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It's easy to forget that winning isn't everything when the stakes are of Super Bowl proportion. But Denver Broncos defensive end Shaun Phillips' tweet of this text-message exchange with Jaylen, one of his sons, reminds us all there's more to life than the outcome of a game.
Sorry we let you guys down. Messages like this is the I my thing that make me feel better. pic.twitter.com/e6FTuzw7LC— Shaun Phillips (@ShaunPhillips95) February 3, 2014
Did Peyton Manning hurt legacy?
Peyton Manning completed a Super Bowl-record 34 passes on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, but that's pretty much where the positives ended for the legendary quarterback in Super Bowl XLVIII. Because despite those passes and Manning's 280 yards, his Denver Broncos were routed 43-8 at MetLife Stadium. Manning carries something of a poor reputation in big games, and it's impossible to say this game reversed it. Was it his fault? Did the blowout damage his legacy?
Predicting the outcome of any football game is difficult, but Buffett the Manatee is making a mockery of football analysis and of evolution by putting up results that would be the envy of any gambler. Buffett, who lives at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, has successfully picked the past six Super Bowl champions. He makes his picks by gently nudging a placard attached to a pole featuring the helmets of both teams. He's up against some stiff competition this year; though Buffett picked the Broncos, Eli, an ape at the Hogle Zoo in Utah with a similar six-Super Bowl winning streak, picked the Seahawks. At least one of these supposedly-psychic animals will be revealed as a monstrous fraud once the game ends. We're just glad we're not relying on that awful octopus to pick a winner this time around. Octopi have beaks like parrots and are pure evil.
Sherman calls out Manning
Richard Sherman stood his ground regarding his comment that Peyton Manning ''throws ducks,'' but did so in the nicest way possible -- couched in praise for Manning's accuracy and preparation and a bunch of other things people say about Peyton Manning when they're giving him kudos. Manning's arm strength has been questioned before -- it was one of the biggest concerns for him coming off his neck surgery -- but his results this season speak for themselves. He'll need to keep up his near-perfect play in the Super Bowl, unless he wants to see some of those so-called "ducks" float their way into the hands of Sherman or another member of the Seahawks' dangerous secondary.
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Super Bowl XLVIII prop bets
What will be Peyton Manning's legacy after Super Bowl XLVIII? We don't know. We're too busy trying to figure out if opera singer Renee Fleming is used to cold weather and how many gold medals the U.S. is likely to bring home from Sochi. This information would be handy when trying to correctly predict some of the questions posed by Bovada as part of their Super Bowl prop bets. We've collected a sampling of actual bets below. Vote and see how the nation is feeling about the likelihood of 51-year-old Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis going topless in front of 100 million viewers.
Need some betting advice? ESPN Insider's Dave Tuley weighs in on Super Bowl XLVIII