Morning Jolt: Is Manning this year's MVP?

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Friday, October 29

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Is Manning MVP worthy?

Peyton Manning keeps losing his offensive options. If No. 18 can lead his team past Houston in a Monday night monster game at The Luke, if he can overcome the injuries to [Dallas] Clark, receiver Austin Collie, running backs Joseph Addai and Donald Brown, and receiver Anthony Gonzalez's tenuous return from injury, and lead this group to another 12-win season, he should not only get his fifth MVP, they should rename the trophy after him. "You still have the same expectations, but you may have to make some adjustments," Manning said Thursday. "To sit here and say there's not an adjustment without Dallas Clark, we can't say that. He's too great of a player not to have an effect." (The Indianapolis Star)Comment

Heat seats going for $25K

A few months after dismissing ticket sales staffers, the Heat are now the hottest ticket in Miami. In what's always been considered a football town, the Heat are hotter than perhaps ever before. A pair of courtside seats to the game against Orlando sold on for the whopping sum of $25,884, company spokesman Glenn Lehrman said. StubHub's data showed that the average price for any seat was $325. For last year's opener against New York -- and remember, the Knicks have a strong fan base in Miami with all the transplanted New Yorkers, plus are a draw because of the history between the franchises -- the average ticket price was a mere $50, Lehrman said. (The Miami Herald)Comment

Reds haunted by Hamilton trade?

Though his team is currently reeling, Josh Hamilton has already authored a dream season. It's not hard to recall that Hamilton resurrected his career in Cincinnati, but only because someone brings it up every 30 seconds. "I really wasn't looking to trade Josh," said Wayne Krivsky, the man who did. "We would only entertain trading him for a premium, young starting pitcher." The only match, Krivsky recalled Thursday, was with Texas, for Edinson Volquez. ... Right now, it doesn't get talked about locally without regret. Hamilton is in the World Series. (Cincinnati Enquirer)Comment

Must-See Photo

Aussie Stephanie Gilmore was eliminated from the Rip Curl Pro Search in the Quarter Finals in Portugal. She was beaten by fellow Australian Chelsea Hedges. ( Kelly Cestari/ASP/CI via Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Dwight Howard breaks out his singing skills and teams up with The Hangover's Ken Jeong for a new Adidas commercial.

Game To Watch

Magic at Heat, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

  1. Orlando Magic
  2. Miami Heat

SI Vault: Thomas Hearns

This Day in Sports

  • 1987 -- Boxer Thomas Hearns wins unprecedented fourth different weight boxing title.
  • 1984 -- Runners Orlando Pizzolato and Greta Weitz win the New York Marathon in 2:14:53 and 2:29:30, respectively.
  • 1969 - Pitcher Tom Seaver wins the NL Cy Young Award.