I've been watching a lot of ESPN the last two days, and it hasn't been the gush fest I thought it was going to be over Peyton's 51 touchdown passes. I'm not a huge fan of what ESPN has become, but I think here they get it right. Of the 8 or so sports analysis shows I've seen since the record was broken, all of them have been pretty "meh" about the record, and a lot of the coverage I've seen actually finds ways to praise Brady over Peyton's 51. It seems to me the NFL media follows a certain pattern every single season. In the beginning of the year they hype up absolutely everything that they possibly can. New "elite" quarterbacks, teams roflstomping everyone in their path, early -and often ludicrous- Superbowl predictions, etc. Then at the end of the season, sanity returns. It's been sort of amazing to see the 180 degree turn on the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning, which I said after Seattle curb stomped their starters in the preseason, was nothing but fools gold. Nobody believes Peyton is going to do anything but lose in the play offs. Like last year, he has lost to every legitimate challenge he's faced, while putting up Star Wars stats against NFL bottom feeders. This year they at least beat the Chiefs, but the Chiefs are just as much frauds as the Broncos, and lose horribly every time they face a decent quarterback. As the season comes to its end, and minds shift to the post season, the entire world (outside Denver's delusional fan base) knows Peyton is going to wilt in the play offs. That's why nobody cares. Passing records just aren't that impressive anymore. Until someone throws sixty, against a strong schedule, in lights out bombs over Baghdad fashion, I just don't think people are really going to care, which is why Tom Brady's 07' run was so much more impressive in the minds of... everybody. Because on top of the fact that the 2007 Patriots played -and defeated- the absolute best defenses in the league, they shattered offensive records doing it. Even if Denver breaks our offensive records this year, they won't be remembered as the best offense ever, because they aren't. They've lost games. They've beaten nobody. It's not very often I agree with NFL news coverage, considering how sensationalism driven it's become, but the lack of parades and fireworks for Manning's 51 is something I'm surprised and happy to see. Now that week #5 is behind us, and everybody's minds have shifted to real football, I think everyone is just watching and waiting for Peyton and the Bronco pretenders to lay their egg in the play offs and go home, so the real football teams, and real championship quarterbacks, can go to battle for the Lombardi.