Have you guys seen this? http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/34758620
It's from the CBS NFL blog by Ryan Wilson. Check out Bob Kravitz's quotes about Peyton. While I am siding with neither Irsay nor Manning on this as I think both were childish as hell and should not have said a word the week of the SB, I do agree with some of what Bob says, and this was VERY calculated by the Manning camp....but damn, just read the quotes. Maybe it was mostly in jest and with a smile, but just from reading the quotes, I can't imagine Peyton will be sharing much more with Kravy anytime soon for his insider blogs.
"I think people are starting to sway over to Jim Irsay's side on this," Kravitz told Kornheiser. "… It's such a no-brainer. It's been a no-brainer since they went to 0-13. He could give them money to play football. Andrew Luck has got to play, okay? It's not even about the $35 million anymore. I mean, the guy's arm is a noodle, he can't throw like an NFL quarterback, and by March 8, there's no way of knowing whether he's going to be ready or not."
Wow. "Arm is a noodle" is nowhere near "been medically cleared to play." But that doesn't mean Manning won't be healthy at some point. It's just that nobody knows when.
“I know some of the people that have seen him throw,” Kravitz continued. "They say he’s not throwing like an NFL quarterback yet. That doesn’t mean he never will. This thing is going to take time. Structurally, he’s sound. Structurally, he can take a hit.”
In response to a question from Kornheiser that "Manning hijacked the Super Bowl," Kravitz responded, "I'm quite sure [Peyton] did it deliberately.
"I lost a lot of -- I don't want to say respect for him -- but I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and not say that his conversation with me was political and calculated, but there's no doubt in my mind that that story breaking Thursday night right around the time every single TV station is doing an exclusive on Andrew Luck (and, it turns out, blog).
"It comes out on Thursday night about six o'clock -- that doesn't come out unless the Peyton Manning camp wants it to come out. They're putting public pressure on Jim Irsay. It was calculated, it was deceptive, I didn't think it was a good time to do it. And, yes, he absolutely stole the Super Bowl. … I don't think there's any doubt that he stole some of the attention away from the Super Bowl.
"Look, that story was going to be there whether he opened his mouth or not, but he had given us every indication that he was going to go underground and only do his Gatorade and DirecTV thing and then shut the hell up," Kravitz said. "And he didn't do that. I thought that that was kind of smarmy. …
"You got Andrew Luck, just start over, I wish they could make the decision today or tomorrow and move on with it. Instead we're just … holding onto something that doesn't really exist."
Overall it seems like the blogger Wilson has an agenda as he says that Peyton is now being sen as enemy #1 in Indy which is absolute retarded silliness. Listen to 10 mins of local sports radio or read msg board replies on here. Reasonable fans understand that it's likely in Peyton's best interest to move on as well as Indy if he won't seriously re-work a horrible cap deal, but almost no one is hating Manning. Even though many of us do realize what a pointed politician is, but that's nothing new, Peyton has always been like that.
PS Had no idea Kornheiser still had a radio show. Other than PTI I hadn't heard him in years.