Manning or Sherman?

I am a huge New England Patriots/Tom Brady fan.  Most of the time, they are a class act and they typically lose or win with dignity.  

He has class, unlike Sherman or Spike Lee.

Yesterday, I was forced to cheer for another great, Peyton Manning.  It was painful, but at the end of the day, the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman was too big of a Jack Ass for me to swallow, even if Russell Wilson is a nice guy.  Plus, Spike Lee was wearing a Sherman jersey, so that made it easy.

I woke up and read this short Yahoo Sports Column on Peyton after the Superbowl Loss:  

 It was then that Peyton Manning heard the very respectful voice of Steve Lopez, a beer vendor from the Bronx.

“Mr. Manning, could I please get an autograph?” the 25-year-old asked.

Manning’s head turned and looked Lopez in the eye. These were the opposite ends of the NFL food chain – megastar multimillionaire and a guy hawking Bud Lights in the stands. The wave of the crowd was pushing Manning forward, but he locked in on Lopez.

“Not now,” Manning said, “but when I come back this way I will.”

I am now a big fan of Peyton Manning, because he knows how to lose with dignity.  So, no longer will I be cheering against him, unless he is playing New England.

Congrats to the Seahawks and their fans.

Alright, so what does this have to do with Hunting?

Over the past decade, I have seen the hunting industry somewhat decay, at least in my opinion.  I keep track of how many people wave at me when I am hunting on Public Land.  The positive responses, keep getting lower and lower.  I am down to a 40% return on waves and smiles are at 28%.  It’s actually kind of silly, especially when you consider NOBODY is going to kill a big animal and get rich from it.

I am not saying I am perfect, but we have to bring back the term ‘SPORTSMANSHIP’ in hunting.  We have to quit acting like we are going to become rich and famous because we kill a giant animal.

The question I pose for everyone:

Do you act like Richard Sherman or Peyton Manning, when you’re in the field?   

I hope we can go back to a day, where we play with class.  We compete, but we play with class.

Smile, it's fun.

Compete, but play with class. -Craig Steele

Pro-Staff Reality:  The Hunting Industry is full of a lot of smoke and mirrors.   Only a few top TV shows are making money and many of the so-called sponsorship deals are not like Peyton Manning’s endorsement deals.  99.9% hunting industry sponsorship deals are just product gifts & there are very few people actually getting paid to be on a pro-staff.  

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *