MikeMifflin11) January 5, 2016
— Peter Dunn (@PeteThePlanner) January 5, 2016
With a new 4-year contract extension, a new hashtag was born; #ChuckStays.
"If you think I'm gonna let someone bully my head coach.. you're wrong." #ChuckStays
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 5, 2016
Thus began a local sports-media fight to rival anything Anchorman came up with.
Get your popcorn!
As soon as you apologize for being way wrong/listening to the wrong people..my source is Grigson and it's a good one https://t.co/ikjBIZlbmZ
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) January 5, 2016
This whole conversation today is asinine. What am I defending myself over? Reporting that everyone expected Pagano was gone?
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) January 5, 2016
We can agree on that: you don't report. You talk to one guy and you parrot it as the gospel. https://t.co/ADEfBOn0F3
— Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) January 5, 2016
— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) January 6, 2016
The Indianapolis Sports Media cease fire is set to start in 12 minutes. Let's hold each other accountable, but with respect!
— Kent Sterling (@KentSterling) January 6, 2016
Most local sports media taking a tongue lashing today! Not easy forecasting the future is it? Welcome to our world! Signed, Meteorologist
— Jim O'Brien (@JimOBrienWX) January 5, 2016