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Peyton and Eli Manning continue to produce the best broadcast for “Monday Night Football” possible.

The brothers were featured on ESPN2, giving their commentary of Monday night’s Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers game. They brought in a slew of guests to join them. They offered sharp analysis as well as great wit throughout the game.

Early on, they also brought the conspiracy theories.

Peyton was noting how the Packers were running the ball frequently, which followed the suggestions he and Eli made to the team. He joked that Green Bay had them bugged.

“I feel like the Packers were listening to our conversation. I think our conversation was bugged, kind of like the Patriots used to do back in the day,” Peyton joked.

— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) September 21, 2021

Peyton then took it further. He said that the New England Patriots used to have his locker bugged, so he wouldn’t discuss plays near it. Instead, he would go into the shower.

— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) September 21, 2021

“Every time I played against New England, I used to talk to my receivers in the showers. Don’t talk about a play next to my locker because I know it’s bugged. I know it’s got a hot mic in there. Very strange to see seven guys hanging out in the shower,” Peyton said.

Was he being serious or joking? That’s up to you to decide.

Keep in mind, this is nothing new. Tony Dungy said in 2015 that Peyton feared the Patriots had his locker bugged. The Colts used to sweep for bugs when they played in New England. Many NFL teams used to do that but never found anything.

Maybe the Patriots were just in opponents’ heads.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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The Minnesota Wild have re-signed winger Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year, $45 million contract. The deal carries a $9 average annual value and million takes him through the 2025-26 season. Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reports that the deal carries a no-movement clause for the final two years. Minnesota had to wait five years after it drafted Kaprizov to see him in NHL action, but all can agree that he was worth the wait. This year’s Calder Trophy winner, Kaprizov was nearly a point-per-game talent. Playing more than 18 minutes a night, the 23-year-old Russian led the Wild with 27 goals and 51 points, only missing one game all season. The Athletic’s Michael Russo reports that he’s due to arrive in Minnesota on Wednesday and will deliver an in-person press conference pending vaccination status. A full training camp and another year of acclimation to North America are both good omens for Kaprizov’s performance in 2021-22. A dominant scorer and a lethal power-play presence, Kaprizov aims to not only lead the Wild but to be one of the best talents in the Western Conference. Kaprizov put together a remarkable two-way performance for a rookie last season as well, posting a 51.2% Corsi for at even strength and boasted impressive advanced analytics as well. Steps forward in any regard will solidify his status as an elite talent and quickly make this deal worth its price tag. The move comes after months of negotiations and nervousness on the part of Wild fans. The term and the dollar amount aren’t necessarily a surprise to anyone who’s been closely following the situation, however. A $9 million cap hit was reported as the likely value by The Athletic’s Michael Russo weeks beforehand. Despite all the fanfare made about Minnesota’s salary-cap situation this offseason following the buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Wild still remain in decent shape for 2021-22. Kaprizov was the only remaining restricted free agent on the roster, and the Wild are still left with $3.2 million in space considering a 22-man roster. The true crunch comes next season, where the cap penalty due to the buyouts increases by a full $8 million. Regardless, it’s an immediate relief for Wild fans, who’ll have five more years (in all likelihood) of a player who captured the eyes and hearts of many this season. With Kaprizov expected to be a franchise cornerstone, the Wild now look to push even further toward contention.

Nothing draws attention to a scheduled pay-per-view fight quite like a scrap at the press conference or weigh-in. Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant know that trick well. Alvarez and Plant had a press conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles to promote their upcoming Nov. 6 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. As they met in the middle of the stage, they traded words while face to face. Then Canelo pushed Plant in the chest. Plant took a swing at Canelo, who ducked it and hit Plant back. The fight was only recently announced, so they had to build some hype somehow. Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing. Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) will be facing his toughest test as a pro boxer. And now they may have sold a few more pay-per-view buys too.

Heading into the 2020 bubble playoffs, many fans around the league may have never noticed Vancouver Canucks forward Tyler Motte. He had registered just 38 points in 187 games to that point in his career, bouncing from Chicago to Columbus to Vancouver as a depth player moving in and out of the lineup. In that condensed postseason, however, Motte made a name for himself with endless energy and a few well-timed goals, helping the Canucks reach Game 7 of the second round. When things resumed for the 2020-21 season, the bang-and-crash forward suddenly found his role increased for the Canucks. He averaged more than 16 minutes a night through his first 15 games, scoring five goals in the process. Unfortunately, he was injured in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and eventually found himself on long-term injured reserve, meaning he'd miss a good chunk of the season. He dealt with two other stints on the sideline with injuries and ended up with just 24 games played last season. Now, after it was made clear that Motte wouldn’t be available to the Canucks at the start of training camp, Rick Dhaliwal and Thomas Drance of The Athletic have confirmed it is because he is rehabbing from an undisclosed surgery. Vancouver GM Jim Benning explained that the team will “see where [Motte] is at here in the next three weeks.” On the second season of a two-year contract signed after that strong playoff performance, Motte will carry a cap hit of $1.225M this season. That three-week timeline mentioned by Benning likely refers to the period from now until the team’s first game, which will be held in Edmonton on Oct. 13. If Motte’s not ready to join the lineup by then, the team will have to find another option to take his minutes and penalty-killing role.

Ben Simmons does not plan to report to Philadelphia 76ers training camp next week and is prepared to face potential fines and suspensions to force a trade. Simmons "intends to never play another game for the franchise," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He has cut off all communication with the team since an August meeting in L.A. in which he informed management of his decision to hold out. Simmons' relationship with the Sixers appears to be completely fractured. The franchise has tried to trade him in the past and isn't pleased with his lack of offensive development. Trade rumors surrounding Simmons popped up after Philadelphia was eliminated from the postseason. The three-time All-Star guard had an awful playoff run and even took some blame for the Sixers' second-round playoff exit, saying, "There's a lot of things that I need to work on." The Sixers reportedly want an "All-Star-caliber player" and first-round picks in exchange for Simmons. However, it seems like they don't have much leverage in the situation, with Simmons trying to force his way out and teams unwilling to offer the package Philadelphia seeks. The 25-year-old is under contract through the 2024-25 campaign after signing a five-year extension worth $177.2 million in July 2019. It's unclear which teams might be interested in acquiring him following a subpar 2020-21 season.

Utah quarterback Charlie Brewer was benched in Saturday’s loss to San Diego State, and it turns out that will be the last game he plays with the program. Brewer left the Utah football team, according to Josh Newman of the Salt Lake Tribune. The school said in a statement that Brewer “has decided to move on and we wish him the best.” Brewer, a senior, was replaced by sophomore Cameron Rising during the third quarter of Saturday’s eventual overtime loss. Utah’s offense had punted seven times, and Brewer had thrown one interception to that point. Rising threw three touchdown passes, including one with 16 seconds left, to force overtime. After the game, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said he felt the Utes “needed a spark.” “We have an excellent quarterback in Cam Rising, who’s the No. 2 guy, and why not give him a shot? He’s worked hard in practice, as hard as anybody else. He’s prepared the right way and I had no doubt in my mind he was ready to play, because that’s the type of kid he is. Given the circumstances, he deserved that opportunity.” A depth chart that was released on Tuesday listed Rising as Utah’s starting QB and Ja’Quinden Jackson as No. 2. Brewer was a four-year starter at Baylor before transferring to Utah. He was eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer, and there were extremely high expectations surrounding him when he joined the Utes. There was concern over the concussions he suffered at Baylor, and some felt at the time that he should give up playing. It’s unclear if Brewer plans to enter the transfer portal or give up football altogether.

The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to convince Ben Simmons to show up to training camp while they work to trade him, but it does not sound like the former top-overall pick is listening. Simmons is committed to never playing for the Sixers again and will not report to training camp next week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. He reportedly has not spoken with anyone from the organization since a meeting last month in which he formally asked for a trade. The desire for a divorce is mutual, but the Sixers likely want Simmons to show up to training camp so they can give other teams the impression that the situation is not quite as ugly as it seems. Simmons, however, has no interest in helping to rebuild his own trade value. Simmons has four years and $145 million left on his contract. He is coming off a postseason in which his offensive play cost the 76ers, but the team has not backed off of its high asking price. While there has been some interest in Simmons on the trade market, the Sixers appear intent on trying to utilize leverage that they no longer have.

As the Athletics try to keep their playoff hopes alive, they could receive a boost that looked unlikely just a few weeks ago. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweeted recently that the A’s are targeting Thursday for right-hander Chris Bassitt’s return to the club. Shayna Rubin of the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday night that Bassitt tossed a 30-pitch bullpen session Monday — his fourth throwing session since being cleared to throw off a mound. A return to the field for Bassitt would make for a feel-good moment regardless of any potential impact on the postseason race. The baseball world took a collective gasp when Bassitt was struck in the face by a 100 mph line-drive back on Aug. 17. The right-hander remained down on the field for several minutes as he was tended to by the medical staff. He was eventually carted off the field with a towel covering his face. Bassitt sustained multiple facial fractures that had to be stabilized via surgery, but he avoided a concussion and any damage to his vision or his eye. It was a frightening scene that quite obviously called into question whether Bassitt would be able to return to the field at all in 2021. Immediate questions were more focused on his overall well-being, but just over a month later, he now remarkably appears to be on the cusp of pitching in a big-league game again. Manager Bob Melvin said Monday night (via Rubin) that the team isn’t sure what type of role Bassitt would have upon returning. Based on the length of his recent bullpen session and simulated games, it doesn’t seem likely that Bassitt would jump right back into the workhorse rotation role he’d held down prior to the injury. That said, he’s clearly stretched out enough to go multiple innings, so he could make some abbreviated starts down the stretch, serve as a scheduled long man behind an opener, or even just operate as a multi-inning bullpen option as the situation dictates. Prior to his injury, the 32-year-old Bassitt was in the midst of a career year for the A’s. He’d made 24 starts, averaging just shy of 6 1/3 innings per outing and completing six frames in 17 of those 24 trips to the hill. Along the way, he’d notched an impressive 3.06 ERA with a strong 25.3% strikeout rate and an excellent 5.8% walk rate through a total of 150 innings. He’s still fourth on the A’s in terms of total innings pitched, trailing Frankie Montas, Sean Manaea and Cole Irvin. It’s been a tough stretch for the A’s since the injury to Bassitt. The team is 14-16 in the 30 games without him, and Oakland starters have combined for a 4.47 ERA in his absence — ranking just 17th in the majors during that stretch. That 4.47 mark is due almost entirely to the excellent work of Montas over his past six outings (1.89 ERA, 38 innings pitched). The A’s have leaned on Manaea, Irvin, Paul Blackburn and James Kaprielian to start the team’s remaining games, but each of them has an ERA of 4.94 or worse since Bassitt’s injury. The A’s aren’t technically eliminated from winning the division just yet, although at seven games back, their chances of doing so are all but nonexistent. Oakland’s best path to the postseason will be to secure the second Wild Card spot in the American League. That spot currently belongs to the Blue Jays, who lead the Yankees by a half game, the A’s by two games and the Mariners by three games.

Baseball fans haven't seen Luis Severino take the mound for the New York Yankees since the 2019 postseason. The nearly two-year absence ends on Monday, with the Yankees activating the former All-Star to the roster ahead of the series opener against the visiting Texas Rangers. Severino missed most of the 2019 season with various issues before having Tommy John surgery in February 2020 -- a procedure that also involved having a loose bone chip removed from his elbow. His long layoff was a blow to the Yankees' rotation, which was tested before the truncated 2020 campaign even began. The Bronx Bombers have been bit hard by the injury bug in recent years and set an MLB record in 2019 for the most players sent to the injured list in a single season. Considering the amount of time Severino has missed, New York is planning on using him out of the bullpen. "His last live outing was two (innings) and 35 (pitches), so kind of view him as anything from an inning in some situations to possibly two- or three-innings scenarios that I think he’ll be able to handle," Yankees skipper Aaron Boone said via the New York Post. Severino has spent his entire career with the Yankees organization, bouncing between the major-league club and minor-league affiliates. Through his injury-shortened 2019 campaign, he tallied a 1-1 record with a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings. The Yankees have recently lost two games in a row and currently sit one-and-a-half games out of a wild-card spot in the AL.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson made highlight reels for many wrong reasons in his first game against the New England Patriots and just second game of his career, becoming the first quarterback since 1991 to throw two interceptions on his first two throws of the game. After the resounding 25-6 loss to the rival Pats, Jets coach Robert Saleh pinpointed Wilson's biggest issue: The rookie out of BYU is trying too hard to be aggressive. "It's OK to play a boring game of football. That's really it," Saleh said via ESPN. "He's an electric dude. He's competitive as crap and he wants to win so bad, but sometimes it's OK to be boring. That's probably the biggest lesson he can take out of this one." Wilson ended the day tallying four interceptions on his first 10 pass attempts, becoming the third rookie QB in the past 40 years to achieve such a dubious honor. The rest of his stats in the first half alone weren't much better: Saleh maintained the performance has all do to Wilson needing to simplify the game. "It wasn't like he was overwhelmed," he said of Wilson. "There (are) some fundamental things that he has to understand with regard to taking care of the ball and basic stuff." The Jets don't have a veteran quarterback to back Wilson up, so the young gun is going to have to figure his game out in order for New York to rebound from an 0-2 start to the season. According to Wilson, that means improving on his rough Week 2 outing without losing his edge. "I just have to remember the situation I'm in," he said. "I'm an important piece in this whole thing, and I just have to keep learning and getting better. You have to keep that swag and that mojo every single week." Time will tell if Saleh insists the young QB temper some of that swag so he can get back to basics and stop making so many mistakes.

Robert Griffin III has been working as an analyst with ESPN this season. He has entered the world of television, but he is still 31 and has interest in playing. Griffin was a guest on Adam Schefter’s podcast on ESPN and was asked by the host whether he would have interest in returning to the NFL. Griffin said that he received interest in the offseason and that his conversations with teams have continued. “Yes it has come close. And throughout the offseason, it was getting closer and closer and closer,” Griffin said. “The teams that were interested are still interested … but something has to happen. And I’m realistic about that. And I understand that.” When Griffin says “something” has to happen, he’s talking about injuries. There have already been some injuries, such as to Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick. But those might not have been the teams with which he was previously in talks. RG3 believes it’s between Cam Newton and him when it comes to accomplished quarterbacks who are available. He also says that teams called him this week. Even though Griffin works on TV and enjoys it, he still wants to play. “I want to play. I’m 31,” Griffin said. Griffin was drafted in 2012 by Washington, which made a blockbuster trade to move up and select him. He was a Pro Bowler as a rookie but ended up suffering a knee injury, shied away from running and was never the same. He spent the last three seasons in Baltimore. He went 8-for-14 for 42 yards and two interceptions last season. Griffin also said he would be open to a return to Washington if the team was interested in having him.

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