Why the World Turned on Peyton Manning, Save Indianapolis and Knoxville

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Published: April 4, 2009

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... you hate him.

Judging by the message boards and fan sites I’ve seen over the years, it’s pretty clear that if you live outside a 100-mile radius of the new Lucas Oil Stadium, you fall into the latter category. And there in itself lies the beauty of watching and having a rooting interest in sports.

If any decent amount of time is invested into a team, or player, that causes an admiration of some kind, then it seems almost inevitable that an equal and opposite degree of feelings are grown for a different team, and or player.

We all do it. We all hate certain teams, and or certain players.

Being a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan, I hate the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady. I don’t wish season-ending injuries on him, although I don’t recall sending him a "get well soon" card when he went down in the first week of last season, and ultimately for the year, to the Kansas City Chiefs.

I don’t wish him ill in life....

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