Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Forever A Colt

     March 7, 2012, a day that will live in infamy throughout the sports world. It signifies the death of a legend and the beginning of something foreign and incomprehensible. Peyton Manning was released on March 7, 2012, and parted ways with the Indianapolis Colts after over a decade of providing stability and prosperity. Colts owner Bill Polian and Manning staged a press conference, and each of them realized that this was an unfortunate necessity, and that they must move on. Manning gave a moving speech, in which he stated that, "I've been a Colt for almost all my adult life. But I guess in life and in sports, we all know that nothing lasts forever. Times change, circumstances change, and that's the reality of playing in the NFL....I haven't thought yet about where I'll play, but I have thought a lot about where I've been. And I've truly been blessed. I've been blessed to play here. I've been blessed to be in the NFL. "And as I go, I go with just a few words left to say, a few words I want to address to Colts fans everywhere. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. I truly have enjoyed being your quarterback. Thank you."

     His being cut leaves the Colts with one option-to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, (At Left) who, ironically, has been compared to Manning for many years. He's the Colts only hope. They have gone into full-on rebuilding mode by cutting former All-Star tight end Dallas Clark, and the perennial disappointment we call Joseph Addai. Let's hope Irsay didn't screw this one up. His father is forever infamous as the guy who moved the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis overnight without so much as a goodbye. I can only imagine how bad the backlash would become if Manning wins a Super Bowl with the Broncos...or five.

     Manning has since moved on now. He signed a deal with the Denver Broncos worth $96,000,000. But why? Well, as I stated in the last post, the Miami Dolphins were to dumb to even concoct a vaguely intelligent plan, and I instantly ruled them out. The Redskins were out early by essentially trading for Robert Griffin III. The Arizona Cardinals commit to their quarterback, Kevin Kolb, by giving him a huge roster bonus. The slimming of the field left only the Tennessee Titans, whose head coach blocked for Manning's father Archie, The Denver Broncos, and the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are undoubtedly the best team out of the three, but Manning didn't chose them. Why? Manning has always stated that it would be his dream to play against his brother, Eli Manning, in the Super Bowl. The 49ers are in the same conference as the Giants, so signing with them would permanently eliminate any chance of that dream becoming reality. I was really pulling for the Titans to swoop in and grab Manning. What would be better than seeing him and dynamic running back Chris Johnson playing against the Colts in a divisional game? But the Titans had a weakness, and that may have been their strength-that they were in the same division as the Indianapolis Colts. Manning seems too nice and not bitter enough to torment his former employer.

     That leaves the Denver Broncos, whom I predicted to win this twisted March Madness competition at its conception. I don't know why. I just did. It seemed right.  They had the polarizing freakazoid athlete that we call Tim Tebow, who has just been traded for a 4th round pick to the New York Jets, but that didn't stop legend John Elway from getting his man. The Broncos have a suspect defense at best, and really lacked the offensive weapons to do anything. If Manning wanted offensive weapons he'd have signed with the Cardinals or 49ers. But he didn't. As mentioned above, he signed with them for $96,000,000. We saw what happened when a largely unchanged Colts team lost Manning. Now we can see what happens when a playoff team gets him. Manning will forever be an Indianapolis Colt, and we can see that even he realizes that. I mean, look at the picture at left. He doesn't look to happy. I can only wish him the best in the future. Just know, Peyton Manning, to me and all the sports world, you will an Indianapolis Colt.

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1 comment:

  1. Yeah I don't know why the broncos are signing him after that whole craze about Tebow.