Archive for January 27th, 2014

WATERCOOLER CHAT: WILL MANNING RETIRE, WEATHER ON GAME DAY, RICE BEATS DEION IN PRO BOWL, LAKERS EYE ANTHONY

FOOTBALL

In the NFL, the media is circling the stars of the Super Bowl, and their target is, of course, Peyton Manning.  The first question for Manning has been, “will Manning play after this season”?  Manning has said that he “certainly” wants to play beyond the Super Bowl.  Manning continued saying that his career took a big turn when he switched teams, and he’s taking it all year by year.  He said his goal coming into this year was a Super Bowl, and right now, he’s not looking past that game.  We’ll all be anxious to see what he decides to do after the big game.

And speaking of the Super Bowl, both teams are in town and starting their practices.  The first thing they see:  snowy practice fields.  This is exactly what they were worried about, as neither team wants weather conditions to affect the game.  That’s probably unavoidable considering the NFL’s decision to put the Super Bowl in New York. Both teams are hoping for no wind. This Super Bowl could be highly controversial if weather plays a major factor.

And, in a meaningless but fun game to watch, Jerry Rice’s team beat Deion Sanders’ team in the Pro Bowl Sunday night in Hawaii. The format was very different this year as Rice and Sanders got to choose their team (fantasy football style) from the terrific athletes chosen for the Pro Bowl (which is a huge honor). The game itself is purely for fun and if a player was chosen for the Pro Bowl but is on the Broncos or Seahawks, they obviously weren’t eligible to play. Can you imagine if Peyton Manning played Sunday night in the Pro Bowl and got injured and couldn’t play in the Super Bowl?

BASKETBALL

Finally, in the NBA, the Lakers are clearly struggling this season.  They are looking towards the future, and eyeing some key free agents.  One of most likely free agents of the off-season will be Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks.  The Lakers would love a big name like Anthony, and told Kobe they would love if he would help court him.  But Kobe has said that he would do no such thing.  As of now, the Lakers are still Kobe’s team.  He would love the help, but he wants nothing to do with finding a replacement icon for the Lakers.

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