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Sunday, January 31, 2010
What I think Manning really said

By Paul Kuharsky

Suzy Kolber’s questions, Peyton Manning’s answers and Paul Kuharsky’s translations –paraphrased where outside of quotation marks -- from ESPN’s pre-Pro Bowl interview:

Kolber: Your tenth Pro Bowl, exciting huh?

Manning: “This is a fun evening. They had six of us fly down here this evening after practice tonight after our practice today in Indianapolis. Getting to see all these guys, these great players, guys that I’ve gotten to know over the years playing in the Pro Bowl, I’ve formed some special friendships with these guys. It’s fun to be here…”

Kuharsky: Can you believe they separated us from our team to come down and wave to the crowd and talk to you? I mean let’s keep this in context. I’ve got a Super Bowl to prepare for and superstitions about actually flying to a big game with the rest of my team.

Kolber: Jim Caldwell promised a normal week, would you be ready for the Saints tonight?

Manning: “I feel good about our start. I still feel you have to use the entire time to get prepared. It’s important not to peak too early. But because of the schedule down here in Miami once you get down here, it’s important to get your core preparation done during that first week, which we have done. This is a tough team to get to know…”

Kuharsky: Sure we could take them today, but you give us two weeks, we’re not going to be wasting many of the available minutes. We’re pretty studious that way. But I do wish I had a few hours to work on my tan.

Kolber: Reports aren’t good on Dwight Freeney’s ankle. How much would it hurt to be without him?

Manning: “It’s hard to speculate at this point. Dwight’s one of our best players, we know that. But all season long coach [Jim] Caldwell has talked about picking up the bayonet and if someone is hurt, someone’s got to step up. If Dwight were not to be able to go, that would be tough, but somebody else will step up and we’ll be confident in whoever that is.”

Kuharsky: Raheem Brock, if you’re listening, I’m talking to you. And I know you’ll be ready if Dwight’s not.