January 22nd, 2019 at 8:15 AM ^

Sort of OT: A side benefit of being a nurse at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital was that I crossed paths with some of the greatest athletes and coaches-ever. Who the good guys and the bad guys are in real life, from my encounters, would likely surprise many. Isaiah Thomas, Ron Artest (how about that!) and the Indianapolis Ice hockey team -wonderful human beings. The bad guys: Jermain O'Neil, Jeff Foster and the king of them all-Peyton Manning...though wife Ashley was a gem of a human being...bless her heart. Lots of other good guys-Tony Dungy-not his wife though!!!, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Saturday... 

Arb lover

January 22nd, 2019 at 11:01 AM ^

What allows you to classify these guys as "bad guys". Did they simply not show up at the hospital? Neither did I or most of the people on this blog. 

Did they show up but routinely didn't like to be there or seemed to not want to chat with the nurses, or preoccupied? If so a better question would be whether they interacted with the patients and how the patients (children) felt about them. Their interactions with the nurses are pretty moot in my opinion, other than the fact that maybe if they were being hard on the nurses its because they cared about the children.

I'm going to assume the Peyton Manning children's hospital is named after him because of some inordinate amount of money that he donated to a children's hospital. Since I haven't donated much of anything to a children's hospital I'm going to guess that Manning donated a larger percentage of his income to this cause than I have. Are wealthy people who donate a lot of money sometimes "bad guys". Uh, sure, but your name drop with no corresponding story or rationale leaves me a little less than convinced. 


January 22nd, 2019 at 1:39 PM ^

Those of us who work in pediatrics develop a very strong bias for persons who advocate for children and against people who are averse to children. My three "bad" people did not give a damn about anyone but themselves-they were insolent and demanding. Peyton was our "public face" and got paid well for it. Otherwise he could not have cared less. It was clear that Ashley had to drag him to the floor-he drudgingly and begrudgingly performed his contractual duties...he certainly offered no kind face, encouragement, appreciation nor support...there was nothing positive for anyone when Peyton "showed up" and it had nothing to do with a "moot" point...Ashley covered for his shameful ass. 

Ron Artest  and the Indianapolis Ice players were the opposite. They were most engaging and affable-a joy to have them show up-the kids loved them. Isaiah was just a very nice person. Tony was friendly but his wife was a piece of work.  I can't remember the name of the Colt, defensive captain, who was a huge supporter and donor to our oncology kids. 


January 21st, 2019 at 5:57 PM ^

For sure EGJ... I thought the same thing. Would have been real easy to sit around with a smile and have everyone glom all over you. Instead he knows... he knows how Mahomes feels and seeks him out to tell him in so many words his day will also come.

Excellence. Class. Sportsmanship. Brady.


January 22nd, 2019 at 8:10 AM ^

Somebody should go console this guy in a similar fashion. 

He's probably been saving that word for a while; he thought he knew what it meant. Imagine his anticipation as he sat, waiting for--what he thought was-- just the right moment to use this word that would illustrate to all his elite level of intellect. This was his big moment, and he blew it. He can probably sympathize with Mahomes. 

Harball sized HAIL

January 21st, 2019 at 8:18 PM ^

I thought the NFL was talking about tinkering with the playoff overtime rules.  Seems like with so much on the line - championship game - there is still way to much weighted on the flip of a coin.

I bet they think about it more after that.  If I had to make a decision now I guess I would say play one more 15 min period.  Then after that...… if it is still tied you just keep playing and whoever has the ball keeps it and at that point it is sudden death.  No easy solution but at the very least both teams should get a possession.  


January 21st, 2019 at 9:00 PM ^

Yes, it's almost as if it's just for spite.  The NFL rule has no advantages over the college rule at all.

Maybe if they used the college rule but moved the teams back to the 35 or 40 or so.

But there should never be any circumstance where a game is decided in OT and one of the teams never even touches the ball.  That's insane and indefensible.  There is just no point to it.


Arb lover

January 22nd, 2019 at 11:07 AM ^

If the NFL keeps the current setup I'd be more in favor of removing the coin flip, and either the last team to score has to play defense first, or the last team to attempt to advance the ball in regular time plays defense. Both present challenges, but they are probably more fair than a coin flip. 

Coincidentally, using either rule the Patriots would have had the ball first in OT.


January 22nd, 2019 at 1:10 AM ^

I think the rule change from 2011 works quite well and is actually more fair than the college rule.

The team that goes last in the first college overtime wins about 55% of the time.

The team that won the coin toss for an NFL overtime won 58.5% of the time from 1978 until the rule change.

The team that won the coin toss for an NFL overtime won 53% of the time since the rule change.

The NFL overtime mechanism is a little more similar to the game itself than the college rule, which produces that shortened field.

The only change I'd make to the NFL rule is to eliminate the kickoff and start at the 25 on the far end. Frankly, given the injury issue, I'd eliminate the kickoff from football, period.


January 21st, 2019 at 9:39 PM ^

disagree re: tuck rule.  people forget that brady took a head shot from woodson in the microsecond before the tuck.  if they call that head shot penalty then its a 15 yd penalty and a first down.  instead they were lucky to get the ball back since the ref missed the call, and the patriots barely made it a game. 

its at about 1:10 of this video.  watch for yourself. 

link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl_VvJTyMwo


January 21st, 2019 at 6:15 PM ^

Classy move. I like hearing about players being respectful and doing things like this. Too often you hear about trash talking even after the game ends. I love this, give 100% for 60 minutes, then shake hands afterwards. 


January 21st, 2019 at 6:30 PM ^

I could be a total class guy too if I had his success, his money, and his wife. So I;m stuck with being a low class fan. Plus I choose not to be classy!