Quick Hits: Volume L
-Did you see the NBC interview Matt Lauer conducted with President Barack Obama on Super Bowl Sunday?
For the most part it was veritable softballs delivered by Lauer, though I did appreciate the allusion to Obama's statement on Super Bowl Sunday three years prior, a mere two weeks into his Presidency.
The key quote being "If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s gonna be a one-term proposition."
But Scott Ott of Scrappleface fame said it perfectly, pointing out that even though Obama is wearing the same shirt as he did three years ago, he's since been able to buy a sports coat. That's a sure sign that the economy is picking up!
-Despite the 30th anniversary of the classic film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial not occurring until this Summer, Hollywood is already touting this milestone celebration. Over the weekend, cable channel AMC kicked off the celebration by broadcasting the Spielberg classic
No matter how old you are, if you've seen this film, it no doubt has left a lasting impression. As I think about it, this was likely the movie that began the formation of my political leanings. That is, I learned to hate the government because of the fact they can just break into one's house and steal their alien pet.
-Having won his second Super Bowl MVP award in five seasons, NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning has put himself in some pretty elite company. Now the debate about which Manning is the better QB, Eli or older brother Peyton, has really been turned up another notch.
First off, it depends upon the criteria one utilizes. From a pure passing standpoint, Peyton was, is and always will be the superior quarterback. But when it comes to postseason prowess, let's look at each Manning's first eight seasons in the NFL. From 1998-2005, Peyton had a 3-6 postseason record with zero Super Bowl appearances. From 2004-2011, Eli has fashioned an impressive 8-3 playoff record, including 2-0 in Super Bowls. Even though Peyton got his championship in 2006, his overall 9-10 postseason record hardly matches up with legends like Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, much less his little brother.
Bottom line: The fact that which Manning is the better QB is even a legitimate debate would have been unfathomable just five years ago.