We knew it was coming. They’ve been talking about it all week. We’ve been thinking about it all week. Still, it didn’t make it any easier. Peyton Manning took the field in Chicago last night in his first preseason game…as a Bronco. I admit it, I felt a little sick. That commanding presence, the familiar mannerisms, the same gestures, that intense look. But this time, it was all for someone else. Like seeing your ex for the first time. No matter how prepared you are, no matter how happy you are, no matter how far you’ve come…it’s still weird.
And it was weird.
Peyton went 4-7, had some good passes and ended his first and only possession on an interception (that really wasn’t his fault). Yes, I’m still making excuses for Peyton Manning. But the ball made it into Brandon Stokley’s hands. What more do you want?
It’s been a long offseason for Colts fans. We had the gut wrenching goodbye, the weeklong Peyton Watch, the Broncos signing, the offseason coverage, and just when I thought I was over it, Humordy did that stupid (genius) parody, Some QB that I Used to Know. All summer long, every time I heard the Gotye song (which was a lot), I was forced to think about Peyton Manning. And then came the commercial. Peyton calling out audibles on voice command in a Buick I assume he borrowed from Curtis Painter. It aired every commercial break during every golf tournament I watched this summer.
And now, finally…the season starts. And we face the cold hard reality, that Peyton Manning is no longer our quarterback. He belongs to Denver now. He bought a house there. He’s laying roots in the community. He’s moved on.
What are we supposed to do? What any other broken hearted woman would do. We will
emerge on Sunday, looking our best, with our younger, stronger, better looking quarterback. The one we just know we’re going to fall head over heels in love with. The one we know will definitely be “The One.”
Even if The One is always the one who came after Peyton.