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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: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:38 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Macks Alan, I couldn't agree more!  I don't know if Freeman knows something we don't or just likes to see his words is print.  But this whole focus on Peyton Manning during the biggest Football week is just plain sad.  I am a PATS fan, but I really do feel sorry for Eli, it is his week, being the QB for the Giants and all anyone can talk about is his older brother.  I really hope the focus goes back to where it belongs; Eli Manning and the Giants and Tom Brady and the Patriots and forget  about Peyton and the Colts who shouldn't even be a blimp on the radar during Super Bowl week, with the exception of playing in Indy's house.  If Peyton, his agent and PR team set this all up during Super Bowl Week, than that just shows how classless and cut throat he really is.  As soon as he knew his little brother was going to be one of the QB's in the big game, Peyton should have cancelled all his PR.  Let Eli have his due.  He is a great QB in is own right and should be known for that not as Peyton's little brother!  Peyton either move on or retire! 
#1 PATS FAN in Colorado 

Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:34 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Great response, obviously they're forgetting that Manning reworked his contract to defer money so the Irsay's could sign players needed to get to and win the Super Bowl, some of this money he has already earned, the rest is a good investment.  He is the Franchise Icon (Marketing and Performance).  Love you guys who don't just believe what you read!!

The Shot Doctor 

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:33 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

This has nothing to do with Manning and everything to do with the media douches like Freeman. They're all sitting around rubbing elbows in Indy, playing grab ass and talking Peyton Manning nonstop. Both sides, Manning's camp and Colts ownership, are being prodded with questions 24/7. When you have questions, you have answers. When you have answers, you have half-assed stories/blog posts. Here's an idea, you media sacks of duke. Focus on the two teams playing in the Super Bowl, at least until Monday. Is that asking for much?

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:21 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I usually hate the way players try to manipulate everyone to reach their own ends, but it's smart to look at the most important part of all these types of battles:  money.  Every player thinks he deserves more money (and respect), but only some of them actually do.  Peyton stands to "cost" the Colts a lot of cash over the coming years, including a huge bonus in a month or so.  But for a dozen years, the Colts have thrived on the tickets sold, merchandise, value of advertising, etc. brought to them by Manning.  Jordan, Kobe, Pujols, Brady, Manning...there's just certain guys, even if you don't like them or their attitudes, that made/make money for everyone around them.  It's kinda ridiculous that he even has to be manipulative...he practically printed that money, so give it to him.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:18 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Freeman, true journalists cite sources, or give some justification for what they choose to publish.  Do you have ANY substatiation for "throws teamates under the bus" and "carefully plotted, well designed and unquestionab
ly coming from Manning's camp"?  These are just blantant generizations and not even worthy of sports rag.  Gow up.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:11 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Your first two paragraphs were all I had to read freeman. You of all people as a writer should know that hearsay doesn't fly, unless of course you're writing for a tabloid. "undoubtedly from Manning's camp? He's thrown teammates under the bus publically?" Document and cite ALL your sources moron. God no wonder you were caught for lying and fired years ago, what a stooge.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:03 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Why does this waste of column space and DNA still have a job?


Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:02 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

Do you think he is doing it to try and take pressure off of his brother? Or maybe his doctors appointment had been scheduled well in advance? Do you have proof his team leaked this? I call this and all of the negative media - poor journalism. You have nothing better to do and feel like slamming someone. Cbs sports. I want the news, not jetsey shore style nfl coverage.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:54 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

This is all about The 28 million owed to Manning...y do football players get so screwed? If this was bball MLB or the NHL he would be getting his dough...but in the NFL the richest league on earth players get treated like animals...I don't get it...they get cut at any time with little money have NFL owners gotten themselves a sweet heart deal like this?

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 8:48 am

Super Bowl Shoutout: Manipulative Manning

I don't get the love for Brett Favre his numbers are overblow due to the years he's played not based on how good he is. Think he'd of broken any of Dan Marino's records had he only played the same amount of years as Marino? Nope. I'm in no way implying Favre isn't a great QB but you give Peyton Manning the number years Favre has had, and Manning would blow Favre's numbers out of the water. Favre played 6 more years as a starter than Manning. So yeah you give Manning 6 more full years as a starter and rest assured Manning beats Favre in almost any important QB category.

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