It's not that you simply "could" say Peyton Manning is a choker. You can, because he is. The guy routinely whizzes down his leg in the postseason, yet has it washed away by people who want to put blame on receivers running the wrong route, linemen missing blocking assignments, or any other myriad excuse to explain away a ghastly error in a big game.
And I'm so fed up with the "he never had a good defense in Indianapolis" excuse, because it's just not right. Here is where Indianapolis ranked in the NFL in Football Outsiders' Defensive Efficiency Ratings from 2000 through 2010: 23rd, 29th, 16th, 13th, 19th, 5th, 25th, 2nd, 11th, 16th, 24th. In 11 seasons, Indianapolis had a league-average-or-better defense seven times.
It's fine to say Peyton Manning is a choker. You don't need to excuse away every single mistake he ever makes. Some people just step up in the big games while others wilt. Manning is still one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, but it's impossible to avoid his propensity to have a massive gag job in the playoffs.
Peyton is lucky that he has a Super Bowl ring, because dude kind of sucks in big games going all the way back to college.
With Peyton, I think that he's so robotic that he doesn't feed off of the energy of big games and elevate his game the way others do. So he's regular-ass Peyton taking on supercharged teams that are going 110%, the speed and intensity of the game changes and he doesn't match it.
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- The Boston Bruins, especially in 2010. - The Dallas Mavericks should have more than 1 championship - The Detroit Pistons (2005-08)
2002-2003 Dallas Mavericks probably would've won the championship if Dirk hadn't injured his knee against San Antonio.
2005-2006- The officials bailed out the Heat. I don't care what anyone says. That series was officiated heavily in favor of the Heat and how anyone who went near Wade was whistled for a foul. Granted Dallas was up 2-0 against them and should've increased the pressure, however, due to the biased officiating I feel that their confidence was destroyed when the series became tied.
The Pistons probably would've won against the Spurs. It was just Horry shit on them with his big shots.
Post by riseofsetian1981 on Oct 13, 2014 15:48:51 GMT -5
Chris Webber has the stigma of being a choke artist in big game situations too. However, he too was screwed out of a ring in 2002.
Honestly I think the words "choke artist" shouldn't be uttered in sports. The pressure in big game situations is stressful enough and either you make the shot, make the field goal, catch the ball for a touchdown, or make the key defensive clutch steal it's not fair to simply call out these athletes for "choking".
"Just because it's in print doesn't make it the gospel."
Post by The Mark of Mark on Oct 17, 2014 18:03:55 GMT -5
Here's what a friend of mine posted on facebook this past weekend.
ALL RIGHT JAGUARS! I knew you could do it! It seemed like a pretty tough challenge, what with Whitehorse quarterbacking, Weisenhunt not exactly endearing himself to the team, and a bunch of other glitches, but I believed in you, Jacksonville! I believed in you! WOOO! You snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and kept the streak alive! Go Jaguars! #JaguarsGo0and16 #TitansWin
He's funny, but he's kind of a jerk in this regard.