From Today's Newswire
10. Television's corrosive influence on the sports world can be seen in the destructive Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry.
Brady vs. Manning is inorganic, a ratings-producing TV creation. It's not Bird vs. Magic or Chamberlain vs. Russell. Football, with all its variables — three platoons, offense, defense and special teams — does not lend itself to individual rivalries, particularly of men who never take the field at the same time.
Television wants you to believe Sunday night's Patriots-Colts clash is Frazier-Ali, a Thrilla in all Vanilla. The truth is, the Brady-Manning framing is just a convenient excuse for Mike Lupica and Mitch Albom to stare into camera one on the set of "The Sports Reporters" and pretend they watched more than the highlights.
Brady vs. Manning is a TV prop.