Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in. No, I’m not talking about the Mafia – this writer is way to Irish to be a part of that organization. What I am talking about is La Cosa Mannings insipid forehead crew going to the mattresses with their once again rekindled claim that Peyton Manning is the greatest QB of all time. Its been well documented that I am the Chief of the Myopic Tribe Of Tom Brady, but that does not mean I hold him in such regard that I consider Tommy Terrific “The Greatest Of All Time”. This debate, once again, has crested like a wave after Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s all time touchdown record this past Thursday. The conversation, if you can call it that, spilled over the dam walls of Twitter and down the valley of talk radio and into the abyss of ESPN. There the myth of Peyton’s supremacy lives – the Loch Ness Monster of sports arguments. The only thing missing in this “In search Of” episode is the Leonard Nemoy voice over. But Mike Lupica picked up that burden on the latest episode of The Sports Reporters and the Godfather of ESPN baptized Manning in the dark waters of the Bristol Abysmal I’m sure it will be replayed over and over again on ESPN one through four hundred. So check your local listings. If you want to see it.
This is no longer an argument about Tom Brady and Peyton Manning – this is Peyton Manning verses every QB in NFL history. Its Peyton – his single super bowl win and his records against Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Sid Luckman, Staubach, Elway, Aikman, Brady and Johnny U. Peyton Manning head and shoulders above all these greats? Does he belong in the same sentence as these men? Maybe the same paragraph, but not the same sentence.Like most of these men Manning the Elder, has been surrounded by Hall Of Fame wide receivers, All Pro Running Backs and a few Tight Ends you might know by name. And yet he has one title to his name. Greatest of all time? Peyton, for all his talents and records, has been knocked out of his first game the the playoffs EIGHT TIMES. Four of the eight loses have been Wildcard games. Greatest of all time?
You can’t be considered the greatest who ever played when you have lost on the way in the door this often. You can’t be anointed the best there ever was when you’ve lost more playoff games than you’ve won. When you own not just the record for most Touch Downs and are on the doorstep of holding The most Pass Attempts Pass Completions and Yards Thrown but also the record for most playoff loses in NFL history you simply can’t be called the best to ever. When you have let more championships slip through your fingers than you’ve held in your hands Number One isn’t your place in history.
Think about it people – be objective. Take the few names I jotted down above, while you’re at it, add in a personal favorite or two of your own. Would you choose Peyton Manning over all of these Quarterbacks? I didn’t come here to bury Peyton – that would be impossible. His legend is secure. He is a Hall Of Fame quarterback. When all is said and done and they have chiseled in stone who the best quarterbacks to ever play the game were, Manning is on that tablet. He is in the first Paragraph, but he isn’t in the first sentence. If you don’t agree with me that’s fine, but I bet Peyton would agree, it’s not his Place…
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