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To: FUBHO who wrote (31882)4/17/2012 8:01:41 AM
From: longnshort
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Tebow leaves denver, denver gets men cheer leaders. There is a god

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From: LindyBill4/18/2012 5:48:40 AM
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Manning, Broncos Open vs Steelers

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Steelers played, Tim Tebow sent them home from the playoffs with one stunning play.

The next time Pittsburgh plays a game for real, it also will be in Denver. Tebow won't be the opposing quarterback, though. Peyton Manning will be — and he's certainly capable of an 80-yard TD pass in overtime.

The entire nation won't have to wait long to see Manning in a Broncos uniform. The only four-time league MVP will face the Steel Curtain in prime time on the opening Sunday of the NFL season.

Folks in the Mile High city haven't been this excited about their quarterback — no not even about Tebow — since John Elway was leading them to five Super Bowls, winning the last two.

"We're excited about that. Anytime you have a guy behind the center named Peyton Manning, you're going to get a lot of attention," said Elway, who now runs the Broncos' football operations. "That's going to be exciting. We're looking forward to it obviously, the offseason program got started yesterday. I think the excitement in the building is great, and then with the schedule coming out today, it's a difficult one. But I think everybody in the league's going to look at their schedule and say it's difficult."

Yep. Just listen to Tom Coughlin, coach of the Super Bowl champion Giants. The schedule, released Tuesday, has the Giants hosting the Cowboys in the first Wednesday NFL game since 1948; the league moved the game to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama's Thursday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.

"We will have a week-in and week-out challenge, not only in who we play, but with the different elements of our schedule," Coughlin said. "We play on four different days and we have five night games. Our first three games are Wednesday-Sunday-Thursday."

The now-traditional Monday night opening doubleheader has Cincinnati at Baltimore, followed by San Diego at Oakland.

A juicy opening-day matchup features San Francisco at Green Bay; the teams combined to go 28-4 in 2011. New Orleans, still awaiting league punishment to its players for the bounty program that targeted opponents for dangerous hits, hosts Washington.

The Saints have a bye after their fifth game, which means interim coach Joe Vitt will actually miss seven weeks during his six-game suspension for his role in the bounty system.

A 14-week package of Thursday night games begins in Week 2 with Chicago at Green Bay. All but one of those games will be on NFL Network, which now has games from September until December instead of just the second half of the schedule.

The other Thursday night game is on Thanksgiving on NBC: New England at the New York Jets, Tebow's new team. Earlier that holiday, Houston is at Detroit, then Washington at Dallas.

Two Sunday games will be played outside the United States. St. Louis hosts New England on Oct. 28 in London, while Buffalo hosts Seattle on Dec. 16 in Toronto.

Byes occur from Weeks 4 through 11. Beginning in Week 11, the league will have flex scheduling for the Sunday night game. Tentatively scheduled for the first prime-time game that could be flexed are the Ravens at Steelers.

Houston has one of the stranger schedules, with a month at home (Green Bay, Baltimore, bye, and Buffalo), and three straight road games (at Detroit on Thanksgiving, at Tennessee, at New England). Plus, the Texans play the Colts twice in the last three weeks.

"Those division games just carry so much weight," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We've always had some big games against those guys. Hopefully, we've got ourselves in position right there, that those games are really, really big games for both of us and we can take care of our business."

In all, 10 teams have three consecutive home games, while Green Bay and Houston are the only clubs with three straight road trips.

"As far as playing three on the road, I don't look at that as an extraordinary challenge," coach Mike McCarthy said of Green Bay's first such string since 1998. "It is always challenging, period, when you go on the road."

The wild-card weekend is Jan. 5-6, followed the next weekend by the divisional round, then by the conference championships on Jan. 20, The Super Bowl is Feb. 3 in New Orleans, televised by CBS.

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From: LindyBill4/18/2012 3:17:19 PM
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Bagley is Vikings enforcer?
by Gary Gross
This Pioneer Press article depicts Lester Bagley as playing the role of Vikings heavy:

As Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders tried to hand each other responsibility for the fate of the Vikings stadium bill Tuesday, April 17, the day after a major defeat in a House committee, Dayton raised the possibility that a new football stadium might have to wait till next year.

To which a team official responded: “There is no next year.” “The last governor said in 2006 we’ll come back and work on yours next year. That was six years ago,” said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development. “No action this year is a decision.”

Bagley struck the same slightly aggressive tone Monday night after the House Government Operations and Elections committee rejected the bill for a $975 million stadium on a 9-6 vote. He told reporters “it’s a mistake” to assume the team will continue operating under the status quo.

Bagley said there is support this year to get the bill done and it needs to get to the floor for a vote in both chambers. “Legislators are afraid of voting on this issue,” Bagley said.

Bagley should take a valium because everyone knows that a) the NFL won’t let the Vikings move to LA, b) there’s always next year and c) times have changed since the stadium boom of the 1990's.

Los Angeles is always brought up as the Vikings destination as though it’s a rock-solid thing. It isn’t. First, considering the financial mess that is California, LA isn’t in position to support, week in and week out, a team.

That’s just reality. While LA would get alot of millionaires to buy season tickets and luxury boxes, that hardly fills a stadium. With California becoming more of an economic basket case and with people leaving the state, there’s no reason to think that LA is the gold mine it’s perceived to be.

It’s difficult to think of Bagley as a heavy. It’s apparent that he’s trying to play his hand well. It’s equally apparent that he’s playing a crappy hand.

What’s needed for the stadium to pass is to put a better funding mechanism together. If that doesn’t happen, it’ll be difficult to pass a stadium bill.

The other things that must be part of the bill is for the Vikings to pony up more money towards the cost of the stadium and for there to be a referendum on the tax increase.

That the Wilfs picked Bagley to be their heavy with the legislature wasn’t their best decision.

To be fair, the Wilfs have operated in a good faith fashion. It’s easy to understand their frustration. That doesn’t mean I’ll always agree with them. It just means that, in the name of fairness and accuracy, I’ll stick with what’s verifiable.

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From: LindyBill4/18/2012 4:06:37 PM
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Like we couldn't figure it out.

Colts Keeping Quiet About Decision on No. 1 Pick By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts general manager Ryan Grigson says he has decided who to take with the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft. He's just not giving away the secret yet.

Grigson told reporters Wednesday that the Colts have settled on their choice, but there is no rush to sign that selection before the draft begins on April 26.

Team owner Jim Irsay has said repeatedly that the Colts would take Peyton Manning's successor with the top pick, presumably using it on either Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Indy brought in Luck for a private workout this month and also for an interview. Griffin has not traveled to Indy for any personal meetings and is widely expected to be taken by the Redskins with the second overall pick.

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From: chowder4/19/2012 2:07:16 PM
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WR Mike Wallace of the Steelers was seeking a contract in excess of $120 million. If a team signed him to that, they would also have to give the Steelers a first round pick.

Wallace got no takers. Ha! Ha!

His choice now? Sign a 1 year contract with the Steelers for $2.7 million because that's all they are going to offer.

Welcome back to earth son!

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To: chowder who wrote (31887)4/19/2012 2:14:09 PM
From: longnshort
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I thought he died last week

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To: chowder who wrote (31887)4/19/2012 2:19:17 PM
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He says he won't sign the one year $2.7 million deal.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (31889)4/19/2012 2:45:47 PM
From: chowder
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Then he'll have to sit out. I wouldn't budge if I were the Steelers. Wallace needs another year of active duty to become an unrestricted free agent. No sense paying him more when he'll probably bolt anyway.

Somebody will pay him more next year, but not this year. The first round draft pick is the kicker. A team won't have to give that up next year.

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From: LindyBill4/23/2012 3:48:38 PM
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UF drops their computer science program, increases their football budget. They know what the Alums want! When first saw this I thought it was a joke.

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To: LindyBill who wrote (31891)4/23/2012 5:48:29 PM
From: JimisJim
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I wish it were harder to believe than it is... /eom

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