Peyton Manning Being Wooed by the Tennessee State Legislature
Politicians already have a tough time keeping a positive public image. With gas prices on the rise, a slow economic recovery, and the assumption by most Americans that they spend 99.9% of their time arguing with each other and getting nothing done, they don't need any help reinforcing the stereotypes. Lawmakers in Tennessee apparently didn't get the memo.
According to Profootballtalk.com, the the Volunteer state legislature has issued a joint resolution (which I think is a fancy way of saying they're begging), saying it "wholeheartedly supports the Tennessee Titans
signing Peyton Manning and urges Mr. Manning to remember his roots in the Volunteer State as he makes his decision about where to play football in 2012."
House Joint Resolution 785 also states:
WHEREAS, we know that Peyton is still proud to be a Volunteer and longs in his heart to return to Tennessee as the quarterback for the Titans, a match truly made in Heaven; and
WHEREAS, the same loyal fans who cheered his superior play as a Vol in Knoxville will once again erupt with joy as he throws touchdown after touchdown for the Boys in Blue in Nashville and leads the Titans to a Super Bowl victory; and
WHEREAS, there has never been a more logical pairing of player and team in footballhistory, and this General Assembly wishes to offer all necessary assistance to make this dream a reality;
The full resolution can be seen on the Tennessee state goverments website. On the bright side, it's nice to see there is such as a thing as bipartisanship somewhere in government.
A little backstory quickly, Manning visited with Titans officials earlier this week about signing with the team and their owner, Bud Adams, has essentially said he'll do whatever it takes to ensure it happens which includes offering a "contract for life."
I've come to grips with the fact that Peyton is no longer a Colt and personally I don't care where he goes although I would prefer it not be a team the Colts play twice a year like the Titans.