With the Suns planning on hitting the free agency market hard and heavy, wouldn’t any positive distortion of perception help? Isn’t it possible that a budding star in the NBA could look at Phoenix and think (even subliminally) if it’s good enough for Peyton Manning it’s good enough for me? The Suns image has taken a couple of blows (some possibly undeserved) and this could put the market back in a glowing light.
There could be consequences to the signing, also. Is it possible that Manning is too Brobdingnagian for the Phoenix market. Might he blot out the rest of the Arizona sports scene and obscure the Suns from their fanbase? Will the Suns become back-paged even further and ignored completely? Could the move be seen as another retirement community addition? Could this make Phoenix look more appealing, but only to senior citizen athletes?
What are your thoughts? Am I just scrutinizing the situation a little too much, creating conspiracies out of shadows, or is there some substance to this line of thinking? Anything related to the Manning/Cards/Suns discussion is fair game (I think the enormity of the topic merits a little cross sport banter). This is not an open invitation to discuss Suns trade rumors (you know who you are).