Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 12/21/11
Over the last decade or so, an effective way to spot a lazy editor or writer has been if they use the phrase “Peyton’s Place” when referring to Peyton Manning. It’s lazy because it was a bad metaphor. See, the original Peyton Place was a novel, movie, then TV show (all of them spectacularly popular) that portrayed the countless wild and sordid goings-on in a seemingly normal, mild-mannered town. Indeed, to refer to something as being like Peyton Place meant that it was full of unpredictable craziness with healthy doses of secrecy and denial. So it never really fit anything Manning had ever done. In high school, in college, in the NFL, you knew what you were going to get with Manning: skill, dedication and an incredibly professional work ethic. And besides, it’s a dumb reference these days – the book was published in 1956 and the TV show went off the air in 1969 (seven years before Manning was even born). But there is a veritable Peyton’s Place in Indy these days, if you will pardon the dated expression. There are three major characters. To mix metaphors like a lazy journalist, in this corner, we have Colts President (GM and [...]
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