Tom Heath
Washington Post columnist

Tom Heath

Business reporter and Value Added columnist for The Washington Post.


Experience trumps hunger

Q: In the pursuit of success, what are the advantages and disadvantages of being an established power vs. a hungry upstart? In this Sunday's Super Bowl, would you give an edge to Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who has won a Super Bowl, over New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who doesn't have any Super Bowl experience?

Experience trumps hunger, so I would go with the Super Bowl veteran Colts over the Saints, who are making their first appearance.

The Colts have the best quarterback in the NFL in Peyton Manning, who has been in tight spots and knows how to win. The stakes are huge for every Super Bowl, so I don't think the Colts and Manning lose their competitive edge because they have already won a Super Bowl trophy.

The Saints might have a bit of first-time jitters, but that won't last long. Another intangible for the Saints is the plight of post-Katrina New Orleans, which will likely make them the fan favorite.

That's a small plus. Success will go to the more talented team, and that's probably the Colts.

By Tom Heath  |  February 4, 2010; 12:03 AM ET  | Category:  Experience vs. hunger Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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