Indianapolis - It's playoff weekend in Indianapolis. You can watch the Colts host the New York Jets Saturday night on WTHR Channel 13 at 8:00 pm.
The Jets arrived Friday afternoon at Indianapolis International Airport. The players poured out of the plane and headed to their hotel hideout, where they'll no doubt get a good night's sleep.
The town is buzzing, fans are fired up and Colts owner Jim Irsay says he can't wait for Saturday night.
Eyewitness Sports caught up with the Colts owner Friday afternoon at the team headquarters.
Irsay says he never doubted his team when they were 6-6 and on the verge of not making the playoffs. Irsay says this year's team reminds him of the 1995 team that wasn't expected to go far - and they reached the AFC Championship Game.
It all starts with beating the Jets Saturday night.
"They're certainly more healthy than us and they've rested their guys which really helped the last game, and still won. So it's a tough task. We know how close they got to the Super Bowl last year. But we're at home, and we really need the 12th Man to be outrageously loud. People have to really realize how the 12th Man and our fans participate in helping us win. They literally energize the players and get them going," said Irsay.
Taking the fun online
Irsay loves to see how the community embraces the team and loves to give back to the fans. That's why he has joined the social networking revolution through Twitter.
"It's been a tremendous way to connect with fans. And although it's NFL football, Colts football and those kinds of things, it gives you a chance to promote virtues that you believe in. Compassion, tolerance, spiritual principles. Just all sorts of things where you're connecting with people."
Irsay is so into tweeting, he shared a trade secret with Eyewitness News, located behind a trick wall in the Colts' board room. His support staff has a secret office to handle the numerous Twitter contests Irsay posts.
"This kind of supports it. They have lockers here, they have food, there's no windows, there's no light, but that is the way you have to do it in the 21st century. People are getting a look and it won't be seen again, of the rare kind of thing," Irsay said, showing off the room behind a wall.
He's given away cars, money and playoff tickets to his Twitter followers, all from the secret world behind the wall. All kidding aside, Irsay says his Twitter comments are his and his alone.
"I always send out the tweets myself, I write it myself. I wouldn't be in this thing if I wasn't right behind it and authored it, so to speak," Irsay said.
Who knows what he might offer on Twitter this weekend, especially if the Colts beat the Jets.
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