2-4-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - More Manning Watch

Another day, another bunch of updates about Peyton Manning. Who cares that Aeneas Williams could be named to the Hall of Fame and that the Super Bowl is tomorrow, PEYTON MANNING!

Arizona Cardinals News:

Ex-Cardinals great Aeneas Williams under consideration for Pro Football Hall of Fame
When former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin plays pick-up basketball, he likes to tease opponents by reminding them of all the great athletes who tried to stop him over the years. Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Darrell Green and Aeneas Williams. And, yes, Irvin is aware he's including Williams, a former Cardinals defensive back, in that group, even though Williams is the only one not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "I've had those one-on-one battles, where it was just Aeneas and (me)," Irvin said this week in Indianapolis. "I've had those battles with all of those guys you call hall of famers, first-ballot hall of famers. I'm not putting any one of them above Aeneas. Not any one of them above Aeneas. No doubt in my mind."

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Making a case for Aeneas
This is my fifth year as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's selection committee, but tomorrow morning will be the first time I've presented a player's case to the rest of the committee. And from as far as I can tell, it's the first time any Arizona representative has presented a player. It's fitting that former cornerback Aeneas Williams is that player, because he is the best player in the team's Arizona history.

Word From the Birds Blog - Cards (OK, everyone) headed to primetime
Part of the press conference from commissioner Roger Goodell at the Super Bowl today was the announcement (not unexpected) that the league would be extending the NFL Network’s Thursday night TV package to 13 games from the current seven (NBC will be taking the Thanksgiving night telecast). With the upgrade, in addition to all the Sunday night and Monday night games, every team in the league will get at least one primetime appearance in 2012.

Word From the Birds Blog - Some Cards thoughts from Michael Bidwill
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill, in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, sat down for an interview with Bickley and MJ on XTRA 910 today. A few of the highlights, including thoughts on the coaching staff rumors and moves the past few weeks and a possible practice bubble in Tempe:

What Peyton Manning would do for the Cardinals' offense - ArizonaSports.com
I hate speculation. It seems like a massive waste of time to pontificate about things that may or may not happen. Contingency plans based on a speculative premise seem like a logical fallacy. Speculating as to whether or not Peyton Manning is going to be a free agent and where he might play if he is makes me want to roll on the ground and gouge my eyes out. I'd rather sit in the corner of a Howard Johnson's decorated in a Brady Bunch motif and pick scabs while watching a loop of Santonio Holmes' game winning touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIII.

Jaworski: Risky for Cards to take Manning - ArizonaSports.com
For Cardinals fans, if Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts part ways, it could be as early as March 17 when they know how serious the team is willing to go after Manning. That is the deadline for the Cardinals to decide if they want to give Kevin Kolb the $7 million option that is in his contract. If that's picked up, the chances of Manning dressing in red are very slim.

Fitzgerald Chats with NFL Network in Indy
Larry Fitzgerald joins the set to talk about his Super Bowl experience, wide receivers in the playoffs, and summer work with emerging young stars in the NFL.

Arizona Sports News:

Rockets' balanced scoring attack cripples Suns
Six players in double figures for Rockets, who rout Suns 99-81 on Friday night

NFL News:

Thursday Night Football Schedule Expanding; NFL Network To Carry 13 Games - SBNation.com
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced at his annual Super Bowl press conference that the NFL Network Thursday night package is expanding to 13 games and that every team would have a primetime game in 2012.

Roger Goodell: NFL Has Not Talked About Expansion - SBNation.com
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media on Friday in Indianapolis. One of the items he discussed was the possibility of expanding the league.

2012 Pro Football Hall Of Fame: Bill Parcells Headlines The Class - SBNation.com
Bill Parcells and Will Shield are the first-year eligible candidates for the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame. The voters will decide on Saturday the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Agent: Peyton Manning Not Retiring, Plans To Play In 2012 - SBNation.com
Tom Condon, the agent for Peyton Manning, talked with NFL Network about the flurry of news reports we've seen this week regarding the current Indianapolis Colts quarterback. On Thursday, ESPN reported that Manning had received clearance to play, which Condon confirmed saying his client was "structurally sound."

The NFL's 'Player Safety' Super Bowl Commercial, And Why You Probably Shouldn't Buy It - SBNation.com
On Sunday, the NFL will air a 60-second commercial dedicated to player safety. Will the League acknowledge its past transgressions, or simply treat us to revisionist history? The answer will determine whether this gesture is worth anything at all.

Fan sues over NFL conduct policy, says he has a right to swear | ProFootballTalk
Last year we passed along word of a legal challenge to the NFL’s conduct policy for fans. Now the fan challenging that policy is coming forward to press his case and say he shouldn’t have been kicked out of a stadium for dropping an F-bomb is filing a lawsuit over it.

NFL may expand replay, automatically review all end zone plays | ProFootballTalk
For the second consecutive offseason, the NFL may be ready to expand its use of instant replay.

Antrel Rolle wanted out of New York just six weeks ago | ProFootballTalk
Giants safety Antrel Rolle’s roller coaster ride in New York is no secret. His up-and-down play has mirrored his inconsistent attitude about his time in New York.

PHOTO: Jim Irsay Includes Topical Photo With Peyton Manning Statement - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
The Indianapolis Colts said basically nothing in a short statement on Friday addressing Peyton Manning's health. After Jim Irsay's salty late-night tweet on Thursday, we expected better. If you missed it, sources told Chris Mortensen that Manning was cleared to resume his NFL playing career after deeming the Colts' quarterback's neck was stable. Irsay then wagged his finger with a tweet, saying the Colts have not cleared Manning, promising a statement in the morning.

Super Bowl Laboratory: Can The Patriots Win With Zoltan Mesko At Quarterback? - SBNation.com
On Sunday, Zoltan Mesko and Lawrence Tynes will try to quarterback their teams to a championship. Oh, wait, they won't? Well, too late, because that's what Spencer Hall and Jon Bois simulated in Madden 12.

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