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Archie Manning Will Root for Colts Over Saints

peyton-eli-archie-manningBreaking News from the world of sports: Former Saints legend Archie Manning will root for his son Peyton’s Indianapolis Colts over his old team come Super Bowl Sunday.

Archie Manning played most of his 16-year NFL career for the New Orleans Saints and still lives in the Big Easy. But his son, Peyton Manning, plays for the Indianapolis Colts.

So despite his allegiance to New Orleans, there’s no question about which team the elder Manning will be pulling for in Super Bowl XLIV. He erased any doubt about that after the Colts beat the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game, according to The Indianapolis Star.

“It’s a game I’m going to pull for my son,” the elder Manning said, according to the report.

“[Saints coach] Sean Payton knows that. He’s a great friend of mine,” Manning said. “[Saints quarterback] Drew Brees knows that. That’s just the way it is.

“Anybody who thinks it’s different must not have children.”

No joke.

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  1. William d'Inger says:

    This is old news — again. Down here, we hear some version of the story every season.

    When asked who he’d root for in a game between the Colts and the Giants, I believe Archie replied, “The offense.”

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  2. Triumph says:

    Archie Manning is an ungrateful liberal. If it weren’t for New Orleans, he wouldn’t have been no football player. And, hence, he wouldn’t be no baby daddy to Payton.

    He is a typical fickle liberal who deserves nothing but scorn from real American football fans.

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  3. PD Shaw says:

    It’s also outrageous that Brett Favre would root against the Saints, the local favorite when he was growing up. He says that he will root for them in the Super Bowl, but not enough I say.

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  4. sam says:

    It’s also outrageous that Brett Favre would root against the Saints, the local favorite when he was growing up. He says that he will root for them in the Super Bowl, but not enough I say.

    Heh. I heard yesterday that he said “The Saints are my favorite team–except for today.” BTW, I think it’s nothing short of miraculous that a 40-year guy can get the shit beat out him like he did yesterday and still perform at the level he did.

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  5. William d'Inger says:

    I think it’s nothing short of miraculous that a 40-year guy can get the shit beat out him like he did yesterday and still perform at the level he did.

    DITTO! Thankfully, from the point of view of a Saints fan, he didn’t play his best game.

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  7. PD Shaw says:

    This is true about Favre. I hear he’s considering retiring . . .

    I’m still a Saints fan from living in New Orleans in the early 90s — the defense-will-score-our-points-or-set-up-the-kick era.

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  8. I wouldn’t want to be Brett Favre rolling out of bed today. Or tomorrow. Or the day after that.

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  9. Triumph says:

    BTW, I think it’s nothing short of miraculous that a 40-year guy can get the shit beat out him like he did yesterday and still perform at the level he did.

    Give me a break–he threw the game away with that last interception and made an idiotic decision in not running the ball. He could have easily ran the ball into field goal range to win the game, but he was likely scared of getting hit.

    He is a whining coward.

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  10. zelsdork ragamuffin IV says:

    He is a whining coward.

    You effing pos lying foax faox fake conservative troll. He’s the greatest QB in the known universe. Better even than Magic Johnson.

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  11. G Busch says:

    Archie Manning was the best quarterback I ever saw. He played for the Saints for all those years without an offensive line. McNabb and Vick still have a lot to learn about the scamble. Archie was king. By the time he went to Houston, he was used up. And he didn’t fit into their offense anyway, all they wanted to do was run Earl Cambell every play. But he is proof of genetics, both sons MVPs of winning super bowl teams. But I understand why he isn’t rooting for NO, after they let him be mauled all those years without trying to protect him by hiring some kind of line. But I am pulling for the Saints. It’s going to be a great game.

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