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    I was watching the game Sunday and was wondering to you Indy locals..who has more love in Indy: Reggie or Peyton?

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    Default Re: Who has more love in Indy: Reggie or Peyton?

    I'm not even a Colt fan and Reggie is awesome, but there's no comparison. Peyton Manning could be the greatest QB in the history of the NFL. Reggie wasn't even a top 5 player in the NBA at any point in his career.

    Edit: I guess the question is who has more love. Normally that's the better player because he's more popular. Peyton has built hospitals downtown. He's actually won a championship. Again, no comparison.
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    Default Re: Who has more love in Indy: Reggie or Peyton?

    I would say it depends on your favorite sport. I love Peyton, but Reggie made a huge impact on my childhood. Also, Indiana is historically a basketball state, and the Colts were an afterthought in the 90's. They both made huge impacts to the city while they were here, but I'm giving Reggie the nod because of basketball. We don't know how Indy will support football once our QB luck runs out. Certainly a great topic, one that really can't have a definite answer.

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    I would say it depends on your favorite sport. I love Peyton, but Reggie made a huge impact on my childhood. Also, Indiana is historically a basketball state, and the Colts were an afterthought in the 90's. They both made huge impacts to the city while they were here, but I'm giving Reggie the nod because of basketball. We don't know how Indy will support football once our QB luck runs out. Certainly a great topic, one that really can't have a definite answer.
    Basketball is by far my favorite sport, so no, it does not depend on that. The city did love Reggie Miller and I don't know how you gauge that. But I've seen A LOT more Manning jerseys than I ever did Miller...even when Reggie played 3 times as many games in Indy.

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    Default Re: Who has more love in Indy: Reggie or Peyton?

    This isn't even close. Peyton was by far the more loved/important athlete. There might be some Reggie bias on a Pacers forum, but objectively speaking these guys aren't even in the same ballpark. Reggie was fantastic, but he was never a top player in his sport. From 2003-2010, Peyton was at worst a top 2/3 player in his sport, and often was THE best. Peyton won four MVPs to Reggie's zero. Peyton won one championship to Reggie's zero. Peyton has his name on a hospital and his popularity helped build a stadium that eventually hosted the Super Bowl.

    Indiana may be a basketball state, but the NFL is superior in popularity to the NBA. Peyton built the Colts into a top tier NFL franchise, and the continuity has remained with Luck. It doesn't matter where you are, way more people are going to watch a great NFL team than they are a great NBA team. Despite the fact that Indiana has basketball roots, the Colts' popularity dwarfs the Pacers' at their peak.

    This isn't meant to put down Reggie at all, but these two guys are just on different levels of stardom. Reggie was great, but Peyton is without question one of the greatest NFL players in history. He was also a national sports icon. The team's success during his tenure here brought a ton of national sports attention to Indy.

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    Default Re: Who has more love in Indy: Reggie or Peyton?

    Agreed Sollozzo. If Larry Bird or Magic Johnson had been a Pacer this might be a conversation. Peyton is a Bird level talent even though he only has one ring.

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    Default Re: Who has more love in Indy: Reggie or Peyton?

    I personally love Reggie more because I love the Pacers more than the Colts and love basketball more than football in general. Also, Reggie was my hero growing up, so he will always have that status with me. That being said, the answer is Peyton Manning without a shadow of a doubt.

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    Unfortunately its Peyton, Hoosiers have lost touch with their roots.
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    my guess is that Payton Manning has more love in Indy than Reggie. Sports fans have short term memories and would likely remember Manning's exploits than Reggie.
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    I think some are underestimating the impact Reggie had, even if he never won MVP or championships. Basketball was much more popular than football in the 90's, especially in Indiana, and Reggie was a GOD in Indy during that time. He was treated the same way Manning is now. You could argue he is the reason for The Fieldhouse. The answer is Manning, but I believe it's more because of the current popularity of the NFL and the fact Manning still plays. I would love to see a poll for this question on this forum and a Colts forum.

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    A couple more thoughts. Yes, Manning won 1 ring and Reggie won 0. But I would say Manning under-peformed when it mattered and Reggie over-performed. And Reggie did it against New York, which because of their market-size and inflated ego, made the entire state rally around him. The 30 for 30 tells it best. With Peyton we have the great championship moment, but a lot of my memories of Peyton are not great memories. He really fell short in the playoffs. My memories of Reggie are amazing.

    Also, Manning now plays for another team. Reggie never did. It's not Peyton's fault, but there are now visions of him in another uniform. I'm doubting this will tarnish his legacy, but it is something to consider.

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    The answer is Peyton only because he is more fresh in people's minds. Reggie's last game was in 2005, Peyton's last game as a Colt was January of 2011. This would be an interesting discussion maybe 6 years from now when Peyton has long since retired.

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    It's Peyton. You could make a strong case that he's the best to play his position ever. He's like the Nolan Ryan of football in that he commands respect. He's the ultimate field general out there, will carve up a defense in seconds, and has been nothing but a class act despite what could've been an ugly divorce with Mr. Irsay. There's a Children's Hospital that is named after him for his contributions!

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    Consider this, from day one when Reggie Wayne makes has made an amazing play at the RCA Dome or Lucas Oil would start chanting Reg-gie Reg-gie Reg-gie. When Peyton makes a great play you you don't hear them chant Pey-ton Pey-ton Pey-ton or Mann-ing Mann-ing Mann-ing. You never hear that for any other Colt player, yet we do it for the one Colt player who just happens to have the same name as Miller.

    Right now if you asked around you obviously will get more Peytons simply because he is fresher in the minds of the people, even though they are both head and shoulders above everyone else I think Reggie is still the victor.

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    It's really not a fair question at this time. Peyton is more current and still plays, even if for another team. The only way to really know the answer to this is to have a public survey in about 7-8 years.

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    Peyton = Michael Jordon
    Reggie doesn't equal Michael Jordon

    Now, maybe you could argue Reggie was 'our' Michael Jordan.... But Peyton IS the NFL's Michael Jordon.
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    Peyton = Michael Jordon
    Reggie doesn't equal Michael Jordon

    Now, maybe you could argue Reggie was 'our' Michael Jordan.... But Peyton IS the NFL's Michael Jordon.
    I don't really follow football, but doesn't Tom Brady has some of the same stats as Manning ?

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    Reggie.

    Peyton is obviously a much greater athlete, it's not even close. But the question was love right? EVERYONE loves Reggie, and there is a level of love that Peyton doesn't even have now. Check all of your facebooks, didn't some of you see posts from fellow Colts fans celebrating Peyton losing to the Colts?

    Put it this way, Peyton is bigger than Indianapolis, Reggie IS Indianapolis.
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    Indy will always be Reggie's city. You put a last second impossible shot over the greatest basketball player in history with no time on the clock, in the E/C Finals no less? Yeah. You'll be a hero forever.
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    Unfortunately its Peyton, Hoosiers have lost touch with their roots.
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    Reggie.

    Peyton is obviously a much greater athlete, it's not even close. But the question was love right? EVERYONE loves Reggie, and there is a level of love that Peyton doesn't even have now. Check all of your facebooks, didn't some of you see posts from fellow Colts fans celebrating Peyton losing to the Colts?

    Put it this way, Peyton is bigger than Indianapolis, Reggie IS Indianapolis.

    That's Pacer bias speaking. It's just not true. Yes, people were cheering for the Colts to beat Peyton, but that's because Colts > Peyton. But that doesn't change the fact that Peyton > Reggie.

    On a Pacer forum, you'll get people saying Reggie. But if a poll were conducted amongst your average Indy residents, this wouldn't even be close. These guys were just on different levels of stardom. This would be like comparing Michael Jordan and Sammy Sosa in Chicago. Sosa was a huge star, but Jordan was an all time legend in his sport.

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    That's Pacer bias speaking. It's just not true. Yes, people were cheering for the Colts to beat Peyton, but that's because Colts > Peyton. But that doesn't change the fact that Peyton > Reggie.

    On a Pacer forum, you'll get people saying Reggie. But if a poll were conducted amongst your average Indy residents, this wouldn't even be close. These guys were just on different levels of stardom. This would be like comparing Michael Jordan and Sammy Sosa in Chicago. Sosa was a huge star, but Jordan was an all time legend in his sport.
    JO was on a whole different level from Jeff Foster, but who is more beloved by Indy? One can be great, but not loved. One can be not great, but still loved much.

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    JO was on a whole different level from Jeff Foster, but who is more beloved by Indy? One can be great, but not loved. One can be not great, but still loved much.

    JO and Jeff Foster have nothing to do with Peyton Manning having the MAXIMUM love from a community that an athlete can have.



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    The answer is Peyton only because he is more fresh in people's minds. Reggie's last game was in 2005, Peyton's last game as a Colt was January of 2011. This would be an interesting discussion maybe 6 years from now when Peyton has long since retired.
    It will still be Peyton 15 years from now. The difference between Colt popularity and Pacer popularity is massive. Like pond compared to an ocean massive.
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    Haha what the hell does this even mean?
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    This state has turned its back on basketball in favor of football. Its not just Indy either, we have some of the best Basketball gym's in the nation but most of them are now abandoned or seldom used. Even during Reggie's hey day support for the Pacers was only truly strong during the playoffs. Butler had back to back NCAA title games, and yet they still couldn't even sell out Hinkle on the reg. You have to wonder about Indiana's love of basketball, I don't see it anymore.
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