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The Enemy

Since 2004, Peyton Manning has been a real pain in the neck when it comes to bringing home a fourth Lombardi trophy. This time around it looks like the pain in his neck will dash the Colts dreams of playing and hosting one. When looking up the word "Quarterback" in Webster’s dictionary, you could easily place Peyton’s face there as a symbol of dedication and commitment to a position that is both cerebral and enduring. But I am not here to create rainbows or paint a happy picture for Colts fans saying everything is going to be alright, cause truthfully, no one knows what the future holds for him in terms of recovery. What I am here to say is that this opens a wormhole, a great opportunity that we have never seen before. As much as I would love to go through number 18 for a possible fourth championship, this feels like a blessing in disguise. It has been a very, very, long time since Peyton was not under center and as much as I don’t like seeing any player get hurt, especially something that may be career threatening, I can’t help but smile about the things to come. Trust me, no one shed a tear when Brady went down, hobbling off the field with trainers on each arm. I was at the bar with my wife that day as fans from different teams cheered and high fived that the NFL’s pretty boy was injured. It was disheartening, yet at the same time I understood. As Jeff Bebe, the lead singer of Stillwater said about William Miller in the movie Almost Famous, "He is the enemy". For as much as Peyton is a symbol of the NFL, bottom line Pats fans he is the enemy. How many times have we gone to bed or driven to work to see those lasting images of Peyton guiding the Colts back to victory days after the game was over? How many times have you come across the NFL Network or ESPN when those games were being replayed to only quickly change the channel? There is nothing more devastating than a gut wrenching loss to a rival. We only need to turn on last years game against the Jets to remember that awful feeling. I don’t recall anyone shedding a tear for LT when he was unable to play in the Championship game for the Chargers while he pouted on the sideline with his helmet on. Was anybody hoping that T.O. and his hyperbaric chamber would help heal his wounds and guide the Eagles to victory? Hell no, the NFL is a dog eat dog world and I see it as an opportunity for the Patriots to attain a long and enduring goal. Sorry if I do not share the same sentiment as other people around the league; after 208 games poor old Peyton Manning and spoiled Colts fans will have to deal with him not being under center. Feel free to can call me a fan, a homer or just plain old insensitive. So please pass me a tissue to wipe my crocodile tears, the truth is all I care about is that fourth Lombardi trophy hoisted in Indianapolis while the enemy looks on.

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