He is Mr. October. The trouble is that he plays FOOTBALL.
He is the best player in his sport. He is the highest paid player in his sport. He has never won a game that was considered big. He is his sport’s Alex Rodriguez.
And for some reason it makes me giggle.
Peyton Manning is now 3-6 in the post season (2 of those 3 wins are home wildcard wins against Denver when Denver was barely making the playoffs). Each time he loses, he demonstrates failed smile on a singular level. Yesterday, he was man enough to mention that his line failed. Not sure if anyone explained to him if he wasn’t eating up 20% of the cap then maybe they could employ better offensive linemen.
In March, he turns 30. A-Rod turned 30 last summer. They both are likely to eventually win something. But right now, all that money doesn’t buy them very much in the sports world.
Steelers 21, Colts 18: Say what you want, but Bill Cowher can get it done. I am Jerome Bettis fan.
Panthers 29, Bears 21: I preached last week about hating your rivals, but I swear, I cannot hate those cute Chicago Bears. Seriously, they are so cute. They win 13 games every few years with absolutely nothing before it to indicate it is about to happen. Then, they round up the 85 Bears and compare and contrast the 2001 or 2005 Bears to them. Then, in the first playoff game of that season, the cute Bears get beat at home. At least this time they put up a fight, but did you ever think they were going to win? It was like they got to the playoffs by saving enough Campbell’s Soup labels or something. You just wanted to hug those guys. Next year, 5-11 awaits, but we will always remember the year of Lovie.
Meanwhile, Carolina rolls into Seattle with everyone hurt. Lucky for them, Everyone in Seattle is hurt, too. And wet. Since it has rained for a million straight days up there.
Bears talk the talk, do not walk the walk …
Kravitz on Manning …
Another big game. Another big stage. Another spectacular flameout, a meltdown of epic proportions.
Seen this movie before? There was 41-0 to the Jets in 2003. There was 24-14 in 2004 and 21-3 in 2005, both in New England. And then there was this, the worst of them all, a game Peyton Manning, in particular, may never live down.
Even now, the clouds of doubt are gathering around Manning, and the whispers are so loud, they seemed to be artificially enhanced. He can't win the big one. Didn't win them in college. Hasn't won them in the pros. Not the biggest ones.
"I cannot argue with the truth," Manning said later. "I'm not going to try and counter any points. That's the fact. It's certainly not from a lack of effort on my part. I can honestly say that. . . . I'm just going to keep trying. That's all I can say."
This was, without any question, the most devastating loss in the Indianapolis portion of the Colts' history. And the case could be made that this was the most horrific loss in the history of professional sports in this area.
This one will hurt more than all the others, though, because this was the year. All the planets were aligned. Home-field advantage. A bye month, never mind a bye week. A chance to stay indoors all the way through the Super Bowl.
What happened Sunday defies description and proper analysis. Suffice to say, the Colts got their heads handed to them. They were embarrassed. They were revealed, again, as paper tigers. And they even made Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, who ripped their offense as soft earlier in the week, sound like a graduate of Oxford.
The quick and simple evaluation goes like this (and please don't play the "they-were-rested-too-early" card, which is a copout): They got outplayed, out-hit and thoroughly outcoached, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Manning man enough to point the finger …
Manning was asked repeatedly about Pittsburgh's blitzing tactics. Were they exotic? Unexpected?
Each time, he paused before answering, choosing his words carefully.
"We had some, uh . . . I know in playoff games y'all are going to ask me questions about other areas and other positions," Manning said. "I'm trying to be a good teammate here. Let's just say we had some protection problems.
"I'll give Pittsburgh credit for their blitzes and their rush, but we did have some protection problems."
Pressed further, Manning again took a long breath.
"We just had some, just some . . . looking for a safe word here, guys," he said. "Pittsburgh did some things that just gave us some trouble. They had some good looks. They've got good players."
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Tonight, A free night of Ultimate Fighting on Spike TV The Fight Card for tonight …The Card is so/so, but it is free…
Arrested Development’s latest news …
Put the "Arrested Development" deathwatch on hold--again.
Fox announced Friday that the much-loved (but low-rated) comedy will have a two-hour season--not series--finale on Feb. 10, the night that NBC will air the opening ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Fox cut "Arrested Development" down to 13 episodes in its third season, but the network has not officially canceled the show. If it does, other networks are reportedly interested in bringing back the Emmy-winning comedy.
In the Feb. 10 finale, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) finds out he may have a long-lost sister, Nellie, who'll be played by Bateman's real-life sister, Justine Bateman.
Meanwhile, Michael's brother, Gob Bluth, played by Will Arnett, joins a USO tour and takes his magic act to Iraq, only to end up in prison there.
From the Cinematic Classic, Coming to America:
Clarence: I met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one time.
Sweets: Man, you lyin'. You ain't never met no Martin Luther the King.
Happy MLK Day.