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Emmanuel Mudiay – Bust a Move

February 13th, 2018

Emmanuel Mudiay was supposed to be the Nuggets point guard of the future.  Last Thursday, on the final day of the trade deadline, Denver shipped Mudiay to the New York Knicks receiving only a 2018 second-round pick in return. Visions of Nikoloz Tskitishvili quickly came to mind recalling the former Nuggets draft pick who was taken, sight unseen, with the fifth overall pick back in 2002.  Listed at 7’1, Tskitishvili measured two inches shorter when he arrived from the Italian League, and only lasted four years in the NBA, averaging three points and two rebounds for his entire career.  Tskitishvili... Read More

The Nuggets Catch a Break

February 6th, 2018

Last Thursday, the Denver Nuggets may have caught a break against Oklahoma City when officials missed a traveling violation on an out-of-bounds play, leading directly to a Gary Harris game-winning shot at the buzzer.  The dramatic win and solid first-half-of-the-season play has the Nuggets sitting at 27-25 and positioned in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Failing to call traveling in this league is hardly newsworthy, but as the Nuggets fight for a playoff birth against teams like the Jazz, Pelicans, and Clippers, the breaks just keep on coming.   It’s hard... Read More

Brady vs. Foles – Why the Broncos Should Care

January 30th, 2018

                    As John Elway educates himself on Eagles potential free-agent quarterback Nick Foles next Sunday, he may want to take a refresher course in American History. History has taught us that you need a Hall of Fame quarterback to win the Super Bowl, and not just competent ones like Nick Foles, Case Keenum, or Kirk Cousins.  And when Tom Brady heads to the victory parade with his shiny new pair of Uggs, holding his 6th Lombardi Trophy, Elway may want to jot down some notes. There have been 51 Super Bowls and if we assume that Tom Brady,... Read More

The Introduction of Gary Harris

January 23rd, 2018

Google the name Gary Harris and you are likely to find a Real Estate Lawyer, a Healthcare Specialist, or a Dental Recruiter before you land on the 6’4 shooting guard that stars for the Denver Nuggets.  Selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Harris was promptly traded to Denver (along with the rights to Jusuf Nurkic) for Doug McDermott and a journeyman bench player named Anthony Randolph.  Harris wasn’t exactly a “throw in” on the draft day deal, but with a Denver roster that already included five shooting guards, his role was uncertain at best.  The... Read More

CU Buffs – Keeping Their Resolutions

January 16th, 2018

For most of us, this is the time of year that our New Year’s resolutions tend to fall apart.  With the Colorado Buffaloes 68-59 victory over UCLA last Saturday night, it’s apparent that Tad Boyle and the Buffs have much greater self-control.  George King scored 26 points, grabbed 10 boards, and the Buffaloes shot a red-hot 11 of 22 from three-point range for their first win ever at Pauley Pavilion. The victory over the first place Bruins was their third win in four games in what has been a remarkable start to the new year.  With a Jan. 4th overtime win against 4th ranked Arizona State,... Read More

Elway’s Christmas List – A Stocking Full of Alex Smith

January 9th, 2018

What if John Elway could fix his quarterback quandary by acquiring a veteran that threw for 26 TDs with only 5 picks, and over 4000 yards this season?  And what if this QB didn’t cost Denver its first-round pick (#5 overall) and was practically gift-wrapped to the Broncos from a division rival?  Sound crazy or sound thinking?  Here are five reasons that Alex Smith will be the Broncos quarterback next season. Pat Mahomes – The Chiefs moved up in the draft to select the hard throwing, mobile QB from Texas Tech with the 10th overall pick last year and Smith is a free-agent after the 2018 season.... Read More

The QB Decision – Scouting the Prospects

January 2nd, 2018

John Elway looked down on the field from the warm luxury box and witnessed the obvious. His selection of Paxton Lynch was officially a miss and the Broncos still need a quarterback.  In what appeared to be Lynch’s final audition while playing against the JV squad as Kansas City rested their starters, Lynch threw two picks and his costly fumble was returned for a score as Denver lost again, 27-24. Scouting a QB is not an exact science as John Elway focuses on the fifth pick in next year’s draft and measurables such as release points, hand size, accuracy, and arm strength. If Elway only had... Read More

Do We Really Want Kirk Cousins?

December 26th, 2017

Bronco Nation, I understand how you feel.  We had Peyton Manning and a Super Bowl parade just a fewyears ago and now we’re 5-10.  We missed on Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler are third-stringers at best, and we’re hurting. The problem is that when emotions get involved decision making can suffer.  Human nature tends to look for that quick fix, that immediate gratification, that something to ease the pain.  We cheat on our diet only to regret it the next day, drink too much only to regret it the next morning, and even covet mediocre free-agent quarterbacks dreaming of fairytale... Read More

Confessions of a Bronco Fan

December 19th, 2017

It was only two years ago that the Broncos were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as glitter rained down LoDo. Missing the playoff’s last year was unfortunate, but most of Orange Country assumed that with another year of growth in Trevor Siemian, the rise of Paxton Lynch, a few coaching changes, and Von Miller and company, Denver would again challenge for supremacy.  But after an eight-game losing streak filled with turnovers, blow-outs, and eventual playoff elimination, the real challenge was whether I could survive the rest of the season. Confessions of a Bronco fan:   I became upset that... Read More

Buffalo Hoops – Three Must See Games

December 12th, 2017

The Colorado Buffaloes lost quite a few seniors from last year’s basketball squad, but that never seems to affect coach Tad Boyle.  Boyle’s team is off to another good start at 7-2 despite a lopsided loss to the 13th ranked Xavier Musketeers 96-69 last Saturday.  Colorado rarely has the benefit of McDonald’s All-Americans or in-state Blue Chippers, but the strategy of four-year players, defense, and depth has led Boyle to a 149-95 record as the head coach, as well as an astounding 101-19 record at home.  This year’s team is led by 6’6 senior guard, George King, and freshman point guard,... Read More

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

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