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Why does Peyton Manning have a green football?

(Ed Andrieski / AP)

At this point, you have to consider the possibility that Peyton Manning is just messing with everyone.

There’s the mystery of “Omaha!” and what the barking of it means at the line of scrimmage. There’s the maestro-like moves as he positions people before every snap. Now, there’s a green football — technically, a football covered in green Lycra — and he isn’t going to explain it any more than “Omaha!” or the stuff he’s doing at the line.

“That’s Denver Broncos offensive business,” Manning said Wednesday (via Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today).

Whatever its importance, he wasn’t letting it far from his sight, carrying it was if it were made of money from the weight room to his media session.

Intrepid reporters wanted to know if it was the green football Demaryius Thomas carried after being stricken with fumble-itis in the 2012 season and Manning sidestepped the question.

“Like I said, that’s official Denver Broncos offensive business, right?” he said. “It’s kind of an A and B conversation and you can C your way out of it.”

Yeah, it’s probably about the fumbles.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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