The Super Bowl has taken on an outdoors-y feel. One year ago, everybody was talking about deer-antler velvet. This week, the conversation turned to ducks.
(Wheres a Lauren Tannehill rifle joke when you need one?)
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman referred to Peyton Manning, not the strongest-armed of quarterbacks, as throwing ducks, or passes that tend to float and wobble a bit.
Manning did not duck the controversy but said he did not consider it to be a mallard-y, I mean malady.
I believe it to be true as well, he said, smiling. Ive thrown a lot of yards and touchdowns with ducks.
Fox TV host and former quarterback Terry Bradshaw flew to Mannings defense, quacking, Yeah he does throw a few ducks, but who doesnt throw a few ducks?
Should Mannings famous scrimmage-line shouts of Omaha! now be referred to as duck calls?
Does this mean that receivers he does not target on a play are decoys?
If Mannings view is blocked by defenders, is he in a duck blind?
Will his errant passes be returned to the huddle by Labrador Retrievers?
Please, somebody stop me!
Shouldnt Peytons record-setting season inspire Disney to remake its 1992 movie The Mighty Ducks?
Finally, if Peyton collects another Super Bowl ring Sunday in leading a Broncos victory, heres your headline, America:
• Some 25,000 runners will be participating Sunday in the annual Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon that starts and ends downtown near the Heats arena. Its Super Bowl Runday! (Sorry.)
• New Jersey has complained all week that New York is getting the credit for hosting this Super Bowl. Just for fun, the media should all agree that the dateline from the Sundays game will be: TEN MILES FROM NEW YORK.
• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, man of the people, plans to sit outside at the Super Bowl in the freezing weather Sunday just like other fans. Well, until the photo-op is finished, at least.
• By the way, my official Super Bowl pick is Broncos, 24-20. Given my record this season, Im sorry, Denver.
• Dolphins owner Stephen Ross emphasized compatibility in the hiring of new general manager Dennis Hickey, and peace, love and harmony now flow through the clubs front office. The Dolphins traditional fight song played at games will now be replaced by a softly swaying Kumbaya.
• The NFL will reveal findings of its Dolphins Bullygate probe after the Super Bowl, and this week alleged victim Jonathan Martin and alleged bully Richie Incognito both publicly defended themselves. I love it. Two guys both playing the sympathy card, and neither of them the least bit sympathetic.
• The Miami Inferno has become the fourth team in the fledgling Ultimate Indoor Football League and will play in UMs campus arena, unless the whole darned league folds before it ever starts.
• David Stern is one day into his retirement after 30 years as NBA commissioner, and the effusive testimonials continue to pour in. Sterns greatest legacy to me? Everywhere you look you see little 7-year-olds wearing suits and headed to meetings, dreaming of being a commissioner.
• The NBA All-Star Game is in two weeks. Pretty amazing that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all were selected again and (yawn) it was, like, hardly news.
• The struggling Florida Panthers have only three games before the NHLs Winter Olympics break. Maybe while in Russia, the team can buy several standings points on the black market.
• As spring training nears, a friend of Jeffrey Lorias said the Marlins owner has adopted a less meddling, more laid-back management style. An angry Loria immediately demoted the man from friend to acquaintance.
• NASCAR has made its fourth change to its Chase for the Cup format since 2004. Popular Dale Earnhardt Jr. would have won the 2013 season title under the new format. So they finally got it right!
• UM mens and womens basketball both had lost three in a row and were around .500 entering weekend. If I were to forecast the best each could hope for in the postseason, Id be NIT-picking.
• An Omaha, Neb., woman, Molly Schuyler, ate 363 chicken wings in 30 minutes to break the world record. In an interview immediately afterward, she said, BELLLCH!
• UConns president rebuked an assistant football coach for saying in an interview, Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle. Would that result in a penalty for too many men on the field?
• Sentences I Never Imagined Writing (one in a series): Larry Bird in a new book says during one two-week period rehabbing a back injury he ate 10 gallons of ice cream and seven wedding cakes.
• Sports Name of Week Challenge: Thai golfer Pornanong Phatlum vs. Swiss bobsledder Beat Hefti .
• Parting thought: Tim Tebow portrays an obstetrician, a bull rider and a rock star in a T-Mobile Super Bowl ad. Tebow previously portrayed an NFL quarterback, but was unconvincing in the role.
Visit Gregs Random Evidence of a Cluttered Blog daily at MiamiHerald.com and follow on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.