Peyton Manning and Richard Sherman can agree to agree. There is no war of words between the record-setting Broncos quarterback and the star Seahawks cornerback.
In his regular column for mmqb.com a few weeks ago, Sherman ranked Manning as the smartest quarterback in the NFL. Sherman added: "His arm, however, is another story. His passes will be accurate and on time, but he throws ducks."
Asked Wednesday about the description of wobbly passes, Sherman said, "Well, I still feel the same way. He is a great quarterback. He does a great job. At the same time, when he catches the ball he doesn't necessarily catch the laces all the time. He throws an accurate ball in regards to how he catches it."
Manning wasn't the least bit offended Thursday.
"I believe it to be true," he quipped. "I do throw 'ducks.' I've thrown a lot of yards and touchdown 'ducks.' I am actually quite proud of it."
Manning, who has a Super Bowl victory with the Colts, continued with good-natured answers when he was asked if he could name the two other quarterbacks who started Super Bowls with two different teams.
"I can name them," he said. "Do you want me to help you with the answer?"
He then gave the correct response: Kurt Warner (Rams, Cardinals) and Craig Morton (Cowboys, Broncos).
sherman-revis flap: Before the season, Sherman said he was the best cornerback in the game. Bucs CB Darrelle Revis responded that Sherman didn't show enough respect to older players. Sherman said Thursday that he has talked to Revis and that they are friendly. "I think one of those things, just like a lot of other things, is a lot of media fabrication more than anything," Sherman said. "People make it more of a big deal than it really is. Guys have conversations off the field and are good friends.."
lynch quiet again: Marshawn Lynch said it will be "real good'' to get back to football after the Seahawks' running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session. He took questions for about 7½ minutes, his longest stretch this week. He made one attention-grabbing statement when asked what he thought when assistant head coach Tom Cable arrived in 2011, making reference to a reported incident with an assistant when Cable was Oakland's coach in 2009. "Well, being from Oakland, all I knew about him was that he punched people," Lynch said. "That's my type of person."
counterfeit crackdown: Federal authorities and the league said they have seized $21.6 million worth of fake Super Bowl jerseys, hats and other items. Authorities said most knockoffs were manufactured overseas.
ape picks seahawks: Eli the ape, who has correctly picked the past six Super Bowl winners, predicted a Seahawks victory. At Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Eli signaled his pick by quickly knocking down a papier-mache helmet bearing the Seahawks logo.