It’s gotten this bad: I’m even wrong about Peyton Manning

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.)

283 comments Add your comment

chem

February 7th, 2010
10:00 pm

oh noes, brad curses

Brandon from Warner Robins

February 7th, 2010
10:02 pm

The curse strikes again. Thanks Mark.

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:02 pm

GEAUX SAINTS!!

Mark Bradley

February 7th, 2010
10:03 pm

Sorry, folks. I blame it all on Todd Grantham, though. He led me down the primrose path.

(Yes, I’m kidding. I’m perfectly able to miss on a prediction by myself.)

Atlanta Falcon Fan

February 7th, 2010
10:04 pm

MATT RYAN SUCKS

February 7th, 2010
10:05 pm

Drew Breeeeeeeeez! That is a real QB. Falcons will never win with Vanilla Ice as their QB. Should have drafted Flacco.

Terrible Truth

February 7th, 2010
10:06 pm

Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints? Forget that 2012 stuff, the world truly ended tonight.

FalconUGAFan

February 7th, 2010
10:06 pm

Congrats Saints! Mark, please don’t discuss the Falcons, please…. :)

Lilburn Dawg

February 7th, 2010
10:06 pm

Mark, I just hate it for you! Seems like you’ll get one right one of these days. What’s that saying about the blind squirrel?? Well hang in there and keep on trying. You’re bound to find an acorn sometime this year…….maybe!!

Shane

February 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Drew Brees Superbowl wins: 1, Mike Vick: 0

Jonas Grumby

February 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Does this make Manning the most overrated athlete of our time? He has no more Super Bowl wins than Brett Favre. His interception was just as costly and the pass just as ill-advised as Favre’s.

Hawksfan

February 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Falcons fans are satisfied going 9-7 pathetic

85' Bears

February 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Wow, the saints win the Superbowl before the Falcons. Who would have thought?

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:07 pm

Shane how many SuperBowls have the Falcons won in their history??? LMAO

Dawgman566

February 7th, 2010
10:08 pm

Just another example of your football knowledge. Stick to basketball.

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:08 pm

Poor Shane…your first thought was Mike Vick…..BWA HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Brandon from Warner Robins

February 7th, 2010
10:08 pm

The interception wasn’t Manning’s fault. Receiver stopped on the route. Manning overrated? Thats a bit of a stretch. No one player is more important to their team than Peyton Manning.

Reid Adair

February 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

Mark, I don’t want the Falcons to emulate the Saints. New Orleans has 29 free agents, and they’ll probably look to deal Reggie Bush (due to make $8 million in 2010 and $12 million in 2011). The Saints are the Florida Marlins of a few years ago – a one-hit wonder. I don’t want the Falcons to be anything like that.

MATT RYAN SUCKS

February 7th, 2010
10:09 pm

Matt Ryan NFC Championship visits = 0

Hetch Hetchy

February 7th, 2010
10:11 pm

Colts were out coached. They had the talent.

ONE REASON THE COLTS WILL LOSE

February 7th, 2010
10:11 pm

Peyton got a who dat
…………………………..up side the head

devildawg

February 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

Once again, Bradley’s kiss of death proves to be quite effective. The Saints should send you a thank you card. And for all the haters, the better team and coaches were wearing black and gold. Peyton and Reggie Ball should hang out. Choooooookkkkkkkeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

Shane

February 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

Brees and Vick were in the same draft. Remember that?

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:12 pm

The interception wasn’t Peyton’s fault?? ROFLMAO!!!! Oh Lord…here they come. he had NOTHING to do with that…yeah….mmmkay!

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:13 pm

Shane….you’re sitting there thinking about Vick now? ROFLMAO!!!!!!!

devildawg

February 7th, 2010
10:13 pm

Choooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooke!!!!!!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GT-Armchair-QB-Class of '93

February 7th, 2010
10:13 pm

Glad you’re picking Georgia Tech to lose to Georgia, and not defend our ACC championship next year! You da man!

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Tim Shingleton

February 7th, 2010
10:13 pm

Mark, do you like your crow with warm milk or just straight? Don’t divert to the promise of the Falcons next year.

Midtown

February 7th, 2010
10:14 pm

Mark,
The reason you feel better about wiff in this game than the Texas game is because you would rather New Orleans win than Bama.
Try to relax basketball is heating up. OH! they was never helped you in the past.

FalconsHeroZero

February 7th, 2010
10:14 pm

Falcons would’ve won in “98″ had certain players not taken a trip down the infamous Biscayne Blvd in Miami..lololol (..and I mean more than one player was partying before the game when they should have been focusing on the game).

Falcons were down there trying to become celebrities, “wrastlers”, dogs, or something else..

bigdawg88

February 7th, 2010
10:14 pm

Brandon,
I thought only rookies stared down their receivers on passes. Manning was looking all the way. No way that’s a completion, even if the receiver keeps running. Should have held the ball and threw it over the CB’s head. Would have been a TD instead of a Pick 6. And there wasn’t that much pressure.

MATT RYAN SUCKS,
Dude, Matt Ryan is two years into his first team, how many years has Brees been in the league? Why even bother? STHU!

Mutley

February 7th, 2010
10:14 pm

Jacksonville will win a superbowl before the falcons.

Gravy Train

February 7th, 2010
10:14 pm

Peyton “Bird Head” Manning has a history of choking in the clutch ever since he went to Rocky Flop.

Mr Charlie

February 7th, 2010
10:15 pm

Obviously we chose the wrong QB in the 2001 draft. Brees shows that you can win the superbowl with a “noodle arm”.

Nawlins Roots

February 7th, 2010
10:15 pm

The Saints won this one. No excuses..no ifs…no buts..no nada. They won by playing good, smart football. One hit wonder or not…for 2010 tehy are the SuperBowl champs…. Congrats to all in Who Dat Land!!!!

Supes

February 7th, 2010
10:16 pm

Hey Bradley, how about this, from now on you predict AGAINST the FALCONS, and pick them to lose every game!

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:16 pm

Tracey Porter will be in Peyton’s nightmares for a while.

Mr Charlie

February 7th, 2010
10:16 pm

New Orleans just played with more energy, the Colts were out coached.

Asheville Dawg

February 7th, 2010
10:16 pm

Most cojhanes in the world is Sean Peyton. Second half kick off is on sides kick?? All I’ll say is he got a mighty big pair to even try that.

FalconsHeroZero

February 7th, 2010
10:17 pm

Wow.. Peyton could not carve-up The Saints Defense???

Ryan was better against them in N.O…lololol

He beat The Jets #1 defense in The NFL a couple of weeks ago???

Hmmmmmm……..?

You just knew that after Katrina, The Saints would win the Super Bowl..

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:17 pm

Poor Mr. Charlie, LOL! Can’t even get him out your head for a second can you? LMAO!!!!!

MattyB

February 7th, 2010
10:18 pm

Mark,
Your quote about Peyton in the 4th quarter was ringing in my mind after the interception…..only because I could not have agreed more about your assessment of the older Manning under pressure. Don’t feel too bad….you weren’t the only one eating your words tonight!
Cheers,
MB

Mr Charlie

February 7th, 2010
10:18 pm

Can’t get who our of my head?

Mark Bradley

February 7th, 2010
10:18 pm

No doubt about the coaching in this: Colts allowed the Saints to get back in the game, and from there on New Orleans couldn’t be stopped.

Justin Janssen

February 7th, 2010
10:18 pm

Has Mark ever gotten a prediction right?

SuperBowl Champs!

February 7th, 2010
10:19 pm

Prettiest pick 6 since…….since Favre’s! LOL

Mark Bradley

February 7th, 2010
10:19 pm

No, Justin. Never.

FalconsHeroZero

February 7th, 2010
10:19 pm

“Jacksonville will win a superbowl before the falcons.”

After they move to L.A….

Shhh….

Mr Charlie

February 7th, 2010
10:19 pm

You mean like when I watch Drew Brees win a superbowl, I can forget that we could have had him? Kind of like when I saw Farve win the superbowl. Yea, it sucks when my team drafts the wrong player.