I ask you: What’s the world coming to when a guy can’t even be right about Peyton Manning?
I quote my erring self: “He never throws the ball to the wrong team with the game on the line.”
Except for the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIV, that is.
OK, so I was wrong again. That’s only about the 5,00th time this year. But I feel a lot better about this whiff than, say, the BCS title game. That one still drives me nuts because Texas, even with Colt McCoy lost on the first series, could still have proved me right if not for Mack Brown and his doggone SHOVEL PASS before the half.
The Super Bowl was different. The Saints were clearly the more deserving team — more aggressive, more inspired, better coached. (I mean, did the Colts even consider blitzing Drew Brees?) The Colts played a passive second quarter and never recovered. The key player on this day wasn’t Peyton but Payton, as in Sean, the Saints’ daring coach.
And that’s fine with me. I like the Saints. They’re a fun team and a nice story, and they’re testimony that a team can go 8-8 one season and then win the Super Bowl the next. Which is good news for another team in the Saints’ division, one that just went 9-7 but isn’t all that far from a Super Bowl itself. Which brings us to …
Coming next: How the 2010 Falcons can emulate the Saints.
(Then again, you might want to take that one with a ton of salt, too. I’m not exactly on a hot streak.)