And a darkness fell upon the land.
Once again, Redhook and legions of football fans are faced with the utter emptiness that began the very moment the Super Bowl ended.
Fortunately, in a league plagued by sub-par quarterbacking in 2011, there are plenty of compelling storylines to keep everyone’s football jones sated from now through Draft Day, starting with: what the heck will happen with Peyton Manning?
Even the most casual football fan knows the story: Peyton sat out the season with a neck injury. The Colts finished with the worst record in the league, winning the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Indy owes Peyton, fused neck vertebrae, nerve damage and all, a $28 million bonus if they keep him after March 8. And since there is 0% chance of that happening, Peyton Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, will become an unrestricted free agent.
The biggest question is, can he still play? And if that’s in doubt, which team will be willing to roll the dice to pick him up anyway?
To that story, add Matt Flynn, RGIII, Tim Tebow’s tenuous hold on his starting job, Kevin Kolb’s quasi-bust in AZ, the fact that Alex Smith continues to have doubters, and the roughly nine NFL teams looking for a QB, and we’re set to have the most interesting off-season in years. It’ll be like a special edition of The Bachelor where rich, old men court virile, young men and millions of middle class men sit at home riveted like 14-year-old girls watching Twilight.
While you ponder the undertones of that, Redhook suggests you have a beer.
Here’s hoping we see Peyton on the field in 2012.