Archive for September 22nd, 2009



The prime time match-ups in the NFL have been absolutely thrilling.  Every night game so far has come down to the wire.  Last night was no exception.

Peyton ManningIt was the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.  The Colts were a bit banged up, as they lost their #2 wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez in Week 1.  He’s reportedly out for 8 weeks, so they needed some other offensive options.  The Dolphins meanwhile had a poor Week 1 outing, and they were looking to rebound at home.

The Dolphins strategy was simple:  Keep Peyton Manning and the Colts offense OFF the field. If he’s not on the field, he can’t score.  Well, it was working for a while.  The Dolphins rushed the ball 43 times between their two running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Brown had a fantastic game, finishing with 136 yards and 2 touchdowns.  However, it just wouldn’t be enough to take down the Colts.  Manning had the ball for only 15 minutes in the game, but boy did he make the most of it.  In just that minimal amount of time he threw for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns.  One of which was the game-winning TD to the young wide receiver Pierre Garcon.

With this win, Peyton Manning becomes the most winning quarterback in Colts history, surpassing the legend, Johnny Unitas.  Manning said he felt honored to even wear the same uniform as Johnny Unitas, and that he was proud to even be mentioned with him.  But at what point do you start saying that Peyton is actually better than Unitas.  Realistically, the competition that Peyton is facing is much more fierce and athletic than in Unitas’ day.  Congratulations to Peyton Manning.  As for the Dolphins, they’ve got a big hill to climb if they expect to get back to the playoffs.  Indianapolis 27, Miami 23.


In the NBA, the Miami Heat’s Michael Beasley, the #2 pick in the NBA draft, checked out of rehab yesterday and rejoined the team.  A few months ago, Beasley signed up for a rehab program for substance abuse.  It wasn’t specific (or at least not public) which drug Beasley had the problem with, but he was fined $50,000 during the season for being in a hotel room that bore the scent of marijuana.  However, Miami’s coaches said that Beasley looks great.  “He looks bigger”, they said.  Apparently he’s looking good in workouts, and the Heat want him to play a bigger role next season.  This could actually turn out well.

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