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Eli Manning takes off mask, reveals he was playing in Peyton’s body

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Eli Manning looked more miserable than anyone on Sunday night as he watched his older brother Peyton and the Denver Broncos embarrass themselves in the Super Bowl. Peyton threw two interceptions in the first half and was never able to get comfortable, and you could tell baby bro was feeling for him. Or, wait, was it actually baby bro wearing No. 18 for the Broncos?

Ironically, Eli is 2-0 in his career in Super Bowls and has thrown just one interception and three touchdowns. Peyton has thrown three interceptions and four touchdowns in three Super Bowl starts. He’s 1-2.

This particular meme was likely directed at Eli’s play in 2013, which included a career-high 27 interceptions. Given all the graphics we have already seen mocking Peyton on social media, I’m sure Eli doesn’t mind taking a cheap shot or two to soften the blow.

Von Miller turned away from NYC nightclub where Seahawks were partying

Von Miller BroncosThe Denver Broncos could have used linebacker Von Miller during their loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, though I’m not sure it would have made much of a difference. Miller suffered a torn ACL during a Week 16 win over the Houston Texans. After the Super Bowl, he tried to go out partying in New York City. He was turned away from at least one club.

TMZ posted a video on Monday morning which they claim shows Miller getting denied access to Marquee nightclub in NYC. Sidney Rice, James Carpenter and a bunch of other Seahawks players were reportedly partying inside the club, though the bouncer allegedly told Miller they were simply filled to capacity.

I’m sure the club was at capacity on Super Bowl Sunday, but NFL players and celebrities usually get special treatment. Rather than getting treated like VIP, Miller faced the same problem Justin Bieber faced several times over the weekend. And they say football is just a game — HA!

Marshawn Lynch danced in locker room after Super Bowl (Video)

LynchBy refusing to speak to the media for more than a few minutes at a time, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch became one of the biggest stories leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. Lynch gave a very brief interview with Deion Sanders during which he dropped an S-bomb and had to be rescued by a teammate in a later media session. After his team won it all, he just danced.

Lynch still didn’t want to speak with the media after winning the Super Bowl, but he allowed reporters to videotape him getting downright jiggy in the locker room. He was wearing the same ‘Beast Mode’ hoodie he showed up to MetLife Stadium in.

The interesting thing is we assumed Lynch had his face covered when he arrived because of the cold weather. He had the same face-warmer on when he was dancing, so it was probably just another way to hide from the media. Because remember, Marshawn all about that action, boss.

Video via Seattle Post-Intelligencer
H/T SI Hot Clicks

Seahawks DT Tony McDaniel: Peyton Manning, Broncos gave up

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The Denver Broncos were destroyed by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night, but did they fight until the finish? While the Broncos put together one nifty drive late in the third quarter that ended with a Demaryius Thomas touchdown, their team effort looked as poor as you will ever see in a championship game. Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel thought Peyton Manning and company gave up.

“When we was up about 29 points, just his whole emotion was kind of like he was dry,” McDaniel told Around the League’s Marc Sessler. “Just the whole team looked like they was giving up, and once we scored again, I knew it was over.”

The Seahawks were up 22 points going into halftime. The Broncos could not have been feeling great, but they should not have completely given up hope down three scores with the best offense in the NFL.

When Percy Harvin took the opening kickoff of the second half to the house to put Seattle up 29-0, everyone knew it was over. It would be human nature for the Broncos to feel their championship hopes evaporate at that point. Cliff Avril, who hit Manning’s arm to force a crucial pick-six late in the first half, was asked if he thought Denver packed it in after that.

“How could they not?” he asked.

Seattle is the best team in football for a reason, and they probably would have won even if the Broncos played their best. Denver simply picked a terrible time to have its worst game of the season.

Richard Sherman urges Twitter followers to not bash Peyton Manning

Richard-Sherman-SeahawksSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman clearly learned a lot from his postgame rants and taunting two weeks ago after the NFC Championship Game. He seemed like a completely different person following his team’s win in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. Rather than talking trash, Sherman took the time to praise his family, teammates, the fans, and even Peyton Manning.

Hundreds of thousands of Twitter users spent their Sunday evening ragging on Manning and creating hilarious memes to commemorate his poor performance. Sherman urged Seahawks fans to simply enjoy the win rather than taunting Peyton.

Sherman is right. Manning is one of the classiest players in the game and a future Hall of Famer. That said, the ugly showing does hurt his legacy. He threw a pick-six to end the Super Bowl four years ago and did the same on Sunday to basically eliminate any chance the Denver Broncos had of coming back. Manning is now 1-2 in the Super Bowl and 11-12 in the playoffs overall.

As for Sherman, you can tell he meant it when he apologized for taking the spotlight away from his teammates two weeks ago. He carried himself with class after winning a championship.

Broncos C Manny Ramirez blames Peyton Manning for safety, then takes full responsibility

Peyton-Manning-safetyThe Denver Broncos began the Super Bowl in the worst way possible on Sunday, giving up a safety on their first offensive play of the game. Crowd noise and nerves probably played a role, but who was responsible for the play? After the loss, Broncos center Manny Ramirez said it was Peyton Manning’s fault. He then changed his mind and took full responsibility.

“I was shocked because you never expect anything like that to happen,” Ramirez said, via Around the League. “Of course I take full blame for that. They capitalized on it. We weren’t able to get going for the whole rest of the game … They capitalized on all our mistakes.

“It was real loud. We were trying to go on the cadence. I thought I heard him. I didn’t. He was actually walking up to me because he had already said the cadence, and I snapped it. But again, I take full responsibility for that. It’s just something that we should have been able to overcome, and we weren’t able to … It’s not an excuse. It shouldn’t have happened.”

Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post said Ramirez took a different stance when explaining the play, telling reporters that Manning was responsible.

Manning said the play was “nobody’s fault” and was a result of crowd noise. Why does it matter? It doesn’t, really. Unless you’re one of those people who loves to harp on how Peyton is a playoff choker. If the safety was his fault, it’s another stain on his less-than-stellar playoff career.

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Cris Carter responds to Doug Baldwin

Doug-Baldwin-SeahawksThe first thing Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin did when he found a microphone after his team won the Super Bowl on Sunday was rip into ESPN analyst Cris Carter. Baldwin, who caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown, was furious that Carter and Keyshawn Johnson described Seattle’s receivers as “appetizers” before the NFC Championship Game.

Carter later responded to Baldwin with a simple message — get over it.

“For one, I never called them pedestrian,” Carter said. “I (said) the reason why they were on the field is because the two starting receivers happened to be hurt. I didn’t make that up. And I’m glad Doug Baldwin — I’m glad they’re playing well.

“But they’re not the only professionals to have someone say on TV, or a coach, that you couldn’t play. I got cut. So they need to get over it.”

Baldwin’s fellow wide receiver appetizer, Jermaine Kearse, hauled four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks receivers outplayed the Denver Broncos’ loaded receiving corps, which is something no one could have predicted. Baldwin earned the right to rub it in Carter’s face.

While I understand what Carter and Johnson were trying to say about Seattle dealing with injuries to Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice, Carter has still shown in the past that he is an idiot by making ridiculous statements about the game’s current receivers. He always comes off like a jealous guy who wants to protect his legacy.