One of the lazy storylines of any Super Bowl is saying the game is one quarterback versus the other. Of course, it's not.
Especially in this case. Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson share about two things: they play the quarterback position and are relentless in their pursuit of football knowledge. Otherwise, an expanse of experience separates them with Wilson in just his second season.
I wrote about the two for today's paper. Manning as essentially the master of all aspects -- from changing plays to being America's pitchman -- and Wilson as someone who just at the start of that climb, and, in some ways, is trying to emulate Manning. You can read that here.
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> SI says Pete Carroll has been vindicated by success.
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