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Ali-Favre Syndrome Now To Be Known as Ali-Farve-Manning Syndrome

If you aren’t familiar, Ali-Favre Syndrome is a diagnosis common amongst aging athletes who lose their ability to tell when it is time to retire. Named for its two most famous examples, Muhammad Ali and Brett Favre, the name needs to be updated today with the news that Peyton Manning does not intend to retire.

Tom Condon, the agent for Peyton Manning, talked with NFL Network about the flurry of news reports we’ve seen this week regarding the current Indianapolis Colts quarterback. On Thursday, ESPN reported that Manning had received clearance to play, which Condon confirmed saying his client was “structurally sound.”

I’m no doctor, and I don’t even play one on TV, but I happen to be the proud owner of a neck, and I’m pretty sure that before I’m going to face on-rushing 300-pound defensive I want to hear something a bit more encouraging than “structurally sound.” The 35W Bridge was “structurally sound;” I would really like to hear something more along the lines of “your neck won’t snap like kindling and we won’t be wheeling you around for the next 40 years.”

Also "structurally sound."

Wait…it gets better.

He did, however, point out that Manning is still waiting on the nerves to regenerate in his arm so, while technically healthy enough to play, he’s really not game-ready. So we’re pretty much in the same place we were before the ESPN report.

Now, unless I’m mistaken, “pretty much in the same place” means “Manning hasn’t seen the field in over a year, we’re on our third surgery to fix the problem, and if the Colts’ season started today, their options behind center are Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky.” To me, that means the key in that whole sentence is “he’s really not game-ready.” That could mean anything from “Manning’s just a little rusty; a couple of practices and he’s good to go” to “This guy couldn’t hit water with a football if he threw it off a fucking boat.”

Pay attention to the deliberate vagueries in the following paragraph.

Condon also confirmed that Manning wants to continue playing and plans to continue playing. This comes in despite of several reports recently that retirement is an option for Manning. The Colts quarterback said similar things publicly in an interview with ESPN.

Notice how the verbs are soft; “wants to” or “plans to” instead of definites like “will continue playing” or “commits to returning.” It’s no accident the word “retirement” comes right after those soft verbs.

Now, for the kicker.

Condon said Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay remained close, despite communicating through the media lately, but all signs continue to point toward the Colts releasing Manning sometime before his large roster bonus is due on March 8.

This is all a chess game between Irsay and Manning. The whole reason Irsay gave Manning that ridiculous contract last year was because he doesn’t want to be the guy who tells Colts Nation the Manning era is over. As it stands now, Irsay wants Manning to be that guy by simply retiring. Manning can’t bring himself to believe that for what is probably the first time in his athletic career, he is the odd man out.

The bottom line is just as simple. Even if Manning can play, and even if he ends his career in a uniform other than that of a Colt, he’s never going to be the Peyton Manning of five years ago ever again.  We’ve seen to many great athletes become sad figures by hanging on to the dream just a bit too long, and that list does not need a new addition.

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8 comments on “Ali-Favre Syndrome Now To Be Known as Ali-Farve-Manning Syndrome

  1. sportsattitudes
    February 3, 2012

    When I heard the “news” someone had cleared Peyton Manning to play again, I actually spit out the name Favre to my wife. Peyton pulled a “Favre.” During Super Bowl Week…with his own brother in the game mind you…he had to keep himself relevant and have announced to the world his career is not dead yet. I am not lying here. I actually found myself using the names Peyton and Brett in the same breath and it had nothing to do with how they played on the field. Maybe the agent went rogue, but my bet is it killed Peyton so very much Eli was in the big game…and the talk has already started as to if he will ultimately out-do his brother…he pulled a “Favre.” This could be one in a series of them now. And…that’s just sad.


    • Sam's Sports Brief
      February 3, 2012

      It’s not necessarily Peyton’s fault that he was cleared when he was.


      • J-Dub
        February 3, 2012

        Bullshit. This clearance came from a private doctor, not the team physician. Private physicians do not give press releases. The only person who could release this information was Peyton Manning, therefore he chose the time to release it.


  2. chappy81
    February 3, 2012

    I think Peyton REALLY wants that $28M bonus on his contract, and I can’t blame him. Then after he got that bonus, I’m sure his doctors would back track and say he can’t play!


    • J-Dub
      February 3, 2012

      That may be, but I really think this is a big game of “chicken” between Irsay and Manning. Irsay wants Manning to retire, but Peyton wnats the dough, which he sin’t go to get, because he will just force Irsay to “go nuclear” and release him. At that point, Manning will hold a press conference and release the pictures he has of Irsay in a compromising position with a farm animal.

      In other words, this is all about TWO guys trying to be Indiana’s ONE favorite son.


  3. Let me preface this comment by saying that I hope Manning makes the right decision, whatever that turns out to be.

    Now that that’s out of the way, remember when we went through that wretched period of time where athletes like Kareem would announce that “this year would be his final year” and would go from arena to arena receiving boats and rocking chairs and jazz CD collections?

    Well, if I were approaching my golden years, theoretically of course because we all know I’m in the prime of my youth, would I announce that “this” year is to be my last, collect a shitload of random parting gifts for my lifetime achievements, or would I pull a Barry Sanders/Jim Brown/Sandy Koufax and just say “See ya.”

    These are questions I can’t answer. But I do know that I don’t need that much money to get by and, as you suggest, a healthy neck is a good thing.

    As I recall from high school biology, the neck bone is connected to the head bone.


    • fuck666
      February 5, 2012

      Well put J-Dub. He nailed everything with that one sentence, Awesome,



    • fuck666
      February 5, 2012

      And as far as I know neither neck or head bone injuries are any good


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