Stunt or not, Pence upstaged Peyton

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Sunday’s 49ers-Colts game included an unexpected, Animal House-style walkout from the Vice President, who apparently was shocked that a team with at least one player kneeling during the anthem since the issue first emerged in 2016 would have one or more players kneeling during the anthem.

Even if Mike Pence had no idea that one or more players may kneel for the anthem, Pence’s decision not only to leave but also to declare that he had left — and the decision of his boss to trumpet it — undermined what was supposed to be quarterback Peyton Manning’s last great day in Indianapolis. Instead of talking about Peyton’s accomplishments (the video attached to this story does, with insights from Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison), everyone was talking about Pence’s quit exit from a game that included an anthem demonstration the he knew or should have known was coming.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com put it in plain terms: “[T]he Vice President of the United States slapped Manning and Pence’s beloved Colts in the face. Whether he’s a puppet for the President or his own man, Pence trumped a day that belonged to the greatest football hero the state of Indiana has ever seen, and he did it for political purposes. He stole Manning’s last great day as a Colt. Mike Pence will have to live with himself for that.”

Setting political ideologies aside, it’s hard not to agree with King. A politician chose to co-opt a day that wasn’t meant for him, taking it away from the man for whom it was intended. Thus, as to whichever office Pence may seek in the future, he probably should not expect contributions or support from Indiana’s favorite adopted football son.

58 responses to “Stunt or not, Pence upstaged Peyton

  1. The action by VP Pence upstaged the Manning event because the protests are a much bigger story. If anyone is to blame it is the media, including profootball talk, for making the protests such a big deal.

  2. Why does the media insist on claiming “political purposes” when for many this is a belief?

    United States history shows that standing for the Flag and Anthem is done as a show of respect for those in the military who have sacrificed for our Country. This is a belief, not a political statement. Let’s be honest here.

  3. I’ll decide to get upset or not right after my party tells me to get upset or not.

    -Today’s Murcia.

  4. I’m calling BS.
    I was at the game. Nobody even knew the VP left. The entire weekend was all about Peyton. It didn’t upstage anything.

  5. I’m failing to see how this ruined Manning’s day. Did they cancel the festivities? If anything Manning seems like the type of guy that would agree with Pence’s decision to leave.

    And for those of you who’s historical perspective begins at the day you created your social media account, Pence is from Indiana, was Indiana’s governor, and is a Colts fan.

  6. Manning’s golf buddy, Trump probably let him know in advance this was going to happen. No sympathy for Paymeaton. Who knows what or how many favors Pence did for him when there were “things” in Indiana that needed to be smoothed over.

  7. Who cares whether it was a stunt? The current administration is clearly trying to knock the NFL down a couple of pegs and they are succeeding, regardless of whether or not the kneelers are willing to admit it. The owners are terrified, the advertisers are nervous which is making the networks anxious and all the while, the players are largely clueless about the huge financial impact this will have on their careers going forward. This will be a very different NFL after the next CBA.

  8. When the fans start doing the same thing then no more football.
    But until then? Let’s have some fun in fantasy football!
    NFL! NFL! NFL!

  9. So the players are allowed to hijack the NFL’s platform (it’s not the players platform, regardless of the number of times they keep repeating it) and protest during Peyton’s day but if someone disagree’s and does not want to be a part of it then they are wrong…got it!
    If he had stayed, the media and everyone would be saying he endorses it.
    I wish the NFL would stop waffling/catering and just put an end to it. Same with Breast cancer month. Don’t get me wrong, they are both great causes, but neither should be part of the game day experience.

  10. wah –

    not like Peyton really cares about retired numbers though anyway, right? Just ask Frank Tripucka

  11. megnailsit says:

    October 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Manning’s golf buddy, Trump probably let him know in advance this was going to happen. No sympathy for Paymeaton. Who knows what or how many favors Pence did for him when there were “things” in Indiana that needed to be smoothed over.

    By no means am I a Colts or Peyton fan but what “things” could you possibly be referring to? Very interested to hear this response

  12. Ummm no one–other than the media–at the Colts game noticed that Pence had left. Manning was still honored fully by all attendees. Pence’s presence or absence had absolutely no effect on this incredible tribute to #18. Peter King and Co. stop trying to blow this up for your political motives.

  13. Why was Goodell there? isn’t it bad enough he helped Manning cheat numerous times (crowd noise, Deflategate Sting Operation, PEDs from Guyer Institute that Goodell did not investigate or punish the cheaters for)?

  14. They arent hurting the league. Ratings are up since Trumps attacks. Quit listening to Fox which won’t report.

  15. Not the first time or the last that some self serving politician will upstage the star of the show. Shame on Pence nonetheless.

    (From what I know, it’s not like he was popular anymore in Indiana prior to running for VP.)

  16. I watched all day yesterday. 3 excellent games. bills v cincy, pack v dallas and kc v texans. enjoyed all of them. the nfl is doing fine. sorry boycotters. so glad you got your yard work done.

  17. Why was Goodell there? isn’t it bad enough he helped Manning cheat numerous times (crowd noise, Deflategate Sting Operation, PEDs from Guyer Institute that Goodell did not investigate or punish the cheaters for)?

    7A comment posted by a clown.

    I don’t think Peyton really cares…he is making money and having fun without risking injury…good for him.

  18. Hmmm…the statue doesn’t have the same sunken in chest that Peyton has. They gave him a normal man’s chest. Doesn’t matter though…some future generation will deem the statue offensive and remove it.

  19. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    October 9, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Brady’s statue will be bigger and better
    __________________________________________________________

    And forever washed by your tears chip.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    You think everyone is chippy. It’s kind of getting old.

  20. Trump is having the last laugh at the expense of the NFL. Guess that $1 settlement didn’t sit well with trump.

  21. This phony stunt was cooked up by Trump and Pence. The reporters accompanying Pence were told to wait outside because the VP wouldn’t be staying long. It was no coincidence that the game was against the 49ers and Kaepernick played for them when he started the kneel-down.
    Cheap theatrics at taxpayer expense. SOP.

  22. BS move by Pence…and the whole thing is getting old quick. But honestly Ill never feel bad for millionaire not getting all the attention. Its football, its a game, his last great day as Colt was years ago…not yesterday.

  23. He was NOT shocked. Trump told him to leave if there were protests. We all know Pence’s presence was going to prompt someone to do so. Trump and Pence set this whole thing up just to fan the flames, because apparently they have nothing better to do.

  24. Peter King has become a joke. He cares more about his political agenda than football. Which is fine if he wasn’t getting paid to write about football.

  25. All these libs upset about “political stunts” is laughable! NEWSFLASH: What do you think the national anthem protests are?! AN ORCHESTRATED POLITICAL STUNT! Oh the hypocrisy.

  26. artliedtocleveland:
    Start with his singles parties and affairs, especially with a well-known woman. Messy business. And far more serious, having personal reps visit the home of an accuser, posing as law enforcement. Yet no charges, no further info. He admittedly had reps visit the Guyer Institute to view his records. How were the HIPAA hurdles overcome and why the need for physical access to records that should be digitally available? Would think a warrant would be required, at least. Seems like a lot to be swept under the rug without some help.

  27. Pence is so hungry to be the POTUS that he will do anything to prove to Trump that he’s loyal.
    It’s that kind of duplicity that will bring him down. That, and the fact he’s not too bright.

  28. “…it’s hard not to agree with King.”

    ———————–

    Wrong. Peter King is to Sports Illustrated what Jamele Hill is to ESPN. He uses the platform afforded him by his employer to push his own political views in his columns, which is sadly more and more what PFT is doing.

  29. The players protest is about disrespecting the flag and military as much as Rosa Parks was protesting public transportation.

  30. “The players protest is about disrespecting the flag and military as much as Rosa Parks was protesting public transportation.”

    ——————————-

    It matters not. The vast majority of the NFL audience perceive it as a shot against the flag, the military, and the nation.

  31. How appropriate. A statue of Manning will fit right in with the participation banner theme. Should have mechanized it to throw up hands and shake that big dejected head in perpetuity.

  32. Pence is from Indiana, a Colts fan and the former Governor of the State. Anyone at the game didn’t even notice he left, it’s all media (which is to blame for this whole kneeling fiasco).

    Standing for the flag has always been a belief system of showing respect for those who have fought, died and gone through unknown hells to preserve the greatest country in the world. Like it or not, the majority of Americans and especially NFL football fans hold the sentiment.

    Kneeling is political and nothing more. Those players have accomplished absolutely zero for their cause they can’t even explain.

    Like Trump or not his strategy is working and the NFL owners are scared. The NFL is taking a nosedive and these dumb childish players can’t fathom the impact it’s going to have on their future salaries and careers.

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