Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Super Bowl week mercifully comes to a close, the conversation runs the gamut from the Harbaugh brothers, to Ray Lewis's past, to PEDs, to homosexual athletes.
One topic, however, has remained at the forefront throughout the week: player safety.
To that end, Roger Goodell suggested yesterday that the league would look to levy suspensions on players found to be repeat offenders on delivering helmet-to-helmet hits.
But even as President Obama questions whether he'd allow his child to play the sport, and Ravens safety Bernard Pollard suggests the NFL won't exist in thirty years, Jeffri Chadiha expects the game will only continue to gain strength and popularity within the American landscape, mostly because there's too much at $take.
It's true the NFL is a peerless cash cow among American sports, but what remains to be seen is how safety issues are handled at lower levels, and how that affects the professional level. Many have suggested that high schools and colleges would someday fold their football teams in the face of lawsuits, eventually drying up the talent levels for the pros.
So far, though, as critical as we are of the league on this topic, it's actually the NFL that is generally more proactive in protecting its players than the NCAA and high school associations.
Sports Legacy Institute co-founder Chris Nowinski is now pushing for high school associations to eliminate full contact during offseason practices, and to limit it during the season, as the NFL already does. According to Nowinski, 29 states - including football factories Florida and Texas - currently permit full-contact practice during the spring and summer.
This goes back to Obama's comments, when he said he's more concerned about the amateur athletes than the NFLers, since the pros are being compensated for endangering themselves, and have the protection of a union.
Until recently, college and high-school athletes haven't had a strong, central advocate for their safety; it's great to see the Sports Legacy Institute stepping into that role.
The team has raised about half of all season ticket prices by an average of 4.2% for 2013, but will not raise parking prices.
Mike Klis surveys the MVP cases for Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson; the award will be announced today.
Mark Schlereth thinks the Broncos need to add depth at running back and address defensive tackle this offseason, and says he still roots for the team.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank is seeking to build an open-air stadium in Atlanta, and he laughed off talk of him moving the team to Los Angeles.
Tampa Bay hired Dave Wannstedt to coordinate their special teams.
During his state of the league presser on Friday, Roger Goodell said he expects a deal on HGH testing to be forthcoming, and that he has no plans to relinquish power relative to player discipline.
Deer antler fuzz spray salesman Mitch Ross provided a bizarre press conference of sorts yesterday.
Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell (podcast), Mike Tanier, Bill Barnwell, Brian McIntyre, Peter King, and John Clayton preview tomorrow's game; the numbers favor San Francisco, and a Monte Carlo simulation says the chances of a Niners blowout are pretty high.
Farrar studies San Francisco's offense via All-22 film, discusses the many links between the Niners' Super Bowl head coaches, and surveys the teams that spit the bit on hiring one of the Harbaugh brothers.
Here's all of Chris Brown's analysis that's relevant to tomorrow's matchup.
Brian Burke examines differentials between regular season and playoff performances, with 2011 Tim Tebow of course ranking among the highest; Burke shuts out the Broncos from his 2013 player awards, while giving Peyton Manning and Von Miller plenty of consideration.
Bill Simmons reflects upon the way he, and we, view PEDs and rumors of their use in sports.
Chase Stuart's trivia for today is a difficult one involving the lone running back who led two different Super Bowls in rushing yardage for different franchises.