Skip to comments.Peyton Manning storms off Super Bowl field. Is he a poor sport?
Posted on 02/08/2010 2:35:16 PM PST by F15Eagle
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?
(Excerpt) Read more at sports.yahoo.com ...
That was the coaches decision--made Manning mad.
Where did the expression "hold a candle" come from anyhow? Well I looked it up and and here is what I got from WikiAnswers:
This is one of those expressions, which has been around for several hundred years. Before the days of electricity, it was common practice to light candles after the sun went down. Since street lighting was almost non-existent, the fairly well to do had servants who followed them everywhere carrying a candle. It was also possible to hire "linkboys". These boys carried with them lanterns and candles and they provided the necessary light for the people going from one part of the town to another. Since the servants and the linkboys were looked down upon by the masters, the expression "can't hold a candle to someone" began to mean someone who is inferior.
Speaking of interceptions, the interception of the year had to go to Scott Brown for picking off the late Teddy Kennedy's lob to Martha Coakley and running it back 99 yards to finally put the GOP on the board here in Massachusetts.
Now it's time to yank Barney Frank and I don't mean that as a double entendre.
What atonement would satisfy you, and those minds that you are reading?
West is a guy. George Bush don’t like black people”, is one of his famous quotes.
Should have copied you on 152.
It’s poor sportsmanship and everyone knows it. Only spoiled brats storm off the field when they lose. Your desire to win ENDS when the game is over. Then you have to accept the outcome.
Really? Well it’s certainly a girly sounding name to me.
I just watched the video. First, Peyton never once said he went looking for Brees after the game. In fact, had you read the article I posted, you would have known what Peyton said. For some odd reason, it was Brees who said he knew Peyton was looking for him and that he, too, went looking for Peyton yet there is no evidence on the video Brees did any such thing. The place was chaos. Maybe you should watch the video. Neither man, nor player as far as I can tell, has a problem with this.
How about this snip from the Globe of all places:
"Ill certainly talk to Drew," Manning said. "I certainly know how it was three years ago when we won. Theres not much consolation for the guys who didnt win. Theres the stage getting set up and theres the celebration. Thats the time for the Saints to celebrate. Its their field. They deserve the moment. I certainly congratulate all their players, their organization. I will speak to Drew Brees, speak to Sean Payton. They deserve all the credit."
Manning handled himself like a pro after the handshake incident (if you even want to call that an incident). He ran into Darren Sharper on the way out of his postgame press conference and congrulated him profusely, shaking his hand and giving a little half hug.
If you want to get on Manning for something, do it for the interception he threw in the fourth quarter.
Peyton’s stock will go down as Drews goes up.
We covered Brees already covering for Manning.
Watch film of teams losing and leaders, shaking the victors hands.
Favre is a great example of just that.
Petyon walked off. No gesture to anyone.
He has had time to craft a message after the fact. Good for him. Hope Arch talked some sense into him. No doubt Eli and Coop probably told him something as well.
Damage already has been done to his image.
I’ve learned something this season.
Cowboy fans are no longer the worst fans in the NFL. That goes to many Viking fans.
Colt players are poor sportsmen. It showed big time on the field.
The best team won the Super Bowl. One can’t always say/write that, but in this case, yes.
Sure does. LOL
About 47 seconds into video.
I've learned something too; there are a bunch of bandwagon fans still not thinking clearly today due to consuming large quantities of alcohol last night. At least I hope that's what is causing such continued faulty reasoning when presented with overwhelming facts to the contrary.
Don’t blame you. The winner doesn’t have to look for the loser.
Point is, Manning didn’t go looking for anyone. His ego was too bruised.
The facts are jen-Peyton walked off field. No congratulations to anyone. NO waving to fans. He proved to the world he is a loser.
Maybe that will give him some street credit in the eastside/westside of Indianapolis but it ruins his good guy credit in the real world.
Now you have posted the after loser spin. Same crap a politician would do getting caught with his pants down, making an inappropriate remark, etc.
NO LOOKING FOR ANYONE, just a man child who lost a game not willing to shake hands or acknowledge a win. Watch films of real men and women congratulating everyone.
Only the man/woman child would storm off a field or walk off a court.
Manning, like some others has some growing up to do. Hopefully he does it this offseason.
Bandwagon fans, lol at even the gesture.
Keep the “after the fact” quotes coming. It’s very entertaining.
“Robotically”? Rising above ones self is healing. It is not “stretching” to cover the high emotion rather that is the whole point of it.
As for this:”At some point people need to be people and crack up and be forgiven afterwards.”
That actually doesn’t mean anything. Sounds like the “lets lower standards on everyone” rubbish that gained so much popularity in the ‘70’s. People need to rise above human nature or we’re all just a bunch of animals.
“And Peyton has done that privately.”
AFTER the fact, probably after he had a moment to realize what a pouty bitch he’d been acting. I know the feeling. Manning was thinking only of himself and HIS loss when he walked off.
Oh I know... Hence the look on Manning’s face on the sidelines... He was incredulous... In shock, really.
Kanye West: Peyton Manning hates black people.
Your attempt at trying to make your point, whatever it is, by using a condescending tone->fail. Shows weakness.
A coward and a loser was born when Manning walked off the field.
As you just point out, Brees is the one saying they looked for one another.
SO Manning didn’t look for anyone because he was a losing spoiled little coward.
He would have wanted the world to see him had he won, but in this case he
lost so the coward hit the shower.
WIll never win another SB again. He knows it.
Manning was out played, the Cults were out coached and it showed what a man child he has become.
Manning stepped on the field a man walked off a boy boy. Some team leader.
Go find another “after the fact” interview. It’s entertaining.
HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!
No player with drive plays to lose, but when you lose, you congratulate the victor and the victor should be gracious in victory is well.
I think both sides of that equation are lacking in most sports at the championship level.
You know the feeling because we’ve all had it and all acted this way at one time or another. Of course, we expect better from everyone but ourselves.
People whine too much about this. It ain’t hockey, the handshake is just there if the players to do it. You really can’t expect me to believe that every single member of the 53 man roster plus coaches ALL hung out on the field to congradulate members of the other team, not buying it. Prior to tape gate nobody even paid the slightest attention to post game handshakes in the NFL, it’s time we got back to that. Guy don’t wanna shake hands guy don’t gotta shake hands, it doesn’t make him a poor sport, just makes him a guy that doesn’t feel like shaking hands.
Once again Jen you prove you really don't know what you write about.
LOL. You get better with each post. Don’t stop. Really. heh
Jen, you’re boring. I’m sure guys tell you that all the time.
“You might stop your hero worship for a moment”
There is no hero worship to my statement. I don’t worship any human being. I was just responding to what I consider petty attacks on a true competitor and a gentleman. You guys are being legalistic about NFL tradition. F15Eagle should be man enough to overlook just a petty “misdemeanor” on the part of Manning.
And you should be man enough to not get so all emotional about it. Face it, you were. Hence the attack... If F15Eagle’s attack was so petty, why bother to even reply to me now, a day later? He’s just another FReeper making his opinion heard about Manning. Others on the same thread said far worse. No need to make it personal.
I must disagree about your description of Manning. In my opinion, he is arrogant and not very sportsmanlike. Not qualities of a gentleman, but perhaps I am too wrapped up in the legalities of tradition, as you say. I’ll agree Manning is a competitor. One of the best. A pleasure to watch play, really.
“And you should be man enough to not get so all emotional about it. Face it, you were.”
Fair enough. I played baseball and softball at a high caliber level hence I understand competitiveness. I also coached the team I played on later in life and never permitted poor sportsmanship, win or lose. I am from Indiana and live there now. Manning may come across as arrogant to outsiders but it is not so much that as he is so focused on getting the job done that he has a difficult time congratulating the opponent in the immediate aftermath of an emotional defeat. I always made it a point to do so but I can also relate to his decision not to make a photo op out of it.
I think the moment the championship is decided is the moment for the vanquished to exit the arena quickly, so that the victor can have their day.
“Of course, we expect better from everyone but ourselves.”
I expect better from anyone mature enough to know better.
I was referring to my youth.
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.
He misses the point more than Michael Bay missed the mark,
When he made Pearl Harbor.
He misses the point more than that movie missed the point,
And thats an awful lot .
And now, now you've posted the article,
And all I'm trying to say,
Is Pearl Harbor sucked and the Sports Illustrated guy missed what good sportsmanship is and why it's important.
These guys will probably be together at a dozen sports banquets and celib golf matches over the next few months. They will have plenty of time for all that stuff later.
And Manning should have been man enough to go over and congratulate his friend on a game well-played.
Deal with it.
No problem here.
Ooops, I thought that “Riiiight” was from another thread.
It really is a messed up situation and NFL football may never recover.
From some of these posts it seems Manning would have been better off to have shot a few people, including himself, killed some dogs, raped and beaten several women and had a couple of kids out of wedlock.
Growing up in New Orleans Peyton Manning used to dream about throwing the winning touchdown for the Saints in the Super Bowl.
And on Sunday he did......
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