Peyton Manning is finally hanging up his cleats and riding into the sunset.
According to two sources Manning will officially announce his retirement by the end of this week. The sources also stated that Manning is leaving the Broncos and he does not plan on signing with another team (Sorry LA Rams).
Either way, John Elway finally succeeded in bringing a Lombardi back to Denver and gave Peyton one last rodeo with one of the best defenses of this decade. Just like Elway (38), Manning (39) is the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl and bring fame and fortune to Colorado.
In spite of that, there are new NFL regulations these days. Manning only had a month after the Super Bowl to deliberate his retirement but he already told Bill Belichick, close family, and friends that this will be his last rodeo.
I know, I know, another article about a historic event, but hey its almost been 37 years since the United States smacked around the USSR in Lake Placid. Coach Herb Brooks and his squad were sensational enough on February 22, 1980 to beat the defending champion USSR team and earn a shot to win a gold medal. On top of that, they even decided to make a movie out of it which is one of my all time favorites. I get to watch it again, and again, and again, and again (you'll understand my humor if you actually decided to watch the movie and have feel good moment except when the entire team is puking during suicides but that is totally behind the point). Herb Brooks and his crazy conditioning methods remind me of the good old days, except I can barely skate on ice let alone run the length of the floor several times. Also, Al Michaels had one of the best one piece suits in the business during that game, I'm not entirely sure what NBC was thinking but hey they attracted tons of viewers.
Al looks suave don't you think? But hey it was the 1980s and blue sweaters with black lining were in style, especially in upstate New York. Either way we will never forget Miracle, and Al Michael's crazy looking sweater, on Ice for all of its glory and celebration.
The NFL has survived a ton public relations crises in the past year including, but not limited to, Deflategate. In spite of that, the NFL's largest problem is still concussions and the prevalence of CTE. CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy has affected more than 100 former NFL players over the past 10 years and this problem will only continue to grow unless the NFL makes significant changes. To make things worse, a study at Boston University found the existence of CTE in 96% of 91 test subjects all of whom played football at an organized level. That is astounding to say the least but there is a possible cure, weed.