"You know what they say.  People in glass houses sink sh-sh-ships."  Doc

A Woman Scorned, and Why a Lady Named Peyton Might End Up Mining for Gold


            As with most quotes attributed to Shakespeare, the one about a woman scorned was plagiarized.   Ask any English teacher who wrote the phrase, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” and every one of the them will say William Shakespeare.  They’re all wrong.  It was actually William Congreve who wrote “The Mourning Bride” in 1697.  He said, “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned/Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”   Peyton is a woman scorned.  She’s a Diva.  And she’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold too.

            Never underestimate the depths and depravity of a star’s ego, especially the ego of an NFL quarterback.   Peyton is no different in spite of that okey doke routine you see on all of the commercials.  Maybe the biggest story of the 2010 NFL season was how Peyton threw the season because her ego got hurt when she didn’t get the contract she wanted.  ESPN won’t report it.  Neither will CBS or NBC, but the Matriculator’s got the real news.

            Peyton loves the image she has created of a gal who is all about team and never about controversy.  There is nothing wrong with that.  You can’t replace what she has given to the Indianapolis Colts organization.  They would have been nothing without her and were certainly something with her.  A great regular season team, but not much besides that.  Were it not for the one Superbowl win, she would have been Dan Marino: one of the great passing shows and a lot of regular season victories...sort of like the clowns at the circus.  Everyone wants to see them but they’re not the lion trainer or the guy that gets shot from a cannon. 

            Either nobody talked about this because they didn’t want to offend her, or nobody was observant enough to figure it out.  Peyton threw the 2010 season. Colts owner Jim Irsay said that he wanted to sign her over the 2010 bye week and make her the highest paid player in the NFL.  They negotiated and couldn’t come to an agreement.  That means that Irsay offered the largest contract in NFL history and she turned it down.  She wanted more. At that point, the Colts were 4-2 and Peyton was on her way to a record breaking season with 13 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions.  After the week 7 bye, Chris Mortensen confirmed that no agreement had been reached and Peyton would become a free agent after the season.  In the next 6 games, she threw 11 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in what was by far (and not coincidentally) the worst 6 game stretch since her rookie season.  She tanked it because of Ego.  Whether it was an intentional misread of the cover two or a subconscious thing we’ll never know.   

            Here’s why Peyton might take her massive ego to San Francisco.  If she becomes a free agent (Indy has exclusive rights to sign her until March 3), she would command whatever salary she wanted, probably one bigger than the one that Irsay wouldn’t agree to.  Indy’s team is in a state of flux.  Reggie Wayne is nearing the end.  Word on the street is she doesn’t like her next best receiver Pierre Garcon.  Austin Collie is good but has already proven to be injury prone.  They have no run game.  Charlie Johnson is his left tackle.  But the biggie is that the Colts, whom she had put on the map, to whom she’d given everything, didn’t give her what she wanted in week 7 and she’s now a woman scorned.   

            The Gold Miners have a sexy new coach.  It’s warmer in the winter. They have two great young receivers in Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis.  Last season they drafted two offensive linemen in the first round.  They have a good running game. They get to play the Rams, Seahawks and Cardinals twice every year.  Peyton would open up the California market to her marketing team for retirement income.  It’s a veritable 21st century gold rush.

            In the end, we think her desire for stability will override her hurt feelings.  We think she’ll stay in Indianapolis for the next three years and then get a Diva Parade down Washington Street at the end of her career.  Don’t count on any more Supberbowls though.  She got hers, and the next three years will be marked by 10-6 and 11-5 and getting bounced in the playoffs by teams that have male quarterbacks.

January 25, 2011