Peyton Manning is no stranger to changing teams late in an NFL career after already becoming an all-time great.
Following 14 seasons, one championship and four MVP awards with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning joined the Denver Broncos and won his second Super Bowl and another MVP before retiring.
Another all-time great QB, Tom Brady, will make his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2020 season after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.
Manning spoke to ESPN’s Hannah Storm on Sunday and said that he’s surprised Brady is switching conferences, but that the six-time Super Bowl champion will be in great hands with his new team.
“He seems happy, he seems excited, I’m a little surprised he jumped over to the NFC, I always see Tom Brady as an AFC guy, he’s going to have to go through initiation to learn the ropes of the NFC,” Manning told ESPN. “They have a great team around him, (Buccaneers head coach) Bruce Arians was my quarterbacks coach in my rookie season and my first few years in the NFL, Tom Moore, my offensive coordinator is down there, Clyde Christensen. Tom is going down there to get coached by guys that I’m very familiar with, guys that know football, that love football and everyone knows how hard he’s going to work.”
As for the competition, Manning does not expect the rest of the division to roll out the red carpet and welcome the future Hall of Famer.
“He’s got a tough division, I don’t think the (New Orleans) Saints, the (Atlanta) Falcons and the (Carolina) Panthers are just going to just let the Bucs roll into town, so it could make for some interesting division games and matchups.”
Manning also has experience as the number one pick in the NFL Draft, he was selected first by the Colts in 1998. He recently spoke to LSU quarterback and presumptive number one pick in the 2020 Draft Joe Burrow and gave him some perspective on what it’s like entering the league after being selected first overall.
“I told him, when you’re the first pick in the NFL Draft, you are going to a team that has really earned the first pick in the NFL Draft,” said Manning. “There are going to be some holes there. There was a reason the Colts were picking number one that year, there is a reason the Bengals are picking number one this year, the Giants when they had Eli, other people have to step up and give him some help.”
“I tried to tell him, it’s a marathon, it’s not a sprint, I lost more games in my rookie year than I had in my entire high school and college careers combined, I threw 26 interceptions, that’s still an NFL record. If Joe wants to break that, I’d be OK with that, we’d still be friends. I tried to learn a lot that year, Jim Mora never took me out, I learned a lot of things in the fourth quarter of those blowouts about what it took to be an NFL quarterback and the next year we went from 3-13 to 13-3.”
Manning is also participating in the All-In Challenge to help raise funds for COVID-19 relief. His brother Eli is putting up one of the cars he won as Super Bowl MVP. Peyton thought about contributing a football experience, but changed his mind to something else due to a famous and viral video.
“The first thing I thought was coming and playing a football game with your kids, unfortunately I think people think all I do when I get around young kids is peg footballs at their heads like I did in that Saturday Night Live skit, so I’m not sure people would’ve bid on that,” said Manning. “I called Omaha and I’m going with golf in your hometown with your buddies and then going to a local restaurant with more of your friends to support that restaurant, tell some stories, talk about Brad Paisley and Nationwide commercials, have some laughs and raise money for a great cause.”
Amanda Nunes completely dominates Felicia Spencer in lopsided decision to defend title at UFC 250 – MMA Fighting
Amanda Nunes was already considered the greatest women’s fighter of all time before competing at UFC 250. Nothing dispelled that mystique on Saturday night as the reigning two-division champion absolutely dominated Felicia Spencer from the first second of their fight until the last as she defended her featherweight title for the first time.
The scorecards read 50-44, 50-44 and 50-45 with Nunes winning her 11th consecutive fight overall. While it was somewhat shocking that Spencer survived to the end, Nunes paid homage to her opponent for the incredible toughness she displayed.
“I’m not surprised,” Nunes said afterwards. “I know she’s very tough. I know what she’s capable of. I know she’s tough. I have to be sharp.”
In the first few exchanges it appeared Nunes was going to add another knockout to her resume after she clubbed Spencer with a couple of powerful right hands that would likely finish many opponents. Somehow, Spencer stayed upright as she tried to apply her grappling game by slowing Nunes down in the clinch.
That backfired after Nunes surprised her with a whizzer and then began dropping elbows from the top position for the remainder of the first round.
While she didn’t fade away, Spencer was just outmatched on the feet as she continued to eat punches with Nunes blasting her with thudding right hands again and again. With a smirk on her face almost the entire fight, Nunes continued walking Spencer down and then unleashing her powerful strikes.
By the time the third round was winding down, Nunes was in absolute control, tagging Spencer with a barrage of punches and then making her pay with kicks as well. Spencer was starting to fade without any hope of getting Nunes to the ground as the damage she was absorbing really started to add up.
With Nunes battering Spencer’s lead leg, the two-division champion really started to stalk her prey as she hunted for the finish. As time ticked away in the fourth round, Nunes went for the kill as she put together a series of punches that had Spencer nearly out on the feet.
Nunes almost wrapped up a rear-naked choke with seconds remaining but Spencer survived to the end of the round as she went back to her corner with hematomas swelling and blood streaked across her face.
In only got worse during the final five minutes with another cut opening up and Nunes just punishing Spencer in every exchange on the feet or on the ground. By the end of the fight, Nunes was just rag dolling Spencer around the cage as she cemented the victory.
Now with title defenses at bantamweight and featherweight, Nunes has all but obliterated every legitimate contender in both divisions. The question remains who will challenge Nunes next but for now she’s going to concentrate on more important matters — like the birth of her first child.
“That was my goal, defend my two belts,” Nunes said. “I’m so happy right now. I don’t know what is next. I had a fifth corner today. I have my daughter with me.”
Spurs’ Gregg Popovich: U.S. ‘is in trouble and the basic reason is race’ – Sportsnet.ca
Amid the marches and the protests, amid the pain, amid the generational trauma this moment in history has forced communities across the world to openly reckon with, a spotlight has shone bright on the need to listen and learn.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sees that spotlight. He sees that need for learning. And he knows that what must be learnt is not just what is happening in the streets across the United States now, but the history that preceded it. To see one without the other would be to miss the essential full picture.
“Black people have been shouldering this burden for 400 years,” Popovich said Saturday during a #SpursVoices video, a Twitter-based initiative by the team to give a voice and platform to people within their organization to share how racism has impacted them. “The only reason this nation has made the progress that it has is because of the persistence, and patience, and effort of Black people.
“The history of our nation from the very beginning, in many ways, was a lie. And we continue to this day — mostly Black and Brown people — to try to make that lie be truth so that it is no longer a lie.”
In the three-minute video, Popovich does not expand on the specific history he is labeling a lie, though possibilities are not hard to find.
The preamble to the Declaration of Independence, for example, written in 1776, reads “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Pledge of Allegiance, in its original form, read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” In 1923, the words “the Flag of the United States of America” were added to the beginning of the pledge.
Longstanding notions of all men being created equal with certain unalienable rights, and the U.S. being one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all are challenging to reconcile with history.
The United States had 250 years of slavery, 90 years of Jim Crow — laws which mandated racial segregation in all public facilities, starting in the 1870s and 1880s, and sought to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by Blacks during the Reconstruction period — and 60 years of “separate but equal,” a legal doctrine that asserted racial segregation did not necessarily violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed “equal protection” under the law to all people. None of which even begins to address discriminatory housing policies or explicitly touches on the history of Black people suffering from police brutality.
“It’s almost, in a strange counter-intuitive sort of way, the best teaching moment of this most recent tragedy,” Popovich said. “I think [it was] the look on the officer’s face. For white people to see how nonchalant, how casual, how just everyday-going-about-his-job [he looked]. So much so that he could just put his left hand in his pocket, wriggle his knee around a little bit to teach this person some sort of a lesson, and it was his right and his duty to do it in his mind.”
The abhorent incident Popovich is referencing is, of course, the death of George Floyd.
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Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died on May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis. The incident, which was captured on video, showed Floyd pinned to the ground with his hands cuffed and Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin – who was identified as the primary officer in the video – with his knee pressed against Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes.
In the video, Floyd can be heard saying that he couldn’t breathe, and later paramedics are seen lifting an apparently non-responsive Floyd onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.
An independent autopsy has since found that Floyd’s death was caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain. After the graphic video circulated widely on social media, the four officers involved in the incident were fired and Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison upgraded Chauvin’s charge to second-degree murder on Wednesday, and charged the three other officers on the scene with aiding and abetting.
“I don’t know,” Popovich said, visibly hurt by the recollection of the video. “I think I’m just embarrassed as a white person to know that that can happen, to actually watch a lynching. We’ve all seen books. And you look in the books and you see Black people hanging on trees. And you are amazed that we just saw it again. I never thought I’d see that with my own eyes in real time.”
The dismay and outrage Popovich felt has been shared by many, as protests continue across the U.S., sparked by the death of Floyd, denouncing systemic racism and acts of police brutality. The protests have not been for Floyd exclusively, though. Popovich is aware of that, too.
“What’s it gonna take,” he wonders in the video. “Two more Black people with knees in their necks?”
Though she did not die due to a knee in her neck, protests have also featured calls for justice for Breonna Taylor, an African-American woman who died on March 13 after Louisville police officers — executing a search warrant — used a battering ram to enter her apartment and, after a brief confrontation, fired several shots, striking her at least eight times. At this time, no charges have been filed against the officers.
“It’s like the gun [control] arguments,” Popovich said when grappling with how American can build a better, safer future. “How many more Sandy Hooks do we need to have? It’s easy for people to let things go because it doesn’t involve them. It’s like the neighbourhood where you know there’s a dangerous corner, and you know that something is going to happen some day and nobody does anything. Then a young kid gets killed and a stop sign goes up.
“Well, without getting too political, we’ve got a lot of stop signs that need to go up. Quickly. Because our country is in trouble and the basic reason is race.”
UFC 250 salaries: Amanda Nunes easily tops card, could make $450k – MMA Fighting
The two-division champ take home a guaranteed $350,000 and stands to make up to $450,000 if she defends her featherweight title against Felicia Spencer, who could make $200,000 with an upset, according to preliminary salaries released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Ex-bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt is the second-highest earner in terms of guaranteed money, making $130,000 to show – and double that for a win – in a bout against Raphael Assuncao, who’s show and win pay is $79,000.
Here is the full list of UFC 250 payouts. As always, these figures do not represent a fighter’s total earnings, as certain sponsorship incomes, pay-per-view bonuses, or discretionary post-fight bonuses are not publicly disclosed.
Main card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Amanda Nunes ($350,000 to show, $100,000 to win) vs. Felicia Spencer ($125,000 to show, $75,000 to win)
Raphael Assuncao ($79,000 to show, $79,000 to win) vs. Cody Garbrandt ($130,000 to show, $130,000 to win)
Neil Magny ($79,000 to show, $79,000 to win) vs. Rocco Martin ($48,000 to show, $48,000 to win)
Preliminary Card (ESPN and ESPN +, 8 p.m. ET)
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
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