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Sunday, March 06, 2016

Peyton Manning hangs it up

Peyton Manning is officially retired. The Broncos announced this morning that Manning has informed the team he’s calling it a career. A ceremony in Denver is scheduled for Monday.

He's making the right call by going out on top. I can't say I was a fan; I never liked him even a little bit. But you had to respect him. He was, without question, an excellent quarterback and one who will not be quickly forgotten. Was he the best quarterback of all time? No, I don't think so. But he was, almost certainly, the best-prepared quarterback of all time and one of the top ten to play the game.

I think he was, not-so-secretly, somewhat of a choker because he put so much pressure on himself and on his teammates. He was almost the exact opposite of Joe Montana; he never seemed to understand that in the moments of highest pressure, you need to let the game and the moment come to you, you cannot force them. Peyton Manning did not feel the force, he relied upon his talent and his extensive preparation instead.

But in some ways, that actually makes me respect him more, because unlike so many other talented chokers, he managed to surmount that weakness through persistence and the sheer force of will. And it did not escape my attention that after an entire career of being a prima donna with the weight of the team on his shoulders, he managed to step back, be a role player, and allow the team to carry him.

For me, the signature Peyton Manning moment will always be when he chewed out his running back, Donald Brown, for making a mistake while the play was still in progress. "Godammit, Donald!" That, for me, summed up both his strengths and his weaknesses in a nutshell. Then again, you have to appreciate a man who can laugh at himself.

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Blogger Student in Blue March 06, 2016 1:14 PM  

I don't keep track of football - is this his first retirement? If so, how likely is it he'll just happen to come back for one more season on another team?

Blogger Harsh March 06, 2016 1:18 PM  

Never was a Peyton fan myself but I admired his tenacity over the last couple seasons. And he certainly showed more character than certain other Super Bowl quarterbacks that shall remain nameless...

Blogger frigger611 March 06, 2016 1:21 PM  

I was not much of a fan of the athlete, but I think he is a really good comedic actor. That skit he did on SNL (spoof of United Way work) was probably the funniest thing I ever saw on that show, http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/united-way/n12129

OpenID sigbouncer March 06, 2016 1:26 PM  

"I think he was, not-so-secretly, somewhat of a choker because he put so much pressure on himself."

It's like Peyton never shook the pressure of being Archie's heir. In football terms, he was Archie's first son. As older brother Cooper was a wide receiver. While Peyton was papa's first quarterback. And thus, the weight of the world was placed upon his shoulders.

Peyton's other brother Eli is a much better example of staying cool under pressure. Totally different body language and demeanor between the two. The fact that Eli was never able to pass this ability on to Peyton. Shows it to be inherent.

You either have it... Or you don't.

Anonymous O.C. March 06, 2016 1:38 PM  

Has he announced his plans to open a chain of chicken parma restaurants yet?

Blogger Josh March 06, 2016 1:40 PM  

the GOAT

Blogger Guitar Man March 06, 2016 2:03 PM  

Brady and Peyton are the Bird and Magic of this era.

Blogger Michael Maier March 06, 2016 2:17 PM  

He was a marvel to watch in his prime. Best wishes to him.

Anonymous redsash March 06, 2016 2:17 PM  

I always found it fascinating that at UT Peyton replaced Todd Helton who went on to have a great career with the Colorado Rockies, and was replaced by Tee Martin who led UT to a national championship.

Blogger Christopher Yost March 06, 2016 2:18 PM  

Video tain't workin', hoss.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 06, 2016 2:31 PM  

It says the video loader "won't run in your country."

Blogger frigger611 March 06, 2016 2:33 PM  

Try my link in comment #3, seems to be OK

Blogger YIH March 06, 2016 2:33 PM  

Student in Blue:
I don't keep track of football - is this his first retirement?
Yes, after that season he sat out due to the neck injury the Colts released him - then drafted Andrew Luck.
The Broncos signed him after trading Tebow to the Jets.
Then everybody got to see that golden carriage turn back into the pumpkin.

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 06, 2016 2:34 PM  

I am glad I was a fan. I loved the prep AND the fact that all his Super Bowls showed his limits. I think if he had allowed the game to come to him, he would have been Joe Flacco but without a ring. Yes, forcing it didn't work against more natural teams in big games, but if Peyton wasn't a force it guy, they wouldn't have been in those games in the first place.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 06, 2016 2:35 PM  

Got it.

NBC has it locked down.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/1603

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 06, 2016 2:36 PM  

Sorry Frigger missed your comment.

Blogger frigger611 March 06, 2016 2:39 PM  

Or try this one. He is a naturally funny guy. He could go into NFL offices or to announcing, but I think he has a knack for this sort of thing.
maybe he could be like Arnold Schwarzenegger and go from athletics to Hollywood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y49umdlFSb0

Blogger bob k. mando March 06, 2016 2:44 PM  

not a skit, still shows a sense of humor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3IrEY80W2k



SNL skit which is NOT blocked in the US:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UueHq_anEpM



Vox
For me, the signature Peyton Manning moment will always be when he chewed out his running back, Donald Brown, for making a mistake while the play was still in progress.




errr, anybody who has worked with me for any length of time has heard me cuss *myself* out for doing something i don't consider particularly bright.

damn sure if somebody else fubars, they're going to hear about it.

Blogger Cataline Sergius March 06, 2016 2:50 PM  

It had to have been hard for him to do it.

Whatever he does now he won't be one of the all time greats doing it. Life as former god sucks, trust me I know.

Some guys never can find a new identity. Some go off the deep end trying, classic examples; Bruce Jenner and Christopher Beck.

If you are lucky, you find your way to Christian Humility. It's a life saver.

More than a life saver of course.

Blogger Nate March 06, 2016 2:55 PM  

for me Peyton will go down as the GOAT. Because he has effected the position and the game so much. Peyton redefined what being an NFL QB means. He changed the game.

If he isn't a Hall of Famer... then there is no reason to have a Hall of Fame.

Blogger YIH March 06, 2016 2:56 PM  

Cataline Sergius:
The Hulu link worked. That is [beep]'in hilarious!
It was plain as day all season, it wasn't a matter of will or skill or desire or prep, the tank was just plain empty. It's amazing he survived the season all the way through the Super Bowl.
I'd read somewhere that Manning had to have to equipment manager put on and take off his equipment, he was simply so debilitated he couldn't do any of it himself.
If he tried to play another season anywhere it would have been an embarrassment for everyone. Now he leaves with head held high.

Blogger Cecil Henry March 06, 2016 3:15 PM  

It was obviously the right time to retire, and lucky he had such a good moment to choose it.

Should have waited till April 1st to announce it. Obviously!

Blogger John Regan March 06, 2016 3:22 PM  

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Anonymous VFM #6306 March 06, 2016 3:33 PM  

My favorite game was an early season one, Colts-Dolphins.

The offense had the ball for a total of 14 minutes and came back four times in that span. Had a classic Manning to Clark TD that went about the full length of the field.

Blogger Margaret Man March 06, 2016 6:36 PM  

Manning should be in HoF, but I think that Johnny Unitas impacted the game far more and remains greatest QB.

Anonymous Ronnie March 06, 2016 6:38 PM  

Couldn't care less about a children's game involving grown negros running up and down a field.

Blogger Guitar Man March 06, 2016 6:42 PM  

Ronnie, go somewhere else with your faggot gamma nonsense.

Blogger Rusty Fife March 06, 2016 7:14 PM  

Ronnie wrote:Couldn't care less about a children's game involving grown negros running up and down a field.

It's not all about your feelings.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 06, 2016 7:21 PM  

Peyton Manning did not feel the force, he relied upon his talent and his extensive preparation instead.

Far from the worst possible strategy. It's better to have the knack though, life's more fun that way. ("Knack", what a great word.)

Anonymous Dave March 06, 2016 7:50 PM  

The Knack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR2JtsVumFA

Anonymous Baseball Savant March 06, 2016 7:53 PM  

GOAT

Anonymous Dave March 06, 2016 7:59 PM  

Ronnie wrote:Couldn't care less about a children's game involving grown negros running up and down a field.

Sooooooo...you more into the younger stuff then.

Blogger Josh March 06, 2016 8:26 PM  

If you care enough to comment about how you don't care, you care.

Anonymous The Kulak March 06, 2016 9:39 PM  

Peyton's been a GOP donor for years. Wouldn't surprise me to see him run for governor somewhere.

Blogger James Dixon March 06, 2016 9:58 PM  

> If he isn't a Hall of Famer... then there is no reason to have a Hall of Fame.

Agreed.

Anonymous NateM March 06, 2016 10:13 PM  

That Was pretty great. though honestly Eli's was better

Eli Manning for the Little Brother Program

he never seemed to understand that in the moments of highest pressure, you need to let the game and the moment come to you, you cannot force them. Peyton Manning did not feel the force, he relied upon his talent and his extensive preparation instead."

Never thought of it that way. Actually was just watching the 85 Bears Documentary and a perfect example of the former was Jim McMahon. They talked about a game where the Bears were behind the Vikes and McMahon was out due to problems with injuries. He basically pestered Ditka til her put him in (He thinks because Ditka was just tired of listening to him), went in and said "ok, you sonsovbitches, we're going down to score" Next play he caught a mismatched receiver 10 yards behind his man, and Bam, he did it. There was a dude who did nothing BUT just play with balls and let the moment carry him.

Does make me respect Peyton more, though i'm not a fan. It's one thing to have ability, but it's another to know you limitations and allow for them. A lot of players have too much ego to do that, and it holds them back. Hell, same doc, showed how failing to see his shortcomings (until later) held Ditka back

Also, OT but that was just a really good doc. i'd recommend it

Anonymous Ronnie March 06, 2016 10:19 PM  

Yay! My group of overgrown negro felons can run faster than your group of overgrown negro felons!

Anonymous Jack Amok March 06, 2016 10:43 PM  

Peyton Manning was the polar opposite of screw-ups like Ryan Leaf (or, if that's too old for the youngsters, Johnny Manziel) who squander their talent through lack of discipline.

Also the opposite of people like Ronnie, who waste their time belittling other men's accomplishments in the gamma belief it somehow makes their own failures more bearable. Do let us know if it makes your life less painful Ronnie. Not that we care, but it's always interesting to gather data.



Blogger bob k. mando March 07, 2016 12:08 AM  

38. Ronnie March 06, 2016 10:19 PM
Yay! My group of overgrown negro felons can run faster than your group of overgrown negro felons!



Ronnie seems to be a Patriots fan.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 07, 2016 2:50 AM  

Dave wrote:The Knack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR2JtsVumFA



And people say Millenials are a bunch of fags.

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 07, 2016 2:51 AM  

Ronnie wrote:Yay! My group of overgrown negro felons can run faster than your group of overgrown negro felons!

You should make an honest attempt to ask yourself what you're trying to get out of this.

Anonymous Jack Amok March 07, 2016 3:24 AM  

Ronnie seems to be a Patriots fan.

10 to 1 most of the following apply to Ronnie:

1 - He uses the phrase "sportsball" with the people he calls friends.

2 - He would have trouble bench pressing an unloaded bar.

3 - He thinks he does an awesome Yoda voice. Or Gollum, one or the other.

4 - Recently argued (in person or on the Internet, either counts) about whether Batman v. Superman was realistic.

5 - Is about as coordinated as a potted plant.

6 - When he was in High School, several cheerleaders once debated who was creepier, Ronnie or that weird guy in Health Class who spent the whole hour staring at the anatomy posters.

7 - Will earn in his lifetime less than Peyton Manning made from endorsements this January.

8 - Is less intelligent than the average NFL lineman.

9 - Is currently formulating a snarky response to this comment.

Blogger James Dixon March 07, 2016 8:34 AM  

> Ronnie seems to be a Patriots fan.

I'd say more likely a Carolina Panthers fan. But one of the two, yeah.

Blogger Eric March 07, 2016 9:10 AM  

I only rooted for Manning teams twice, once in the embarrassing Seahawk SB, the other time this year against the Panthers. Still happy for him that he is punching out on a high note and also while he can still walk.

Anonymous WaterBoy March 07, 2016 2:33 PM  

Nate: "for me Peyton will go down as the GOAT. Because he has effected the position and the game so much. Peyton redefined what being an NFL QB means. He changed the game."

A relevant quote:

Elway talked about how Manning changed the way quarterback is played, from using the no-huddle offense to diagnosing defenses before the snap, something Elway never really did.

"Peyton Manning revolutionized the game," Elway said.


frigger611: "He could go into NFL offices or to announcing"

I think he loves the game too much to step away from it that far. I can see some variation of this:

QB coach => OC => Head Coach

Blogger James Dixon March 07, 2016 2:53 PM  

> QB coach => OC => Head Coach

Or he could do what Elway did and buy into a team.

OpenID simplytimothy March 08, 2016 5:57 PM  

He ended his last presser with one final "Omaha"

http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/peyton-manning-retirement-speech-omaha-030716


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