Strange How Things Work

Consider this for a moment.

The Baltimore Colts drafted John Elway out of Stanford, but Elway refused to play for them and he was traded to Denver. The Baltimore Colts then moved to Indianapolis where they floundered in the standings and considered moving from there before they lucked into the #1 pick in the draft and selected Peyton Manning.

Meanwhile, in Denver, Elway takes the Broncos to five Super Bowls and wins two of them, earning a spot in the Hall of Fame. In early 2011 he becomes Executive VP of the Broncos.

Back in Indy, Manning starts breaking all sorts of records, takes the Colts to two Super Bowls and wins one of them. He becomes such a force in the league that many suspect that his younger brother, Eli, is made the first pick in the draft simply because of his last name. Eli, refuses to play for San Diego, and they work out a draft day trade with the Giants. Ernie Accorsi, the Giants GM, is widely criticized for the move at the time.

Peyton ends up having neck surgery and the Colts end up bottoming out in the standings, securing the #1 pick and chance to take a QB from Stanford, Andrew Luck. They cut ties with Manning and he ends up in Denver when John Elway signs him.

It almost sounds like a Hollywood script, doesn’t it?

 

 

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  • blmeanie  On March 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    when does San Diego get theirs?

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

      They get great weather almost every day of the year, they don’t need sports.

  • Mitchell  On March 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    LOL – I actually had to write that down to follow it ,.. whew !

    I am honestly concerned that Peyton is taking a large risk by continuing to play. I don’t know what sort of bracing he can wear to keep him from snapping his fused vertebrae – but DAMN, I don’t want to see, ever, the hit that destroys his life permanently. He can’t need the money, so … why does he continue to do this? Ah well, only he knows that answer and i’m sure he would say it’s that he loves to compete but still …

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 21, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Yup, that’s a pretty big concern. But we both know that they usually have to tear the jersey off the player, very few can just walk away no matter what the circumstances and not regret it. (See Pettitte, Andy for further proof of this)

  • blmeanie  On March 21, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I am slightly disappointed with the amount of money. Unless Denver threw it at him I would have hoped he would have taken less under the desire to continue playing and winning (as was the word at the news conference yesterday).

    Only the most stringent anti-Denver fans (Oakland, Kansas City?) won’t be rooting for him in some way.

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 21, 2012 at 7:20 am

      I agree on the money and I think it is a shame to see him take a retired number out of retirement. I know he said he had the permission of the player it was retired for, but it still strikes me as wrong.

  • blmeanie  On March 21, 2012 at 9:24 am

    who was the player?

  • blmeanie  On March 21, 2012 at 10:50 am

    lol, last week I watched a compilation video of Larry Bird highlights and Kelly was on the receiving end of many great moments from Larry Legend.

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Pretty much everyone in the NBA has that distinction. Not a bad player as I remember, top-15 or so in scoring a few times, pretty good shooter.

      He actually does the Knicks postgame now.

  • blmeanie  On March 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    he fit in well with the Denver offensively minded teams of that decade. Not much of a defensive player/team. Doug Moe coached teams were not unlike your (now) former Knick coached teams…Tripuka had buck teeth if I remember correctly, looked like a full set of falsies. Not sure if that was just during his playing days.

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