Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday Sports Musings
Just a little while ago I had my sports hate eyes opened. I used to like the Yankees but after Joe Torre left my liking diminished. Everything clicked for them this year and I couldn't begrudge them this year's World Series. Their bats were hot and ever since the 2nd game of their series with the Angels I couldn't help but feel like there was no stopping them this year. The Colts and Peyton Manning on the other hand, I have always sports hated them, but with Manning having a monster year and that endearing Christmas commercial on permanent repeat, against all my instincts, I was starting to thaw.
Now, I'm sitting here watching the 14-0 Colts play the Jets. I don't want them to go undefeated. I switched from the Eagles v Broncs game just because I noticed that the lead in the game had recently sung in the Jets favor (and that it was a much closer game than the other) and what do I see...Manning (along Wayne and Clark) sitting on the sidelines. Their own fans are booing them and chanting, "We want Peyton!" I understand why you're resting your stars but the level of "compete" is just pathetic. It's a close game, they're losing (by 3 at the beginning the 4th quarter) and most of the O-line starters and D-starters are still playing...why not chase a perfect season?
Having said all this, the only team to have an undefeated regular season as of late maintained their starters and a genuine effort (sometimes to the point of opposition players and fans accusing the team of unsportsman-like conduct for NOT pulling their starters) for almost every game. In 2007 after their 10th week 'bye' this team had 3 games that ended in 3 point victories. The starters, unless injured in the game, played until the end of those games. Of course this team lost the Superbowl (and thus did not complete an undefeated season), so, maybe the Colts are just trying to learn from their rival's mistakes. Either that or they're a little softer and a lot more banged up and indifferent then their fans want to believe.
If Manning is going to be known as the best ever; then he should be in the game now, leading his team to victory and a step closer to a true, undefeated season. He should have enough confidence to know that he can win this game and all of the games afterwards, his coach should leave that decision up to him (if he's healthy). They already have a first round playoff bye; they should be going for 19-0. I can't respect you or your team as you sit on the sidelines and watch your lead slip away and your team lose.
There are 4 minutes left in the 4th and since Manning was taken out the Jets have scored 19 unanswered points. Yeah, exactly. The Colts just gave up-pathetic!
I always had the NY Rangers (sorry, Chris Drury but 'the team that defeated my team in game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs'+'Avery' are pretty much automatic sports hate fodder) but my football sports hate has returned.