Sunday, January 04, 2009
I've been a Colts fan since my sophomore year of college. The moment Peyton Manning was drafted by the Colts, I finally had a reason to believe that one of my closest college friends - who was also a fan of Ball State University - wasn't completely crazy. Peyton was a Tennessee boy, so when he went to Indianapolis, I had to believe that it was okay to move my allegiance from the 49ers of my childhood (Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Tom Rathman, etc) to the Indy of my adulthood.
Sure they went 3-13 Peyton's first year and it was tough watching Peyton get his rear end handed to him Sunday after Sunday. But it was something to build on. He and Marvin Harrison seemed like a good team and Aaron Whisler and I were happy to cheer on the then hapless Colts.
Over the years, Peyton has proved that he is the best quarterback in the game. Tom Brady is good, don't get me wrong - I hate him and the Pats, but he's a good QB. Favre holds all the records, but the dude has played a bazillion years and to go along with all the good records, he also holds the record for most incompletions and most interceptions. I'll take Peyton's 95 career passer rating over Favre's 4 interceptions week 17. Some people says it's arguable; I say it's laughable to think anything else - Peyton is the best QB ever in the history of the NFL.
And he has a Super Bowl ring to go with the stats.
But dangit! Why can't they ever just win a freaking easy playoff game?!! It's the Chargers and they are freaking 8 and freaking 8. They lost 8 games this year. Granted all 8 losses were by a total of like 34 points, but still! They LOST 8 GAMES!!! I want to cheer my Colts...my once hapless, now consistently playoff hapless...to the Super Bowl. I wanted a Manning-Manning Super Bowl and I wanted to watch those stinking Giants go down in a ball of fire as my boy passed for a Super Bowl record 17 touchdowns. I know...that's more than 4 per quarter, but I could see it happen. Peyton is the man.
So, I'm heart broken. I'll still watch the playoffs. I'll have to cheer for someone else. Probably some crappy team like the Steelers or maybe the other, less talented Manning. Maybe Tennessee, since I am a Nashville boy now. Now that I think about it, yeah, I'll cheer the Titans on.
But Peyton, I want you to know, I'm not angry with you. I'm just disappointed with you. I know, I know...it was the defense that gave up stupid stupid long runs to Darren Sproles, a pygmy who somehow runs over guys 4 times his size...I get it. But you shoulda thrown 17 touchdowns so that the pygmy didn't matter.