Losing Super Bowls is hard. Getting your ass handed to you in a Super Bowl is even tougher. Peyton Manning, thanks to last Sunday, knows this pain well. And according to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Manning was in no mood to be consoled after his most recent defeat.
Inslee was leaving MetLife Stadium down a long hallway when he saw the quarterback.
“He’s all alone. There was no entourage around him,” Inslee told a luncheon on Thursday. “I wish I had a camera. It was like the picture of defeat — head down, slow. I felt bad for the guy.
“He gave it his all and he’s obviously a tremendous competitor, and I’ve lost a few in my life, too,” said Inslee, who was a starting quarterback in high school and often uses sports metaphors in his speeches. “So I just went up to him and introduced myself as the governor of the state of Washington and I shook his hand. And I said ‘I know this is a really tough game for you, but there will be others and hang in there’ because I kind of wanted to console him.
“He looked down at me like he was going to break me in half,” Inslee said. “It was sort of like ‘whatever, dude’ and he walked away. My therapy didn’t work too well.”
According to Garber, Inslee shared this gem of a story Thursday during a luncheon for the state Association of Washington Business.
Awesome ... unless you’re a Broncos fan like me, then it’s just one more painful reminder of how badly the Seahawks dominated your team. When Jay Inslee is getting luncheon laughs at your expense, you know you’ve hit rock bottom.