Four neck surgeries and an entire season ago, Peyton Manning stood atop the NFL mountain as one of the few quarterbacks in the league who would be a first ballot hall-of-famer once he retired from the sport. He was a master at throwing the ball down the field and finding the open receiver. He handed out touchdowns like they were candied treats and his receivers were eager trick-or-treaters. He rarely made mistakes - but when he did he quickly righted the ship and the scoring continued. But that was then - this is now. The old Peyton Manning is no more and I for one am thrilled about it.