Thursday, February 16, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Update on another Manning
Now that it appears that we have successfully gotten past the first full weekend without a game in the NFL and we have heard Eli Manning and the rest of the New York Giants say that they were heading for Disney World. This just might be the time to catch up with some rumors surrounding another Manning.
Even before the Super Bowl, when information began to leak out that all was not right with the Colts and their main pony, CEO and owner Jim Irsay said he and Peyton Manning were fine and very much on the same page. According to one report there could have been a bit of “misinformation” emanating from Colts headquarters and the Irsay camp.
The quarterback’s surgeons had issued a statement indicating that the renowned signal-caller had been completely cleared to play football. However, Irsay sent out the word that Manning had not been cleared by the team’s medical personnel. It was not immediately known whose clearance carried the most weight.
There is a lot at stake here. Peyton has worn horseshoes for his entire career. Indubitably, he has put the franchise back on the map since its relocation from Baltimore to Indianapolis. There are the records which he has set and the Super Bowl which was won. And there is no indication that Peyton is done yet. How many more active years he has have not been indicated anywhere as of yet.
And there is that big price tag hanging over his services for the Colts. If the organization opts to retain his many gifts, it must come up with 28 million iron men before March 8. Manning has been affable, and unflappable, during this time. During a long piece on Saturday morning, he said he was sure a deal would be made which would suit everyone. It should be noted that Manning has not said that he no longer wanted to wear horse shoes.
It goes without saying that Peyton’s worth could easily go past the grid lines on the field. There are other venues which would invite and embrace the Manning name.
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