Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:09 am

Pick-Six Podcast: Peyton Manning's latest surgery

What will the latest surgical report do to teams' interest in Manning? (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Peyton Manning was sick of Randy Moss stealing the spotlight, obviously. Taking the attention back Wednesday was a report of a fourth procedure on Manning's neck, which, actually, probably didn't make Manning happy.

We break down that news, discuss how it affects Manning's value on the open market, what it means for "politician" Jim Irsay and all the Manning news that's fit to print.

Then we break down whether or not Andrew Luck is a "once-in-a-lifetime prospect," if Robert Griffin III can realistically compete with Luck for the No. 1 draft pick, where he would fit in the NFL. We also talk about Terrell Owens being broke, the possibility of Moss going to the IFL, Jerry Jones wanting Super Bowl L to come back to Dallas and what it means with Ron Jaworski getting the boot from the MNF booth.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:33 pm

Giants think Brady's parade 'story' is ridiculous

The Giants players are sick of the pep rally storyline too. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- At the Patriots pep rally in New England, Tom Brady said that "hopefully" the Pats will be able to have a bigger party in two weeks. Brady meant that he hopes the Pats win the Super Bowl. But the New York media, bless them all, took that line and absolutely ran with it, calling it "Tom's Taunt."

"It was a pep rally," Brady deadpanned Sunday night when asked about the comment.

But that didn't stop a swarm of media members from spending a good deal of time asking Giants players if Brady's comments made them angry. As it turns out, the Giants are more annoyed by people making a story out of Brady's comments than they are by Brady's actual comments.

"Man, it was a pep rally," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said Tuesday. "What was he supposed to say? I don’t think it’s Tom doing anything but getting fans riled up."

Tuck was also asked several times about the pep rally and clearly didn't want to discuss it. Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka literally laughed at the idea of Brady trying to run his mouth.

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"I read his exact words and the way he phrased it" Kiwanuka said. "You get to this level, you get to this game because you're confident in yourself and I wouldn't expect anything else. Now if someone wants to come out and throw some legitimate trash talk we can talk about that. But you guys just need something to do for the week I guess."

Even Antrel Rolle, who loudly proclaimed just how loudly he likes to proclaim things, wouldn't take the bait and felt like Brady's comments were being blown out of proportion.

"It doesn’t matter at all," Rolle said of Brady's comments. "The game [still] has to be played on Sunday. And the only thing that is going to determine the outcome of the game are the players in the game, who’s going to take the field and who’s going to be on either side. No talk, no media, no speculation, no parties, none of that stuff is really relevant at this point."

The only thing -- at this point -- that makes Brady's comments fascinating is the New York media's refusal to let them go. But having been on the ground in Indy for just over 24 hours, it's highly likely that'll stop being amusing pretty quickly.

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Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:37 am

ESPN gets 8-year, $1.8B extension for 'MNF'

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some Hank Willlliiiiiiiams? Because as long as the country singer can make it through another eight years, you'll probably be hearing his voice over the intro for 'Monday Night Football,' as ESPN inked a deal with the NFL to hold onto their primetime football programming for another eight years.

That's according to Daniel Kaplan and John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, who report that ABC/ESPN paid $1.8 billion for the next eight years of 'MNF' despite not securing a spot in the Super Bowl rotation and only the possibility of landing a Wild Card playoff game in the future.

The price of the deal is, according to SBJ, a 63 percent increase over the current deal. So what'd ESPN get? Well, "many more highlight reels" of NFL footage for starters -- ESPN will use that footage to create two new football-related television programs and expand the time frame for airing current shows.

Oddly, 'NFL Matchup' is not included in this list and presumably will keep airing at 0-dark-thirty, even though it remains the best show on the entire network.

Additionally, ESPN gets "a wide swath of digital rights" that is expected to give them mobile/tablet/online streaming capabilities, which is a big win given the way the NFL guards its digital properties.

Yes, the deal is huge for both ESPN -- they keep the only football on Mondays for the next eight years. But it's a tremendous win for the NFL and just further proof of why a lockout during the season would have been patently ridiculous.

If this is an indication of how the revenue pie will grow in coming years, a failure to get a deal done would have been embarrassing.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: May 16, 2011 2:19 pm

Skins, Sirius say Snyder never did interview

Posted by Will Brinson

Over the weekend, Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider dropped an interesting little nugget on Twitter about a hypothetical draft-day deal between the Redskins and Steelers that would have had Pittsburgh hopping up to the No. 16 overall spot, presumably to grab Mike Pouncey out of Florida. Turns out, not only was the deal entirely misconstrued, so was the Snyder radio interview.

I spent about 300 (too many) words breaking down why I believed it was Pouncey the Steelers were chasing. On Monday, Peter King did something similar, although in the first published edition of "Monday Morning Quarterback," King didn't have a link to Wexell.

In an updated version, King's blurb ("Brother and Child Reunion?") contains the phrase "Dan Snyder reportedly said on Sirius Radio" and then mentions that "Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie denies Snyder says this."

Wyllie did exactly that, as did a spokesman for Sirius, per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, who also notes that Chris Mortensen tweeted a report of the possible trade, also sans a citation to Wexell's original note.

Since then, Wexell has apologized in tweet form and also deleted the original tweet.

So, what's the real story here? Well, it doesn't seem like Wexell was playing a Mike Wise-style "social experiment" via Twitter. At any rate, affable prankster isn't really his style. And if this were any team other than the Redskins, it might make more sense. (Or less? I'm not sure which way that goes, honestly.)

But the scrambling from various members of the media to attribute the story to Wexell (now that it's fake) is odd, especially given that in several different instances, an apparently fabricated radio interview was sourced, separately, by multiple outlets.

Whatever, at some point Wexell will probably get asked how it came about and there's probably some sort of rationalization as to why this all happened.

In the meantime, can you tell there's a lockout going on in the NFL?

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:47 pm

Mike Mayock a possibility for in-game NFLN role?

Posted by Will Brinson

There are many people who wonder why Joe Theismann and Matt Millen continually call NFL Network games. (I'm not touching this one, but suffice to say, people are curious about the choice.)

So it's not shocking to hear, per Peter King of Sports Illustrated, that the league's flagship station is considering a change at announcer.

It's also not surprising -- though it is quite exciting -- to hear that Mike Mayock is considered a potential replacement for whatever spot they might theoretically be filling in the future.

Mayock is one of the game's best analysts and has, as I've heard, developed a reputation as being one of the hardest-working and most well-prepared analysts in the business.

Mayock's star has risen tremendously with his draft coverage; while Mel Kiper might be the biggest "name" in terms draft analysis, Mayock is the favorite for many an NFL fan. (For my money, you don't do better than Rob Rang or Chad Reuter. Though I may be biased.)

Listening to Mayock call some games -- he did color for Notre Dame games on NBC last season and also called the Saints-Seahawks matchup during the playoffs -- it's no surprise why the NFL Network would consider making him one of their prominent voices for television broadcasts.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:19 am

Hot Routes 12.21.10: Ryan Leaf's Trilogy???

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Ryan Leaf, according to the Sporting News, is preparing to write a book about his career. Now, the obvious joke might be "I bet it's a short one!" right? Wrong. It's going to be a trilogy. The first installment will "cover four years" according to Leaf, "from the moment i decided to attend Washington State up through our Rose Bowl appearance in 1998." He also mentions "colorful characters" and "shenanigans," so it's bound to be a bestseller. Unlike the second and third installments, which should probably turn out as well as his NFL career.
  • Pat Bowlen and the beancounters in the Broncos organization may or may not be nudging Eric Studesville and politely screaming "START Tim Tebow SO WE CAN MAKE SOME MONEY!"
  • Devin Hester got a little choked up talking about his NFL record for returns on Monday and as Jerod Morris points out, it's nice to see such a humble and hard-working guy achieve such incredible success.
  • John Ourand makes some bold NFL-related (and other sports too) media predictions for the next 12 months over at Sports Business Journal. Obviously, his prediction about a CBS Sports channel is solely predicated on too-handsome-for-just-radio face. 
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