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Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Posted on: February 3, 2012 7:11 am
Edited on: February 3, 2012 9:57 am
OPENING HIT-- I've always said that Peyton Manning is the most cutthroat player in the NFL. Many times that's a good thing. You want that aspect on the field. You want a quarterback to go for the kill. Manning does that, but off the field he's the same way. The jovial Manning you see in commercials isn't really that guy. He's thrown teammates under the bus publicly, and now in an attempt to win the PR battle with fans is overshadowing his little brother during Super Bowl week.

These leaks about Manning being cleared to play are carefully plotted, well designed and unquestionably coming from Manning's camp. They're manipulative and designed as a preemptive PR strike to head off Jim Irsay likely saying sometime soon they have to release Manning because of his health. This is a Brett Favre-like ploy to put pressure on Irsay and the Colts. No question about it.

Peyton Favre.

Which is why Irsay reacted so strongly on Twitter to the Manning news early this morning. Irsay knows what Manning is doing and Irsay isn't going to let him get away with it. Good for Irsay. It's one thing for Manning to use the media to push his agenda; it's another for Irsay to sit back and let Manning do it without a fight.

I respect Irsay for this. He's putting his name to his side of the fight, which is more than Manning and his agent are doing.

I've been saying for some time the probable departure of Manning from the Colts is going to get ugly and it's starting now. Both sides want to blame the other for Manning's likely exit from Indy when there is actually no one to blame. It's just the circumstances. It's football. And it's Manning being Manning.

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:53 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Peyton Favre.
This was the dumbest shit I've ever heard in my life.   Wait, did I already say this?  Well, let me reiterate it then:

This was the dumbest most fucking assed gay shit that I've ever heard in my life.  Whoever wrote this needs to go work for TMZ and then shoot themselves for working for TMZ.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:03 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I can't believe fans are STUPID enough to think that because Tom Condon indemnified some doctors to "clear Manning to play", it means he CAN.
He didn't get cleared by some random doctor to play. he was cleared by his operating neurosurgeon moron. All it means is that he has no restricitions to his activity and that he able to play up to the extent of his abilities. What Irsay is saying is that he still has to pass a PERFORMANCE based physical before he can play. 

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:30 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

exactly right  ,but hooray to Manning as the more noble character than Isray, who has demonstratedhypocracy in his statements about the colt's real relationship with Manning.

1. he state dthat discussions on Manning's status should be kept "in the family".  Isray proceeds to keep tweeting.  and let's face it, "family" is in the lockerroom between the coaches and players when business is out of the way.
2. we all kmow that the relationship between player and ownwer is business. Isray should always express graciousness an dgratt8tude when speaking about Manning an dhis contr8butions, but at the same time, Manning is PAID his fair share so Isray should never feel the preasure to take care of  aplayer who doew not fit in the colt's rebuilding strategy. Isray's stance should always be one of "we'll do our best to figure outwhat i sbest between Manning an dthe cokts organization taking all things into consideration." Isray should express that Manning's clearance to play by his doctors is great an dthat he looks forward for Manning to clear th eteam's doctors.  Isray should state that there are more good option sfor the colts an d Manning  if Manning gets a clean bill of health.

3. Manning is positioning himself for options with his statements of being ready to play next season.  Isray should do nothing to discourage that in hope sof gaining leverage. he can stick to his guns about building around the futurewith or without Manning eepending on the salary cap. the Colts should have the rebuioding as the priority in the late February negotiations,  ut until then , let Manning broadcast to the world and enhance his value to other teams. even Colts fans will not fault Isray for walking away an dletting Manning make $30million with another team while he spend shis money on the ling term succes of the colts.
Instead, Isray is trying to diminish Manning's capacity to play next year which will haunt him later since he may be cornered into unintentionally keping Manning 

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:28 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I can't believe fans are STUPID enough to think that because Tom Condon indemnified some doctors to "clear Manning to play", it means he CAN.

Understand one thing, people. If I smash my hands an accident and the doctors later say I'm 100% cleared to play the piano again, it in NO WAY means I am capable of resuming my piano-playing ways.

It ONLY means that I am cleared to TRY.

Manning is finished. Period.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:14 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Another sh#%@#t stirring article by Mr. Freeman.  He really is giving CBS sportswriters a bad name.  


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:50 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning


You did read that last year the Colts owner did say that he wanted to make Peyton the highest paid player in the NFL and make sure he retired Colt right? 

Peyton Manning sat an entire year and got paid $17 million. You want Irsay to pay him another $28 million and have Manning potentially not play again? He should retire a Colt if he cant play or sit and wait until he can prove he can play to expect another big Pay Day. In a country so consumed with entitlement, I can see where  you think Manning should get paid for not playing. Are you a welfare recipient too? Do you believe in handouts for just taking up space?

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:31 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

You guys can make monsters out of Manning, Irsay or both, but you are the real monsters. Reporters are like lawyers...there are too many of them
You are right - AND Manning and Irsay both need the circus to push revenue.  Peyton would not get $28million without the wall-to-wall media covering all things NFL.  He needs reporters from every market and every medium to ask stupid questions and then to report his answer.  It sells advertising space and that is what it is all about.

I'd add to your comment "and the players make too much money for chasing a ball around a park". 

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:10 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

The media is the problem.  If stupid reporters would stop asking about Manning and Irsay ALL THE TIME then maybe this week would be about the Superbowl instead of Manning and Irsay.  We dont care about what you think you know, the fact of the matter is you know nothing and want to speculate on everything.   

You guys can make monsters out of Manning, Irsay or both, but you are the real monsters.  Reporters are like lawyers...there are too many of them.

Since: Sep 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 5:25 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I am not sure of any good reason why Peyton Manning should not respond to questions put to him.  There is a lot of talk on both sides - why should he be silent?

I do think the Colts should release him based on the neck surgeries.  A rediculous amount of money is due in March if they don't and it makes no sense to keep Manning on hope.  It is business.  They have Andrew Luck at their leisure to groom as the next franchise QB.  Like Favre, Peyton has 1 superbowl ring.  Sing whatever song you like, but ut has not been as succesful a period as it should have been and wasting $28million of good money on an old and injured QB is as stupid as Brad Childress running to Alabama every July for Brett Favre.  Green Bay moved on.  Indy will too.  Peyton should try to get the money but in erms of his current health and prospects of playing - he is not worth it.  4 years ago yes, but not now.

ps. howl me down for the 1 ring comment, but the teams are built to win championships, not win-looss records and passing records.  If Eli wins a second superbowl he does surpass Peyton - in Superbowl championships.  Who cares who is more accurate or has more yards?  I want the 49ers to win a championship and I don't care if that's with Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick - or whomever they draft this year as Kaep didn't look much!  Its why the Steeler fans are so strong - they know what the goal is.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:34 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I'm not saying your wrong here, but I think your reasoning could probably use a little bit of work.

"I mentioned a Jim Irsay drug bust in an earlier post. That's a big accusation, so I thought I better look up the facts. A local Indy TV station reported the following:

"Among the allegations aired by Channel 13 were reports that at least three overdoses led to Irsay's stints in rehabilitation. The station also reported that Irsay's name surfaced this summer during a criminal investigation of prescription drug fraud. One doctor allegedly wrote 50 to 60 prescriptions to Irsay for as many as 2,000 tablets of opiates such as Lorcet."

I'll put my confidence in the respected athlete in this debate about the truth. I'm sure Peyton's doctors have released him to play."

You mean the respected athlete who willingly played for the person your questioning the character of based off of allegations from years ago?

Yeah......  Might want to rethink that argument a little bit.

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