A breakthrough was made, however, when Irsay deviated from his usual inanity this weekend. Irsay tweeted, "Brad,I'm in Hattiesburg...is it right or left at the Firechief?"
Irsay has treated Twitter as a proving ground for his apparently burgeoning stand-up comedy career, which may alone delegitimize this new hysteria. Irsay probably is not in Mississippi and is probably just blowing smoke.
But who’s to say that Peyton Manning’s injury is not lingering?
Tony Dungy, the NFL’s answer to Mr. Feeney, tweeted, "Unless he's dead, he's lining up under center opening day."
Dungy, never one to hold back on anything ever, knows Manning more than most. The need for a quarterback like Favre would obviously be halted if Manning could play right off the bat.
The problem is that the Colts have been an unmitigated disaster so far this preseason. They refuse to score points, and offensive drives end up with coach Jim Caldwell in tears and Indianapolis riots.
Irsay, who is a loose cannon in every sense of the word, could be tantalized by the appealing instant gratification that Brett Favre could possibly give. He’s a better option than, say, Dan Orlovsky, but is the headache really worth it?
The Minnesota Vikings saw their 2010 season destroyed by the constant drama of Brett Favre, and although this likely won’t happen if Manning can return, there is always the possibility that Favre speaks his mind.
The Colts most likely will shy away from Favre as it goes against everything we know about Manning not to play in game one.
But, who knows? If the tandem of Dan Orlovsky and Curtis Painter cannot improve, who knows?
Let me put it this way: I wouldn’t put it past Irsay to do something dramatic like this.