January 2014


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - With a stiff wind and chilly temperatures providing a fitting backdrop, the Denver Broncos put on the pads Wednesday with a mission to snap back into a normal practice routine as they progress toward Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos braved the cold for their first full practice of Super Bowl week - going for one hour and forty minutes after a 30-minute walkthrough session - on the synthetic turf outdoor field at the New York Jets training facility. "It was great," Broncos coach John Fox said after practice. Yet handling the weather was part of a larger picture for the Broncos, who installed their game plan for the matchup against the Seattle Seahawks during three days of practices at home last week.
Jan 29 (The Sports Xchange) - Seattle Seahawks running Marshawn Lynch cut short another mandatory Super Bowl media session on Wednesday in Jersey City, N.J. Lynch, known for avoiding interviews, hopped over chairs to escape reporters after facing questions for 6 minutes, 47 seconds. On Tuesday, Lynch exited the Super Bowl media day in the Prudential Center after 6 1/2 minutes. I'm just here so I don't get fined." Lynch, wearing headphones, was noticeably uneasy during Wednesday's session and climbed over the chairs to leave because he was hemmed in by Seahawks teammates Robert Turbin and Michael Robinson. - - While previous Super Bowl sites such as Atlanta and New Orleans have been blasted by unusual winter weather in recent days, the prospects of good conditions for Sunday's Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium is getting better and better.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In their first full practice of Super Bowl week, the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks worked at a mostly breakneck pace for 90 minutes on the artificial turf inside the New York Giants' indoor facility and opened five doors around the building attempting to simulate the temperatures they're likely to feel Sunday. Inside: 36, a few degrees off the projected temperature at kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII Sunday night. Seattle had only one player of 61 on the regular roster and practice squad who did not work during the unpadded practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center: running back Marshawn Lynch (knee). But that's not unusual, coach Pete Carroll said after practice.
Seattle Seahawks running Marshawn Lynch cut short another mandatory Super Bowl media session on Wednesday in Jersey City, N.J. On Tuesday, Lynch exited the Super Bowl media day in the Prudential Center after 6 1/2 minutes. Lynch, wearing headphones, was noticably uneasy during Wednesday's session and climbed over the chairs to leave because he was hemmed in by Seahawks teammates Robert Turbin and Michael Robinson. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN.com that Lynch might not be fined for leaving Tuesday's mandatory session early.
When it comes to punting, Denver's Britton Colquitt was born to boot the football. Colquitt's father, Craig, won two Super Bowl rings while punting for the Pittsburgh Steelers during a seven-year NFL career. His uncle, Jimmy, punted for Seattle in 1985, and his older brother, Dustin, is currently Kansas City's punter. All I see is Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl stuff on the wall.
By Julian Linden NEW YORK (Reuters) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning knows exactly how lucky he is to be playing in this weekend's Super Bowl. The way Manning sees it, he is blessed just to be playing in the National Football League. Not long ago, Manning's brilliant career looked like it could be over after he missed the entire 2011 season to undergo surgery on his neck. Already in his mid 30s after a Hall of Fame-worthy career that included a Super Bowl win with the Indianapolis Colts, even Manning was resigned to the idea his playing days were over.
By Julian Linden NEW YORK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning knows exactly how lucky he is to be playing in this weekend's Super Bowl. The way Manning sees it, he is blessed just to be playing in the National Football League. Not long ago, Manning's brilliant career looked like it could be over after he missed the entire 2011 season to undergo surgery on his neck. Already in his mid 30s after a Hall of Fame-worthy career that included a Super Bowl win with the Indianapolis Colts, even Manning was resigned to the idea his playing days were over.
It used to be the norm for the NFL's championship game. Just ask 92-year-old Charley Trippi. Long before there was a Super Bowl, the Hall of Famer played in two title games with the Chicago Cardinals - the first while wearing sneakers to cope with an icy field, the second in a Philadelphia blizzard that made it impossible to even see the yard lines. It wouldn't be at all surprising to have flurries at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, when the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks, though the forecast called for only a 20 percent chance of precipitation.
Eli Manning and big brother, Peyton, had a chance to spend a few hours together and the main topic of conversation wasn't the upcoming Super Bowl. Instead of going over how Peyton and the Denver Broncos might attack the Seattle Seahawks' stingy defense for Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium, the focus for the two quarterbacks was the newest member of Eli's family, 7-month-old Lucy. When Peyton arrived at Eli's home in Hoboken, N.J., on Tuesday night, he got to meet and hold his niece for the first time. He certainly didn't want any responsibility in case Peyton got sick for the NFL championship game, which is being played in Eli's home stadium.
The Baltimore Ravens made two staff moves on Wednesday, naming Steve Spagnuolo as secondary coach and hiring Brian Pariani as tight ends coach. Spagnuolo, who also was named assistant head coach, joined the Ravens in 2013 as a senior defensive assistant. His extensive NFL experience includes serving as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2012 and New York Giants in 2007-08 and as head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009 to 2011.

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