Manning signs the dotted line … five-years, $96 million

It’s official, Peyton Manning is a Bronco, Alex Smith re-ups with 49ers, Tebow watch begins, Hines Ward retires a Steeler

The quarterback carousel is finally over with Peyton Manning a Bronco and Alex Smith re-upping with the San Francisco 49ers. Tim Tebow is expected to be moved in the next 24 hours with the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Jets the likely destinations. Tebow has made it known that he would like to return to Florida to play. Tebow is expected to bring just a fifth or sixth round draft pick unless somebody is ready to step up to the plate with more. Teams can now concentrate on picking through the free agent scraps, upgrading depth-chart talent and depth, and getting their boards ready for the April 26th draft.

In other news around the frozen tundra, Hines Ward retired as a Pittsburg Steeler after 14 years and an even 1000 catches. Ward started the first five games for the Steelers this year but was was gradually phased out before being released earlier in the year. Ward played in three Super Bowls and was a two-time World Champion with Pittsburg and the MLP of Super Bowl XL. Ward’s legacy will be as a hard nosed blocker that was often times constued as dirty. The debate has has already begun as to whether Ward is Hall of Fame calibre. The numbers overwhelming say yes.

The Knicks are raging under new coach Mike Woodson. Teams generally bounce for a game or two after a coaching change and is generally considered a solid betting angle in the blind but … New York has taken that to a new level with for straight wins by a 90 point agg after Tuesdays’ 106-87 demolition of Toronto at MSG. The Miami Heat won their fourth straight home game after turning back Phoenix 99-95. Miami used a 17-0 run in the fourth to come from 10 down. Lebron James suffered a stinger in the first quarter but returned to play and scored 20 points. Indiana spanked the Clippers behind 25/8 from Danny Granger. Houston also came back from 10 (actually 17) down late to beat the lakers 107-104 as the Lakeshow’s raod woes continue. Utah, Milwaukee, and Sacramento were the other winners in the Association.

With a little less than a month to play in the NBA regualar season, if the playoffs started today, the matchups would look like this. In the East, it would be Knicks at the Bulls, Celtics at the Heat, Pacers at the 76ers, and the Hawks at the Magic. In the West, it would be the Rockets at the Thunder, the Nuggets at the Spurs, the Mavs at the Clippers, and the Grizz at the Lakers.

In the NHL, Pittsburg continued their hot play with an 8-4 drubbing of Winnipeg. Malkin had two goals and three assists, Sid the Kid had four helpers. Florida continued their strong play with a 2-1 win over the Flyers. In key inter-division matchups in the Pacific, Dallas beat Phoenix 4-3 in a shootout and the Kings ripped San Jose 5-3 in LA. The Islanders, Blackhawks, Devils, Oilers, and Avalanche were the other winners on a busy nine game card. If the playoffs were to start tonight in the NHL … in the East it would be … Caps at the Rangers, Senators at the Bruins, the Devils at the Panthers, and Flyers at the Pens. In the West … the Kings would visit St Louis, the Avs at the Canucks, the Blackhawks at Stars, and Preds at the Red Wings.

The the NIT, UMass came back from 10 down at the half to take down Drexel 72-70 and advance to New York. They’ll be joined by the Washington Huskies who beat Pac Ten counterpart 90-86. The CBI was off last night but tonight features Butler (-1) hosting Pittsburg and Oregon State (-7) over visiting Washington State. In the CIT, Oakland scored a 77-70 home court win over Rice. In tonight’s action Middle Tennessee State is a three-point home fave over Minnesota. Homestanding Old Dominion is (-7) over Mercer, and Robert Morris catched four at Fairfield.

If you’ve lived in a cave the past three years and have never had a chance to see Baylor’s Brittney Griner you’ve simply been missing out. The undefeated Bears have the chance to become the first team to ever run table with 40 wins and last night they ripped Florida. Griner became the second woman ever to dunk in the NCAA tournament with a flatfooted throw down against the Gators. The 6’8″ Griner (a junior) will eventually go down as the greatest woman to ever play.

The 2006 Candace Parker dunks were wimpy at best. This is a dunk !!!

Free Plays

(CBB) Pittsburg +1 over Butler

(CBB) Old Dominion -7 over Mercer

(NBA) Chicago -7.5 over Toronto

(NBA) Cleveland/Atlanta Under 190.5