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Posted on Tue. Dec. 24, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT


Cheap Shots: Notre Dame spells it out for recruits

Also, what would Peyton do with some zip on his throws?

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Notre Dame football coaches are sending potential recruits "Pot of Gold" packages filled with 477 letters representing the number of Irish players drafted by the NFL. I haven't seen any of the letters, but I'm pretty sure Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen were C-minus and D-minus.

Fountain of Youth

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw his 51st touchdown pass of the season Sunday, breaking the NFL record set by New England's Tom Brady. The NFL will let Manning's record stand despite ESPN analysts' repeated insistence he doesn't have the same zip on his passes anymore.

In related news, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has begun to come around to the idea that Manning might return to health from his neck injury.

When in doubt, punt the fans

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said he was “disappointed to hear boos” from the fans as the Lions lost to the New York Giants and were eliminated from the playoffs. The good news for Schwartz is that he'll probably only have to hear them for one more game.

Location, location, location

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni says he believes his team can still make the playoffs, despite the injury to Kobe Bryant and their 10th-place standing in the Western Conference playoff picture. He's right. They can make the playoffs. All it will take is the NBA moving the Lakers to the Eastern Conference.

New York, New York

Carlos Beltran put on a New York Yankees uniform for the first time last week after signing a three-year, $45 million deal with the team. He played for the Mets for seven seasons, but this will be his first time playing for the New York major league franchise.

Is it warm in here?

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is prepared to fire head coach Jason Garrett and his coaching staff if they don't make the playoffs, ESPN reports. To be fair, Garrett has been on the “hot seat” for so long, he's earned an endorsement deal to advertise Levi's Bermuda shorts collection.

Fried food

Texas A&M freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne, who tied for the team lead in tackles, was arrested for possession of drugs, including marijuana. He will miss the Chick-fil-A Bowl, which is too bad because he's really hungry for some Chick-fil-A.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Reggie Hayes at

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