Denver odds to win Super Bowl were 75-1 in Vegas, now 8-1
Peyton Manning has chosen the Denver Broncos over the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers and all it will take to make it official is his name on the dotted line of a reported five-year $95 million dollar deal. The big contract will be worded so that the Broncos are off the hook if Manning is unable to play beacuse of his neck injury or nerve damage from the surgeries done to repair it. Does Manning make the Broncos automatic Super Bowl contenders ??? Las Vegas thinks so dropping Denver’s odds to win the Super Bowl from 75-1 to 8-1.
In other news around the NFL, ex-Jaguar QB David Garrard sign with the Miami Dolphins. Garrard did not play in 2011 after being cut by Jacksonville days before the start of the season. The Dolphins have also had Alex Smith in for a visit and my use their No.8 overall pick in the draft on Ryan Tannehill if he is available. The Jets have reportedly inked Skins safety LaRon Landry to a one-year $4 million dollar deal. The Pats have sured up their offensive line by picking up veteran Robert Gallery on a one-year deal. Gallery was a top-five pick by the Raiders out of Iowa and played last for Seattle.
Chicago’s 85-59 blowout win over the Orlando Magic highlighted a six-game NBA card. The Magic scored 14-19-15-11 by quarter and turned the ball over 18 times. It was sweet revenge for the Bulls who saw a ten-game win streak snapped by Orlando in the last meeting on February 7th. The Celtics won the battle for the fourth quarter 29-25 to win the war over Atlanta 79-76. Philadelphia mauled Charlotte 105-80, the Bobcats have still not won back-to-back games all year. Cleveland beat New jersey 105-100. The Mavs opened up a 112-95 can of whup ass on the Nuggets in Denver. Minnesota beat Golden State 97-93 on the night that the Warrior’s retired Chris Mullin’s jersey. Gilbert Arenas will reportedly sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.
With just three weeks left in the NHL regular season, every goal, every game, and every point counts. The Washington Capitals are hanging on the eight seed in the East after getting a much needed road win at Detroit. Boston shellacked Toronto 8-0 in a battle of original sixes. The Rangers stayed three points ahead on the Pens for the overall lead in the East after winning a 4-2 brawlfest with the New Jersey Devils. Buffalo continued it’s late charge with a 7-3 win at Tampa Bay. Minnesota blanked Vancouver 2-0 and Anaheim sank San Jose 5-3 at the Shark tank.
There were seven college basketball games played Monday, three in the NIT with all three visitors cashing tickets. Middle Tennessee State beat in-state big brother Tennessee 71-64 winning on the Vols home court. Minnesota was a 78-60 winner at an obviously disinterested Miami Florida and Stanford (-9.5) turned back Illinois State 92-88 in overtime. In the CBI, Pittsburg crushed Princeton 82-61, the Butker did it to Penn 63-53, Oregon State won a 101-81 shootout with TCU, and Washington State spanked Wyoming 61-41.
Major league baseball is right around the corner with the regular season starting for real in eight days in Japan. In spring training news, the Tiger’s Miguel Cabrera took a liner to the face and left Detroit’s exhibition game with the Phillies bloodied. Fortunately, it wasn’t a direct hit and Cabrera’s sunglasses were the actual cause of the cuts. Cabrera was taken for stitches and precautinary X-rays. Royals closer Joakim Soria has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament and may need Tommy John surgery that would force him to miss the entire 2012 season. The Nats have optioned 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper to AAA Syracuse. Tony LaRussa will reported have a book out in the fall that will cover his entire managing career. Vlad Guerrero will reportedly look to Japan after getting no MLB offers for his services. The Mets have settled their case with the trustee for the Bernie Madoff fraud victims for $162 million.
(CBB) Drexel -6.5 over UMass
(NBA) Milwaukee/Portland Under 206.5
(NHL) Colorado -137 over Calgary
(NHL) San Jose/LA Kings Under 5 -115