Manning Blows Off Washington Governor after Super Bowl Loss

Published on 7-Feb-2014 by Stacey Mickles

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Manning Blows Off Washington Governor after Super Bowl Loss

Losing is never easy, and losing the way Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos did last Sunday just made things even worse.

It's one thing to lose if you gave it your all; it's another to get blown out and embarrassed.

So, I'm sure when Washington's Governor Jay Inslee tried to approach Peyton Manning afterward, he thought he was doing the right thing, even though it was the wrong moment. 

“[Manning is] all alone. There was no entourage around him,” Inslee said at a luncheon on Thursday.

 “I wish I had a camera. It was like the picture of defeat -- head down, slow. I felt bad for the guy. He gave it his all and he’s obviously a tremendous competitor, and I’ve lost a few in my life, too.

“So I just went up to him and introduced myself as the governor of the state of Washington, and I shook his hand. And I said ‘I know this is a really tough game for you, but there will be others and hang in there’ because I kind of wanted to console him.”

And what was Manning's reaction?

“He looked down at me like he was going to break me in half,” Inslee said. “It was sort of like, ‘Whatever, dude’, and he walked away. My therapy didn’t work too well.”

What did Inslee expect? A handshake and a 'Thanks, man'? Really? This wasn't a classic Coca-Cola commercial.

Manning just lost the biggest game of his life, and the governor from the state of the team he just lost to felt like he needed to say something? How dumb. 

Some things are better left unsaid, and it's quite obvious this was one of those occasions.