February 01, 2010

Gratuitous Supper Bowl Observation

(Yes, "Supper" Bowl. For the past few years now, the Llama-ettes have taken the Super Bowl Sunday cooking in hand, preparing big dishes of over-stuffed nachos, which we all eat while watching the game.)

I'm having a hard time trying to decide about this year's match-up. On the one hand, while I sorta, kinda like the Colts, I think Peyton Manning is an arrogant jerk. On the other, while I know a lot of the country will be rooting for New Awlins - first appearance in the S.B., post-Katrina comeback, etc., etc. - well, I just really can't get very excited about them.

UPDATE: I see my remarks about Peyton Manning have caused a bit of comment. Actually, it's nothing more than a gut feeling. I don't get that much exposure to Manning, so perhaps I'm mistaken in my assessment. And as a long time fan of Dan "Laces Out!" Marino, perhaps I should be more careful about judging other sooperstar QB's. (Except Tom Brady, who we all know is the devil's spawn.)

Posted by Robert at February 1, 2010 04:48 PM | TrackBack

Pretty crappy match-up if you ask me. I'd just as soon have the Saints lose so Jeremy Shockey can just shut his big fat pie-hole.

Posted by: Gary at February 1, 2010 07:26 PM

This one is easy. Tell the gels that Taylor Swift is much more popular in Indy than in New Orleans. Instant Saints-lanch in Orgle Manor (and possibly even true).

Posted by: Captain Ned at February 1, 2010 07:54 PM

Interested to hear why you think Manning is an arrogant jerk. I lived in Knoxville while he was at UT. I had the opportunity to interact with several of the football players, including Manning. He was one of the nicest, humble and generous guys I've ever met.

Just curious as to why you feel that way...

Posted by: Steve at February 1, 2010 09:51 PM

Ditto on the request as to Payton being arrogant. He's been unfailing polite in interviews here in the heart of Colts country, and always mentions teammates and the team first when asked about his successes in games. While its clear that he realizes that this is his team, he never takes sole credit for wins. And other his "idiot kicker" comment, I can't recall an occasion where he bad-mouthed teammates or coaches.

Posted by: the gripping hand at February 1, 2010 10:20 PM

Sorry to pile on, but I was equally taken aback at your assessment of Manning. One of the things I find likeable about him is his willingness to make fun of jimself and of his hero status. He strikes me as passionate, and confident, but also as humble and genuine.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at February 2, 2010 12:50 AM

Payton was pretty good on SNL. If you want to be a championship winning athlete you do have to have some self confidence that borders on arrogance. Same with political leaders. Even Reagan & Palin. "Vote for me, I have the answers."

I suspect the Colts will win. Been there before, won't be over whelmed like the Saints will be.

Posted by: rbj at February 2, 2010 08:51 AM

I thought devil's spawn was for whomever was quarterbacking the Cowboys.

Posted by: rbj at February 2, 2010 02:33 PM

My only knowledge of Peyton is post-game when the Huskers beat the Vols 42-17 in the orange bowl.

Peyton waited outside the Huskers locker room until someone invited him in so he could congratulate the winning team.

That's high class, if you ask me.

Posted by: Barry at February 2, 2010 04:28 PM

Manning demonstrated his true character with his horrible treatment of a female athletic trainer at UT. When she dared to complain he and his went after her until a guy on the track team, who witnessed his stunt, wrote him an open letter calling him on being an entitled jerk and a bully. A settlement was paid. Many years later he and his dad write a book and drag the entire incident up again with a bit of revisionary history thrown in. The upshot was that the former trainer, now with a PhD looses a job when the book excerpts show up on the AD's desk. He just couldn't let it go.

Posted by: Mike F at February 2, 2010 07:55 PM

As a lifelong Falcons fan, I just can't cheer for the Saints.

Posted by: ChrisN at February 3, 2010 01:20 PM
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