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Will Sunday be Peyton Manning’s last game?

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Although some words, standing alone, carry more weight than others, the context in which they are used must also be considered. In the case of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper who has now been excused from team activities to undergo counseling, it isn’t just that he uttered the infamous “N” word, its really about how and when he used it and why.

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The AFC Championship will pit the Steelers against New England with the Pittsburgh Steelers going to the Super Bowl.

In the end I pick the Steelers to defeat the 49ers to win a record seventh Super Bowl title.

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The truth is still the truth, but if it is served up too raw, it has a way of upsetting delicate sensibilities and ultimately backfiring on the truthsayer.

That’s what happened this week to Allen Pinkett, the former Notre Dame star running back from the 1980s and now longtime analyst on the Fighting Irish radio broadcasts.

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I suppose I’m just tired of the media and fans piling on T.O. He was good enough to be known simply by his initials. That ought to tell you something about Terrell Owens.

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With his standout performance against Kansas City Friday night, rookie Russell Wilson has probably locked up the starting quarterback spot for the Seattle Seahawks.I don’t see how he can’t be first on the depth chart now. Wilson, who started for the first time, was sensational for the visiting Seahawks, who dismantled the Chiefs early and kept pouring it on.

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At what point is enough, enough? When do the medical professionals, coaches, team executives and other sensible people in authority step in and protect a player from himself, and perhaps save his life?
I sure hope the powers that be with the Indianapolis Colts are asking themselves these questions today about wide receiver Austin Collie, who has now suffered what has been confirmed as yet another concussion.

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This also isn’t about the money. Not really. Yes, there are 28 million reasons why the Indianapolis Colts need to think long and hard about whether to pay Manning the bonus he is due the first week of March. The clock is ticking on that. This is really more about honor and doing the right thing.
This is why in the end, it should come down to Peyton Manning truly understanding what the right thing to do is.

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Football can be a brutal game. We expect the violence, and most of the time we even appreciate it. But even with football there is a line that should never be crossed.

The Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh, a player whose viciousness I’ve enjoyed from time to time, clearly crossed that line on Thanksgiving.

Ndomukong Suh, while getting up from a tackle, needlessly shoved the head of Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith into the turf, and then for good measure kick-stomped his arm. Watching the various replays, suggests that Suh did the deed on purpose hoping no one would see.

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On Sunday once again Tebow proved that for now his legs are more valuable than his arm. He only completed two of eight passes for 69 yards in Denver’s 17 -10 win over Kansas City. And while he completed only two passes, one of them went for a touchdown. He also ran 9 times for 43 yards. As a team Denver gained 244 yards on the ground.

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It has been a charmed decade for the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL’s winningest team during that streatch, but fortunes can change in an instant. This is one of those times. The team that just a few short years ago won a Super Bowl and narrowly missed winning another, is now the worst team in the league. These days the Colts appear inept and literally defenseless.

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Anyone who believes the Super Bowl was a success in Big D, other than the newly crowned world champion Green Bay Packers, needs to think again and get a reality check. The big “show” that Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones hoped to stage could not have been more of a mess.

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This year challenged many of our beliefs about sports issues and the athletes who play the games. The highlights and the lowlights of 2010 offered us important insights into what athletes face, and what fans expect and are willing to accept. How the games are played and what we think about sports going forward will most certainly be shaped by what happened in 2010.

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So who is to blame if Austin Collie continues to play and is again seriously injured? The Colts? The team desperately needs his pass-catching skills to make a run through the playoffs. Collie? I’m sure he is wondering right now if his career is over. No player in his prime wants to stop playing if he thinks he still can. What about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? Is he thinking about Austin Collie? Goodell certainly talks loudly about head injuries. Here is the one case the commissioner should monitor with a high-tech microscope, and hold it up for all of us to see.

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The culture of big-time college sports is poison and corrupt and everyone knows it, most of all the NCAA. To me it appears the decision to clear Cam Newton is basically an admission by the NCAA that hypocrisy, double-standards and cash under the table, have always been a part of college sports, and that there is very little that can be done about it, except in the most obvious of cases.

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