As this video underscores. Feel their pain!
As this video underscores. Feel their pain!
This young later is eager to hook up with you. We're guessing that Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish, the last pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is getting a restraining order.
It wasn't all trophies and parades at the end of his healthier days in Indianapolis?
These are hard days for Colts fans. They can't that their iconic quarterback is moving along.
It's not every day that a destined Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback hits the free agent marketplace.
But Peyton Manning will be free to shop himself later today. Here is some of the reaction we noticed on Twitter:
Jim Rome: “Colts commit $26M to Manning last year & would be on the hook for $35m this year. And don't even know if he can go?! Enough is enough.”
Eric Stangel: “Peyton Manning to be released. Well I was right, the Colts should have drafted @RyanDLeaf after all . . .”
Darren Rovell: “Since signing with the Colts in July 1998, Jim Irsay has paid Peyton Manning 40 cents every second.”
Bob Kravitz: “If the Colts had won just 1 more game, would this have happened? You wanna be mad, be mad at Polian/Caldwell for sticking with #7 too long.”
Steve Rushin: “Mayflower moving van will spirit Peyton Manning out of Indianapolis at midnight.”
Ross Tucker: “Old adage in NFL is ‘anybody can get cut’. Today proves that without a shadow of a doubt.”
Not SportsCenter: “BREAKING NEWS: Peyton Manning and the #Colts to part ways, as Indy becomes first in #NFL history to release their entire team all at once.”
The Tweet of God: “All things considered it would be fairer if Peyton Manning released the Colts.”
Sports Pickle: “Who's the biggest sports icon in Indianapolis now? I say that one guy on the Pacers.”
Kevin Paul Dupont: “Words I suspect we won't here today from Manning: “I'm going to take my talents to...’”
Arash Markazi: “It'll be weird seeing Peyton Manning in another uniform but no weirder than seeing Joe Montana in K.C. That was surreal.”
Clay Travis: “If ESPN carried a live Peyton Manning workout would it beat NCAA Tourney games in ratings? I think so.”
Darren Rovell: “Congrats to the offensive coordinator on Peyton's new team. Nice salary, no work.”
Rachel Nichols: “Peyton Manning turns 36 in 2 wks. Jim Plunkett, Johnny Unitas & John Elway (2x) are the starting QBs who've won Super Bowls at 36 or older.”
Peter King: “Silly to guarantee a 36-yr-old QB w/4 neck procedures in last 2 yrs big money. But some team could fall for him+pay big. Best guess: Miami.”
Sam Farmer: “In 2006, Dolphins wanted to sign Drew Brees but their doctors failed him. They traded for Culpepper instead. Won't be quick to fail Manning.”
Jason La Canfora: “49ers focused on Smith, not Manning, at QB now. Have offer on table to Smith and hope to get him signed sooner rather than later.”
Gregg Doyel: “LOL at the idea of Peyton Manning playing for Jets. He would never compete with Eli for NYC's affection.”
Peter King: “Seattle shouldn't be favored in Manning derby at all. But I believe 'Hawks are all-in on Manning-Wayne package deal--and will pay for it.’
Rich Eisen: “If we're in the throw-things-out-there stage for Peyton: how about Denver? If Elway ever wanted to stage a bloodless coup on Tebowmania . . .”
Jason McIntyre: “3 really good reasons Arizona makes sense for Manning: 1) Division is a joke, 2) Warm weather, 3) did i mention the division?”
Jimmy Traina: “I don't understand why Peyton Manning would even consider coming to the dysfunctional Jets. Best place for him is Arizona (dome + Fitz).”
Sports Pickle: “Welcome to Indianapolis: Career-Long Home of Rik Smits.”
Adam Schefter: “Has football ever had two off-season stories -- Peyton Manning and the Saints' bounty scandal -- this big happen this close together?”
Peter Schrager: “Everyone’s talking about Peyton Manning. I'm on Caleb Hanie watch. Working on a photoshopped image of him in a Colorado Crush jersey.”
Eric Stangel: “To honor Peyton Manning, at Starbucks this morning I walked to the line and changed my drink order 6 times.”
Albert Brooks: “I am officially offering Peyton Manning $600 to play on my team. If he accepts I'll find ten other guys.”
John Marecek: “Pretty fired up. Just got line ticket #1 to acquire Peyton Manning after official release. This is better than an Xbox black Friday.”
The team sacked Jim Caldwell after his highly successful "Suck for Luck" campaign. Now the next guy will reap the benefits of that last overall finish.
There must be a glaring shortage of good coaching candidates in the NFL. This can be the only explanation for the activity we are seeing this winter.
The Indianapolis Colts fired Jim Caldwell after a 2-14 and immediately interviewed Steve Spagnuolo as a possible replacement. The Rams fired Spagnuolo for finishing 2-14 this season after going 8-24 during his first two seasons as head coach.
Spags seems more likely to return to his previous life as a defensive coordinator – the Saints are highly interested – but the fact Indy evened considered him for the head coaching gig is fascinating.
With big-name coaching candidates like Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden sticking with their television work, NFL owners don't have much to pick from.
Chicago Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice earned a promotion to offensive coordinator after Mike Martz’s departure. That left Troy Aikman scratching his head.
“I really like Mike Tice a lot,” Aikman told a Chicago radio station. “I really have a lot of respect for Mike as an offensive line coach and in his years there in Minnesota. I’ve just not seen offensive lineman come in and be offensive coordinators and be successful. We’ll see how it works out, but this is a passing league. Mike Tice wants to run the ball. … Can you win? Yeah, you can win. But if I was a quarterback, I’d want to be playing for someone who understands the passing game about as well as anyone else around the league.”
While Bears fans were questioning Tice’s promotion, he got an interview to be head coach in Oakland. You may recall Tice as the subject of much ridicule during his 32-33 run as head coach of the Vikings.
Other Raiders candidates include Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss.
McCoy is a finalist for the Dolphins opening, along with Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.
Since NFL players are constantly checking out the cheerleaders on the sidelines, is it wrong for cheerleaders to booty check the players?
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE NIGHT
The Clippers are the Next New Thing in the NBA. So why did they muster just 79 points with a 29-point loss at Utah?
Sure, Chris Paul was out with a hamstring strain. But there was no excuse for that showing.
“From beginning to end, we just didn’t have the energy,” Blake Griffin said. “It was ugly.”
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Jeff Schultz: “Deion Sanders' wife has accused him of "committing numerous acts of adultery." I'll translate: He was playing a zone.”
Frank Isola: “James Dolan comes out of hiding to say Rangers are close to winning it all. Last time he was his sure of himself he traded the farm for Melo.”
Rick Chandler: “Saints had zero penalties on Sat. Niners only had three. And one of those was for excessive baggage fees.”
Mark Kriegel: “According to ESPN, it's official: @kingjames is the best 3rd quarter player in NBA history.”
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
From the folks at Outkick the Coverage:
As a general rule, you don't leave your drunk friend alone in the French Quarter.
Because bad things can happen to him.
Especially if he passes out in the French Quarter Krystal on the night Alabama beats LSU 21-0. (If you're reading this and have been to New Orleans, you've probably been in this Krystal before. It has to gross more money than any fast food restaurant in the country. It's also...gross).
At first this poor LSU fan, slumped over on the table in front of the large picture windows, is subject to some mild-mannered teasing.
But then, you guessed it, an Alabama fan decided he needed to teabag the drunk LSU fan.
And the rest in Internet history.