Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:29 am

The Daily Shoutout: Rob Lowe's Manning prediction

OPENING HIT: Rob Lowe tweeted that Peyton Manning would retire and the entire sports world lost its freaking mind.

This is a story about the power of social media and gullibility with a dash of ego to boot. It’s documented that Lowe is friends with Colts owner Jim Irsay who is a master tweeter and a guy who likes to have fun, too.

This is what I think happened. Lowe pulled the Manning news out of his ass. He tweeted it. Irsay saw his tweet and then decided to play along. So washed up actor s--- stirrer + social media + rumor = gold.

Now, my belief is that Manning just might retire. I’ve long believed that but I don’t think Lowe knows a damn thing. This is the NFL, not St. Elmo’s Fire. Future plans of one of the great passers of all time don’t get leaked to actors. Unless it’s Jim Brown. Or maybe Burt Reynolds.

So here we are. Another historic moment in social media. An 80s star tweets about Manning retiring and we all lose it. Not sure who that speaks more ill of. Lowe…

…or us.
Category: NFL
Tags: Colts, Manning, NFL
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:14 am

'We're in love with Peyton Manning too much'

OPENING HIT: Former player Cris Carter said this on ESPN: "We're in love with Peyton Manning too much." Sounds nonsensical at first (and not that there's anything wrong with that) but there is a great deal of truth to his statement. A great deal. And I believe the Colts think the same thing as Carter.

What did Carter mean? Manning has gone through two surgeries. He missed an entire season with a dangerous neck injury. He's older. And while Manning missing the season demonstrates his value to the franchise it also demonstrates that the Colts are far from just one player away. That entire roster needs a dramatic overhaul.

Manning is the logical place to begin. That's what Carter meant. We're so in love with Manning that sometimes logic is tossed out the window. No matter how great Manning has been there's no question the Colts should think hard about letting him go particularly if they do get a shot at Andrew Luck.

Players age. Their skills deteriorate. Even players with great skills like Manning's. It has happened to every great player: Montana, Unitas, Marino...on and on it goes. (Interestingly the one older player who I've seen decline very little physically is Tom Brady. But his time will come as well.)

We're in love with Peyton Manning too much. Awkward statement but an accurate one. We are and in his case it's OK to fall out of it.
Category: NFL
Tags: Colts, Manning, NFL
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:53 am

Today's Daily Shoutout: Shut it, Eli critics

OPENING HIT: No, seriously, shut it if you still think Eli Manning can't win, or is a wimp, or makes funny facial expressions, or whatever it is people criticize Manning for these days. That come from behind win against Dallas was classic and the third best story this season behind the Packers and Tim Tebow is Manning. He's been on fire all year. In fact, I could easily argue that after Aaron Rodgers no one is playing the position better than Manning.

Sunday night was a perfect example of the difference between Tony Romo and Manning. Manning is a winner with a Super Bowl title under his belt and Romo is a stat machine. I'd rather have the winner.

Behind that boyish Manning face is a killer. I mean, stone, cold killer.

This statistic from Giants insider Patricia Traina says a great deal: Manning has 20 career game winning drives including six this season alone.

Now, I know Manning will still have his doubters and plenty of them. They raise out of the muck when he throws a few picks and go radio silent when he does well. But they never leave. They stick around like lint in a dryer.

Meanwhile Manning keeps making them look dumb.

THE ANTI-MANNING: Time to stop making excuses for Carson Palmer. He's terrible.

BEST WISHES: To Atlanta coach Mike Smith who experienced chest pains after the Falcons' victory on Sunday. Smith is one of the most sincere and decent men in all of football and I'm told he's home and doing fine.

RAHEEM MORRIS: People around the sport believe his chances of survival are less than 50 percent. It's amazing how things happen in this league. Remember last season when the NFL sang his praises as one of the best young coaches in football?

JEFF TRIPLETTE: Been saying it for years--worst game official in all of sports. He and his crew prove it again.
Category: NFL
Tags: Giants, Manning, NFL
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