Punchado, I disagree about your assessment about the reaction to this story.
If Peyton Manning had done this, and been caught at it, I would have taken a lot of pleasure in it. Why? I don't like Manning and have no problem being an opportunist. And even though no one cares much when guys like Rodney Harrison get caught using HGH, when someone with a golden boy image like Jeter, Manning and yeah, Tom Brady, is revealed as an HGH user, the news would be HUGE precisely because of that image. Maybe his sponsors would stand by him, maybe some would not, but Manning would be perceived differently going forward. Having that walking commercial get taken down a notch or two would give me a lot of pleasure, as would seeing how the media would handle it as compared to the DG feeding frenzy.
All that said, I was leery of this story even before reading that the source recanted and at this point I do believe Manning. Sadly.
Here's to more information coming out and him being revealed as a user.
And AdamNumbers, I agree with the notion that it's unfair to "convict" anyone based on such flimsy information. My joy would be palpable if Manning had done this. At this point, I take no joy at all in this story.