Nov 25

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Nov 25

Gary Kubiak says Peyton Manning rumors are ‘totally false’

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Rumors spread Sunday night that Peyton Manning was thinking about playing the 2016 season, even if it meant leaving the Denver Broncos.

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that those rumors were “totally false.”

“I can just tell you for there to be any rumors or anything he said that his mindset is anywhere other than getting healthy and helping this football team, I can tell you is totally false,” Kubiak said. “I visit with this guy on a regular basis and we talk all the time.

“I can tell you his mindset is a day at a time trying to get healthy and all those things and help his football [team]. That’s all he talks to me about. That’s all that’s important to him right now. That’s disappointing. There are going to be things out there and things said, but I know what’s going on. I know how hard he is working to get back and help his football team.”

Manning spent the weekend rehabilitating his foot, shoulder and rib cage injuries before traveling to Charlotte, N.C. Monday for an appointment with a foot specialist.

“That part is frustrating for him, but he is very excited for his football team,” said Kubiak.

“He’s happy for his team that we won a big game [Sunday]. I can tell you that he is doing everything he can possibly do to get himself healthy and get back in position to get back on the field. Going through stuff like this is aggravating for anybody, but his frame of mind is as good as it can be.”

Backup QB Brock Osweiler went 20-of-27 for 256 yards and two touchdowns in the Broncos’ 17-15 win at Chicago on Sunday.

Kubiak announced Monday that Osweiler would start agains tthe New England Patriots while Manning continued to recover.

“We said that we would go back and review the entire situation at the beginning of this week, which we have done. Basically nothing has changed,” Kubiak said. “We made the decision we made last week. We think this is best for Peyton and for our football team right now. That’s the way we will proceed. Like I said, we’re all in on the next football game.”

Nov 25

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Nov 25

Tom Brady, Patriots fighting off mounting injuries on offense

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With Julian Edelman, Dion Lewis, Nate Solder and Ryan Wendell absent, along with Danny Amendola reduced to a spectator and Rob Gronkowski limited on the field, the New England Patriots somehow stayed perfect with a 20-13 win over the Buffalo Bills Monday night.

“It’s good. It’s tough to get a win every week in the NFL and you take whatever you can get,” Gronkowski said afterward. “We definitely could work on a lot, but a win is a win, and you got to give credit to our defense. They played unbelievable today. The effort they gave and all the stops they had – huge for our defense.”

The mounting injuries are beginning to expose flaws in the Patriots offense.

“Yeah, we’ve lost a lot of guys, and we’ve lost quite a few guys over the last three weeks,” said Tom Brady. “So I think we’ll just keep fighting and figuring out a way to win, and it’s good to win against a good defense. Any way you can get these wins, I think it’s a positive. I think just whoever is in there, we’ve got to have confidence in what they’re doing and Gronk, obviously I have a lot of confidence in him. If two guys go on him, then other guys have to really step in and make the plays, and we made some. I just think we left some out there, and I think we’ll kind of review the film. We’re playing against a good team next week. We’ll see if we can do a little bit better.”

Brady went 20 of 39 for 277 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  Gronkowski hauled in just two passes for 37 yards and Amendola, who left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury, had nine receptions for 117 yards.

“We lost Danny during the game, we lost [Aaron] Dobson during the game, and we were down to two healthy receivers. You get pretty limited quickly in the things that you can do, and we still played hard and we fought hard. We just, we’ve got to try to review some things and [sync] some things up and see if we can play better next week.

The injuries leave Brandon LaFell as the last healthy name-brand receiver on the roster.  But as long as Brady and Gronkowski are healthy, the Patriots have a chance to continue their undefeated season.

“Every team goes through different things, and we’ve kind of withstood a lot,” Brady said. “So, we’ll just keep fighting.”

Nov 25

Brad Marchand hits ‘home run’ goal

Brad Marchand


Sometimes, it helps to not be the “ideal” NHL size.

Brad Marchand has been told that being 5-foot-9-inches is a bad thing his entire career. But when it comes to keeping pucks batted in the air under the cross bar, it certainly comes in handy.

With Brett Connolly in the penalty box, Marchand stole the puck from goaltender James Reimer and fed Patrice Bergeron in front. Reimer made the save, but deflected the puck up into the air. With Dion Phaneuf standing between he and the net, Marchand swatted the puck out of the air by the left faceoff circle and hit himself a home run.

Alas, there was no Jose Bautista-style bat flip to put a nice bow on it. That would have been epic-level trolling in Toronto but I guess he’ll have to settle for a cool highlight-reel goal.

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @kindofawriter

Nov 25

What’s wrong with Pekka Rinne?

Pekka Rinne


A look at his season stats wouldn’t necessarily indicate anything was going on with Nashville Predators star goalie Pekka Rinne.

After all, a 10-5-3 record with a .910 save percentage and 2.31 goals against average with a pair of shutouts certainly wouldn’t leave anyone asking “what’s wrong?”

But it is clear that there is something up with both Rinne and the Predators, who have struggled over their last several games. It certainly doesn’t help that the Predators have been shut out in their last three contests. It doesn’t matter how well any goaltender is playing if his team can’t manage to get on the scoreboard.

Rinne’s struggles, however, haven’t been a recent thing. Going all the way back to his Halloween night start against the Los Angeles Kings, Rinne has looked far more human than he has in recent years. In the 10 starts he has made, that night included, he’s allowed three or more goals in six of those contests. Digging a little deeper, part of the issue has been the Preds’ penalty kill. That unit has given up an average of a power play tally per game over that span, with four games seeing two power play goals. The old saying is that your goalie has to be your best penalty killer and Rinne has been far from.

Here’s the thing to consider: Rinne’s age. He isn’t the oldest kid on the block, but at 33 years old, he’s hitting that interesting point in his career where he could be playing at a high level or seeing his skills deteriorate. He might have a few more years ahead of him after getting a hip issue resolved, but Father Time comes for all and the big Finn will be no different.

Of course, this could all be a simple slump that most teams go through. It’s not like the Predators have been hideous this year — at 11-6-5 they are tied for third in the very tough Central Division — and they’ve played the much-improved Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets, not to mention the nigh-unbeatable New York Rangers. The Preds are still a good team from top to bottom and could rip off a winning streak at any moment.

Still, this recent downturn is worth watching. The Preds have a ton of money invested in Rinne and the last thing the would possibly want is for the bottom to fall out. Slumping for now, Rinne is worth keeping a very focused eye on.

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @kindofawriter

Nov 25

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Nov 25

Peyton Manning out two more weeks

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is expected to miss at least two more games as he continues his recovery from a plantar fascia tear.

Following a Monday consultation with noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., it was recommended that Manning spend at least the next week in a walking cast.

“Peyton and I had a good visit today, and we’ve got a plan in place for his recovery,” Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. “His foot will be in a cast for at least a week, but he’ll be able to be part of meetings and do some workouts with the rest of the team.

“We expect him to be unavailable for at least a couple of games. We’ll proceed from there and will continue to support him as he does everything he can to get healthy.”

Manning did not play last Sunday in Chicago because of the injury.  Backup Brock Osweiler will start against the Patriots and Chargers.

Nov 25

Discover: Wednesday Wonderings


Did you know nine Indians players served in World War I? TribeVibe pays tribute.
Justice4U explains why the Cardinals are poised to overcome their latest injury.
Should your club sign a big-name free agent? A View from the Bench says maybe not.
What are the risks of signing Zack Greinke? Read the Opinions of Stephen Ruderman.
Stlcardinalsminimo writes that big long-term deals often end up costing teams.
“Is it really just a week into the offseason?” asks Confessions of a Mariners Fan.
The Unbiased MLB Fan has the list of Gold Glove finalists and winners. Agree?
Andrelton Simmons didn’t get another Gold Glove, disappointing The Wayniac Nation.
Who’s next into the Hall? Sons of ’84 and The Sports Buster make their picks.
Did the Mariners win the first major trade of the offseason, as BBST believes?
The Rainout Blog looks at whether Dusty Baker can make it reign in Washington.
Will Jurickson Profar still be a Ranger on Opening Day? Newberg Report explores.
It’s going to be an interesting winter for the Reds, writes The Baseball Haven.
Want to smile? Read Beyond the Ballpark on Giancarlo Stanton’s work with kids.
If you’re looking for All-Fan Giveaways at Miller Park, The Brewer Nation has a list. Fantasy 411 did an early 2016 mock draft if you want to start your prep.
Dodger Insider highlights how the team has been looking to foster innovation.

What are you wondering this Wednesday? Tell us about it in the comments!

Nov 25

Relive the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals Rivalry

Nov 25

Discover: Three for Thursday

Scott Boras

1. GM Meetings. The eyes of the baseball world are on South Florida, with baseball front offices assembled and trade talk in the air. Brownie Points has quotes from Scott Boras about his client, Xander Bogaerts, and a possible early long-term deal with the Red Sox. Sports Hate Me put together a list of possible trade targets for the Nationals this offseason, while Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk looks at some potential free agent signings that could help the A’s. THE REAL CUBS FAN is allowing himself to dream this offseason with some recommended moves for the Cubs, and Cardinal Red Baseball discusses the Redbirds’ reported interest in free agent ace David Price.

2. Hot Stove support group. There are two sides to every trade, so what if your favorite player is on the trading block? Plouffe’s New Hairdo is facing that exact nightmare scenario with reports that namesake Trevor Plouffe is being shopped around by the Twins this winter. Meanwhile, halfgameback wants to help Reds fans cope with losing some of their favorite players this offseason as new Reds GM Dick Williams has said he is willing to listen to offers on all current players.

3. Awards Season debate. The hardware is being handed out, and with nearly every announcement comes debate. Giants Fan Carm was elated to see the fellow blogger Brandon Crawford beat out two-time winner Andrelton Simmons for the NL Gold Glove at shortstop. Pirates beat writer Tom Singer wasn’t nearly as thrilled with BBWAA voters’ finalists for the NL MVP Award, taking to his Change for a Nickel blog to express his dismay over Andrew McCutchen not making the cut. Have your say by voting in the Esurance MLB Awards over at!

Tell us about your Three for Thursday!

Nov 25

Discover: Weekend Warriors

Andrelton Simmons

Daniel Satter sees the Braves trading Andrelton Simmons to the Angels as a win-win.
Here’s a thorough breakdown of the Simmons trade from The Wayniac Nation.
Light Up the Halo likes what Simmons brings, but questions trading prospects.
The Silver Slugger Award winners were announced as The Unbiased MLB Fan recaps.
Yankeebiscuitfan questions the value of the Gold Glove after recent decisions.
A qualifying offer has been accepted, to the delight of Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk.
Stlcardinalsminimo weighs in on a trade idea for the Cardinals from a media member.
The Red Sox need to bolster their pitching staff this offseason, says SantoSports.
Musings of a Displaced Tigers Fan put together a Hot Stove wish list for the outfield.
The Rule 5 Draft isn’t far away and Rays Radio looks at who Tampa Bay may protect.
Dazzy Vance Chronicles profiles slugger George Foster from The Big Red Machine.

Nov 25

Chicago Cubs Set Postseason Record, Explode For Six Home Runs!

Nov 25

Discover: Monday Around the Horn

Carlos Correa

Awards Season hits high gear this week and 9 Inning Know It All has predictions.
Young MLB Pro Blogger Baseball with Matt makes his picks in a milestone post.
Around the Horn Talk breaks down the Padres trading Craig Kimbrel to Boston.
Read quotes from Dave Dombowski and Kimbrel, courtesy of Brownie Points.
In Wakefield We Trust says with the move, the Dombrowski Era is under way.
Newberg Report analyzes value in the closer role and on the trade market.
The Mets aren’t shopping Zack Wheeler this winter and that disappoints BBST.
Stlcardinalsminimo explores how general managers never have it very easy.
What can the Mariners expect from Seth Smith in 2016? Balls and Strikes discusses.
Kansas City Baseball Vault explains what it means when your team wins it all.
The Dodgers have taken a left-handed turn, according to Dodger Insider.
Now on Deck marvels at three players accepting qualifying offers last week.
John Thorn kicks off a new series of baseball’s best illustration art at Our Game.
Matt’s Bats shares a recent medical diagnosis that is going to change his life.
Tom Singer writes about the wacky and wonderful AFL over at Change for a Nickel.
Dazzy Vance Chronicles takes a trip back in time to revisit the 1957 season.

Nov 25

Discover: Tuesday Takeaways

Kris Bryant

The Unbiased MLB Fan reacts to the announcement of the Rookie of the Year awards.
Kris Bryant is in some fairly exclusive company, explains A View From The Bench.
Cubs Crossings is glad not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
The Pirates haven’t had much Rookie of the Year luck, writes Change for a Nickel.
Sports with Uncle Leary runs through the candidates for Manager of the Year awards.
Writers’ predictions for free agent contacts are examined by stlcardinalsminimo.
InsideTheSportsRealm gazes into the crystal ball at the future of Zack Greinke.
Meet the newest Mariners in this post by From the Corner of Edgar & Dave.
Newberg Report looks over the deal with the Mariners from the Rangers’ perspective.
Here are some moves that could shake up baseball, courtesy of Sideline Champ.
GENY Mets makes the case for Gerardo Parra as a good signing for the Mets.
Are Mark Buehrle and the Cardinals a match? Cardinal Red Baseball thinks so.
Phillies Insider highlights the arms brought in already by new GM Matt Klentak.
The Tigers and Joakim Soria are in talks, but no deal yet, reports Beck’s Blog.
Unlocking the Keys is excited for another season of Matt Wieters in Baltimore.
Heading to Cubs Convention in January? Muskat Ramblings has an update.

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