Twelve teams have reportedly contacted Peyton Manning’s agent about getting Manning to come play QB for them. That’s over one third of the teams in the NFL that don’t think much of their current QB. And eleven of those teams will eventually try keeping a straight face while they attempt to gouge dough out of their fan base by enthusiastically supporting the QB that they tried, and failed, to replace with Manning. “We believe in our guy. He can get it done for us this year.”
So far, only the Redskins have been given the cold shoulder, but the Seahawks and Cardinals are likely to be two of these “flunked on Manning” teams, also. Seattle will probably be hurt the least, because their coach, Pete Carroll, is a professional liar and should have no trouble herding the media and his fans and players away from the truth. Ken Whisenhunt of the Cardinals is not particularly adept at containing falsehoods, though. He’s a head scratcher, genuine guy. He never has any idea why his team wins or why his team loses. And, after the 2012 season concludes, he’ll be a lame duck coach who gets fired.
The Rams won’t be pursuing Manning, but they’re in a whole other pickle. A mere two months after blowing the trumpets over hiring Jeff Fisher to restore the mostly barren image of the team, they find themselves smack in the middle of Bountygate. Their head coach is already tainted. His hand picked DC is going to be suspended for most or all of 2012, and Fisher himself might have to stumble his way through a lot of questions about his own involvement in the bounty scandal. I.E., he’ll have to do some lying himself. Fisher’s M.O. is to scowl and taciturn himself through media interviews, like some criminal in a police interrogation. Not a great look, IMHO.
The 49ers are clean and pure here. Above reproach. They are not pursuing and are not pursued. Does this mean they are guaranteed success next year? Not at all. The football don’t have no scales of justice in it. It bounces whichever way it chooses. Awry for the innocent and gravy for the guilty? No problem. The only law of the oblate spheroid is quirkiness. Otherwise, how would a crook like Bill Belichick have been aided and abetted into winning three Super Bowls, while Tony Dungy only has one?
Once upon a time, scandals were scandalous. Now they are just entertainment. As technology has increased, meaningful living has decreased. Everyone lives in anxious boredom now. Junkies for “the next thing.” Scandals are a fix. They give us something to talk about. Something to exercise the weak muscles of our jaded morality systems.
Four more days till the Free Agent train leaves the station. Many of the passengers are low talent guys heading into an uncertain future. Some are big talent guys getting ready to become multi-millionaires. A few are old guys who will disappear into obscurity until a fan blog notes their passing at the age of 66. And some of them are like many of us — moving along to the next paycheck, the next boss, the next cubicle, the next commute.
Ooops. The ghost of John Steinbeck passed through the room. Must shake it off. Hey, guys, wouldn’t it be great fun if a Youtube video popped up showing Dungy staggering out of a whore house at 3:00 am? The earth would shake and tremble. Then the clouds would form that Mona Lisa smile.