Usually, when your football team has a Hall of Fame quarterback coming off multiple procedures to fuse parts of his neck together, it’s best to have everything sure’d up along that offensive line. More than anything, continuity is the key to offensive line play, and Denver had the benefit last season of a unit that remained intact for all 16 games. That and the need to keep Peyton Manning on his feet are what make today’s news of right guard Chris Kuper’s broken arm troubling. No one makes his offensive line look better in pass protection than Manning, but no team wants to start the shuffle up front in mid-August. Manny Ramirez is listed as Kuper’s backup, and the last time we saw him — in spring training with the A’s — it looked like he’d lost a step. How the Broncos deal with Kuper going down will go a long way. Because, ya know, parts of his neck fused together.
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Wednesday.
According to a New York Daily News report, several Jets players questioned Mark Sanchez's work ethic and wondered if the team might be better off with Peyton Manning. Friends of Sanchez tentatively brought him the article, telling him he should probably read it. "Ehhh," said Sanchez, biting into a donut. "Don't really feel like reading."
Here’s your Friday baseball news long toss covering stories on and off the field.
According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, baseball officials are twisting themselves into knots over the long, languid, Darwinian regular season possibly ending with a three-team demolition derby in the American League wild card race. If the Rays, Red Sox and Angels wind up honors-even at the end of the season, we could see an unprecedented three-team playoff. The Angels lost on Thursday, so this scenario seems unlikely. But the possible match-ups and rules governing said match-ups are so fantastically complex and convoluted, you almost want to see it happen, just for the schadenfreude.
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Tuesday
The U.S. Attorney's office has amended the complaint against Full Tilt Poker, an online gambling site, to note that it was run as a "massive Ponzi scheme." FTP apparently didn't have the necessary cash on hand to pay out the accounts of all its players, and earlier this year still owed $390 million. Site representatives said it was no big deal, though, since they planned to make most of it back in a hold-em game with A-Rod later this month.
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday.
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