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ESPN Source: Peyton Manning to announce retirement Monday

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After 18 seasons and two Super Bowl titles, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is reportedly retiring. 

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Manning plans to announce his retirement Monday in a news conference, a source told ESPN. 

Manning's retirement wouldn't come as a shock. The soon-to-be 40-year-old is the oldest quarterback ever to start a Super Bowl.

After the Broncos won the national championship, on-field cameras caught Manning telling Pats coach Bill Belichick, "This might be my last rodeo."

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Manning will exit as the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total wins as a quarterback.

But Manning's postseason legacy has always been a point of criticism, which made his team's Super Bowl win that much more important. Manning now has two Super Bowl rings after Denver's victory. 

There's a reason Manning waited until after the season was over to make this decision. Manning said at Super Bowl Opening Night he didn't want a farewell tour throughout an entire season. 

And just because Manning might be retiring from playing doesn't necessarily mean he's done with football. 

There's speculation he could consider a front office job, with one report from CBS highlighting Cleveland and Tennessee as possible landing spots. 

“Few have left their marks on a sport as Peyton Manning has," Indianapolis Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay said in a statement. "Simply put, he revolutionized NFL football. Peyton energized it as had no one before him, he made it more fun for our fans and (he) made the game better. Off the field, Peyton has been a tremendous ambassador for the game and the epitome of someone who gives back to the community. He is the most recognizable face in the history of the NFL and perhaps its most popular. I will miss seeing #18 on the field on Sundays, and I am proud and thankful for all he’s done for the Colts, our community and the NFL. On behalf of Colts and NFL fans worldwide, I thank Peyton and congratulate him on an incredible career.”

Manning played for the Colts for 14 seasons between 1998 and 2011. He began playing for the Broncos in 2012.

Congratulations Peyton, on an incredible career. You changed the game forever and made everyone around you better. It's been an honor.Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, March 6, 2016

New England high school welcomes 3-foot, 5-inch tall basketball player

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A determined teen isn't letting his height prevent him from hitting the court at Hillsboro-Deering High School in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.

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Tristan Wilmott, 14, was diagnosed with mulibrey nanism when he was 4 years old. The rare genetic disorder causes significant growth failures. Wilmott stands at 3 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 42 pounds and wears a size 1 shoe.

This year, the freshman joined the high school's junior varsity team.

What he lacks in height, Wilmott's teammates said he makes up for in spirit, the Union Leader reported.

“He definitely raises the spirits of everybody on the team,” said coach Andrew Jones. "He’s been in games where we’ve been down by a lot, and then at the end Tristan goes out and everyone on the bench is cheering and he’s taking shots and they’re hoping they go in, and it’s just an explosion when he does make it. A lot of teams, when they’re down by that much, no one cares anymore and they’re just waiting for the clock to run out.”

The team has yet to win a game this season, but it's not over  yet. Good luck, Hillcats!

Read more about Wilmott here.

What he lacks in height, he makes up for in spirit -- best of luck to Tristan & the Hillsboro-Deering Hillcats!Posted by FOX25 News on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rob Lowe criticizes Cam Newton, Twitter responds

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After he watched Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton storm out of a press conference that followed the Panthers’ loss to the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50, Rob Lowe was more than a little peeved.

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The “Parks and Recreation” and “The West Wing” actor offered a candid take on the incident that alluded that Newton lacked class.

 

After losing to the Broncos, Newton kept his answers short and tense during a post-game press conference that ultimately ended with Newton’s abrupt exit.

“Wow. What a press conference from Cam Newton. So gracious! So classy! So humble! What an example to kids! Just like Peyton.  ,” Lowe wrote.

Lowe attended the game with one of his sons and was spotted wearing a Denver Broncos jersey to support his longtime friend Peyton Manning.

After Lowe’s tweet went up, many Twitter users immediately pointed out that Lowe may not be the best person to be dishing out examples of who is and who is not a good example for a child.

Some tweets directed at Lowe contained reference to the late 1980s sex tape scandal that almost derailed his career.

Lowe videotaped himself having sex with two women during the 1988 Democratic Convention. One of those women was 16 at the time, which was against the law in the state of Georgia, where the video was filmed.

5 things you can buy for the price of a Super Bowl ticket

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Super Bowl 50 may be the most expensive in series history with tickets averaging $5,000 a pop, according to WSBTV.

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Football fans hoping to see the Carolina Panters and the Denver Broncos between the hedges can expect to pay thousands of dollars for tickets to the game and also incur other costs including transportation costs, parking and food and hotels in San Francisco,  one of the most expensive places in the country to live, according to the Council for Community and Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index.

All other costs aside, here are six things that could be purchased with the same amount of money some people are paying for a ticket to Super Bowl 50:

1. A cruise for you and 15 other friends 

Assuming you purchased a cruise package for $300, which is a reasonable assumption, you could go on a cruise to the Bahamas with more than a dozen of your closest friends and family and still have money leftover to spend.

2. About 500 large Papa John's pizzas

One large cheese pizza is about $10, so with 500 pizzas, you could buy enough to throw the entire neighborhood a pizza party or provide lunch for your whole company and maybe even the people in the building next door. 

3. A national experience with Guns N' Roses

According to Elite Daily, for the price of a Super Bowl ticket, a dedicated fan could buy tickets to every concert on the rock band's tour schedule and accompanying travel expenses.

4. A semester in school

About 50 colleges and universities offer programs that cost about the same as a ticket to this year's Super Bowl. Of course that cost only includes tuition and not books, meals or room and board, but it's a start.

5. A car

CarFax.com lists used Mercedes models, Corvettes and Mustangs for $5,000 and less.

San Francisco-based news station KRON reported that a consumer could also purchase at least eight courtside tickets for an NBA game, 40 flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco and a 65-inch LG Smart Ultra HD TV for the same price. 

You could win $50,000 for one Doritos tweet during the Super Bowl

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Get your Twitter fingers ready. 

The right post on the social media platform could win you $50,000. 

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Doritos, known for premiering memorable commercials during the NFL playoffs, will award three lucky social media users with $50,000 each.

The Frito-Lay brand is looking for the best message, the best photo and the best video posted during the Super Bowl 50 game on Sunday. 

Those entering the contest have between 12 p.m. Pacific time and the final whistle of the game to post their cleverest entries using the hashtags #Doritos and #entry.

The company will announce the winning tweets on Monday.

This year also marks the final year Doritos will host its Crash the Super Bowl campaign in which fans submit home-made commercials with a chance to have it aired during the playoffs and to win $1 million in prize money.

10 fun facts about the Super Bowl

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Are you ready for the "Golden Game?" The 50th Super Bowl will take place in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7th, featuring the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

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Here are a few other fun facts and figures to consider about the big game:

1. The name – The NFL has come a long way from the first Super Bowl, which was not even called the Super Bowl. It was called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Keep that in mind as you ponder buying that eBay bargain "authentic" ticket stub with "Super Bowl I" printed on it.

2. Ticket prices – TiqIQ lists the average Super Bowl 50 ticket price at just over $6,350 as of Friday. Compare that to the nearly $4,100 average ticket price for last year's Super Bowl during the same two weeks before the big game, and it seems likely that Super Bowl 50 will set a new record. It's quite a change from 1967, when championship game tickets topped out at $12 each and the "secondary market" consisted only of ticket scalpers outside the L.A. Coliseum.

3. Pass the guac – What is a Super Bowl without snacks, and plenty of them? Estimates suggest that during the Super Bowl, we consume 4,000 tons of popcorn, 8 million pounds of guacamole with 14,500 tons of chips and over 1.2 billion chicken wings, among other snacks. Americans will wash that down with over 325 million gallons of beer.

4. Betting – While many people watch the Super Bowl simply for the football action, bets on the “Golden Game” have taken on a life of their own as fans place bets on everything from the outcome of the game to the result of the opening coin toss and how long the National Anthem will be sung. According to Superbowlbets.com, every year an estimated 200 million people worldwide wager approximately $10 billion on some form of Super Bowl bet.

5. History, good and bad – The Broncos are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl appearances with eight. Unfortunately, they also lead in the number of Super Bowl losses with five. The Patriots have four losses, along with the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills, but they also have four wins compared to none for Minnesota and Buffalo.

6. Old vs. new – Out of the last 12 Super Bowls, 11 of them featured one of three AFC quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger. Manning's latest playoff victory makes that 12 out of 13 (unless Denver starts Brock Osweiler, which has as much chance of happening as Janet Jackson repeating as halftime entertainment). The other quarterback? Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, the only one of the bunch never to lose a Super Bowl.

Meanwhile in Carolina, the NFC supplies a former No. 1 pick at quarterback and a team that has appeared in the Super Bowl once, but lost its only appearance. Coincidentally, had Arizona won instead, that would still have been the case.

7. Where's the "L?" – This is the only year that the NFL is abandoning the classic Roman Numeral designation, thinking that Super Bowl 50 sounds more appealing than Super Bowl L. However, Roman numerals will be back next year with Super Bowl LI. We can’t wait to get our kicks at Super Bowl LIX.

8. Maybe next year (but probably not) – Only four teams have never reached the Super Bowl. The recently added Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans have not done so, nor have two of the league's oldest members: the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. So far, it looks like that tradition will hold through the 2016-17 season.

Both the Lions and Browns won championships in the pre-Super-Bowl era, but have not so much as played in a championship since. Ask your grandfather about when the Lions and Browns were good… or maybe your great-grandfather.

9. TV commercials – The cost of Super Bowl ads has hit an almost absurd $5 million for a 30-second spot, up 11 percent from last year. Then again, how many TV events offer a captive audience where arguably the ads gather as much (or more) attention than the show?

10. TV viewers – Last year's Super Bowl topped the list with 114.4 million viewers watching an exciting game that came down to the last seconds before New England sealed a victory over Seattle with a goal-line interception. Of the top 10 individual television broadcasts ever, all but one are Super Bowls. The "M*A*S*H" series finale currently sits in seventh place at 106 million viewers. Logically, in a few more years, the entire top 10 list will be comprised of Super Bowls.

Regardless of which team you root for, enjoy Super Bowl 50 with plenty of friends and plenty of snacks. If the game is a blowout, you can still enjoy the commercials and your share of 8 million pounds of guacamole.

7 things to remember before booking Super Bowl trip

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With the teams solidified for Super Bowl 50, many football fans are starting to think more seriously about their travel plans to San Francisco.  

In response, many travel agencies have begun offering travel packages for the Feb. 7 game. 

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Experts have said fans can expect to pay $5,000 to $15,000 per person, so make sure you know what's included and what's not included.

The easy part: buying airfare.

The hard part: buying a ticket to the game and booking a hotel room.

According to the Better Business Bureau, excited game-goers shouldn't just pick a travel agency with a good reputation. They suggest looking for one with experience planning for major sports events.

"Super Bowl's pretty much it's own animal," BBB president Tom Bartholomy told WSOC-TV. "I would go to their website first, see what they're about, see what they've done, see what they claim to have done and then, see what their reputation is (on) BBB.org. And you'll be able to see are the claims they're making on their website backed up by what their customer experience has been."

Plus, don't forget to do these seven things when choosing a travel agency:

  1. Ask what hotels they work with. Then, double check that's true with the hotels themselves.
  2. Get the package in writing.
  3. Read the fine print, especially cancellation and refund policies.
  4. See if taxes and tips are included.
  5. Pay by credit card. It gives you more protection.
  6. Ask about ground transportation.
  7. Remember, meals aren't usually included in package deals.

Man snatches sports souvenir from young fan, kid's reaction is adorable

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It’s fan etiquette 101: Don’t take a foul ball (or a hockey puck) from a kid.

During Thursday night’s hockey game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one guy learned that the hard way.

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In the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins versus Buffalo Sabres game, a puck ricocheted into the Sabres' bench.

Coach Dan Bylsma, who spent several seasons behind the bench in Pittsburgh, scooped up the puck and pointed to a young fan sitting a few rows behind the bench.

Bylsma tossed the puck over the glass to the little boy, who was anxiously awaiting a cool souvenir.

Then the unthinkable happened.

An adult snatched the puck before the kid could catch it!

Maybe the guy had good intentions with the puck, but come on, it was clearly intended for the kid.

The crowd at Consol Energy Center booed for quite some time as the man refused to hand the puck over to the kid.

The whole time, the young fan stayed composed and handled himself like a true gentleman.

Bylsma later made things right and flipped the kid another puck.

Then the Penguins took matters into their own hands and got the boy a Sidney Crosby sweater.

http://youtu.be/bfdAvfbM-90

Way to go, Pens! 

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