As you may have seen, Boston.com whipped up a slideshow titled "Poutin' Peyton" for Super Bowl 44, in which Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints. My first thought: "Hey, good for Boston.com! Way to take advantage of Patriot fans' anti-Manning animosity!" (Or something like that.)
Today, though, I finally checked out the slideshow in question. And for something that purports to be "a history of Peyton Manning's uglier moments"--as it's described on the Boston.com home page--it's pretty damn weak.
Let's review, shall we?
Image 1: Fan holds an anti-Manning poster featuring Donald Trump. Manning not in photo.
Image 2: Manning bows head after a busted play.
Image 3: The Saints score after an interception as Manning, watching from the ground, looks away.*
Image 4: Manning exits field after Super Bowl loss. Oddly, arms not raised in triumph.
Image 5: Manning "scowls" during win over the Ravens.
Image 6: Patriot fan holds anti-Manning sign. Manning not in photo.
Image 7: Manning touches helmet in game against Patriots, apparently after being sacked. Oddly, arms not raised in triumph.
Image 8: Manning raises arms--according to caption, to complain about officiating. (NB: this occasionally happens in pro sports.)
Image 9: Manning looks glum after Colts lose to Patriots.
Image 10: Manning looks glum; circumstances unclear.
Image 11: Manning glum after Colts routed by Patriots.
Image 12: Manning ignores Patriot who's yelling at him, but doesn't actually look that glum.
The takeaway, I guess, is that Manning doesn't look happy when he's losing or when the game isn't going well. But for God's sake, this is not news! Not even here in the "Sports Hub!"
*NOTE: I'd initially written that Manning wasn't in the photo. Thanks to the alert reader who pointed out his presence.