Before I get to rambling, in case you haven’t seen, to the dismay of Denver, Indianapolis, America, Jim Nantz, Peter King, the NFL, and ESPN, Peyton Manning had some pretty damning stuff written about him this week. You can check that out here:
Let’s get right to the point: I’m not a big Peyton Manning guy. Not going to hide that. If you’ve read any of my other stuff, that’ll hit you square in the nose. I hope this is the last article I ever write about him so I don’t have to Google him again.
On the field, I think he’s been a bit overrated, with my main stance being the choking away of a good 8+ playoff games at the very least. He’s the kind of guy that hits the first 5 cups in “beer-pong” and doesn’t hit a cup the next 10 turns... That being said, the “on the field” aspect no longer concerns me. I would think that’s over and done with.
It’s his perception in the media that I can’t stand, and it’s only gotten more nauseating this season, especially after his team won the Super Bowl this past weekend in spite of him. As a Patriots fan, I grew up in an anti-Manning environment, and have never bought into his happy go lucky, selfless façade he’s shoved down our throats the last two decades. Just to combat any Manning apologist rebuttals that are already being formed, I am 100% sour about the Patriots’ loss to Denver, but again, that’s not at all my focus here. My focus is on the off the field “Manning Machine and NFL Royalty” and addressing the article King has written 20 years too late and with a slightly off premise.
Over the last few months, intruding on (presumably) Manning’s last season, there have been several reports concerning Mr. Five Head. The HGH, the HGH follow up intimidation scandal, and this re-hashed sexual assault allegation. Yes, the writer (Shaun King) had an agenda, as do ALL writers (as do I, just see the words following the www on this website…), but he’s based his work on court documents recorded under oath. After staying in the background over the last few days I’ve read dozens of reactionary pieces that have said everything from “he’s a good guy, it was just a mistake”, to “ it was 20 years ago, stop talking about it.” Maybe Peyton is a good guy (debatable), and it certainly was 20 years ago, but are these the responses we’ve come to expect after hearing controversial news about star athletes?
Hmm… How about these HGH allegations, or the fact that Manning allegedly sent thugs to “doctor of the pharmacy” Charlie Sly’s home to intimidate his parents and discourage Charlie from moving forward with the allegations? Two days later, Sly dropped the charges. Food for thought, chew on that for a bit.
Before today, ESPN had covered this fact for a grand total of…drum roll please… 68 seconds. 68 BLEEPING SECONDS!!! Does anyone remember how Brady’s Deflategate was covered? Or Winston’s crab leg story? Or Cam Newton’s press conference post Super Bowl loss? How about Johnny Manziel’s issues? Before it was brought back to life this week, how many people actually knew about Manning tea bagging, bad-mouthing and defaming his old Tennessee trainer? I’d guess less than half. Unfortunately, no one is allowed to properly cover these aforementioned stories because of the Mannings’ relationship with corporate NFL and high-end ESPN officials.
This isn’t just a race thing, even though that’s clearly what King was going for. Yes, if this were Newton or Winston, the reaction would be far more prosecuting. That’s really not up for debate. But can you imagine the inflammatory reaction if Brady reached two separate money settlements during the Deflategate case? His persona and character have been scrutinized far more than Newton’s ever has. How about if Johnny Manziel paid his girlfriend to “shush” after their incidents? It’d be ugly. This simply comes down to the Mannings being in bed with the people who call the shots. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, blue, green, or purple, if you mess with a Manning’s image, you’ll get steamrolled.
One thing I’ll never understand is that Archie Manning genuinely sucked at football. He was terrible. Not kidding. His career stats were as follows: 67 QB rating, 125-173 TD to INT ratio, and 35-101 career record as a starter. Google it. My question is, who died and made this guy King of the NFL media? He bullied Eli out of San Diego (to New York) and has covered up several of Peyton’s “bleep-ups” over the last two decades. You don’t see Howie Long dropping grenades and putting his fingerprints all over Chris’ career, do you? Howie was a hell of a lot better than Archie, so what gives Mr. Manning Senior the right…?
I’m not trying to shed light on a very serious situation concerning a young woman’s well being, but I would guess Jim Nantz and Peter King were jealous of Jamie Naughright upon reading this article. Nantz has spent the last half of his career as a pro-bono Manning apologist, and has a great deal of difficulty hiding it in his work, especially when Brady is involved.
King has written various pieces vehemently defending Manning’s faults and downfalls, and has immediately scoffed at all of these recent anti-Peyton pieces. I have one question for Pey Pey and “the Machine”: where were these “genitals” in all of those one and dones, big guy? I’m just wondering.
Thanks to Von Miller and that stifling defense, Peyton followed in his boss John Elways’ footsteps and looks like he’ll leave the league a champion. Good for him, no one can take that away. I certainly can’t and I’m not trying to. I was wrong when I pronounced him dead, I don’t know 5 times this season, and a few more times over the last 2-3 years. What I’m not wrong about is the NFL and its media’s hypocrisy, double standard and lack of self-awareness that should be blatantly obvious to everyone.
I’m going to go ahead and rock my Brady jersey while sipping some warm Gatorade watching this all unfold. Chances are, nothing will come of any of this, and the Machine will get the last laugh again. But, for me, just shaking the corporate media and making these guys sweat is more than enough. Buckle your seatbelts and get ready for a ride, sure, but my bet is this car will never leave the dealership, like so many others before it.
We’re on to Houston.