In the words of Jeff Goldblum in the first “Jurassic Park,” boy do I hate being right all the time. My reflex reaction as soon as news got out that some sleazy performance-enhancing drug dealer was caught on camera saying he was sending shipments of HGH to Peyton Manning‘s wife, I saw this coming. The same media empires that rushed in to put Tom Brady to the sword and torch over Deflategate are acting as human shields for Manning and launching an all-out offensive against Al Jazeera for breaking HGHgate. Exactly as I envisioned it.
I mean, just listen to Carson Daly and Savannah Guthrie. Catch the utter contempt in their voices for this reporter. They are supposed to be news anchors, interested in getting after the facts, speaking truth to power and all that. But they couldn’t have more contempt for the actual journalist who actually did the legwork on this if she’d cut the bill of rights into strips and used it as toilet paper. Funny, but I don’t remember back in January anybody at NBC News pounding the (true) fact that no one had accused Brady of doctoring footballs. I just remember them convicting him of witchcraft and declaring sentence.
Now, check Chris Mortensen on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike.” It’s the worst kept secret in the world that Mort is the fourth Manning brother. And even though he was the Patient Zero that started the Deflategate pandemic, on this scandal he’s suddenly coming out against anonymous sources that accuse quarterbacks of cheating. This from the man whose own false, long-discredited report from anonymous sources is still on ESPN.com.
And it doesn’t stop there for the man that ran point on Roger Goodell’s offensive against Brady and the Patriots. He has further tried to paint Al Jazeera’s report as a pack of lies, by, ironically, reporting lies. This from ESPN:
The Al Jazeera undercover probe … reported that Manning was given human growth hormone in 2011 while he was recovering from neck surgery. The report cited a man named Charlie Sly, who allegedly spoke to an undercover reporter working for Al Jazeera. …But Sly told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that he isn’t a pharmacist and wasn’t at the Guyer Institute in 2011, as Al Jazeera claimed.
So Al Jazeera launched a counter-offensive with this video, where the Guyer Institute themselves admit Sly (great name) did work there when Manning was trying to come back from neck surgery. Skip to around the one-minute mark:
I’d say “unbelievable,” but it’s all too believable. If I’ve been wrong about anything in this, I underestimated just how blatant and utterly shameless the media’s hypocrisy would be.
The Broncos chose to receiver the ball at the start of overtime, and it helped get the win. Butch and Mut disagree on what that team should do at the quarterback position when Peyton Manning gets healthy.
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Senators at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Predators at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Providence vs. Boston College, 4:05 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
NBA: Bucks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (NBATV) College basketball: Tulane at Memphis, 1 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: Temple at Cincinnati, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas Southern at Baylor, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Liberty at Notre Dame, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: SMU at Tulsa, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida State at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Wake Forest at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Purdue at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: UConn at Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: UC Irvine at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Michigan State at Iowa, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College football: Armed Forces Bowl, Air Force vs. California, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Russell Athletic Bowl, North Carolina vs. Baylor, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Texas Bowl, Texas Tech vs. LSU, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Premier League, Manchester City at Leicester City, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
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Broncos players celebrate after recovering AJ McCarron’s fumble in overtime Monday night. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
— One play Monday had a dramatic effect on the Bengals’ postseason hopes. Not only did AJ McCarron’s overtime fumble set up the Broncos for a game-winning field goal in a 20-17 victory, the quarterback was injured on the play.
McCarron, who has started since Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury three weeks ago, was scheduled to have an MRI on his left wrist Tuesday. He had his wrist and hand taped after the game.
On the play, McCarron was in the shotgun and took his eyes off the center when the ball was snapped. DeMarcus Ware recovered the ball for the Broncos.
“It was my fault. I told the team that,” McCarron said. “I looked up to see the coverage and the snap caught me by surprise.”
Kicker Brandon McManus, who shanked a 45-yard attempt at the end of regulation, hit a 37-yarder in OT as the Broncos improved to 11-4 and moved past the Bengals (also 11-4) for the second seed in the AFC. Cincinnati could have moved ahead of the Patriots into the top spot with a win. Now the Bengals are unlikely to get a first-round bye.
“We knew what we have in front of us, an opportunity to get the bye,” Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap said. “It is what it is now. Now we’re going to move on.”
The Broncos, who were in danger of missing the playoffs after losing two consecutive games, clinched a postseason berth.
“There’s an old saying: ‘It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,’ ” Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler said after Denver rallied from a 14-0 deficit. “And this team finished great tonight.”
Manziel was demoted from starter to third string after last month’s incident, in which he was videotaped partying in Austin, Texas, during the Browns’ bye week. Pettine said then there would be “harsh” repercussions if Manziel, who spent 73 days in a rehab facility in the offseason, violated the team’s trust again.
“Any time there’s something with our players that casts them potentially in a bad light, whether it’s Johnny or any of our other guys, it’s certainly a concern,” Pettine said on a conference call Monday. “I’m sure I’ll see it and have a discussion with him about it. These circumstances are different from the incident that occurred before. I’m just not going to go into a ton of detail with it until I get a little bit more information about it, but it’s something that I’m sure privately we’ll discuss if it needs to be discussed.”
Added Pettine: “It falls back into not micromanaging personal lives, and it’s very public unfortunately. The thing that’s disappointing is how public it becomes and it’s something with all of our players we’re going to sit down with them before they get out of here and talk about where they are personally, where they are professionally, and certainly Johnny will be no exception.”
Manziel set a record for a Browns quarterback when he rushed for 108 yards in Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Chiefs. It was his third straight start.
In August, Ryan said: “I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well get ready, man, we’re going. We are going. . . . My message to our team is to get ready. Start preparing now. Start preparing that we’re going to be playing games in January.”
On Monday, Ryan told Buffalo radio station WGR 550 that he accepts some responsibility for putting such high expectations on the team, which started strong but now is 7-8.
“We just didn’t produce the wins I thought we would,” he said (via the New York Daily News). “The thing that kind of gives this team a black eye when we’re looking at it, is that I let my mouth get ahead of everything. And I think if I would have come in there and just said, ‘Hey, we’re going to compete’ and do all that stuff, maybe we wouldn’t have such a bad feeling about this team.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 29, 2007, the Patriots completed the first 16-0 regular season in NFL history with a 38-35 victory over the Giants. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Randy Moss to break the NFL record for touchdown passes (50) and receptions (23) by an individual. Which other Patriot scored two touchdowns that day?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No, I’m not offended at all. We had a situation in Denver this year where we got the ball [in overtime] and we didn’t do anything with it. We kicked it to them on a short field. Like I said, we haven’t exactly inspired our coach to throw our offense out there to say, ‘Go score a touchdown and win the game.’ So I don’t blame him. If we were playing a lot better offensively I’m sure his decision would have been different. But if we’re not doing much as an offense, that’s just the way it goes.” — Tom Brady, during his weekly Monday morning appearance on WEEI, discussing Bill Belichick’s decision to kick the ball at the start of overtime
STAT OF THE DAY: 18 — Consecutive home wins by the Spurs this season, after Monday’s 101-95 victory over the Timberwolves, making them the third Western Conference team in NBA history to open a season 18-0 at home
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): After going scoreless for most of the first half, Warriors star Steph Curry explodes for 17 points in just over three minutes against the Kings.
The Spurs mascot catches a bat that was flying around the arena before Monday’s game.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Running back Laurence Maroney, on a 6-yard run in the third quarter and a 5-yard run in the fourth
SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Rick Danko, best known for his work with The Band, was born on this day in 1942.
Mike Mutnansky fills in for Mikey Adams and has no support for Bill Belichick's decision to kickoff to the NY Jets to start OT. The loss now makes the Patriots Week 17 game matter.
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You’d think I’d be mad about this, but you’d be mistaken. If anything, I think it’s adorable. When the Patriots clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, this game will be on the ash heap of history along with such other, forgettable losses like the 2014 Bills game or the Redskins in 2003. But for Jets fans, it’s a once-in-a-generation, life-changing experience. If this was the Middle Ages, minstrels would wander the countryside of Long Island, singing songs about it. Jets fans will name their kids after Quincy Enunwa. Then they’ll be bounced out of the playoffs and go back to telling that same, stupid Joe Namath “guarantee” story from 45 years ago. But our standards are a little higher.
So again, my best to these super-cute Jets fans. We prefer to stand out on snowbanks and cheer as the duck boats roll by. But we have our traditions, they have theirs. Stay classy, New York.
And so it begins. Like the Emperor in the third act of “Return of the Jedi,” everything is transpiring according to my design.
In January, Tom Brady is accused of wrongdoing. He denies it before the world. ESPN is populated by voices accusing him of lying. In December, Peyton Manning is accused of wrongdoing. He denies it before the world. ESPN is populated by voices all too happy to take his word for it. These two stories are the perfect bookends to 2015: The Year of Hypocrisy.
The same network that gave airtime to a teary, heartbroken Mark Brunell now is trotting out pundit after pundit to proclaim Manning’s innocence and attack the messenger. Skip Bayless isn’t sure but comes down on Manning’s side. Stephen A. Smith can’t wait to tell us Peyton is the “quintessential professional,” is disgusted he has to “deal with that nonsense” and decries the damage this will do to society. Mike Ditka wakes up from his nap grumpy-faced and calls Al Jazeera “garbage.”
It’s all exactly the kind of benefit of the doubt no one outside of Patriots fans and a brave, selfless blogger or two walking a lonely post Defending the Wall was willing to give Tom Brady. But Peyton Manning gets it just as a matter of course. Again, I’m no anti-PED purist. I have no doubt there’s somebody on every NFL team with enough performance-enhancers in them to win the Kentucky Derby.
But I continue to take a tough stand against HGH: Horribly Glaring Hypocrisy.