NetWorks Sports Poll of the Week: Will Peyton Manning Play During the 2011 NFL Season?

NetWorks Sports Poll of the Week

Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, was compelled to go to Twitter to clarify a comment in regards to Peyton Manning’s health & the expectation to return to the playing field he made at an Indianapolis speaking engagement.  On Monday, Irsay (an active & eccentric Twitter user) posted the following Tweet: “I didn’t say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE,keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by month/Outside chance of return n December possible” (read the tweet here).

In what is becoming one of the top storylines from the current NFL, Peyton has yet to play a game and the Colts have yet to win a ballgame, although the Steelers were only able to pull out a last second victory on Sunday in Indianapolis.  With a serious neck injury keeping him on the sidelines, many are quite concerned about the Pro Bowl quarterback’s future.  Other quarterback who were in their prime, like Aikman & Theismann, saw their Hall of Fame careers ended prematurely due to serious injury as well.

Colts fans & NFL fans alike aren’t quite ready to have seen Peyton’s last game but with the uncertainty surrounding his health, do you expect to see Manning return to the field?

Take our NetWorks Sports Poll of the Week:

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NetWorks Sports Poll of the Week: Should Serena Williams be Fined and/or Suspension for her outburst at the U.S. Open?

In what many thought would be an easy victory for her on her way to her next majors win, Serena Williams got caught in an emotional outburst aimed at the chair umpire that forced officials to whether or not they would fine and/or suspend her for her actions on Sunday.

As was reported around 3:30pm ET on Monday, September 12th, Williams was fined $2,000 but has NOT been suspended according to this LA Times article.

This is the second infraction by Williams at the U.S. Open, but Patrick McEnroe did not feel it warranted a suspension. Months after a profanity-laced tirade at the 2009 U.S. Open, Williams was fined a record $82,500 by the Grand Slam Committee.  She was put on probation through the 2011 season & if involved in another incident, had the potential to receive another fine and/or be suspended.

Knowing that the Grand Slam Committee didn’t rule on her 2009 fine until December of that same year (yes, 3 months after the Open), the verdict is still out on what they will do this time.

What do you think the USTA’s actions should have been.? Vote here:

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NetWorks Sports Poll of the Week – Should Texas Stay or Should they Go?

Just when we were all settling in to watch another exciting college football season and getting used to seeing Nebraska mentioned as a Big Ten school or Utah actually being in the conversation for a BCS berth, the folks in the Burnt Orange started flaunting their new Longhorn Network.  As a result, their rivals to the east, the Texas A&M Aggies started to make headlines as rumors swirled about their desire to leave the Bix XII and the SEC’s interest in adding them to make a mega-conference.

After several days of fiction, the SEC Presidents came out and said that they were not interested in adding another school…just yet!  Well, that is sure to change as A&M has notified the proper folks of their plans to “SEC-ede” from the Big XII Conference and the consensus is that they will soon announce that they will land in SEC country.

While Twitter went ballistic tonight as Under Armour and the Maryland Terrapins debuted one of their 32 iterations of uniform combinations (let’s hope the other 31 look much better), the main topic of conversation this weekend involved the great state of Texas.  If you’re a fan of sports, you’ve had this discussion at the water cooler, via Twitter, and at your family BBQ…

Take our poll:  If the SEC opens it’s arm to Texas A&M, what will Texas (and in essence, Oklahoma’s) response be.  Should the Longhorns stay in the Big XII or should they go elsewhere?

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NetWorks Sports Poll – Biggest Sports Story of July 2011

The summer of 2011 has been quite eventful.  From the Dallas Mavericks bringing their first NBA Championship back to the city of Dallas to Derek Jeter becoming the first Yankee to eclipse 3,000 hits while wearing pinstripes.  For those of us in the sports industry, the surprises & events don’t end there.  July has been an incredible month on many fronts.  What do you think the Biggest Sports Story of July 2011 has been?

Vote here:

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Poll of the Day: Is it Crouching TIGER (Woods, that is) or Hidden Dragon?

There have been a lot of drastic changes in Tiger Woods’ life over the last 20 months. He went from being one of the most admired & respected celebrity athletes to the world wondering if he’ll ever win another golf major.

Since November 2009, his wife divorced him, he has suffered season-disrupting & (maybe) career threatening injuries, he has failed to win a major, his agent left his longtime firm, he has fallen out of the Top 10 in world rankings, and he has parted ways with his friend & caddie.

Maybe even more devastating to his ego, many have anointed Rory McIroy as the new “young star” on the scene after his recent win in the U.S. Open.

That’s a lot of change for anyone to go through in such a short amount of time. What is the long-term impact for who was once the brightest young stars in sports. Will he surpass Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18?

What seemed like a foregone conclusion less than two years ago is now an honest debate. Can he bring home the trophy for 5 tournaments wearing his trademark red on Sunday’s in order to etch his name in history as the winningest golfer in majors? What do you think? Will he or won’t he? Vote here:


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