Thursday, August 23, 2007
I'm just now catching up on this stupid feud thing, but apparently Ronde decided to help Tiki out on the radio the other day. He went on for two hours about Eli's "testes dropping" and that it's Tiki's job "to be controversial". Well this didn't make one Peyton Williams Manning too happy.....
“Ex-players truly become ex-players right away, the No. 1 job is to criticize players. I’m pretty defensive of all quarterbacks. Eli is my brother. I’m very loyal to my family. I’d rather you criticize me. I don’t think anybody knows what it’s like to be a quarterback except a current quarterback. Sometimes former quarterbacks forget what’s it’s like. You cannot play quarterback at any level — you’re in a leadership position. To do it for three years in high school, three years as a starter in college, taking your team to the playoffs — you are a leader and you’re a good leader."Aw, that is so cute! Big Brother sticking up for Little Brother, Twin sticking up for Twin. It's what brings families together.
Manning added: “It’s supposed to be a code, teammates to teammates. That’s the problem we’re going to have with ex-players going to the media. When I retire, I know what I don’t want to do.”
I'm actually inclined to agree with Peyton here, but let's get real. This is what media is nowadays. You criticise before you praise because that's what audiences eat up (this site is no different). I think Eli handled the situation just fine, and needs to focus on shutting everyone up during the season. Sorry Peyton, but this probably did him more harm than good.
Manning Makes Strong Defense of Manning (New York Times)
P.S.- Can we perhaps grow up a bit Ronde and Tiki? That radio thing was pretty lame.