Another week of being torn between 2 different items to feature, both of them concerning legends of the game throwing the ball…
First there’s Peyton Manning.
A few players are deemed to be legends of the game while they are still playing, and Manning is one of them. He holds many of the statistical records for regular season play, but that’s the key – regular season play.
In the playoffs, he has a reputation of not delivering. Whether that’s him folding under the pressure, or team mates underperforming, the results have not been good. One Superbowl ring for someone as good as he is supposed to be? Well, that’s just not enough.
I did see one commentator say “how can you call someone the best of all time when they’re not even the best in their *own* time?”
He has competition for the title of the best, and that’s Tom Brady. As for Peyton, well this week his team went out of the playoffs, and he had a bad game. A really bad game, with some throws that were just way off.
The media pretty much think that’s it all over for him, but he has a multi million dollar contract, so multi million reasons to carry on.
Speaking of Tom Brady, he has *3* Superbowl wins! His regular season stats may not be as good as Manning’s, but the NFL is not geared around the regular season, it’s geared around the Superbowl, and that’s why I’ve been in the Brady camp in the debate of who is better. Whereas Manning’s record seems to suggest he folds, Brady’s record seems to suggest he steps up and rises to the occasion.
This week his team the New England Patriots marched on, with a play that has to be my moment of the week…
Whereas Manning’s throws were way off, Brady was on song, and it was one pass in particular that caught the eye.
He threw the ball to Julian Edelman, who is a wide receiver, so nothing odd there. The thing is, Edelman played quarterback at college, and after catching the ball, he took a throwing stance and launched the ball downfield, resulting in a 51 yard touchdown!
Ha! Some people might say a trick play like that in a playoff game is a great idea, and fun to watch. Others might say it’s disrespectful to the opposition to use a type of play normally left behind at the college stage.
I’m in the ‘fun to use, fun to watch’ camp. Professional sport is about winning, and in a sport like the NFL which is a combination of tactics and execution, why would a move like this *not* be applauded?
So that’s my moment for this week – next week it’s the ‘semi finals’ – ;et’s see what the games bring!
‘Til next Time,
Health & happiness,