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as from Glasgow. Ive always talked about it (playing for Scotland) with my dad, Aitken told the Dragons website.Ive been tuning next year for the World Cup and hopefully we can progress a little bit further.Wests Tigers youngster Tyler Casse from dffd's blog

NEW ORLEANS -- When Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his Giants counterpart, Eli Manning, are playing in the same game it is personal -- albeit in a friendly way. New Air Max 1 .The backdrop of various personal connections they share gives their showdown Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, even more flavor than the typical matchup of elite passers.The Brees and Manning families have grown close since Brees arrived in New Orleans a little more than a decade ago and began raising a family in the same historic Uptown neighborhood where former Saints great Archie Manning raised his three sons, and still lives.Brees three young boys and some of Archies grandchildren now go to the same school, which feeds into the same high school where Peyton and Eli Manning once played quarterback. Brees said his older boys have even expressed a rooting interest in Eli Manning, as well as fellow former Newman High School receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.I basically said, as long as youre rooting for us to win, I dont care who you root for personally, Brees said this week, recounting a talk with his children about this weeks game.Archie Manning recalled hearing about the Brees boys affinity for Eli, and he could relate.That was funny, Archie Manning said. You know, 100 years ago I had the same thing happen. Someone asked (Archies oldest son) Cooper who his favorite quarterback was, and he said Roger Staubach, who starred for the Dallas Cowboys while the elder Manning played for the Saints.Brees said when Peyton Manning retired, he got a text from Archie that the Saints were now his second favorite team -- up from third -- now that he only has one son left playing in the NFL.Archie Manning said that when he runs into Brees, the current Saints quarterback inevitably asks how Elis daughters are doing.Meanwhile, Eli Mannings mother, Olivia, and Brees wife, Brittany, have also become friends and socialize regularly.At this point, it wouldnt be far-fetched to predict that Brees and Eli Manning will one day run into each other in the stands at a Newman football game.But this Sunday, theyll be on opposite sidelines, trying to outdo one another, and assuming success on that front will require a prolific outing.You have to expect that theyre going to be able to score, Eli Manning said of Brees and the Saints. Hes put up (nearly) 40-some odd points last week. A bunch of times when weve played them, its been high-scoring. We have to know that offensively and do our part.With their busy professional and family schedules, Brees and Eli Manning dont see each other too often -- perhaps once or twice a year, Brees said. Its usually when their teams play one another or at Pro Bowls.Still, Archie Manning said its clear that his youngest son and Brees admire and appreciate one another on personal and professional levels.I dont know that they see a lot of each other, but I know theres mutual respect there, Archie Manning said. Everybody respects Drew as a quarterback and a person.Brees turned pro in 2001, Manning in 2004. Now both are seasoned veterans and not just former Super Bowl winners, but also Super Bowl MVPs.Between them, they have accounted for more than 100,000 yards and more than 700 TDs passing -- Brees for 61,326 yards and 432 TDs, Manning for 44,394 yards and 297 TDs.Manning might never match Brees statistical production, but Brees has noticed Mannings knack for coming through in high-stakes moments, as he did in two Super Bowls against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick, who is renowned for his defensive acumen.He is extremely cerebral and very intelligent. I think he has a great command of the offense and of what is happening around him, Brees said of Manning. He has played big in some big games throughout his career. ... You can never have a big enough lead against a guy like that.Indeed, when their teams met last season in New Orleans, the final score was: Saints 52, Giants 49.When he gets hot, its hot, Brees added. You just know that you have to be your best in a game like this when you have a quarterback like that on the other side.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Nike Air Max 1 Womens . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. Air Max 1 Sale . -- The Magic have their first victory of the new year. http://www.bestairmax1shoes.com/ .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. Scotland could boast an all-NRL centre combination, with North Queenslands Kane Linnett and Euan Aitken from St George Illawarra picked in the Bravehearts Four Nations squad.Linnetts Cowboys teammate Lachlan Coote has also been included, along with former Gold Coast forward Luke Douglas, whos recently joined English Super League club St Helens.My grandpas from Glasgow. Ive always talked about it (playing for Scotland) with my dad, Aitken told the Dragons website.Ive been tuning next year for the World Cup and hopefully we can progress a little bit further.Wests Tigers youngster Tyler Cassel, whos yet to play an NRL game, and Queensland Cup players Billy McConnachiie (Ipswich Jets) and Sheldon Powe-Hobbs (Northern Pride) are the other Australia-based players. Nike Air Max 1 Mens. They are among 10 uncapped players in Bravehearts coach Steve McCormacks squad of 24, which also includes winger Lewis Tierney, son of dual England international and rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson.Tierney won the Super League with Wigan last week,.Penrith star Peter Wallace has missed out with an elbow injury sustained during the NRL finals.Scotland opens their Four Nations campaign against Australia at Hull on October 28. 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