Sports

Letters to the sports editor: Sunday, Feb. 14

Super Bowl coverage

Your paper’s Sports section story in the Monday, Feb. 8 paper, “Ugly as it was ...,” was truly and totally disgusting. Did Tim Dahlberg of The Associated Press ever watch a game, or follow stories of the Broncos or any of Peyton Manning’s history in the NFL?

It is obvious that Manning is retiring after this game, and understandable that his team and coach wanted him to play and win this final game, and they did.

In my opinion, instead of calling this game the “ugliest ever seen,” and bad-mouthing Manning’s play over and over again, the game the team played, especially on defense, was great. Their hope of getting Peyton a last Super Bowl title and carrying him into retirement was more than great.

I give them a big hurrah, and Dahlberg and the Statesman a big boo.

Nettie Kunz, Meridian

Peyton Manning

One more reason Peyton Manning deserved to win? The way he goes about it.

He doesn’t strut around, do a flamingo dance in the end zone, or rub the opponents’ face in it. More important than that is the way he loses. Peyton has taken worse beatings than that and carried himself off the field like a man.

Peyton loses with grace and dignity, qualities that are rare in this world. What an example for the next generation, not some spoiled, self-entitled brat who thinks he’s the greatest thing since pork and beans.

But that’s who the league MVP is — a spoiled brat. If you asked me, Peyton deserves MVP, or even Tom Brady. Sure, they’re all competitors, but some just know how to behave better.

Shame on you, Cam Newton. If you don’t behave like a champion, you never will be a true champion.

Chris Barber, Boise

Cam Newton

Defenders of Cam Newton’s post-Super Bowl interview argue that Cam was being honest, true to himself, showing how much pain losing inflicts on him.

They claim that this approach is much more interesting than the canned, meaningless babble most players spew to the media after a defeat. In the past, Cam’s sulking, pouting behavior would have been condemned as childish. He would have been called upon, instead, to stand tall in defeat, face the press and TV viewers as the team leader, appear strong and steadfast to his grieving fans, and vow to come back and vindicate them and his team.

Shows how much values have changed over time. But, as they say nowadays, “that’s cool.’’ I guess.

Pat Jameson, Boise

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