Once Round 1 ended, there were approximately 19 hours until Round 2. Rounds 2 and 3 take place Friday starting at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The final four rounds take place Saturday. For now, the Cleveland Browns are on the clock.
46 sportswriters will meet in an undisclosed location in the New York metropolitan area. In the football equivalent of an underground bunker, vigorous debates will take place. Some of them will see their shadows four days after Groundhog Day, and America will have seven or eight new nominees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
If Manning and the Broncos upset the Panthers on Sunday and Peyton Manning rides into the sunset with the parting gift of another Super Bowl ring, perhaps we should just appreciate it for what it is: A great football moment.