Before we even start, let me just say that this post will be highly speculative, inflammatorily racist, and probably even flat our wrong but hey, that’s what I’m here for!
I’ve never been a fan of Peyton Manning. I thought he was a bum coming out of Tennessee and seemingly had those thoughts confirmed when, after Manning’s four straight years of losing to the University of Florida, Tee Martin, the very next quarterback and a Black dude at that, won the National Championship with Manning’s old Volunteers.
I was convinced that Manning would go the way of Dan Marino.
A bum yes, but a highly celebrated, statistically spectacular bum that could do anything and everything but win when it counted.
However, head coach Tony Dungy, a Black man, got Manning a Super Bowl ring in 2007, simultaneously becoming the first Black head coach to earn one himself.
Then strangely, oddly, ridiculously, Dungy resigned after the 2008 season.
As a condition of his resignation, Dungy left assistant coach and fellow Black man Jim Caldwell in charge of the Colts from the 2009 season on.
In his first season as head coach, Caldwell guided the Colts to a 14-0 start and a Super Bowl appearance that resulted in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.
This year, going into last night’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the Colts were 6-6 and Peyton Manning had thrown 11 interceptions in his last 3 games.
Read that stat again: 11 interceptions in 3 games and four of them have gone the other way for touchdowns.
Now, I’m not suggesting that Peyton Manning’s an overt racist. Still, as the corresponding approval ratings for former president George W. Bush and current president Barack Obama attest, more Americans would rather follow a white nincompoop than a Black genius.
And make no mistake: if ownership decides to choose between Manning and Caldwell, Caldwell’s toast.
One of the excuses that I heard bandied about concerning why Wilt Chamberlain never won more than two NBA championships was that Chamberlain believed that his white coaches would get all the credit.
Maybe, even subconsciously, Peyton Manning feels the same about his Black coach.
Or maybe he’s just having a bad season.