A discussion ive had with some people about running up the score, centered around Manning. I just want to know how you folks think about this? My opinion, which is up for discussion, is that P. Manning and his Colts are classless. I think that Manning has shown his true face. He runs up the score for ego-reasons, is a me- first player and shows that in his onfield behavior and his decision to force his recent contact. (Caution:Im not here to argue/diminish Mannings abilities as a QB, his achievements, on-field vision... . Hes technically one of the best QBs in the NFL .THAT isnt the topic.) 1) Manning has run up the score against weak and/or beaten teams like Houston, Tennessee, Chicago, Detroit. He stayed on the field longer than he had to (cause the games were won by any means), but he kept playing for more: More Td passes on his way to Glory and a record. Also he wanted to present himself as a legend on National TV against Detroit in the late Thanksgiving game. Doing that he offended the Detroit Lions and exposed them bitterly. 2) Pay-me-a-ton of money Manning has forced the Colts into cap difficulties. That he takes the money is his right, probably he also earns it. But it shows his priorities, if you take this into account: 3) His persecution of a record exposes him to the threat to get injured. Success in one regular season game brings only ONE win, even if you win an otherwise meaningless game by 40. Its just one win. Going after the record is selfish and puts your interests over the team. Was the same with his contract. He clearly ignores like Dungy - the unwritten rule of NOT running up the score. Is Manning really in Need of that additional garbage TDs against Houston, Detroit, or Chicago? (he wasn't getting many more, BTW) None of them is a bitter rival, or a competitor for the division crown. To reply to the most regular remarks before they come up: 1)You shouldnt do always, what you could do. This thought is flawed from the start. 2) Also I dont agree, that just because its only a sport, offending your opponent is acceptable or even something to support. 4) CAN he do it? Yes, as we have seen, but its not his ability that I question. Is it o.k. or more respectable because he can do? No, not to me. Style matters more than records imo. Thats my view why Manning or anyone else - shouldnt act like he has done. Feel free to elaborate. Ill answer asap.