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Peyton Manning returns to Indy

In this Nov. 4, 2012, file photo, a fan wearing and Indianapolis Colts jersey holds up a sign for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati. Manning returns to Indianapolis on Sunday, to face his old team for the first time since signing with the Broncos. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman, File)

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis tonight to face his former team on Sunday Night Football. It should be nothing less than a happy homecoming, a celebration of Manning's legacy in Indy, with the only uncertainty being just how deafening the cheers will be during .

But when Colts owner Jim Irsay made comments this week that seemed to take a slap at Manning for not delivering enough Super Bowl titles, it opened up old wounds. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this [ring]."

Irsay's lament ignited fresh debate about the Colts' decision to jettison the greatest quarterback in franchise history after multiple neck surgeries left his future in doubt. Peyton obviously would have given Irsay a better chance to win a Super Bowl last season and this one, and I say for the next three. This is a win now business. A Peyton in the hand is worth five young Lucks in the bush no matter how great Luck might become after Peyton retires. He should respect the game, the process and how hard it is to win one championship. Plenty of other owners would kill for one ring. Put them with baseball's Braves of the 1990s, with a bevy of Hall of Fame pitchers but only one title. Instead, it's been hijacked.

The warm and fuzzies have been replaced by harsh words and angry eyes. Nobody gets out of this thing unscathed.

No matter how Manning's return plays out, this game qualifies as must see TV. In fact, writes Peter King of The MMQB, this might as well be the only game in the NFL this week:

Eyes Lions Eric Ebron Jersey will be on the moments. There are very few electric times in sports that you desperately want to see. No, HAVE to see. But Manning running onto the field, Manning lionsofficialauthentic.com/Kyle_Van_Noy_Jersey_Lions during the in stadium tribute (which is supposed to be a doozy), Irsay looking down from his box, crying people in the stands, scanning the stands for orange Manning jerseys, the occasional shot of Andrew (A Mellower Peyton Junior) Luck, and the game . I mean, this won't be a singular moment you have to see. It's 3 hours and 15 minutes of them.

Watch NFL Network analysts Kurt Warner and Deion Sanders talk about the emotions Manning will grapple with when he takes the field to face his former team: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play for the first time this season, while Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) has been ruled out for today's game against the Jets. (via Yahoo! Sports)

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