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Souhan: Broncos' Ware came prepared to entertain

You never know what you're going to get at an NFL media access period.

You might get cliches or rolled eyes, but most players show up for these sessions prepared to entertain, or at least cheerfully get through the day.

Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware came prepared to entertain. He talked about playing the guitar, writing poetry, and traveling the world with his camera.

``If you see me,'' he said, ``I'm looking through a lens.''

Ware said he plays acoustic and electric guitar and wants to perform eventually.

He's also a remarkable player who two years ago left Dallas for Denver, helping the Broncos transform from an offensive record setter to a team that relies on defense.

Broncos executive vice president John Elway is a former quarterback, but he has emphasized building a strong defense.

``He always talked about the Orange Crush and how they played and he always said `defense wins championships,' and I'm on board with that,'' Ware said.

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Doing a couple of quick podcasts from the Super Bowl this week. The first featured Vikings superfan Peter Carline, who writes for the Daily Mail in London. The next will feature Around the Horn star Tim Cowlishaw and former Viking Matt Birk. All the podcasts are at MalePatternPodcasts.com.

Please buy actual papers this week, as well, to see our 50 Super Bowl memories and our layouts featuring Brett Favre's Hall of Fame candidacy. Mark Craig has cranked out a lot of good stuff here.

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Souhan: Is Goodell confusing couches with electric chairs?

Shortly after discussing concussions and the deaths of high school football players, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said this:

``There is risk in life. There is risk in sitting on a couch.’’

Question:

Where the heck is his couch? in a shark tank?

And if a couch can be dangerous, should you need insurance to buy a recliner?

Goodell reminds me of this skit:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/irwin-mainway/n8641

Goodell was his usual self on Friday during his state-of-the-league press conference. He answered planted questions. He told a little girl that she could someday play in the NFL. He defended league decisions and policy.

But he said two things that knocked me back:

  1. That the NFL will be ahead of science in preventing concussions. This from a league that ignored head-trauma science and lied to its players about it. Now the NFL is going to trailblaze? I hope that’s true.

  2. The couch comment.

Is he confusing couches with electric chairs? With ski-lifts? With this guy?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Caejr-KUEAAJg9K.jpg

Let this be a lesson: If Roger Goodell invites you to his house, tell him you’d rather play it safe and catch javelins.

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