Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl Loss Reveals Worst Side of the NFL: Homerism

February 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

History is riddled with examples of leaders toppled by their own mistakes. Napoleon had Waterloo. General Custer had Little Big Horn. President Clinton had Lewinsky.
None have apparently fallen farther or quicker than Peyton Manning.
Before the Super Bowl, there was a lot of talk that Peyton Manning could be crowned as the greatest quarterback ever to play should he be victorious against the Saints.
After the Colts' defeat, Manning's legacy fell like a rock. He was suddenly ranked somewhere between Billy Joe Tolliver and Babe Laufenberg.
Every columnist, beat writer, or average joe with an axe to grind against Manning came flooding onto the Internet. He's overrated. He chokes. He makes too many commercials.
Soon, there was a rally cry among Manning supporters, eager to point out his impressive stats and his Super Bowl victory.
It's important to note that I'm not writing specifically to rank Manning's historical impact on the NFL. If Manning's stats, record...

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