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Life Lesson from Calvin and Peyton?

As soon as I heard the rumors of Peyton Manning leaving the Indianapolis Colts, I immediately thought of the cartoon Calvin and Hobbes.  It may sounds strange, but there’s a Sunday Calvin and Hobbes strip that I have at my desk that fits this situation perfectly.

As you probably know, Peyton Manning has made the Indianapolis Colts a winning team.  He’s one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.  He led the Colts to a Super Bowl championship against my beloved Bears, he is classy and doesn’t cause controversy.  Most importantly he wins.

This year Manning was out with an injury the entire season and the Colts only managed to win a total of just 2 games this season.

Why would the Colts let him go? 

There are several reasons.  First of all, he may not really be healthy.  Secondly, he probably doesn’t have that many seasons left and the Colts have a chance to draft a great quarterback this year.  Most importantly, if they keep him it will cost them about $28 million because of the way his contract is set up.  It's not all the Colts fault.  Apparently, they weren't able to reach a deal with Manning to restructure the contract.

So what does this have to do with Calvin and Hobbes?  Take a look at this cartoon:



It may be a little hard to read the comic, but here's what's happening.  Calvin gets an 'A' on a paper.  He imagines everyone in the world celebrating his success.

In the next frame, the teacher says "All right, Class.  Books open.  Next chapter."  Calvin sighs.

I've heard the saying "You're only as good as your last game."  Actually, you're only as good as your next game.  Even if you're Peyton Manning.


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03/07/2012 11:13AM
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03/07/2012 12:34PM
Excellent Post - Totally Agree
Great post, Jonathan! True for all of us - football stars and just office joes. We are as good as our next deal, next sale, next crisis averted, etc.... GT
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