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Colts' Polian Hears From Irate Fans After Starters Pulled

Colts President Bill Polian last night on his WLHK-FM radio show received calls from "some very irate but thoughtfully articulate Colts fans" who expressed that Polian's "excuses for pulling starters against the Jets were unacceptable to the Colts fanbase," according to blog STAMPEDE BLUE. The show was cut off "midway through the final caller, with about ten minutes to go," and the station "immediately threw in music and commercial filler." The blog wrote Polian's relationship with Colts fans is "now severely damaged," and it "might not even be salvageable" (STAMPEDEBLUE.com, 12/28). In Indianapolis, Mike Chappell writes under the header, "14 And 1 Angry Colts Fan Base. Fans Upset As Caldwell Defends Decision To Pull Starters." Chappell notes the fans have flooded the Indy Star "with e-mails, some of which weren't suitable for public airing." They also "provided local talk radio with passionate fodder" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 12/29).

BLEMISH ON THEIR RECORD? In Indianapolis, Francesca Jarosz reports former Indianapolis City-County Council member Beurt SerVaas asked the council to "demand that the NFL refund the money paid for tickets" to the Jets-Colts game. While there is "some council support for the resolution, none of the 29 members so far have said they'd sponsor it." City-County Council member Ed Coleman said, "Coaches basically didn’t care what the fans wanted; they did what they wanted. It’s a load of garbage that they did that." However, Council member Ryan Vaughn said, “I think we have better things to do with our time than second-guess the decisions made by the Colts coaches” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 12/29). Also in Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz writes the Colts' "only obligation to fans is to put a competitive team on the field every year, and on that count, they've more than held up their end of the bargain this decade." The "howls of 'refund' and 'fraud' are patently ridiculous" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 12/29). Colts OT Charlie Johnson: “Ticket prices these days are not cheap. But at the same time, they have to look at coach Caldwell and the decisions he's made up to this point and just kind of trust him until something goes wrong” (INDY.com, 12/28). 

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