Imagine how dull golf would be without Tiger Woods. The game would be an afterthought now, ranking somewhere below figure skating in terms of interest from sports fans and the media.
A basketball player can be likened to a movie in that the trailer does not always accurately depict the quality of the film. John Wall, Kentucky’s freshman point guard, was billed as a star before he played a college game.
If his big gamble had failed, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton could have been criticized, second-guessed and portrayed as the fool of the Super Bowl.
Instead of seeing more magic from Peyton Manning, we watched as the Super Bowl took a surprising twist. It was a fall from grace for the NFL’s favorite quarterback.
As far as coach-quarterback combinations go, only a couple in the NFL inspire belief in bettors more than Sean Payton and Drew Brees. Who imagined the New Orleans Saints would be considered cutting edge and hip?
Throw out the two games the Indianapolis Colts tanked, a self-sabotage scenario which threatened the integrity of the NFL, and Peyton Manning is 16-0 as a starting quarterback this season. Manning has won every game the Colts didn’t try to lose. In reality, he has a perfect record.