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Business owners replace idealists in legal-pot movement

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Business owners are replacing idealists in the pot-legalization movement as the nascent marijuana industry creates a broad base of new donors, many of them entrepreneurs willing to spend to change drug policy. Unlike in the past, these supporters are not limited to a few wealthy people seeking change for personal reasons. They constitute a bigger coalition of business interests. And their support provides a significant financial advantage for pro-legalization campaigns. “It’s mainly a social-justice movement. But undoubtedly there are business…

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For once, Peyton Manning is being compared with worst QBs

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Just like that, and Denver’s Peyton Manning is on the wrong side of the room. For most of his career, he has been among the most celebrated of quarterbacks. He has the nifty nickname, “The Sheriff.” He has all the records. He has so many comebacks. And now, in what may be his final game, he is just another guy. That, as much as anything, provides the intrigue for Sunday’s Super Bowl game against Carolina. Forever, the comparisons to Manning have…

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Ron Rivera, Gary Kubiak have guided teams to Super Bowl

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For NFL franchises, the key to success is to know when to change coaches, like the Denver Broncos, and when to stand pat, like the Carolina Panthers. Both teams made it work out on the way to this year’s Super Bowl. The Broncos came to a mutual parting with former John Fox and brought in Gary Kubiak, who has done a terrific job. He got five wins from backup quarterback Brock Osweiler, and he has helped to transform the Broncos…

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If quarterbacks don’t decide this Super Bowl, then who will?

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The quarterbacks. When there is an NFL game played, form the lowliest preseason game to the Super Bowl, it’s always about the quarterback, isn’t it? From Joe Montana to Tom Brady to Terry Bradshaw to Bart Starr. From Trent Dilfer to Brad Johnson to Jeff Hostetler to Mark Rypien, the Super Bowl is a quarterback’s game. You can be Joe Namath or Doug Williams or John Elway, and your franchise depends on you. But if this game isn’t about Carolina’s Cam…

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Broncos vow not to make same mistake and overlook Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers stagger into Denver with an ailing Ben Roethlisberger, who won’t have his leading rusher or his top receiver against the league’s best defense Sunday. So what? The Steelers (11-6) are deep even without All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot), and the Broncos insist Big Ben can go deep even with a sprained throwing shoulder. The Broncos (12-4) swear they won’t make the same mistake they did last year, either. They were in…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.9.15 – Peyton Manning in autumn

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It was an interesting weekend as the Donald Trump skits flopped on Saturday Night Live and Ben Carson media scrutiny reached a new intensity, but can I talk about football? Actually, how about people who watch football? I was at a tavern yesterday afternoon which was unusually crowded, due to the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were playing a rare 4 p.m. game. Unlike in other cities, many Tampa fans since I’ve lived here like to go to bars instead of friend’s…

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Scout teams served as feeder system for NFL

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In his locker room speech following his successful debut as Miami’s interim head coach, Dan Campbell credited his practice squad players for helping propel the Dolphins to their big win at Tennessee. “Don’t forget those guys,” he implored his team. Those guys getting the props were the same ones quarterback Ryan Tannehill had mocked two weeks earlier, when he criticized them for being overly aggressive during a usually low-key workout and told them to enjoy their “scout team trophy” after…

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