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PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

Oct. 31, 2011
Oct. 31, 2011

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Oct. 31, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
WORLD SERIES
PRO FOOTBALL
  • Each year San Diego has the look of a Super Bowl contender, only to face an East Coast team and get whacked. Until the Bolts prove it on the field, they'll fight their rep as talented but too soft

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
SOCCER
  • In the fifth and final year of his MLS contract, he's back at the top of his game at last. Now, as the 2011 playoffs begin, he and the Galaxy look to stamp his American experiment a success by winning a championship

JAMARCUS RUSSELL
  • The No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft should be out on the field commanding an NFL team this Sunday. JaMarcus Russell, though, is home in Mobile, absorbing shots to his character and resting on what's left of his $39 million. The most maligned figure in football tells his side

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PETER KING'S THINGS I THINK

1. I think I have never seen a team disintegrate faster after losing one player than the Colts without Peyton Manning. We knew the offense would struggle, but the defense is on pace to give up more than 500 points. Where's the pride? Where's the we're-not-going-to-take-it line drawn in the sand? I can't imagine how coach Jim Caldwell can survive November, never mind the season.

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2. I think, to follow up, that I would never, ever vote for Manning as the 2011 MVP—though this season clearly shows how valuable he is to the Colts. If you're not on the field for one snap the entire season, how on earth can you be the MVP?

3. I think I'll disagree with the second-leading pass catcher of all time, Tony Gonzalez, on one thing. The Falcons' tight end, who has 1,104 career catches, with only Jerry Rice ahead of him (445 catches ahead), said, "Trust me, Jerry Rice will never be caught." Why not? The league's an air show now. With reliable receivers catching 100 balls a season as a matter of course, I believe I'll see a 1,600-catch receiver in my lifetime.

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