Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago
It's probably not fair to say the Denver Broncos' championship window was going to close, win or lose, after Super Bowl 50. But let's say that it was probably a good idea to beat the Carolina Panthers, just in case.
This will be a tricky offseason for Broncos general manager John Elway. He was very aggressive in trying to win a title before Peyton Manning retired. Mission accomplished. But making another run next season will be a challenge. The Broncos have a ton of questions to answer this offseason. Las Vegas oddsmakers don't have a ton of faith in the Broncos repeating. There were 11 teams with better odds to win Super Bowl LI than Denver (20-to-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as of Monday.
No matter which tough decisions Elway makes, this will be a much different roster next season.
Elway has done a great job as a GM, and he'll do fine in reshaping Denver going forward. But you can't just pencil the Broncos in as the team to beat next season. Not yet, anyway.
32. Cleveland Browns (100-to-1)
31. Tennessee Titans (75-to-1)
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (50-to-1)
29. San Francisco 49ers (50-to-1)
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (55-to-1)
24. Chicago Bears (35-to-1)
Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
Eli Manning probably should have known better.
Manning should have known that the television cameras would be peeping into the Manning family box at Super Bowl 50, and that any and every reaction he had as brother Peyton Manning was playing for the Denver Broncos would be dissected.
Was he excited enough? Was that blank facial expression proof that he's jealous of his brother? This is all kind of dumb when you think about it, but it's no surprise the clip, after Denver's game-clinching touchdown, went viral. The Eli Manning reaction Vine passed 60 million views on Tuesday morning. Because, obviously, we can all tell from a quick glance what Eli Manning is thinking and feeling.
TMZ Sports ambushedEli Manning at the airport to explain his reaction that went viral — with the line that Eli was " finally breaking his silence " ... welcome to 2016, everyone — and he gave a pretty understandable answer.
Eli would have been better off if he just gave a quick fist pump after the touchdown. He wouldn't have become a trending topic.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — While many took to social media to blast Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton after Newton's short and agitated media conference following Super Bowl 50, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski took it too far.
The word "boy" has negative racial connotations when used toward a black man. Romanowski, who is white, had a history of racially related controversy when he played. He spit in San Francisco 49ers receiver J.J. Stokes face in 1997. Stokes is black. That incident was a hot-button racial issue within the Broncos locker room. Romanowski said he did not spit on Stokes because he is black.
Sports Illustrated claimed in 2000 that Romanowski used racist remarks, including the n-word, something Romanowski emphatically denied.
And now this.
Romanowski tried to explain himself after the initial tweet about Newton, which was deleted.
Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up!
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning got up in front of the Denver Broncos on Saturday night, on the eve of Super Bowl 50. He said his goodbyes.
He didn’t explicitly say he was retiring. But he probably didn’t need to.
He made some jokes as he spoke, because that’s who Manning is, and Manning said he needed to crack jokes so he could hold it together. He joked that he thought Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Chris Harris and Aqib Talib would all win a share of the Super Bowl 50 MVP, because he wanted to see them all share the car given to the winner.
Then he talked about the ups and the downs of the season, for him and the team. The 39-year-old had his worst season, by far, and missed seven starts due to injury. He talked to the team about praying, and believing. He started thanking everyone. Players. Coaches. Even the video staff, trainers, and the rest of the support staff. Manning said he thanked everyone for just letting him be a part of the journey. He was emotional.
The rest of the Broncos players started looking around the room and noticed that many others were in tears.
“It was a pretty emotional deal, I got emotional as well,” guard Louis Vasquez said.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Denver Broncos got a ton of big plays in the first half of Super Bowl 50.
Von Miller made a Superman-esque play to strip Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and the Broncos recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. They got the longest punt return in Super Bowl historyon a weird play in which the Panthers thought the play was dead. The Broncos got a huge fumble recovery after Darian Stewart hit Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert in Denver territory. They did a great job containing Newton, the NFL's MVP.
And all those breaks resulted in just a 13-7 lead at halftime. Ho hum.
It should have been more. The most damaging play of the first half came when defensive end Kony Ealy made a one-handed interception with the Broncos threatening to score. Peyton Manning made a bad mistake, seemingly not seeing Ealy drop into coverage, and Ealy made a spectacular play.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Of course the Denver Broncos' top-ranked defense got the first touchdown of Super Bowl 50.
The first touchdown came thanks to Von Miller and an amazing play to strip Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
On a third down (after the Panthers' challenge of what looked like a catch by Jerricho Cotcherywasn't successful) Newton dropped back to pass. Miller was rushing from Newton's right, and blew past right Panthers tackle Mike Remmers. Miller got to Newton, hit him, and just took the ball from him.
Newton fumbled, the ball rolled toward the end zone and Broncos defensive lineman Malik Jackson fell on it in the end zone for the first touchdown of Super Bowl 50.
Imagine the odds you could have gotten betting "Malik Jackson will score the first touchdown of Super Bowl 50" in Las Vegas.
Then later in the first quarter the defense provided the first huge play of Super Bowl 50 and a 10-0 Broncos lead, thanks to the great Miller and his marvelous play.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seems to be the most unpopular of all the great NFL players, past and present. At the very least, he the Super Bowl MVP who was booed the loudest on Sunday.
The Super Bowl MVPs were introduced before Super Bowl 50. Everyone who was able showed up. Bart Starr and Chuck Howley were shown waving on video from their houses. Peyton Manning was shown back in the locker room before the game. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Harvey Martin, co-MVP of Super Bowl XII, is the only Super Bowl MVP who has died.
So fans had a lot of great players to react to. And Brady was booed.
Brilliant job by commissioner Roger Goodell to make one of the NFL's greatest players ever someone who gets booed at a Super Bowl. Mostly over a trumped-up charge and the NFL's insistence that it smeared Brady publicly at every step. Wonderful work.
Though, NFL receiver Wes Welker noted that some are feeling the effects of playing the NFL, and old age.
I haven't seen one SB MVP walk without a limp yet!
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Bay Area's most famous Carolina Panthers fan is getting a special role in Super Bowl 50.
Really, Stephen Curry might be the most famous Panthers fan anywhere, and it's never a bad thing to have your football team be in the presence of the NBA's top player.
The Panthers have a "Keep Pounding" tradition, in honor of the late linebacker Sam Mills, who told his team to "keep pounding" in an emotional pregame speech in a playoff at the end of the 2003 season. After the coin toss, a special guest pounds a huge drum four times, one for each quarter.
And for the Super Bowl, Curry will do the honors.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Carolina Panthers have a golden opportunity in Super Bowl 50.
Carolina has never won a Super Bowl before. They came close, in Super Bowl XXXVIII, but the New England Patriots broke their hearts with a field goal as time expired. The Panthers haven't been back.
The Panthers are finally back in the Super Bowl, they're 17-1 and they're heavily favored to win the first championship in franchise history. The Denver Broncos will have something to say about that. We've seen big Super Bowl upsets before, and the Broncos come in with the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL and a legendary quarterback in Peyton Manning who wants to win his second Super Bowl (and perhaps retire on the highest note possible).
Our panel of writers predicted what they think will happen in Super Bowl 50:
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Almost everyone seems to think the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl 50, and beat the Denver Broncos rather handily.
That has been the vibe in the Bay Area, and the betting in Las Vegas reflects it too. Jay Kornegay, who runs the sports book at the Las Vegas Westgate, said earlier this week that 85 percent of bets are coming in on the favored Panthers, according to Jason Logan at Covers.com. The Panthers were favored by 5.5 points on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday.
Before we book the victory parade in Charlotte for next week, it’s worth looking at the history of some of the notable upsets in Super Bowl history. Alfred Williams was involved in one of the six major upsets in Super Bowl history, as an All-Pro defensive end for the 1997 Denver Broncos. The Broncos were 11-point underdogs against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and won 31-24. The problem with asking Williams how the Broncos pulled off that upset is he never thought it was an upset.
Super Bowl III New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7 Colts were favored by 18 points
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