RE: [patriotzip] Super Bowl
I agree on Manning, Mike. Nobody who knows football can argue with his talent as a player. To each his own opinion on his personality, etc.. Personally, I have no objections to that either. He’s self-effacing. Has a good sense of humor. And he’s very much a good sport in his comments about other teams and players.
Polian, as I’ve said, is my reason for being anti-Colts. I do consider him to be arrogant and unsportsmanlike.
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You hit the nail on the head, IMO anyway. I grew up fortunate enough to have been raised by a father and coaches who preached sportsmanship first and foremost. "Two-four-six-eight, who do we appreciate!" was our chant for our little league opponents as soon as the game was over. Respect for other teams and their fans continued as I played sports in high school and college. Today, professional coaches and players move about the league, changing jerseys all the time. Yesterday's Jet is tomorrow's Patriot. So unbridled hatred seems even sillier.
Fans generally support the team they grow up watching on TV in their area. Or perhaps it's the team their transplanted father always rooted for. Whatever. I just can't understand actually hating another team or another player, providing that player is not a cheap shot artist. But those players are rare and generally don't last very long.
Peyton Manning, IMO, is a great QB in his prime. His knowledge of the game, ability to adjust instantaneously, together with his quick release and pinpoint accuracy are inarguable and really quite astounding. I don't see what good it does to deride him as "Guber" or anything else unflattering. It is unsportsmanlike, to say the least. As good sportsmen (and sportswoman) let's feel good that the Indianapolis and New Orleans fans will have their walk in the sun today.
May the best team win. And please, God, not by a blown call!