It is very difficult to put the release of Peyton Manning, an arguably unparalleled moment in NFL and sports history, into proper words. So for now, I'll take the route of lyric-obsessed Jim Irsay and turn to music.
Here's your official "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To No. 18" Farewell mix. Descriptions are below, and you can listen to it here.
Most of it is a lyrical recap of Wednesday's extremely emotional press conference that made me cry so much that my eyes resembled those of a rabid raccoon. The mix is split into three parts:
-- The Jim Irsay Set: This consists of quotes from him and then songs that I thought fit his perspective based on said quotes.
-- The Peyton Set: Same as the Irsay set except from Peyton's point of view.
-- The Fans Set: Songs from the viewpoint of Colts/Peyton fans everywhere.
In the descriptions, I've altered certain lyrics a bit at times so that you can really envision a tearful Jim Irsay belting out some 98 Degrees and Tom Petty into his horseshoe decorated hairbrush.
And just as a sidenote: When I first envisioned putting together a "Peyton Free Agency Mixtape," I was really hoping to be able to put some scornful! Beyonce on there, or some "Heartless" by Kanye, aimed at Irsay. But damn it, Peyton is far too classy and nice to be angry or bitter. Sigh.
(Sidenote: Peyton's last day as a Colt saw 70-degree temperatures and sun. And on March 8, Indy’s first day without Peyton Manning, there has been nothing but steady rainfall. Oh, Mother Nature, you're such a boss.)
... after all that we’ve been through, I know we're cool.]]
we're goin’ down, down, down, down, and we just can't believe that #18 ain't around and we were like, 'Peyton, Peyton, Peyton, ohhhh,' like, 'Peyton, Peyton, Peyton, noooo.' like, 'Peyton, Peyton, Peyton, ohhhh.' We thought you’d always be ours.]
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