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19 Jan 2006

Indy Paper Cancels Super Bowl Plans

An interesting story from Editor & Publisher, courtesy of Jim Romenesko's excellent media blog: The Indianapolis Star had already booked eight hotel rooms in Detroit for the Super Bowl, was planning to send 20 staffers to the game, and was preparing to print special victory editions for distribution after the game in both Indianapolis and Detroit. The paper had even commissioned a book on the "Super Bowl" season, with 16 chapters already written by Colts beat writer Phil Wilson. Oops.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 19 Jan 2006

22 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2006, 11:09pm by Starshatterer


by yep (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:43pm

Most newspapers will start the commerative book well ahead of the actual win. The Detroit Free Press actually published excripts of what the book would have been had the Pistons won the 2005 NBA Finals.

I'm sure there are championship shirts that will be either destroyed or sent to Africa as well.

by B (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 6:53pm

On a related note, the Patriots annual parade celebrating thier Champion (of the AFC East) parade wasn't as big a celebration as previous years.

by ToxikFetus (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:07pm

Re: 2

That article was hilarious.

by Bassett (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:20pm

Oh sure... boo hoo for the papers... but who's writing anything about Lil' Ronnie these days????

(Hit the link below.)

by JMK (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 7:50pm

Guess they forgot the last name of their quaterback was Manning.

by Richie (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 8:25pm

The football gods frowned.

by tully (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 9:22pm

I was going to comment on how upset those 20 staffers must be over missing out on a free Superbowl trip because of the Colts' playoff loss, but then I realized they're probably used to this sort of thing by now.

by Hit me baby one more time! (not verified) :: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 10:21pm

I imagine that the whole media in this country which gushes about the Colts is feeling the pain when they realize once again that the Colts are soft, and it starts at the top with the whining every offseason by Bill Polian and Tony Dungy to outlaw defense in the competition committee, and ends with the finger pointing of Peyton and the further involvement of Archie in the whole affair. Year after year....

by Israel (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:34am

had planned for 20 to attend the Super Bowl, it's most ever for the big game. Editors had already booked eight hotel rooms, with plans to submit non-refundable deposits for the other 12 this past Monday.

Twenty rooms? The players double up in hotel rooms. The reporters need rooms to themselves?

by Reno (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 2:51am

Re 7

Do you really think that they're that broken up about not getting to go to Detroit in February?

I mean really?

by King Kaufman (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 10:18am

Do NFL players really still double up in hotel rooms?

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 11:09am

Do NFL players really still double up in hotel rooms?

you're not goin' Brokeback on us, are ya?

by Drew (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 11:38am

It sounds like hubris when you first read it, but I don't think it's so bad. As post 1 pointed out, if they actually waited until after the AFC championship game, it would be pretty hard to get the book published in a timely fashion. It would also make it a lot harder to get hotel rooms in the area for the people covering the game. In other words, if the football gods were offended by this, they can suck it.

by C (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:14pm

In other news, "Dewey Defeats Truman"

by MJK (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:19pm

And in other news:

'NFL competition committee changes rules to make 3-4 defense illegal, and defines "home field advantage" over Pittsburg to be "Play the game IN Pittsburg"'

by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 5:19pm

Maybe FO should create a Banned Topic area, put the B-M thread there, and add a thread for comments about the Colts in general. Then we can keep all the "Colts are soft/No they aren't", "Colts cheat/No they don't", and "Manning chokes/No he doesn't" comments out of threads where they are, at bets, tangentially related.

by Luz (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 6:11pm

speaking of irrational threads, shouldn't FO try to keep their innovative edge by starting the "Benson Palmberger" thread early?

by jackg (not verified) :: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 6:12pm

zlionsfan - as long as derogatory comments about 'Lil Ronnie are allowed everywhere I am fine with that. Few things make me smile more than thinking of how 'Lil Ronnie singlehandedly dashed the Colts hopes. Funny how there is no update on his website since 1-13...has he gone into hiding? Is he no longer getting his requisite "spins"? Please Ronnie, we want to know, what's next?

by Hit me baby one more time! (not verified) :: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 12:32am

How about we also ban Colts fans like Ned from clogging up the website with onesided Colts articles that pretend to actually cover more than his team. Also, what about banning Coltshomers from spending all year talking about going undefeated and then micromanaging their big game against the Broncos in the AFC Championship?

by Rash (not verified) :: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 4:08am

well, gosh, when did you expect them to book the rooms? Two days before the game? I bet every playoff tem had rooms booked in Detroit. The book thing is a bit much though.

by OMO (not verified) :: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 11:00am

Hit me baby one more time!,

You must be lost...allow me to help.


by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 11:09pm

Yeah, this is kind of a non-story. It's like all the nonsense last year about Philadelphia gearing up for a victory parade, before the Superbowl was played. As if a major city can simply wing it on two days' preparation.