There’s your boy, America. There’s your sweetheart quarterback that can do no wrong in your eyes. Whether he’s getting PEDs shipped to his house or sending his goons to impersonate police officers and scare witnesses against him or shilling for pizza and beer companies right after winning a championship, Ol’ Crayfish Shorts can do whatever he wants and still you love him. Now he’s dishonoring the once noble institution of Super Bowl Champion by smashing eggs off his head with Magic Johnson.
Last year, Tom Brady celebrated his fourth title by giving his MVP car to Malcolm Butler. Butler and Julian Edelman gave away a Grammy. Manning chooses to give away what remains of his dignity. Call me a purist, but you never saw Bart Starr going on Johnny Carson and slam breakfast foods against his head, because men were men and champions acted like champions. And besides, with Peyton doing it with that massive HGH-affected forehead of his, it’s not even fair. At least Magic was taking a risk of messing up his normal, human-sized melon.
Of course Manning will get applauded for this. “Oh, he is such a great sport. What a regular guy. Boy, he sure knows how to have a good time and make fun of himself.” But you’ll be looking at it my way in a couple of weeks when it’s announced he’s making millions as the spokesman for the egg industry.
God, I’m going to hate going through life knowing he retired a champion…
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Bruins at Jets, 8 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Pelicans at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT) College basketball: VCU at UMass, 7 p.m. (ESPNU) College basketball: St. Francis (Pa.) at Robert Morris, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: UConn at Temple, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Florida State at Syracuse, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Iowa at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oregon at California, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Illinois State at Evansville, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Radford at UNC Asheville, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Gonzaga at Portland, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Oregon State at Stanford, 11 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— Clippers coach Doc Rivers could be forgiven if his mind wasn’t completely on Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Celtics at TD Garden.
Ingrid Williams, 44, was hit while driving just outside Oklahoma City by a car that crossed the center line. The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rivers has known the couple since before they were married, and his son Austin played for Williams for 2 1/2 seasons before being traded to the Clippers. Rivers was informed of Ingrid’s death after Wednesday’s game, and he fought back tears when speaking to the media.
“I’m heartbroken,” Rivers said. “Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair. There’s no better human being in the world than Monte and Ingrid. Sometimes you question everything, and this is one of those times.”
Condolences poured in for Williams from around the NBA.
Tweeted Pelicans star Anthony Davis: Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Monty & the family.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone let his emotions show when coaching his team to a win over the Pistons.
“I apologized to the team. The first half, I coached very angry,” Malone said. “I don’t know if you guys heard, Monty Williams, a good friend of mine, his wife was killed in an accident. … So I apologized to them because it’s taking my anger out on them, and they don’t deserve that.”
— Terrell Owens was not selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, his first year of eligibility. He undoubtedly eventually will get in, but it won’t be because he campaigned for it. According to him, that’s behavior better left to Cris Carter.
Speaking on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show, Owens expressed his displeasure with Carter’s frequent criticism, dating back to when they both played. Owens referred to a 1998 playoff game in which Owens’ 49ers team eliminated Carter’s Vikings from the playoffs, after which Carter referred to Owens as “mediocre.”
“For somebody like that, for Cris Carter to come out and say something like that, I just felt like it was disrespectful,” Owens said. “And so now, you look at where I am statistically, I’ve surpassed him. And from what I heard, from a lot of guys, he begged his way into the Hall of Fame.”
Owens ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list with 15,934 yards. Carter, who joined the Hall in 2013, ranks 12th with 13,899.
Owens called the selection process “flawed,” adding, “I think something needs to be changed.”
“All I can do is speak for myself. If the Olympics were today, I would not go,” Solo said after Wednesday’s 5-0 victory over Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. “Fortunately, the Olympics are six months away. So, I believe we have some time to get our doubts and questions answered.”
Added Solo: “We have a little bit of time to figure things out. Our team hasn’t said we’re not going unless this happens. Hopefully, there are some things that can be done.”
The Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is being blamed for a birth defect called microcephaly.
U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun sent a letter to potential Olympians on Wednesday addressing the issue.
“I know that the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil is of concern to many of you,” Blackmun wrote. “I want to emphasize that it is to us, as well, and that your well-being in Rio this summer is our highest priority.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
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Mikey, Mut and Arcand are talking about the Red Sox as it was Red Sox truck day and we are inside of a week for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training.
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Mikey and Mut are talking about ESPN's list of 100 best NBA players ever, and what they agree and disagree with on the list and how they would have put it together.
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