Timeout! Jan. Edition
I begin this new year by bringing tidings of football. The BCS is DOA along with the streak of dominance from the SEC. and the NFL is down to the AFC and NFC conference finals. That’s a lot of initials and lot of great football.
Florida State and Auburn put on a great show in an epic college football final as the Florida State Seminoles took home the title, but now it’s time for the pros to take over.
We are less than three weeks away from the biggest sporting event of the every year. Yes, it’s almost Super Bowl time.
The four remaining teams are the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. This Sunday will feature great games between the Seahawks and 49ers and between the Broncos and Patriots.
The Seahawks and 49ers game will have an interesting clash between young quarterbacks Russell Wilson (Seahawks) and Colin Kaepernick (49ers), but the matchup between Tom Brady’s Patriots and Peyton Manning’s Broncos will be one that every football fan should really cherish and enjoy. The two star quarterbacks are in the twilight of their careers which means that games featuring this head-to-head matchup will soon be a thing of the past.
Before the quarterbacks meet this weekend for the fourth time in the postseason, I thought it would be fun to have a look at their differences and similarities.
Both are adept at media relations and have well-crafted images which have allowed each to enjoy several endorsement deals with different companies.
Both are still considered among the top quarterbacks in the league. In fact, Peyton just broke the single season touchdown record that had been set by, you guessed it, Tom Brady.
Neither quarterback leaves the pocket to run very often and both men are pretty much statuesque, rarely making much happen with their legs. Brady could have the edge over Manning in a race, but it would be like watching two turtles race and I’m not talking about the ninja turtle kind.
Both men will be first ballot Hall of Famers when they finally call it a career. They both hold several records and have four Super Bowl victories between them. Each come in with defenses that have lost major players throughout the season and will be pieced together for the game.
The two men are considered older for professional athletes with Brady at 36 and Manning at 37, though both are still considered the standard among the quarterbacks in the league.
Now some differences:
Let’s start with one of the most obvious. Manning is a cutup off the field as evidenced by his many commercials and appearances on Saturday Night Live. ‘Cut that meat’ Peyton (you have to see the commercial) makes everyone comfortable with his “aw-shucks” demeanor while Brady is known for his model good looks (at least according to women everywhere) and is himself married to an actual model.
Then there are the head-to-head matchups. Brady has gotten the best of Manning on most occasions and leads their 14 matchups 10 to 4.
Then there are the championship totals. Peyton has one from his days as an Indianapolis Colts and Brady has three, though it has been 7 and 9 years respectively since either has won.
Regardless of who you are pulling for, it just could be a game for the ages so sit back and enjoy two of the best to ever do it. Like former Eagles wide receiver one famously said: “Get your popcorn ready!”