Hang on a second. Why all the Manning hatred?
Because he's a whiny bitch.
Jon Jansen made a rather nice point during this whole coverage - that the franchises basically hold all of the cards during your first four years in the league. Eli tries to exercise some amount of control (and really, can you blame him?) and he gets hammered for it? It's not like Eli or his father leaked it. In fact, from everything I've heard, the Chargers leaked this and have tried their damnedest to spin it to make Eli's agent and Eli the bad guys.
Okay?? It's a draft. The purpose of the draft is that the worst teams get the best draft picks. You can't control who drafts you because then what is the point of the draft. Sure they didn't leak it, the Chargers did. There was nothing wrong with that, they were being BLACKMAILED. Eli, his bitch dad, and their bitch agent are the bad guys. Bitches too.
I don't blame Eli for one second for trying to exercise some amount of control. Kyle Boller said he didn't agree because it was a draft, and the whole point of a draft is that you don't control where you go. But who made it that way? The franchises and the league. Is a draft, organized in this way, in the best interests of players collectively? Probably. Is it in the best interests of specific players - especially the first overall pick? Probably not. It's not going to screw the system up, it's not going to change things terribly - it allowed Manning to control his destiny a bit.
Yes, the league also made it be 6 points for every touchdown, but what is fucking Eli Manning doesn't like that? Is he gonna sit out until they make it 7 points? The whole intent of the draft is to keep the league balanced. Eli was being a bitch, he knew that the league was set up that way, and he cries about it. Fuck you, Eli. You got guys that are begging, scratching, and clawing for just a chance. There is a slippery slope and what if next year, the top pick holds out until the Super Bowl champs draft him. The top pick isn't some divine right from God, you can't control everything you want.
Frankly, it's not that much different than deciding to leave early/stay in school another year to fiddle with your draft status, after taking a look at who'd be drafting you (if you're a consensus top-five pick) this year.
It is a LOT different. His brother did that after his junior year and that was alright, he could go back college. Eli Manning and his daddy chose to be bitches.
Granted, Manning might not be the best quarterback in this draft - but I don't blame Archie for a moment for doing this. Or don't you guys remember what Archie got to deal with in New Orleans, with a franchise that was run by monkeys? He never got surrounded with a quality group of players, and his career was shortened because of it. Now Archie might be projecting himself onto Eli here, but again - very few of us have been in that position, and therefore have the first-hand knowledge behind those choices.
You know the Colts were pretty bad when they drafted his son, but he had no complaints there. You know what that says to me? That Archie has no faith in his son and doesn't believe he's good enough to play and turn around a team like his son. That all said, Eli not only was a bitch, but he hurt his future team's future because they traded away a better QB and a shitload of picks to the Chargers and the Chargers got a QB they wanted all along. That's selfish.
Edited by RubbaBandMan, Apr 24, 2004 @ 9:29 PM.