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THE RIVER - FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Is Super Bowl 50 The Grand Finale
For Peyton Manning? The Game’s
Outcome May Provide The Answer
by Ed Frank
By the time you read this column, millions of words would
have been written about Sunday’s Super Bowl 50, and
there are as many story lines about sport’s biggest event
as there are stars in the sky.
But to this reporter, the overriding issue – or perhaps ques-
tion – is whether Sunday’s game is the finale for sure-fire Hall of
Fame quarterback Peyton Manning? Win or lose, Peyton will exit
Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California as one of the greatest
to ever play the game.
Behind the brash, super-talented Carolina quarterback Cam
Newton, his Panthers were six-point favorites early this week to
defeat Manning and the Denver Broncos. With a near-perfect 17-1 season record,
there are good reasons why Carolina is favored.
But if you’re a sentimentalist, wouldn’t you love to see 39-year-old Manning (he’ll
be 40 next month) go out as a winner if this indeed is his last game as so many believe
it will be?
Let’s just look at Manning’s enviable resume:
He’ll be playing in his fourth Super Bowl. He has been the National Football
League’s Most Valuable Player four times. He holds league records for career passing
yards and touchdown passes.
True, his lone Super Bowl victory was a 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in
Although Manning has said he hasn’t made up his mind about retirement, there are
He has told his brother, Eli, the New York Giants quarterback, “You’re going to be
playing a lot longer than me.” And following the Bronco’s defeat of the New England
Patriots for the AFC Championship, a boom microphone picked up an exchange
between Manning and Patriots coach Bill Belichick in which Manning said, “This might
be my last rodeo, so it sure has been a pleasure.”
It has been proven so often that retirement for athletes is difficult. In Manning’s
case, common sense might tell you that with four neck surgeries that sidelined him for
the 2011 season and a tor n plantar fascia in his left foot that kept him out of six of
the last seven regular season games this season, it’s time to bow out.
Should the Broncos upset Carolina on Sunday, the odds probably increase for
retirement as he could go out a winner. A loss, however, might be a different scenario.
There’s a 13-year age difference between Newton and Manning. And Newton’s
45 touchdowns in the regular season – including 10 rushing TDs – are factors in
Carolina’s favorite status.
Millions will be watching this titanic showdown between Manning and Newton,
including football fanatics that are paying up to $17,000 for a 50-yard sideline seat in
Spring Training Reporting Dates Near
In just two weeks, spring training will begin here for the Boston Red Sox and the
Minnesota Twins as well as the 28 other Major League teams opening camps in
Florida and Arizona.
Red Sox pitchers and catchers will report on February 18 at Jetblue Park at
Fenway South, with the first workout scheduled the next day. Boston position players
will report on February 23.
The Minnesota Twins will welcome pitchers and catchers on February 21 at
CenturyLink Sports Complex, with position players reporting on February 26.
However, if you visit either facility now, you will find that many of the players
already are here and working out.
Mariner High School To Hold Yard
Sale To Help Young Girl Fight Cancer
The Mariner High School Triton Treasures Club will hold a yard sale on
Saturday, February 13 from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the Mariner High School
teacher parking lot, located at 701 Chiquita Boulevard in Cape Coral.
Proceeds from the sale will go to 4-year-old Addy Wallace, daughter of Lee County
School District employees that is currently battling cancer, and other Mariner High
School families that are in critical need.
The club is currently welcoming donations for the sale. Individuals can also rent a
parking spot to conduct their own yard sale during the event for $10. Rental fees will
be donated to Triton Treasures, but all sales at individual’s booths will stay with the
owner. For information on donating items or renting yard sale space, contact Bridget
Zalesak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-3324 ext. 320.
“Our mission is to start servicing students right at Mariner that are in critical need
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Senior PGA Tour
At Twin Eagles
submitted by Max Friedersdorf
During the past 28 years, just
about every nook and cranny of
Collier County has hosted the
Senior PGA Golf Tournament. The
tournament is now named The PGA
Since 1988, when Gary Player won
the inaugural event at Pelican Bay, the
tourney has been played on nine dif-
ferent Collier County golf courses and
over these years has had seven different
sponsors. Other Collier County courses
previously hosting the Senior Tour include
The Vineyards, Lely Resort, Bay Colony,
Pelican Marsh, Quail, West, TPC Treviso
Bay and The Quarry.
Some big names that have won during
the past 28 years include Gene Littler,
Lee Trevino, Bob Murphy, Al Geiberger,
Hale Irwin, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler,
Loren Roberts and Kenny Perry.
The latest sponsor change, curiously,
came just days ago when The Ace Group
Classic, the host for the past 17 years
and a familiar golf tour nament brand, was
replaced as the Chubb Classic. The name
change came about after Ace Limited
acquired insurance giant The Chubb
For the fifth straight year, starting on
February 9, the 2016 tournament will
be on the Talon Course at beautiful Twin
Eagles Golf Club. Twin Eagles is located
six miles east of 1-75 off Immokalee
Road in Naples.
This year’s field appears to be one of
the strongest ever, with golf icons Fred
Couples, Tom Kite, Bernard Langer,
Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Larry
Nelson, Mark O’Meara, Curtis Strange
and the 2015 champion, Lee Janzen.
Sixty-one former PGA Tour winners
are in the field, including 16 former
major winners. A total of 81 pros will be
battling for a $1.6 million purse.
Advance tickets are $25 for a daily tick-
et, and $50 for a weekly pass. Children age
17 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
More information and tickets are avail-
able online at chubbclassic.com or by call-
Lake Kennedy Senior Center
Red Sox Spring
The Kennedy Kruisers are ready
for some spring training baseball
action. They will visit the JetBlue
stadium to see the Boston Red Sox bat-
tle the Baltimore Orioles on March 17.
There will be a pre-game barbecue
buffet and in-field grand stand seats are
included. Pre-registration is required by
The cost is $69 for members and $74
Lake Kennedy Senior Center is lo-
cated at 400 Santa Barbara Boulevard
in Cape Coral. For more information,
call 574-0575 .
1101 Periwinkle Way #105
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