Blog Entry

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: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:27 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I have hated the Colts since they were in the AFC East, and have no love for Manning, but is this piece serious?

Would you just shut up with your pathetic and ignorant clap-trap? You DO know that the NFL is a business and since the league was born players have been treated like replaceable parts with non garenteed contracts. The leauge lives off of PR it LOVES its PR. So when Manning has the ability to DO WHAT'S BEST FOR HIM. (kinda like how teams ALWAYS do what's best for them) you run to create this story?

LOL Pathetic Hack

Oh and its all true
But to cry about it in this article considering how teams always treat their players?
;     &nbs

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:04 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Touche'    Irsay is surrounding himself with sycophants.  I'm afraid we're going to have another Jerry Jones on our hands.  I was in the stands all the other times the Irsays decided to go "in a new direction."  This scares the heck out of me.  Peyton deserves better and there's going to be an uprising in Indy if this isn't handled with aplomb.  If is wasn't for Peyton I'd be driving 4 hours to watch the Colts in LA.  He has a minimum of three great years remaining - I for one- hope it's as a Colt!

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:41 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Well spoken Lone Gun Man. My sentiments exactly!

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:40 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Sounds like a true Colts hater. Shame on you Freeman.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:35 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

When Manning re-structured his contract for the good of the team, was that being egotistical?  He did this more than once.  In my mind, he has already earned the $28 million; for years past. 

When Manning MANY TIMES, blamed his interceptions for the losses....was that being egotistical?

Did Manning ever truly have a defense like Brady or Eli?  Did he ever have a special teams that got him beyond the 20 yard line?


But he never stopped playing...never stopped winning..and ultimately got them a SuperBowl.  The same team that won 2 games all season without him.

So maybe, just maybe....when he was critizing his team...he was right.  I mean isn't that what everyone did this year?  But he always took responsiblity for his own game too.

Do you recall Rodgers reply after his interception?  "I don't get paid to tackle"?   Brady is wise and understands his defense has bailed him out EVERY SINGLE YEAR....  Do you recall the 1 yard stop on four plays against Indy?  After a Brady turnover.  LOL

To me, if you compare Favre to Manning...that would be a compliment.  Favre was one of the best.  Manning is as well.  They are guys that could carry a team on their shoulders to victory....and win games they had no business winning simply via their arm and their willingness to take shots down the field.  Gotta trust your receivers to get the ball.   I mean if Favre missing a GB game, you didn't see a guy like Flynn come in and back up his performance with record-breaking success.  GB was able to build a fantastic team and Rodgers has little to do with their success.  But when Favre was was like Indy.  Their QB was their key to success.

If Luck goes to Colts, they will have to do something similar as GB.  Indy has chosen to work on a defense; which is an exceptional idea.  They realize they have a couple great players but all in all, they are poorous on D.  That will help Luck.  But they gotta protect him too....and I'm not sure how they plan to do that yet.

I'm glad that Irsay isn't attempting to build a GB tactic though.  Glad they aren't signing him to have him sit on the bench...and basically not play anywhere else.  But that really isn't Irsay and his kindness...he has 28 million reasons to do this.

Fact is:  Owners are not loyal and they are no different than players.  This is a business.  Irsay knows Peyton will be able to play or has a good idea he can.  But he doesn't want to pay the money and wants to move in a new direction.  That is okay....but he lied about it.  Petyon is calling him on his lie.  To me; that is one heck of a chess move.  Irsay said it wasn't about the money...if he can play, he'll be signed.  So Peyton is like...."show me".

For one, I say...good move by Peyton.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:34 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

OMG Mike Freeman just wrote something I absolutely loved. Tu che' Mr. Freeman, it really is Black History Month.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:17 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Yes, Peyton put the Colts on the map for 10 years or so, and they are probably about to go right back into the crapper, after what we witnessed this season w/o him. 

But, he is a humongous egomaniac.  I always thought he was a choker, but after the Colts loss to Pittsburgh in the 2005 playoffs, when the Colts had started off something like 13-0 that season, the first comment out of his mouth at the end of the game was "my protection wasn't really there today".  Oh, and he also bad mouthed the kicker for missing a potentially game tying field goal that should never have even been attempted if not for a monumental gaffe by Jerome Bettis (a world class choker in his own right).  I have never once heard him say "we lost today because I didn't play well", which would have been a very accurate statement many, many times in the playoffs.

I think the comparison to Favre is dead on.  One Super Bowl win, one loss.  A bunch of passing records.  Great longevity.  And now, a waning career that is about to go into big time drama mode.  He'd do well to take a cue from Dan Marino and end his career with his dignity still in tact.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:11 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I clicked on the link assuming it would be an explanation of how Manning has thrown teammates under the bus, perhaps with multiple examples and support for this inflammatory statement  Instead, I start reading some clown's biased perspective on why he hates Manning.  I stopped reading after the "author' claimed Brett Farve has been just as successful as Manning.  Which is equivalent to saying Justin Bieber has been just as successful as Frank Sinatra.  It was obvious that the moron who penned the article wasn't even qualified to be a CBS sports writer.  Then I saw it was published in the New York Times.  That's like using the National Enquirer to back up a story on the war in Iraq.  

Peyton says all the right things in his interview, and sounds sincere to me.  But he's basically campaigning to keep his job or interview through the media for a new one.  I'm sure everybody would love to get paid $28 million for just being a nice guy.  But this is a business. A very lucrative business.  Peyton's future career and endorsements are riding on his popularity.  What better international stage than the Super Bowl in Indy, when every sportswriter in town wants an interview with Peyton? Maybe he's not upstaging his brother, he's just taking the public eye off Eli so he can focus on the task at hand.   It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out Peyton would be routing for the Giants even if Eli wasn't the QB. 

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:03 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

you must work/sleep with KitchTongue out

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:00 pm

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Colts owe him nothing but  his salary and benefits..try telling your boss he owes you..he may owe you 2 weeks severance,dumb shit

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or