Some shared items while waiting for faux New Englanders to overreact to a little winter snow.
It’s not a new story that the Broncos are limiting the locations you can purchase AFC Championship tickets from, read: Patriots fans need not apply.
About 5,000 tickets went on sale Monday and were only available to people with a billing address in the Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, western Kansas and Wyoming.
They didn’t last long, selling out in 10 minutes, the Broncos said, according to KDVR.
If the Patriots had done their job in Miami, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
A little Deflategate deja vu all over again. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that the NFL may reveal summary results for their PSI testing in random games this past season. “A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the league may be releasing a summary of the data between the conference title games and the Super Bowl,” Florio wrote.
If the data does get released during Super Bowl week, you can bet your bottom dollar that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will give it the old, “no comment.” File under: Ideal Gas Law and Order.
No time like the present to grow your own business:
We found the guy. Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla thinks the Patriots are too soft to repeat as Super Bowl champions. For kicks, Kiszla reads the mean tweets from Patriots fans.
A couple of Post scribes also try to tell us if the Broncos — 7-0 when the run the ball 30 times or more — can run Sunday, they’ll win.
The Patriots loss of Jerod Mayo won’t help them defend the run.
And following the money, if Peyton wins, he gets a big payday:
If Denver goes to Super Bowl w/Peyton Manning playing at least 70% in AFC title game, he gets $2M. $2M more for Super Bowl win w/playtime.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) January 4, 2016
Move over Jamie Foxx, there’s a new hero in town as the Globe’s Ben Volin reports on the story of Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming playing in Saturday’s playoff game against the Chiefs with 22 stitches in his right calf after he kicked out the window of a burning car to save a woman who had just gotten into a three-car accident on Route 1 near Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady has only played in 30 NFL playoff games. Take a walk down memory lane here.
Brady makes the cool breeze move of the weekend. According to TMZ Sports, he was with Gisele watching his son Benny play in a youth hockey game in Brookline while the Broncos and Steelers were battling for a spot to face the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. The fanatical fanboys took this to mean that Brady doesn’t need to keep tabs on his opponents, he’s that good. But chances are, Brady knows how to operate the DVR and took in the game later Sunday night, and had plenty of film to review when he arrived at Gillette Stadium on Monday.
Bill Belichick favorite and new Bills assistant defensive backs coach Ed Reed revealed this week that his son is a Patriots fan.
“My son, he wasn’t for it at first. He’s actually a Patriots fan,” the retired NFL All-Pro said on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” So I was like, ‘Coach [Rex Ryan], we got to sell my son a little bit more, man. You got to get him some gear.’ And he was like, ‘He can get whatever he wants.'”
He also revealed how the Broncos can get the best of Tom Brady & Co. on Sunday:
— Inside the NFL (@insidetheNFL) January 19, 2016
Not buying into the hype that having Ed Hochuli as referee for the AFC Championship is bad news for the Patriots no matter how many calls he’s made against Gronk or what the Broncos record is when he’s calling the game:
Broncos are 7-0 in Hochuli games since 2000, 6-0 since 2008. https://t.co/9ThNOwB5vy
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 19, 2016
Crazed Patriots fans are eating up this video by Bored Film Grads on the internets:
While Vegas bookmakers were reporting that 90 percent of the early money was rolling in on the favored Patriots, it’s somewhat stunning to learn that Nate Silver of the FiveThirtyEight blog has the Broncos as a 59 percent probability to advance to the Super Bowl over the Patriots, who they list as fourth in their ELO rating behind the Panthers, Broncos, and Cardinals. The same forecast gives the Patriots just a 19 percent chance to win the Super Bowl if they advance.
The Brady vs. Manning media barrage continues as we get ready for the AFC Championship showdown on Sunday.
In the TownieNews.com parody video at the top of the post, you’ll hear the scripted satire voice mail left Peyton left for Tommy Boy.
ESPN updated their stats and charts in looking at “one unforgettable rivalry.”
And this week, the two icons are featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated where they break down the “all-time box score” of Brady-Manning.
The Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy tells us that Manning isn’t getting any respect across New England.
But one man who’s a big Peyton fan is Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “There’s not a player off our team that I have any more respect for than Peyton Manning,” Belichick said Wednesday during his press conference. “His preparation, his consistency, his skills — I would never, ever, ever underestimate him under any circumstance. Peyton is a great player. We’ve had tremendous battles against him through the years.”
Brady stuck to the script on Manning when he took the podium. “He’s a great passer,” Brady said of his friend Peyton. “He’s so accurate, he throws it on time, he knows where everybody on the field is, offensively [and] defensively. He knows how to look defenders off, put the ball in the right location so his guys can catch and run with it. I think he’s just a great pocket passer and he’s incredibly accurate [and] throws on time. He’s been a remarkable player.”
Peyton skated his lane and heaped praise on Brady in Denver on Wednesday.
“I’ve felt very fortunate to have played 18 years like I have, and I know how hard I’ve worked to play this long,” Manning said. “So when I look across at the New England Patriots and see that Tom Brady is their quarterback, I just know how hard he’s worked, as well, and to play as well as he has over the course of his career, and the success that he’s had and the team success, I just have a lot of respect for him — and he’s earned that respect.”
Brady. Manning. Hell yes!!! Cannot wait. #SophiesChoice
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2016
Manning has a solid grasp on the rivalry and level of competition that Brady brings to the table.
“It’s been a great honor and privilege to compete against him that many times in the past 16, 17 years he and I have been in the league together,” Manning said.
When comparison of a Bird-Magic rivalry was raised in the presser, Manning didn’t take the bait, but he did reveal that he revered the two basketball superstars and had posters of the two icons “in their very short shorts” on his wall back in the ’80s.
Four more days of talk to go before kickoff.