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Brett Favre would take Peyton Manning over Tom Brady

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The Peyton Manning-Tom Brady debate is one that defines the current generation of the National Football League. On one side, you have a guy who could own almost every major statistical record for a quarterback by the time his career ends. On the other, you have a three-time Super Bowl champion who is still chasing Joe Montana’s four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl MVP awards. What say you, Brett Favre?

During an interview with The Doug Gottlieb Show on Tuesday, Favre was asked if he would take Manning or Brady if he had to choose one. He gave Manning a slight advantage.

“Oh, man. Tom has gotten it done lately with a lot less, but I don’t know,” Favre said. “That’s a toss-up. I’d have to go with Peyton, I believe. But you can’t go wrong with either. (A lot of) people have written (Brady) off, and that’s foolish to write him off. I think he’s got a lot of good football left.”

We know one star cornerback who agrees with Favre, but his opinion may be a bit biased.

Brady is still 138 passing touchdowns behind Manning and isn’t going to catch him. Manning has also thrown for roughly 18,000 more yards. There’s really no debating that Manning is the greatest regular season quarterback of all time, so it all depends on how you choose to evaluate the two.

The major blemish on Manning’s career is that he has done so little with so many opportunities in the postseason. His teams have been one-and-done in the playoffs eight times. While that isn’t totally Manning’s fault, he has made some major mistakes in postseason games.

All that said, you might as well flip a coin when choosing between Manning and Brady. They’re both going to go down as two of the top-five NFL quarterbacks of all time.

H/T Eye on Football

Steve Ballmer goes HAM cheering on Clippers (Video)

If you thought Mark Cuban was a huge fan of his team, wait til you see Steve Ballmer.

The new Clippers owner may be the most enthusiastic owner we’ve seen yet. Check him out going HAM cheering on his team in a preseason game Wednesday night against the Suns. And this is for a PRESEASON game! Imagine what he’ll be like in a real game.

And Shelly Sterling thinks she should be called the Clippers’ Number 1 fan? Not with this guy in charge.

Now you also know why Blake Griffin had this to say about Ballmer:

“Steve is a good dude. He’s like a cool dad who gives you candy.”

Looks like Ballmer’s the one who chowed down on a bunch of candy before the game. He was on a serious sugar high.

Steve Ballmer Clippers

Video via @cjzero

Eric Bledsoe embarrasses Jared Cunningham with killer crossover (Video)

The NBA preseason doesn’t have much significance, but you better believe we’re going to take note if someone gets completely undressed by a gorgeous move.

On Wednesday night, it was Clippers backup guard Jared Cunningham getting embarrassed by a killer crossover.

Late in the third quarter of the Clippers’ preseason game with the Phoenix Suns, Eric Bledsoe caught Cunningham with a wicked crossover that sent the young guard running all the way past the baseline out of bounds. Bledsoe had so much room he decided to attempt a 3-pointer, which he of course bricked.

Still, that doesn’t take away from how awesome the crossover was.

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Video via @cjzero

Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Jake Locker

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The Jake Locker era in Tennessee appears to officially be over.

The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt reported on Wednesday night that the Titans plans to start Zach Mettenberger at quarterback on Sunday against the Houston Texans even though Locker is ready for game action for the first time since hurting his thumb in Week 5. Coach Ken Whisenhunt even said Locker would be the team’s starter when he became healthy, but it looks like he’s changed his mind.

Mettenberger is a sixth-round pick out of LSU and it looks like the Titans are prepared to see what he has to offer. The LSU product went 2/5 for 17 yards with an interception in his only regular-season action this year. He was solid in the preseason, throwing for 659 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

A big-bodied, big-armed quarterback, Mettenberger dropped in the draft because he was recovering from a torn ACL suffered in LSU’s final regular-season game last year. He started off his college career at Georgia but transferred to a JC after a sexual battery incident at a bar before joining LSU prior to the 2011 season.

It’s a little surprising that the Titans are switching away from Locker with so much time left in the season, but they’ve apparently decided he is not the franchise answer and they want to see what Mettenberger can do. We always felt the Titans reached for Locker by taking him No. 8 overall in the 2011 draft. He has great athleticism and a big arm, but his accuracy issues go back to his college days. The guy struggled to hit open receivers even at Washington. Did the Titans think that would go away? It was just a bad pick by them. On top of his accuracy issues, Locker has only played in 27 games over 3+ seasons.

The Titans aren’t exactly doing Mettenberger any favors, either, by having him make his NFL debut against the Texans with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney possibly returning from a knee injury. Thanks, guys.

Photo: Twitter/Zach Mettenberger

Hunter Strickland yells at Salvador Perez after home run (Video)

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a pretty poor sport when things aren’t going his way, and things weren’t going his way on Wednesday night.

Strickland entered the bottom of the 6th inning of Game 2 of the World Series in Kansas City with two on, one out and the Royals up 3-2. Strickland uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third, and then he allowed a 2-run double to Salvador Perez and 2-run home run to Omar Infante. The game quickly went from being close to almost out of hand, and most of it was thanks to him.

That was the 5th home run of the postseason Strickland allowed, and he decided to take things out on Perez by yelling at the Royals catcher after Infante’s home run.

The yelling between them led the Royals to come out of the dugout onto the field to sort out matters.

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Perez even pointed to his eyes to ask Strickland why the pitcher was looking at him:

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It looked like Strickland said to Perez, “get in the dugout, boy!” which would obviously be extremely disrespectful.

Recall that Strickland also got into it with Bryce Harper after allowing a second homer to the Nats youngster in the NLDS.

After the game, Strickland recognized he was wrong.

DeMarco Murray surprised offensive linemen with $1300 iMacs

DeMarco MurrayThe Dallas Cowboys are off to a 6-1 start and one reason why has been the play of running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray leads the NFL in rushing with 913 yards, 298 ahead of second-place Arian Foster. Murray actually has more yards on the ground than every team in the league not named the Ravens, Seahawks, Jets, and, of course, the Cowboys.

During last weekend’s game against the Giants, Murray broke Jim Brown’s 56-year-old record of six consecutive 100-yard games to start a season by gaining 128 on 28 carries.

When you’re a quarterback or running back who reaches a milestone, the customary thing to do is take care of the big guys up front. That’s just what DeMarco Murray did.

Awaiting their arrival on Wednesday, Tyron Smith, Doug Free, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Ron Leary had brand new 21.5 inch iMacs waiting for them, courtesy of Murray.

DeMarco Murray’s current pace gives him a shot at Eric Dickerson’s single-season mark of 2,136 yards, which would mean more (and surely better) gifts. In the meantime, a 21.5 inch iMac is pretty nice.

H/T For The Win

Report: Darrelle Revis overslept, returned to facility to apologize

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New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was sent home from practice Tuesday after he arrived to the team facility late. According to a follow-up report from Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Revis was tardy because he overslept.

In addition, Volin reports that Revis returned to the Patriots facility after being sent home to apologize to Bill Belichick.

We’re not sure if Belichick was receptive to the apology, but we do know Revis returned to practice on Wednesday. He hinted that there was a non-football reason he was not at practice Tuesday when reporters inquired about his absence.

“That’s between me and coach [Bill Belichick],” Revis said, via Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com. “Ask him about it.”

Revis is the highest-paid player on the Patriots roster, and I’m sure Belichick secretly loved getting an opportunity to make an example out of him. If you remember, many believed part of the reason former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was placed on IR last season was that he was late for a bye-week practice.

With all the money Revis is making this season, he should be able to hire someone to make sure he gets out of bed on time every day. Patriots fans can only hope Tuesday’s incident doesn’t create tension between Belichick and Revis. With Jerod Mayo out for the season and Chandler Jones expected to miss a month, New England needs Revis to be completely focused in the coming weeks.

NFL Week 8 expert picks against the spread – Del’s picks

Things were going so smoothly for Del over the past several weeks that he almost forgot it’s possible to post a losing week against the spread. Unfortunately, that’s what happened in Week 7. The good news is it was only 7-8, and Del nailed both of his locks of the week to improve to 11-7 on the season with the money-making picks.

[Reminder: The Week 8 Pick 'em Pool winner gets an official NFL football]

For whatever reason, this seems like the toughest week of the season thus far. We have two teams playing in London, so you never know how that will turn out. The spreads are tough, but aren’t they always? We’ll do our best to get you on the right side of the number. Here are Del’s Week 8 NFL picks.

NFL PICKS WEEK 8
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)

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Del’s going with the chalk in the Houston-Tennessee game in the wake of the Titans announcing that they have benched Jake Locker in favor of rookie Zach Mettenberger. While I think Mettenberger is more likely than Locker to be the long-term answer at quarterback for the Titans, he’ll have an extremely tough task in his first NFL start. Some guy named JJ Watt is making a bid to be the first defensive player to win NFL MVP since 1986. Houston is also expecting Jadeveon Clowney to return from a knee injury. The Texans should be able to force Mettenberger into a couple turnovers and sack him two or three times. Give me Houston.

Everything I have watched to this point in the season tells me the Packers should cover against the Saints with ease. The Saints have been struggling and are coming off a tough loss to the Lions. Jimmy Graham is also battling a shoulder injury and clearly was not himself last week. He didn’t catch a single pass. So why pick the Saints when they’re giving Green Bay points?

Simply put, Del always takes the Saints when they play at home in primetime. They always show up. They’re cover machines when they play at the Superdome on Sunday and Monday nights. If Drew Brees and company end up covering and I don’t lock them, I’ll kick myself. If the Packers blow them out, I still won’t regret it.

Tim Lincecum missed World Series intros because he was throwing up

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Tim Lincecum was absent from introductions prior to Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, and now we know why: the two-time Cy Young Award winner was sick.

CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly pointed out Lincecum’s absence on Tuesday night and did not have an explanation from San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was unaware of the pitcher’s absence. On Wednesday, Bochy said it was because Big Time Timmy Jim was throwing up.

Not only did Lincecum miss the intros, he also watched the game from the dugout instead of the bullpen, where he usually would watch.

Lincecum said this about missing intros.

“I just didn’t want to go out there after it had started,” Lincecum said via Baggarly.

If Lincecum wasn’t even the starting pitcher, it’s hard to believe he’d be throwing up before the game because of nerves. Maybe he was throwing up because he had some of his famous, insane In-N-Out order.

LBS Week 8 Pick ‘em Pool winner gets a new Wilson official NFL football

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Good news! If you are the winner of Week 8 in the LBS pro football pick ‘em league, you will win a cool prize.

As we told you when we launched the LBS pick ‘em challenge, we will have end-of-the-year prizes as well as some prizes for weekly winners. This week we are pleased to announce that the winner of Week 8 will receive an official Wilson “Duke” game ball that features the pink NFL shield ribbon for breast cancer awareness.

Here’s some info about the ball via the folks at Wilson:

“Every year to help promote breast cancer awareness, the NFL goes pink for the month of October. To support the NFL’s effort in its mission, all Wilson “The Duke” game balls for the month of October sport the pink NFL Shield ribbon in place of the traditional gold NFL Shield. Wilson proudly donates $250,000 annually to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit bcrfcure.org. To see the complete line of Wilson pink products head over to Wilson.com.”

Even though it’s probably too late to catch up for the end of the year prizes, you can follow this link for details on joining to participate in this week’s contest.

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