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Cheap Shots: One Manning's great start is another's disaster

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 5:42 pm

For the first time since 1987, the New York Giants are 0-4. That's bad, but ESPN is out of line with its plan to re-shoot “The Book of Manning” home videos with Brian Hoyer playing the youngest Manning.

In other winless news, the Pittsburgh Steelers' 0-4 start prompted quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to say the Steelers are “the worst team in the league.” Big Ben's comment confirms that even other players believe the Jaguars aren't technically an NFL team.

A banner reading “Tebow, Why Not?” was flown over the Jacksonville Jaguars' EverBank Field on Sunday. You know that means. Someone wasted a lot of money on a Tebow banner.

He might bounce back

Peyton Manning has thrown 16 touchdowns with no interceptions and completed 75 percent of his passes in the Denver Broncos' 4-0 start. As a result, Rob Lowe is becoming less confident about his tweet that Manning will retire after the 2011 season.

By the playoff numbers

The NBA is likely to change its best-of-seven format for the Finals from the current 2-3-2 format. League officials are considering two options: the 2-2-1-1-1 format of other playoffs series or a 7-0 format with LeBron James always on the 7 side.

Texas-sized second guessing

Legendary running back Earl Campbell said he believes “it's time” for Mack Brown to step down or be fired as University of Texas football coach.

In a related story, Earl Campbell will not be giving the pregame motivational speech before Texas' game Thursday at Iowa State.

Shout it out loud

Gene Simmons of KISS sang the national anthem before the Steelers-Vikings game in London. That seems like an odd choice, but it was the best the NFL marketing department could do after it a last-minute discovery that Justin Bieber is Canadian.

'Fire Lane' campaign ends

USC dismissed football coach Lane Kiffin at the Trojans' private airport terminal after returning from a 62-41 loss to Arizona State. I guess they set it up that way so Kiffin could use his frequent-fired miles.

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