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Eli Manning: I’m not better than Peyton and I don’t try to be

Eli Manning has won two Super Bowls. Peyton Manning has only won one. By the numbers, you could easily make the argument that Peyton is a better quarterback than Eli. Those who know the game of football would likely make this argument, having watched Peyton light up the stat sheet for 13 years prior to last season. Eli’s stats may not stack up, but he is still only 31 years old and has two Lombardi Trophies. Does that make him an overall better quarterback than his older brother?

During a recent interview with Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, Eli was asked what he says when people claim he is a better quarterback than Peyton.

“I correct them very quickly,” he said. “I’ve never tried to compete with Peyton. I never tried to say I need to be better than him. I’ve accepted at times that I wasn’t maybe as good as him because he was the No. 1 high school player in the country. In college, he was going to be the first pick in the draft, so if I tried to go out there and be the same person and be better than him or the same person as him, I’m going to drive myself crazy. I’m going to go out and be the best quarterback I can be and get the most out of my potential. If that’s better than him, great. If it’s not, so be it.”

If both retired today, determining who had the better NFL career would depend on whether you care more about championship hardware or statstics. If we’re talking about passing ability and individual accolades, Peyton is easily one of the greatest of all time. If we’re talking about winning when it counts, Eli gets the nod.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Auburn RB Jovon Robinson under review after counselor admits to falsifying transcripts

Jovon Robinson is sitting out practice at Auburn because his academic status is under review after a counselor admitted to falsifying his transcripts.

Robinson, a top running back recruit from the Memphis-area, has been held out of practice at Auburn since last week. A guidance counselor at Robinson’s Wooddale High School resigned after admitting to creating fraudulent transcripts for the talented prospect. The whole thing came as a huge shock to Robinson’s mother, as you could imagine.

“Everything he got, he got honestly, by hard work,” she told the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The NCAA is investigating Robinson’s status and will try to determine if he qualifies to play based on his real transcripts, and if he knew the transcripts were being falsified. I’m guessing he did. A counselor likely wouldn’t do that unless he/she consulted with the athlete first. My guess is the player will say the falsification was done without his knowledge, and he’ll somehow be declared eligible to play. Isn’t that similar to what happened with Cam Newton?

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Tyrann Mathieu ‘permanently ineligible’ to play football for LSU

Tyrann Mathieu reportedly had interest in returning to LSU’s football team next year after being dismissed from the team last week, but that will not happen. The Heisman Trophy candidate is permanently ineligible to play football for the school.

Mathieu, aka the “Honey Badger,” was kicked off the team last week for reportedly repeatedly testing positive for marijuana. Though Mathieu was exploring his transfer options, a report from ESPN said the defensive back was considering sitting out the season and enrolling in classes in hopes of being reinstated for the 2013 season. But that won’t be happening.

“He’s permanently ineligible to play football at LSU,” LSU senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance Bo Bahnsen told USA Today Sports. “That’s definite. That’s what was said Friday.”

LSU’s substance abuse policy reportedly states that a third violation of drug use will result in “permanent ineligibility to participate at LSU.”

Mathieu can continue as a student at LSU, but he has lost his scholarship. It looks more and more like transferring is his only option if he wants to continue his collegiate playing career.

Some may think LSU’s actions are an overreaction to a minor problem, but it sounds like Mathieu was given many opportunities to change and he didn’t. Maybe this sort of punishment will teach him some discipline and respect for rules.

Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada’s VH1 show cancelled

Chad Johnson’s arrest for alleged domestic violence on wife Evelyn Lozada has cost him a second job.

Not only was Johnson cut by the Miami Dolphins, but VH1 has cancelled the reality show that was set to feature him and his wife.

The show, called “Ev and Ocho,” was scheduled to debut on September 3. It was going to focus on the relationship between the two, and it was going to air footage from their July 4 wedding. But VH1 is pulling the plug in light of the arrest.

“Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series ‘Ev and Ocho’ from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it,” VH1 told TMZ.

Johnson will create plenty of opportunities for himself because of his creativity and incredible marketing abilities, but his football career is in jeopardy. I’m guessing the two will still have futures in reality TV, just not on a show that revolves around a supposed loving relationship between them.

Mayhem Miller arrested after naked church romp

Former UFC fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was arrested on Monday after having what appears to be a breakdown.

The MMA fighter and host of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown” allegedly trashed Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo, Calif., according to TMZ. Police say Miller sprayed the church with a fire extinguisher and scattered the place with CDs, books, and broken pictures.

When police arrived, they reportedly found Miller awake and coherent, but he was naked on a couch on the second floor. He was taken into custody for alleged burglary and is undergoing medical evaluation.

Miller was cut from the UFC in May after a backstage incident following a loss to C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146. Miller, who is unafraid of controversy and infamously sparked a brawl at Strikeforce: Nashville in 2010, and was arrested on first-degree burglary charges in 2005 (he was acquitted).

He had a bizarre Twitter exchange with Dana White on Saturday that may have led to his further depression:

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Vincent Jackson: Josh Freeman is among the top five quarterbacks in the NFL

Vincent Jackson is excited to be playing in Tampa Bay, which is lovely because I’m sure the fans are happy to have him. Jackson signed a five-year contract worth slightly over $55 million over the offseason, so it is hardly surprising that he has only positive things to say as he begins his new journey with the Buccaneers. That being said, there’s a very fine line between being enthusiastic and delusional. V-Jack may have crossed it with his recent comments about Josh Freeman.

“We were a little more flashy as far as the names go (in San Diego), but I think we’re just as talented here all the way across the board,” Jackson said Monday according to the Tampa Bay Times. “We have tight ends, running backs and obviously, Josh Freeman, and he’s a quarterback I think should be mentioned among the top five in the league.”

That would mean Freeman’s name is somewhere in the mix with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers — wait, why am I even entertaining this argument? Freeman has surprised many people with his ability to manage games in Tampa and lead fourth-quarter comebacks, but he has a very, very long way to go before we even begin mentioning him in that discussion.

If Jackson can find a way to stay healthy, he will certainly give Freeman a credible deep threat and do a great deal to help him improve. But with or without V-Jack, the fourth-year quarterback is nowhere near the top five in the NFL.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk
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Four members of DR Congo Olympic team go missing after Games in London

The London Olympics came to an end with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night, but not all members of the Olympic teams are accounted for. According to the Guardian, four members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Olympic delegation have been missing in London since the weekend.

Among the missing are Cedric Mandembo, a judoka who lost his match in the 100kg category in 49 seconds, and his coach Ibula Masengo, Congo boxing trainer Blaise Bekwa and national technical director of athletics Guy Nkita. The Congolese Olympic Committee says Mandembo disappeared on Sunday evening and has not been answering his cell phone. All four members of the team reportedly left their luggage in the Olympic Village.

Seven Cameroonian athletes including five boxers, a swimmer and a soccer player also went missing during the Olympics. It is believed they are attempting to stay in London for economic reasons, but no details about the four members of the Congolese delegation have been released at this time. While police have been notified about the missing Cameroonians, they technically have until November — when their visas expire — to vacate the country.

As the missing athletes and this unauthorized batch of condoms have reminded us over the past week or so, no Olympic Games are ever totally lacking controversy.

Company offers Usain Bolt unlimited McNuggets in exchange for his time

Since he is widely considered to be the fastest man on earth, it’s easy to understand why Usain Bolt is such an appealing figure for endorsement deals. Instead of using the Road Runner cartoon to advertise how fast your company is capable of doing something, why not use a six-time Olympic gold medalist who can run 100 meters in under 10 seconds? A startup company based in the United Kingdom is trying to do just that.

Shutl Ltd. is an online corporation that specializes in speedy delivery for online orders. They allow shoppers to choose to receive their orders either within 90 minutes of placing them or by selecting a one-hour delivery window on the day of their choice. As Black Sports Online pointed out, Shutl recently wrote Bolt the following letter.

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Jets working on Wildcat with Tim Tebow, attempting to keep it a big secret

The fact that the Jets are working on incoporating Tim Tebow into their offense in the form of some sort of Wildcat package is not a secret. We have known that pretty much since the day they signed him. Now that the start of the regular season is just a few weeks away, Rex Ryan and company have gone into stealth mode with it. According to Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, the media has been forbidden from relaying specifics to the public about the Wildcat packages the Jets worked on in practice Monday during a closed session.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” running back Joe McKnight said when Mehta asked him how the Wildcat is coming along.. “Wildcat? I don’t know nothing about the Wildcat.”

Mark Sanchez gave a similar response, telling reporters that they would have to ask offensive coordinator Tony Sparano about it and described the new approach as “pretty intense stuff.” Tim Tebow essentially said the same.

“Similar to anything we do, we don’t want to talk about our schemes, our plays, our reads,” Tebow explained. “Probably as little as you have to… (Sparano is) just a smart coach. He just wants it to be something that we know, we understand… I don’t know if it’s secrecy. We’re going out there, running our offense and our plays. It’s just part of the offense to us

“Playing for Coach (Urban) Meyer, he’s definitely someone that keeps it close to the vest. That’s the most I’ve ever been around. Here, it’s just trying to execute.”

Obviously, it’s more than just trying to execute. The Jets don’t want the rest of the NFL to know how they plan to use Tebow. We’ve heard plenty of speculation about the Wildcat, red zone situations and even special teams. You can’t blame them for being secretive about it, but they certainly are creating a lot of hype and heightened expectations around Gang Green country. If the plan they have in place doesn’t work right from the start, Jets fans are going to become restless very, very quickly.

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Denard Robinson: I’m pretty sure I can beat Usain Bolt in the 40-yard dash

Another day, another football player who thinks he is faster than Usain Bolt. With the Olympics having just ended, Bolt’s speed has been a popular topic of discussion among athletes in non-Olympic sports. Everyone wants to be the fastest guy on the team. But being faster than the fastest man in the world would give you serious bragging rights. Even if it’s only in the 40-yard dash, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson thinks he could take Bolt down.

“I’ve watched him run, and I’m pretty sure I can beat him in a 40-yard dash,” Robinson said Sunday according to Fox Sports Detroit. “I’d get a better start, and I could take him. At 60 yards, I’d be in trouble, and at 100 meters, he’d be gone, but I could get him in a 40.”

That sounds quite similar to what a certain NFL running back recently had to say about being faster than Usain. Michigan backup quarterback Devin Gardner is the one who raised the subject, calling Robinson the “fastest man in the world.” We all know what Denard is capable of with his legs. He didn’t cut Little Debbie snacks out of his diet for no reason. He has a chance to finish the upcoming season as the career leader in rushing yards for an NCAA quarterback.

With all these predictions floating around, Bolt may have no choice but to run the 40-yard dash at some point over the next four years. Everyone seems to agree that he could beat them in the 100-meters, but football players feel confident about the 40 since it is what they train for. The Jamaican gold medalist could put all the speculation to rest by dusting either Johnson or Robinson in the event.

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