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[Discussion] Clutch, or good?
I mentioned yesterday that I'd host a discussion about this key question in the sports world, and today I'm tackling it head on: Would you rather have an amazing player who struggles in the clutch, or an average (or less amazing, at least) one who is known to have the ability to come up big in a dramatic moment? For me, Peyton Manning has to be mentioned in this discussion. His numbers paint the picture of far and away a top 5 QB of all time. To be honest, it's not difficult to argue that based on the numbers, he is the best quarterback to ever play the game. He leads the NFL in countless categories, both career-long and single-season statistics. He's won a Super Bowl and multiple MVP awards and has been a face of the NFL for years and years. But there's just one thing. He isn't known for being clutch. While he won 1 Super Bowl, he has lost twice, including getting crushed by the Seahawks in 2014, when Peyton played terribly. On the other end of this debate sits Tom Brady.
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What's with the Chinese football league?
There's something strange happening in the football world right now. Even with all the money and appeal that the world's top leagues bring - the EPL, La Liga, Germany's Bundesliga, France's Ligue 1 and Italy's Serie A, some top players have recently departed their clubs and gone to accept enormous contracts in the Chinese Super League. The latest star to make the move is Chelsea's Ramires, a player at the peak of his career at age 28. I'm stunned. There is a history of great players making the move to China, but in the past it has been players at the very tail end of their careers moving across the world to make huge amounts of money before they retire. Think Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, who in recent years went to Shanghai to play. And I understand the appeal for an aging player. Someone like Drogba couldn't keep up with the pace of the top European leagues anymore, but could still be a huge star in China, where the league quality is extremely low. They are major marketing moves for the Chinese teams too, who can bring in world superstars to boost their image. But recently, the players making the move have not been aging stars. They are players in the prime of their careers, like Chelsea's Ramires.

Is Peyton's last game upon us?
Peyton Manning may have inadvertently told the world that the Super Bowl will be the last game of his career. After the Broncos' 20-18 win over the Patriots in the Championship game last weekend, Manning met Patriots' coach Bill Belichick at midfield to shake hands. What happened next was surely not supposed to be caught on camera, but it was anyway... and now Peyton has had his plans revealed to the world. Peyton: "Hey, listen this may be my last rodeo, so, it sure has been a pleasure. That's quite a thing to say to your arch rival. These guys have been facing off against one another for years and years, and it looks like the love/hate relationship is finally coming to an end as the legend ends his career. Whether or not Peyton and the Broncos win the Super Bowl against the Panthers, Peyton will go down as one of the best QBs to ever play the game - and, arguably, the best of all time. He's been doing it for years at an incredibly high level and his numbers are off the charts. He is the career leader in passing TDs and has countless other records that he established in his long tenure with the Colts and improved upon in the past few years with Denver. He's an incredibly impressive football player and individual and has been one of the faces of the league for as long as I can remember.

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