Sportsattitudes Mailbox – Peyton’s Future, Saints Censorship, Sir Charles Sits Out…And Germs

You people mailed me questions for these responses…in my mind, at least.

Here they are…hot-off-the-press answers to the sizzling questions you haven’t hit me with…

Q. So the Indianapolis Colts parted ways with future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning this week.  Always sad to see one of the greats of any sport not be able to finish out his career with the team and city he represented so very well.  Thoughts?

A. He might have done just that.  I don’t see him actively working out for other potential suitors and yet his camp is promoting the fact he has been entertaining offers and will make a decision once Free Agency formally gets underway.  I unfortunately have a first-hand idea what this whole spinal fusion deal is about because I avoided having it myself for two very important reasons.  One, most doctors will be straight up with you and tell you these types of surgeries don’t always get the desired result.  Two, these surgeries can create new problems you didn’t originally have.  It’s his neck, folks.  It’s his spinal cord.  We’re up to four admitted procedures having been done to this point.  Peyton did not play a single down last year.  If what I am hearing is true the Colts never even approached him about knocking down the bonus or the contract amounts that were signed off on shortly before his health became off.  Of course Indy is going to draft Andrew Luck.  Of course Indy can’t afford $50 mil at one position.  But don’t you think if the Colts felt there was any reasonable chance Manning could lead them once more they would have at least tried to negotiate a better financial position and keep him as their starter?  Who would you like to be your QB on opening day after last season’s debacle…a comeback-driven Peyton Manning or rookie Andrew Luck?  I know the media is whipping fans into a frenzy fantasizing about where Manning might wind up…mumbling under their bombast on occasion “assuming he’s healthy, of course.”  I think perhaps we should be more concerned with seeing him take a hit first.  Very concerned.  Someone will likely give him guaranteed money without having a look-see and maybe they’ll even find justification to clear him medically.  But you know the bounty will soon be out…for taking him out…if he ever takes the field again.  And speaking of bounties…

Q. The NFL Network pulled a scheduled showing of the 2009 season’s NFC Championship Game between the bad-boy Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.  What do you make of that?

A. Another blatant reminder what you see on that network in particular – and any broadcast partner of the league to be quite honest – has to meet the approval of the NFL.  After showing highlights of this game all during their “breaking news” about pro football players conspiring to put opponents out of the game, what a great way for the NFL Network to help let us all decide for ourselves how egregious the Saints’ play was on that particular day than to see the entire game and be able to put it into some kind of context with the recent “revelations.” Pathetic.  Censorship is ugly.  And speaking of censorship…

Q. CBS/Turner announced this week Charles Barkley won’t return this year to the NCAA Tournament Selection Show this weekend.  Was it something he said?

 A. I would first note Charles weighed in earlier this week regarding the afore-mentioned Saints “bounty system.”  He wasn’t worried about getting physical with anyone…except possibly the player or players who exposed New Orleans’ “strategy.”

“You have to be a punk to snitch that out.  That’s like giving a reporter an anonymous quote.”

I think the plan all along was for Sir Charles to sit this particular show out.  While his open and honest views are refreshing and make for great copy, the Tournament Selection Show…like I noted above regarding what the NFL wants you to see…is really a promo piece for the NCAA and they have CBS keep it as dignified as possible.  Geez, it was pushing the envelope having analyst Billy Packer on all those years when he would verbally assault the head of the Selection Committee about this team in/that team out.  Barkley has the ability to make one sentence become the main story of the whole telecast.  He’ll get enough airtime once things get underway and the action can then sanitize anything he might hand down.  And speaking of sanitizing and hands…

Q. Did you hear the Chief Medical Officer of the British Olympic Association advised the host nation’s athletes for the upcoming London Games to not shake hands with other athletes and dignitaries?  He thought it was a legitimate enough concern for their team to disapprove of handshakes which could potentially spread germs around the Olympic Village…and have an adverse effect on the Games themselves from athletes falling ill.  Is that in the true spirit of the Olympics to shake off handshakes?

A. I can only assume this guy has a pending sponsorship deal with Purell. I saw on that hand sanitizer’s web site they currently use the slogan, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” I suggest the Brits take that approach when the world comes a calling.  There’s enough going on without creating an international incident because someone refused a gesture of sportsmanship and civility.

Do not force the USA to have to send Charles Barkley across the pond to get you people to play nice.

Or the Saints, for that matter…

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23 Responses to Sportsattitudes Mailbox – Peyton’s Future, Saints Censorship, Sir Charles Sits Out…And Germs

  1. Jup says:

    I know it is hard for some athletes to hang it up when it’s time, but I think in Manning’s case, someone needs to give him the figurative kick in the butt and tell him its not worth risking his life. Career well played, Peyton. Don’t tarnish the legacy.

  2. chappy81 says:

    Whoa, that sucks you have some of the same neck problems as Peyton. I have no idea what those types of problems entail, but if you don’t think he’ll last more than a couple of hits, I hope he lands in Denver!

    I loved Charles on the NCAA tourney coverage last year. He kept saying I don’t know who any of these guys are hahahahaha!

    • Chappy, I always use the disclaimer I don’t know what really is going on with Peyton. None of us do. But when they are talking any kind of spinal fusion and taking multiple shots at making it right, I feel like I can then safely throw my $0.02 in there based on my experience. I too thought Charles was a breath of fresh air across the stale studio sets you normally see in March. You know, all these hoop experts don’t necessarily know who some of those guys are either, even though they act like they do.

  3. Some marriages , work some don’t . In the case of Manning and Irsay it became about not only money but what ought to be done with the matrimonial assets .

    sports’ Let me pose this question to you ? Marlins’ COO Dave Sansom who also happens to Jeff Loria’s stepson called the residents of Miami ” low intelligence invertebrates who don’t appreciate what’s in their presence ” . Do you get the feeling that the new ballpark will be sparsely attended throughout much of the regular season after that insult ?

    tophatal ……

    • Tophatal, I suspect the crowds will be great for Year One as everyone checks out the ballpark…but eventually we’d go back to the days of Dolphin Stadium. Don’t see even a winning product bringing fans out in SO FLA night after night. Now that you’ve informed me of that quote…well, that certainly doesn’t help the PR effort does it?

      • That’s bound to the be the case initially …… the curiosity factor of the new ballpark . Consider also however , that the city of Miami is still under investigation by the US Justice Dept concerning the issue of the financing of the ballpark and whether or not there were any undue improprieties . Your thoughts ? tophatal …………….

    • I am eagerly awaiting the result of that investigation into the stadium financing. That should “dovetail” nicely with insulting the Miami residents, who I believe financed most of the building…

  4. I was actually surprised to see Barkley doing college basketball in the first place. It’s not like he’s all that in touch with the college game… unless of course we’re talking Auburn basketball and their recent point-shaving scandal.

    Whoops, did I just say that out loud?

  5. J-Dub says:

    Million Dollar Question: Do you think this is a story had the Vikings and the “beloved” Brett Favre had won that championship game against the Saints?

  6. I think Manning should go to Arizona, where he’ll have an offensive-minded coach, a great defense, a dome and Larry Fitzgerald.

  7. Elway if he pulls this off concerning Manning then look for Quinn and Tebow to be fighting for the scraps left at the table . If there’s any that is ?

  8. Blog Surface says:

    It’s unclear how Peyton Manning will do due to his injuries, but if a team can snag him at 90%, that’s still better than most QBs in the league. I’d sign up in a heart beat. Miami looks to be one of the top contenders for the Manning sweepstakes.

  9. The Olympics are one big sex orgy and this guy is worried about athletes shaking hands? Ya that makes sense.

  10. Lowdogg says:

    @sportsglutton LOL

    Elway’s press for Peyton seems like a good play to make, though I feel for old Timmy T. Everyone here would love to see him in Jax, but I don’t see the fit.

    Tomorrow I’ll be rooting for BYU in their play-in and Mitt in the polls.

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