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    Peyton Manning(notes) didn't shake hands with New Orleans Saints players after his Indianapolis Colts lost 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. Apparently some think this is a sign of poor sportsmanship from the NFL's greatest player. It's not.

    Walking off the field without congratulating Drew Brees(notes) may go against our misguided notion of what sportsmanship should be, but it wasn't at all disrespectful or bitter. It shows how much Peyton Manning wanted to win the game. And who can argue about that?

    LeBron James was caught up in a similar controversy during the NBA playoffs last year and the same thing that was true then is true now: A perfunctory handshake doesn't make someone a good sport. It either makes them indifferent to the game's result or a good actor. What would people have preferred Peyton and LeBron do, laugh off the loss with apathy and treat the victors to dinner after? This isn't Little League.

    The only time I question my sports fandom is when the players I'm rooting for seem to care less about the result than I do. I don't want to see my team's quarterback laughing on the sidelines while losing a big game. If I care so much, why shouldn't the players?

    "It's just a job for these guys," is a familiar refrain. The natural response to that is the great ones make their job their passion. Hall of Fames don't tend to include guys who can't care. The desire to win is what sustains greatness. You think Michael Jordan was hugging Isiah Thomas after losses in the 1980s? Or that Larry Bird stayed on the court to congratulate Kareem? Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio weren't going out for drinks after the Yankees beat the Red Sox. The great ones are competitors and competitors can't flip a switch immediately after a devastating loss and act like it didn't matter.

    Being a good sportsman is playing fair, respecting the game and giving credit after to an opponent. Manning did all those things Sunday. In his post-game press conference he said of his quick exit:

    "I certainly know how it was three years ago when we won. There's not much consolation for the guys who didn't win. There's the stage being set up and the celebration. It's time for the Saints to celebrate. It's their field."

    That's probably a tad disingenuous, but no more than it would have been if Peyton had walked over to congratulate Drew Brees.

    For the record, Peyton did call Brees later in the night. Said the Saints quarterback: "Peyton's a class guy." If the man who was supposedly snubbed thinks so, that's enough for me.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shu...urn=nfl,218314

    I think Manning is a great guy regardless of him walking off or whatever. We dont the full story, its true the losers of the SB vanish off into the lockerroom so the winners can celebrate. Who can blame him if he could be bitter about the loss and walkoff without congratulating Brees, it means the game is more important to him than money.

    What are your thoughts?

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    To be fair, It didn't look like the Saints made any attempt to accept any congratulations from the colts. they all went off to celebrate as a team, I dont see anything wrong with that. I can bet that once the presentations were over, and the locker rooms a bit calmer, the coltsa and Peyton would have gone and congratulated them.
    I think right after the biggest game of the year, its not an issue.
    "On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high."
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    • #3
      There's so much stuff going on at that point, a stage being pushed onto the field immediately, confetti falling, media people storming everywhere, etc. I don't think you can blame him. Its not the same scenario as say, Lebron James walking off the court in last year's Eastern finals, because the super bowl is much more chaotic at that point. Manning shouldn't have this held against him.
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      • #4
        It just means he's really upset about the loss. It doesn't mean anything about his sportsmanship.

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        • #5
          Doing it in any other game is poor sportsmanship, but not in the Super Bowl. The other team goes wild celebrating and it's their time to shine. You don't need to try and make your way through just to congratulate them when everyone is running around with confetti dropping down and the place is going nuts.

          Maybe the conference Championship can also be an exception if the home team wins, but for sure the Super Bowl is a time when you don't need to go out of your way to shake hands with everyone.
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          • #6
            I don't like the Colts, I think Peyton is a great QB and so far has handled the pressure of being the Michael Jordan of the NFL well... he is a great guy, but let's be honest, a lot of that "class" is for show, he is pressured to constantly do and say the right things. I don't know the true Peyton, only his family members and teammates do... but the guy has built a great reputation, he is a decent person in my mind.

            He should have shook Brees' hand... that is unsportsmanlike, I understand the field was crowded faster than the Colt's hopes died... but still, you're Peyton Manning.

            On a sort of off topic note, would the Bronco nation be carrying pitchforks if it were Rivers storming off the field?

            I think so... for some reason insert Rivers in any bad situation and it is some how viewed as cannibalism.
            Rivers is deciding to play bad, just to see how it feels.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by powderblues View Post

              On a sort of off topic note, would the Bronco nation be carrying pitchforks if it were Rivers storming off the field?

              I think so... for some reason insert Rivers in any bad situation and it is some how viewed as cannibalism.
              Why do charger fans have to turn every topic into a chargers topic even if the subject at hand has absolutely nothing to do with the chargers? Insecure much?

              Back to the topic, he was just pissed. I don't blame him, he had a bad game.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BroncsSB#3 View Post
                Doing it in any other game is poor sportsmanship, but not in the Super Bowl. The other team goes wild celebrating and it's their time to shine. You don't need to try and make your way through just to congratulate them when everyone is running around with confetti dropping down and the place is going nuts.

                Maybe the conference Championship can also be an exception if the home team wins, but for sure the Super Bowl is a time when you don't need to go out of your way to shake hands with everyone.
                Peyton does this all the time.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PowderAddict View Post
                  Why do charger fans have to turn every topic into a chargers topic even if the subject at hand has absolutely nothing to do with the chargers? Insecure much?

                  Back to the topic, he was just pissed. I don't blame him, he had a bad game.
                  What is with Charger fans anyway? Pissed off, once again, it wasn't Phyllis leaving the field a loser again?

                  Who Knows.

                  But back to the topic at hand, I do not like Peyton. I think he's arrogant and egotistical like some accuse our coach to be.

                  But in this instance? Peyton was so furious with himself for throwing that INT preventing what could have been an overtime situation.

                  I do think he should have went out and shook Drew's hand as they had multiple interviews together before this game even took place. Mutual respect between them. One of them knew they would lose.

                  BUT... when the game ended, both Drew and Sean were surrounded by players and media and Manning just let them have their moment instead of forcing himself into the spotlight or situation.

                  I do not blame Peyton for his actions one bit. In fact, knowing him, he's already looking at next year and how they will be back in the picture.

                  The Mannings really are a competitive family and I won't be surprised to see both Peyton and Eli back in the picture again next year.

                  Grats Saints!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BroncoManiac_69 View Post
                    What is with Charger fans anyway? Pissed off, once again, it wasn't Phyllis leaving the field a loser again?

                    Who Knows.

                    But back to the topic at hand, I do not like Peyton. I think he's arrogant and egotistical like some accuse our coach to be.

                    But in this instance? Peyton was so furious with himself for throwing that INT preventing what could have been an overtime situation.

                    I do think he should have went out and shook Drew's hand as they had multiple interviews together before this game even took place. BUT... The when the game ended, both Drew and Sean were surrounded by players and media and Manning just let them have their moment instead of forcing himself into the spotlight or situation.

                    I do not blame Peyton for his actions one bit. In fact, knowing him, he's already looking at next year and how they will be back in the picture.

                    The Mannings really are a competitive family and I won't be surprised to see both Peyton and Eli back in the picture again next year.

                    Grats Saints!
                    My mom always says that about him and Phillip Rivers lol

                    As for the second part, its scary cause thats most likely true. He already had the first Super bowl win, now he has his first loss in the big game. I have a feeling he's going to rebound from this and get better, idk if thats possible tho

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                    • #11
                      He was probably upset that his interception cost the Colts the game, but there is so much going on after the game, I really don't blame him for walking off.

                      I still love the tradition that the NHL has. The guys can beat the crap out each other in a 7 game series, then have enough class to line up and shake hands after all is said and done.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PowderAddict View Post
                        Why do charger fans have to turn every topic into a chargers topic even if the subject at hand has absolutely nothing to do with the chargers? Insecure much?
                        To point out your hypocrisy

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                        • #13
                          I dont give a crap about him storming off the field. He lost. People deal with things differently. Where I measure him is in the interview.

                          The reporter baited him with, "what did you see on that interception" question. Manning said, "the corner made a good play".

                          The reporter wanted him to elaborate on whether the INT was his fault or the receivers fault. Manning did the right thing. He is class, and even though I used to hate him, I always respected his class!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by PowderAddict View Post
                            Why do charger fans have to turn every topic into a chargers topic even if the subject at hand has absolutely nothing to do with the chargers? Insecure much?

                            Back to the topic, he was just pissed. I don't blame him, he had a bad game.
                            This topic has everything to do with the Chargers and why they = FAIL... Saints wouldn't have won the Super Bowl had the Chargers not drafted Eli Manning, then traded him for Phillip Rivers, which opened the door for Drew Brees to become the greatest QB in Saints history, right ahead of Archie Manning.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by licence_to_kill View Post
                              To point out your hypocrisy
                              I was unaware Manning gave anyone the bird?

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