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Don’t Let 60 Minutes of Football Make You a Crazy Person

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First of all, I finally got a prediction right(!!). I sometimes wish the internet had an erase function (don’t we all?), but I ended a long run of putting my foot in my mouth when the Seattle defense dominated the Super Bowl on Sunday.

As the massacre played out, and Seattle kept stretching its lead, I had a few thoughts:

First, “Wow, this is an ass kicking.”

Then, “Can we really consider Peyton Manning the greatest of all time with this on his resume?”

After letting things sink in over the past day, I thought about how silly it was of me to question Manning’s legacy with the result of just one game.

I’ve never been a big Manning fan. Not that I don’t recognize his greatness, but he has long been on my Sports Hate list for a few reasons: He’s coddled by the media. He has a lukewarm playoff record (11-12 overall, eight first-game losses). I spent three years in Indiana, and his fans are New-York-Knicks-level annoying. He’s always on my TV trying to sell me something.

Add it up, and you could say I’ve had my fill of Manning, Evil Manning, and the infamous Manning Face.

BUT, I’d trade Matt Stafford (the quarterback of my favorite team) for him in a second, and his overall numbers speak for themselves. He’s an unquestioned all-time great.

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So why are respected journalists calling his legacy into question? How can you throw away a season that included the most passing yards ever, an MVP award (his fifth by the way, the most ever), and 55 freaking touchdowns because of a bad result against the league’s best defense? I think it speaks to the minds of sports fans.

We’re all crazy. (Yes, even you.)

I love Twitter, but one downside is that it gives idiots and the rest of us an equal platform. So this guy:

Peyton Ringzzzz

…gets to help shape the perception of Manning as much as anyone else. And this guy gets to spread that message to a lot more than 145 followers (sorry, Brian).

It’s madness. And somehow it all hinges on 60 minutes of football where a bad snap 12 seconds into the game can set the tone and a kickoff return can break the game open.

I won’t forgive Manning for leading his team to only eight points. That’s abysmal, and he deserves his share of the blame for that. But I won’t remove Peyton from the Greatest of All Time discussion either. He earned that over the course of 16 seasons. And it’s crazy to think otherwise because of one game.

How about you? Do you think Peyton’s lasting image is tarnished because of Sunday’s beat down? If he had won, would he be any closer to being the GOAT?

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Hit the comments and let me know!

Oh by the way, #EsuranceSave30

Comment(7)

  1. That game was doomed from the first snap. I've always said Peyton and Brady are pretty much the same guy. So the results of Sundays game made no real impact on my feelings on Peyton, hes still great. I'd even go as far as saying he's the best QB in the NFL today. No one will ever match Joe Montana SB record. Montana had an all star cast but still, a 4-0 Superbowl record is crazy. Brady Peyton, Rodgers, Brees are all in the same class and will def be HOF'ers. BUT there is a new breed…Collin Kap, Russ Wilson, Newton and RG3 are coming for the dudes – pause. I cant wait for the season to start in the fall……#NinersBaby!

    1. You know, I notice one name missing from the list…Matt Ryan. I actually wrote about that last year. There are guys right now winning/playing for titles, and there's a new generation that seems like they've already passed him. Seems quite possible he gets squeezed out.

      And yeah…Montana's record is safe until we're dead I think, lol.

      1. Agree with the Matt Ryan point. He was one game away from playing in the Super Bowl last year I believe many forget. For some odd reason many people dislike the Atlanta Falcons or enjoy making fun of them when they lose…I don't get it, but ohs wells.

      2. Ryan reminds me of Flaco and Romo..Hes in that class to me…They're spotty. At times they look great but choke under pressure

  2. It's hard to ignore that 11-12 in spite of Manning's other achievements in the record book. I've never been 1 to use rings as the litmus test for greatness anyway. But realistically Manning's window has officially closed on getting another ring and his legacy is what it is. 1 of the best, but not the greatest ever.

  3. Bottomline is Manning is one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. Period. If one wants to use minute criteria to distinguish the best from the best then that's fine….but let's not get confused and shove Manning out of the "best of the best" group, lol. I almost feel like that's what people are doing when this discussion comes up *cough* Cowherd *cough*

    It's almost laughable to it appears some people would speak more highly of a QB that has never been to a SB than one that has been to one and lost it. And the other thing I don't get is how easily people are dismissing Mannings one Super Bowl that he WON….like it never happened or something, lol. "Well, he only has one.." only???? SMH. lol.

  4. Win lose or draw, Peyton was gonna be Peyton. In an era when the media was ready to call pocket passers relics in the read option era, Peyton tore defenses apart. what I will say is in all 12 playoff losses, this is the first time I seen a team quit which for a qb is a bigger indictment on whether he gets ring #2 ever
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