Peyton Manning not happy with Broncos’ scoreboard operator after win

DENVER At the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, the Denver Broncos were up 35-21, with the ball. That last part is key to this story.

The Broncos, stealing the University of Wisconsin’s bit, started playing the House of Pain song “Jump Around” in the stadium. Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, on the sideline, got into it and started dancing. They showed Talib on the big screen, the crowd got even more fired up. It was fairly typical stuff at the end of a big Broncos win.

And quarterback Peyton Manning was not happy about it.

Manning wants the crowd to be quiet when the offense has the ball. He likes calling out audibles at the line, and every once in a while he’ll theatrically motion for the crowd to quiet down. After the two-minute warning the Broncos got a false-start penalty, although it didn’t seem that was due to the crowd noise. He wasn’t mad at the fans this time; he was mad at the Broncos scoreboard operator.

“I have no problem wih our fans, our fans are great,” Manning said. “I’ve got a problem with our scoreboard operator. I’ve got to have a little talk with him.” 

Some reporters in his press conference laughed. Manning did not. Manning often has a very dry delivery on his jokes, but it certainly appeared he was dead serious about not being pleased with the scoreboard operator.

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He also referenced a moment in the second half when the Broncos kept showing San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, the No. 1 enemy of Broncos fans, on the big screen repeatedly to let the crowd boo him.

“I’m not sure what he’s doing,” Manning said. “He’s playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball. I don’t think we should be doing that. I don’t think we should be showing their quarterback on the sideline. I thought it was disprespectful. Our fans were great, our fans were loud, but the scoreboard operator, it wasn’t his best night.”

Again, there was no laughter after finishing his thought and not a hint of a smile.

Manning is known for being very serious and very competitive, and will yell at a teammate for a mistake when he feels it’s necessary. He apparently believes that standard should be held to everyone in the organization, even the guy showing Talib jumping around on the big screen.

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NHL Three Stars: Neal tricks Blackhawks; Quick sets record

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The word is “ouch.”

No. 1 Star: James Neal, Nashville Predators 

Looks like James Neal is doing just fine without Evgeni Malkin as his center. The winger had a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the Predators all three of their goals in their 3-2 win. He now has five on the season. Pekka Rinne made 32 saves in the win.

No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings

Quick posted his 33rd career shutout to earn the Kings’ franchise record over Rogie Vachon, as L.A. shut out the Buffalo Sabres, 2-0. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar had the goals. 

No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

The captain was awesome in the third period: Scoring his third of the season; working hard to set up Pavel Datsyuk, who set up Niklas Kronwall for the game-tying goal; and forcing a turnover that led to Justin Abdelkader’s game-winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3.

Honorable Mention: Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves for his third shutout in four starts, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Arizona Coyotes, 2-0. Jared Spurgeon had two assists. … Jonas Hiller made 16 saves and Sean Monahan had two goals as the Calgary Flames blasted the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-0. … Crazy game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks, as an apparent goal by Ryan Johansen – which would have given him a hat trick – was waved off for goalie interference, and Mark Letestu scored his second of the game with 21 seconds left to give the Jackets a 5-4 win. Joe Pavelski scored twice for the Sharks. … Ryan Miller made 31 saves against his former team as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1. Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist. … The New York Islanders used second-period goals by Kyle Okposo and Cal Clutterbuck, as well as a strong third period from goalie Chad Johnson against his former team, beating the Boston Bruins by a 3-2 score. 

Did You Know? Neither the Sabres nor the Wild have scored on the power play this season.

Dishonorable Mention: Drew Stafford earned an instigator penalty for taking on Brayden McNabb. … Andrej Sekera, Elias Lindholm, Justin Faulk and Jeff Skinner were all a minus-3. … Zdeno Chara was limited to 4:13 of ice time after injuring his knee. He’ll miss up to six weeks.

Police detective offers funny response to tweet about Kelvin Herrera’s fastball

The Kansas City Royals 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in World Series Game 2 didn’t necessarily set up perfectly, but it did allow manager Ned Yost to unleash his trio of dominant late-inning relievers with the game hanging in the balance.

The main thing that didn’t fit Yost’s preferred script was having to call on his usual seventh-inning reliever, Kelvin Herrera, to record an additional two outs in the sixth inning. Herrera has done this before during the postseason, recording five outs in the AL wild-game card and six outs in their ALCS Game 1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. It’s something he’s proven he can handle, and with a full week off in between outings, he was obviously well rested.

Make that extremely well rested. Herrera came right out of the bullpen firing nothing but heat. Eight 100-mph plus fastballs later, the Giants threat was over and many were left in amazement at Herrera’s overpowering stuff.

That includes ESPN’s Jayson Stark, who was moved to tweet the following.


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Well played, detective Murray. There are no speed limits in baseball, and no team knows that better than the Royals.

Herrera’s fastball isn’t pleasant to face. To some it may even be unfair, but in baseball terms it’s far from criminal. In fact, it’s actually quite beautiful. And given how Herrera throws his fastball, it’s also rare.


Needless to say, he’s not a comfortable at-bat. 

Herrera was forced to sit around a long time in Game 2 while the Royals scored five runs and San Francisco made four pitching changes in the sixth inning. His command was off and his velocity was slightly down early in the seventh, but he worked around back-to-back walks to keep Kansas City’s five-run lead intact. Wade Davis and Greg Holland followed with scoreless innings of their own, as the Royals evened the series at 1-1.

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Billy Butler comes through with two key hits for Royals in Game 2 victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler must be one of the first players in World Series history to take a curtain call after an RBI single. Such responses usually happen after home runs, but the home crowd at Kauffman Stadium wouldn’t let Butler get away Wednesday night without waving “thanks” after he was removed for a pinch runner in Game 2.

Butler put the Kansas City Royals ahead to stay with an RBI single against Jean Machi in the deciding sixth-inning rally. Back in the first inning, Butler ensured the San Francisco Giants wouldn’t keep a lead for long after they scored first for the second straight night.

Butler’s dual contributions were key in a 7-2 victory that evened the Series at a game apiece.

“Especially at home, I felt like this definitely was a must-win game,” Butler said.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Butler’s go-ahead hit was crucial.

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“The hit off Machi to put us ahead 3?2 at that point was a monster hit for us,” Yost said. “Because, again, I felt really strongly that whoever scored that third run was probably going to win the game.”

It was timely because the Royals were able to play the final three innings with relief pitchers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland on the mound protecting a lead. Against the Royals, that’s almost certain doom.

“We know what our record is after that happens,” Butler said.

With his playing time certain to be reduced over the next three games at AT&T Park, where there won’t be a designated hitter used, Butler is trying to make every moment count in his first career Series appearance.

“It’s not a disappointment at all,” Butler said. “It’s just the different rules. I’ll be prepared for whatever the team needs, and hopefully I’ll come up in a big situation and contribute in a way.”

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After his hit in the sixth, Butler said he didn’t want to do a curtain call, but his teammates encouraged him to step out.

“They were egging me on,” Butler said.

Butler also realizes, somewhere deep, that he might be playing his final games with the Royals. He’s due to hit free agency this offseason.

 “This is all I know,” Butler said of Kansas City, where he’s played since 2007.

A face of the franchise in previous seasons, along with teammate Alex Gordon, Butler sustained a big drop in power the past two seasons, and put up probably his worst career numbers across the board in 2014. There were times when Butler would hear it from fans, either at the ballpark or via the media, about his declining numbers.

His performance in May, June and August was solid — among the best, or close to it, on a light-hitting team. And he’s had several big moments in the Royals’ first postseason since 1985 — none bigger than in the first inning when he tied the score with a sharp RBI single to left against Jake Peavy. Butler’s hit snapped a team-wide streak of 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

 “One of those plays where I found a hole,” Butler said. “I’ve done it that same way other times and hit it right at somebody.”

In Game 1, the Royals had squandered a handful of chances to score after the Giants stormed to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Much of the enthusiasm was sucked from Kauffman after such an odious start for the home team, which had won eight straight games to start the postseason.

The Giants seemed poised to put a stranglehold on the Series after Gregor Blanco led off the top of the first in Game 2 with a solo home run. The Royals did not lose their poise.

“What can you do?” Butler said about falling in Game 1. “You’re not going to win every game.”

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s list of people to blame for David Moyes’ failure at Man United

Sir Alex Ferguson has updated his autobiography, which was originally released a year ago, and in the new edition, he addresses the matter of David Moyes’ brief reign as his successor at Manchester United.

Moyes inherited a Man United team that won the Premier League by an 11-point margin in Ferguson’s final season. But when the former Everton manager’s one and only season in charge came to an end a month after he was sacked, the Red Devils were seventh in the table. Luckily, Ferguson has outlined who is to blame for all of this.

But before we get to that, here’s a reminder of how Moyes himself described the meeting with Ferguson that led to him taking over.

“I went in and the first thing he said to me was ‘I’m retiring’.

“I said ‘When?’, because he was never retiring and he said ‘next week’. “And his next words were ‘you’re the next Manchester United manager’.

“So I didn’t get the chance to say yes or no. I was told that I was the next Manchester United manager and that was enough.

“As you can imagine, the blood drained from my face. [...] But inside I was incredibly thrilled that I was going to be given the chance to manage Manchester United.”

To summarize, Ferguson didn’t even give Moyes a choice in the matter. That’s how certain he was that only David Moyes could carry on his success. And with that in mind, here’s Alex Ferguson’s list of what was to blame for this situation not working out (quotes via The Guardian)…

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: First and foremost, David Moyes “hadn’t realized just how big United is as a club,” Ferguson writes. The real question should probably be whether someone who had never won a trophy or managed a “big club” was prepared for such a jump. But, like Sir Alex, let’s skip that one.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the selection process for his successor carried out properly, considering Moyes somehow didn’t realize how big Man United were? Of course, says Sir Alex. He writes: “There appears to be an accepted view out there that there was no process. Nonsense. We feel we did everything the right way: quietly, thoroughly, professionally.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the squad he left behind simply not good enough? No way, says Sir Alex. He writes: “It was a rough season for a United fan and it was tough for me because I knew there were plenty of good players in our squad. They weren’t showing their form – and that seemed to place a huge weight on David’s shoulders.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Was the system he had in place antiquated? Of course not, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Antiquated was a bizarre description of the structure I left behind at Manchester United. Have you seen our new training ground?” Sadly, books don’t have rimshots.

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did he leave a team that was too old and destined to fall off? Preposterous, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Chelsea started the current season as favorites for the title, with a squad that also had six players in their 30s. I don’t hear any grumbles about the age of their group.”

-Not Sir Alex Ferguson: Did Moyes ruin everything by bringing in his own backroom staff instead of retaining the one Ferguson already had in place? You bet he did, says Sir Alex. He writes: “Maybe David felt that at such a massive club he had to be sure that all corners were covered in terms of his support system. I felt that network was already there, with plenty of great people already in important slots.”

But wait, didn’t we already establish that Moyes didn’t realize “just how big United is as a club”? If that was the case, why did he feel the need to have all corners covered at “such a massive club”? Surely Ferguson has an full and not at all contradictory explanation for why his ghost writer is 100 percent at fault for this discrepancy.

Anyway, there you have it. Blame for the problems that have befallen Manchester United in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s move from manager to club director fall solely on the unprepared guy who was given the job and not at all on the powerful man who decided to give it to him without even asking for his thoughts on the matter first. Autobiographical case closed.

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