Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's single-season passing yards record will stand. Elias Sports Bureau reviewed Manning's 7-yard pass to Eric Decker during the first quarter of the Broncos' Week 17 victory and decided against changing it to a lateral.
Had Manning and the Broncos known at the time that those passing yards would be negated, he would have stayed in the game to ensure that the record would be broken.
During the course of a season, there are many similar plays which could be reviewed by the Elias Sports Bureau, the league's official statistician. In this case, the determination of Elias is that the fairest resolution is for the ruling of the on-site stats crew to stand.
So, Elias Sports Bureau is basically admitting that the "pass" in question was a lateral yet they wont take the record away because....well, because he is Peyton Manning. That is such bullshit.
Here is the screenshot one more time:
Peyton Manning did not break the single season passing yard record this season yet they are giving him the record anyway. Think about that for a second. That is just fucked up.
Its not our problem that Broncos head coach John Fox is a friggin moron and didnt leave Manning in for the second half of that game. I mean, the reality is, the guy fucked up. He cost Manning the single season passing yards record. But in the end, he got away with it because Peyton Manning is an entitled prick and the league wants to protect their media darling.
The NFL just took one step closer to becoming the WWE. They set the precedent that sometimes its not about athletic accomplishment but rather "scripted accomplishment." And this is scary as hell.
Drew Brees should be ripshit right now. Hell, anyone who follows this league should be ripshit right now. And Im not saying that as a masshole. Im saying that as someone who has invested a lot of time and money in the NFL.
I cant see how anyone outside of Denver can root for this prick anymore. Let me say this very clearly: Peyton Manning has become bigger than the league, he has proved that he is above the rules and he is flat out bad for the NFL. Period.