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A post Super Bowl blurb…

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

So the Super Bowl was last Sunday. I know this because there’s about eighteen pounds of meat still rolling around in my stomach. However, that has to be better than what’s rolling around in Peyton Manning’s stomach. It was all right there, as I wrote last week, Peyton was on the precipice of being considered the NFL’s greatest quarterback, but then Tracy Porter stepped in front of Manning’s fourth quarter pass and now Manning’s a great quarterback with a 9-9 playoff record.

I’ve long believed that the worst time to judge a player’s place in history is directly after a big game loss (or win for that matter), and there remain several years left for Manning to get back to that spot (after all John Elway destroyed the stigma of all those lost Super Bowls by winning back to back titles in his final two years). However, there can be no doubt that this was a crushing defeat for Peyton and his legacy.

The problem is that whatever else happened in the game, the pick will be remembered as causing the Colts defeat. While it might have been the result of a bad route run, it looks to the naked eye like a terrible throw from number 18, so the interception, and subsequently the loss, lands directly on Peyton. This is of course a simplistic view, there were many other reasons the Colts lost (I thought Pierre Garcons’ second quarter drop changed the game from an emerging rout, and the Cotls’ special teams were also particularly abhorrent), but it will cling to his legacy like Super Bowl fat to my veins…

For their part, the Saints seem a little like Cinderella at the ball. For the last three weeks of the season they couldn’t beat the bottom dwellers of the NFL, and then in successive weeks they beat Arizona, Minnesota, and Indianopolis. Or, put another way, they beat Kurt Warner, Brett Farve, and Peyton Manning. Say what you want about Greg Williams and the Saints’ defense, but they did what they needed to do to win the Super Bowl.

Of course it helps when you have Drew Brees basically throwing a perfect game, and it helps when you have Sean Peyton. While it didn’t work out, Peyton made the right call when he went for it on fourth down inside the ten; he made the right call to challenge the two point conversion ruling; and he definitely made the right call when he decided to start the second half with an onside kick. That moment, more than any other, was the moment when I thought to myself… Oh, I think the Saints are going to win this thing.

So yes, while Peyton’s interception was bad, the Saints did what they needed to do to win. They didn’t win big, and they didn’t score a ton of points, they just won. And that will definitely be enough to keep Bourbon street singing and dancing for weeks.

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Archie’s World…

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Archie Manning is arguably the greatest quarterback in New Orleans Saints’ history (Although if Drew Brees wins the Super Bowl, then I think he takes the prize and marches down Bourbon St. with it). He played for the Saints for most of his career and after his playing career was finished, he settled in New Orleans and raised his children there. He’s been visible at Saints games for twenty-seven years and on February 7th in his team’s most important game, he’s going to cheer for their opponent.

I’m sure this is obvious to most of you, but of course one of the children that Manning raised in New Orleans was a precocious young lad named Peyton and today, Archie told the associated press that,

“It’s a game I’m going to pull for my son. [Saints coach] Sean Payton knows that. He’s a great friend of mine,” Manning said. “[Saints quarterback] Drew Brees knows that. That’s just the way it is.”

Seems pretty logical to me. The money quote,

“Anybody who thinks it’s different must not have children.”

Now, I don’t have children, at least none that I know of, but… I’m fairly certain that anybody who is a child should understand this. Cheering for your child is a no-brainer… And really, while I imagine if the Colts loose Archie will feel bad for his son, he’ll still be able to celebrate the greatest moment in Saints history. It’s not quite a win-win for him, but it’s close. Really, it’s Archie’s world and we’re all just living in it…

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