The aftermath: My thoughts on what happened at Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 has come and gone and the Broncos are champions again. But there were a lot of thoughts that came to my head during the bout and I will just share them with you right now.


  • I am so glad the game was played in California. The California sun really makes it seem like a cool progression from light to night during the game. I wish I attended this game since it’s at Levi’s Stadium. Maybe next time. Although there were complaints about the turf again. But the NFL took care of the turf for the game, not the Niners, so this wasn’t on the Niners this time. Is field turf a possibility?
  • Don’t ever boo Tom Brady.
  • Lady Gaga is a legend and she did great. I didn’t read on any of the reports of people being upset but they are just fools.
  • I had thought that the Broncos pass rush was so superior that there was a chance it would upset the supposedly balanced Panthers team. That was the only factor I thought that would give the Broncos the advantage. That was it. Von Miller deserves the MVP award.

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Want to win your fantasy league? Some of these suggestions might work

Another year of fantasy football. I don’t expect to have all the answers and some of these suggestions could be completely wrong. But I will impart my wisdom among you. It’s up to you if you want to believe my advice to be of any value. I may be completely wrong. Good luck in fantasy football this year!

1 – Broncos offense will be on fire again.

Let’s take a look at this offense right now. They didn’t really get worse. The loss of Eric Decker isn’t a huge hit but the potential growth in Montee Ball could be huge. Peyton Manning is still playing at an elite level and the receivers are still very good. I don’t thin the Broncos will repeat the same offensive numbers they did last season but I don’t think they will tail off that much either. If you get a chance to grab a Broncos offensive weapon, do it. Even kicker Matt Prater is the top kicker in the league in my opinion. I think at this point, you should look at how early you want to get at least one of the receiving weapons. It would be a good investment if you did.

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I wouldn’t have picked him. He’s worthy, but I think that David Ortiz is the guy who deserves the award. He didn’t have the best stats, but he was the heart and soul of a championship team and a city in need of healing.

Inside Sports Illustrated

Sportsman CoverNEW YORK, NY (December 15) – Sports Illustrated today announced that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the 2013 Sportsman of the Year. After winning the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award in 2012, Manning returned to the Mile High City to anchor the Broncos’ high-octane offense, which leads the league in total offense (453.4 ypg), passing (333.6 ypg), receiving (344.4 ypg) and points scored (535). Manning’s 47 touchdown passes during the Broncos’ 11–3 start puts him four TDs away from breaking Tom Brady’s record for most touchdowns thrown in a season. Manning is just one of eight professional football players to be named Sportsman. He joins Pete Rozelle (1963), Terry Bradshaw (’79), Reggie Williams (’87), Joe Montana (’90), Tom Brady (2005), Brett Favre (’07), and Drew Brees (’10).  To download a high resolution JPEG of the cover click here.

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I think I get how Elway threw 7 touchdowns last night

This is a mistake that people are laughing about this morning. But in a way, I kind of can figure out how this happened.

There was a lot of Peyton Manning and John Elway comparisons all throughout last night’s broadcast and there had to be some kind of subconscious confusion between the two. It’s understandable,

However, how can that go through all the edits and not one person catches it? Good job, Columbus Dispatch for giving us some silliness after a ridiculous performance.

My own fantasy draft advice that helps you win or lose

I think I am in four leagues this year. I can’t remember. But I do know my football and I have fantasy advice to share. After some hits and misses from last year’s suggestion box, let’s see how this one goes.

These suggestions are just that. I can’t guarantee victory for any of you, but hey, I’ll share what I know.

1 – QB in first round last year was encouraged, but not this year.

Getting a solid running back first and possibly a great tight end is a bigger priority. If you wait four or five rounds, you still have a chance to grab Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Eli Manning and maybe Robert Griffin III. Trust me, you want to get the harder to come by elite running backs early. It’d be nice to have Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. But if you don’t have to get them early, then you can wait.

On a side note, Colin Kaepernick is the most intriguing quarterback out there. He has a ton of fantasy potential with his arm and legs. But with so little receiver experience, can he be that explosive? I think he can, but don’t draft him too high. If he falls to you in the third round, then go ahead. But not too early.

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Thank you Peyton and Eli. Thank you so much!

All is right with the world as Peyton Manning returns to the field

He’s back!

Tonight, Peyton Manning will play in an NFL game for the first time since January 2011. It’s been a long time but for us football fans, we’re glad he’s back.

Sure he’s not with the Colts and we don’t know how his neck will hold up, but the fact that Manning is on the field and back in action reminds us of how lucky we are to have witnessed this legend’s amazing skills throughout the years.

He might not be the same. He could be Joe Namath with the Rams and all this will just be ugly. Or this could be like Kurt Warner on the last leg of his career taking a team back to the playoffs.

I don’t know what’s in store for Manning, but at least we have that opportunity to watch it unfold once again.

Jim Harbaugh’s comments about never pursuing Peyton Manning is just so typical of him

Oh this story again? Yup.

I think I know San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. I spent all of last season covering the team and was a part of every press conference the coach held with the media. His way with the media is a very unique one but to me, it all made sense. I’d say I believe I have a good grasp of what he’s all about.

Yes, he doesn’t like to talk about injuries or other players. In fact, he knew that if he limited the media access to the bare minimum, that would excel his work as a head coach. I didn’t agree with it, but I understood it.

So when Harbaugh brought up the topic of Peyton Manning (assuming he did this because of Jon Beason’s comments), it was Harbaugh being Harbaugh again. He made sure that the media had it all wrong and he was right.

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Peyton Manning in uniforms of all three potential suitors

Which team will Peyton Manning choose?

I was just searching through the Internet and came across this picture. Pretty good Photoshop work from whomever created it.

I will guess that the body of the Titans player is Matt Hasselbeck. The Bronco one is definitely Tim Tebow. I want to say the third one is Alex Smith but the arms look too skinny. Maybe it’s not even a 49ers body.

This whole thing has gotten to the point where I am sick of it. Of course, since I am covering the 49ers, I have to pay attention to it. It’s not as crazy as FavreWatch, but it’s still pretty annoying.

What’s next for the 49ers and Alex Smith with Peyton Manning now in the mix?

How will this drama end?

With the contract talks between the San Francisco 49ers and Alex Smith stuck in neutral, the 49ers reached out to free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. Depsite assurance from head coach Jim Harbaugh that the team was going to stick with Smith, the 49ers are now entertaining the idea of signing Manning.

Tennessee and Denver are the two teams that remain the favorites to sign the four-time MVP but the 49ers’ situation has to be more appealing to Manning. On paper, the 49ers might not have the kind of money to make it happen despite the insistence of former 49er Steve Young.

It’s being reported that Manning wants his contract numbers to be similar to what he had in Indianapolis, meaning that a five-year, $90 million contract that Denver is willing to offer is a jumping point to negotiations. The cap space, according to Matt Maiocco, figures that the Broncos have the most money to work with. Denver has $43.9 million, Tennessee has $26.3 million while the 49ers are working with $18 million.

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