Recovery for Manning
So what should Santa bring Manning?
A full recovery from the neck injury and surgery that have sidelined him throughout this season, and a return to the field, where he orchestrated an offense like no other.
Failing that, here's wishing Manning the good sense to retire. As anyone who has winced at James Harrison's hit of Colt McCoy understands, football is becoming more perilous by the day. Until doctors pronounce Manning's neck healed, not even his most ardent fans want him in uniform.
Conscience for NFL
Far too many former NFL players struggle with debilitating physical and emotional injuries — the latter caused in part by suffering too many concussions while playing a sport so violent yet so flush with cash. These players have lost their families, homes, quality of life and even their lives themselves.
In the Christmas spirit, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's gift is a better conscience so that he can save these former gladiators who have broken-down bodies, minds and lives. Since the NFL inhales $9 billion annually in revenue, Goodell should direct at least $250 million more a year to rescue these ex-players. After all, today's NFL money machine was built primarily on its players' brawn and the abuse of their brains.
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