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Top five reasons Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks hurts his legacy

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Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos just suffered one of the worst losses in Super Bowl history losing to the Seattle Seahawks 43-8.

Much has been made on what this game will do to Peyton’s legacy. The people who say that no matter the outcome Manning’s legacy is set certainly didn’t expect a blowout by the Seahawks or that Peyton would throw two interceptions and have one returned for a touchdown. Sure, Peyton is still one of the greats, but there’s no denying that this embarrassing loss on the biggest stage of them all is going to set him back a bit. Especially considering that he had the best supporting cast he’s ever had.

Here’s the top five reasons that this loss has tarnished his legacy:

5. 11-12 in postseason games

Hard to believe that one of the most prolific passers in league history is under .500 in the postseason, but it’s true. Manning is an impressive 148-73  in the regular season but when it comes to the postseason, Peyton has been known to crumble accumulating a record of 11-12. Everyone knows that every great quarterback is judged by what he does when it truly matters and with numbers like that, Manning isn’t turning many heads. Just compare his playoff record to that off guys like Joe Montana (16-7), Tom Brady (18-8) and John Elway (14-7), all guys you’re likely to have in your top five quarterbacks of all time. Does Peyton Manning truly belong in that company with that kind of playoff record?

4. 1-2 in Super Bowls

Brady has 3, Montana has four and even Terry Bradshaw managed to get four but Peyton Manning is still sitting at one.  Regardless that it might be a team statistic, the fact remains that the Super Bowl is the measuring stick used for measuring greatness in the NFL for quarterbacks. If you want to be the greatest of all time, one Super Bowl is not going to cut it when your counterparts are winning/have won them left and right. In his two Super Bowl losses, Manning has been outscored 49 to 25.

3. His only Super Bowl win came against Rex Grossman

Yes, he has managed to win one championship but let’s be honest, Super Bowl or not, how impressive is a win against Rex Grossman? Even then, Peyton threw one touchdown and one interception, not exactly stats you’d expect from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in the biggest game of the year. Grossman threw two interceptions in that game and had one returned for a touchdown, so who really won that game for the Colts, Manning or Grossman?

2. Eight one-and-dones in the playoffs, 4 of which came at home

It’s one thing to make the playoffs, but a great quarterback knows what to do when you get there. Not only has Peyton been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round eight times, but four of them came on his own turf. Peyton’s amazing regular season play has earned his teams a lot of home playoff games, but getting knocked out in front of your home crowd is just a slap in the face for a quarterback and a big no-no if you want to be considered the best of all time.

1. So many records, but little to show for it

Peyton Manning has the records, most passing yards in a season, most touchdowns thrown in a season, you could go on and on, but it’s all in vain if you’re not hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season. At age 37 Manning had his best season to date, dazzling fans all season long racking up more points with his offense than any other team before him and even walked away with his fifth league MVP award. Yes, they scored a ton of points and won a lot of games, but does it really mean anything for a man who’s done it all? Manning knew he needed one more Lombardi Trophy to cement his legacy; he had the best supporting cast he’s ever had and he still couldn’t get it done.

 

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Top 8 storylines heading into the Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is set. Denver has earned the right to face Seattle on the Nation’s biggest stage. Now we take a week off, for some it’s the Pro Bowl but for others it’s an opportunity to shut down and reboot. While we create room in our brains for the game, the halftime show, and all the delightful commercials why don’t we take a moment to talk about some of the underlying story lines this great game has in store.

Champ Bailey finally gets his chance at the Super Bowl:

Champ Bailey has been one of the best defensive backs in the league for quite some time now. One thing that has eluded him during his hall of fame career is the one the every player strives for. To sit atop the mountain with the Lombardi Trophy hoisted above their head. For 15 years Bailey has fought and clawed tooth and nail to help get his team to the pinnacle, finally Champ will get his chance.

John Fox goes down during the season, Broncos pick him up:

When head coach John Fox was forced to leave the team for an extended period of time, the team could have easily folded. Interim head coach Jack Del Rio didn’t let that happen and now a few short months later Denver is going dancing.

Peyton Manning gets his opportunity to prove himself as the best quarterback in NFL history:

Sure Peyton Manning has one ring, but all of the best have multiple rings. After going through offseason neck surgery many questioned if Manning still had it. Not only does he still have it, he may have just had one of the best statistical seasons of his storied career. Two rings looks a lot better, and stacks up a little closer to Tom Brady (3) and Joe Montana (4).

Wes Welker going for his first Super Bowl victory:

After three losses as a member of the New England Patriots, Welker will be receiving another opportunity as a member of the Denver Broncos. A key member of both teams receiving corps, Welker had a key drop in his last outing as New England fell to the New York Giants back in 2011. You had better believe Welker will be looking to make a big impact in his return trip to the big dance.

Pete Carroll will try and become the third coach to win College and Super Bowl Championships:

Defenses win championships, whether or not that is true Pete Carroll will be hoping it to be. In order to make history as the third head coach to reach the pinnacle in both college and the big times, his defense will need to find a way to stifle the Peyton Manning led offense.

Richard Sherman, what will he say next and will he back it up one more time:

The Legion of Boom has frustrated offenses on the field all season long. Richard Sherman takes that a step further on almost a weekly basis. Sherman is never short on words, but just as important is his play the following Sunday. Sherman talks the talk, arrogance isn’t anything new to the NFL. Walking the walk afterwards is the infuriating part, letting his play act as the punctuation mark at the end of his cockiness.

Russell Wilson has been an ex-factor since arriving in Seattle:

This is the same guy who was too short to play in the NFL, and a team would need to “take a flier” on him. Just two years later Wilson is on the verge of being that guy that takes his team to the Promised Land. With his ability to get out of trouble and make a sure loss play into a positive gain is something Denver will need to account for.

Denver leads the all-time series 34-19, winning 13 out of the last 16: D

Denver has owned Seattle, pretty much from the word go. Losing six of their first seven match-ups, Seattle looks to change the culture and bring home their first ever Super Bowl win.

Offense vs. Defense, which side can impose its will:

Denver’s offense vs. Seattle’s defense, the showdown of the league’s best. Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, and a bevy of offensive weapons are the cogs in the Denver Broncos 2013-2014 season. How does Seattle answer? Well The Legion of Boom, Michael Bennett, and a plethora of defensive counterparts. In Lehman’s terms, Super Bowl 48 is Tyson vs. Holyfield.

 

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Top 10 AFC/NFC Championship Games

There’s an ongoing debate as to which NFL Playoff weekend is the best for fans.  Some point to the Division Playoff Weekend, with four full games of the eight best teams filling the weekend.  Others point to the Super Bowl, with history literally being made as you watch and the victor standing on a stage and lifting the Lombardi Trophy as confetti flutters down around them.  And all those commercials.

Still others point to the Conference Championship weekend, where you get two full games of Super Bowl-worthy teams in an unmatchable double header.  Here we focus on those AFC/NFC Championship games as there have been a number of memorable contests over the years, with big name players and legendary teams coming through in the end, while some coming up just short.  There’s probably not a longer offseason than the one for the team that was one play away from making the Super Bowl.  Here we rank the Top 10 AFC or NFC Championship games since the merger (1970-1971).

10. January 23, 2011 – Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
New York Jets 19
Pittsburgh Steelers 24

Credit: NYDN/Sipkin

Credit: NYDN/Sipkin

It wasn’t that long ago that the New York Jets, usually from a lower, Wild Card, seed because of the Patriots, were a playoff juggernaut behind Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.  This game looked like a laugher early with the Steelers jumping out to a 24-0 with just a minute before the half.  Buoyed by a FG before half and a TD drive to open the second half, the Jets came storming back and made it a game to the end.  In the fourth quarter, the Jets got stuffed on a fourth down and goal which would have pulled them within 7.  However, they got a quick safety and a subsequent TD on the free kick drive to reach within a 24-19 score with 3 minutes left.  After the next kickoff, the Steelers ran out the clock with a couple of key first downs.   Sanchez and the Jets have not reached the playoffs since.

9. January 20, 2008 – Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
New York Giants 23
Green Bay Packers 20 (OT)

Credit: Gannett Wisconsin Media

Credit: Gannett Wisconsin Media

In a blustery cold (-1 degrees) worthy of Lambeau playoff lore, Eli Manning and Brett Favre squared off to see who could produce enough points against stout defenses to get the Super Bowl berth.  With the game tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter, The Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed from 36 yards as time expired and the game went to overtime.  On the second play of overtime, Favre threw an interception to Corey Webster (above) that was run back into Packers territory such that the Giants could lay up for a game winning 47 yard field goal, Tynes 5th of the game.  It was Favre’s last game in a Packers uniform.

8. January 14, 1996 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
Indianapolis Colts 16
Pittsburgh Steelers 20

Credit: Rogers Photo Archive/Sporting News

Credit: Rogers Photo Archive/Sporting News

The Indianapolis Colts (led at QB by current San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh) surprised experts by advancing to the AFC Championship game as the #5 seed.  The game was see-saw affair in which neither team could take more than a 4 point lead.  The game featured an interception by Colts DT Tony Siragusa off Steelers QB Neil O’Donnell’s first pass and a touchdown reception by Steelers rookie QB-SLASH-WR Kordell Stewart.  The final Steelers scoring drive featured a key 4th down conversion by O’Donnell and a 1 yard Bam Morris TD run to put the Steelers up 20-16 with 1:34 remaining.  Harbaugh led the Colts inside the Steelers 30 yard line, and a Hail Mary was close, but not answered and the Steelers achieved their first Super Bowl berth since 1980.

7. January 24, 2010 – Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Minnesota Vikings 28
New Orleans Saints 31 (OT)

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Credit: Minnesota Vikings-Amos/Smith

The New Orleans Saints had never made the Super Bowl in franchise history and were oh so close behind a home crowd at the Superdome.  The teams went back and forth scoring touchdowns (but neither team gaining more than a 7 point lead).  The Vikings moved the ball with much more ease, behind Adrian Peterson running and Brett Favre throwing the ball.  On the cusp of field goal range with 15 seconds left, Favre threw his second interception of the game, ending regulation at 28-28.  The Saints won the toss and easily moved down the field for a 40-yard FG by K Garrett Hartley to propel them to their first Super Bowl despite being outgained 475 yards to 265 yards.  It was Favre’s last playoff game and the perceived unfairness of the Vikings not getting a chance in overtime led to a rule change two seasons later.

6. January 6, 1980 – Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA
Houston Oilers 13
Pittsburgh Steelers 27

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Credit: AP

While the final score was not close, the game certainly was.  With the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty in winding down, the “Luv Ya Blue” Houston Oilers were always playing second fiddle to their AFC Central Division rival.  Behind the late Bum Phillips, the Oilers squared off for a rematch from the previous years’ AFC Championship game looking for their first ever franchise Super Bowl appearance.   The Steel Curtain had different ideas by completely shutting down Hall of Fame RB Earl Campbell (15 yards on 17 carries).  Still the Oilers had a chance to tie the game at 17 late in the third quarter, but a controversial Mike Renfro “no catch” referee call kept them out of the endzone and they settled for the FG.  The Steelers scored the game’s final 10 points and waltzed to their fourth Super Bowl in six seasons.

5. January 20, 2013 – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
San Francisco 49ers 28
Atlanta Falcons 24

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

The game featured the NFC’s top two seeds and the balanced and loaded Atlanta Falcons figured to take advantage of a raucous home crowd to reach the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history and first time in 14 years.  The Falcons rode early momentum to a 17-point second quarter lead, then led by 10 at the half.  After an opening TD drive after halftime to cut it to 24-21, the defenses took over, with Atlanta being shut out in the second half, and San Francisco surging to a 28-24 lead with 8:23 left.  The Falcons then went on a methodical drive to the 49ers 10 yard line with just over a minute left, but needing a TD to avoid defeat.  A fourth down pass came up incomplete.  The 17-point 49ers comeback is the largest in NFC Championship Game history.

4. January 20, 1991 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
New York Giants 15
San Francisco 49ers 13

Credit: AP/RICH PEDRONCELLI

Credit: AP/RICH PEDRONCELLI

In a classic matchup of perennial NFC powers, the Giants and 49ers met as the top two seeds.  Both teams struggled to gain yardage, despite offenses featuring Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, and Ottis Anderson.  Tied 6-6 at halftime, the 49ers broke through with a long TD pass to John Taylor to open a 13-6 lead.  The Giants chipped away (literally) behind the leg of Matt Bahr, with his fourth FG of the game (making it 13-12) coming partially a result of a fake punt rush by Gary Reasons to keep the drive going.  Steve Young made an appearance after Montana was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter, but the 49ers couldn’t drain enough clock to seal it.  The Giants moved down the field in the final 2:46 to kick the winning FG as time expired.  It was Montana’s last playoff appearance for the 49ers.

3. January 21, 2007 – RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN
New England Patriots 34
Indianapolis Colts 38

Credit: AP/Amy Sancetta

Credit: AP/Amy Sancetta

While you might have thought this was a matchup of top seeds, it was really the #3 vs. #4 and the only other Brady vs. Manning matchup at Peyton’s Place (going into Sunday’s matchup).  The game lived up to the hype.   The Patriots zipped out to a 21-3 lead, however the Colts cut it to 21-6 with a field goal just before the half.  The momentum continued as the Colts scored TDs on the first two drives of the second half, along with a 2-point conversion to tie it at 21.  The teams exchanged touchdowns (including C Jeff Saturday entering the scoring column on a fumble recovery), then exchanged field goals to tie at 31.  The Patriots took another lead with a Gostkowski field goal, but, after an exchange of punts in which the Patriots missed a golden opportunity to run out the clock, Manning had over 2 minutes and a timeout to orchestrate a game winning TD drive.  And orchestrate he did, down the field (aided by a roughing the passer) 80 yards for a TD run by Joseph Addai with just over 1 minute left.  Brady was able to move his Patriots into Colts territory before an interception sealed the Super Bowl berth for the Colts, their first in 36 years (and first ever in Indianapolis).

2. January 10, 1982 – Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco 49ers 28
Dallas Cowboys 27

Credit: SI/Walter Iooss Jr.

Credit: SI/Walter Iooss Jr.

In the game which became known for “The Catch”, the end of the Cowboys’ dynasty under Tom Landry was neigh.  The game see-sawed back and forth with neither team taking more than a 4-point lead with the game entering the fourth quarter at 21-17 49ers.  After a Septien field goal early in the quarter pulled the Cowboys within a point, they then orchestrated what might have been a game winning TD drive with under 5 minutes (set up by an Everson Walls fumble recovery).  With 4:54 left, Joe Montana introduced his clutch QB play to the world by moving his team 89 yards, punctuated with the famous high throw pulled down by Dwight Clark with 51 seconds left (above).  The Cowboys WR Drew Pearson almost busted a miracle touchdown in the game’s final minute, but the 49ers held on and their reign of five Super Bowl titles in the next 14 seasons began.

1. January 11, 1987 – Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Denver Broncos 23
Cleveland Browns 20 (OT)

Credit: AP

Credit: AP

In a matchup of the top two AFC teams, the game that ended up being known for “The Drive” didn’t disappoint.  The first half had the teams exchanging TD’s and FG’s and was tied 10-10.  Bernie Kosar and John Elway continued to move their teams down the field, but by early in the fourth quarter, it was still 13-13.  That is, until Bernie Kosar seemed to deliver the decisive blow with a 48-yard TD pass with 5:43 left in the game.  After Denver misplayed the kickoff and recovered on their own 2 yard line, there seemed to be little chance that the Browns defense would buckle now, after keeping the Broncos in check all day and in front of a rabid “Dawg Pound” crowd.  Hall of Famer John Elway then began to put a stamp on his “comeback” legacy and led the Broncos on a methodical 15-play, 98-yard drive to tie the game on a pass to Mark Jackson with 37 seconds left.  This took the game to overtime, which saw a deflated Browns team punt the opening drive, then Elway, once again, lead the team on a drive well inside field goal range for the Browns final death blow on a field goal.  The Browns have still never made a Super Bowl.

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40 Iconic Moments In Football

Here at Sports Kings we went brainstorming in the past and present for the best iconic moments in football. Our goal is to feature players who have wowed us with their signature move that fans all over have talked about, mimic, or can tell you where they were when the incident happened. We will use Terrell Davis for example. Do you remember the Mile High Salute? Well if you were a Denver Broncos’ fan or hater you saw it plenty during their Super Bowl run in the late ’90s. The Mile High Salute indicated the Broncos way of celebrating one of their many touchdowns.  There are 40 iconic moments that were chosen, they are not in any particular order.

40. Terrell Davis Mile High Salute

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39. Ickey Woods “The Ickey Shuffle”

Ickey wasn’t in the league very long but he did make an impact when he reached the end zone.  Woods touchdown dance became hip hop!

38. Michael Irvin’s First down Salute

I can’t remember who was the first to celebrate a first down but you knew when it was 3rd and 9, Troy Aikman was going to hit Irvin with that ten yard slant. First and ten Cowboys!

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37. Walter Payton’s Bulldozing Over Defenders & Jumping Over the Top Of The Pile.

Sweetness, now that’s funny, Walter Payton was everything but SWEET!  He was probably pound for pound the most physical mixed with athletic running back the game had ever seen.

36. T.O SMH! The Star, Popcorn, Sharpie, Pom Pom

Terrell Owens brought WWF to football.  Since the NFL only marketed the great Peyton Manning, Terrell promoted himself better than anyone else.  Besides know one loves T.O more than T.O!

35. Shawn Merriman’s Lights Out Dance

Shawn Merriman perfected the Mark Gastineau sack dance representing the Charger’s bolt.  Just when he made his nitch as a sack master father time set in soon after.

34. Peyton Manning’s Cadence

I always got tickled when Peyton barked out his cadence.  You would see defenses change their call, for what?  We all know Peyton is throwing the ball!  Nevertheless, Peyton hike the ball please!

33. Deion “Prime Time” Sanders Showboating

Prime Time, Prime Time, Prime Time! Did anyone have more swag than #21.  You knew if you Deion was at corner then his whole side of the field was covered.

32. The Eddie Lacy’s Spin Move

Eddie Lacy is probably the only back in history that enjoyed the spin move drill in practice.  Lacy’s looks like a human pinball machine.

31. Bo Jackson’s 91 Yard Touchdown vs Seattle Seahawks

Damn you Bo, how could you be the one to end Brian Bosworth’s football career!  Hmmm, just think Bo was one time a marketing machine.  I wonder who’s our Bo Jackson today?

30. The Mack Brown’s Clap!

If you are a Texas Longhorn fan shouldn’t we be clapping at Mack Brown’s resignation?  After losing out on RGIII, Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, and Jameis Winston.  Job well done Mack!

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29. 1993 Buffalo Bills Greatest Comeback Against Houston Oilers

Houston Oilers up 35-3 and Buffalo Bills are without Jim Kelly at the helm.  Here comes backup quarterback, Frank Reich with a second half surge throwing for 21 of 34 pass completions for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns, with 1 interception.

28. Desmond Howard’s Heisman Pose

Desmond probably got the Heisman for the simple fact he posed better than the Heisman himself!

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27. Jim Mora “Playoffs?”

Don’t you just love meltdowns, does anyone even remember if they ever won a again?

26. John Elway’s Helicopter Run

Of all the highlights John Elway has been a part of, his helicopter run signifies a Super Bowl victory.

25. Robert Brooks’ Lambeau Leap

I’m sure there were many of Packers before Brooks that leaped into the land of Cheese heads but I can’t think of one that did it before Brooks.  I’m sure some Packer historian can tell me who was the first.

24. Cam Newton’s “Superman”

Is Cam really Superman?  Not only does he have a S on his chest.  He now wears Superman socks now.  Thank the Lord he’s winning football games now.

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23. Franco Harris’ Immaculate Reception

All I can say is in the right place at the right time but what was the big deal, they lost to the undefeated Miami Dolphins a week later.

22. Jamal Anderson’s “The Dirty Bird”

What was once the Bird by Morris Day and the Time.  Then comes Jamal Anderson with his touchdown celebration and it was a little bit on the dirty side.

21. Dennis Green’s “Meltdown!”

Yep, I agree Dennis your Cardinals did let the Bears off the hook, epic but not quite the greatest meltdown.

20. Jim McMahon’s Headband

You had to love Jim McMahon being onry, he was the bad boy of sports.  Without Jim McMahon pushing buttons you may not have a T.O or a Chad Johnson.

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19. Michael Strahan’s Sack Record

So who really cheapen this sack record, Brett Favre or Michael Strahan.  I guess if you are going to give it to me, I have to take it, right?

18. Eric Dickerson’s Goggles & Neck Brace

For those who don’t know what Eric hairdo was back in the day was, it was the Jheri Curl.  The Curl also signified coolness to go along with the goggles and neck brace.  Everything Dickerson did was cool, heck he even ran cool!

Eric-Dickerson-Goggles-217. Dwight Clark “The Catch against the Cowboys”

That catch ended the Cowboy reign in the NFC and started a dynasty for the 49ers.  Is that when the two-minute drill all started.  Joe Montana to Dwight Clark!

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16. Lynn Swann’s Circus Catch

I guess its pick on Cowboys day!  Yes its Lynn Swann and one of his epic Super Bowl catches.  Okay it was spectacular!

15. Mike Singletary’s “Intense Eyes”

Is it me or did running backs just fall down after the Singletary stare at them?

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14. Jerry Jones On The Sidelines

No one complained when the Cowboys were winning but heck that was 16 years ago!  Then again if my team was worth close to 2 billion dollars I would be on the sidelines too!

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13. Tony Dorsett’s 99 yard touchdown run

This happen on Monday Night Football January 3, 1983.  This record will always be intact, it can only be tied.

12. Tom Brady’s “Tuck Rule”

This play started all this Patriot Dynasty BS!  Of all teams getting screwed, DA RAIDERS!  Between the Tuck Rule and Spygate……… Equals a New England Patriot Dynasty.  Spygate wasn’t included but probably should have.

11. David Tyree’s Super Bowl Catch

David Tyree should have been given a second Super Bowl ring for this catch.  One from the NY Giants and a second one from the ’72 Miami Dolphins.  His catch led to winning catch by Plaxico Burruss.   He kept New England from the perfect season of 19 – 0.  Heck no love afterwards, Tyree didn’t make the squad the following season.

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10. “Steve Tasker’s Hustle Play “Super Bowl XXVII” “Leon Lett”

Oh Leon, if only people knew how dominant of a defensive tackle you were, but blunders like this and who could forget the Thanksgiving Day when you touched that blocked kick!

9. Keyshawn Johnson’s “Give Me The Damn Ball”

Perfect title for a starving wide receiver.  Funny how Wayne Chrebet was getting the ball instead!

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8. Kordell Stewart’s Hail Mary Throw To Michael Westbrook

It was Kordell’s only highlight of his football career.  As for Michael Westbrook, I can only remember him giving his former Redskins teammate Stephen Davis a can of whoop a$$!

7. Pat Summerall & John Madden

The pair was a very entertaining.  Pat Summerall’s voice, I can hear it now giving True Value Hardware some love and Madden, I can vision him drawing plays on the tv monitor.

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6. Mike Gundy’s “I’m A Man I’m 40!”

Thank God for 40, I’m finally a MAN!

5. Chicago Bears “Super Bowl Shuffle”

The big bad Bears pulled this one-off, I remember having to do this same bit in choir back in junior high school.  They came, saw and kicked a$$ while doing the shuffle.

4.  Herm Edwards “You play to win the game!”

The best meltdown to this point, who has more charisma than Herm Edwards?  Great motivator, like him even more on ESPN

3. “The Drive” Denver vs. Cleveland

The Drive was only the start.  It wasn’t the Cleveland Browns that was haunted by John Elway.  It was Marty Schottenheimer who was being tormented.  After Marty left Cleveland for Kansas City, Elway picked on him for another decade in KC.

2. Joe Namath’s Super Bowl guarantee

Namath’s Super Bowl guarantee gave the American Football Conference some legitimacy.  Don’t hear too many bold predictions anymore.

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1. 1972 Miami Dolphins Undefeated Season 17 – 0

I guess we can continue to watch these old geezers pop open champagne year after year.  I don’t think anyone is going perfect anytime soon despite the league being watered down a bit.

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The Friday Fantasy Focus-NFL Week 4

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Welcome to the premiere edition of “The Friday Fantasy Focus”, our weekly look into the wide world of fantasy sports.

While baseball, basketball, hockey, and even MMA, have all developed a significant following in the world of fantasy sports, it was the love of football that initially drove the masses to their computer screens in the beginning.

Having said that, we felt that there was no better time then the present to start “The Friday Fantasy Focus”.

Going forward, you will be able to find information about fantasy baseball, basketball, and of course football, in this column, depending on the time of year

In today’s issue, we’ll take a look at some of the players who could make an impact in the fourth week of the NFL regular season, as well as a few guys who you may want to exclude from your lineups this Sunday.

Because of the fact that the majority of fantasy football leagues play without an independent defensive player, the following includes information for only QB, TE, Def, WR. and RB. In the future, we’ll make sure to include IDP-related projections and analysis in several of this season’s columns.

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Dwight Freeney wouldn’t mind hitting Peyton Manning

Dwight Freeney is hoping to take some anger out on another Manning this season.

This is a stretch, and certainly far off, but if the NFL season ended today the Indianapolis Colts would make the playoffs and the Denver Broncos would win the AFC West. When asked about the possibility, Colts pass rusher extraordinaire Dwight Freeney said he would love to hit his former quarterback Peyton Manning if they met in the playoffs:

“Peyton obviously was the staple of Indianapolis and this organization for years. I went after him in practice year in and year out and never got a chance to hit him. So, yeah, I would love to hit him…if you think about it, that’ll be strange, but I’ll be excited.”

Like I said, this is a stretch, so  let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But it would be one hell of a story line if Peyton was to meet his former team and the man who supplanted him in Indy, Andrew Luck, in the post-season.

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