Elway: Can’t see why anyone needs a machine gun Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! John Elway continued to make the media rounds (as part of Dove's ad campaign) Thursday with an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan.

Morgan has notably been vocally supportive of restricting access to guns in the U.S., especially of the semi-automatic variety. He broached the topic with Elway, and here's the exchange as transcribed by HuffPo:

"You're from Colorado and I was particularly appalled by what happened in the Aurora movie theater," Morgan began. "But as somebody who has grown up in American culture, presumably around guns, what is your view of the debate as it stands?" He asked Elway.

To which Elway responded: "You know, I'm still waiting to hear both sides of it. I'm a gun owner. I'm a hunter and I enjoy that and I respect the second amendment."

"As someone who hunts and shoots for sport, do you see any need for civilians to have one of these military-style rifles that can pump out 100 bullets a minute?" Morgan asked.

"No, and that's one area -- I don't own a machine gun," Elway said and before he finished his thought Morgan asked, "But do you see why anybody would need one as a civilian?"

"I do not," Elway responded. "I don't see that. And that's the side I'm waiting to hear about and to see if that is the solution, if that's the solution that can prevent some of these catastrophes that are going on at these grade schools then, you know, I'm all for the solution."

Here's a podcast of Elway's four-minute-long conversation with Morgan, and video of the two discussing Manti Te'o and fake girlfriends.

Broncos

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The Pro Bowl is Andrew Luck's latest chance to work with the man he replaced in Indianapolis.

In between filming commercials, Peyton Manning actually found time to tell his fellow Pro Bowlers they need to play hard tomorrow.

The Ginger Hammer met with season-ticket holders at SAF@MH, and here's a transcript of the pile of bullshit he shoveled their way.

News

We heartily applaud Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, who plans to use his Super Bowl platform to stump for marriage equality.

Andy Reid hired his own former Eagles CB Al Harris as an assistant secondary coach, and the Chiefs signed WR Tyler Shoemaker.

Dennis Allen tabbed former Bills defensive assistant Bob Sanders to coach Oakland's linebackers.

Allen's former boss Sean Payton is considering hiring Romeo Crennel to run his defense, and Eric Mangini as an assistant. What's he trying to do, turn the Saints into Patriots Gulf Coast? McPayStoopid!

Cincinnati signed former Bills and Jets LB Aaron Maybin to a future contract.

Trent Williams will not play in the Pro Bowl after being injured in a Honolulu night club brawl; he was apparently struck on the head with a champagne bottle and tasered, for good measure.

Jeff Saturday announced he will retire after tomorrow's Pro Bowl, which sure makes us glad in retrospect the Broncos didn't sign him a year ago.

Former Saints and Lions punter Russell Erxleben has been arrested on charges of defrauding investors of $20M via Ponzi scheme.

Analysis

The presence of Mike McCoy and Frank Reich with the Chargers has Tom Krasovic wondering if San Diego and Philip Rivers will turn to a no-huddle attack.

Bucky Brooks ponders QB prospects, figuring Geno Smith to be a good match for the Chiefs, and seeing Matt Barkley as potentially taking over for Buttfumble in New Jersey, just like he did at Southern Cal.

Chase Stuart places the increasing efficiency of the passing game since 1950 into graphic form, and his trivia question for today involves players who have won SB rings in back-to-back seasons with different teams.

Bill Barnwell recaps the worst challenges and coaching decisions of the 2012 season.

Sam Monson goes to the numbers to see how Seattle's Richard Sherman stacks up against New Jersey's Darrelle Revis.

Doug Farrar lists offensive and defensive prospects who have apparently helped their draft stock this week at the Senior Bowl.

FO's Tom Gower and Mike Kurtz discuss this year's Super Bowl prop bets.

Miscellany

The latest twist (and there figure to be more) in the Manti Te'o saga is that the voice of Lennay Kekua was actually that of a female cousin of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's, rather than Ronaiah himself. Ronaiah, whose attorney said was behind Lennay's voice, sat for his first television interview with Dr. Phil.

As sports fans, we can all thank (or feel bad for) our non-sports-viewing neighbors for subsidizing our addictions.

Here's Unsilent Majority's (always great) recap of the most recent Top Chef episode.

Happy 25th Anniversary to Bill Raftery (who is, in our opinion, the best analyst going in sports television) for his most famous call:

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