Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is just a plain old cool guy. He has been known for getting drunk at parties, giving away Super Bowl tickets via Twitter, as well as random acts of charitable work.
According to CBS Sports, the man who matched fan contributions to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts is now going to help keep a Colts-themed sports bar from closing its doors forever. That’s right, the Blue Crew Sports Grill was going to be forced to close, but Irsay stepped in and agreed to pay what is reported to be a $75,000 debt.
Randy called me and said.”..Got mashed potatoes…can’t get no T-Bone!!!..”..so I said we’ll float that rent fer a little bit n keep rockin’
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) May 2, 2013
Obviously, owner Randy Collins is on Cloud 9.
“It’s a miracle,” Collins told the Indianapolis Star. “He’s throwing me a lifeline, and I’m going to grab it. I want to get home and hug my wife (Cyndi) and tell her. I love my Colts. I love Jimmy Irsay right now.”
How many football fans actually know the name of their team owners at all, let alone call him by a nickname? Could you imagine a Redskins fan calling Daniel Snyder ‘Danny’? Yeah, never going to happen.
CBS also provides a description of the bar itself, as well as its origins, steeped in Colts fanhood.
Adorned with Colts memorabilia throughout the sports bar, the grill is considered one of the most popular gathering spots for fans. Inside, fans sit around a horseshoe shaped bar next to walls lined with Colts’ framed pictures, jerseys and other collectors’ items.
The origins of the Blue Crew fan club date to 1995 from a friendly encounter between a group of Chiefs and Colts’ fans at Arrowhead Stadium. By 1999, a small contingent of fans from the club began to tailgate regularly before Colts’ games. The club has more than 1,000 members and reserves more than 500 parking spots for home games at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Who would we be here at Gamedayr if we did not absolutely love this story?
As a gazillionaire owner of an NFL franchise, Jim Irsay is never going to please absolutely everyone. However, we applaud his efforts in this case to help keep his fans happy — and full of tasty pub food.