Posted: Tuesday January 17, 2006 2:37PM; Updated: Tuesday January 17, 2006 2:37PM
Sounds strange, I know, but Eli rarely displays any fire or conviction. Remember how passive and embarrassed he looked when he walked on the stage after the Chargers drafted him and the crowd booed? That wasn't a one-time deal. He always looks like that. You almost get the feeling that he'd rather be selling real estate or designing Web pages than playing quarterback for the Giants.
Favre, Aikman, Young, Brady, Elway, Warner, Dilfer, Brad Johnson -- they've combined to win every Super Bowl since 1993. If there's anything we've learned over the last decade, the team that wins the Super Bowl needs a fiery, emotional leader. Johnson is the exception to the rule, but he was so good that year (made the Pro Bowl, finished with 22 TDs and just six INTs) that his quiet drive worked. Does Eli have that leadership in him? Not that I've seen. Not yet, at least.
But Peyton does. We've all seen it.
Each brother will continue to change, continue to learn things. Maybe they'll even figure out enough to win a Super Bowl. If nothing else, they've got twice as good a chance as any other surname in the NFL.
And is there a curse? Depends if you believe in those things, although it seems unlikely. Of course, Donovan McNabb probably thought the same thing last summer when he signed up to be on the cover of Madden.
Something I Learned This Week In An NBA Locker Room
One Eastern Conference starting power forward has become known to his teammates as "Thirst" because of his insatiable desire for ... well, the ladies.
Game Of The Week
Since Peyton's legacy at the moment is all about the numbers, let's play a little linear numerical game. Sure, the graphics are simplistic, but it riveted me at my desk for a good 10 minutes.
JoePa Of The Week
My friend Ryan, who went to Penn State, sent this along. Joe Paterno can win games with the best of them, but in his press conferences he sometimes shows his age. Every time I watch this, for some reason I imagine Jerry Lewis playing the role of JoePa in the inevitable horrible ESPN Original Film about his life.