A brief comment this morning.
I seriously think that NFL sportswriters and TV network analysts should consider Peyton Manning to be voted the NFL MVP this year.
So he didn't play? So what?
The true test of an MVP-caliber player is seeing what his team would be like without him.
Peyton Manning, this year, is living out a nightmarish version of "It's a Wonderful Life".
Two years ago, Manning led his team to a 14-0 record, before they let off the accelerator a little bit and dropped two meaningless games at the very end of the season while resting their starters for the playoffs. Peyton took his team to the Super Bowl that year.
Two years later...his team is 0-8 without him, and looking a very real possibility of an 0-16 season.
From Super Bowl to 0-16 because one player has a neck injury.
Sadly, I really think this is the end for the future Hall of Famer.
I don't think he ever plays again.
But I hope I'm wrong.
Is Peyton Manning really the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2011?
Damn right he is.
Don't agree with me?
Go ask any of the Colts opponents if they ever want to see him back on the field again.
That should be the only answer you need.