Wrinkle City covets Peyton

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on the sidelines during a game against the Ravens in Baltimore,...

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning on the sidelines during a game against the Ravens in Baltimore, Md., Dec. 11, 2011. (JOE GIZA/Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

TORONTO - If it was good enough for LeBron James, maybe it’ll be good enough for Peyton Manning.

The fine folks in Miami have launched a campaign to lure another superstar to Mosquito Heaven.

Just as James left beauteous Cleveland for America’s wrinkle city, Dolphins fans are now petitioning for Manning.

They have started a billboard and website campaign. Not that owner Stephen Ross will need a lot of convincing. He already is reported to be “infatuated” by the idea.

A billboard touting the website has popped up near I-595 in Fort Lauderdale. “This site has been created to help influence Peyton Manning and the Miami Dolphins that ‘Manning to Miami’ is a movement and marriage that the entire South Florida community is behind,” the home page declares.

Manning would fit right into the Florida landscape. He is old (by football standards). But, other than at March Break, so is everybody else in Florida so that goes from being a negative to a plus.

Manning has had three neck operations (some are believing four, but you know how old people like to exaggerate). Anyway, he’d be comfy swapping tales of crappy hospitals, how his doctors don’t know squat, and showing off his Big Owieee.

The website encourages fans to fill out a form which will be given to the Dolphins’ management and Manning’s advisors. This is bound to be a rousing success because old people are already experts at filling out forms at places like the “Older Adults” centre to join euchre clubs, tai chi classes or seminars on how to pick out the best cemetery plots.

Matt Moore proved capable last year but can’t be considered an elite quarterback. “We need a quarterback that can lead us over the hump,” GM Jeff Ireland said of the Dolphins’ off-season player search. “This is a quarterback league.”

When healthy, there are few better quarterbacks than Manning. Besides, Moore is a kid. Barely 27, he couldn’t get into the pool at some Florida gated communities without being accompanied by a “responsible adult”.

It was fan-pressure that got the Broncos thinking seriously about giving a shot to Tim Tebow. So maybe this social media crusade in Miami isn’t fanciful. Maybe it isn’t preposterous to believe it could influence a team.

Perhaps, for Manning, this is a perfect world. Now, pass the Metamucil, someone.

SNAP JUDGEMENT

Quarterback Jason Campbell was supposed to get married last Saturday. But when the 162 guests arrived in the Dominican Republic, home of his intended, Jenny Montes, they were informed the party was off.

One report had the former Raider quarterback calling an audible, and coming within hours of leaving his bride at the alter.

The Washington Post reported that “Campbell said in a phone conversation that the two came to a decision to ‘put things off’ after discussing it for a couple of weeks.”

“I love her enough not to leave her at the altar,” he told the Post. “I love her enough to talk to her before it gets that far.”

Guests weren’t given a reason for the cancellation. The couple’s wedding site has been taken down, leaving Campbell a free agent in more than a football sense.

THE COVER-UP

Jaguars’ new owner Shad Khan doesn’t like the Big Lie being perpetrated by his team.

Jacksonville has always had problems selling out its 77,000 seats at EverBank Field. So, they have used tarps to cover 10,000 of those seats and say the official capacity is 67,000.

Even then, seats are often left unsold.

Asked by Sports Business Journal if he wants to get rid of the tarps, Khan said, “Absolutely. To me, every day I look at the tarps it is like underachieving, and I can’t wait to be able to do that.”

INTEREST WANING

The Colts don’t appear in a hurry to re-sign free agent Reggie Wayne, and the receiver doesn’t sound too pleased with the deafening silence. “I know one thing, my phone works,” Wayne said, “and their number has not come across it yet. I haven’t heard anything from them yet, so maybe I am not as important on the chain of command as I should be.”

QUICK HITS

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says wide receiver Mike Wallace will not be going anywhere this off-season. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler. And I think that’s Mike’s hope as well. We want to make sure Mike can finish his career with the Steelers ... Maybe the Brown’s 24th ranked passing offence wasn’t all down to quarterback Colt McCoy. Greg Little was the leading receiver with just 61 catches. Getting Robert Griffin III in the draft may be nice but they still need someone to catch the ball ... Bears coach Lovie Smith believes the club will sign running back Matt Forte to a long-term deal. Talks stalled last summer after the Bears offered Forte a deal that contained $13-$14 million in guaranteed money. Forte was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2011 after he led the team with 1,487 yards from scrimmage despite missing four games ... Tight end Jeremy Shockey may retire.


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