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Posted at 9:24 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Peyton Manning, Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford, Red Sox vs. Yankees, Jets vs. Giants (almost)

By Cindy Boren
Have another doughnut

The voice of the Indianapolis Colts had some extremely harsh words for quarterback Peyton Manning, the kind of extremely harsh words Peyton isn't used to hearing even during a four-interception stinkeroo of a performance.

In comments that were off the air but picked up by another microphone, Bob Lamey reportedly said (via Stampedeblue) NFL defenses had "figured Manning out" and that he should be benched for Curtis Painter. (Curtis Painter! Compare and contrast Painter's stats with those of Manning.) For good measure, he added that it was time for the Colts to draft Manning's replacement next April. (He stopped short of requesting a tissue sample in order to commence the cloning process.)

According to the Indianapolis Star, Lamey "on Tuesday approached Manning in the locker room to apologize. He appeared to accept." (Of course, let's remember that Peyton may or may not have killed a snitch.) Lamey opted not to comment and the team will not discipline him.

OFF TO THE RACES: The Red Sox have landed Carl Crawford and that means only one thing. The Yankees are showing Cliff Lee and his agent, Darek Braunecker, their money-printing press. Reportedly, they've upped their offer to seven years (via SI's Jon Heyman), who adds: #yankees in the clear drivers seat for cliff lee. hey, the mets did get boof bonser.

CAPS FANS, AVERT YOUR EYES: Sidney Crosby is putting up ridiculous numbers. Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated is agog: Of course, numbers have always been the least intriguing things about Crosby. They are the by-products of everything he does. The process is far more complex and compelling. He is a player of increment, taking small steps that add up to something greater. Steve Yzerman aburst with admiration.

Let's put all that hyperbole aside and just say he's ridiculously hot, extending his scoring streak to 17 games with two goals in the Penguins' 5-2 victory over Toronto.

A PERSONAL, HEARTFELT APOLOGY: I would like to personally apologize to Redskins fans. I invited those who expressed their disgruntle-hood Sunday in the postgame chat I do weekly to join me on the Kansas City Chiefs' extremely comfy, low-mileage bandwagon. (Beer, frosty; recliners, soft; pretzels, warm and crusty.) Then Matt Cassel's appendix went kerflooey. Opinions differ as to how long Cassel will be out, but I'm sorry to subject you to more, um, stuff this season. (Seriously, a little thing like an appendectomy is gonna stop Cassel? Mike Shanahan would have removed his own with a butterknife, grilled it and served it up.)

NEW YORK vs. NEW YORK: The Giants and Jets nearly got into a really good fight when the Giants let the Dolphins use their indoor practice field. Sadly, it was a kerfuffle of a tizzy about nothing. Boo.

SEE C.C.'S BEARD: C.C. Sabathia treads the fine line between awesome and awful with his beard.

By Cindy Boren  | December 9, 2010; 9:24 AM ET
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