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Luck over Manning? Seriously?

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There are a lot of things that get me hot and bothered, and then there are things that infuriate me as a sports fan. One is any time someone talks bad about Brett Favre; another is when people try to compare Brady’s rings, to Mannings stats. (Don’t even get into it with me, that’s for another post)
The most recent one is all this nonsense talk about Peyton Manning being traded. People seem to think that the logical thing to do is to throw Manning to another team, get a 1st round pick out of him, and draft Andrew Luck. I mean Andrew Luck is at the level of Manning right? Seriously… c’mon! The guys old what does he have left anyway? Coming off this neck injury, has got to have slowed him down a little wouldn’t ya think?

Listen people; let me nail this into your brain real quick. This should be the last time that Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck should be put in the same sentence. So for the sake of pursuing that very thought, I’m going to refer to Andrew Luck as “that young guy” for the rest of this post, because….well….quite frankly he deserves nothing more.
Peyton Manning last year, with a “mysterious lack of velocity” to his throwing arm, threw for 4,700 yards, and 33 touchdowns. Extending his streak of “4,000 yard seasons” to 8. This stat alone, is enough to never compare a Senior in college to the great Peyton Manning. A 3 time Pro Bowler, Superbowl MVP Quarterback, who has had 6, 12+ win seasons in the NFL and has carried a team since 1997 does not deserve to be kicked to the curb like this.

Yes, I believe Andrew Luck will be a great NFL quarterback, No I do not think he can play at the level of Peyton Manning (possibly ever) and no I do not think a possibly winless NFL team is better off with a rookie quarterback, what world are you guys living in!?
This team was a playoff team a year ago, with Peyton Manning under center, they add defensive firepower, lose virtually no one, except for their star quarterback and they are winless. Somehow in the midst of this, Manning is the one being roasted? Why was no one talking about his age last year when he was doing the “manning thing” and shredding defenses like usual? Why was there no speculation, or skepticism last off season, when Peyton Manning missed Pre-Season games due to multiple off-season surgeries?

Don’t get me wrong folks; I feel the hype of “that young guy” too. I see the size, the mobility, the sweet ball he throws, right in the bread basket. I see all of this, as you all do. But to think if Peyton Manning is ready to do, with his mindset, with his competitiveness, and with his offensive structure he brings to the table that the team he did so much for would trade him away for a rookie? That is stomach turning. It’s truly sad to see how unloyal NFL organizations, and fans are these days. It’s sickening to see so many fans forget about a guy like Peyton. Maybe it will take him participating in “dancing with the stars” and doing his common commercials for people to be reminded that Peyton is still here. But I have a hunch, that one of the most passionate competitors that this league has ever seen, will be right back into form next year. With “that young guy” behind him or not, in a Colts uniform.


Amateur Critics at Their Finest

Hello Folks,

This is officially my first Word Press post ever, so cut me some slack…Nah, who am I kidding? The world is full of amateur critics.
I myself am an amateur critic. What I mean by that is, whatever entertainment I am a part of (spectator on my part) I either write, broadcast, (to my friends LOL) or” Tweet”  my opinion(s) on the quality of things, what I felt happened or why it happened (in sports events) and so forth. I feel like most everybody in the Internet World today, LOVE to do the same. Most of the time NEGATIVE thoughts are brought forth, because who doesn’t love to point out negative things? This is honestly the world of sports spectating, and analyzing today. All of the Major sports websites that I myself go to (ESPN, Profootballtalk, NBA, MLB, etc) usaully are posting on things they KNOW will get a huge comment base of negative thoughts. Never will you see “Packers pursuing best starts since the 60’s” Instead it’s “Packers cut it close with Bucs”
Why is that?  Because that’s what gets the reactions! When Tim Tebow had yet ANOTHER comeback win (last week against the chargers) The next day, there wasn’t a post on ESPN about his victory, the execution of it all, or praise of the drive summary; Instead you see “Elway Not Set on Tebow For Future”  Then you proceed to read through the thousands of comments about how terrible Tebow is, how he can’t throw the ball, how he isn’t a pro quarterback, and how he is a joke. Followed by a few comments in between, contradicting those thoughts, and so on , and so forth. The more you hate on a WINNING quarterback, the more negativity you bring up, the more the  hype.

Still don’t believe me? Let me bring up ONE name for you and FORCE you to sigh, whether you like it or not. Ready? Here it is…
BRETT FAVRE. Told you; And no, he is not un-retiring. Annoyed yet? thought so. All a sports columnist has to bring up to immediately agitate, and get readers going is the B word. It might as well be censored by the damn FCC. Brett Favre is a media MACHINE. All ESPN has to do on a slow day, is get one of their most boring writers to put up a “Favre coming back” headline, with a short video (possibly with his wranglers commercial beforehand) of Favre in a Vikings jersey, and they are guaranteed to have at least a couple hundred bitter Packers fans on that post within 5 minutes. Forget the fact the man , a once worshiped 3 time mvp, who holds every virtual career record in the NFL since his years in Green Bay. Forget the Gutsy perfomances, the 400+ yards the day after his dad died, the 300+ yards with a broken thumb, forget the starts streak and being IRON MAN of the NFL, forget it all; Nobody cares about that! Only true fans who have watched sports for 15+ years care about the enjoyment of watching that man play, the enjoyment of LOVING TO HATE the guy because their team was toasted by a  quarterback who threw 3 interceptions in the first half, only to throw 4 td’s in the second for a comeback victory. The present day fans care about the enjoyment of ROASTING a once NFL great over message boards, and comments on headlines for attention, NOW THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT.

In the world where we can say ANYTHING on the internet, it is much more fun to say terribly mean things about an athlete, and hate him for no reason, than to praise him for the good. THAT takes effort, and most of all a little bit of knowledge…and let’s be honest, who takes the time to watch a FULL game anymore when you can go to the NFL website to watch the highlights. Right? … Sense the sarcasm? Writers knowing this, take the easy way out, they feed the fire. They chop up a popular sports figure, and throw em’ to the dogs. They set up the hate party, and once it starts it’s usually never ending. Similar to a Charlie Sheen party.

Get my point? Next time you are on a website, mostly ESPN…Browse a little, read the headlines, take note of this. Tell me what you think. I think you’ll be surprised as to how much you will notice.