This year marked the 50th annual Super Bowl and it was definitely one for the books. Other than the major logo change, from the traditional roman numerals to using just the number “50,”there were a lot of topics of debate in the days following the big game. The largest of the controversies being the each team’s star quarterback:
Peyton Manning: Walk away or wait it out
Let’s face it, Peyton Manning you got your fairy-tale ending. It’s time to hang up those cleats and shoulder pads. Having his second career Super Bowl ring handed to him by his defense after having a “mediocre at best” season should just about do it for this Denver Bronco quarterback’s career.
Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for Peyton, but I think it’s safe to say he’s on a steady decline from the peak of his career. Let’s not drag this thing out until he hits rock bottom. Look at John Elway; He got his second ring and got the heck out. There’s no arguing it, Manning just can’t physically do it anymore, let alone compete for a starting spot with the young, charismatic Brock Osweiler.
Hats off to Manning, he had a phenomenal career and holds a ton of records including the career touchdown pass record. Go enjoy retirement, play some golf and await your induction in the Hall of Fame.
Cam Newton: “Show me a good loser”
Cam Newton took a lot of heat from the media for bailing out of a press conference following the Carolina Panthers’ loss in the Super Bowl. He had every right to do this, but maybe not for the reason you think. Newton was interviewed in the following days about his leaving the press conference abruptly, and he continuously talked about how the loss really got to him emotionally.
“At the end of the day, when you invest so much time and sacrifice so much and things don’t go as planned I think emotions take over,” Newton said. “I’m on record as being a sore loser. You show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”
Imagine that were you being swarmed with questions, right after the failure of your entire year of work. You might have a similar reaction.
It has been claimed by many football fans that Newton may have ditched the press conference because of overhearing a statement from Bronco’s defensive back Chris Harris. Newton never made any mention of overhearing Harris’ interview, but if that were the case that would be poor on the NFL’s part for setting up the two interviews within earshot of each other.
Regardless, Cam just lost the Super Bowl. He’s not going to be a happy camper. He did not want to talk to the press: Get over it. Marshawn Lynch has been dodging the press for the past year and fans have loved it. Let the man recover from his loss.