David MacAnally/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis – A man who was instrumental in bringing the Colts to Indianapolis says the team should refund money to fans who attended Sunday’s loss to the Jets.
Former City-County Council President Beurt SerVaas wants to bring the issue to the City-County Council floor.
Dr. SerVaas quarterbacked tons of resolutions in his long years on the council, but it’s unclear if this play will even make it out of the huddle.
When the Colts pulled their starters, “There’s no game. They should have cancelled the damn game and conceded it to the other side,” said SerVaas. For him to use the “D” word, it could be argued, is also “D” for disappointment.
SerVaas echoes the headlines and the fans. “They have rebelled against the Colts, their own team. They have rebelled against the Colts and their miserable performance that day,” he said.
Dr. SerVaas, who helped lure the team to Indianapolis in the eighties and helped engineer the late night move in all those Mayflowers, says there is something the team can do to make it up to fans in the stands. He’d like the City-County Council, which he also helped found, to consider a resolution urging the Colts to reimburse fans their ticket price or credit them for a ticket next year. He says fans were “actually fooled into coming.” He says the Colts should have told fans up front who would take the field, and let fans decide what to do with their tickets.
Some fans outside Lucas Oil Stadium Friday said they liked the idea.
“I would support that. I didn’t like the way they went about doing it. If it were going to give the game away they should have put the bench guys in it to begin with,” said fan Gary Hunt.
Would the council run the ball? That’s unclear, but Dr. SerVaas’ idea scored points.
“They lost a great opportunity to make history and obviously it’s done for now,” said another fan.
They say even a Super Bowl win wouldn’t make up for the lost season record.
“It would have been history. It would have been neat. I think fans deserve it,” said Zach Mahorney.
Among councilors we surveyed, there was not much support for the resolution.
Ryan Vaughn, the man most likely to hold Beurt SerVaas’ old seat, said, “We need to remain focused on reducing crime, lowering taxes and improving infrastructure. I wasn’t elected to coach Peyton Manning.”
Dr. SerVaas says even just talking about the issue will do fans some good.