The old formula for beating a Peyton Manning team was letting them run, and limiting Manning's influence. Now, it seems like the script is different. Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how the Patriots should handle facing Peyton and the Broncos.

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It Is What It IsAppearing on SportsCenter Tuesday, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was asked point blank, “How do you tackle Rob Gronkowski?”

“You gotta hit him low, man — hit him in his knees,” Harris said. “That’€™s the best chance you have of hitting him. You gotta take his legs out.”

There are several schools of thought when it comes to dealing with a mouthy, trash-talking, cheap shot-threatening collection of yappy dogs like the Denver Broncos. You can take the high road and keep quiet. You can get drawn into a war of words. There are good and bad parts to both approaches. But personally, I prefer the Rob Gronkowski method of firing back with a thinly veiled, PG-13, double entendre, middle school sex joke. That works every time it’s tried. The “low blow” crack has been working from the time of the ancient Romans to MTV’s “Yo Mamma” and beyond. So there’s no reason to stop now.

Either way, between Chris Harris threatening a Code Red on Gronk to Brandon Marshall saying Gronk can’t get open unless he pushes off to Antonio Smith calling Tom Brady a crybaby — all this before we’ve even gotten to the midweek press conferences — Denver does a preposterous amount of popping off for a franchise that hasn’t won anything since the world was wearing acid-washed jeans and making Monica Lewinsky jokes. Which is obviously great news, because the more the Broncos turn the Pats into seething rage monsters, the better.

Still, here’s hoping Harris and the rest of the low-blowing goons on the Broncos defense aren’t able to make good on the threat. As Patton said when Gen. McAuliffe answered a German surrender demand with, “Nuts,” any man that eloquent deserves to be saved.


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The Patriots head to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos -- a team that beat them in overtime earlier this season. The two teams are very different now than they were back in November, and the guys tell you why Patriots fans shouldn't worry.

This is the blog I didn’t think I’d get to write. But it looks like the planets have aligned to give me one more crack at a tradition unlike any other: the annual “Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning Isn’t a Rivalry” post. Let’s call it “Brady Dominates Manning XVII” because that’s got a nice flow to it.

Sure, their careers have been strangely intertwined. They’re similar ages. Came into the league a short time apart. Each lost one full season to injury. And they’ve met head-to-head with a statistically bizarre frequency. By comparison, Dan Marino and John Elway only faced each other three times in their careers.

But playing against each other a lot does not make you rivals. At least not by the definition: “a person or thing that is in a position to dispute another’s preeminence or superiority.” Because between the two, there is only one measurement by which you can argue Manning has disputed Brady’s preeminence or superiority. And that is regular-season passing totals. He’s got far more touchdowns and gobs and gobs more passing yards. I could argue that much of that is due to the fact that Manning has never not been surrounded by gifted and freakishly athletic offensive talent, but I won’t. Instead I’ll just concede his advantage in this one category. And add that, even with that, their regular-season passer ratings are well within the polling margin for error, 96.5 for Manning to 96.4 for Brady.

But by no other measurement is it even close. And the more the games have counted over their careers, the bigger Brady’s advantage. Consider:

  • In head-to-head meetings, Brady is 11-5. Meaning that if the two formed their own division, the Bradys would have a bye week in the playoffs and the Mannings would be sitting on a top five pick in the draft.
  • In those 16 matchups, Manning has completed 410-of-657 passes (62.4 percent) for 4,809 yards and 33 TDs with 22 INTs (87.4 QB rating). Brady has completed 367-of-553 passes (66.4 percent) for 4,013 yards and 31 TDs with 13 INTs (96.5 QB rating).
  • Brady has the all-time record for postseason wins by a quarterback with 22. And counting. Manning holds the record for postseason losses by a quarterback with 13. And counting.
  • Manning has four more total career victories than Brady. And 33 more losses.
  • Manning has a record nine one-and-dones in the playoffs. Six of those came after a bye week.
  • According to WEEI’s Mike Mutnansky, 10 of Manning’s postseason losses have come when his team was favored. Brady only has eight postseason losses, period.
  • Brady has thrown two more postseason interceptions than Manning. And 17 more touchdowns.
  • They are tied for Super Bowl interceptions, with four apiece. Manning has three Super Bowl touchdowns. Brady has a record 13.
  • In the only Super Bowl Manning won, his passer rating was 81.8. Brady’s lowest in his six Super Bowls was 82.5.
  • They played in back-to-back Super Bowls, facing the same Seahawks defense. Two years ago Manning put up eight points with a passer rating of 73.5. Last year Brady put up 28, with 14 in the fourth quarter alone, and a rating of 101.1.
  • Simply put, Brady is the best winner ever to play the position. Consider that there are only five quarterbacks all time with as many as 135 wins, regular season and postseason. Brady has 135 more wins than losses.

So we can have our fun and compare and contrast the two because that’s just sports fans doing sports fan things. We just can’t call this a “rivalry” because that ship sailed a long time ago, across a vast ocean of total dominance by Brady. It’s no more a rivalry than the Harlem Globetrotters have a rivalry with the Washington Generals. Or, to steal a phrase from Loki, an ant has no quarrel with a boot.


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NBA: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Warriors at Bulls, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Hawks at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Miami at Boston College, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UCF at South Florida, 6:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: Wake Forest at North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Texas at West Virginia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at La Salle, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Marquette, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Kansas State at Baylor, 8:15 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Florida State at Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Villanova at Seton Hall, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: UCLA at Oregon State, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Blues at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Wild at Ducks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: FA Cup, Tottenham at Leicester, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: Australian Open, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


Ben Roethlisberger is at a loss to explain why some Broncos players don’t believe he was playing through a shoulder injury in Sunday’s playoff game.

During his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger said he was given a painkilling shot to allow him to play Sunday, the first time in his career he’s done that.

“Unbelievable, right? Makes no sense, but it is what it is,” Roethlisberger said of the doubters.

Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards in Pittsburgh’s 23-16 loss, after which some Broncos called the injury into question. Said linebacker Von Miller: “I read through the bluff.”

Roethlisberger said last week that he had a sprained AC joint and torn ligaments in his right shoulder, suffered during the postseason win over the Bengals. Now he’ll have the chance to heal up.

“From what I’ve been told, it won’t need surgery,” Roethlisberger said. “The ligaments will scar up and heal on their own. The only thing he could foresee … down the road some time going in and kind of cleaning out the arthritis and where the scarring is. I don’t foresee any surgeries on the shoulder anytime soon.”

— Pete Rose is headed to the Hall of Fame, but it’s not the one he really wants. The Reds announced Tuesday that they will retire Rose’s No. 14 and induct him into the team’s Hall of Fame.

“This is an honor, that you can’t just believe how you feel,” Rose said at a press conference, adding: “I haven’t given up on Cooperstown. I’m not the type who’s going to give up on anything. But this is fine, I’m happy. … I’m not going to sit here and say it’s the second-best thing, ’cause it’s not. … I’m from Cincinnati. This is the first big thing.”

The team said MLB commissioner Rob Manfred approved the plans to honor Rose, who last month again was denied reinstatement to baseball. The 74-year-old will be feted during ceremonies on June 24-26. The Reds’ 1976 World Series champions also will be recognized as they hold a 40-year reunion.

“Pete was told that in the immediate future, he probably is not going to be able to look in terms of Cooperstown,” Reds chief executive Bob Castellini said. “And we certainly wanted to make sure that we picked up that vacuum. The commissioner gave us permission to do that; we couldn’t be more pleased that it is now. Now’s the time.”

— Two Indianapolis high school girls basketball teams’ seasons were canceled after they got into a bench-clearing brawl, the video of which has made its way around the web.

Ben Davis High School and Pike High School were in the fourth quarter of a chippy game when one player objected to a hard foul and the teams starting fighting.

Indiana High School Athletic Association commissioner Bobby Cox said the teams will not play any more games this season, and the players and coaches will be required to take courses on sportsmanship. Saturday’s game was ruled a double forfeit. It’s up to school administrators to discipline individual players.

“I know that everybody’s seen the videos of these events,” Cox said. “There’s going to be a day when somebody’s going to be catastrophically injured.” The teams will be on probation next season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 20, 1996, in the NHL All-Star Game at what was then called the FleetCenter in Boston, which Bruin scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to give the East a 5-4 victory over the West?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “With Brady, he’s a great competitor. You know it’s coming. He’s going to cry about getting hit, but he’s going to take the hit and keep going.” Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith, on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

STAT OF THE DAY: 5-16-1 — The Canadiens’ record since the start of December, the league’s worst over that span, following Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The case against fighting in hockey will get a boost from this AHL battle, as former NHL player Brian McGrattan gets knocked out by Daniel Maggio and lands face first on the ice.

Flyers defenseman Evgeny Medvedev skates out from behind the net and makes a stick save on Maple Leafs forward P.A. Parenteau.

Fresno State guard Cezar Guerrero snares a teammate’s air ball then races over and fires up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer off one leg to send Tuesday’s game against San Diego State into overtime.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Slim Whitman was born on this day in 1924.

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