Peter King has the story of how Peyton Manning, cut by the Indianapolis Colts, wound up signing with the Denver Broncos. The entire story is rather interesting, if you are the kind of person who is inclined to find such things interesting.
It took them 13 seasons, but the Denver Broncos have finally found another franchise quarterback. Peyton Manning, who is either the best quarterback in NFL history or on any such short list, has selected Denver as his next home.
You will hear a lot about how this improves the Broncos for 2012 and beyond, and about how this reshapes the woeful AFC West, and any number of things. Yet nobody knows what this means, not really. Manning hasn’t played a down since the 2010 season concluded, and has since undergone multiple neck surgeries. The Broncos are getting someone who was an incredibly elite passer without knowing with certainty if he is still an elite passer. Obviously they worked him out, they know his medical history and they have determined that he still has it (or enough of it, anyway). Continue reading
Bill Simmons has a column up about the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry. Sure, that’s not a very timely story right now considering they haven’t played a postseason game against one another for four years (and counting), and he chooses to do it while Brady is ascendant and Manning’s team looks weak, but look at this: he actually interviewed Brady for it. Journalism! Or as close to “journalism” as you can get while trying to steal a lock of another guy’s hair, anyway.
Webster’s defines a rivalry as “competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field.”
Sigh. Close tab. That’s how you’re going to begin your big column where you interview your personal demigod? Did Rick Reilly somehow sneak Simmons’s byline atop one of his stories? Whatever, let me know if I missed any commentary about how this is a bigger rivalry than Ali/Frazier or something.