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Dawn Knight

Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

Parity reduces disparity


Maybe some NFC fan should cut his hair (please), because Tom Brady is arguably the reason why the AFC has been the dominant conference this decade. Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger certainly haven't hurt, though. Among the three of them, they have won six of the last ten Super Bowls.

All three are ridiculously talented athletes, surrounded by other select athletes. Was there a deadlier combination than Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne? The common equation may just be front offices of the AFC teams, though. The Colts, for example, have a knack for picking up talent at its peak - think Edgerrin James, who the Colts selected over Heisman winner Ricky Williams. I remember wondering what they were thinking until I saw Edge on the field.

Still, the AFC doesn't have a monopoly on talent. There is plenty of it in the NFC, too: look at the Saints, Packers, and Eagles (but not the Cowboys - I love to make fun of the Cowboys). With this year's lack of a standout team, the disparity is less evident than it has been in a long time. That's probably a good thing - the game is much more exciting when it isn't so predictable.

By Dawn Knight  |  November 7, 2010; 5:36 PM ET  | Category:  AFC , Ben Roethlisberger , NFC , NFL , Peyton Manning , Tom Brady Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Brady is the reason the AFC has been the dominant conference this decade?

...That's a mighty bold/presumptive statement to make.

Maybe Peyton & Co. will, one day, give sports viewers no reason to watch any other game besides that in which they play.
G-E-A-U-X P. Manning. GO Colts!

Posted by: bava84 | November 8, 2010 12:00 PM

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