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Will Sunday be Peyton Manning’s last game?

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The Mess in Miami: Can We Learn From It?

Posted: 5th November 2013 by DavidBurnett in NFL
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Several things strike me about this. The first is the obvious: what possessed Richie Incognito to target Martin in this way, with nasty, racially tinged emails and text messages and perhaps other actions that have yet to be reported? What kind of human being says and does this to another?

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Probably the most intriguing and perhaps biggest regular season football game in Indianapolis Colts history will take place Sunday night when the Colts take on the Denver Broncos, or more accurately, when the Colts take on Peyton Manning.

Its an obvious observation to say that Peyton Manning is an Indianapolis icon, and easily the biggest sports star to ever play in Indiana’s capital city. But a year and a half ago, with his health and career in question, he emotionally announced he was leaving the Colts, and as a result he left a city divided and many of his fans in mourning.

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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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Few things in life are more satisfying than a real good “I told you so!” And right now I’m feeling pretty satisfied about Russell Wilson, the undersized, rookie quarterback, who on Sunday led the visiting Seattle Seahawks to a playoff victory over the Washington Redskins.

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I’m in the camp that says the MVP award has already been locked up by the Vikings all-world running back, Adrian Peterson, who after a devastating knee injury a year ago is by any measure having one of the most astounding seasons in the history of the NFL and is the only real offensive threat the Vikings have.

But in an age when passing dominates the offensive game plan and running backs are seen as an interchangeable dime a dozen, Adrian Peterson is the decided underdog in the MVP race. While I understand that this is the way things are these days, it doesn’t mean I have to like it or accept it.

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He’s 32 years old now and his debut seems long ago. And so far Michael Vick has failed to achieve those lofty expectations. Now the clock appears to be ticking down on a career that can at best be described as a disappointment.Yes, there have been truly unforgettable, sensational moments, when Vick has done the seemingly unbelievable, by either running or throwing the ball. But there are also huge gaps in-between, marked by inexplicable fumbles, untimely interceptions and numerous injuries.

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When cancer-stricken head coach Chuck Pagano, breathlessly congratulated his team Sunday afternoon, as he visited the locker room, it started to look like the NFL’s best unfolding story is the heartwarming turnaround of the Indianapolis Colts.

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Monday nights’ debacle at the end of the game in Seattle should be the last straw for the NFL in its contract fight against its regular officials. But it probably won’t be. As a result this silly lockout looks more foolish every day, and the fans must share in the blame.

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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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I’m still trying to figure out what is the point of the NFL taking such a hardline against its referees. What is the league trying to prove? The referees have the most critical front line role in enforcing the rules and integrity of the sport as well as ensuring players’ safety on the field.

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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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Two other rookie quarterbacks, the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck and the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III, have drawn most of the attention this season. They are much taller and thus deemed more NFL ready than Russell Wilson. And because of that they were drafted number one and number two overall in this year’s draft.

But don’t be surprised if “little” Russell Wilson, drafted in the third round, turns out to be better than both of them, and maybe even become a future Drew Brees.

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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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