Originally Posted by CornStore
you said it yourself, the key phrase is that the PATS have earned the hype. but people constantly compare brady to manning and claim brady is superior when that is clearly not the case. the pats are superior, though classless.
and as for the whole ringless thing, making the cutoff at "conference championship" is pretty arbitrary. the point is it's an invalid criticism, since manning certainly helps the colts win. it's not his fault he met a team today that played lights out defense vs his offense ... and elway today wouldn't have advanced either.
Brady has the jewelry to support the claim of superiority, CornStore. Today, he got the job done; Manning did not.
If I am not mistaken, rings are given for conference championships and for league championships. Therefore, "ringless" would refer to lack of wins in either the AFCC or SB, would it not?
One cannot say definitively that Elway would or would not have advanced today because he was never in the situation. One can only speculate... and opinions are going to vary on the subject (you are likely to be outnumbered on a Broncos board...