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Hater Membership Revoked

Posted on: January 28, 2010 3:01 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2010 3:04 pm
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Did you hear about the new NASA project in Indianapolis?
Peyton Manning's forehead will be the new landing strip.

Yes, I own a Peyton Manning Hater Club membership card. And yes, it is partly because no matter what the Texans do, they never can seem to find a way to beat him.

But, there were more reasons than just that. A lot had to do with the Peyton apologists. "Peyton would have more rings if his defense was better". I would read that and then go and look at all the scores of the playoff games they lost from 1999-2005 and see that every in every playoff defeat in that time span, the Colts failed to score 20 points. Every defeat! And I'd wonder why it is that year after year, the greatest quarterback of all time failed to score 20 points and yet his defense was blamed for the playoff failures.

Then, I actually despised the Manning fans even more after the Super Bowl win. In that win, Manning had 1 TD and 1 INT and was named Super Bowl MVP. His best play that night was dropping back to pass on 3rd and 8, completing a pass to Rhodes or Addai 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage and watching the running back take the ball for 16 YAC to get the first down.

And afterwards we would read about how Tom Brady dinked and dunked his way to championships.

Funny how many players we end up not liking because of the way fans of these players act, isn't it?

If you asked me 5 years ago, who the quarterback of the decade was, I would have said Tom Brady. Really simple, come playoff time, Brady had what it took to get the job done and Peyton was left holding th bag blaming everyone from his "idiot kicker" to "protection issues".

Alas, that was five years ago.

Today? There is not a quarterback playing today, right now at this moment, I would want over Peyton Manning. Forget about it. Peyton has eclipsed them all. It's no longer a question. Brady has regressed ever since the injury and maybe even before then. He might still be having nightmares of how the Giants beat him up in that Super Bowl.

Manning, on the other hand, seems to me at least to have changed into more of a Terminator mindset. He has his mission. And he must complete his mission. That mission is not touchdown passing records. It's not completion percentages or quarterback ratings.

That mission is win the Super Bowl.

I'm not betting against him.
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Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Hater Membership Revoked

Rob, I see that desire to win in Peyton too.  He has that do whatever it takes approach that only the really great ones have.  For a coup;e of years, i thought he was all about the records.  The last five years Manning has learned that wins are the most important stat of them all.  Maybe only Joe Montana had the disipline PM has to truly take what the defense gives you until you force them into a costly mistake.  Only John Elway along with Peyton gave me that impression over a long time that you better be ahead late and holding the ball if you wanted to beat them. 

This may be Peytons most impressive year.  He has an average running game and some very young starting recievers.  The0- line is getting a little long in the tooth.  Yet they win.  Impressive to saythe least.

I wouldn't bet against him either this year.





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