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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.

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:31 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

As a sports reporter, I would expect you to know your subject matter. Haven't you followed the basic stories about the Colts over the years? The stories everyone hears?
Peyton has restructured his contract numerous times over the years ... just to help the team sign other top players.
Jimmy Irsay got busted for drugs. Do you remember that? An oxycoton addiction.


Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:23 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Freeman you are a fool

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:21 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

How sad that Cbs sports has a guy like Freeman putting out articles like this. "I respect Irsay" "Irsay isn't going to let him get away with this" How can anyone respect Irsay? His dad screwed Baltimore and I see his son is a chip off the old block. Manning had made that franchise what it is today and deserves respect for what he has done. I respected the packers brass with Favre because they were honest  from the start and paid Favre for everything he did for the packers. Irsay was banking on Manning not being healthy enough to play because he has an out to cut him and not pay him the 28 million. I would of gave Irsay the respect that Freeman is giving him if he came right out and said were taking this team in a different direction were starting over and with Mannings age and injury status its in the best interest of both parties to part ways. No Irsay instead says all the right things to the media the first sign that Manning might be ready to play he pulls this crap which tells you what his intentions have been all along. To dump Manning, but just like his weasel father he is trying to back door Manning like his Dad did with the Baltimore franchise. Freeman I lost all respect for you. Your right its just circumstances of football, but come out and say that Irsay you coward!

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:58 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Lets get this straight.  Irsay is about to cut Manning costing Manning 28 million and Manning is supposed to just sit there and take it without saying a word...  And this is after all Manning has done for the Colts franchise.  Seems to me Irsay had made an boat load of money off of Peyton.  Irsay and his Tweeting is comical at best.  Irsay is just trying his best to justify cutting arguably the best QB that has ever stepped on the field in NFL history. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:53 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Peyton Favre.
That's the dumbest shit I've ever heard in my life.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:46 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

This boy is one big hater...

Stop buying the products/services advertised on this site and let the producers of those products know it's because of CBS Online/Sportsline has cutthroat hacks like this with a personal agenda...

Then you'll see some results...

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:45 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I might be wrong, but didn't Peyton restructure his contract to keep Reggie Wayne in Indy? Man what a lousy teammate.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:32 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

This article is rubbish. We're talking about two people who exude a ton of pride. Peyton Manning is the face of the Indianapolis Colts, and while Irsay has been rewarded with copious amounts of money; he wants the fans to know who the "face of the franchise really is." 

Peyton wants to play. He wants his career to end on his terms, and for a lot of reasons stated by fellow members posting, he has EARNED that right.

Irsay wants Andrew Luck about as much as he wanted Peyton. But with Peyton still in town, he has to find a way to make it happen while saving face to the fans of the Colts. PEYTON MANNING BEING CLEARED TO PLAY is bad for Irsay's plans. If Manning wasn't cleared by the deadline, he could have cut Peyton and a lot of people couldn't have blamed him.

Point is, Irsay is playing the game...Peyton CALLED HIM OUT ON IT, forcing his hand if you will. Peyton will be in another uniform next season, Luck will be the quarterback of the Colts, and the fans are going to hate Irsay.  

Manipulative? Peyton wants to finish his career as a Colt. Wouldn't you fight for what you want...even more so if you DESERVED it, EARNED it? 

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:32 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Remember when journalism required integrity and being without bias?
That died when mainstream media allowed bloggers onto their sites.  

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:28 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Golly willikers! The nerve of this guy not waiting to be caught under the treads of a billion dollar employer. Had he had any character or integrity he would have waited to completely discredited and be declared unfit to play because of his neck. That alone would have scared off several teams (potential employers). Don't get me wrong, whatever signing bonus he gets from another team, CBS, ESPN or Fox will be more than most of us make in several years or a lifetime of "gainful(?)" employment. But he is not greedy. Only a fool would fritter away opportunities to set up the next wave of Manning's for life. It is HIS prerogative. My guess is that were it Donovan McNabb or Cam Newton, Mike Freeman would not have batted an eye.

Cutthroat? Even the article you reference doesn't cite examples of him throwing players under the bus. It indicates he is careful not to do so. He does lead and demands a lot of the players around him.

As far as Freeman thinking he has shined a light in a dark corner to expose Manning, that is hysterical. Most 8 year olds would know that this is Manning making a pre-emptive strike. He is entitled to do so. This is his livelihood. He earned that right by the millions of dollars he has made Irsay over the past several years.

So Freeman, since it is your right as an uneducated pseudo-journalist to question the character or motives of Manning and call him out for being a jerk, being selfish and saying "look at me", I will consider it my duty to say YOU, Mike Freeman are a judgemental, jock-sniffing hater who can't stand that someone has the wherewithall, to not wait for bad crap to happen to him. Why don't you concern yourself with the perspective that you are a moron with little to no ability. You should get square with the idea that this guy is one of the greatest players ever. How you ever got into this profession is baffling. Go change the french fry grease.

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