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Beast Mode Leaves Yelling 'Me First!'

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The End? Manning Excels at Right Calls

Mike Lupica, Sports on Earth

Two thoughts on the timing of Marshawn Lynch’s retirement announcement. The first: It wasn’t classy. When the biggest sporting event in the country is in the final quarter...(full article)

Here’s what I’m interested to see: Now that Riley Cooper has been released by the Eagles, is he, as that famous hippy song says, ``Going to San Francisco?’’ Because if we t...(full article)

Here was Peyton Manning on the stage that had been set up at around the 10-yard line at Levi's Stadium, the Lombardi Trophy in his hand, after this night when you occasionally thou...(full article)

On the sixth snap of Cam Newton's Super Bowl, Von Miller charged at him from the edge, hit him face first and promptly ripped the football out of his hands. Just tore it out. Th...(full article)

Hyperbole is easy to come by in the immediate moments after a Super Bowl -- often it's misguided and simply untrue. But when Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said h...(full article)

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