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02/08/2010 - 2:43pm
King on D&H: Payton 'unafraid'

Sports Illustrated columnist and NBC analyst Peter King joined Dale & Holley Monday afternoon to recap the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV and the Hall of Fame vote from this past weekend. King lauded the job done by New Orleans coach Sean Payton in the game after his series of gutsy calls. “He knows it all comes down to him, and he is totally unafraid to take the kind of chances that let’s say a Bill Parcells or Bill Belichick would try to take,” King said.

 

King also was impressed with the performance of the game’s MVP, Drew Brees, who tied Tom Brady’s Super Bowl record with 32 completions. “He started slow and ended like Phil Simms in 1987 [during the Giants' win],” King said. “So, I’ve got so much respect for Brees.”

 

King compared the Colts to a baseball team that also won only one title during an impressive decade (the 1990s). "It's...

02/08/2010 - 1:57pm
Pats 10-1 favorites to win SB XLV

According to bodog.com, the Patriots are 10-1 to win Super Bowl XLV, set for next February in Dallas. (The Patriots trail only Indianapolis at 13-2 and San Diego at 8-1.) New England is tied for third with the current Super Bowl champions from New Orleans, which is also listed as 10-1. The teams with the longest odds to win are Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland, St. Louis and Tampa Bay, which are all 100-1. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.


02/08/2010 - 1:09pm
Schilling: Sign Beckett now

Posting on his blog, 38 Pitches, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling wrote that the Red Sox' best course of action would be to sign Josh Beckett to a new contract sooner than later. Schilling points out that Beckett, whose current deal runs out after the 2010 season, shouldn't be subject to just the statistical comparisons of other pitchers, but should also be valued for the type of presence he brings to the Red Sox' starting rotation while pitching in the American League East. Schilling writes:

 

"Josh works from a different perspective than many, it’s why he was so good so young. He pushes himself with an internal bar and set of values that not many kids have. That isn’t going to change, in fact I’d argue that it’s only gotten ‘better’ over the past few years. He knows he’s in the games toughest division, he knows who people consider the best and I...

02/08/2010 - 10:01am
Mashup: Super commercials

Check out Monday's Morning Mashup, and we'll direct you to where you can watch and rate the Super Bowl ads and other memorable moments from Sunday night. Then get caught up on the day's other top stories, watch a funny video of a pretend Peyton Manning preparing for the big game, and find trivia and more.


02/08/2010 - 9:30am
Esiason on D&C: Advantage, Brady

CBS NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his final weekly appearance of the season on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to recap the Saints' Super Bowl victory over the Colts. Esiason said he could tell at halftime that the game was falling into the hands of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who delivered an MVP effort. "After that performance, it kind of hammers home that maybe Drew Brees should have been the NFL MVP this season [instead of Peyton Manning]," Esiason said.

 

Esiason said New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter made a great call on his fourth-quarter interception in which he jumped Reggie Wayne's route while the Saints were blitzing. "You've got to take your hat off to Tracy Porter," Esiason said. "It's one player making a play and really thinking outside of the box. That was really a terrific anticipation-type play on his part."

 

Esiason said he is disappointed that people...

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