The laziness of the legacy narrative

The laziness of the legacy narrative
February 3, 2014, 3:45 pm
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He wasn’t the best quarterback in history before Sunday, so the game changed nothing – unless, of course, you still think he should block for himself and run the deep routes that the Seahawk secondary took away from him.
Ray Ratto on Peyton Manning


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Attention, all those concerned about Peyton Manning’s legacy: Fret not. The Seattle Seahawks, almost to a man, defended him despite the evidence of Super Bowl XLVIII. Even Richard Sherman, who spent two entire weeks being downright gracious, overflowed with praise for the man he and (mostly) his mates eviscerated Sunday.

And all those who think Sunday changed anything: Stop. Now. He wasn’t the best quarterback in history before Sunday, so the game changed nothing – unless, of course, you still think he should block for himself and run the deep routes that the Seahawk secondary took away from him.

[RELATED: Sherman: Peyton is the classiest player I've ever met]

In short, enough Manning for one spring and summer.

Now let’s talk Russell Wilson’s legacy.


John Tortorella returns after his 15-day sabbatical for going all whack-job on Calgary’s Bob Hartley, and he is predictably contrite.

“It hasn't been a great two weeks,” he said. “It's been very embarrassing for my family, myself and more importantly everybody else around me that I'm supposed to represent. I let a lot of people down. I have to make amends here by getting back at this. I'm going to be who I am. I just can't go off the rails as I did.

“Off the rails? I was off the country.”

Swell. Our nations are in daily torment, and Torts goes all Amish on us. What reason is there to go on?


While I get that lads will be lads, especially when they’re 19, Oklahoma State basketball player Stephen Clark probably should have figured that getting arrested on New Year’s Day ought to have precluded him from doing it again 32 days later. The first time, he got caught rolling a blunt in a state that didn’t get a team to the Super Bowl; the second, for urinating out a car window and being charged with “outraging public decency.”

It’s a vague and therefore a bad charge, though, as “outraging public decency” is a nebulous standard. He is, though, apparently guilty of being a dumbass twice in five weeks, and there really ought to be a charge for that.


The Giants’ new orange alternate jersey hearkens back to those halcyon days when they were . . . a .492 team with finishes of fourth, third, fourth, fifth, fourth and third. Now that’s nostalgia.


David Bazner of GQ says, “Colin Kaepernick's got as much game in the style arena as he does on the football field. His proportional awareness, sneaker sensibility, and understanding of tonal play puts him in the elite class of well-dressed athletes.”

[FIELD OF TEAMS: GQ names Kap most stylish man in NFL]

“Tonal play?” This is a metric with which Jim Harbaugh is unfamiliar, and not just because he dresses like a ‘50s gas station attendant.

And yes, by this fashion standard, Russell Wilson still has a ring.


Jerry Jones told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, and we quote, “As for me, I've got to evaluate my own role - I need to look at the man in the mirror and really be honest about why we keep coming up short.”

Isn’t it nice when the method of finding out the answer is in fact the answer itself?


And finally, Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt, a San Francisco guy with more money than tongue control, told Fox Sports’ Kyle McCarthy that he has issues with his team’s logo, which is this, and is planning to change it.

“We want it to represent the Columbus we've come to know,” he said. “I don't think a construction crew is really representative. Columbus is not a blue-collar, manufacturing, industrial town. It's a smart, young, progressive university town with world-class businesses. It's a white-collar town. We want to be representative. We don't see Columbus in the crest. There are things we can do to represent the capital city better.”

Like backtracking when people get snippy and protective about what you said when you’re the outsider. That’s what the other politicians in Ohio’s capital city do, anyway.

Tweet The First:

“First clarification from McCarthy interview. Columbus is also hip, cool, edgy, and there's a retro aspect to current crest we like. #crew96”

And The Second.

“Delete white collar (don't like that) . . . just saying industrial/manufacturing motif not representative. Much more dynamic & diverse. #crew96”

And The Third.

“Always more to it than what comes across in a quote or interview . . . or what you failed to say . . . or said poorly . . . learning this. #crew96”

Well, at least he didn’t say that he didn’t say it when he said it. He's got that going for him when he starts begging forgiveness.