Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: Super Bowl 50: My Thoughts on Peyton Manning and Cam Newton

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Super Bowl 50: My Thoughts on Peyton Manning and Cam Newton

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Peyton Manning vs. Cam Newton - a comparison and contrast of Super Bowl XLI quarterbacks based solely on their looks. Sexually objectifying the football players is how I prep for Super Bowl Sunday. 

I don't do sports but the Big Game isn't about sports this year, it's about age! To make sports enjoyable, and to counter balance the blatant ageism surrounding Super Bowl 50, I focus on a different ism - sexism

Super Bowl 50 - Leyla's POV
photo credit: Source (WP:NFCC#4), fair use.

Even sports heroes are subject to age discrimination 

Most years, I barely notice the Super Bowl until the morning of Super Bowl Sunday but this year was different. The media attention around Peyton Manning's age and retirement was impossible to ignore. I'm slightly older than Peyton Manning AND I work in an industry riddled with ageism, so the buzz caught my curiosity. 

I recognized the Super Bowl guy from the Nationwide commercials but I wanted to know more about the man and his talents as a football player.
  • Who was this ancient man called Peyton Manning? 
  • What position in the game of football could such a fragile man play? 
  • Who was old-man Manning's opponent? 
  • What did the media contrive about the much younger and exponentially more handsome opponent called Cam Newton?
  • What does Cam Newton look like in a sport coat, in a tux and without a shirt? 
  • Which begged the question... What does Peyton Manning look like in a sport coat, in a tux and without a shirt? 
  • What sporting teams did these football fellas play on? (I don't remember this answer)

Peyton Manning's age discrimination is underscored in The Onion 
Jokes aside, age discrimination should be taken seriously because everyone gets old... if they're lucky.

How Peyton Manning and Cam Newton stack up in the LOOKS department

Let's start with a side-by-side comparison of both men in the field dressed in their sporting clothes. Note how they both embrace their inner "football player". Both men seem equally natural in their element. I see confidence, passion and strength when I look at these two quarterbacks. 

Cam Newton - Peyton Manning in their sporting attire on the football field.

Cam and Peyton together on the field engaging in a sportsmanlike handshake.

Now let's take a look at the two men individually in the first category of the comparison and contrast. First, we'll examine Cam Newton in his football attire, followed by Peyton Manning in his football attire. Focus on the facial expressions of each man. Notice how each quarterback smiles as he makes love to the camera in his own special way. 

Cam looks great in those sunglasses and his pointer finger commands respect without intimidation. 

Cam's boyish good looks are hard to resist, very disarming, and his Winter Blue gum matches his uniform.

It's Peyton's turn.... Let's see what he brings to the table. 

Peyton's smile is strong yet friendly and the certainty in his eyes is accentuated by the soft wrinkles.

Peyton looks cold but he is alert, attentive and acutely aware of his surroundings. 

Moving into the next category, we leave the football field behind.  Here we'll compare and contrast the personal style of each quarterback. Take note of how each man handles himself off the field and in the wild. The personal style round kicks off with Peyton Manning.

Peyton is self-assured and sexy as he disembarks this plane, he has swagger and his style is on point.

Peyton's choice of soft hues complements his fair complexion. A good look, the sport coat is his friend.

Cam's turn.... Let's see how his personal style stands out. 

Cam owns the runway with this look. He's able to play off sexy and stylish while remaining playful.

Cam goes for bold colors, he isn't afraid to take a risk with his look. This outfit is classic and fun.

Let's progress. Formal wear on the Super Bowl quarterbacks is what we'll compare / contrast next. Keep in mind that the two men have very different personal styles and review their formal attire with a thoughtful eye. This round starts with Cam Newton. 

Cam plays on his youthfulness once again. He looks sharp in this cool blue tuxedo and bright bow tie. 

Cam really mixes it up and I love it! Navy blue tux, gorgeous lapel pin and velvet slippers. 

Tux time for Peyton... Let's see how this plays out.

Peyton is wearing a formal attire with a long black tie. Not sure if this is a tux but it's certainly a miss for Manning.

Peyton's traditional tuxedo is the best option for this Midwestern looking football pro.

The final round in the Super Bowl quarterback comparison and contrast is a wild card. I selected the best look I could find of each football player. This is where each man is free to shine on his own. Peyton goes first.

Peyton is most appealing in casual attire. Golf clothes and a baseball hat, or an easy-going sport coat, is a winning look for Manning.

Peyton's wife hanging off his arm, this is his best look. He looks relaxed, comfortable and happy.

Cam's turn to bring it home... see how it goes down.

Cam's boyish charm is his best asset. Whether he's dressed up or down, Newton wins when he brings out that smile. 

Cam's bare chest, this is his best look. He is ripped! He looks super hot! I don't even like guys who have muscles like this and I can't believe how good he looks.  

I think we're ready to declare a winner.... In the first annual Super Bowl Quarterback Comparison and Contrast, the winner is Cam Newton! Cam Newton is the best looking quarterback of Super Bowl 50! 


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