Watching the Colts lose is almost as satisfying as watching the Patriots win. Needless to say I was ecstatic with the Saints 31-17 victory in the Super Bowl Sunday night.. Going into the game everyone was talking about Manning being the greatest QB ever, and maybe at the end of his career he will be. However, he definitely isn't the most clutch and his playoff record is pedestrian at best. Manning has a career playoff record of 9-9 and has repeatedly lost games where the Colts were the favorite. His only Super Bowl win was against a team led by Rex Grossman. Even that year they had to come back from 18 points down to beat a Patriots team whose best receiver was David Givens.

The Colts are turning into the Atlanta Braves of the NFL. Year after year they win their division and come into the playoffs as favorites. But at the end of the day they can't finish. This is America, where we value championships above all else. Hell, we consider Joe Namath one of the greats and his numbers were average at best. By the way, he could be the most overrated player of all time. Anyway, when Manning threw that interception to basically seal the game Sunday night, I was the happiest guy in the room. I thought to to myself how thankful I was not to have to listen to two weeks of Manning coverage. The fact that he refused to shake hands at the end makes it even better. See, the Patriots aren't the only ones who are bad sports!

Enough talk about Peyton Manning though. Let's talk about one of the best stories in the history of sports; The New Orleans Saints. Remember this team was as good as gone after Katrina. But Paul Tagliabue insisted the Saints stay in New Orleans. The Saints had been the Clippers of the NFL for so long and were more or less a joke. Then Drew Brees gets signed as a free agent and the rest is history. By the way, that has to be the greatest free agent signing in sports history. Not only has he put up huge numbers and won a Super Bowl, but also been instrumental in getting the city of New Orleans back on its feet. I don't know anyone who doesn't like Drew Brees. The guy just seems like a genuinely nice person and he's also an incredibly gifted quarterback. I hope the Saints continue to do well in the coming years.

Sean Payton has to be given a lot of credit as well. The onside kick call to begin the second half was the play that changed the whole complexion of the game. What other coach makes that call in the NFL? Certainly not Jim Caldwell, who I'm still convinced is some kind of robot. That call reminded me of how Belichick used to be back when he was at the top of his game(sigh). If the play doesn't work out the Colts probably win the Super Bowl. But you know what, if they just kicked it off regularly the Colts probably would've won as well. Never underestimate the importance of momentum in sports.

Well, football is over now and it's bittersweet. The Saints beating the Colts was pretty much the best thing that could happen with the Patriots being eliminated. The fact that it happened in that fashion makes me down right giddy. On the other hand, football is over and my Sunday's wont be the same. Thankfully I'm a huge NBA fan, but there's something about football season that puts an extra hop in my step. Congrats to the Saints and to the city of New Orleans!.

Karl Dillinger 2/09/2010 02:50:00 PM Edit
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  1. tb727 says:

    Willie Gault's a good wide receiver right Karl?

  2. JR says:

    Did the Saints shut down Eric Dickerson? ;)

  3. tb727 says:

    Is it true there was a Keith Van Horn who played for the Bears? I mean what are the odds!

  4. tb727 says:

    Actually in all seriousness Karl, I have a question- name these guys from best to worst all time: Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Tom Brady.

    I have no idea who's really considered the best, thanks.

  5. Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Troy Aikman.

    List is tough because Peyton and Brady are still playing. Aikman is definitely the last among this group though. He was the benefit of a great Cowboys team.

    Manning is the best regular season QB but because his postseason numbers aren't all that great he can't be the top.

    Thanks guys. Once again I get excited for all the comments and then see this, haha.

  6. Elway and Favre have to be on that list as well.

  7. ThomasJ says:

    Agreed Karl, Elway and Favre are both ahead of Aikman.

  8. tb727 says:

    Ah right Elway and Favre, forgot them.

    Is the reason Marino so low because he never won a superbowl? Because I had thought his stats might be better than everyone else's? Pure guess on my part though.

  9. tb727 says:

    Also who's better all-time Troy Aikman or Kurt Warner? And Jim McMahon's not in the discussion at all, right?

  10. Really good question on Troy Aikman and Kurt Warner. It depends on what you value most. Warner had a better 4-5 year stretch but they weren't in a row. Aikman was more consistent and won more Super Bowls. At there peak I would definitely take Warner but then again the Cowboys are the Lakers of the NFL so I might be biased.

    Haha, the only discussion Jim McMahon is in is best dancer.

  11. tb727 says:

    Oh and actually one more Karl, sorry, Jim Kelly- where is he on the list? Thanks.

  12. tb727 says:

    Interesting on Aikman and Warner- you're my hero when it comes to football! Lol

  13. Jim Kelly. Hmmm, he did make it to 4 Super Bowls but to be in that list(besides Marino, whose ridiculous numbers make him easily in the top 5) you have to win a Super Bowl. I'd put him on the outside looking in of the top 10 QB's. He was great though.

    I try to know a little bit from each sport but am no expert on any topic except 2pac. I know everything about that guy.

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