After a week of debate, nothing has changed: Peyton Manning is the best ever. (AP)The people have spoken.

No surprise that the vast majority of readers disagree with my assertion that Peyton Manning is the best quarterback I have ever seen. But some of the e-mails and comments regarding my column from Monday went  a bit far, I think. Let's just say that I took some hits.

I dress like a woman.



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Costumes are just part of the equation when judging Boston sports fans. (AP)When you think about it, we didn’t have to become sports fans. Nobody put a gun to our head and forced us. Your parents didn’t threaten to take your Atari game system away unless you finished reading the American League boxscores or told you you couldn’t start your homework until you were all finished filling out your NFL betting card.



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This was the moment everything changed for Boston sports fans. (AP)When you’re a sports blogger and you’re aware of the fact that your target demographic is (slightly) younger than you, you think twice before you write anything that says things were better back in the day.



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To nobody's surprise, Ayla Brown makes The Mailbag this week. (AP)After a week away, the mailbag returns with something for everyone.



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The article proclaiming Wes Welker the 2009 Boston Athlete of the Year is in that locker somewhere. (AP)Is it possible that the tears you saw coming from Wes Welker last Sunday were not the result of the pain he was suffering from tearing both the ACL and MCL in his knee just minutes before? Maybe not even the idea that this season (and chance at a Super Bowl) was over — or 2010 as well — was the cause of the sideline ductal issues?



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Despite his unassuming demeanor, Wes Welker is the best receiver in the history of the Patriots. (AP)Is there anything people need more right now than a "Year in Review" column?



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In December of 1982 I watched a man dressed as Santa Claus vomit all over the counter of a Papa Gino's in the Billerica Mall. Since then it's been kind of tough to wrap my arms around Christmas.



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Some Patriots fans are souring on the Bill Belichick experience, while other leap to defend the coach. (AP)Tons of feedback (both in comments and e-mail) off the Bill Belichick column I wrote on Monday. I was surprised that most were in my camp (which is basically this: The guy is still a great coach having a rough year) or at least didn't completely disagree with what I wrote.



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After a week off for the holiday, the mailbag returns in fine fashion. Two things I can promise here at the 'bag: lots of Patriots talk and almost no sexting. The Monday Night disaster is Topic A this week, and it seems that most of the folks are ready to call it a season. There was a time, not so long ago, when 7-4 would have been cause for a parade on Route 1, but now it is a sign of things gone awry. Plus, we debate Randy Moss vs.



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Look, it’s all fourth-and-2 here this week. And I suspect that some may view that as more of a warning than an invitation.

I understand. But at least dig in and give the mailbag a shot, even if you are suffering from fourth-and-2 fatigue. Lots of good email from both sides of the argument this week AND I manage to zipper in some Andrea Kramer talk, nominate a mayor for Cougar Town and defend Bruce Springsteen and the Wayans Brothers.



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