There's a lot of venom being spewed at Peyton Manning this morning. Here are some of the adjectives being thrown at him:
I get it. He threw an interception that lost the game. I saw it too.
On a day like today, you get to see people's true colors on the athletes they cover.
I'm not saying I'm perfect. I have my biases. I don't hide them.
Curt Schilling can win a Nobel Peace Prize, and I'd still be skeptical.
Dave Wannstedt can win a National Championship (doubtful), and I'd find a way not to give him credit. Those are just a few.
Peyton Manning was labeled a "CHOKER," much like Alex Rodriguez and Phil Mickelson were. Kobe Bryant couldn't win one without Shaq until he did (I fell into that trap).
Then he won a Super Bowl. From that point on I assumed all the talk about how he's only good in the regular season and a stat monster was all gone. That was obviously my mistake to assume.
Here are some of the excerpts from writers I respect this morning:
JASON WHITLOCK - KC STAR
No way Brady, Montana or Elway throws the Favrelike interception Manning uncorked Sunday night. And no way can you compare the Colts to the any of the great football dynasties. The appropriate comparison is to baseball’s Atlanta Braves, winners of 14 consecutive division crowns and just one World Series.
Manager Bobby Cox is the face of Atlanta’s “underachievement.” Manning will be the face of Indy’s.
Manning, an All-American at Tennessee, entered the NFL with questions about his playmaking ability in big games. The Volunteers finally won a national championship the year after Manning departed for the NFL.
MIKE FREEMAN CBS SPORTS.COM
The greatest of all time? Nope. Not even close now. The GOAT doesn't throw that kind of awful interception. Joe Montana didn't throw those in the Super Bowl. Has Tom Brady?
Manning has one ring and a bushel of stats and records. He deserves accolades and praise, but the GOAT talk must stop now.
Manning and the Colts are the Atlanta Braves. The Colts, under Manning, have won at least 12 games seven years in a row. Yet all Manning has to show for it is one title. He's now 9-9 in the playoffs, which is about as far away from GOAT material as the Middle East is from the Colts' practice facility.Manning has the same number of rings as Jeff Hostetler, Trent Dilfer and Brett Favre. Manning is better than Hostetler and Dilfer (of course), but he made a mistake not even Favre has committed in a Super Bowl.
On the surface, you can compare the Colts to the Braves. But, to say that Manning is the face of their underachievement is down right silly to me. The argument I'd make is that he's the reason they've reached these heights.
Manning has not had the defenses that Brady, Montana, and Elway had on their Super Bowl teams. More often than not, he hasn't had those defenses for most of his career either. Those three guys mentioned have had better statistical defenses over their careers. Elway had some bad defenses, but not the years he went to the Super Bowl outside of one season in 1986.
I'm not a Manning or Indy fan, but I just find it silly that Manning went from Choker to Winner and back to Choker again? How does that make sense?
And, to refer to the Tennessee Volunteer's winning with Tee Martin and not him is unjust as well.
That's picking the low fruit.
Do we need to go through the list of no name Quarterback's that have won championships in college and in the pro's?
Heck, I'm not a Braves fan either, but Bobby Cox might have won more championships if he had a good closer in the 90's.
How about, we give the other team some credit?
That must be a novel concept.