Tag Archives: Peyton Manning

Brees’ Signing Results in Win-Win for Saints and Him

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Future Hall of Famer Wants to Finish in New Orleans

Drew Brees gave South Louisiana and Who Dat Nation something positive to think about Wednesday when he announced that he had signed a two-year contract extension for $44.5 million. The actual contract is for a five-year period, but the final three years of the deal will void. If the 37-year-old quarterback enjoys continued success during the 2016 season the Saints could revisit Brees’ contract and renegotiate before the 2017 season starts. Continue reading

It Has Been Super!

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Pro Football Popularity And Status In Sports World Defined By Super Bowls

By John Ventola

Super Bowl 50. Finally, a Super Bowl without Roman numerals. The annual game that pushed professional football to the top of the sports world popularity-wise, and cemented the sport as the most universally viewed athletic event, has reached into our culture and has an Arabic numeral for the first time. Continue reading

Players Returning From Knee Surgeries Quicker

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ACL Injuries Occurring More Frequently

By John Ventola

As athletes have become bigger and faster in recent decades, the number of debilitating injuries suffered playing football has increased. Today there is new evidence and concern about what repeated concussions can do to a human brain. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is real, a progressive degenerative disease that attacks current and former players who have suffered repeated brain injuries. Continue reading

Saints On Life Support With Paper Bags Waiting

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Teams of Aging Quarterbacks Going Different Directions

By John Ventola

Last Sunday night I wrote a blog immediately after New Orleans’ overtime victory over Dallas predicting it would be a sunnier Monday because the hometown guys had won their first game of the season. This morning I can only declare the sun is out, emotions are raw, and a lot of Lexapro will be consumed in the Crescent City. The Saints looked terrible in a second-half collapse against Philadelphia yesterday. Continue reading

Brees’ 400th Touchdown Pass Gives Saints Overtime Victory

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Saints Give Fans Reasons To Look Ahead

By John Ventola

Folks in south Louisiana are walking more briskly and smiling more freely today. Last night’s overtime victory by the New Orleans Saints over Dallas has given them hope that their team can use the win to propel them to a much needed winning streak. With Carolina and Atlanta both off to 4-0 starts, the victory was needed to keep the National Conference’s South Division from becoming a runaway two-team  race. Continue reading

Veteran Quarterbacks Facing Crucial Self-Evaluation Time

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Saints Need To Get Brees Heir Successor In Place

By John Ventola

Father Time keeps ticking and the elite, veteran quarterbacks of the NFL find themselves in various stages of examining what age, on field contact, repetitive throws, and surgeries have had on their moneymaking arms. Peyton Manning, Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, and Drew Brees are each at, or nearing the end of their professional football careers, and their teams should be preparing a successor to play sooner than later. Continue reading

Seahawks And Patriots Clash In Super Bowl XLIX

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Seattle Defensive Backs Go For Second Straight

By John Ventola 

Last season’s drive to Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory featured balanced offense and physical, intimidating defense. While the Seahawks offensive production was consistent, led by steady quarterback Russell Wilson and 1,200-yard rusher Marshawn Lynch, it was the hard-hitting defense that was the team’s hallmark. This year Pete Carroll’s team has basically followed the same script, overcoming a subpar performance by Wilson to rally to a comeback overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC title game. Continue reading

Referees Charged With Putting Stop To Public Muggings

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Physical Defensive Backs Play Key Roles

By John Ventola 

Last season’s drive to the Super Bowl XLVIII victory by Seattle featured a balanced offense and a physical, intimidating defense. While the Seahawks offensive production was consistent, led by steady quarterback Russell Wilson and 1,200-yard rusher Marshawn Lynch, it was the hard-hitting defense that was the team’s hallmark. Continue reading

JV Random Shots

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Long Ago Sports Trivia And A Couple of Tidbits

By John Ventola

Sports history and athletes that helped make it has always fascinated me. While everyone recognizes Michael Jordan as an all-time basketball great, Babe Ruth as a baseball icon, and Peyton Manning as a great football quarterback, I always tried to take notice of the team role players that helped the great athletes achieve their stardom. These support guys, often overlooked, play key roles in the sports trivia arena. I can remember sitting around with fellow journalism students years ago and playing challenging sports trivia games. Regular trivia was exciting, but guys who would go on to cover sports and write for the Times-Picayune, The Morning Advocate, and the Knoxville Sentinel would take the sports version to a whole new level. Many a sandwich, beer, and coffee were enjoyed as we all strove to come up with the stumper. Long before cell phones, and before the internet, the answers had to reside within one’s sports memory bank. On the spot sports knowledge. Continue reading

Athletes Need To Earn Role Model Status

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Role Model Description Does Not Fit Every Athlete

By John Ventola

While there are some bad things that happen sporadically in sports, the social and physical benefits to society far exceed those shortcomings. Thankfully, the ultimate no-no, murder involving an athlete, does not happen often in American sport, but the rash of headlines and media coverage detailing drug and domestic abuse, steroid use, and shady, personal, business dealings, are cause to pause and reflect on who we are calling a role model. Continue reading