Outside of the Olympics the big topic of conversation was American Football. Many of my co-workers south of the boarder are big Denver Bronco fans. I questioned their allegiance to the Broncos because many of them enjoy San Diego sports such as the Padres but they claim they like the Broncos because we have another manufacturing plant about an hour south of Denver. I reminded them that we have a plant in Indianapolis and we have a basketball and football team and they just laughed at me. We had multiple discussions about Peyton Manning and the terrible Super Bowl game but soon conversation moved to the next NFL season. No one in the room was a Seattle fan and the other 31 teams are just looking forward to winning next year’s Super Bowl.
What was interesting coming out of this conversation was the controversy around Johnny Manziel in the upcoming draft. The conversation around his college career and professional career started when a sales rep from Texas said Houston was hoping they will draft him in the upcoming draft. The general feedback from the bus peanut gallery was positive. I was in general positive agreement but for a completely different reason. I am an unofficial Colts writer and Colts fan. The Houston fan and collective bus is under the impression that Manziel will be the next Russell Wilson, which I think is a little early to put Wilson on a throne despite the Super Bowl win, but that is another discussion. I on the other hand am going to go out on a limb and say that Manziel is going to be the next Ryan Leaf.
Manziel may have the talent but he is an immature hot head and will be lucky to last more than five seasons as a starter. This means if the Houston Texans draft him that will set them back a few more years and provide the Colts a prime opportunity to rule the AFC South for years to come. Talent doesn’t always equal success, especially for a position that has to lead an entire team. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading.
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