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Some comments are strangePosted Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 2:49 PM
Even though I'm not a Colts fan, it will be strange not seeing Peyton Manning in a Colts' uniform next year.
It was strange not seeing him in uniform this year.
But some of the backlash that has transpired since Manning's decision to sign with Denver is even stranger than not seeing him in a Colts' uniform.
While looking online at articles in reference to Manning joining the Broncos, or Wednesday's news of Tim Tebow being traded from Denver to the New York Jets, I was surprised by what I saw.
Here's one comment: "Peyton Manning is the Anti-Christ. He could have played anywhere, but he chose to ruin Tim's glory. Manning will be begging for Tebow to pray for him once he gets hurt. Tebow could lay hands on him and heal him."
Here's another: "... I grew up idolizing Elway. Now I despise him. Hope Manning gets hurt and since we won't have a back up, we will tank, then maybe the fans can do to Elway what they did to (Kyle) Orton. Run him back to his car dealerships."
Another comment, on our website, read: "Manning sold us out the first chance he had. Go Colts and get (Andrew) Griffin."
Some of this is just utter hatred. And hatred like this for an athlete is beyond me.
Denver pursuing Manning made perfect sense. Elway believes the Broncos are close. He believes Manning could take them to the Super Bowl.
While I don't agree with this assessment, Elway is in his position for a reason. And he played professionally.
And it was proven last year. Manning can be a team. Without him, the Colts won just two games.
Tebow is a great leader. He took a 1-4 team and led them to the playoffs. But he needs work on his mechanics. That had to be frustrating for Elway, arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Still, Tebow has proven he can win in the NFL.
To think Manning sold out the Colts seems odd as well. During the press conference March 7, when Manning and team owner and CEO Jim Irsay discussed Manning being released, Manning clearly stated, "I'll always be a Colt."
To me, that doesn't sound like someone selling out anyone.
To me, it seems very bizarre to wish ill will on anyone.
Sometimes, fans really need to cool down and just enjoy the sport. Don't take it so seriously.