Posted on: February 5, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2010 4:59 pm
The Super Bowl is just a couple of days away now (finally!)
And that means a lot of over-analysis and conjecture. But it's all good fun, so let's dive in as kickoff approaches:
Michael Marot tells us why Peyton Manning's wizardry will win the Colts their second Super Bowl in three years:
While you're playing checkers, he's playing chess -- and he's always two moves ahead.... With seven days to study film of an opponent, Manning has no problems finding creases in a defense. With two weeks to break down the Saints, the best student to ever play the game will take advantage of every crack.
Peyton Manning is playing at a serious level right now. And while his forehead looks like something a dinosaur would have to ward off predators, it's really just a casing for the biggest brain in the NFL. The Saints D will certainly have its hands full. And this is why so many think this Super Bowl could be the highest scoring Super Bowl ever.
For most of us who don't necessarily have a rooting interest in this game, let's hope so.
Posted on: February 4, 2010 10:09 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 10:16 am
It's pretty clear that the Saints are America's team entering Sunday's game. The underdog status, the history of the franchise, the recent history of the city, Who Dat Nation, Drew Brees, Bobby Hebert in a dress. All the elements are there. They're the sentimental favorite.
Well the Colts would like to tell your sentimentality to suck it, because they're here to spoil the party. And they know it:
"It's amazing to see the Saints in the Super Bowl," the Colts receiver said Wednesday. "I remember growing up and thinking it would happen, and it never worked out that way. To see what it has come to is just great. Now, unfortunately, I've got to be the bad guy, but like I say I've got Bills to pay."
You hear that, America? What's gonna pay for Reggie's gold-trimmed bedsheets and his fleet of hovercrafts? A Super Bowl winner's paycheck, that's what.
Peyton Manning knows the Colts are the bad guys in this whole thing:
Peyton Manning understands what a Super Bowl win would mean to New Orleans, so he understands that to many fans the Colts are wearing the black hat. “We certainly understand we may not be the team that everybody is cheering for in this game,” he said. “We’re OK with that… I think as far as non-New Orleans Saints fans, non-Colts fans, somebody is going to pick a team to follow and they will probably pick the Saints. That’s fine."
Yes, every Super Bowl has it's good vs. evil. But both Reggie and Peyton are New Orleans natives. So this could all be just cheap talk. I think the only way we’ll truly know that they’re serious about all this “bad guy” stuff is if every member of the Indianapolis Colts grows a goatee for the Super Bowl. Like good Spock and Evil Spock, that's the only way we'll be able to differentiate between the good guys and bad guys.
Posted on: February 2, 2010 6:00 pm
In case you missed it, this year's Super Bowl Media Day was the most banal yet!
No one wearing dog collars. No one proposing marriage to any player. No one dressed in drag. There was, however, a guy holding a sign telling Saints players he needed to pee. Sgt. Floyd Pepper from the Muppets apparently made an appearance. Oh and look! Indianapolis practice squad quarterback Drew Willy! Being interviewed by someone from the Jay Leno Show! Oh the hilarity that will certainly ensue!
There was also a Telemundo anchor wearing wings wandering the premises and asking Colts players to put on a cowboy hat and buck like a bronco. Because these guys play for a team named after a horse, you see. Oh and there was another Telemundo guy with a puppet. But everyone pretty much ignored him, so no one knows what that was about.
You can see a quick mashup video of the zany wacky high jinks here.
Here are the highlights from the video:
Hard to believe this sort of thing goes on at Media Day. Even harder to believe: I just wrote the words "Colts reserve defensive end Ervin Baldwin rocking the Heisman pose with his Entertainment Tonight Super Bowl Idol award." This is compelling journalism at it's finest, people!
Hat tip to CBSSports.com on-air host Jason Horowitz for the pics
Posted on: February 2, 2010 1:18 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2010 2:15 pm
Posted on: February 2, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: February 2, 2010 10:47 am
Just when the Colts were pledging to not engage in a war of words, and things seemed to be cordial and professional between the two combatants for this Sunday's Super Bowl showdown, the trash talking has begun. Straight up, no holds-barred, in your face smack. And it's starting with Peyton Manning and Darren Sharper:
Peyton Manning referred to Darren Sharper as "Jamie" during an interview Sunday night. Manning was apparently pretending to confuse the Saints' free safety with former Ravens and Texans linebacker Jamie Sharper. Jamie has been out of football since 2005.
According to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger, Sharper got back at the Colts' quarterback by calling him "Eli" on Monday.
Awww yea!!!!.... It's on now! Sunday's gonna be a ....
We can go back and forth all day and night over what classifies as actual trash talk and what doesn't. But I'm pretty sure the "Hey you.. Uh, Billy! Your name's Billy right? No? Well... Imma call you Billy anyway! Ooohhh PWND!!" approach doesn't qualify.
Mah well... today's media day, so it's still early....
Posted on: February 1, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2010 1:44 pm
ESPN has the first of what is sure to be a whole lotta pieces that promises to make us completely sick of all the players participating in Super Bowl XLIV. It's a column that gives us 18 little factoids about Peyton Manning. Because we just don't know him well enough, even though we know him rather well.
You understand, right? The burden of oversaturation? Of spawning not only one of the NFL's most legendary quarterbacks, but its most visible face? After 12 years in the NFL, a few dozen commercials, and several "Saturday Night Live" skits, the secrets on Peyton Manning are limited.
He beats his opponents through massive preparation, he has four MVP trophies, and, in other news, rain is wet.
But dig deeper, and there are morsels out there. Eighteen of them, in fact, which just so happens to be Manning's jersey number.
Aside from the usual "he's so gosh darn competitive" thing and the whole "Manning family" thing, it's actually an interesting read. There might be a few nuggets of information that you didn't know about. It's the kind of piece that'll make you appreciate Peyton Manning even more. Or make you want to bludgeon a hobo with a frozen turkey.
Posted on: January 29, 2010 11:19 am
So how good is NFL MVP Peyton Manning? So good even his own teammates and coaches can't fully explain it:
His relentless thirst for knowledge, his passion to know opponents better than they know themselves and his uncanny ability to recall crucial details in split seconds have many NFL observers wondering how, exactly, does Manning's mind work?
"It's quite confusing," Colts receiver Reggie Wayne jokingly said this week. "It's something that whenever his mind starts to go, I'm trying to get as far away from him as I possibly can. Just tell me the end result, that's all I need to know."
Manning's greatness makes Reggie Wayne's brain hurt. So much so that he wants to literally jump into a time machine just so he doesn't have to think about it.
And linebacker Gary Brackett likens Manning to a master chess player:
"What's the saying, 'A good chess player can see 10 moves ahead?' I think that's exactly what it is," linebacker Gary Brackett said. "It's like 'If we do this, they're going to do this. If they do this, I'm going to do this.' Thinking that step ahead and being already on to the next one when they break up a pass. He and Reggie are great at that. Reggie just throws up the hand, Peyton knows exactly where to go."
So there you go. Peyton Manning is quite unstoppable. As unstoppable as a Polar Bear wielding a Samurai sword? Well of course not! Don't be an idiot!
Posted on: January 28, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: January 28, 2010 9:45 am
Two weeks is a long time to wait for the biggest game of your life. Which is why this report from PFT should be of concern to Saints fans.
According to their source, everybody at the Senior Bowl is talking about how Peyton Manning dismantled the impenetrable Jets defense no other quarterback anywhere ever besides Ryan Fitzpatrick, David Garrard, and Chad Henne was able to take down. And so people are now suggesting the Saints pretty much dump everything they've been doing to get them to this point and go into the Super Bowl with TWO game plans to counter all The Awesome:
...there's a theory in Mobile that the Saints should consider developing two separate game plans: One for the first half, and one of the second half. The concern, however, is that Saints players would interpret the unconventional approach as panic.
They could also interpret it as maybe over thinking it a bit and, oh yea, moronic.
The Saints finished the season ranked number one in points scored by a defense, third in interceptions with 26, recorded 35 sacks (two more than the Jets), and forced 15 fumbles, recovering 13 of them. Not to mention they have Master Kreese as their defensive coordinator.
Yes, Manning is pretty much the best quarterback on the planet right now. But the Saints D can handle their own. No need to take advice from bored coaches watching Tim Tebow botch snaps in Mobile and change things up too drastically.
Or they can just let the panic settle in and go the Lloyd Bridges route.