By Justin Aucoin
By now youve probably heard the news: Eli Manning is as good as Tom Brady.
"I consider myself in that class andTom Brady(notes)is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year and he started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships." Eli Manning, ESPN New York 1050
I personally would like to take a moment to thank Eli for correcting us all on this point. For years I thought Tom Brady was one of the best QBs of all time and Eli was only the third greatest quarterback in the Manning clan.
ok, or not.
Yet, like a magician, Manning made us see that his suckiness was all an illusion.
Meanwhile, in the real world where most of us live, Manning isnt anywhere near the caliber Brady is. Its funny to even have to write that sentence out and yet I just did. MJD over at the Shutdown Corner blog summed it up beautifully:
Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Eli Manning, and that's not a criticism of Eli or even a statement of opinion. That's just the way it is. The sun rises in the East, two plus two is four, and Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Eli Manning.
Yet somewhere in Mannings puny little brain he sees Tom when he looks in the mirror.
Listen, Eli, its cool; we all have our idols who we want to be like. I used to pretend I was Bo Jackson when I played football, but, again, that was back when I was 10.
It does make you wonder what the requirements are to get into this special class of NFL QB. Ive thrown for some ridiculous TDs in Tecmo Bowl, does that get me in? In fact, who is included in this class Eli speaks of?
Its a very eclectic class.
And just if you thought Eli comparing himself to Brady wasnt special enough, Eli followed it up with this zinger:
Im not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that.
Huh. Funny. Tell that to all the poor souls that got stuck with you in fantasy football last year.
Brutal. We couldve thrown for less picks. Wonder what spell Eli used to erase that stat from last year.
A lot of people are saying He believes that hes that good and thats what matters. Hogwash. Hogwash, I say. I can tell people Im 63, a millionaire with more charm than the Old Spice Guy doesnt make it so.
Likewise, confidence doesnt equate to talent. Otherwise wed all be Hall of Famers dating super models way out of our league. Life would turn into one giant Little League trophy ceremony where everyone gets a nice try award. Wheres the fun in that?
But whatever floats Elis boat, I guess. If telling himself hes as good as Brady lets him sleep soundly at night, more power to him. We all know the truth.