Articles By Rob Doster

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 12:

 

• Good news, fellas: .

 

. We're in the end times.

 

. Wish I had that luxury. Of course, Woods needs to heal from the humiliation of his recent struggles; good buddy at Torrey Pines.

 

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• Nick Young put Steve Blake on the floor with a nasty crossover.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:08
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 11: 

 

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• Kentucky nearly lost its unbeaten season last night. .

 

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• Watch an old geezer charge the mound at Rockies fantasy camp.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:32
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 10:

 

. I'd say she has a few good years left.

 

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• Is Peyton coming back?

 

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• The new "This Is SportsCenter" ad riffs on the Katy Perry halftime sharks.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:03
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 9: 

 

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• Interesting: . Romeo, hand me the 3-wood.

 

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• The Brow's legend grows with a walk-off 3.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:43
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 6: 

 

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• Brian Williams got caught in a lie, and .

 

. Hate it when that happens. If this spells the end, then Tiger can sit on his glutes and count the .

 

. Boy, coaches keep tight schedules.

 

• In case you're not on Gronk overload, .

 

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. Off to sensitivity training with him.

 

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• I know some of you are excited for "Better Call Saul.".

 

• Tom Hanks reunited with a former co-star at last night's Rangers game.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 6, 2015 - 11:02
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Dustin Johnson called his victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship "one of my biggest wins," and he relied on his driver during a stellar weekend, leading the field with an average of 328.3 yards off the tee with his smooth, rhythmic swing. Here, Dustin and his instructor, top-ranked teacher Butch Harmon, share Dustin's secrets for producing those jaw-dropping tee shots.

 

DUSTIN JOHNSON'S EFFORTLESS POWER

If I feel like I have to try to hit one far, then I'm not swinging correctly. Butch Harmon and I always talk about effortless power, instead of power with effort.

When I'm on the launch monitor, when I'm swinging really hard — which I never do on a golf course — I can get one 330-335 in the air. A normal swing, when I'm on the golf course, it's going to fly maybe 300. Anywhere between 290 and 300. Obviously, I can step it up once in a while and maybe fly one 310. But I never like swinging with that mindset. I don't want to hit it hard. Maybe when I'm on the driving range and just goofing around I'll smash 'em sometimes for fun. But on a golf course, I might swing 85 to 90 percent at the highest.

My keys to effortless power:

• Obviously, keeping my right knee flexed, letting my arms get back down in front of the clubhead — those things slow me down a little bit and keep me from over-swinging. Some of the longest drives I've ever hit are ones that I felt like I hit easy and smooth.


Great balance. I'm never coming out of my shoes. If I'm swinging correctly, I'm in balance. You'll notice that if I'm not swinging well, if I've gotta work to hit one far, then I'm not going to be in balance. When I'm swinging correctly, I'm going to hit it even further, and I'm going to stay balanced.

Butch Harmon's Take:

What I want amateurs to notice about Dustin's swing on the tee is his beautiful rhythm and balance. The middle of the clubhead makes contact with the ball with a nice, smooth tempo, and he has a balanced finish.

That rhythm and balance allow Dustin to make a good, aggressive, confident swing without over-swinging. Dustin has tremendous self-confidence with the driver, and that confidence is required on the tight driving holes of the PGA Tour.

Other things to notice:

• Dustin maintains an unusual bowed left wrist at the top of his backswing. I haven't worked to fix that, because it works for him.

• His flexibility and athleticism allow him to use a strong, fast unwind as he approaches the impact position. That allows him to unleash tremendous power on the golf ball.

• Dustin's head rotates through as his body unwinds, and that allows him to generate clubhead speed.

• Two keys: We've worked on a level shoulder turn, and we've worked especially hard on keeping the flex in his right leg.

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:10
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 5:

 

Here are about cover model and Jeter gal-pal Hannah Davis.

 

• If you have time to kill,

 

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, including a sizable amount of weed and cash.

 

. Smart, especially since his own management of the end of the game was not flawless.

 

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• Today's palate cleanser: .

 

• The Heat committed the most absurd turnover in history last night.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:00
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 4: 

 

. That's not terrible news.

 

• It's Christmas for recruiting nerds. If you're one of them, .

 

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. We approve of poking fun at this sometimes ridiculous process.

 

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• Speaking of A-Rod: .

 

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• Today's moment of zen from DeMarcus Cousins.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:04
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 3:

 

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, reading from his erotic fan fiction and describing the end of the Super Bowl as calling for haymakers. 

 

. How generous from the guy with untold millions and a supermodel wife.

 

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• I can't stop watching this Vine: .

 

• This news is burning up my Twitter timeline: .

 

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• Watch Henrik Lundqvist head the puck to a teammate.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:41
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 2: 

 

. I'd say she earned it.

 

• As usual, , including some at the expense of that bizarre Nationwide commercial.

 

• Now that one last Super Bowl party is out of the way, .

 

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. And here's about the inexplicable call.

 

• In case you were wondering why Doug Baldwin got flagged after his TD,

 

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. Kinda spooky.

 

• Not surprisingly, emotions ran high as the Super Bowl ended.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:44
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 30:

 

, and it was just what you'd expect.

 

• This is pretty incredible: .

 

• While we celebrate Brady and Belichick, .

 

. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

 

. Handled it like a pro, though. 

 

• This one's for the millennials: .

 

• What's the deal with all the Super Bowl ads being released early? Anyway, . And .

 

• Just as a reminder, .

 

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• Matt Damon and Ben Affleck offer up a wicked smaht defense of the Patriots.

 

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Post date: Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:41
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 29: 

 

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, the PGA Tour's annual frat party.

 

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. Anyone monitoring Paul Allen's nocturnal activities?

 

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. This is his time of year.

 

. Cue Tiger hole-in-one jokes.

 

. Time to retire the "You're not you.." bit; they're not going to top this one.

 

• Kyrie Irving had himself a night.

 

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Post date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:54
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 28: 

 

. Looks like pregnancy wasn't too rough on her.

 

. Although , like Progressive did.

 

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. I think these guys could beat the best guys who did.

 

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Then report back to me. I just can't.

 

• Steph Curry isn't just an unconscious shooter. He can also pull off Magic-style passes like this one.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:42
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 25:

 

. Her work is … unusual.

 

. Mr. Cub always loved the game like a little kid.

 

• Speaking of kids and baseball,

 

• This is cool: . And . Oh, and I guess .

 

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• Chris Berman was not happy about something at the Pro Bowl. Maybe he realized he was covering the Pro Bowl.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:06
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 23: 

 

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. What about the children?

 

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. (Kramer voice) yeye, catfight.

 

• Always fun: .

 

. Not bad.

 

• The Bucks did a little quality trolling of the Patriots.

 

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Post date: Friday, January 23, 2015 - 10:45
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 22:

 

. Need I say more?

 

. If you're interested in parsing his statement, .

 

. Thank goodness.

 

• New wrinkle:

 

• I enjoyed the headline to .

 

• There is a football game coming up. . And no, I'm not talking about the Pro Bowl.

 

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. Worth a click just for the classic photo.

 

• Kevin Durant had an authoritative dunk over Marcin Gortat.

 

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Post date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:27
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 21: 

 

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• An alternate narrative is emerging in the Robert Allenby case: .

 

. Mazel tov.

 

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• Watch Alex Ovechkin shatter a net-cam.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:00
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 20: 

 

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• The tooth hurts: . And .

 

• In other weird golf news: . Kidnapping, random missing teeth — who said the golf beat was boring? And that doesn't even take into account .

 

. And in its own way, .

 

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• Got a few hours to kill? .

 

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• Bill Self angry. Bill Self smash.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:13
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are in the middle of a season quite unlike any they’ve had, since moving from Seattle in 2008.

 

 

Burdened with title expectations for the third year in a row — a premature Finals appearance in 2012 will do that to you — OKC started the year with a litany of crucial injuries, limping to a 5-13 record without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Now, the championship hopefuls have a deadly sprint before them just to get into the playoffs. The Western Conference is just that good; at 20-20, the Thunder are currently three games behind the Phoenix Suns for the eigth and final conference postseason slot.

 

If the past two games are any indication, though, then the Thunder are trending in the right direction. OKC handled the Golden State Warriors, the best team in basketball, 127-115 on Friday night, behind a triple-double from Westbrook. And last night, they nearly set a record for the current season by dropping a whopping 79 points in the first half against the Orlando Magic.

 

Part of the success in their recent play is the emergence of Dion Waiters, a recent acquisition . Over the past two contests, the feast-or-famine Waiters is shooting 60 percent from the floor, thriving and confident in the free-roaming Oklahoma offense. He’s also been a surprising source of defensive steel, grabbing five steals over the weekend.

 

If the Thunder want a chance at our hearts again this Spring, they’ll have to keep it up. Phoenix is for real, and stealing the Suns' spot will likely require a 50-win season, at the minimum. That means OKC has to play .710 ball to give themselves a chance. It’s a tall order, but they look like they’re on the way to fulfilling it.

 

— John Wilmes

@johnwilmesNBA

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Post date: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:33
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 19: 

 

. Let's keep politics out of the pure, unspoiled world of beauty pageants, shall we?  

 

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• Deflate-gate: And if so, why?

 

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• Michael Bennett went for a spin on a bicycle after the Seahawks' win.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 19, 2015 - 10:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 16: 

 

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• Bill Walton, Jay Bilas and Dave Pasch called last night's Arizona-Colorado game, and .

 

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• Rory McIlroy had his first professional hole-in-one today.

 

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Post date: Friday, January 16, 2015 - 10:48
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 14:

 

. Warning: Most of them are dudes.

 

• What is it with British royals and NBA royalty? .

 

 

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. Weird sport.

 

. If that's the case, probably not smart to slam her head into the wall, as Busch is accused of doing.

 

. Rickey Henderson approves this message.

 

• Ryan Suter delivered a nasty elbow to Steve Downie's face.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:21
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 13: 

 

• Sorry, Oregon. .

 

• Patrick Reed won the Hyundai TOC with an epic comeback, but it was .

 

. I think he passed St. Nick last night as the nation's best college football coach, and .

 

• I agree with this: . His stock will never be higher, and he didn't come to Columbus to play school anyway.

 

 

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• I haven't linked to the Onion in a while. .

 

• Feel-good video of the day: .

 

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• Watch Kevin Garnett head-butt Dwight Howard.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:42
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 12: 

 

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• Big off-the-field NFL news today: .

 

• Sign of the times in college football: .

 

• This could get ugly: .

 

. One of Manning's own teammates .

 

. Dude can write.

 

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• In his rush to help, .

 

• Hannah Storm went Dikembe Mutombo on her makeup person, minus the finger wag.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 10:47
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Path: /nfl/afc-divisional-playoff-preview-and-prediction-indianapolis-colts-vs-denver-broncos
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Sunday afternoon’s Indianapolis vs. Denver AFC Divisional Round game will be the first postseason meeting between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and the man he replaced in Indy, Peyton Manning — who is now the first quarterback to play at least 200 games with a team and then face that team in the playoffs. According to Football Perspective, the Broncos have the edge in yards per attempts, yards allowed per attempt, yards per carry and yards allowed per carry. Since 1990, there have been 16 games where a home team had the advantage in those four metrics, and the home team is 15–1 in those matchups.

 
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

 

Kickoff: Sunday, Jan. 11 at 4:40 p.m. ET

TV Channel: CBS

Spread: Denver -7

 

Indianapolis’ Key to Victory: Andrew Luck

 

The spotlight shines on the respective quarterbacks in this one. When the two face off Sunday afternoon it will be the third meeting between the two signal-callers and the first rubber match. In 2013, Luck led the Colts to a 39–33 victory in Manning’s first game back in Indianapolis. Both quarterbacks threw for three scores in that game, while Luck was turnover-free and Manning had an interception. Luck has had better postseason success early on in his career than Manning, arriving in Denver this week with a 2–2 playoff record in his first three seasons. It took Manning until his sixth season to win a playoff game, and it was his fourth postseason contest that he finally got his first W. If Luck protects the football, and the Colts defense can force some miscues, then the road upset becomes very realistic. 

 

Denver’s Key to Victory: Peyton Manning

 

For whatever reason, Manning is not the same quarterback in the postseason that he is during the regular season. In 23 playoff games, Manning is 11–12 and has a passer rating of 89.2. Compare that to his regular season record (179–77) and passer rating (97.5). Granted, the opponents get tougher in the postseason, but Manning hasn’t exactly risen to the occasion with any regularity under the brightest lights. It’s important that the Broncos get at least a reasonable facsimile of October Manning (102.2 career passer rating) and not January Manning (83.5). “I think Peyton’s been doing fine. I don’t know if it’s about hype; I know it’s just another playoff game. I can’t answer that question for him but I think he’ll be fine,” Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas said. “We had them the first game of the season and he was fine. It’s a playoff game so it’s a little bit different because if you lose, you’re done and if you win, you keep going. I can’t really talk for Peyton but I think he’s fine.” Okay, fine. 

 

Final Analysis

 

Peyton Manning has been one-and-done in the playoffs eight times in his career, by far the most for any quarterback in the Super Bowl era, and he’s also the record-holder with 12 postseason losses. Those numbers have to be weighing on this proud warrior, who will be looking for vindication in this postseason. This week, at least, he’ll get it. 

 

Prediction: Denver 31, Indianapolis 24
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AFC Divisional Playoff Preview and Prediction: Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
Post date: Friday, January 9, 2015 - 16:00

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