Kick Peyton Manning When He’s Down? Not In Front Of Her, You Don’t!

I know of no bigger Peyton Manning fan-girl than listener Deb Wagner, from the great city of Seattle. She’s a devout “12” with her Seahawks, but has always had a soft spot for Peyton Manning.

I too, have been a Peyton fan from afar, admiring his Terminator-Dork persona, and his post-neck surgery success (regular season) in Denver.

But it’s all comin’ a cropper now, and the latest episode of Peyton staying home while Brock Osweiler got the go in Chicago, has some people (okay, maybe me.. maybe) re-thinking just how much of a “pro” ol’ Lego-Neck really is.

Well… (deep haughty sigh!) Ms. Wagner does beg to differ! She picks it up from here….

Kind Sirs –
 
I love the sound of hyperbole in the morning. Please allow me to comment upon the Peyton-Manning-Eulogy train that is in full motion and picked up some extra steam today as the Peyton-Manning-Is-a-Pissy-Bitch car attached itself to the proceedings.
 
Look, I’ve fully come to expect the ‘Aw, C’MON Man – Peyton is finished!! Dead!’ chorus that is present everywhere in sports radio and sports print media. Hot takes be everywhere.Guys cannot speak enough or write fast enough to laud Osweiler and insist that Peyton clean out his locker and get the hell out of Bronco-land. Fine. Have the wake and drink many, many IPAs.
 
But start comparing Peyton Manning to Brett Favre – Brett Favre!! – and those are much more than fighting words. Those are nuclear war words.
 
Allow me to point out that it might be sane to pick one side or the other. Either Peyton is suffering from a laundry list of fairly serious injuries or he is just a bit injured and is a unsupporting, selfish player who didn’t travel and is not helping his team. (How ‘Mean Girls’ of him!!) He cannot be both.
 
First of all, there are times when you need to fully REST your body. Have the sports media just full-on jumped the shark in bypassing how serious some of these injuries might be or is everybody just looking for the most gossip-worthy aspect?(Silly question!) You want him walking all around airports and stadiums, but sit on a chair on the sidelines?! Yes, I know that Peyton flew out East for a second opinion Monday. If he chooses to use what body energy he needs to move in order to go for some medical help instead of going to Chicago to hold Brock’s hand, he has more than earned that right. He is Ole Lego-neck and has come back from incredible injury. He needs exactly ZERO blessings from the sports media and needs to prove NOTHING to anyone.
 
And what is the deal with everyone being horrified that Brock didn’t have Peyton to go to? Isn’t Brock the guy who has had 4 effing years as backup? Was he playing ‘Angry Birds’ instead of paying attention during all that time on the sidelines? Was he supposed to come into the game, get the vapors and want to cry on Peyton’s shoulder? Has anybody taken a single moment to contemplate that quite possibly one of the reasons that Brock played well was that he has talked to Peyton often over the years and has received some pretty great advice and insight? Or are we only interested in whether or not Peyton and he do ‘pinkie swears’ and eat together in the cafeteria?
 
I read an article on Peyton being a diva that was listed on the Drudge Report yesterday. It also went to great lengths decrying Peyton’s possible bad attitude and sore-loserness. And then the article switched gears to interview Matt Cassel to ask him how Tom Brady had treated Cassel when Tom was injured. (At this point I searched for where this article was written. Why, it was Boston, that hotbed of Peyton love.) Color me stunned that Matt could not praise Brady enough and stated that Brady was the epitome of a supportive, helpful teammate. And also color me not-basing-my-overall-assessment-of-what’s-really-going-on-in-Denver by believing an article written in New England with the real message being ‘Tom-Good. Peyton-Bad.’
 
But, then again, there are all those quotes from Kubiak and Osweiler which support this story. Wait…..what? There aren’t any? How can that be? Don’t even try to tell me that either of those gentlemen would be afraid to say anything because this is open-season on Peyton – they would just be a part of the chorus and more people would clap and point and say, “See!! We told you!!” But never let the facts get in the way of a fun story debasing a guy who had seemed to be a pretty straight-forward, easy-to-be-around guy.
 
Peyton’s injured and in pain and probably more than aware of what is ahead. So……let’s get him!! He might be upset and struggling to comprehend everything and not be in the best mood. So…..he’s an asshole!! Did someone stand up in a meeting and shout, “Hey, they screwed with Brady – let’s bring Peyton down, too!!”?
 
And comparison to Brett Favre? What in the world did Peyton ever do to anybody that you’d even hint at comparing him to that faux-retiring-year-after-year, never-end-whining, junk-photoing individual? Save that utter insult for when it actually might fit this situation. Please.
 
Deb<—-it’s snowing here. Garage can’t be used until I throw a bunch of crap out and I don’t have the studded tires on the car yet. Could be fun!!!! Happy THANKSGIVING!!

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Deb Wagner, wearing “cousin Bobby’s” jersey at CzabeVegas. (Note: Not real cousins!)

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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. He also appears on "Bob and Brian" in Milwaukee. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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3 Comments

  1. Wake up Deb and take off the rose colored glasses. Peyton should of retired at the end of last year. He’s done. It’s like watching your dog die, you knows he’s dieing yet you just keep hanging on to the belief that he’ll miraculously heal himself when deep down you know he’s done. It’s been painful too watch frankly.
    You know that if he was a shell off what he was 2 years ago he’d be playing this week and last week. Now Kubiak and Co. can fall back on the ol smoke and mirrors he’s hurt nothing too see here, move along, all the while trying to keep some form of dignity when in reality a 8 th grader can throw a stronger 15 yard out.
    Also when you mention his name with Brady’s you lose any cred you had. That horse was beaten to glue 5 years ago.

  2. All I know about this story is the following…
    1 – I’ve done my fair share of running over the years.
    2 – I suffered from plantar faciitis (a PULLED, not TORN Plantar facii) and that HURT. BAD. TO DO ANYTHING, let alone RUN AROUND a NFL Football Field.
    3 – It took MONTHS to BEGIN to calm down and allow me to consider even the lightest of athletic regimens.
    4 – I acknowledge the round-the-clock care and medicinal injections I didn’t have access to that Peyton does. But, did that acceleration of care cause a pull (like I had) to become a tear (like he has now)?

    Based on my personal experience to dismiss this injury is a real, REAL mistake.

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