It’s finally here… the Super Bowl. Giants vs. Patriots, rematch of the 2007 game in which New York spoiled New England’s perfect season. If I remember correctly, there are 4 Michigan players who are playing in this game (Tom Brady, Zoltan Mesko, Mario Manningham, and David Baas). The game should be pretty good, Super Bowls usually are, but it is games like these that make careers.
A recent story on ESPN detailed the changing culture in the Indianapolis Colts organization, specifically revolving around star quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning, who missed the entire season with a nerve problem in his neck, watched as the only team he has ever played for struggled to a 2-14 season, earning them the first overall pick in the NFL draft in April. Following the Colts’ disastrous season, owner Jim Irsay fired vice president Bill Polian and general manager Chris Polian. Just a short time ago, Irsay continued cleaning house when he fired head coach Jim Caldwell.
All of the changes have taken their toll on Manning, who, at age 35, may be on his way out of Indianapolis to make way for likely #1 overall pick, quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford. Much of the concern focused on the $28 million bonus that the Colts owe Manning in early March. Before this past season, there was very little question that Manning would receive his bonus; however, with his health a key issue, the Colts may not want to spend that kind of money on someone that may not play much longer.
This is why they should. Read more…