I have to do some traveling this week and planned to fly into Baltimore/Washington this morning. I didn’t have my appointments finalized, so I held off on getting a hotel room but since I knew I had to go, I booked my flights. Having finalized my schedule, I went back to the reservation system to get my room...and I realized that instead of booking for a Monday morning flight, I booked a Sunday morning flight. Ugh. Change fees being more than the cost of an additional hotel night, I was stuck going to Washington a day earlier...not to mention up at 5 AM on a Sunday
Obviously, this is suboptimal. Up early on a Sunday morning, arriving 26 hours before I actually have to be anywhere. The object then is to find something to do. Getting a single NFL ticket shouldn’t be too too difficult. Turns out the Ravens are away. The Redskins are not only away, but playing on Monday. I have a bunch of time so I look up the Eagles - nope, they’re in Arizona. That’s what’s called a losing streak. I’m in Baltimore/Washington a day early and of 3 possible teams, they’re all away.
Here’s where it gets interesting. 6 years ago, we welcomed a young woman from Trinidad & Tobago into our home on a work study program. Over the 18 months she was here, her family and boyfriend traveled here several times. Our families became close and when she and her now husband were married, we went to Trinidad for the wedding.
Her family is large and sprawling - spanning the world from China and India, to Canada, France and the UK. As Americans, we were the least far flung of the guests. We spent 10 days in Trinidad and Tobago, becoming more a part of her family as she became part of ours. One of the branches of her family represents from Toronto - having moved from Trinidad and married an Irish Canadian.
Her Canadian and half-Irish cousin, is also a Trinidad and Tobago citizen as well as a Canadian. As it happens, she’s also a bit of a soccer player, and it’s because of this I have something to do Sunday. Improbably, this Canadian, half-Irish young woman, because she holds Trinidad citizenship, is eligible to play for the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. This is her in the picture the left.
Improbably, CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football of which the US is part, in fact several MLS teams are part of the CONCACAF Champions league) is holding it’s Women’s Championship in the US for qualification for the Women’s World Cup in Canada next year.
Trinidad is a team fresh off winning the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Cup, but arrived in Texas earlier this month with a total of $500 - a financial situation so dire that Haiti’s women’s team stepped up and gave them their funds. Consider that - the Caribbean’s wealthiest nation accepting a donation from one of the world’s poorest. Humiliating. T&T repaid the favor by defeating their benefactors in the tournament. The backstory behind how they even had the $500 is even more interesting - one of the players' fathers' is airport security, and when his daughter told him of the teams' plight, he gave them $500...of which $300 was spent in Miami just feeding the team.
Women’s World Cup. So, on Sunday, because I’m arriving a day early, and because Trinidad lost on penalty kicks to Costa Rica on Friday, I was at PPL Park in Chester PA - about 90 miles from BWI - to watch Arin King and Trinidad & Tobago take on Mexico for her chance to play for the Women’s World Cup in one of her two home countries next year. Unlike my dear friend IHateMillen, I do like soccer and am looking forward to my day Sunday. Let’s go Soca Princesses. Trinidad had their chance - they went up 2-1 with about 20 minutes left to play....but Mexico tied it up a minute later...and went to the races in overtime. Trini lost 4-2, but can still make the WWC via a home and home series with Equador later next month.
What do these Facebook quizzes mean? “What kind of candy are you?,” “Who were you in a past life?” Seriously, what are you thinking about when you look at it and say, “Yeah, what kind of candy am I?” Yeah, it's probable that I'm a 3-Musketeers bar that was Teddy Roosevelt in a past life.
In the second game of the day, The US Women defeated Costa Rica to win the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship...by a score of 6-0. Abby Wambach scored 4 times. 4. Just ridiculous. Congratulations USA - and as much affinity as I feel for the Trini women, I'm an American and the USA is my team.
Consider how improbable this is: James Shields has pitched in the World Series for...The Tampa Bay Rays and The Kansas City Royals. Seriously? Appearing in the World Series for 2 different teams isn't THAT big a deal (I mean, other than appearing in the World Series that is), but what's the likelihood of appearing for THOSE two teams?
Since I’m writing this on Saturday, I don’t have any commentary on the World Series other than to say that I couldn’t be more surprised if I woke up in the morning with my head sewn to the carpet not only that the Royals are in the Series, but are giving the Giants a run for it. Talk about improbable. I put together an interesting tidbit by following a link to old favorite “Bad Edd” from the TSN days’ blog. After the 1995 season, the Cleveland Browns left Cleveland for Baltimore, being rechristened the Ravens. Back in 1954, the St. Louis Browns left town for Baltimore, being rebranded the Orioles. It seems clear, then, that to name your team the Browns is to ask Baltimore to poach them and rename the team after a bird.
Peyton Manning is a pretty passionate guy. It’s part of what makes him great - and even as a Patriots/TB12 toady, I’m here to tell you Manning is the guy I’d choose to lead my team if I had to win one regular season game. But, he’s just about finished dispatching the Chargers by 14-points and he’s got a issue with the scoreboard operator because he was instigating the crowd. Now, look you’re going to win this game by two touchdowns, why do you have to publicly call out a guy making tops, $50,000 - a decent salary, but let’s face it, most cats making $50k aren’t being called out in front of the media, and fans. Put this in perspective: He made $30-million last year, or about $83,000 a day. He was winning this game, no doubt. Was the Scoreboard team checked out? Sure. But it didn’t cost the Broncos anything. Have that conversation behind closed doors. Seriously man. There are ways to handle things...and that probably wasn't the best way to handle that.
As a Red Sox fan, Curt Schilling was a hero to me in 2001 for having improbably dispatched the Yankees in the World Series, and later on when he improbably dispatched the Yankees in the ALCS for the Red Sox - amping it up with a tendon sewed onto his ankle. Like him or hate him - he’s a pretty outspoken guy on a lot of issues - he’s always struck me as being a personally accountable guy. His position on his recent diagnosis and treatment for oral cancer only reinforces this for me. I happen to respect him immensely.
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. If you ever want to know the best time to visit Austin, Texas…my stock answer is usually October. Although the weather is usually great this time of year, this year…it has been perfect. Although the weather may be perfect, life has been anything but. A few weeks ago, my middle daughter was T boned while driving to class. The girl that hit my daughter was driving her boyfriend’s brand new Mercedes…yeah, I know. I got that phone call and advised my daughter to immediately call the police. I learned my lesson with the last accident I was involved in. Although police will tell you not to call them when the accident is minor, I have found that having a police report is a big deal. In the accident I was involved in, the insurance company had a difficult time contacting their customer. It took a voice message from me that and a mention about hiring an attorney before the call was made. The insurance company acted like I was out of luck if the other driver refused to acknowledge the wreck. Since that time…I call the police and get a police report. Thankfully, my daughter got that police report as once again…the other party refused to return phone calls regarding the accident. Finally we got this taken care of, but what a pain. Of course, then our refrigerator suddenly stopped working. I had a guy come out last week and it turns out that the compressor has gone out. Say what? I was stunned when he said it was $1000 to replace the compressor. It was a nice fridge…but not that nice. The kicker was the following day my computer crashed. I was reminded of MartinLawrence’s line from “Blue Streak”...”I can’t believe so much bad shit can happen on such a beautiful day.” I am sorry that I have not been around much the past few days, but with limited internet access, it really has been difficult. But as they say, life goes on…and so does the world of sports.
Madison Bumgarner is just a country boy, but he has a penchant for pitching well in the playoffs.
If Tuesday night is any indication, the Giants are up to the task of slowing down the runaway Royals. I did not get to watch the entire game, but the few innings I saw were enough to see that the only real big game pitcher in this series is Madison Bumgarner. As talented as the Royals are…they simply do not have an arm to match up with Bumgarner. To be honest, there may not be a better playoff pitcher in baseball than Madison Bumgarner. The Giants have been on this big stage before and it showed. Game 2 Wednesday night could prove to be huge for the Royal's WS chances. If they head to San Francisco down 0-2, it could be a short series. My hunch is that the Royal bats return today and that we do have that battle that everyone expected.
Congratulations to Peyton Manning on establishing a new all- time TD record. There are some records that stand out from others and this is certainly one of the biggies. The Broncos look to my eyes to be the best team in football and certainly on the fast track to return to the Super Bowl. If there if there is an AFC team capable of derailing the Broncos, it is San Diego. After many Thursday night stinkers early in the season, the NFL must be thankful that the schedule has provided a few good games. I still am completely against the NFL on Thursday, but I will certainly be tuned in to watch this week. My money is on the Broncos, but I suspect that the Chargers make it more interesting than the 49ers did in last week’s Denver blow out.
If ever there was a team that needs a bye week, it is the 49ers. They are beat up and were just no match for Denver. But…I have a sneaking suspicion that San Francisco will regroup and find a way to make the playoffs. But, unless their linebackers can get healthy…I don’t think they would beat Dallas in a rematch. Of course…we are not even to the halfway point in the season and much can change in a couple of months. Sort of like the talk about the season’s MVP…I listened to several talking heads blabbing on about Demarco Murray and how he should be the MVP this season. While it is entirely too early to have this discussion, I must admit that Murray would be in the conversation at this point. There is no question that Dallas would not be 6 and 1 without Murray’s legs. If both teams continue playing as they have, it will be an interesting choice between Peyton Manning and Demarco Murray. But, there is much football to be played and who knows…maybe someone like Andrew Luck and his Colts could spoil the party. Then again, that team in Green Bay just might have something to say as well.
Does he have a chance to catch Eric Dickerson's record?
I have to take a moment to say congrats to Colt McCoy for leading the Redskins to a comeback win last week against the Titans. I have always felt that McCoy has been overlooked for his talent and charisma as a leader. Even George Patton could not have led Colt's Browns teams to victory. The lack of talent and leadership and the funk surrounding that organization made winning a tough task for anyone...much less a rookie QB. To Colt's credit he has shown perserverance and intestinal fortitude to continue competing. He has worked hard and been a good teammate...and was ready when called upon last Sunday. I will be in a tough spot next Sunday as I will be pulling hard for Colt to play well, but not well enough for the Skins to win. I don't know what the future holds for Colt McCoy, but I do know that he has the heart of a champion. Jay Gruden has said that McCoy has the intangibles to be an NFL QB. In watching the NFL show about Doug Flutie, I see that these two guys have much in common. The NFL is so often guilty of sterotyping players and ignoring winning traits. Hopefully, Colt McCoy will be given the opportunity to succeed in Washington as he is one of the good guys.
Much has been made about the Texas Aggies leaving the Big 12 and heading to the SEC. I did not agree with the move and felt that the Aggies would have a difficult time competing in the SEC. Johnny Football arrived in College Station and the Aggies managed to not only compete, but win some very big games. But, despite the hype around Manziel and the Aggies, there was always the troubling aspect of defense in Aggieland. In one sense, the Aggies remind me of the Longhorns after Colt McCoy. Colt’s talent hid the lack of a running game, but once he departed, the flaws in that Texas team was truly revealed. Texas A&M has talent, the experts have told us that they do. But unless you can play defense and have offensive balance, it is very difficult to compete each year at the highest level. I know that it is tough to give Nick Saban credit, but damn it the man can coach. Alabama is a great example of a team that reloads each year…despite what an ex QB may have to say. The Aggies got the big stage that they wanted, but they may find that winning each season to be a tougher task than many have anticipated. Texas is quickly improving and as Texas stock rises, it can only be more difficult to attract the best talent to College Station. Playing in the SEC is great, but I have a feeling that the Aggie fans will quickly grow tired of being in the SEC and watching games like last Saturday. I ask my Aggie friends...is it worth the additional revenue and being out of the Longhorn shadow to occaisonally get a 59 to 0 butt whooping? I heard it mentioned this week that Texas and the Aggies could possibly meet in a bowl like the Texas bowl. Now that would be interestnig....think it would be well attended? Oh hell yeah...
That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
I wish outer space guys would conquer the Earth and make people their pets, because I'd like to have one of those little beds with my name on it.
I think a good product would be "Baby Duck Hat". It's a fake baby duck, which you strap on top of your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck Hat is good for parties.
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Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. The big game is over and Seattle convinced me that they are the best team in football. A few weeks ago…I wrote this:
The Super Bowl will be a study in contrast. Seattle has earned the right to be considered a great defense. They have the athleticism, aggressiveness and sure tackling to be called an elite defense. When you add the beast mode of Lynch it is hard to say that they should not have the advantage in the cold of New York. Much will be made about the weather and how Peyton Manning has struggled in the past. The one aspect of the weather that I think will affect this game is the wind. Cold and windy has to bring an advantage for the Seahawks. As I think about this game, there is one thing that continues to make me think that Denver will win; Julius Thomas. Who does Seattle have to cover this guy? Denver has so many weapons, that it is not a matter of just shutting down the wide receivers. My guess is that ultimately, the experience of Peyton Manning will beat the inexperience of Russell Wilson.
A week before that, I wrote this:
The odds are that whichever team wins this game will be losing to the NFC in the Super Bowl. Remember that defense wins championships…right?
I remember thinking that and I remember writing it. Somehow, my heart convinced my head that Denver could beat the Seahawks. All season, I watched Manning destroy defense after defense. It just seemed to be right that Denver would win the Super Bowl. But, just as Brady was unable to cap off his great season with a championship…Manning and his Broncos fell a game short as well. Honestly, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice in their prime would not have defeated this Seattle team. The Seattle Seahawks proved that they are one of the best teams in history. As much as I wanted to see Peyton Manning win another championship, it is fitting that this Seahawks team won. Despite Richard Sherman’s outburst a few weeks ago, this group of players is a team…and a damn good one. Russell Wilson will probably never pass for 5000 yards and the beautiful thing is he won’t have to. The Seahawks have figured out the key to winning is to play together. The key to beating Denver and any team with a great QB is pressure up the middle. There is no question that Seattle did this better than any team this year. Honestly, I am short of adjectives to laude on this Seattle defense. Their performance in the Super Bowl puts them on the short list of great defenses.
I read an interesting article about Pete Carroll before the NFL season started. He approaches the game much differently than most coaches. He is lose, but focused on making his team better. His method is different, but effective. Just when I get to the point when I must concede that he is a very good coach, I happened to hear him talking about the Super Bowl being just like it was when he won at USC. Arrogant and annoying are the words that come to mind when I think about Pete Carroll. Well, even if I don’t care for him…I must say that the man can coach. Now, the question will be how many championships can Seattle win? Or, can they even win their conference next season? This is a young team that really could go on a run of wins. But the difficult part is maintaining focus and staying healthy. The other thing that Seattle will face is other teams signing away their players. Now dominating defense will be in vogue and other teams will begin to play the copycat game. Honestly, I don’t blame them. It will be interesting to see if the offensive numbers continue to flourish or whether the emphasis on defense will bring a downturn. I know that if I am John Elway and John Fox that I don’t wait long until I have a meeting to plan on revamping their defense. Boy…that will be big job.
One of the things that I firmly believe is that you can learn more about a person in a loss than in a victory. It is easy to smile, shake hands and sign autographs after winning a big game. It is entirely something else after suffering a big loss. Many have been quick to criticize Peyton Manning after the loss to the Seahawks. Does winning or losing really change the ability of Manning? Players and coaches seem to understand the greatness of Manning if some fans do not. The Patriot writer Tom Curran routinely asks Tom Brady to review his ballot for the league awards each year. When Brady saw that Curran had Brady down as the MVP…he told Curran that the MVP should be Peyton Manning. Curran made the change. Richard Sherman came to Peyton Manning’s defense on twitter as many fans were lambasting Manning. Sherman admonished the fans by saying Manning is still a great player and a future HOFer. Sherman also related that Manning found him after the game to check on his injury…because that is who Peyton Manning is.
Imagine for a moment that you are Peyton Manning and you have just walked off the field after losing the Super Bowl. Because you are Manning, you are expected to talk to the media. After answering questions about losing the game, you begin the long trip to the locker room. Along the way, a beer vendor respectfully requests an autograph. What would you do? Manning told the man (Steve Lopez) that he would come back after he changed. Lopez waited and Manning came back and gave him an autograph…because that he who Peyton Manning is. I don’t spend much time wondering about the order of great players. I only know one when I see one. Bum Phillips used to say when asked where he would rank Earl Campbell among great running backs…"I don’t know if he is in a class by himself, but when that class gets together, it does not take long to call roll." A player’s legacy is something that is left when they finish playing. It is folly to determine a legacy before their time is done. In my heart, I know that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will forever be linked as great QBs, competitors and friends. In many ways, the relationship reminds me of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. These guys understand just how difficult it is to win in the NFL. They recognize that winning a Super Bowl is not as much about them as it is about their team.
We are witnessing a golden age of QB play and many are too enamored with the drama to understand this. If Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick win 5 Super Bowls, will they be better than Manning or Brady? For my money, they are not even close. But, it is not fair to make this guess before the body of work is complete. To judge Peyton Manning before he is done is similarly unfair. To Peyton Manning’s credit, he simply does not take the bait when asked about an embarrassing loss…because that is not who he is. But for me…it shows me who those are that ask these types of questions. For those that refuse to acknowledge the greatness of a player such as Manning…it is more about you than Peyton Manning.
Great teams win Super Bowls…not players. Just ask Eli…
The 2014 NFL season is over. There is no question that the best team won. I would be remiss to not take a moment to tip my hat to the greatness of the champs! A tip of the hat to the Seahawks for a job well done…
With the talk of great QB’s, I saw something this week that was something else. Do you remember the big lefty QB from Kentucky a few years back named Jared Lorenzen? You may remember that he won a Super Bowl ring while backing up Eli Manning. In case you have not seen him recently, I wanted to give you the big man that can…
I have to give it to Jim Rome…he has the quote of the year for me. "The XFL had He Hate Me. The CIFL has He Ate Me." Now…tell me you aren’t laughing at that! Too funny!!
Although today is National Signing Day for college football, my focus has shifted to baseball. It should give a warm thought to my northern friends to hear that pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring training as early as Friday. My son’s first college baseball game is on Valentine’s Day. So, I will be bringing weekly updates on the UTPA Broncs as they progress through their season.
While I am on college baseball…did you see that Jameius Winston was named as a pre-season All American? I think it is great that Winston is allowed to play baseball at Florida State…but a pre-season All American? It is clear that Winston’s success on the football field has given him an edge on this season. Here are Winston’s stats from last year:
At the plate, he hit .235 with seven doubles, three triples and 21 runs scored. Winston made 22 starts in the outfield and 10 at designated hitter.
On the mound, the right-hander went 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA and two saves, striking out 21 batters in 27 innings. His fastball can touch 95 mph.
Coach Martin indicates that he plans for Winston to be the Seminole closer as well as playing some outfield and being a designated hitter. It sounds like Winston will be a busy man this spring. This is a very good team and Winston may have the chance to live up to his preseason hype. It could be that another QB is talking about Omaha before this year is over.
He might want to tuck that glove...
Another bit of baseball news I heard this week is that former NBA player Tracy McCrady is going to take a shot at baseball. He plans to try out with the Sugar Land Skeeters. McGrady is working out as a pitcher and has supposedly had a bit of help from Roger Clemens. Clemens tweeted that McGrady was throwing in the mid 80s and has decent stuff. McGrady says he throws a fastball, split, slider and change-up. If McGrady can really learn to pitch, being 6’8” would have to help. At 34 years old, he has a few good years left in him. Given that he is working with Clemens…who knows, he might pitch for another 10 years or so!
I heard a pretty good joke this week:
Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the ...pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea. As he sat facing her old pump organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water. In the water floated, of all things, a condom! When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist. "Miss Beatrice", he said, "I wonder if you would tell me about this?" pointing to the bowl. "Oh, yes" she replied, "isn't it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease. Do you know I haven't had the flu all winter!" The pastor fainted.
I have to add just a few thoughts about the Texas basketball team. After a complete disaster last year, Rick Barnes had to completely remake the 2014 Longhorn team. Although they were picked last in the Big 12, they are suddenly on a very nice run in the Big 12. They have won 7 games in a row, including a big win last Saturday against a tough Kansas team. From what I have heard, Coach Barnes struggled with the group of guys last year. Apparently the group last year resisted coaching and were more interested in playing for themselves than the team. This year it is not the case. Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes present a very strong inside presence that gives Texas a decided rebound advantage each game. Freshman Isaiah Taylor is playing with confidence that has made Texas a tough team to beat. It is fun to be able to follow a team again that plays the game hard. Texas may not win the Big 12...but they are in the conversation now.
That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey...
"If you get invited to your first orgy, don't just show up nude. That's a common mistake. You have to let nudity 'happen.'"
"Don't ever get your speedometer confused with your clock, like I did once, because the faster you go the later you think you are."
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This was the most remarkable Super Bowl in my recent memory. I mean, I feel like this should’ve been the score when the 16-0 Patriots faced off against the 9-7 Giants. The first time the Patriots reached the Super Bowl in 1986, they scored the first 3 points of the game and the Bears just took control from there. Super Bowl XXIV is not as close to my heart, but clearly a more dominant performance. 55-10 hurts. The only thing that hurts more than losing the Super Bowl is showing up twice on the wrong end of the largest margin of victory list. The Broncos lost that game 55-10, with another HOF quarterback in John Elway.
Did anyone have the game’s first points being scored on a safety on the first play of the game? I know I was picking the Seahawks last week - I wouldn't have dared pick them this big.
You play 16 weeks to reach the playoffs. You play 2 maybe 3 playoff games to reach the Super Bowl. You wait 2 weeks for the game between the hype. The build up. And then, you get the Seahawks owning the Broncos like a JuCo team. Russell Wilson is a class act, and there’s no reason in the world it shouldn’t be you.
I do the Seahawks a disservice in this column. They were masterful. Their only misstep in Super Bowl XLVIII was failing to convert a 4th and 1 with 5:20 left in the game. There is nothing to add to the conversation – no last second drive. No third quarter heroics. They led from the time the game was 12 seconds old and didn’t look back from there. The best quote of the night: "Seattle has scored on all 3 offensive possessions, and twice when they didn't have the ball." Championship teams play to the last whistle – and up by 35 points with 3 minutes left, they still went after the ball. The Seahawks earned this and they earned it big.
I have to admit. I have waited on topics. I figured I’d be writing about the Super Bowl, but frankly I thought I’d have more to say about the game. What can I say about the game? There’s nothing TO say about the game. Really, to my mind it’s about Manning’s legacy. There’s no shame in losing – there’s only one team that plays more than 16 games that finishes the season with a win. There is shame, though, in having the career Manning has had, and being known as “The Best Regular Season Quarterback” to play the game.
Brady started his career off like a supernova. He’s been a great regular season quarterback. Has won some post-season games, but has lost a couple of Super Bowls – to Manning’s brother, no less. He’s lost a couple of Championship games to Peyton. But he won 3 Super Bowls. Manning has won once – and save that last 2 minutes of the AFC Championship, Brady would’ve won 4 – the AFC was beating the Bears that season.
Brady’s lost 2 games he should’ve won. Manning’s lost 2 games he should’ve won. Thing is though, Brady won 1 he shouldn’t have and two more on top of it. You can set all the individual records you want, up to and including a Super Bowl completion record. It doesn’t matter if you don’t win. I was absolutely convinced the Broncos could finish the season undefeated. I believe Manning is a great QB. But I drafted Wilson in my fantasy team.
It’s faint praise to say Manning is the greatest regular season QB ever, but it’s true. If there’s one game you have to win, you pick Manning. I used to say I’d take Brady if I had to win a playoff game – I don’t know I would any more, but it wouldn’t be Manning. For a guy whose had the career he has had, THAT is damning.
I admit it. I thought the Seahawks would be beating up on the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The fact the Broncos beat the Pats handily says something, for sure. But it says their defense was up to the task of Brady. The fact the Seahawks destroyed the Broncos says their defense was up to the task of Manning, AND Wilson was up to the task of the Broncos defense.
Seattle, your team has won the Super Bowl. And I’m happy. The only time I’ve been this happy with the result of a Super Bowl that wasn’t won by the Patriots was Super Bowl XLIV – New Orleans over the Colts. Peyton Manning loses the opportunity to burnish a HOF record, and we miss the opportunity to hear him tell the world he’s going to Omaha after winning the Super Bowl. And you may have just witnessed the berth of the Tom Brady’s successor in Russell Wilson. With the youngest team to win a Super Bowl, you can expect the Seahawks will be good for a good while. America, get ready to hate the Seahawks, and get ready to start calling Peyton Manning “the best regular season quarterback.”
"The irony is that with the new marijuana laws, neither Seattle nor Denver fans will remember this game ."
"The big difference between Peyton Manning and Papa Johns is that Papa Johns delivers."
"On the bright side, the cannabis will keep the rioting to a minimum."
"Last beat down in Jersey this bad was when Gen. Washington invaded Trenton."