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February 1, 2014

Manning or Luck? Fans sound off

This NFL season has been especially bittersweet for some Hoosiers as Peyton Manning, the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback, led the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII. This week, The Herald Bulletin talked to sports fans about their loyalties to Manning and the Colts’ new quarterback, Andrew Luck.

Talking Manning...and Luck

According to the National Retail Federation, more than 181 million people, spending more than $12 billion on food, sporting merchandise and party decorations are going to watch the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks today in Super Bowl XLVIII.
And this season is especially bittersweet for some Hoosiers as Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts’ former quarterback, prepares to lead the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
This week, The Herald Bulletin talked to sports fans at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1808 Applewood Centre Drive, and around Madison County about the Super Bowl and their loyalties to Manning and the Colts’ new quarterback, Andrew Luck.
Three questions were posed:
1. Now that the football season is over and Peyton Manning is playing in the Super Bowl, who would you want on your team? Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck?
2. Do you think this will be Peyton Manning’s last chance to win a Super Bowl?
3. Do you think Peyton could ever wear a beard like Andrew Luck?
Some still love Manning – some are done with him.

Kels Watson, Noblesville

1. “Andrew Luck. I’m not happy with how the last year went down with Peyton, and Luck is young and fresh. Luck will bring us more Super Bowl rings than Manning by the time his career is done.”
2. “It will be Manning’s last opportunity to win, and if he plays another season … Nah, this is his last season, too.”
3. “No, Manning could not” grow a beard.

Melissa Watson, Noblesville

1. “I want Andrew. He is new, ambitious and ready to take on the world.”
2. “We just can’t count on Peyton.”
3. “Manning’s beard is just not going to grow. It’s not going to happen.”

Roger Wilkerson, Anderson

1. “I’m a Manning fan. I think we went in the right direction, but I’m a Manning fan.”
2. “Just cause Peyton’s old, doesn’t mean his team is.”
3. “No. Definitely not.  The reason being is it (a beard) is not a good look for Peyton.”

Adam Wade, Anderson

1. “Andrew Luck. I would rather have 15 years than three years.”
2. “Yeah, Manning talks about his neck and this being his last year. He might make it one more year.”
3. “No! I don’t think Andrew Luck can pull off Andrew Luck’s beard.”

Brent Stone, Virginia Beach, Va.

1. “I would take Peyton Manning. Peyton is in the Super Bowl, while Andrew Luck is sitting at home!”
2. “Denver has been there before, and if Petyon plays next year he will be there” in the Super Bowl again.
3. “No, Peyton couldn’t. His head is way too big. No one can grow that much beard.”

Nikhea Jackson, Anderson

1. “Peyton – ‘cause he is Peyton.”
2. “I don’t know. I hope it’s not his last chance.”
3. “Not at all, it (a beard) is just not Peyton’s look.”

Matt Kissane, Alexandria

1. “I think Peyton Manning is old. I would rather have Luck because he is better under pressure.”
2. “No.” (Not Manning’s last chance to win a Super Bowl)
3. “No! Peyton is a clean-cut guy.”

Jeremy Sullivan, Markleville

1. “Peyton Manning. I would have stuck with him through the rough times. Peyton made the Colts what they are today.”
2. “I think Peyton will win this year and go on again next year.”
3. “Being a Tennessee boy, he might be able to do it (wear a beard). I don’t know.”

Koni Cruz, Appleton, Wis.

1. “Peyton. I want the original.”
2. “I hope not.”
3. “Of course. My husband could even grow a beard like that!”

Trina Watson, Appleton, Wis.

1. “Peyton Manning. No, actually I would want Aaron Rodgers.”
2. “No. Peyton has at least another three or four more chances.”
3. “Yes (to Manning and a beard), and so can Aaron – (Aaron) is so cute! (Andrew) looks like an Amish boy who escaped with that beard.”

Ruthy Clement, Anderson

1. “Peyton Manning. I think he did a lot of things for Indianapolis, and he seems to be a better quarterback.”
2. “Yeah, because he is talking about retiring. I think he should have stayed in Indianapolis.”
3. “Probably.”

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