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A sad Peyton Manning still has plenty of apologists in the media. (Andy Lyons/ Getty Images)

Denver Post - While concern regarding the Broncos is justified, history says Super Bowl hopes do not vanish in a loss in game 15 of a 16-game regular season. Since the NFL became a week-to-week mob of mediocrity, four of the past eight Super Bowl champions have lost their penultimate game – including last season’s Seattle Seahawks and Peyton Manning‘s 2006 Indianapolis Colts.

What is most puzzling about the Broncos as they get ready for the second season is Manning, who threw four interceptions. He struggled early as the Broncos were continuing to seek offensive balance in the first half. He got hot in the third quarter, throwing three touchdown passes, as the Broncos chucked their run-pass balance in exchange for the singular benefits of their quarterback’s right arm.

But then it started pouring rain in the fourth quarter and Manning’s passing seemingly became too much of a good thing.

ESPN - So, on that third-and-1, they were again using three wideouts, with Manning in the shotgun. Manning tried to jam the ball in for Thomas to get the first down. Except the receiver cut one way, the ball went the other, and Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick made a routine catch and ran it back 30 yards for a touchdown. …

But perhaps more concerning is the fact that the Broncos haven’t shown the ability to pull Manning through a rough night on the road to get a win. Their special teams cratered Monday — the Bengals had 206 return yards — the defense allowed 207 yards rushing, including an 85-yard touchdown run, and the Broncos’ injuries at linebacker appeared to have caught up to them.

CBS SportsIn a driving rainstorm at Cincinnati, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning fell apart in the fourth quarter. He threw three of his four interceptions in the quarter, including a pick-six with 2:41 left that put the game out of reach.

Manning made several brilliant throws in the third quarter before tossing a few wounded ducks in the fourth.

Is there anyone in the world who gets better press than Peyton Manning? Santa Claus doesn’t get this kind of support, and he’s really good in bad weather. And just to beat the metaphor to death, the sports media are elves, working around the clock on Manning’s behalf, making excuses for him like they’re toys, and the end of the season is always their busiest time.

The Manning Apology Machine has its work cut out for it after that white hot dumpster fire he delivered last night. It started, as it often does, with Jon Gruden. Just prior to that unforgivable pick-6 Manning threw to Tre Kirkpatrick, Gruden, with what I assume was a straight face, called Manning “one of the greatest crunch time quarterbacks ever.” Then after the play Gruden said, “You rarely see that from Peyton Manning in these critical situations,” apparently never having seen him do exactly that in last year’s Super Bowl, the 2012 AFC Championship Game or any of his NFL record 18 (and counting) postseason losses.

And it’s continued on into the morning. That Denver Post excerpt above was the first mention of Peyton’s name and it comes in paragraph 14 of the article, and even then it manages to spin his performance like he’s Kim Jong Un and they’re the North Korean state-run media. “Late season losses don’t matter. They relied too much on his magical right arm. His magnificent passing was too much of a good thing.”

ESPN tries — as did Gruden — to pin that interception on Demaryius Thomas who had as much of a chance of getting to that ball as Cooper Manning did. And CBS Sports can’t even go three sentences without changing the subject from the godawful throws he made to Bengals defensive backs to the “several brilliant throws” he made to his own players.

And of course, it wouldn’t all under the Peyton Manning infallibility doctrine if we didn’t blame the rain. Manning is the greatest quarterback that ever lived, if only it wasn’t for that nagging little complication known as the Earth’s environment. Put him in a climate controlled, hermetically-sealed, vacuum-packed, room temperature dome with the AC blowers turned off, and he’s unstoppable. Asking him to make clutch throws in God’s great outdoors is patently unfair.

So good job, Peyton apologists. You’ve got a busy week ahead of you, but you’ve had a lot of practice. And besides, this will get you warmed up for his inevitable playoff collapse once his annual Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) kicks in.

@JerryThornton1

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Christmas shopping season brings out the worst in the worst people. (Jerry Thornton/WEEI.com)

I like Christmas. I want to be clear about that. I know it’s not for everybody. Plenty of people go all Charlie Brown around now and can’t wait for December 26th. But I’m a big Christmas guy. I push my emotional chips on the table every holiday season and go all in.

Yeah, I love Christmas. It’s human beings I hate. And it gets worse this time of year.

OK, not all of you. Not even most. Just that tiny subset of the human population who make the holidays worse for the rest of us. The ones you can largely ignore all year long until they crawl out of their spider holes and interact with their fellow man because they’ve got the same list of stuff to do as us normal people.

My Exhibit A is the Land Barge captain pictured here. Some dink pulled this move at the Hanover Mall over the weekend. At a section where I can always, even in the height of shopping season or in the middle of a blizzard, snag a space within 50 feet of the door. (Don’t bother trying to learn the location; the secret dies with me.) I mean, we’ve all been victims of the jerkstore who straddles the line with his left and right wheels before. But that is so 2013. The Vertical D-bag Double Space Park Maneuver is the new hotness.

And this begs the question: Where does this guy rank on the list of the worst people you encounter during Christmas shopping season?

The Five Christmas Shoppers You’ll Meet in Hell:

5. The Bargain Huntress — This is the lady for whom shopping isn’t something you just have to get through. And it’s not even a funtivity. It’s a competition. An all out bloodsport you only win by getting better deals than everybody else then bragging about it. She’s the first person lining up for the doors to open on Black Friday, hoards coupons by the ream and will burn a full tank of gas to save 10 bucks. That’s how she got a 70-inch LCD for what you spent on your last movie popcorn. The worst thing is, the whole experience means nothing unless she tells everybody about the deal she got as they open the gifts. She’d rather take the taunting penalty than give up the chance to spike the ball in your face. She’s usually married to the guy who tells you lottery stories and the sister of the guy who gives you the details about how his fantasy team made out.

4. All Lost in the Supermarket — These are the people with absolutely no sense of their surroundings. Slack-jawed, mouth-breathing undead who wander the aisles with no peripheral vision and no clue if they’re blocking anyone. You’ve got the box of tree lights you came in for and you’re just trying make your way through them like a bike messenger weaving through traffic? Forget it. There is no space so wide they cannot set up a road block of carts to impede you. And you couldn’t get their attention if you shot bottle rockets at them. They often travel in pairs, but sometimes you’ll find the female of the species out on her own, while her mate waits out her journey in one of the comfy chairs by the kiosks, with the 1,000-yard stare/look of death in his eyes.

3. Just Enough of Me, Way Too Much of You — These are the people who are perpetually hacked off that the stores are crowded. At the peak buying season. Does that mean they stay home and shop online and save everybody their misery? Hell, no. They still go to the malls, but live by the premise that anyone else taking up the exact same space as them has no right to do so. The best subspecies in this particular phylum are the retirees who could go any time, any day of the week, but choose to go nights and weekends to be extra bothered by those of us who have to go around our work schedules. They’re closely related to the ones who wait until Friday afternoon of a long weekend to head to the Cape, then get mad the roads are crowded. Or as my friends who live on the Cape call them, “New Yorkers.”

2. The Terrible Parents — The TPs usually fall into two categories: The ones who are stressed out, and the ones who are not nearly as stressed out as they should be. The first kind scream at their kids and make things really awkward for everyone else. The latter raise their kids like free-range chickens, allowing them to roam free and make things really miserable for everyone else. Personally, I’ll take “awkward” every time. The worst of the TPs are the ones who let their kids loose with shopping carts of their own, creating havoc and borderline vehicular homicide playing Grand Theft Auto in the housewares aisle while mom and dad are wandering around in their pajama bottoms utterly ambivalent to the mayhem they’ve unleashed upon the world.

1. The Parking Doosh — I have to give the top (bottom) spot to this guy. Because he’s got issues with the kinds of issues with the size of his penis that can only be solved by driving an expensive whip, he feels that empowers him to take up two parking spots, either horizontally, diagonally or, in my man here’s case, vertically. The rest of us be damned. If some older gentleman who was wounded at Chosin Reservoir but doesn’t want a handicapped placard has to walk a couple of hundred extra yards in the cold and the elements, so what? This guy’s midlife crisis counts more than your comfort, safety or well being. To him the true meaning of Christmas will always be “F-you.”

I won’t let these jagoffs spoil my Christmas, and you have my thoughts and prayers as you try to do likewise. Remember that while their ranks are growing, we’ve still got them outnumbered. And there’s nothing about the worst of them that we can’t solve. Like the saying goes, every time a parking doosh gets his vehicle keyed, an angel gets its wings.

@JerryThornton1

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