This has irked me for a while. I'm sure by now you've seen the commercial for DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket, in which Peyton Manning diverts his attention from the snap of a Colts/Titans game to inform the viewer that with NFL Sunday Ticket, you could watch up to 14 games every Sunday. You could watch my brother Eli play the Dallas Cowboys.
It's bad enough that we'll have to endure another 8 years of Manning/Manning ads all over our TVs. What's worse about this ad is Peyton Manning's need to embarass teams in order to pad his own stats and Tony Dungy's complete lack of backbone to stop him. The Colts are deep in Titans territory, leading the Titans 28-3 with about 2:30 left in the 4th quarter. It's 3rd & 5 when Manning breaks action to pitch the satellite service. He says, "I've gotta run," and then audibles to a pass, hitting a receiver in the end zone. Was that pass really necessary? The Titans run defense isn't very stout. There's a good chance that the right run play, maybe a sweep to the right, would pick up those five yards. But even if the Colts were put in a 4th & 2 or 4th & 1, a field goal would suffice. There's no way the Titans were gonna come back -- why add insult to injury? It's just poor sportsmanship.
Why is there even a need for Tony Dungy? At this point, Manning's calling all the shots. He tutors the rest of the team on the sidelines, calls the plays, probably signs off on the practice schedule before Dungy can post it. Dungy's a figurehead. The Colts need to realize that they need a disciplinarian to rope Manning and his Spurrier-esque love of running up the score. It's just bad karma. You wonder why the Colts can't win in the postseason? Why Vanderjagt missed that field goal against Pittsburgh? What goes around, comes around.