Peyton Manning

Explaining a Blowout Loss

Things could be worse. You could be Peyton Manning explaining how the NFL's top offense played so poorly in a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks.How Peyton Manning and the rest of the Denver Broncos explain their blowout Super Bowl loss to the Seattle Seahawks offers instructive advice on how you can deal with your own embarrassing moment.

First off, you need to own what happened. Losing 43-8 isn't a fluke. Skip the excuses. Admit you got outplayed. The other team was the aggressor. You made mistakes. These admissions don't make the loss less painful, but you come off as someone who is facing reality, not hiding from it.

Give the other side credit. Seattle's defense overwhelmed the vaunted Denver offense. They befuddled MVP Manning. The Seahawks made the big plays. By building up your opposition, you avoid looking small.

Talk about the future. Explain how you will move forward and what you will do to improve. The loss is in the record books. How you deal with the loss is the stuff of an unwritten chapter. A loss is a loss, not the end of the world. Don't act like you are ready to jump off a tall bridge.

Imagine ways to soothe the anguish. Describe the steps to make things better. If you envision moving forward, you will have the outline of plan of actually moving forward. This will reflect a sense of resiliency, which is an appealing and often underrated quality.

Give yourself a break. A major disappointment or failure can send your confidence and morale into the dumper. Find a way to put the situation into perspective, without trying to explain it away. Make it a moment to remember, not forget. Make it the start of momentum toward a new day and a better result.

Updating Your Online Media Room

Imagine you are the Denver Broncos and just signed legendary quarterback Peyton Manning to lead the team back to victory lane. This is big stuff, but not apparently as big as luring a new conditioning coach.

As a Denver Broncos fan (I saw the team's first home game in 1960), the signing of Manning nearly rivals the arrival of John Elway in 1983, which led to two Super Bowl victories. So it is curious why the Broncos online media room is so quiescent.

The main reason is, nobody apparently has bothered to update the site since January, when Luke Richesson came on board as conditioning coach and Elway was still talking about tutoring then first-string quarterback Tim Tebow.

"I think Tim has earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year," Elway is quoted as saying in January in the Quotes section of the online media room. Of course, Elway traded Tebow to the New York Jets almost immediately after he signed Manning on March 20.

It doesn't require signing a sports legend and former Most Valuable Player to prompt refreshing your online media room. As the great Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi implored his players upon scoring a touchdown, "Look like you've been there before."

Here are some simple tips for keeping your online media room fresh: