Thursday, September 23, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
What do we know about sibling rivalry? Chances are if you grew up in a family and were not an only child, you encountered it at some point. In some cases it is a big deal and in others it does not seem to matter. There are plenty of instances where it is downplayed by those concerned the most because, for whatever reason, they don’t want it to become a distracting factor.
Now take the game on Sunday evening between the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts. This is not a situation which pits a good brother against a bad brother. Both of these are good brothers. Heck, with those who follow football, one could easily say that these are terrific brothers. Check the facts. In a game which has the bench mark of a Super Bowl trophy as the true measure that one has really arrived, they are even. Both have those important pieces of jewelry and both have the distinction of being MVPs.
Since they left the collegiate ranks, they have faced each other just once across the grids in the pros. Back in 2006 when they met for the first time, brother Peyton and his Colts came away with a five-point victory. They knew that one brother had to lose and one had to win. But since they play in different conferences, it is inevitable that the two will eventually have to meet in a game for all the marbles. Their place in history has already been assured, starting quarterbacks in the NFL on opposing teams. Would the attitude of brotherhood undergo a major change if that were to happen?
We are reminded of the time when two other very famous athletes, of different gender, met for the first time at Wimbledon. Serena and Venus Williams stated whatever the outcome of their contests, they would always be sisters, close sisters. One has to believe they were truthful since both won championships.
I remember that someone predicted the Giant would win the game by a few points. I hope that soothsayer was not too disappointed. When I left the game, the Giants had scored their second TD with a minute and a half left. That left them about 24 points behind.
Just one thing puzzles me. Since they were playing at Indy, what happens after the game? Do the brothers get together and have Kool-Aid and pizza or just go home? Inquiring minds would like to know.
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