Peyton Manning will now play quarterback for the Denver Broncos. They might as well start building the new sign at the border of Denver’s city limit.
“Welcome to Denver, the city where Peyton Manning was paralyzed for life.”
I was hoping Manning would take a long hard look at the big picture and simply retire, the way Steve Young did when he got one too many concussions as a 49ers quarterback.
Manning has a neck injury, nothing to be trifled with. I could be all wrong, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this.
At least the Broncos had the good sense to trade Tim Tebow. Whatever Manning faces in Denver, it won’t be the evangelical, revival-tent, circus-like atmosphere Tebow creates.
Besides, Tebow’s a perfect fit for New York. And yes, I’m being sarcastic.
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I was pretty sure—and really hoped—that Jim Harbaugh wasn’t serious about getting Manning. I think Harbaugh took a long look at Manning just to build up Alex Smith’s confidence.
“Yeah, the GM wanted me to interview Manning, but my heart wasn’t into it,” I imagine Harbaugh saying. “You’re my guy at QB, Alex. You’re my guy.”
I could be wrong about that scenario, but I’m really glad about Smith’s three-year deal with the 49ers.The playoff game against the Saints convinced me he’s finally got the QB position down.
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I didn’t fill in a bracket and I don’t have a final four, but I do pick Michigan State to win the NCAA Basketball National Championship.
My only reason is the faith and passion of MSUCrazyLady. She makes me wanna believe. So I will.
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Frankly, I don’t give a damn about women’s basketball. It’s like watching the Special Olympics, except I actually do care about the Special Olympics.
The female sports I like are soccer (a little) and softball (a lot). Softball is the ultimate women’s sport, but I’ll expand on that topic in another column.
Still, it doesn’t take a lot of paid attention to pick the NCAA Women’s Basketball champion.
Baylor. It’ll be Baylor. And everybody knows that.
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I started this column with Peyton, so I’ll end it with Payton.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Saints’ head coach Sean Payton a full year for allowing a bounty system—payment for injuries inflicted by the defensive players on key offensive players. You know. Key ones, like Peyton Manning.
The former defensive coach of the Saints, Gregg Williams, is on indefinite suspension and New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended eight games.
The Saints as a team was also fined $500,000 and lost two second round draft picks, one this year and another in 2013.
One radio commenter said he wished baseball had a commissioner as strong as Goodell.
Me, too. I want a baseball commissioner strong enough to bring back steroids.