Now that the dust has settled on the Colts releasing Peyton Manning, here is a transcript of the original speech that Peyton Manning was suppose to deliver to the City of Indianapolis:
To the Fans of the Colts, World Wide, I want to thank you for your loyal support to me, my family and my team. It meant a lot to me and I will always cherish the memories here.
When I was drafted by the Colts in 1998, Jim Irsay and I created a relationship which made us more like brothers than employer/employee. With the great drafting of players and selected free agents, I was able to excel on the field. But, I put in an enormous amount of time, on my own, to improve not only myself, but my teammates. I also helped make our offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and head coach look awfully great. With me carrying the team, the Colts reached new heights; Division winners, Conference champs and even winning a Super Bowl, all because of me.
During our time together I raked in $146 million dollars in 14 years. While the money was good I was forced to do numerous commercials for various companies to supplement my income to what I thought I was really worth to the team. Master Card, Direct-TV, Sprint, Oreo, etc. etc. Did you really think I wanted to kick my brother Eli down the halls of the ESPN complex. Okay, you got me there, I did.
I was the reason the Colts moved into the Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008 and got the Super Bowl XLVI, which by-the-way my brother Eli won, this year.
I suppose you think I am upset that Jim isn’t going to pay me my $28 million roster bonus, oh your sweet ass I am! I deserve that and more. It wasn’t the Indianapolis 500 or the Indiana Pacer’s that put this city on the map, nor was it was the wise-ass David Letterman. It was me and my 399 touchdowns, 54,828 yards while throwing only 198 interceptions. Did that old-man Favre thrown less interceptions then me? Nah.
In closing, I hope the Colts rot, with the exception of my former teammates, and to Andrew Luck, I hope you don’t come close to my records.
Is ScottJax getting old?? Broncos, Cardinals playoff bound?? Messi greatest soccer player ever?? This and more, in today’s edition of
Had an appointment with my surgeon this past Monday. I have been having some discomfort with my hip. It gets sore when I am at work lifting mail from containers. He says to stop lifting, but I can’t because its my job. Plus, I have been working out 4 days a week. So now he wants me off the weights and swim, or bicycle ride instead. I can use a stationary bike and ride it for 2-30 minutes. I have been contemplating retiring at 62, which would be in 6 years, or wait until I am 66 and 6 months. If I wait longer I won’t have to pay for healthcare out of my retirement because I would get Tricare for life. Plus social security would be another $600 a month more, that’s a lot of money for senior citizens to have. LOL. Oh they worries to have to make about retirement. LOL. Any suggestions???
If this blog is called Random Thoughts, why do I start writing it 3-4 days in advance?? Am I the only one who starts writing their blogs early??
Do you think with the edition of Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos or Arizona Cardinals are playoff bound?
If Manning goes to the Broncos, does Tebow get traded to the Jaguars?? Fans in Jacksonville wanted Tebow to be drafted by his hometown team, but it didn’t happen. He would have filled the seats at Everbank Stadium. But, this would not have been the same Tebow as these fans are accustom to. I think the Gators of the National Champion era would have given the Jaguars a hell of a fight.
Lionel Messi, considered one of the greatest soccer players, at the age of 23, scored 5 goals in a game. Lionel’s five goals is the first time it has been done in Champions League History. Here is poetry in motion with the great Lionel:
Knicks have lost six in a row. Is this the falls of the team? Is it Lin’s fault? Now that the team is healthy is it a jelling thing? This team is too talented not to make it to the playoffs.
Well, my weekend had started out pretty damn good...Friday night the wife and I went to dinner...We both had steak, because that fish on Friday thing is crap...Just an old bullshit deal the Church worked out with the fishermen to help increase the sales of fish...Then we saw the movie "Safe House"...Pretty good...I liked it...Kept you wondering, and had some good action...Then on the way home I talked the wife into giving me some road head...Always good!
But after about an hour after wee got home, something happened...Something went wrong...Twitter blew up with the news that the Washington Redskins had traded 3 first round picks, and a 2nd round pick to the Rams, to move up to the number two slot in the draft...Locking up the ability to draft Robert Griffin III...My dream of seeing this was crushed
Kid looked good in Brown and Orange...
I was pissed...Then rumors came out that the Browns had actually been in the mix...Offering almost as much...But honestly, I don't believe anything Adam Schefter says...Guy just throws shit against the wall and waits to see if it sticks...He's wrong at least 75% of the time! So I'm skeptical about how much the Browns really dug into the trade talks...
That said, looking at all the holes the Browns have to fill, and the fact that GM Tom Heckert said he doesn't plan on making a splash in free agency, maybe it's better they didn't give up this year's 1st and 2nd, along with their next two 1st rounders...(Yeah, I'm trying to be positive)...
Then of course we have had to deal with the Peyton Manning circus...Christ, early in the week the news broke that the Colts were going to release Manning, and all the fuck-stains at ESPN acted as if they were shocked by this...We all knew this was going to happen. Why is everyone going bat-shit about it?
Then the "Bounty-gate" talk has continued...First, I'm sick of everything semi-scandalous event, or topic having "gate" added to the end of it...This is all Nixon's fault...Ever since Watergate, we have had to put up with this...But fuck-heads, it took place in the Watergate Hotel...Gate doesn't mean bad, or dirty, or scandal...It was just part of the hotels name...So knock off all the "gate" shit!
Second, fuck all this pussy talk about this bounty shit...Monstrous men, playing a violent game, having their coach offer them money to take the violence up a notch...How and why is it so shocking? What shocking is it took this long for some one to actually talk about it...
Now I'm going to get into the political waters...Always dangerous, I know...I've avoided politics for awhile...I've been pretty much sick of all these dolts! But I have to speak up about this Rick Santorum idiot...
Listen, I understand and I can respect that there are people who's political views can be some-what shaped by their faith...But this guy is out there constantly talking about religion...Nothing about the economy...Nothing about foreign policy...Nothing about the environment...Nothing about the cost of education going up, while the quality of education is going down...It's just all about his Christianity...Are you running for President of the United States, or High Priest?
Santorum said that Kennedy's speech about separation of Church and State made him want to puke...Then I see some idiot bitch on TV saying she likes him because he believes in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights...No he doesn't! If he did he'd be all for Separation of Church and State...This country was founded Freedom of Religion...Not 'freedom to be Christian and if you aren't we're going to force our beliefs on you.'
And then of course there was big, fat, Rush Limbaugh calling a young woman a slut, and a prostitute...Rush and Rick don't think women's contraception should be covered by insurance or medicare/medicaid...Nor should having their tubes tide...Yet it's okay for a vasectomy to be covered...It's okay for Limbaugh's Viagra prescription to be covered...And yes, all those old timers have Viagra covered by Medicare/Medicaid...
Rush likes to stand on some moral high ground...Really, guy who has been divorced 3 times...He's on wife #4, yet he's fathered no kids...Were they using contraception? Has Rush been shooting blanks all these years? Maybe...Could be a side effect from all those years abusing Oxy!
It's odd, these two guys are a couple of these fuckers who say Government is too big, and needs to back off...But then they want to tell people what they can and can't do in their bedrooms...They turn around and say, 'You two women can't love each other, can't muff dive, and can't get married.' Or they say, 'Of course have sex with your wife, but no birth control allowed.' Or, 'Sorry you had a fucked up family member who sexually abused you, and got you pregnant, but you aren't allowed to abort it.' Yet none of these fuckers are standing in line to adopt the unwanted children they want to force women to have...
And fuck off if you to bash me for being pro-choice...Sorry, I don't believe some suit should be making choices for all women because of his faith...And while I believe that, clearly I'm pro-life...I got these three kids running around making me crazy don't I!
If your religious, if you have faith in a higher power, fucking awesome...But your faith shouldn't be trying to dictate government policy for a country made up all kinds of different faiths, and people who don't attach themselves to a particular faith...
And the only bit of God I want to hear about in the bedroom is this...
Kickers and Punters, Franchise players?? Smoking with Cuse?? All this, and a bounty, in this weeks edition of….
I condone the "Bounty System." Let’s not be mistaken, injuries are part of the game, but when you set up a system of rewards for knockouts, cart-offs and game-ending injuries it’s a crime. If it is true that coach Payton knew about it then the Saints should be fined with at least a number one draft pick, if not more.
Hard vicious hits have been common place in the NFL since its inception. When a wide receiver cuts to the middle of the field you don't think the DB's are salivating? I think the Saints should be severely penalized. for their actions.
You don’t need a bounty to do any damage, just let the players play and the rest is history.
Here are some of the responses from the players:
@shawnemerriman: Why is this a big deal now? Bounties been going on forever. A "Bounty" left me with a torn PCL and LCL in my knee ... -- Bills LB Shawne Merriman
@ChrisWarcraft: I mean seriously, think about it. You're talking about paying someone to INTENTIONALLY injure someone else. They put people in JAIL for that
@ChrisWarcraft: And let me make it perfectly clear - it doesn't matter WHAT team you play for. That kind of thing should NEVER happen. -- Vikings P Chris Kluwe
@jayfeely: No place in NFL for bounties. Physical play is an attribute but malicious intent should be removed -- Cardinals K Jay Feely
@damienwoody: This 'bounty' program happens all around the league...not surprising
@damienwoody: The bigger question w/ this 'bounty' issue is.....WHO SNITCHED?!?!
@damienwoody: @joey0314 I'm just speaking from a guy that was in the lockerroom....these things happened, not saying it was right, but it happened -- Ex-Pats OL Damien Woody
@ChrisHarrisNFL: Football is a violent game n just because someone is hit very hard doesn't mean it's malicious -- Lions S Chris Harris
@ShaunPhillips95: I think people forget that football is a contact sport. If you don't wanna get hurt don't play. I was always told keep your head on a swivel -- Chargers LB Shaun Phillips
"It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated," Goodell said in a statement. "We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it."
Jacksonville Jaguars place franchise tag on kicker Josh Scobee. Go figure??
Prater, Weatherford. What’s with kickers/punters being franchised???
Just when I was enjoying Syracuse’s greatest season in history, with a 30-1 record and undefeated in the Big East, this bombshell hit’s the airwaves:
In accordance with NCAA regulations, it is the University's practice to self-report possible violations to the NCAA. We self-reported issues with drug testing to the NCAA, and there is currently an ongoing inquiry," the school said in a statement Monday. "The inquiry does not involve any current SU student-athletes. To ensure the integrity of the ongoing process, we are unable to comment further at this time."
Crap what a way to run a day.
Reportedly 10 players since 2001 test positive for banned recreational substance. They were allowed to practice and play in games they should have been suspended for..
From a person who bought Wayne Gretzy’s house for $31 million dollars, it has been all down hill ever since. Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to three years in a California State prison after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.
Dykstra still faces federal bankruptcy charges and is scheduled to stand trial this summer. He filed for bankruptcy a few years ago, claiming he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets. Federal prosecutors said that after filing, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from the $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.
"I do have remorse for some of the things I've done," he said. "But because I wasn't a perfect person am I a criminal? Everyone wants to make me out to be a monster."
With a 12-2 conference record, Harvard won the Ivy League title. It’s the first appearance for the Crimson since 1946.
Peyton Manning, the quarterback who put Indianapolis on the map was released from the Colts. The writing was on the wall when Irsay cleaned house with the management team and new coaches. I personally think the Colt’s should have given him the $28 million owed to him if he was on the roster by Thursday. If it wasn’t for Manning the Colt’s don’t get a new stadium. Hopefully Peyton lands on his feet elsewhere and has another 5-6 great years left in him.
Ever since I listened to Kasey Kasem and America's Top 40, I always wanted to say:
"Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars."