So time does erode after all.
Time and injury take away from every athlete, and no more stark an example of that was on display than Peyton Manning in blustery Gillette Stadium last night. While Tom Brady of the Patriots seemed to have little problem carving holes in the wind, Manning's throws dipped and fluttered and fell unmarked to earth. And time marched on.
Six, seven, eight years ago, before the neck thing and the years, Manning's arm was a rocket and his throws were laser beams. No more. Now, even though his gaudy numbers this year tend to obscure it, he's clearly lost something, especially on the deep throws and especially in inclement weather.
And so Bill Belichick, who went for it on fourth down in Indy a few years back rather than give Manning another possession, gladly took the wind and deferred at the beginning of overtime, recognizing that Peyton vs. the wind was no longer a TKO in favor of Peyton.
Time. Marching on.