Why Colts & Manning Should Separate
Peyton Manning has been one of the most consistent and talented quarterbacks the National Football League has ever seen. He has set the standard for being a winner in the modern era of football, making ten (10) win seasons seem casual while racking up four Most Valuable Players awards and two Super Bowl appearances. Manning has made Indianapolis contenders essentially every year has been behind center for them, but now it is time for Peyton and the only team he has ever played for to part ways.
The Colts have owned the AFC South for years, but even before the neck injury heard around the world occurred, many sports analysts general view was that Indianapolis was on the decline and the Houston Texans were on the uptick. Naturally with Manning out, that gap was quickly narrowed and surpassed, as the Texans ran away with the AFC South. The Texans taking the next step in a tough division was not the shocking part of the story, but rather the total collapse of the Colts once Peyton was removed and placed on injured reserve. With Peyton no longer in the huddle the Colts dropped from a consistent team winning at least 10 games per season to a 2-14 team that became the laughing stock of the league. The good news for Colts though was if there was one year to tank a season this was the year, considering that the overwhelming favorite for the top spot of draft was a quarterback named Andrew Luck who was predicted to be the next Peyton Manning. The Colts, with their horrific record, have obtained that number one pick in the draft.
The dilemma for the Colts is that if Manning returns it is uncertain if he will ever be the same after multiple neck surgeries. This is problematic because Manning is the highest paid player in the league, in the twilight of his career and would take playing time from Luck, a player many believe can be great. Of course, Manning has said he wants to finish his career in Indy, and that is a noble thing to want, but the reality is that his departure would actually be better for Indianapolis and Peyton. The Colts by firing the head coach and a number of upper management personnel are aligning their chess pieces to suggest they are leaning toward releasing Manning. This is something that undoubtedly hurts Manning, but it is a sign of change, and Manning should embrace that change.
Are Occupy Wall Streeters Ready To Be Heard?
Throughout the entire nation, people in both large and small cities gathered to express their anger toward the current status quo. The protesters included both enthusiastic youngsters and baby boomers sick and tired of a government that in their eyes catered to Wall Street and special interest. The mass-scale movement started almost as a grass roots campaign, but eventually turned into a household name, Occupy Wall Street. There is no denying that the voices of the Occupy Wall Street movement were contagious among a country with a growing unemployment percentage and skyrocketing national deficit. Now, with the Republican primaries in full swing and Presidential elections less than a year away, the question that remains is will the masses who gathered behind the Occupy Wall Street movement turn out in large numbers to have an impact on who will take or sustain control of both the legislative and executive branches of government?
Occupy Wall Street was essentially a movement that showed many Americans are no longer okay with the current state of politics. When the economy was booming, housing was thriving and jobs were available to those who wanted to work, people accepted the fact that many politicians were in the pocket of corporations and that corruption was prevalent throughout Washington. However things changed dramatically when the turn of the century introduced us to new measures against terrorism that basically stole the personal freedoms of Americans. Not to mention, failed policy that resulted in corporate bailouts among numerous financial institutions, and golden parachutes for some of the wealthiest one percent of the nation did little to relive anger. And let us not even mention Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. With all of the bailouts combined with high unemployment, a seemingly endless war in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the people decided to buy into a candidate selling hope and change. Unfortunately, they were left with much of the same, a candidate who appeared more interested in political rhetoric than real change. Frustrations boiled over, and the peaceful practice of mass demonstration and protest spread throughout the nation and globe. The targets: Wall Street and corruption.
"One of the criticisms of the Occupy Wall Street movement was that it appeared to most outsiders to lack solid leadership and support for one particular piece of legislation or political candidate or party", explained a political writer for GPS Tracker Shop. "Clearly, through social media and a presence online, the Occupy Wall Street organizers were able to generate interest in their cause, creating a ripple effect that resulted in protests in places all over the United States."