The NHL and NHLPA talks yesterday broke down completely and spectacularly. The NHL brought Gary Bettman back into the negotiations and the NHLPA brought back Donald Fehr. The league turned down the union’s proposal and took the wind out of everyone’s sails. All hope built up by the positive progression of the talks on Tuesday and Wednesday went out the window yesterday and now there are no talks set between either side. More here.
The Heisman Trophy will be awarded tomorrow in New York City. Last night Notre Dame linebacker (and Heisman finalist) Manti Te’o took home some big time awards. He took home the Bednarik Award for the nation’s top defensive player and also the Maxwell Award. He is the first defensive Maxwell Award winner since 1980. More here.
The Denver Broncos squared off in an AFC West battle last night on Thursday Night Football. This was particularly interesting for Eagles fans who want the #1 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. The Raiders entered the game tied with the Eagles at 3-9 but held the tie breaker based on strength of schedule. Well, Peyton Manning did his thing while Knowshon Moreno ran all over the Raiders. Moreno had a career high 32 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown while Manning was 26-for-36 with 310 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos won 26-13 to move to 10-3 and drop the Raiders to 3-10. More here.