Packers: Watching Favre & Manning Messy Divorces
Legendary senior writer, Packers lead blogger & NFC featured columnist jclombardi presents parallels between Favre vs Packers and Manning vs Colts messy divorces.
In the sports blogosphere, we always hear endless rhetorical small talk from NFL sports teams, journalists and bloggers. They go on about how they admired the legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi talking about his intangible principles for success including commitment, excellence, results, mental toughness, passion, respect, and loyalty. However that was a long time ago, and in the modern big business sports world, few show those remarkable qualities and intangible assets for leadership. In real life, the Packers had such a legendary quarterback with those qualities and we saw the messy divorce after the Packers decided to go in a "new direction".
Now, on Sunday night NFL football, the legendary veteran QB Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos against his former Colts team. During the past week, played out in the sports media, the messy divorce between Manning and the Colts escalated when Colts owner Irsay insulted the legacy of QB Manning and Broncos' Head Coach Fox responded with harsh remarks in this ongoing messy divorce soap opera:
“I saw the comments [from Irsay] and to be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot,” Fox told Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller of SiriusXM NFL Radio. “To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate. I mean, Peyton would never say anything. He’s too classy to do that. But they sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me for a guy that has set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards. I’d be thankful with that one Super Bowl ring because there’s a lot of people that don’t have one.”
However, the bigger news was Manning's response to the remarks. While he had nothing to say, Manning said plenty with his response and body language when he talked privately with reporter Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.
Kravitz asked, “Do you bear any ill will or resentment toward the Colts?” Manning paused, looked down at the floor, and then shook his head, and said, “To answer a question like that doesn’t serve me well,” Manning said. “I feel like the question is based on the [Irsay] comments, so it’s just easier not to answer anything along those lines.”
As Kravitz said, a response other than “no” means that the truth is closer to “yes” adding:
But there was something very telling in his body language Wednesday, and in his answers, and especially in his non-answers, that pointed to something very true and elemental: As much as he loves and misses Indianapolis, he clearly has some issues now with the Colts and owner Jim Irsay, and he'd be perfectly happy to drop about 60 points on the Colts this coming Sunday night. Maybe 70. The guy is a competitor. He might be the most ferocious competitor the modern sports world has ever known, right there with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. And while the circumstances did, in fact, conspire to lead to his common-sense departure from Indianapolis, the bottom-line fact remains: the Colts let him go. And that's not something he is past.
COMMENTARY: We live in a postmodern world viewed in the mass media having a culture of corruption where big money rules life especially big business sports. These classic legendary players like Favre and Manning remind us that those good ole days having those intangibles values about living life and those honorable people are long gone. We see the results from that loss every day.