February 03, 2014

In Defense of Peyton Manning


I should say at the onset of this post, I'm almost entirely indifferent towards Peyton Manning. I don't love him. I don't hate him.

However, I will admit that I was cheering for the Broncos to win the Super Bowl. I had two reason for this. First, I have two friends that love the Broncos. Second, and more importantly, I am so sick of hearing untalented sports columnists/personalities offer their "invaluable" insight on Peyton's legacy. Not to name names but...




Earlier this evening my friend sent me the following tweet:

Jayson Stark (@jaysonst)
This oughta make Peyton feel better, huh? RT @FTatis23: 8 points in the superbowl...i had 8 rbi in one inning

Many of you are asking, "Who the heck is Fernando Tatis?"  My point exactly.  Making fun of Peyton  is tired and unoriginal. I'm not asking you for new material (especially from you Mr. Reilly. I know you gave up on that ten years ago). But I would much rather the sports world focus on just about anything else. Unfortunately, I know "Peyton's Place in History" will be the headline for the next seventeen weeks on ESPN.com (until Johnny Football does...well just about anything).

So, in attempt to diversify the sports "water cooler talk", allow me to present the following eight reasons why we should stop blaming Peyton Manning for this Super Bowl loss, stop focusing on his apparent inability to win "the big game" (unless he's playing the Bears, of course) and turn our attention elsewhere. 

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#8. Peyton Manning did this once.


#7. He has never tried to hide, or explain, that weird mark on his forehead


#6. Cut that meat! Cut that meat!


#5. He's had like 56 neck surgeries. At this point, isn't he kind of playing with house money?  I became a washed up D3 basketball player after two minor knee surgeries.


#4. Most college jocks celebrate wins by...well....you know what most college jocks do. During his senior year at Tennessee, Manning lead the band in his school's fight song.


#3. The Seahawks might have cheated.


#2. This guy is still some much more annoying


#1. I would rather have Peyton Manning than any of the following quarterbacks

Season(s)Quarterback (Games)References
2013Jay Cutler (11) / Josh McCown (5)
2012Jay Cutler (15) / Jason Campbell (1)[1]
2011Jay Cutler (10) / Caleb Hanie (4) / Josh McCown (2)[2]
2010Jay Cutler (15) / Todd Collins (1)[3]
2009Jay Cutler (16)[4]
2008Kyle Orton (15) / Rex Grossman (1)[5]
2007Rex Grossman (7) / Brian Griese (6) / Kyle Orton (3)[6]
2006Rex Grossman (16)[7]
2005Kyle Orton (15) / Rex Grossman (1)[8]
2004Craig Krenzel (5) / Chad Hutchinson (5)Jonathan Quinn (3) / Rex Grossman (3)[9]
2003Kordell Stewart (7) / Chris Chandler (6)Rex Grossman (3)[10]
2002Jim Miller (8) / Chris Chandler (7) / Henry Burris (1)[11]
2001Jim Miller (13) / Shane Matthews (3)[12]
2000Cade McNown (9) / Shane Matthews (5) / Jim Miller (2)[13]
1999Shane Matthews (7) / Cade McNown (6) / Jim Miller (3)[14]
1998Erik Kramer (8) / Steve Stenstrom (7) / Moses Moreno (1)[15]
1997Erik Kramer (13) / Rick Mirer (3)[16]
1996Dave Krieg (12) / Erik Kramer (4)[17]
1995Erik Kramer (16)[18]
1994Steve Walsh (11) / Erik Kramer (5)[19]
1993Jim Harbaugh (15) / Peter Tom Willis (1)[20]
1992Jim Harbaugh (13) / Peter Tom Willis (2) / Will Furrer (1)[21]
1991Jim Harbaugh (16)[22]
1990Jim Harbaugh (14) / Mike Tomczak (2)[23]
1989Mike Tomczak (11) / Jim Harbaugh (5)[24]
1988Jim McMahon (9) / Mike Tomczak (5) / Jim Harbaugh (2)[25]
1987Jim McMahon (6) / Mike Tomczak (6) / Mike Hohensee (2) / Steve Bradley (1)[26]
1986Mike Tomczak (7) / Jim McMahon (6) / Steve Fuller (2) / Doug Flutie (1)[27]
1985Jim McMahon (11) / Steve Fuller (5)[28]
1984Jim McMahon (9) / Steve Fuller (4) / Rusty Lisch (1) / Bob Avellini (1) / Greg Landry (1)[29]
1983Jim McMahon (13) / Vince Evans (3)[30]
1982Jim McMahon (7) / Bob Avellini (2)[31]
1981Vince Evans (16)[32]
1980Vince Evans (10) / Mike Phipps (6)[33]
1979Mike Phipps (10) / Vince Evans (3) / Bob Avellini (3)[34]
1978Bob Avellini (12) / Mike Phipps (4)[35]
1977Bob Avellini (14)[36]
1976Bob Avellini (14)[37]
1975Gary Huff (9) / Bob Avellini (4) / Bobby Douglass (1)[38]
1974Gary Huff (11) / Bobby Douglass (3)[39]
1973Bobby Douglass (12) / Gary Huff (2)[40]
1972Bobby Douglass (14)[41]
1971Bobby Douglass (7) / Kent Nix (4) / Jack Concannon (3)[42]
1970Jack Concannon (13) / Bobby Douglass (1)[43]
1969Jack Concannon (5) / Bobby Douglass (7) / Virgil Carter (2)[44]
1968Bobby Douglass (7) / Virgil Carter (5) / Larry Rakestraw (2)[45]
1967Jack Concannon (12) / Larry Rakestraw (2)[46]
1966Rudy Bukich (14)[47]
1965Rudy Bukich (12) / Billy Wade (2)[48]
1964Billy Wade (10) / Rudy Bukich (4)[49]
1963Billy Wade (14)[50]
1962Billy Wade (14)[51]
1961Billy Wade (9) / Ed Brown (5)[52]
1960Ed Brown (11) / Zeke Bratkowski (1)[53]
1959Ed Brown (10) / Zeke Bratkowski (2)[54]
1958Ed Brown (11) / Zeke Bratkowski (1)[55]
1957Ed Brown (8) / Zeke Bratkowski (4)[56]
1956Ed Brown (12)[57]
1955Ed Brown (12)[58]
1954George Blanda (7) / Zeke Bratkowski (5)[59]
1953George Blanda (12)[60]
1952Bob Williams (7) / George Blanda (3) / Steve Romanik (2)[61]
1951Johnny Lujack (7) / Steve Romanik (5)[62]
1950Johnny Lujack (12)[63]
1949Johnny Lujack (7) / Sid Luckman (2) / George Blanda (2) / Bob Perina (1)[64]
1948Sid Luckman (8) / Ed Sprinkle (2) / Dick Flanagan (1) / Noah Mullins (1)[65]
1947Sid Luckman (7) / Mike Jarmoluk (3) / Mike Holovak (2)[66]
1946Sid Luckman (5) / Tom Farris (3) / Noah Mullins (3)[67]
1945 *Sid Luckman / Gene Ronzani / Al Grygo[68]
1944 *Sid Luckman / Gene Ronzani / Johnny Long[69]
1943 *Sid Luckman / Bob Snyder[70]
1942 *Sid Luckman / Charlie O'Rourke[71]
1941Sid Luckman (11)[72]
1940 *Sid Luckman / Bernie Masterson[73]
1939 *Sid Luckman / Bernie Masterson[74]
1938 *Bernie Masterson / Ray Buivid[75]
1937 *Bernie Masterson / Ray Buivid / Gene Ronzani[76]
1936 *Bernie Masterson / Keith Molesworth / Carl Brumbaugh[77]
1935 *Bernie Masterson / Carl Brumbaugh[78]
1934 *Carl Brumbaugh / Keith Molesworth[79]
1933 *Carl Brumbaugh / Keith Molesworth[80]
1932 *Carl Brumbaugh / Keith Molesworth[81]
1931 *Carl Brumbaugh[82]
1930 *Carl Brumbaugh[83]
1929 *Joey Sternaman / Paddy Driscoll[84]
1928 *Joey Sternaman / Paddy Driscoll[85]
1927 *Edward Sternaman / Paddy Driscoll[86]
1926 *Milton Romney / Paddy Driscoll[87]
1925 *Joey Sternaman[88]
1924 *Joey Sternaman[89]
1923 *Johnny Bryan[90]
1922 *Joey Sternaman[91]
1921 *Pard Pearce[92]
1920 *Pard Pearce / Chuck Dressen / Jimmy Conzelman[93]
So there you have it. Stop blaming Peyton Manning. There has to be someone else we can spend an asinine amount of time talking about...



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