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The Game That Wasn't
Me | Feb. 3, 2014 | RetSignman

Posted on 02/03/2014 6:28:16 AM PST by RetSignman

Peyton went into that game with a wound, it wasn't a physical wound but one his own team mates delivered by making him look like a bully and insufferable task master.

They claimed he would give them 'pop quizes' on what to look for in a game, they said they were afraid of him, they said they would try to avoid him and he would interject himself in every aspect of the game.


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Peyton went into that game with a wound, it wasn't a physical wound but one his own team mates delivered by making him look like a bully and insufferable task master.

They claimed he would give them 'pop quizes' on what to look for in a game, they said they were afraid of him, they said they would try to avoid him and he would interject himself in every aspect of the game.

That may be true but he brought the whiners into the super Bowl with his knowledge of the game.

He went into this game with those remarks ringing in his head and, in my opinion, resolved to just do HIS job and let his 'team' mates do theirs.

Although he had the option to call plays, he didn't call them even when he saw clearly what the hawks defense would do.

He didn't rush up and down his line hollering out what to look for and, personally, I don't blame him...let THEM figure out what to do.

He let his omnipotent coach call the shots, after all, did he get his support when he was being sullied by his team mates?

Did the owners step in to support him?

No, they let him appear to be a pariah, erroneously thinking, he will be the same quarterback who brought them into the 'super' Bowl.

You may say, he was acting like a spoiled child if he did, indeed, step outside his normal game play on purpose but he didn't abandon his team, they abandoned him.

Omaha...Omaha.

1 posted on 02/03/2014 6:28:16 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman
He went into this game with those remarks ringing in his head and, in my opinion, resolved to just do HIS job and let his 'team' mates do theirs.

Because professional football players slack off during the championship game to prove a point.

2 posted on 02/03/2014 6:31:22 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: RetSignman

It’s a game. It’s over. Who cares?


3 posted on 02/03/2014 6:32:00 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: RetSignman

Well it showed on the first play from scrimmage when Peyton was moving around talking when the ball was snapped over his head. Causing a safety. Maybe he called the snap, maybe the center thought he heard the call for the snap but they were both rattled.


4 posted on 02/03/2014 6:32:27 AM PST by AU72
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To: RetSignman
No way. This is the Super Bowl. He might often be a choke artist in the playoffs, but there's no way you wait until the Super Bowl to change up your game, or play in a way that has no purpose other than spite. These guys are professionals.

They just happened to have their worst performance in the Super Bowl. It happens.

5 posted on 02/03/2014 6:34:34 AM PST by GunRunner
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To: RetSignman

Interesting take on it. This explains so much.... Seattle came into the game hungry for bison. They got their fill and left the bones empty. Denver looked like they had a huge let down after beating Brady. Guess they forgot that there was another game to play


6 posted on 02/03/2014 6:37:17 AM PST by Nifster
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To: RetSignman

I think the media hype of Manning poisoned the Bronson into believing kinda what you say. Manning always said it was a team effort but the media had a log of advertising to sell so they built up manning at the expense of the team. The first play sort of sealed the deal.

Like many of us long time Bronco fans say “maybe next year”


7 posted on 02/03/2014 6:37:20 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: RetSignman

His team sounds like a bunch of spoiled brat babies

They should have thanked him for giving a care, instead they acted like a bunch of lazy spoiled brats

They proved themselves to be a bunch of undisciplined losers

Poor Peyton

And the front office ought to be ashamed too


8 posted on 02/03/2014 6:37:47 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: RetSignman

I hope Peyton tells them all to suck eggs and demands to be traded


9 posted on 02/03/2014 6:38:51 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: RetSignman
but he didn't abandon his team, they abandoned him.

They all sucked yesterday....including Manning. I laughed earlier in the week when Sherman said Manning throws "ducks". Thought it was absurd. But then I saw Manning throw several ducks to go along with the the errors made by the rest of the team.

The loss was a team effort. Offense, Defense, Special teams, AND Peyton Manning played a part in that blowout.
10 posted on 02/03/2014 6:39:07 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: GunRunner
They just happened to have their worst performance in the Super Bowl. It happens.

Apparently, this is common place for Denver. A search of the 10 most lopsided super bowls has Denver in 3

6. Super Bowl XLVIII; Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8

4. Super Bowl XXII; Washington Redskins 42, Denver Broncos 10,

1. Super Bowl XXIV; San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10,
11 posted on 02/03/2014 6:39:08 AM PST by jrg
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To: RetSignman

Not sure of all the backstory chatter, but what I saw was a super fast and dominant Seahawks teams. I sat there slack jawed at how good that Seahawk team looked. They played every single down with speed and intensity. They put the pedal to the metal and never let up.

The good thing is that the best team won the Superbowl. Not the hottest team. Pretty clear months ago that the Seahwaks were the most complete team in football.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 6:40:10 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: RetSignman
Omaha....ha..ha..ha!

Regards,

a Charger fan.

13 posted on 02/03/2014 6:41:02 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: RetSignman

Alot of people have said it and I agree, the REAL SB this year was the NFC championship game.

Even now, after the season is over, SF scares me more than any other team.

It could have gone either way.


14 posted on 02/03/2014 6:41:52 AM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: djf

Concur.


15 posted on 02/03/2014 6:42:21 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: RetSignman

What are you yammering on about?


16 posted on 02/03/2014 6:44:39 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: jrg
Apparently, this is common place for Denver. A search of the 10 most lopsided super bowls has Denver in 3

And as a Browns fan...I'd take it.
17 posted on 02/03/2014 6:45:02 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: jrg

As the Biggest Loser Super Bowl listing shows, many of these over-hyped games are stinkers. Who would pay thousands to see a game like last night’s....except for corporations that wrote it off as a business expense.


18 posted on 02/03/2014 6:45:34 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: jrg
Luckily for Elway, he got his lopsided losses out of the way early in his career, and then won two Super Bowls back to back to close out his NFL tenure.

Manning isn't so lucky, and I think his legacy certainly suffers after this; it was an embarrassing loss.

19 posted on 02/03/2014 6:46:19 AM PST by GunRunner
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To: RetSignman

After the run back of the the 2nd half kick off, Manning was trying “Lincoln, Lincoln.”

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2 weeks ago, SF and Seattle played a sloppy playoff game. Maybe Denver thought if they played sloppy in the Super Bowl, they might win like Seattle did 2 weeks earlier.


20 posted on 02/03/2014 6:48:11 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: txrefugee
As the Biggest Loser Super Bowl listing shows, many of these over-hyped games are stinkers.

I actually didn't think it was a bad game to watch. The Seattle dominance was jaw-dropping. It was something to see one of the best QB's in my lifetime just get thoroughly pummelled.

The fact that it was a blowout didn't necessarily make it boring for me.
21 posted on 02/03/2014 6:50:13 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: GunRunner

that jerk Elway is jealous of Peyton and won’t support him the way he should

Elway has no business running this club


22 posted on 02/03/2014 6:50:17 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: GunRunner

Super Bowls seem to be either nail-biters with tit-for-tat scoring or blow-outs where one team just runs away with it.

I actually prefer the first type.


23 posted on 02/03/2014 6:51:02 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: RetSignman

The better explanation for Denver’s loss is that Seattle outplayed them, with the league’s best defense shutting down Denver’s offense.


24 posted on 02/03/2014 6:53:03 AM PST by Rockingham
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To: yldstrk
that jerk Elway is jealous of Peyton and won’t support him the way he should

Oh please. Elway is the one who went out and got him when nobody was sure if he would ever recover from his neck surgeries.

Elway has no business running this club

I hope Peyton tells them all to suck eggs and demands to be traded

I can only hope that everybody in Denver feels this way. Nothing I'd like more than to see complete disarray befall the Denver Broncos.
25 posted on 02/03/2014 6:55:28 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: 1rudeboy

Most people fail to understand the most fundamental principle of football: dominating the line of scrimmage. A dominating offensive and defensive line “trumps” a superstar quarterback everytime.


26 posted on 02/03/2014 7:00:48 AM PST by thejokker
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To: mountainlion

The first play sort of sealed the deal.
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That first play would have been just a bump in the road for Manning and recovered easily.

Maybe next year will be without Manning and I don’t think he will be looking around for another team he could take to the super Bowl.

He was gracious when he was replaced as quaterback before, this time it will be his call and retire from a game that has turned devolved into the status of the WWE.


27 posted on 02/03/2014 7:04:19 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

The very first play was bad for Denver and it all went downhill from there.


28 posted on 02/03/2014 7:07:58 AM PST by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Obadiah

I was cheering for the Broncos, so naturally I was disappointed. And it was obvious by the middle of the second quarter that they were not even trying.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, played the entire game as if they were coming from behind.


29 posted on 02/03/2014 7:10:21 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: RetSignman

This isn’t the first lopsided loss Denver has suffered at the Superbowl. ...For the past few weeks the hype has all been about Manning and Denver’s offense, but mostly Manning, like his experience and mastery of the game was more than enough to beat the Seahawks. In a way, Richard Sherman did the Seahawks a favor by drawing all the media hype to him. For the better part of the pre-Superbowl fiasco, Wilson was little more than an afterthought. During media week Marshawn Lynch got got all the attention for not talking. There was no hyped up pressure on the team. All they had to do was focus, and show up with their best game, and they did.


30 posted on 02/03/2014 7:12:19 AM PST by pallis
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To: Timber Rattler

Who cares?
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Usually when I see an article I don’t care about, I skip past it.


31 posted on 02/03/2014 7:16:16 AM PST by RetSignman
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No offense, but Peyton Manning just isn’t a big game QB. He has proved that in both college and the NFL. Hands down he’s probably the greatest regular season QB to ever play the game, but in crunch time he simply disappears.

11-12 in his post season career

Of those 12 losses 7 are 1 and done.

During his 2006-2007 Super Bowl post season he had 3 TDs to 7 INTs. I’m still not sure how he won the Super Bowl MVP that game as he put in a fairly pedestrian performance goin 25 of 39 for 243 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. The Colts won that game because they took the air out of the ball in the 2nd half and pound the Bears with the run. Eventually Sexy Rexy sealed the deal with a 51 yard pick six when the Bears were driving in the 4th quarter.

Heck it took Manning leaving for the Tennessee Volunteers and QB Tee Martin to get over the Florida Gators bugaboo which plagued them during the Manning years. The won the National Championship that year.

So no, none of this shocks me. Manning is so hung up on his legacy and quest for a 2nd Super Bowl ring to validate his greatness that I have no doubt it eventually grated on his teammates. They are all professionals... this game was kind of important to them too.


32 posted on 02/03/2014 7:23:07 AM PST by gallandro1
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To: RetSignman

The Seahawks played like Tea Partiers and Denver played like the GOPe.


33 posted on 02/03/2014 7:28:17 AM PST by optiguy (Winter is coming.)
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To: RetSignman

The greatest irony of last night’s game was that I saw more of Tim Tebow than I did of Peyton Manning......................


34 posted on 02/03/2014 7:29:14 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: thejokker

Seattle dominated on every aspect of the game. Not just the line of scrimmage. Although, it is the most important. However, special teams scored a touchdown and played great too. The only thing Denver did well was stop the run up the middle in the first half. They contained Lynch.

Lastly, Peyton Manning once again gave us another poor post season performance that his record has shown many times before. When he is under pressure he makes bad passing decisions. The Seattle defensive line forced him to make mistakes.
In the AFC game the Pats put absolutely no pressure on Manning and he could sit back and pick them apart.
When the BIG game is on the line, I would take Eli every time. Of course, I would take Brady over Eli too.


35 posted on 02/03/2014 7:29:24 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: jrg
1. Super Bowl XXIV; San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10,

I was having deja vu - it felt like we were watching that game all over again.

36 posted on 02/03/2014 7:31:00 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: optiguy

LMAO :DDDDDDD


37 posted on 02/03/2014 7:39:29 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: gallandro1

All the hype the last two weeks was about Manning and Denver’s great offense.

What the Super Bowl record almost always shows us over and over again is DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Once again this held true.

Twice Baltimore won because of their defense. Tampa Bay won because of their defense. The Pats first win was because of their defensive secondary and linebackers were the best in the league. The Pats stopped the high scoring Rams offense. The Bills lost four Super Bowls in a row, but had the best offense in all four of those years.

More often than not the team with the best defense wins the Super Bowl. Yet, almost all the attention is given to these high scoring offenses. It is kind of like the old golf saying: drive for show, put for dough.


38 posted on 02/03/2014 7:42:31 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: RetSignman

When I saw the score my first thought was, I wonder what the spread in Vegas was?


39 posted on 02/03/2014 7:46:50 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: RetSignman

So what they are saying is that Peyton does not respond well to criticism and is not a team player, but rather a diva?

Interesting.

Had my team criticized me and the way I dedicate myself to being the best I can be, my response would have been to lead that team to the ultimate achievement and then ask them if they have any more criticism of me and my methods.

But I guess Peyton is made of weaker stuff.


40 posted on 02/03/2014 7:56:05 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Rockingham

One sports commentator early in the week said Seattle might have a chance if they could keep Manning off the field.

Well, Manning didn’t do very stellar when he was on the field.

Seattle played sloppy against SF two weeks ago. I was glad to see that they got it together for the Super Bowl. I did think for a while they were going to be playing against the Broncs and the refs, but they managed to score enough that the refs were neutralized.


41 posted on 02/03/2014 8:04:50 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Red Badger

Yes, I was going to say - at least they can’t blame this one on Tebow.


42 posted on 02/03/2014 8:10:45 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: pallis

Richard Sherman did the Seahawks a favor by drawing all the media hype to him.
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He did us all a favor in showing what football has devolved into with his interview after they won their division...self promotion.


43 posted on 02/03/2014 8:13:06 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman
"he would interject himself in every aspect of the game. "

He won't be able to do this any longer. He proved that the day of the pocket QB is over. Defensive coordinators have figured out how to waste it. The era of the good passer & good runner, begins.

44 posted on 02/03/2014 8:19:55 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Well said. You build a team around defense. Throw in a offense that does not turn over the ball. Keeps the other offense off the field, and eats up the clock with well rounded play calling and time management. That was Seattle this year. It is a template that works.


45 posted on 02/03/2014 8:22:34 AM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: chris37

But I guess Peyton is made of weaker stuff.
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I have to disagree, Peyton is one of the most compeitive players in football BUT his he is also bound by orders of his coach and owners.

I remember back when they had clenched the division to play in the super bowl. They had played the perfect season with no losses and the ‘management’ took the best players off the field and sent in the second string.

They lost the game and a perfect season record. I don’t think Peyton ever forgot what that decision meant to the whole team.


46 posted on 02/03/2014 8:37:30 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: RetSignman

what’s your source


47 posted on 02/03/2014 8:39:03 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: mmichaels1970
Sean Hannity kept predicting that the Broncos would win because it was Peyton Manning's year...it was getting tiresome.

Glad to see Sean getting some egg on his face...but he'll probably claim he predicted that the Seahawks would have a blow-out win.

48 posted on 02/03/2014 8:49:36 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: yldstrk

BINGO !

Elway built a team based on offence. It`s in his DNA. Defence is an afterthought for Elway.

Denver`s entire philosophy is wrongheaded .

DEFENCE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.


49 posted on 02/03/2014 8:53:56 AM PST by Para-Ord.45 ( Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: RetSignman

Well there’s a silly idea, what guy in his late 30s will tank what could be his last chance at a championship to prove a point?! And I doubt given how many records they set this year the rest of the team was terribly annoyed with Peyton being Peyton.

The reality would seem to be a lot plainer. Going into the game the top defense was 12-3 in the SB and 4-1 facing the top offense in the SB, defense wins championships. Meanwhile there’s an old Madden observation that the team that’s looser and having more fun wins the SB, one of Pete Carroll’s big goals as a coach is for practices to be fun and keep his team loose and all the reporting from practice last week said he succeeded. Meanwhile the word out of Denver practices was they were “focused”, which generally means not loose and not having fun.

So Denver comes in tight and things go wrong right from the beginning, they run back an opening kickoff they should have kneeled and get the ball at their 14 instead of their 20, the center snaps the ball when Peyton is adjusting the play and it results in a safety. Once things start going wrong they tend to keep going wrong, of course Seattle shows (and plays) vanilla defenses making it very hard for Peyton to do that Peyton thing. You can’t really adjust the play when the look is the same as the last 10 plays.

Everything else is a snowball from there. You’ve got a tense team watching things go wrong vs a loose team watching things go right. So the tense team gets more tense and the loose team gets more loose, more things the tense team tries fail, and more things the loose team tries succeed. Nobody abandoned anybody, they just ran into a team that could stop them handily and added a bad game on top of it.


50 posted on 02/03/2014 9:07:40 AM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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