Peyton a better huckster than Tom

JODY VANCE -- 24 Hours Toronto

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Peyton Manning and the Colts are accustomed to meeting Tom Brady and his Patriots on the NFL gridiron, but now the pair of star quarterbacks go head-to-head in a different arena:

TV commercials.

Both Brady and Manning have lined their wallets nicely after signing on to help a pair of credit card companies stage a battle of the brands. It is Visa vs. MasterCard.

It is a tough pick when the Colts meet the Pats, but the same cannot be said when it comes to these ads.

First out of the gate was the Visa spot featuring Brady and his O-line hanging out in a fine restaurant, discussing fraud protection.

Manning and MasterCard launched a number of "priceless" rebuttals.

The latter is laugh-out-loud stuff. Watching Manning treat everyday folks as if they, not he, were the celebrities. He cheers on fast food staff as they head home after a long day flipping burgers, begging them for their aprons as souvenirs. When the coveted cloth is tossed his way, Manning goes nuts a la die-hard NFL fanatic.

Manning seems to identify with the fan even as he mocks the fan -- it's the fine line that makes this genius.

It's self-deprecating and hysterically funny; there's a great inside joke where Manning asks a grocery stock boy to autograph a loaf of bread to his "little brother" Eli saying, "He loves your work."

This MC creative ad runs all over Visa's Patriots spot hands down.

Being a multiple Super Bowl winner, Tom trumps Peyton in that department -- but when it comes to being a pitchman, it's Archie's boy all the way.

Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. jody.vance@tor.sunpub.com


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