Indianapolis Colts make heartbreaking but necessary decision to release Peyton Manning

Nobody — nobody — wanted it to end this way.

Not you or me. Not Indianapolis Colts fans, who are sure to be divided — many of them irate — about the franchise’s decision to part ways with Peyton Manning. Not Manning himself. Not owner Jim Irsay, who undoubtedly will be the recipient of the aforementioned fan ire. Not Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz, who was among the first (if not the first) to opine that parting ways with Manning was the only decision that made sense for the franchise and subsequently became an easy target for angry Colts fans as someone who was running the four-time MVP out of town.

Nobody wanted it to end this way.

But it must.

With the official announcement — a joint one — that the Colts will release Manning after 14 seasons with the club coming at noon today, the news we’ve been expecting really hits home. And it hits home hard — for many reasons. But as heartbreaking as it might be to see the departure of someone who essentially put football on the map in Indiana, there was just no way around it.

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Five most watched programs in U.S. Television History; four are Super Bowls

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In case you needed any more evidence that the NFL is truly king in America, Super Bowl XLVI is the most-watched television program in U.S. history and the highest-rated Super Bowl in 26 years, according to fast national data released by The Nielsen Company.

The game was seen by a record 111.3 million viewers (6:31-9:58 p.m. ET), topping last year’s 111.0 for Super Bowl XLV on Fox and is the biggest audience to watch a television program in U.S. history. I guess the lockout didn’t hurt interest in the game after all.

MOST-WATCHED PROGRAMS IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY:

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The only story with the Indianapolis Colts is Peyton Manning

Just so you know, the Colts have made a few major changes this offseason.

Bill and Chris Polian are gone. In their place is new general manager Ryan Grigson, formerly a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office.

Oh, and former coach Jim Caldwell also is out of town. The new guy? Chuck Pagano, who spent the 2011 season as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator. Word is he plans to do away with the Colts’ familiar Tampa 2 defense and install a hybrid 3-4 scheme.

The Colts have some new coordinators too, you know. Bruce Arians, who was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 1998-2000 and previously served as offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is back in Indy to conduct the offense (Clyde Christensen isn’t gone, though. He’s quarterbacks coach now). Greg Manusky, who in 2011 was the San Diego Chargers’ defensive coordinator, now has that position here.

Any other offseason, these would be HUGE stories that would command their own blog posts. But this offseason? We hardly have heard a peep from or about any of these guys. There’s only one story surrounding the Indianapolis Colts right now: the very public dilemma between Peyton Manning and owner Jim Irsay that eventually will lead to the four-time MVP’s exit from town.

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Wes Welker “honored” with 8,000 Butterfingers in Boston town square

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No doubt the biggest turning point in Super Bowl XLVI was the embarrassing drop by Wes Welker on what would’ve been at least a 30 yard gain, possibly a touchdown, on the final drive in which New England held the lead. Sure, Aaron Hernandez and Deion Branch made some drops, but Hernandez is still developing his game and Branch is extremely mediocre.

Welker on the other hand, had 22 catches more than anyone in the NFL this season, and he’s developed a reputation as the greatest slot receiver in the game’s history. So for him to blow such an easy catch like that, a grab he’s made 100s of time…kind of looked like what you’d see when someone’s point-shaving.

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Get Ready for Puppy Bowl this Super Bowl Sunday (Video)

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Puppy Bowl is back for its 8th consecutive year with an all-star, all-adorable cast that’s ready to mix it up on the grand gridiron of Animal Planet Stadium. New this year: Meep the Bird who will tweet all the action from inside the stadium and a piggy pep squad that will “ham” it up on the sidelines and squeal with delight for their favorite pups.

It’s Sunday, Feb. 5, beginning at 3 PM E/P! Watch the video after the jump to learn more

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Show off your superior football knowledge is new app this Super Bowl

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Did you ever call a play, or maybe even predict a game score in a college football or NFL contest, and get it exactly right?

You have to left the world know, correct? (By the way, my prediction record in two years of “Brutally Honest Previews” is 44-19, in case I hadn’t told you! And ToldU is a new social leaderboard app that allows users to predict then brag about the outcomes of individual plays of live events. They are really pulling out the stops to make sure that everyone gets a chance to prove they aren’t arm-chair quarterbacks, but they should be standing on the sidelines making the calls instead of the coaches.

Using the #humblebrag Twitter hash tag, and posting on your favorite team’s message boards just isn’t personal enough. It’s too anonymous.

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Kelly Clarkson to do Super Bowl XLVI National Anthem

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The NFL is hoping they don’t have another Christina Aguilera disaster on their hands this here. I think they have a more professional singer this time, who won’t forget the words (probably)

KELLY CLARKSON will sing the National Anthem and BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5, the NFL announced. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.

In addition, LENNY KRAVITZ and THE FRAY will rock the pregame show.

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