'Tis the season -- for running. Now that quarterback Peyton Manning has covered his throwing hand in a glove, all the crucial make-or-break truths about the Broncos can finally be revealed. The mystery of how this Denver season will end? It's in the glove. The glove represents it's time to evolve as a team, during a time of lousy weather, and, if this time, the Broncos really are built to win a championship. The Broncos are winterizing their team for the long road to the Super Bowl. "I do think that we want to emphasize running the football from this point on," Manning said Wednesday. ... The uniformed myth about Manning reads like this: He can't play quarterback in the cold. Critics cite his 9-10 record when the temperature dips below 40 degrees, ignoring [his quarterback rating above 100 in those games]. (The Denver Post) Comment
Brady Hoke wasn't ready on Wednesday to reveal who would serve the role of featured running back when Michigan plays Iowa on Saturday. The Wolverines football coach said he wanted to get through the rest of practice this week before he makes a decision. During his midweek news conference, Hoke said Fitz Toussaint, Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith all have roles to play, but he wouldn't go into details as to what those responsibilities will be. At least part of what each does, he said, depends on what is happening in the game at any particular moment. If down and distance demand a pass, he said, "Some of (the backs) may be better (than others)." Toussaint didn't play last Saturday at Northwestern after suffering a concussion in practice. That opened the door for Green and Smith. The freshmen took advantage. (Detroit Free Press) Comment
Dave Dombrowski threaded a needle that isn't easy for a GM. A good baseball trade -- an old-school swap of major league talent that materializes seemingly out of nowhere, also known as a challenge trade -- takes a certain amount of artistry and the sort of conviction very few in baseball possess. Take, for example, the Prince Fielder-for-Ian Kinsler blockbuster that went down Wednesday night. ... [Dombrowski] and Jon Daniels, his counterpart with the Texas Rangers, didn't spend an excessive amount of time haggling over extra pieces or parts or details. They saw their clubs' strengths and weaknesses, surveyed the free agent and trade markets, realized they were a good fit, agreed upon $30 million heading south, got Fielder to waive his no-trade clause and pulled off a deal of two All-Star regulars. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
NIU clinched a spot in its fourth-straight league championship, riding the performance of QB Jordan Lynch, who passed for 202 yards and rushed for 161 yards with three touchdowns in the Huskies victory over Toledo. (Rick Osentoski/AP)
Peter King chats with Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy about the Buccaneers' struggles, head coach Greg Schiano and McCoy's 'nice guy' personality.