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  • Anyone who has followed along here for a while knows I respect Peyton Manning. He's a great player. He's not a bad interview either. He's a pretty sharp, funny guy. He's also one of the league's good guys, as far as charity work goes.

    All that said, would I pay him $105,000 to speak for an hour? ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS? Oh my goodness, no. Nobody would.

    Wait, Oklahoma State University really did pay Manning that much? Sigh. Never mind.

    Manning, the Broncos quarterback and reigning MVP, spoke to about 4,250 Oklahoma State students at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Wednesday night. He spoke for 30 minutes and had a 30-minute Q&A session afterward. According to the Tulsa World, Manning told the students things like, "This is your world. Own it" and "Enjoy the journey, not the destination,"

    Yep ... $105,000. From a public university that Manning has no significant attachment to. At least there's not a problem with the ridiculous cost of higher education in this country or anything.

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  • Colorado Avalanche bench boss Patrick Roy blasted his former Remparts goaltender Louis Domingue in comments in a scrum this week. (Larry MacDougal / CP)Colorado Avalanche bench boss Patrick Roy blasted his former Remparts goaltender Louis Domingue in comments in a scrum this week. (Larry MacDougal / CP)

    Patrick Roy has had, by all accounts, an outstanding debut season with the Colorado Avalanche. He became the fifth rookie coach in NHL history to win 50 games in a season, and the Avs matched their franchise records in wins (52) and points (112).

    He also has the uncanny ability to provide the media a great story just by opening his mouth, and he can’t leave the QMJHL behind. Patrick coached, ran and owned the Remparts for eight seasons from 2005 to last year.

    Wednesday, in a scrum a day before his Colorado Avalanche were about to open their first round matchup against the Minnesota Wild, Roy was asked about what the Halifax Mooseheads were able to do to defeat Roy’s Remparts in 2012 after falling to Quebec 3-0 in games.

    Roy simply said, “Bad goaltending!”

    The Remparts took the first three games of the second round series against the Halifax Mooseheads in 2012, before they dropped the next four games 2-1, 3-2, 5-2, and 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 to lose the series. Cam Critchlow scored four goals in game seven to eliminate the Remparts.

    That prompted a response on twitter from Louis Domingue, Roy's netminder in that 2012 series.

    Read More »from Patrick Roy called out by ex-Quebec Remparts goalie: ‘I didn’t get any of the help I needed’
  • The Baltimore Ravens are giving Rolando McClain another shot. We think.

    McClain had retired from football and yet stated his intentions to come back this season, and the Ravens gave him a workout on Tuesday. But it didn't go well, per an report, and all indications were that his career might be over when he showed up late, couldn't finish his conditioning test and didn't do everything that was asked of him.

    So why did the Ravens change his status? It could be a procedural affair, and the Ravens plan to waive him at some point. But right now, he's on their roster.

    The former No. 8 pick in the 2010 draft started his career with the Oakland Raiders with promise, but things

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  • (Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Preview: Tinder, the social media dating app. We hope you swipe right this postseason ...)

    If you predicted the Colorado Avalanche were going to be this year's Central Division champs, and possess one of the most dynamic offenses full of young talent in Patrick Roy's rookie season behind the bench, you're high. (If you're in Colorado reading this, you probably are high.) No one expected the Avs to go from worst to first (ish) so soon. This is a big accomplishment for a club that's going to be scary-good as they get older.

    As for the Wild, what can be said? High payroll dollars do not lead to wins -- just ask the Anaheim Angels. At least expectations were tempered after one season with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The Wild played the best

    Read More »from Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche: Puck Daddy’s Tinder NHL playoff preview
  • Last summer at a media luncheon, a reporter sarcastically asked UFC president Dana White how it could be true that fight sports like boxing and MMA helped individuals make better lives for themselves. White, no bleeding heart, was trying to make a point about how many people had used the discipline of training and professional opportunities of competing in fight sports to turn their lives around.

    "You can't tell me punching saves lives!" the reporter was quoted as saying, incredulously.

    The crass writer could not have seen through his own snark to realize how ignorant his comments made him look. The point doesn't need much arguing but, suffice to say, that, with the abundance of studies showing the positive psychological, physical and social effects of competitive sports as well as seemingly endless anecdotal tales of fighter after fighter pulling themselves and their families out of real violence and poverty, to say nothing of a common sense understanding that any type of disciplined

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    "Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot."

    If we told you a Secret Service agent uttered those words, you surely wouldn't be surprised. Protecting the president is their job. But if we told you a Secret Service agent uttered those words to a mascot with a giant baseball head, then the whole thing gets a whole lot more interesting, doesn't it?

    AJ Mass portrayed Mr. Met from 1994-1997, and during that time, then-President Bill Clinton visited Shea Stadium for the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first MLB game. In his new book about being Mr. Met, "Yes, It's Hot In Here," Mass relays the story of Clinton's visit to Shea and how it allegedly led to a threat on Mr. Met's life.

    As you might imagine, a mascot with a huge head posed security concerns for the Secret Service. Mr. Met's giant head wouldn't fit through the metal detectors set up for the day and the metal inside the head set off security wands. Mass was caught up at numerous checkpoints. Eventually, according to 

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  • Following a meeting Thursday morning with the coaching staff and school officials, Minnesota State Mankato players say they'll return to practice Friday after walking out on Wednesday's practice.

    The players boycotted practice after Todd Hoffner took his job back as head coach. Hoffner was suspended in August 2012 and dismissed in May 2013 but elected to return Tueday after an arbitrator said he was wrongfully terminated.

    At a news conference Thursday afternoon, the players said their boycott wasn't done in an attempt to subvert Hoffner's return. Interim coach Aaron Keen went 24-2 in two years during Hoffner's absence and is still on the staff.

    "We wanted our voice to be heard yesterday about our support for Aaron Keen and for our desire for a more robust communication channel be opened between the players, Coach Hoffner and the administration about the coaching situation,’’ safety Sam Thompson and wide receiver Kyle Riggott said in a statement (via the Minneapolis Star Tribune). “We

    Read More »from Minnesota State Mankato players agree to return to practice Friday
  • The rivalry between South Carolina and Clemson is always entertaining and usually the bulk of the banter comes from the coaches making offhanded remarks about each other’s programs.

    But on Thursday, an artistic fan decided to put his mark on the in-state feud.

    Joe Connolly is the strength and conditioning coach for the Gamecocks and he made sure to get in a little jab of his own by noting that there’s no fifth finger. Well, the Clemson paw only has four “fingers,” and the joke about the fifth refers to the “five-bombing” South Carolina fans do to Clemson fans as a reminder that the Gamecocks have won five straight against the Tigers.

    Never change South Carolina FBS schools. Never change.


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    Graham Watson is the editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter

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  • The playoffs begin on Saturday, thankfully, which means it’s that lovely time of spring (and it is spring, right? It’s not going to snow again, is it?) when the minds behind Ball Don’t Lie to offer you their thoughts on the upcoming pairings in the first round of the NBA’s postseason.

    Kelly Dwyer’s Old Grey Whistle Test

    One year ago, the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks met in a first round series that was ridiculed for his boring play, Indiana’s inability to close out what felt like a lesser Hawks squad, and it’s relegation to the NBA TV end of things rather than a more nationally sponsored showcase.

    This … this doesn’t figure to change in 2014.

    Indiana, at its best, is a fearsome outfit. The group admirably paid tribute to its own fans and own potential while coming out of the gates swinging last autumn, re-stating a point with both words and play that the team treated home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference bracket as a priority, an understandable goal considering the

    Read More »from Ball Don’t Lie’s 2013-14 Playoff Previews: Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks
  • Kansas hasn’t had a whole lot of success with quarterbacks under coach Charlie Weis, but the Jayhawks are hoping those fortunes will change in 2014.

    Weis announced Thursday that sophomore Montell Cozart won the starting role coming out of spring football.

    Cozart started three games last season and played in four others, but was in a fierce quarterbacking battle with 2013 starter Jake Heaps and UCLA transfer T.J. Millweard. Weis had nothing but praise for Cozart during spring practices and during last Saturday’s spring game, Cozart was the best quarterback on the field.

    Offense was a major concern for the Jayhawks last season. They ranked 117th nationally in total offense with 294.5 yards per game and 118th in scoring offense with 15.8 points per game. Kansas managed just nine passing touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Jayhawks had just one multi-passing touchdown game all season.

    And Cozart was far from a quarterbacking star last season.

    In his seven appearances, Cozart completed

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