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Denver’s QB Dilemma and Ten Solutions

January 12th, 2021

It started innocently enough.  Peyton Manning had just walked away from the game and Denver was contemplating who should be the heir apparent.  Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch? I suggested a trade for, then 35-year-old, Phillip Rivers. Before the free-agent signing of Case Keenum and the subsequential drafting of Bradley Chubb, I suggested that Denver should take quarterback Josh Allen, or possibly trade down and select Lamar Jackson. And now Drew Lock sits at the top of the depth chart with career stats of 23 TDs and 18 INTs, and a lifetime record of 8-10.  If this year’s playoffs have taught... Read More

The Top Sports Headlines of 2020

January 5th, 2021

If you feel that the title was somehow misleading, I apologize.  The objective of a headline is to generate interest, tease with curiosity, and lure with creative word choice.  As a reader, you probably expected a synopsis of the year’s most powerful stories, not actual headlines. That reminds me of a story I wrote a few years ago ranking which NBA lineup had the best trio of players.  The article was titled, “Everybody Loves a Threesome”. Call it a reflection of the work created over the past year, a chance to smile thinking about the absurdity that was 2020, or simply just a way to recycle... Read More

The Denver Broncos (Re)Building Inspector

December 9th, 2020

On February 7, 2016, confetti poured from above the bleachers as the Denver Broncos celebrated their last Super Bowl victory.  Peyton Manning walked away from the game a living legend, and John Elway cemented his legacy as both a championship quarterback, as well as a general manager. The following summer, long after the confetti was swept away, Denver gave John Elway a 5-year/$30 million extension while proclaiming, In John we trust.  And why not?  Elway was the architect that replaced Tim Tebow with Peyton Manning, dismissed coach John Fox after a 12-4 Super Bowl appearance season, designed... Read More

Skratch Labs: Because “Real Food” Just IS Better Sports Nutrition

December 5th, 2020

There’s a saying about the cruel effect that money has on the quality of a product: “It eats quality and poops quantity”, William Burroughs. (Ok fine, he uses a different word for poop). For so many expanding businesses, this insight seems to be true. Quality of product is surrendered to the quantity produced, as companies’ main goals are to become as large as possible, while trading in the integrity of their original products. Newton Running Shoes and ROLL Recovery (in my last two posts) have proved to evade this sentence, succeeding based on their commitment to quality, rather than quantity,... Read More

Hoop – There It Is

November 24th, 2020

With the start of the 2020-21 season less than a month away, the NBA was in hustle-mode as it tried to make up for lost time.  On Wednesday of last week, the wait was finally over for many young hopefuls as the NBA draft took place, five months later than expected.  Days after, free agent frenzy came storming through as players jumped around the league looking for new homes and riches. It was a crazy week in which 22 of the 60 players drafted ended up being traded, Gordon Hayward rejected a one-year/$34 million player option with the Celtics, and Dwight Howard tweeted out that he was coming back... Read More

CU Football – Writing Their Own Ending

November 20th, 2020

It reads like a Hollywood script.  A new coach comes to town to take over a loveable, but losing team full of misfits, cast-offs, and no-names.  Individually they are overmatched.  But collectively, the team finds a way to work as one, defy the odds, and shine in the biggest moments. As the Colorado Buffaloes hit the field for their opener against the UCLA Bruins, the movie Major League flashed through my mind.  With a new quarterback, an unknown running back, and a bunch of wide receivers that I’ve never heard, I thought of the scene where the Cleveland Indian fans are reading about the... Read More

Conspiracy Theory

November 2nd, 2020

The Los Angeles Dodgers were only six outs away from their first World Series Championship since 1988 when the defense hit the field.  With just a 2-1 lead, every pitch would be crucial, every ground ball paramount.  Mookie Betts jogged out to right field, Corey Seager slowly walked to short, but Dodger third baseman Justin Turner…was nowhere to be seen. By now most know the story as reported.  Major League Baseball would inform the Dodgers in the second inning that Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19, and a rapid-test was being done to confirm those results.  Two hours later,... Read More

Week Seven in the NFL – Glass Half Empty

October 27th, 2020

It was somewhere around the third quarter of the Seahawks-Cardinals game when I glanced at my beer mug sitting on the nearby table.  I had been watching football and drinking beer for what seemed like the entire weekend when the moment struck. Early in the day the mug sat there with enthusiasm, slightly frosted, and filled to the rim with a Mexican lager.  The foam slowly dripped down the side.  The lime wedge floated with excitement. But it wasn’t until the games were practically over, and the recycling bin was full, when the great philosophical question thrust itself upon me. Was the glass... Read More

COVID Hits Fantasy Island

October 19th, 2020

It’s Saturday morning, week six of the Fantasy Football season as I grab my coffee and open up my computer.  Like most teams, I’ve been decimated by injuries as I search for a replacement for a banged-up wide receiver, a kicker lost to the bye week, and any other bargains I can find among the add/drop menu. Losing Courtland Sutton to a season-ending injury and having Dalvin Cook miss a game due to a groin pull isn’t helping things, but I’m not alone.  With injuries to players like Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, and Dak Prescott, the entire league is spending countless work hours... Read More

It’s a Numbers Game

October 6th, 2020

Sports and numbers have always been synonymous.  Mention the number 23 and one immediately thinks of Michael Jordan.  Ask any baseball fan what 406 means, and they will tell you that it was Ted Williams’ batting average in 1941, the last time a player hit over .400.  Bring up the number 11, and you will find the amount of NBA Championships won by Bill Russell. Wilt Chamberlain once scored 100 points in a game, Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak, and Roberto Clemente finished his career with exactly 3,000 hits before tragically dying in an airplane crash while delivering aid to earthquake... Read More

Runnerbox: Friends, Athletes are Full Package for Boulder Start-up

October 2nd, 2020

   “Leave the research to us. We’ll leave the training to you.” Admit it. You’ve ordered something online for the sole purpose of getting to look forward to a package coming in the mail. It’s really not that sad or desperate. Getting something specifically sent to you feels awesome and let’s you know someone out there took the time to prepare the thing, send it, and now it’s here. Just for you. Runnerbox, the Boulder start-up founded in 2012 by marathoner and nurse, Staci Dietzel, harnesses a similar concept. Except ordering a Runnerbox requires even less deliberation... Read More

The All-Injury Team

September 29th, 2020

The National Basketball Association recently announced its All-NBA Team comprised of what is considered to be the best five players at each position during the 2019-20 regular season.  The league went on to name a Second Team All-NBA, a Third Team All-NBA, and they were just getting started. There was an All-Defensive Team, an All-Rookie Team, and even an All-Bubble Team filled with players that just happened to excel during their limited time in the Orlando bubble. I now give you the All-Injury Team. Whether it’s the lack of conditioning due to COVID-19 restrictions, a lack of readiness due... Read More

ROLL Recovery R8: Every Endurance Athlete’s Best Friend

September 19th, 2020

There was a time not long ago that recovery devices for endurance athletes were limited to sticks, foam rollers, ropes, and some good-old-fashioned stretching mats. If it were up to most, this recovery routine would not have changed because it seemed satisfactory enough. But for Jeremy Nelson, the inventive runner behind the “R8” ROLL Recovery device, those tools belong to the past, while the “R8” is the revolutionary recovery tool of the future (and the now!). The “R8” invention emerged from a perfect storm of Nelson’s passion for running, strong education,... Read More

Ten Things We Learned Week One of the NFL

September 16th, 2020

In a sports world full of quarantines and opt outs, empty venues and cardboard cutouts, rule changes and daily testing—week one of the NFL season was bound to be a relative unknown. With exhibition games canceled and the media limited, the first week of the NFL would have to serve as a limited sample size in answering many of the questions about the teams around the league, the quarterback carousels, and the sport in general. Here are ten things we learned: The Jacksonville Jaguars are not tanking for Trevor – After shipping players like Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Fournette, and Nick Foles to... Read More

Welcome to Fantasy Island

September 9th, 2020

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  But by the end of last season’s Fantasy Football season it seemed as if I had proven the definition to be wrong. Last season I used the same tried and true system that had made me a perennial playoff contender for years, and yet my result were different.  This time I had failed. I always start with a running back in round one of my fantasy draft before aggressively going after a top tight end in round two.  Round three always has me at the quarterback position selecting... Read More

The Strangest Sports Week Ever

September 3rd, 2020

To say that 2020 has been a bit strange is an understatement.  People wear a mask when entering banks, toilet paper and Clorox wipes are the new currency, and being home-schooled has a whole new meaning. In a year that has included political division, countless protests, and a worldwide pandemic, it is only with the return of sports that we are allowed distraction for a few hours, briefly returning to a world we once deemed sane. Sports are the rational in a time of irrationality, the normal in times of abnormality, and the calming in times of calamity. At least until this week that is. The... Read More

Dave Saves College Sports

August 27th, 2020

The University of Iowa announced that it will be cutting four athletic programs starting in the 2021-22 school year as revenue decline due to COVID-19, and the apparent absence of college football, continue to dismantle athletic departments across the country. The Hawkeyes will drop Men’s Gymnastics, Men’s Tennis, and Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving from their program, joining Stanford, Boise State, Dartmouth, and a long list of Division I schools that have cut nonrevenue sports in an effort to trim expenses. Despite the vast economics departments, numerous professors, and most prized... Read More

Blowing Bubbles in Class

August 19th, 2020

Ask someone to name their favorite sport and you will find a variety of answers.  The question so subjective that a crack of a bat, smell of fresh cut grass, or even taste of cheese dip may elicit contrasting responses. Ask someone to name the toughest sport and you will find arguments defending the size and speed of the everyday linebacker, the blood and bruises of the MMA fighter, and the toothless grin of the second-line hockey player.  Again subjective. But ask which sport has done the best job returning to play during a pandemic and there looks to be plenty of evidence to judge them objectively. ... Read More

In Case You’re Employed – Here’s What You Missed

August 12th, 2020

As congressional leaders continue to work on the latest Coronavirus Relief Bill, a major point of contention between the two parties is how they should handle the expired unemployment benefits.  One side has argued that the $600 a week benefit, which expired on July 31, should be extended by the Federal Government as families continue to struggle in an environment that includes double-digit unemployment, a struggling economy, and a dangerous pandemic. The other side argues that the $600 was too generous as it discouraged Americans from going back to work, often paying the unemployed more than... Read More

The Season of Asterisks

August 5th, 2020

An asterisk.  Look up the definition in Webster’s and you will find it described as the following: the character * thought of as being appended to something (such as an athletic accomplishment included in a record book) typically in order to indicate that there is a limiting fact or consideration which makes that thing less important or impressive than it would otherwise be. In sports, the asterisk first made a splash in 1961 after Roger Maris set a single-season home run record with 61, passing the legendary Babe Ruth’s mark of 60 set back in 1927.  The issue was that Ruth hit his 60 home... Read More