Pardon me for a moment while I channel my inner Dick Enberg…
It is so rare that we get a moment like this in sports anymore.
When a great player who has starred for one franchise his whole career, and led that team to glory and championships, has to face the final curtain (as Mr. Sinatra beautifully put it), it almost never ends well.
The player gets old, he gets hurt, the team eventually realizes it has to cut ties with him and start over, and bitterness creeps in among fans and players.
And sure, with Peyton Manning, one of the 10 greatest quarterbacks to ever play (he’s in my Top 5, along with Montana, Unitas, Brady and Marino), it wasn’t the happiest ending that took place Wednesday. He’s had four neck surgeries in the past two years, the great team around him crumbled, winning only two games last year, and he’s owed a Titanic-sized amount of money.
So it was no surprise when the Colts decided to release No. 18 Wednesday. But check out this snippet from Manning’s farewell press conference. See the real emotion between the owner, Jim Irsay, and Manning. This was done with as much class as possible for a team basically telling a player “We don’t want you anymore.”
It was kind of heartwarming to see Manning get so choked up, talking about the love affair he had with the city of Indianapolis. As fans, it’s how we always want the starts we worship to feel about us, but so rarely do.
It’s sad Manning has to finish his career somewhere else (and for my fellow Jets fans praying he’ll make Met Life Stadium the home for the entire Manning family, I say keep dreaming. He ain’t coming here).
But it was nice to see such an amicable parting, and to see an athlete who loves the city that helped make him famous right back.Vodpod videos no longer available.
**OK, I’m not even going to try to explain this one. But it appears there is now a sport called TaserBall, where the object of the game is to, well, Tase the opponent. The “sport” is played kind of like soccer, except with giant medicine-ball sized balls, and the way you play defense is to tase the opponent.
“These give out between 3 to 5 milli-amps,”Leif Kellenberger, one of the inventors, said said of the tazers. “It feels like a rubber band snap. It’s shocking but will only make you twitch or drop the ball.”
Yeah, somehow I don’t see this one catching on at your local playground. However, when the announcers at the games say “There’s electricity in the air here tonight,” they will now mean that literally.
Stephen Colbert’s take on this “sport” is here.
**Finally, while we’re hearing about how evil Iran is these days, and how nuclear war is inevitable, from Andrew Sullivan’s blog comes a YouTube video of a 13-year-old girl, singing some Adele.
As Sullivan points out, this is not just some faceless enemy Israel and/or the U.S. could be at war with. This beautiful young girl with a sweet voice lives there, too.