Saturday, January 13, 2007

Picking Sides

This is getting a little rough for me.

I’m a fan of Peyton Manning, not because he’s an incredible quarterback, but because I think he’s absolutely hilarious in all of his commercials and because of one little line he uttered following the Colts Wild Card win over the Chiefs. He was asked, “So Peyton it looks like Ty Law still has your number, huh?” and without missing a beat Manning replies, “Yeah, I guess he does. But it looks to me like the Colts won today.” Manning then took of his headset and walked off. It was incredible.

I’m a big fan of the Chargers. I’ve been following the Chargers for about four years now, since the team started to show some real life and I feel like I’ve formed a sort of connection with them. I think LT is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I consider Antonio Gates to be the definition of what a tight end should be. Phillip Rivers is what Eli Manning wishes he was. Plus come on, those throw-back powder blue uniforms are f’n incredible!

I am a huge fan of the Saints. I loved Drew Brees because of my Chargers connection. I was following Reggie Bush at USC and couldn’t wait until he had a chance to put his incredible talent on display in the NFL. I’ve always thought Deuce McAllister was ridiculously underrated. (PS: Did you see that hit on Bush on the second offensive play of the day…holy crap!)

Currently I find myself at a point where I’m pulling for two teams and one player. It’s half-time of the Saints/Eagles game right now and the Eagles are currently up 14 to 13. Manning’s Colts already won early today in what wound up being an incredible defensive battle. The Chargers play tomorrow against a team that I am somewhat drawn to, based entirely on geography and a great QB.

I moved to Boston about five months ago and Patriotsmania was running wild by the time I’d moved here, largely because the Red Sox season was in the tank. I used to think Tom Brady was awesome, but the moment Peyton Manning uttered those cocky words and simply walked off set, I’ve found a new favorite QB not named Favre or Brees.

So the real question becomes, where do my allegiances lie from here on out? Personally, I’d love to see a Super Bowl that futures the dynamic offenses of San Diego and New Orleans going head-to-head and crashing face-first into both teams’ strong defenses. Part of me wants to see Manning finally rid himself of those postseason demons that have haunted him for so long. And part of me wants to see Brady continue his postseason brilliance.

In the end, I suppose I am going to make the official decision to pull for San Diego and New Orleans over Brady and/or Manning. It’s a tough call, but I have a feeling that come February 4, 2007…I’ll be a much happier man if I’m sipping on a Budweiser and watching two incredible offenses as opposed to watching one incredible QB.

Go Chargers and Saints!