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?
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I think so, too.
Sore loser - they were outplayed and I don’t care how frustrated he was, he should take it like a man instead of pouting and stalking off the field.
Yes, it’s poor sportsmanship. Lebron’s display showed him as a bitter loser.
I don’t know - he and Brees are good friends as per Brees’ interview prior to the Superbowl. He was probably upset at throwing the INT and losing the Superbowl. I think they’re reading too much into it.
But, sometimes, you just gotta man up and shake hands.
Perception is everything. I’ll bet a few of his endorsers winced.
Yeah it is...but he made a very gracious statement a bit later when interviewed congratulating the Saints and the city of N’awlins...so ok..whatever.
...and I would add in other sports like baseball, the losing team doesn’t run over to congratulate the champions.
Yep. I can understand being upset if officials made bad calls (don’t know if that happened or not) but they got soundly defeated it appears.
Man up, Peyton. You got beat.
I lost total respect for the little arrogant Manning. The better man and team won.
I’ll second that.
Didn’t like being upstaged by a better man, Peyton?
It has been a bad year for those at the top of their sports - Lebron stormed off the court, Tiger ruined his brand, and now Manning pouted off the field.
Going to the SB is tough. I know that Manning has a ring already, but I bet he doesn't want to wind up like Favre, trying bitterly to go back and win another one in his 40s.
Who wants bet this guy winds up working for obama?
I thought it rather strange that they didn’t show the two QB’s meeting in the field at the end of the game. I just assumed that I looked away from the TV and missed it.
I didn’t realize Payton was pouting and storming off the field.
I did recall the camera on Manning as he was leaving the field.
Both Manning and Lebron (at least so far) have both proven to be exemplary in their on and off the field (court) behavior. The “non-handshake” is only news because neither are prone to any controversial behavior.
Can’t remember the last time anyone even wondered if Ray Lewis stuck around to shake hands . . .
of course . . .
Can’t imagine anyone wanting to hang around and wait for a Ray Lewis handshake either.
Manning blew the game he had a right to be upset. Tired of everyone being judged by others standards- that is political correctness.
perhaps it is a good thing...I dunno...
but when a team wins the World Series, the losing team looks sad, almost morose in the dugout, then they abruptly head for the showers while the winning team is estatic and celebrate on the field and in the locker room....and in roughly 40 WS final games that I have watched over 60 years I dont remember seeing members of the 2 teams making nice with each other....afterward, in news conferences, the losing team members/manager congratulate the winners....and the winners say what a great team the losers were.....
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Today would be a better day to comment.
I would say he did what he did was better than what could have been a media feeding frenzy, bad enough to lose but endless questions about the interception would have been intolerable... especially with the adrenalin JMHO
Man up! Nothing wrong with a purfunctory hand shake when you’ve been trounced and bested and you know it. It’s called civilized behavior. What kinda role model acts like a petulant child, even if he’s mad at himself.
The Colts were just reaping the karma of throwing games at the end of the season. To me, it was a chink in the armor that grew into a Super Bowl loss. Peyton did not look like a champion at all in the shots of him on the sidelines throughout the game. He knew that they were in big trouble early, though the score did not reflect, and he could not turn it around. I guess having the team refreshed and rested for the big game turned out to be a poor strategy.
Yeah, that makes it all OK. After all, truly poor sports are that way because they really don't care if they win or lose, right? The ones who act that way just because they "wanted to win the game" aren't really poor sports.
It was poor sportsmanship.
Manning said the better team won- after the game what more do you want?
Of course not, you shallow little fool.
The handshake is only a symbol of the good spirit inside the man, who can put the game down when it's over and congratulate the winner.
It's the sportsman that makes the handshake, not the other way round.
I’ve always been very impressed with the way most athletes take the time to congratulate the winners, even after a bitterly disappointing loss. Manning should have continued that tradition, and he made himself look bad by not doing so.
I understand that great players, who are so driven to win, have a hard time handling defeat, and that being TOO good a loser might show you don’t care about winnning. However, he should have sucked it up for a couple of minutes, shook a few hands, and then let the defeat get to him. He seems like a good guy, so I’m sure he wishes he had.
“Yeah, it’s poor sportsmanship. Despite the article spin.”
I agree. It makes him look as though he’s protesting something, like an illegal call or something.
It’s only a game, Peyton.
“Yep. I can understand being upset if officials made bad calls (dont know if that happened or not) but they got soundly defeated it appears.
Man up, Peyton. You got beat.”
Soundly beaten is a relative observation when 1 play could have changed the outcome. As for deriding Manning’s decision to leave the field without the customary congratulatory handshake, you are judging his motives. I’ll take his integrity over yours, thank you.
“Hall of Fames”???
Most every college and professional football game I’ve ever seen the losers congratulate the winners. Or a good portion of the team anyways.
We did it in little league baseball. We did it in basketball.
This sets a poor example for kids who were watching the Superbowl.
When ya get beat, that’s how the cookie crumbles.
And competitive sports usually has a winner and a loser except in the rare tie.
Once the game is over you "man" (No pun intended!) up and congratulate the winner. That's the dignified way of ending a contest of will and sport.
ps I had NO HORSE in this race but was rooting against New Orleans as the news media told me it was all Americans responsibility to support the Saints because their city was incompetent before, during, and after Katrina....so it was my job to have a bleeding heart for them. (and the frackin’ morons voted for another Marxist mayor this week...)
I rooted for the Colts for no other reason.
Manning is a champion. He threw the INT that lost the game, so, chances are he was very upset with himself and didn’t feel like taking the inevitable “How do you feel” questions from the morons in the media, nothing more. He didn’t play the media game so they’re making news where there is none.
I completely agree. It shows an utter lack of class.
The media is just doing its job in assisting the continued erosion of good manners and common decency.
I’m not a footballphile, but didn’t Manning do his part?...He throwed exceptionally well....but his receivers flubbed.
If hockey players can line up for a handshake at center ice after they just spent several days beating the snot out of each other, then the losing quarterback can stay on the field to congratulate the winning quarterback.
31-17 is soundly beaten.
At least he didn’t rip his uniform top off like Favre did when he lost SB XXXII. Funny how nobody made a big deal about that. And Favre wasn’t out in the middle of the field shaking hands, either.
BTW, I think both show poor sportsmanship and set a bad example to younger players and fans.
I would agree overall Manning is an exceptional quarterback.
The aftergame win or loss is part of the game though.
Didn’t know about that one. Maybe Favre is the Incredible Hulk? (just kidding)
Put your ego aside and shake hands.
Ignore the media if you like Peyton but shake hands.
Hey F15Eagle..why is your account banned/suspended????
A month ago my favorite college team lost the National Championship and the 18 year old kid who played QB had the dignity to go shake hands with the winning team.
And last night my favorite NFL team won the SB and Manning did not have the stones to go shake hands with the winning team.
And, I knew Peyton when he was a kid.
Maybe he was just pissed. I know I would be. Sure he should have stayed out to shake hands, but he’s not perfect.
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