I was ready.
After watching Peyton Manning shred the tough defenses of Baltimore and the Jets in theirs last two games, and seeing how the Colts had been a machine in every game they had tried to win this season, I was ready to join the group-think that had Peyton whipping past Tom Brady and the Colts joining the Patriots as team of the decade.
One killer pick-six in the fourth quarter put an end to all that. That play was more Peyton Manning of 2004 than it was the QB we’ve seen since the AFC title game in 2006. The interception sealed the game for the Saints, who rallied from a 10-0 first quarter deficit to beat the Colts, 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV.
I’m sure Manning wishes his former coach had kept quiet. This was Tony Dungy’s prediction of the game:
“I think they’re going to be so far ahead that people are going to say, ‘Oh, ho-hum, he played a good game, they won by two scores, the Colts won their second championship,’ ” Dungy said of Manning on Thursday. “He’s going to have those rings Sunday night. I don’t think it’s going to be close.”
Whoops. (It wasn’t the only dumb thing Dungy said either, as he also took a shot at Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as well.) The media pack is quick to change direction, now even Ron Borges says that Peyton just a .500 QB when it counts. Hector Longo says Manning doesn’t belong to be mentioned with Tom Brady or Joe Montana. Jonathan Comey offers up some thoughts on the Saints victory. Karen Guregian can’t forgive the Colts for laying down the final two weeks of the season. Dan Shaughnessy takes a shot at himself for his Saturday column stating that Manning was definitively better than Brady. Christopher Price bangs out 10 things we learned last night. Tom E. Curran says that Peyton, Polian and the Colts were afraid of the pressure.
Here are the top links from this morning’s papers and websites around New England:
The Celtics Forced To Face Reality - Paul Flannery assesses the Celtics after a 19-0 Magic third quarter run doomed the Celtics on national television yesterday.
Celtics show the good, bad and ugly against Orlando - Tim Weisberg has the Celtics blowing their ninth double-digit lead since Christmas.
Problem on the parquet - Scott Souza says that only the Celtics can fix what’s wrong with this team.
Their effort not hard to categorize - Gary Washburn explains that the Celtics are just not an elite team right now.
Relaxing the cause of tension - Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Celtics getting too comfortable in the second half of games.
Rask and B’s back in winning ways - Yes, the Bruins actually won a game yesterday. Joe Haggerty gives us the details from Montreal.
Bruins kick ugly Hab-it - Steve Conroy says that the Bruins flirtation with ignominy is over.
Lowrie working very hard to get back on radar screen - Actually from yesterday, but a good Red Sox notes column from Joe McDonald and Daniel Barbarisi.
Gay rings up another - Adam Kilgore has Randall Gay using his experience in New England to benefit his hometown Saints.
A strong sense of entitlement is at play - Ready for another BU-BC Beanpot final tonight?