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Cheating on the Broncos

December 5th, 2017

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins and Jay Cutler added to our misery with an embarrassing 35-9 trouncing as the Broncos lost their eighth game in a row.  Miami came in with a five-game losing streak but their ineptitude was no match for Denver’s.  Trevor Siemian threw three interceptions, Isaiah McKenzie was given his job back as a punt returner only to fumble for the sixth time this season, leading to a Miami safety, and Matt Paradis continued the trend as he snapped the ball over Siemian’s head leading to safety number two. In a... Read More

The Amazing Adventures of Spencer Dinwiddie

November 28th, 2017

The Amazing Adventures of Spencer Dinwiddie. The title reads like a Jules Verne novel and conjures up images of dark London streets, characters with handle-bar moustaches, Bowler hats, and hot air balloons scurrying throughout European clouds.  But while the name seems classic, the story was almost over before it began. A top-100 recruit from Taft High School in Los Angeles, Spencer Dinwiddie came to the University of Colorado in 2011 with all the makings of a great player.  At 6’6 with outstanding range and a great handle, Dinwiddie was an immediate starter and quickly became the go-to-guy... Read More

Quarterback Carousel

November 21st, 2017

As Brock Osweiler failed to impress, Paxton Lynch failed to improve, and Trevor Siemian failed to make the game day roster, the Denver Broncos set their sights on next year to figure out their quarterback issues. Whether John Elway believes Denver is in a rebuilding stage or a few players away, finding a franchise quarterback for next year won’t be easy. Here is a list of the top ten options for next season, and the odds of making it happen. 1) Paxton Lynch (Odds of starting 2:1) – Over the last ten years every first-round quarterback selected has been allotted at least half a season before... Read More

Ten Reasons We Hate Tom Brady

November 14th, 2017

Any hope of salvaging the Broncos season was erased within the first few minutes late Sunday night at Mile High. Denver rookie Isaiah McKenzie turned the ball over after failing to field a punt in what would end up being an atrocious night for the entire special teams unit. Tom Brady stepped on the field moments after to seal our fate. A lost game and a lost season is bad enough, but losing to New England and Tom Brady just compounds the pain. Here are ten reasons we hate Tom Brady. 1) Looks – With his perfect hair, white teeth, and chiseled face, Brady reminds us of every frat boy that... Read More

Hitting (B)Rock Bottom

November 7th, 2017

As Brock Osweiler took the field on Sunday, the Denver Broncos were hoping for the 2015 version. Not the bust that showed up in Houston, or the dud that couldn’t make Cleveland’s sad roster, but the 2015 version that lead Denver to an overtime victory over an undefeated New England squad two years ago. The plan was simple. Change the quarterback, cut down on turnovers, rely on defense, and inspire the team. The plan backfired. Osweiler threw two interceptions, the Broncos committed 14 penalties, the offense was limited to 16 points, and the defense failed to show up in a 51-23 drubbing... Read More

Denver’s QB Blame Game – This One’s For John

October 31st, 2017

John Elway is a Hall-of-Fame legend, the face of the Denver Broncos, and the mastermind that lured Peyton Manning to Denver, eventually leading to a Championship four years later. As the Broncos struggle at 3-4 despite a Super Bowl caliber defense, most of the blame seems to be targeted on quarterback Trevor Siemian and Monday night’s three interception performance didn’t help. But if we are playing the blame game, this one’s for John. When John Elway rejoined the Denver Broncos back in 2011 as the Vice President of Operations a few things were obvious. Josh McDaniels had left a mess,... Read More

Denver Nuggets – Mile High Expectations

October 24th, 2017

With the addition of Paul Millsap and his three-year, $90 million contract, the Denver Nuggets are hoping that the pieces are finally in place to make the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2009. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray both showed flashes of brilliance last season, but the question remains if the Nuggets have enough to compete in the West. Predicting the top eight. 1) Golden State Warriors – Coming off a 67-15 Championship season, the Warriors still have Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and continue to make other teams look like the Washington Generals. 2) San... Read More

Choosing Sides

October 17th, 2017

The Sunday pre-game was a little different as I found my seat before the Broncos-Raiders match up. The national anthem was about to begin and all eyes were fixated on the sidelines. Would the players and teams continue to take a knee in a unified effort to protest the inequality that exists in our society, the unfair treatment of others based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and social status? And would the crowd erupt in boos to show their disappointment at the millionaire football players who disrespect the flag, the sport, the country, and even our US Military? This game featured neither... Read More

The Avs and the NHL – Skating on Thin Ice

October 11th, 2017

In case you missed it, and most of us did, the Colorado Avalanche and the NHL season has begun. The truth is that I really haven’t paid attention to the Avalanche since they won the Stanley Cup back in 2001, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love the sport. Hockey players blend the perfect amount of blue-collar toughness with graceful athleticism. It’s the ultimate team sport in which an assist is as good as a goal, and sacrificing a tooth in the process is well worth it. But the sport that brought us Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, the movie Slapshot, and the single greatest sporting... Read More

Colorado Rockies – Playing with House Money

October 3rd, 2017

As the Colorado Rockies prepared for last Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, all eyes were on the clubhouse television. The screen showed the Milwaukee Brewers with a comfortable 6-0 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, which would most likely mean that the Rockies would have to win one more game to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2009. Clayton Kershaw was scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers, and the odds were not looking good. But in an improbable season came an improbable ending as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied to score three runs in the eighth to defeat the... Read More

Trevor Siemian – Time for Some Respect

September 26th, 2017

You would think that Trevor Siemian could finally exhale. After starting out the season at 2-1, including a four-touchdown game against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago, Siemian should be embracing each day like most NFL starting quarterbacks. The endorsements should be piling in, the driver should be waxing the Bentley, and dinner at every five-star restaurant should have an open table. But even after a 2016 season that included 14 starts, 18 TDs, and 3400 yards passing, Siemian’s name is more-often-than -not misspelled, and misplaced by most maitre d’s. Here are eight reasons why Denver’s... Read More

Rockies Clinch Playoff Spot!

September 19th, 2017

Colorado fans may think it’s a little early to post a headline like this with the Rockies just two games in front of the Milwaukee Brewers in the fight for the final playoff spot. Call it irresponsible journalism, or sensationalism to attract readers, but with twelve games to decide the wildcard, here are six reasons that fans can stop chewing their nails, and start popping champagne. 1) While it doesn’t look great that the Rockies end the season with six games on the road and three at home against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, the schedule does include the San Francisco Giants, San... Read More

The Return of Brock Osweiler

September 12th, 2017

It seemed like a fairy tale. Draft the young 6’7, 240 lbs. quarterback with immense potential and a rocket arm, and let him sit on the bench and learn the position from a living legend until his moment arrives. When John Elway chose Brock Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 draft to be Peyton Manning’s heir apparent, chapter one had begun. Osweiler practically showed up on his white horse three years later as he gallantly stepped in for an injured and aging Manning, won some crucial starts, and prepared for his first playoff game. That is where the fairy tale turned into a Greek tragedy,... Read More

Bragging Rights

September 5th, 2017

The nerves were apparent as I sat down to watch the Rocky Mountain Showdown as the Colorado Buffaloes kicked off the 2017 college football season with a solid 17-3 victory over the Colorado State Rams. Coming off a year in which the Buffs went 10-4, won their division, and played in a major bowl game, you would think that I could relax a little. But the PTSD of the Dan Hawkins era must still lay fresh in my mind. Aware that this Colorado Buffalo squad had lost as many as nine players to the NFL draft, including their quarterback and a majority of their defensive backfield, and the fact that... Read More

Predicting the AFC West

August 29th, 2017

As the Denver Broncos finished up last season with a 9-7 record and a fishing trip during the playoff run, the question remains whether enough was added to the roster in 2017 to compete in the toughest division in all of football. With the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders both going 12-4, and the always dangerous Phillip Rivers leading the Chargers, the wild west could be a shootout again. The Oakland Raiders – We would all love to believe that the Raiders of last year were a fluke, and that Derek Carr is basically David Carr, but we can’t. After a season that included 28 touchdowns... Read More

Don Baylor – One Last Game

August 22nd, 2017

Former baseball great Don Baylor passed away on August 7, 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Baylor was best known to Rockies fans as the first manager in the franchise’s history as he led Colorado to the playoffs in 1995, and was named the NL Manager of the Year. As a teenager I was fortunate enough to see Baylor close up and personal in a locker room following an Angels game many years ago. Baylor was a mountain of a man, literally and figuratively. With quads and arms the size of tree trunks, Baylor would crowd the plate and dare a pitcher to throw inside, and throw inside they... Read More

Denver Broncos – Running on Empty

August 16th, 2017

Last week, former Denver Bronco running back Terrell Davis was inducted into the NFL Hall-of-Fame. In his speech, he reminded the crowd of his unlikely rise to greatness that included transferring to the University of Georgia after his initial school cancelled its football program, being drafted in the sixth-round by the Broncos as a long shot to make the team, and only getting the chance to play running back after proving himself on special teams. Call it perseverance, great scouting, or pure luck, but the 2017 Broncos may need all three in the upcoming season based on their questionable depth... Read More

The Rockies Turn-Around Season

August 8th, 2017

I sat at my laptop looking at all the stats, all the numbers, all the scenarios, and asked myself just why are these Colorado Rockies so much better than last year? At 64-48, 16 games over .500 and charging towards a playoff spot, I was determined to figure out the answer by looking at hitting, pitching, injuries, and even the manager. Finally, it all became clear. The answer was Greg Holland. 1) It was difficult not to credit the powerful Colorado bats as the major factor in the Rockies turn-around from last year’s 75-87 record. Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and DJ LeMahieu have been... Read More

Forget the Decision – Go Get Phillip Rivers

August 1st, 2017

While the Denver Broncos try and decide whether Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch should start at quarterback in 2017, the smart play is for John Elway to roll the dice again on a 35-year-old veteran to save the day. Long before Siemian and Lynch were in diapers and throwing tantrums, Phillip Rivers was in the NFL throwing touchdowns. With an elite defense and Super Bowl aspirations, Denver can’t afford growing pains. Here are five reasons that Phillip Rivers could transform the Broncos into a Super Bowl contender. 1) It takes about five years of experience to really excel at the quarterback... Read More

Five Moves to Make Before the Trade Deadline

July 25th, 2017

The Colorado Rockies don’t seem overly concerned about the July 31st trade deadline, and with a record of 58-43 and a comfortable position for the wildcard spot, playing .500 ball the rest of the way should be enough to secure their first playoff appearance since 2009. With such a young team, and bright future, it’s understandable that the Rockies will employ baseball’s version of the prevent defense and take their chances with their current roster. But as they say, prevent defense often prevents you from winning. Here are five moves that the Rockies should make before the week is over. 1) Go... Read More

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