Colts Fans Should Be Happy For Peyton Manning, Not Still Bemoaning His Release

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Seriously, if you are still upset that Jim Irsay released Peyton Manning, or if you think it was wrong for him to do so, I don't know how you can function in the world. Your mother must still dress you.

I'm actually starting to think that this question should be asked on any test used to gauge basic competence: Do you think that the Colts should have released Peyton Manning in March 2012?

If your answer is yes, congratulations! You are likely able to form (reasonably) complete sentences, drive a car, and use a microwave.

If your answer is no, then kindly follow the example demonstrated by the mustached gentlemen in the pinstriped suit in this video:


Seriously, if you are still upset that Jim Irsay released Peyton Manning, or if you think it was wrong for him to do so, I don't know how you can function in the world. Your mother must still dress you. We're now seven months removed from the emotional farewell that was so obviously going to happen four months prior to when it actually did. If you are still bitter, you must eat paste out of the can and play with your poo.

The moment it was revealed to Jim Irsay that Peyton needed yet-another surgery on his neck, No. 18's days in Indianapolis were numbered.

Again, for those of us with even basic-level human competence, we get that. Peyton had to go. This is why those of us who do not attend Colts games wearing Manning Broncos jerseys can appreciate and enjoy last night's thrilling come-from-behind Denver victory over San Diego 35-24.

The Broncos were down 24-0 at halftime, but then came roaring back thanks to the brilliance of Peyton and the utter stupidity of Norv Turner and Philip Rivers. It was a brilliant comeback. One for the ages. If you love football, you loved that game. In fact, I loved it so much I was tweeting up a hailstorm during it, especially enjoying the moments when I could rub it into the faces of those who proclaimed the game over a halftime.

Over? No lead is safe from Peyton Manning. Not even an older, less-durable one. To echo Michael David Smith of PFT:

Now, I'm sure there are probably one or two completely brainless idiots out there wondering to themselves, Well, if he was still so great, why did they cut him?

I feel insulted when people ask me this question. It's like asking me if it's OK for Bigfoot to bone my wife while a "Girls Gone Wild" camera crew films it.

The answers to this question are available if you do a quick search for "Peyton Manning" here. Check out the most recent stuff the comes up in the finder. However, if you want the most obvious answer, it's that Peyton and Andrew Luck could not coexist. If you've watched any Colts games this year, you'd know Luck is a very special player. He's lead three fourth quarterback comebacks this year, two resulting in wins. Luck is the best young QB I have ever seen play.

Yes, better than Peyton was in 1998. Hell, he's better than Peyton was in 2000.

While Luck takes his lumps on a young team that shows resiliency and fight, Peyton gets to play on a veteran Denver club that should contend. That's awesome on several levels.

Enjoy it. Appreciate and cheer for both situations. This was about a young Colts team rebuilding its foundation after years of front office incompetence. Manning could not succeed in this new, rebuilt franchise. Thus, he was allowed to go find a new one.

Everybody made out well.

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