Dawkins: Tebow went Bon Jovi and laid his hands on me

Dawkins says Tebow “laid hands” on injured neck
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“In our Bible study sessions when my neck was pretty bad and I’m hurting, [Tebow] along with our chaplain and [Broncos director of player development] Jerry Butler laid hands and prayed on me pretty good,” Dawkins said.  “They brought snot and tears to my eyes and all that type of good stuff with prayer.”

It shouldn't come as a surprise that athletes will go to any extreme to try and influence the outcome of their performance, and that this behavior would extend to injuries.  In fact, the less control an athlete feels he has over an outcome, the more superstitious his behavior becomes. Taylor Clark, author of the fascinating book Nerve Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cooldevotes almost an entire chapter of the book to this very topic. According to Clark, athletes are less likely to employ superstition in situations in which outcomes are easily controlled, like fielding a groundball. That's because fielding percentages of major leaguers are well over 95%. In short, these players feel like they are in complete control over fielding.

Other outcomes are different, however. As Clark notes, the reason you see so much ritual and superstition around outcomes like the hitting of a baseball, for instance, is because it's damn difficult (outside of the steroids era, and even then no one has been able to touch Ted Williams' .406 batting record). In short, players feel like they have less control over the outcome. And they're right. When going 3 out of 10 is considered elite, it certainly speaks to the difficulty of the job. That's how you end up with someone like Wade Boggs, who was obsessive compulsive in his superstitious approach to hitting a baseball.  Not only was he known as the "Chicken Man" for eating poultry as a pre-game meal, before each at-bat, he would write the word "Chai"--the Hebrew word for life--into the batter's box. Here's another example from the movie Major League (hey, bartender, Jobu needs a refill).

Dawkins and Tebow are no different in the case of Dawkins's neck injury. Laying of the hands beats--at least in their minds--sitting around and hoping the neck injury gets better. This is especially true given their religious convictions, which--how should we put it?--are more passionate than your average bear.

So the behavior shouldn't surprise anyone. In fact, there is interesting scientific data on faith healing, whether you believe in placebos or not. The surprise will come if Dawkins returns to the Broncos for another season given the extent of his neck injury.

Happy Birthday, Peyton Lard 3-24-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Happy Birthday to our new starting quarterback, Peyton Manning, who turns 36 today.

As amazing as it still is that Denver reeled in the highest-profile free agent in NFL history, it remains even more incredible that so many pundits had predicted the Dolphins would end up with the big catch. The Dolphins are a joke of an organization, as their fans would happily tell you.

On the field, Miami opened last season with seven consecutive losses and fired their coach; they've had seven wins or fewer in six of the past eight years. Not helping matters, they play the Pats twice yearly and "compete" with them for the division title.

But the Dolphins now make more news off the field, as Jeff Ireland can attest. Their ownership roll lists more stars than does their player roster. Atop it all is chucklehead Stephen Ross, who pulled an odd PR stunt the other night.

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Broncos add former Colts TE Jacob Tamme

What were we just saying about the lack of an Indy reunion in Denver?

Scratch that.

The Broncos have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with former Colts TE Jacob Tamme. According to Jason La Canfora, Tamme (6-4, 236) will receive $3.5M in guarantees as part of a $9.5M deal.

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Manning departure spawns sadness, Gotye, and Meatloaf in Indy

Graham Honeycutt, Super Manning fan, got creative and decided to cover the Gotye tune "Somebody That I Used To Know." For good measure, he layered in Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" near the end.

Now we know how they spend those long, Indy (and Nashville, where Greg lives) winters:

(h/t Stephen)

Andy Reid wanted Manning over Vick

With Payton and Peyton, NFL is still the place
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Two NFL insiders, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said that Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid was ready to walk away from the Eagles if he didn’t get more personnel control, and now he has it.

Something else about the Eagles: Reid wanted to jump in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, despite the signing of Michael Vick to a six-year, $100-million contract last season. Talks never got too serious, the insiders say, because Manning didn’t like the idea of playing against his brother Eli, quarterback of the New York Giants, at least twice a season.

Either Reid has some regrets about signing Mike Vick to a long-term extension or he's confirming what we all thought: every team outside of New England, New Orleans, and Green Bay (and apparently, Houston) wanted to talk to Peyton Manning.

This ain’t your father’s Photoshop job

Topps unveils card of Peyton Manning wearing a Denver Broncos uniform (pic)
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“It’s important to capture the sport accurately, which is why we’re doing everything we can to get the players in their new uniforms.”

That's fine and all, but don't these people know the Broncos are going back to orange? Well, at least the airbrush work has gotten better over the years.

Saturday to Packers; Broncos in talks with Tamme; Harvey to Bengals

Jeff Saturday, the former Colts center seen by many as signing wherever Peyton Manning landed, has instead agreed to join the Green Bay Packers as the replacement for Scott Wells, who signed with the Rams.

In the leadup to Manning's decision to sign with the Broncos, and in the intervening days, it had been rumored that the QB would be followed by several of his Indy teammates, including Saturday, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, and TE Jacob Tamme. This theory was never publicly confirmed or advanced by Manning himself.

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Broncos agree to terms with TE Dreessen

The Broncos have replenished their veteran TE presence following the departures of Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario by agreeing to terms with former Texan Joel Dreessen.

Dreessen (6-4, 245), who will turn 30 this summer, attended Fort Morgan High School and Colorado State University before being drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft. He's started 35 of the 91 games he's played in, amassing 110 receptions, 1,364 yards, and 13 touchdowns, with a career-high six scores in 2011.

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Broncos hold cards on Manning contract Lard 3-23-12

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Mike Florio claims to have dug up the details on Peyton Manning's contract, and if he's correct, it's even more team-friendly than was previously thought:

  1. Manning is guaranteed $18M this season as the form of a base salary, with $6M of it in the form of an advance (not a signing bonus).
  2. Contrary to (or adding to?) what Mike Klis and Andrew Brandt have previously reported, Florio says Manning's guaranteed $20M salaries for 2013 and 2014 kick in only if he is on the roster on the final day of the 2012 league year, meaning the Broncos could conceivably cut Peyton before he takes his exit physical to close that league year. Put simply, this is in essence a one-year deal and Denver can cut Manning up to two days before the 2013 league year starts, similar to the option the Colts recently held.
  3. Denver can escape that 2014 salary of $20M if, and only if, Manning suffers a recurrence to his specific neck injury during the 2013 season.
  4. Manning's $19M salaries for 2015 and 2016 will each be guaranteed if he is on the roster on the final day of each preceding league year

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Tebow trade on ice yet again

Report: Tim Tebow Trade To New York Jets Is Off Until Saturday
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You probably are not going to believe me, but the Tim Tebow trade to the New York Jets is off again.  However, it should be completed on Saturday.  Due to some complicated language in his contract, Tebow must remain on the Denver Broncos salary cap for 24 hours and then he will be traded on Saturday, once he agrees to a brand new contract.

The Jets have postponed their press conference until Monday.  This trade is perfect for Tebow, in the sense that it is spiraling out of control.  It has taken on a life of its own and it seems to be self-sustaining.  Just like Tebowmania has been.

I doubt that the deal is cancelled, but the suspense is still building.  Every day that the deal is not done gives it a chance to unravel.  It would be a first, but I don’t believe that it would exactly shock everyone.  I know that I am expecting anything and everything to happen with this trade.

We assume this gets done, but you never never know.

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