I am one of the 166,163 people who currently follow Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on Twitter, so I noticed his June 27 tweet that the Colts are apparently 10-point underdogs to the Chicago Bears for the Week 1 contest at Soldier Field.
"I guess we're 10 point Dogs in Vegas in Opener in ChiTown already...," Irsay tweeted at 8:54 a.m. ET. "I hope we get ColtsFans making the journey 2 ChiTown,Twitter Bus maybe?"
I chuckled when I read his message.
First, I imagine that heads are spinning in the NFL office. The league likes to pretend that oddsmaking doesn't exist in NFL games--the old head-in-the-sand approach refined by ostriches everywhere. So Irsay's public acknowledgement of its existence probably made some suits hot under the collar, and I imagine that he'll take some flak for it from them.
Second, I chuckled that oddsmakers--you know, if they actually do really exist somewhere out there in that fictional land called Las Vegas, right next to unicorns and leprechauns on the league's map of reality--are already working their trade. The preseason hasn't even started yet. We don't even know who will be on each team's 53-man roster by the time September rolls around.
Finally, I chuckled that the Colts are only 10-point underdogs. The Bears must be really bad this year. Last I checked, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are back together again, the Chicago defense is pretty solid, and even if Matt Forte doesn't get his contract stuff worked out, Michael Bush is no slouch at running back.
As I recall, the Bears were running roughshod over the league last year until injuries decimated their roster.
I love 'em, but the Colts don't have any of that stuff. They have a rookie quarterback, no running game to speak of, two rookie tight ends, a couple of aging wide receivers, and a sieve of a defense. They won two games last year. Picked first overall in April. Remember all of that?
Oh, and the game's in Chicago. Just one more kick to the groin of Colts fans.
Maybe Irsay inadvertently left a zero off of his reference to being "10 point Dogs." That makes more sense to me at this point.
At any rate, it's all really ridiculous, and I only noticed Irsay's tweet and took the time to mention it because it's a very slow week around the NFL. But it was good for a laugh, since NFL stiffs are undoubtedly mad now, Vegas continues to show that it will do anything to make a buck, and Bears fans everywhere have to be a little ticked at only being favored by 10 over the hapless Colts.
In what is setting up to be another painful season in Indianapolis, I'll take all the little victories I can.
The author is a resident of central Indiana and a longtime fan of the Colts. He is also a Featured Contributor in Sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.
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