The fourteenth meeting between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will take place on Sunday night as the Patriots the Broncos on NBC.
It’s been another few days of “Who’s better?” Which frankly, is pretty tired. They’re both all-time greats. The arguments reach absurd levels.
Hey, did you know that Peyton Manning has never lost a Super Bowl to Tom Brady’s kid brother? Fact, not opinion, caller.
The other argument this week is the return of Wes Welker. If you punished yourself and watched the Globe 10.0 with Joe Sullivan and Ben Volin, you’d learn that the Patriots would definitely, definitely be a much better team with Welker. But they might not have a better record. Wait, what?
Also that Welker will “fake his way through that concussion test” in order to play on Sunday, like that’s an admirable thing to do. If it were the Patriots doing this, Sully and pals would be up in arms over the evil Belichick forcing his players back on the field despite all the evidence about concussions and CTE.
Speaking of incredibly biased viewpoints, did you know Red Sox fans were perfectly justified in booing Johnny Damon when he came back to Fenway, but if you boo Wes Welker on Sunday, you are the worst kind of person. If you disagree with that sentiment then you are part of the Internet mafia [that] will come after you with claws better suited for digging their dignity in the sand, and will go on to no end to defend their religion.
OK then. I picture that being typed with growing hysteria and screaming paranoia with every word.
Al Michaels relishes latest Patriots-Broncos tilt – Chad Finn has the NBC play-by-play man talking about the rivalry between the two all time great QB’s. He also looks at a gaffe from Peter Gammons and Dan Dierdorf retiring.
Pundits pick Peyton Manning over Tom Brady as must-have quarterback – Bill Doyle has the NBC experts saying they would take Manning in a must-win game.
“Manning – Brady XIV” On NBC’S “Sunday Night Football” – Here is NBC’s release on the game, including video of the panel discussing Brady/Manning.
ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown will feature this must-miss segment:
· The Patriot Way or The Highway: Wes Welker is a symbol of what has become known in NFL circles as “The Patriot Way” – replacing productive Patriots with lesser known players. As Welker returns to Gillette Stadium for visiting Denver on Sunday, ESPN.com’s Greg Garber sits with former Patriots – including Drew Bledsoe, Lawyer Milloy, Adam Vinatieri, Willie McGinest, Richard Seymour, Ty Law and Damien Woody – to discuss whether “The Patriot Way” has helped or hindered the team.
They will also have a Wes Welker interview with Tedy Bruschi.
Get all the coverage this weekend at PatriotsLinks.com.
As you’re probably aware, today is a significant anniversary for a historic event.
The butt fumble took place a year ago today.
Pats must have dead red focus – Matt Chatham outlines why New England must be tough in the Red Zone Sunday night.
Can the New England Patriots’ secondary slow Peyton Manning’s weapons? – Nick Underhill with a nice look at what the Patriots need to accomplish.
Brad Stevens’ story isn’t storybook – Jackie MacMullan looks at the setbacks the Celtics coach endured on his way to becoming who he is today.
Avery Bradley’s offensive evolution – Jay King with a very good look at the still-developing guard.