DP: Is it tough to watch Eli?
PM: You certainly get a little emotional, get into it. On occasions when I get to see Eli's entire game in the hotel on the road, I've found myself standing on top of the bed yelling at one of his receivers or one of his linemen. And I go, "Peyton, what are you doing? Why are you screaming at the TV? You've got a game in two hours." So I've had to stop watching the games so much. I'll watch a rerun of Stripes and flip back for highlights. It keeps me a lot calmer.
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1. Jimmie Johnson discusses his NASCAR three-peat prospects.
2. Vikes' Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson on his new QB.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter might be Public Enemy No. 1 in Red Sox Nation, but don't count Boston manager Terry Francona among the haters: "If you're a baseball fan, I don't know how you don't love the guy. He's one of the ultimate competitors." When I asked Francona if New York's captain was overrated or just overcovered, he shot back, "I think he's underrated. The way he plays the game enhances his game, which is already pretty good. If anything, he's underappreciated."
The NFL's most prolific tight end, Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez, admitted to me that he hasn't always been so tough. The new Falcon told me he spent all of eighth grade ducking a bully: "I spent a whole year as a latchkey kid. I didn't do anything. No eighth-grade dance, no after-school hang out. None of that stuff. I was at home scared."
Line of the week
John McEnroe thinks that technology will soon make player challenges of calls a nonissue, removing some of tennis's soul: "In five years you're not going to have any umpires. They're going to look back at the days of the dinosaurs—McEnroe and Connors—longingly. We showed a lot of emotion."
THE FINE PRINT: The most exciting part of The Barclays tournament in Jersey City was when a ball would go into a hazard and bounce off the body of a mob informant.
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