Horse Tracks - 2/6/09 - Will Sharpe and Little get 'The Call'?

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Good Morning Broncos Country.  This is a HUGE day for Broncos fans everywhere.  Well, it could be, if all the votes fall the right way.  The Broncos could double their presence in the Hall of Fame by the end of today if both Shannon Sharpe and Floyd Little get the call they both so richly deserve.  Just a reminder - Little needs only to receive 80% of the vote to get in.  His election has nothing to do with the other modern-day candidates or Dick LeBeau's.  The announcement will come at 5:00PM et, so be sure to check back here often with the latest.  Follow MHR on Twitter as well - @MileHighReport

Sharpe hopes Hall time is now - The Denver Post
Those who know Shannon Sharpe often miss the point about him. Shannon loves to talk, people say. He says the darndest, belly-laughing things. What is missed, however, is the substance behind all his words

Broncos Little, Sharpe learn their Hall of Fame fates today - The Denver Post
As the Pro Football Hall of Fame voting process whittles down today to a final decision, former Broncos Floyd Little should be a cinch and Shannon Sharpe is a definite maybe.

Josh McDaniels Interview - BroncosTV
Part 1 of a sit-down with Josh McDaniels

NFL commish downplays labor woes - The Denver Post
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he hopes the pessimism from the players' union regarding labor talks doesn't become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

DMN: Thomas’ play, not his words, hurt him | National Football Post
All the talking coming from Adalius Thomas is strange considering his play this season was far from productive on tape. I would think it would be hard for the Patriots to bring him back, not for his words but for his play.

Have we seen the last of LT? | National Football Post
The money is the upfront issue, as LT is owed a $2 million dollar roster bonus on March 2 and his salary for the 2010 season carries a value of $5 million.

Union head fires first public shot | National Football Post
The public battle for hearts and minds has begun. Starting with Thursday’s press conference by NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, the gauntlet was laid down by the union that this internal debate over the splitting of over $8 billion of revenues will be public and will be uncomfortable, at least from the players’ side.

Wilson: Patriots not hiring a defensive coordinator | National Football Post
Instead of replacing Dean Pees as defensive coordinator, the New England Patriots are going to go without one in 2010.

Wilson: Irvin still on NFL Network | National Football Post
Despite facing accusations that he allegedly raped a woman three years ago with a civil lawsuit filed against him Thursday, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin will remain in his role as an NFL Network analyst for the Supr Bowl.

Wilson: Reggie Wayne injures knee | National Football Post
Indianapolis Colts star wide receiver Reggie Wayne aggravated a right knee injury, leaving practice early today.

Wilson: Irvin sues accuser for $100 million | National Football Post
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin filed a $100 million lawsuit against the woman who has accused him of rape in a civil lawsuit.

A Super Bowl shootout would suit Colts' Manning just fine
The Indianapolis Colts do shootouts as well as, if not better than, any team in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints are no slouches in this category, either, of course. They're just not quite at the Colts' level when it comes to winning a game that more closely resembles basketball than football.

Saints hope to turn shootout into power-running showcase
With defensive end Dwight Freeney likely limited -- at best -- for Super Bowl XLIV because of an ankle injury, the Indianapolis Colts' inability to generate a pass rush on Saints quarterback Drew Brees seems the obvious concern. Freeney or not, we could be overlooking a more significant matchup issue for the Colts defense: Limiting the New Orleans Saints' running game.

Bush's big-play ability on returns could give Saints a boost
The kicking game is often overlooked in pregame analysis, but this phase of the game could be the deciding factor in this matchup of explosive offenses.

Goodell: Suspended WR Stallworth will be reinstated
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth will be reinstated to play at some point after Sunday's Super Bowl, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday at his annual state-of-the-league address. Stallworth was suspended without pay for the 2009 season last August after reaching a plea agreement on a DUI manslaughter charge in Miami.

Rice and Smith are frontrunners for 2010 Hall of Fame
With Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice all but shoo-ins for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, get ready for a little Canton Two-Step.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Portis looks forward to reunion with Shanahan "
Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who played under Mike Shanahan for two years in Denver, can’t wait to be reunited with his former head coach.

Bears promote Marinelli to defensive coordinator
Unable to find outside help, the Chicago Bears have promoted Rod Marinelli to defensive coordinator while rounding out their coaching staff.

Super Bowl forecasts call for dry, cool weather - ESPN
An unprecedented rainstorm delivered the setting for the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl championship three years ago in Miami in the same stadium where they'll vie for another.

Pioli says the Chiefs plan to be careful, smart in free agency | Red Zone
The staff at Chiefs headquarters is well aware of how much help the team needs entering the 2010 season. It needs players at many positions, and there weren't many groups in 2009 that appeared set.

Rich Gannon Can't Quit JaMarcus Russell | NBC Bay Area
Move over, Warren Sapp. Cable TV sports has a new go-to guy for disparaging commentary about JaMarcus Russell and the Oakland Raiders.

Coryell’s big imprint ingrained in football - SignOnSanDiego.com
I don’t know how many more of these I have left in me. This could be the last one, because there may not be another chance of this magnitude to promote Don Coryell for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If that seems harsh, unfair and unjust, so be it. The process is an extremely difficult one.

Paige: A Little respect for Sharpe players - The Denver Post
Note: This column was e-mailed Friday to the 44 voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They will meet for five hours today to elect the 2010 inductees.

Undrafted, undersized Woodyard rises to become a Broncos' team captain - The Denver Post
By no normal measure is Wesley Woodyard a small man. He stands 6 feet tall and is a lean 222 pounds, with a physique that hordes of gym-going businessmen would envy.

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