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Sunday Morning Bloody Mary: Horse Tracks - 1/16/11


Broncos coach Fox perfectly matched on and off the field - The Denver Post
On a Sunday in late February 1985, the former Robin Militello had been married for less than 24 hours in her hometown of St. Louis when she and her new husband, an energetic young football coach named John Fox, caught a flight from St. Louis to Los Angeles and rushed to the Coliseum. There, the United States Football League's Los Angeles Express was about to play the Houston Gamblers.

Klis: NFL labor dispute predictably prolonged - The Denver Post
The NFL is 46 days away from shutting down. Having covered labor disputes in baseball, I at least know the parameters of how this NFL collective bargaining disagreement will play out.

Suspicious minds believe Tebow the only choice - The Denver Post
"Bench Tim Tebow? Are you nuts? You are either deaf to the wishes of fans or perhaps an atheist who holds a grudge against a godly man. Broncos fans want Tebow, ready or not. And they want him now.

The Jay Cutler lining up against Seattle today is a winner - The Denver Post
In many ways, the Jay Cutler who will line up under center for the Chicago Bears in today's playoff game against Seattle is very much the same Jay Cutler who quarterbacked the Broncos for 2 1/2 seasons.

Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons - Recap - January 15, 2011 - ESPN
As Aaron Rodgers trotted off the field, savoring another playoff win, he was serenaded with chants of "Go, Pack, Go!"

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Recap - January 15, 2011 - ESPN
A most fitting comeback for Ben Roethlisberger.

NFL playoffs: Executive VP Ray Anderson warns teams about trash talk - ESPN
The NFL has told multiple teams the trash talk and bravado that surfaced this week was expected to stay off the field.

NFL Playoffs: New York Jets receive motivational speech from Dennis Byrd - ESPN New York
On the eve of their biggest game since Super Bowl III -- or so Rex Ryan called it -- the New York Jets received a motivational speech from one of the most beloved and tragic figures in franchise history. Blogs " Blog Archive Pick Six: Rodgers’ game best in playoff history? "
Aaron Rodgers is pretty good. Rodgers became the first quarterback in NFL history with over a 120 passer rating in his first two playoff starts last week. He did it for a third consecutive time against the Falcons on Saturday night, leading the Packers to a spot in the NFC Championship Game. news: Broncos OC McCoy to stay with team, continue teaching Tebow
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will remain with the team to work under new coach John Fox, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. news: Report: Raiders to fire defensive coordinator Marshall
The Oakland Raiders will not bring back defensive coordinator John Marshall next season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday, citing league sources. news: Jets face difficult task in slowing down machine-like Patriots
A breakdown of Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game between the Jets and Patriots:

Steelers' fighting spirit rings true in comeback win over Ravens - Peter King -
Mike Tomlin stood outside the Steeler locker room shortly after 8 Saturday night. Cheerleading.

Philadelphia Eagles fire defensive coordinator Sean McDermott after just 2 seasons - NFL -
The Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

Friday Walk-Thru: What's Taking Al Davis So Long to Pick a Coach? -- NFL FanHouse
The lone wolf still outstanding (to no one’s surprise) is Oakland. Raiders owner Al Davis loves to dilly-dally on these matters. Much the way he did in letting Tom Cable twist in the Bay area breeze before canning him more than a week after leading the club to its best record in eight seasons.