Paul Klee  
The Broncos and Rockies, with an eye on the Nuggets, Avalanche and other Denver-area topics.

Klee blog: Top of NFL draft shows why Peyton Manning still Broncos' best option

Apr 30, 2015

I'm not an NFL draft expert. (NBA draft? Yeah, absolutely. General manager Tim Connelly and Nuggets Action Ball should pull up a chair for me in...

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Klee blog: What to remember when Floyd Mayweather fights Manny Pacquiao

Apr 29, 2015

One time he smashed a car door into a woman’s head. Another time he punched a woman in the neck. Then there was the time Floyd Mayweather...

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Klee blog: Worst-case scenario for Rockies? No, but it's down there

Apr 27, 2015

Is Adam Ottavino-to-the-DL the worst-case scenario for the Rockies?  No, but the worst-case scenario is visible from here. The Rockies...

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Klee blog: The week in Denver sports (April 20-26)

Apr 26, 2015

Denver sports columns from the week of April 20-26: Broncos: Doubt Peyton Manning at your own risk: The quarterback returned to the Broncos...

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Klee blog: John Elway tackles Demaryius Thomas' absence — on behalf of Peyton Manning?

Apr 23, 2015

Shots fired. But which Broncos quarterback lit the cannonball fuse? John Elway stoked the fire Thursday when he said of Demaryius Thomas'...

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Klee blog: Come back to the Nuggets, Scott Brooks! (Actually, don't)

Apr 22, 2015

The Nuggets fan in me shouts, "Cruise on back to Colorado, Scott Brooks! Weather's great! Fishing's even better!" The humanitarian in me...

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Klee blog: The week in Denver sports (April 13-20)

Apr 20, 2015

What happened in Denver sports last week? Here's the rundown of my columns (and a cap doff to Mr.

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Klee blog: Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt: Classy to the end (or beginning?)

Apr 18, 2015

DENVER — The Melvin Hunt era might be over, or it might be just beginning. Either way, the end of the Denver Nuggets' bizarre, winding season...

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Klee blog: Aaron Hernandez smoked crazy amounts of marijuana, and Patriots didn't know?

Apr 15, 2015

The Aaron Hernandez murder trial is over — the first one, at least — and the former Patriots star is going to jail for a long time. A jury found...

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Klee blog: The week in Denver sports (April 5-12)

Apr 13, 2015

Every Sunday night, I'll recap the week in Denver sports on this blog — with a collection of my columns and blogs from the week that was....

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Klee: Broncos release preseason schedule

Apr 9, 2015

The NFL released its preseason schedules today. Exact dates will be announced at a later time, the league says. Here's the Broncos...

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Klee blog: Rockies sweep Brewers, Jeff Bridich digs Metallica

Apr 8, 2015

After watching 28 innings of (winning!) Rockies baseball, only one request: Rob Deer bobblehead Sunday at Miller Park better be big. ...

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Klee blog: CU benefits — and UCCS hurt — with Derrick White development

Apr 9, 2015

There are two sides to this story, like there always is. On one side, a Division II program without the means to immediately replace a great...

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Klee blog: Von Miller's "Von Vision" as good as it gets

Apr 8, 2015

What Von Miller does on the field is often impressive. What he does with Von's Vision is downright inspiring. About a week ago, we detailed some...

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Klee blog: Senator rips Duke, digs Wisconsin, boggles mind

Apr 7, 2015

Always entertaining when a politician, movie star, or otherwise famous person drops knowledge on a subject outside his or her...

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Klee blog: See… the positives! Rockies win, stay undefeated

Apr 6, 2015

See, I was being serious. There are plenty of positives with this Rockies club. Roughly all of them — save Corey Dickerson lacing...

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Klee blog: See, college basketball, it's OK to score

Apr 5, 2015

See, college basketball, it's OK to score.  Five of the eight teams in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament were significantly better on...

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Klee blog: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall and lessons from NCAA coaching carousel

Apr 2, 2015

One guy thought long and hard about a primo job, made the sensible choice, and Shaka Smart is the coach at one of the top 25 jobs in...

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Klee blog: Talking Broncos, Nuggets, NCAA Tournament on 104.3 The Fan

Mar 24, 2015

We had a super conversation on The Fan Late Night on Monday. Ryan Edwards and I talked Broncos, Nuggets and broke down the Sweet 16 of the NCAA...

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Klee blog: How the Denver Nuggets got it backwards (again)

Mar 16, 2015

Boy, would I love to write something positive about the leadership of the Denver Nuggets. Except that it won't allow me. Here's the latest...

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Klee blog: Denver Broncos establish trend in first hours of free agency

Mar 10, 2015

The Broncos aren’t major players this year in free agency. After three consecutive springtimes of big-money, big-splash moves, they don’t have the...

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Klee blog: The Peyton Manning pay-cut: Doesn't it affect Demaryius Thomas?

Mar 4, 2015

Peyton Manning is still making a lot of money, just not as much as he was scheduled to make. The Broncos quarterback has agreed to a big paycut,...

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Klee blog: Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies talk with Les Shapiro and Woody Paige

Feb 27, 2015

The Sports Show with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro had me on the show today. We talked Nuggets (most of the time), Broncos (some of the time),...

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Klee blog: DeMarcus Cousins is perfect for Nuggets (but not why you think)

Feb 26, 2015

Maybe this story has legs. Maybe it's headed straight to the rumor dump. Or maybe — fingers crossed! — the Nuggets are due for a Carmelo...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: LeBron James: 'You shouldn't be recruiting 10-year-olds'

Feb 25, 2015

After watching this highlight video of LeBron James' 10-year-old son — and wondering aloud if the video is simply a rerun of King James himself at...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: John Elway expects Peyton Manning will quarterback Broncos

Feb 20, 2015

John Elway won Super Bowls as the 37- and 38-year-old quarterback of the Broncos. Can Peyton Manning do it at 39? Without an official...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Nuggets deadline moves are admission of failure

Feb 19, 2015

The Nuggets made two major moves on the NBA trade deadline. Grading a trade deadline in the 24 hours that follow a trade deadline is like grading...

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Blog: The Nuggets and the NBA trade deadline

Feb 18, 2015

The NBA trade deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday. More about that here. I'll be surprised if Arron Afflalo is still with the Nuggets when they play at...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Front Range prospects at NFL scouting combine

Feb 16, 2015

The NFL scouting combine is an elaborate job interview, and because of that, I think it's a good thing. Overblown and overhyped? That, too. But...

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Blog: With NCAA Tournament unlikely, Buffs should make NIT push

Feb 12, 2015

This goes with Thursday's column in The Gazette. The Buffs need a basketball miracle to continue their streak of NCAA Tournament appearances. Or...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Rockies next mascot? It's a dog's world

Feb 11, 2015

Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... a daily blog on the day's buzz... This is something I've wondered about since last summer when The Maya took me to an...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Fumbles! Interceptions! Can Broncos force more of both?

Feb 10, 2015

Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... a daily blog on the day's buzz.... Today's blog goes with the Broncos column on Wade Phillips in Wednesday's Gazette....

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Blog: CU Buffs lost a good player, but Andre Roberson made right decision

Feb 10, 2015

Andre Roberson got some grief when he ditched the University of Colorado basketball program after his junior season. Not from his coach, Tad...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Talking Nuggets, Avalanche on CBS Denver

Feb 9, 2015

Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... a daily blog on the day's buzz... You can take the Metro League out of Class 3A, but you can't take the Metro League...

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Blog: Mono y mano, Air Force hosts Wyoming with shot at upset

Feb 6, 2015

Well, this just got interesting. The Air Force game against Wyoming on Saturday, I mean.  Larry Nance Jr., a deserving candidate for...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Is National Signing Day one of first dominoes toward NFL's issues?

Feb 5, 2015

While perusing The Gazette's superb coverage of National Signing Day on Wednesday, I was struck by this story from Brent New and this story from...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Lack of respect tops long list of Nuggets problems

Feb 4, 2015

The Nuggets lost again, and that's not the problem, so you know they have problems. This should offer some idea what I'm writing about in...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: The next Super Bowl winner will be….

Feb 2, 2015

.... one of these teams, probably. Bovada has set its early odds for Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and here are the...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Peyton Manning discusses his future with the Broncos

Jan 30, 2015

Will five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning return to the Broncos in 2015?  "I haven't made a decision. I'm still trying to take some time to...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Aaron Hernandez could bring Kraft, Belichick to court

Jan 29, 2015

Klee's 4'Clock Shadow... an afternoon blog on the day's buzz... Imagine if Pat Bowlen and Gary Kubiak were potential witnesses in a murder...

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4'Clock Shadow: The Broncos' new defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips, and he has a Twitter account

Jan 28, 2015

The Broncos' new defensive coordinator is Wade Phillips, and he has a Twitter account. Phillips, 67, takes over the spot previously held by Jack...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Come on, voters: Terrell Davis belongs in Hall of Fame

Jan 27, 2015

Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... an afternoon blog on the day's buzz.... Super Bowl media day was today. The conversation centered around deflated...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: The case for a Super Bowl in Colorado

Jan 26, 2015

The weather reports coming out of the Northeast forecast doom and gloom, Snowmaggedon, the storm of the century.  Now imagine if New...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Excerpts from a conversation with George Karl

Jan 23, 2015

Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... an afternoon blog on the day's buzz... Bad news out of Nuggets camp today. Well, more bad news. We'll be at Pepsi...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: The Broncos and the 1983 NFL draft

Jan 21, 2015

Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... afternoon blog on the day's buzz... This all goes back to 1983. Microsoft released the first "Word" (thanks!), Swatch...

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4 O'Clock Shadow: Deflategate not the real problem with Patriots

Jan 21, 2015

Klee's 4 O'Clock Shadow... afternoon shavings on the day's buzz...  SpyGate and DeflateGate are whatever. The Patriots cheated football,...

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Blog: John Elway — the Don, not the Duke — will go big for Broncos

Jan 12, 2015

When media suggested Jared Allen and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, John Elway pushed a stack of chips to the table's center and snagged DeMarcus...

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Blog: Dark days at Pepsi Center

Dec 10, 2014

Last one to leave Pepsi Center, please flip the lights. These are dark days at The Can. The Nuggets are 9-12, the Avalanche 9-13-6. Neither is...

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Blog: Prior to Broncos game, Buffalo Bills reflect on historic snowstorm

Dec 3, 2014

The Broncos host the Bills on Sunday, and that won't be Buffalo's toughest challenge this season. The Bills already faced that. “I’ve never...

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Blog: Line of Scrimmage, Broncos at Patriots

Oct 29, 2014

This week's Line of Scrimmage is (another) doozy. The Vegas line: Broncos -3.5. Where to start? Well, we hit last week's on the nose,...

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Blog: Klee's NBA predictions for 2014-15

Oct 28, 2014

Cleveland won over LeBron James. But will the Cavaliers finally win an NBA championship?  Yes. That, and more, in our NBA predictions for...

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Blog: Broncos to win the Super Bowl? Denver just needs to get there

Oct 27, 2014

Question: Will the Broncos win the Super Bowl? Answer: Only if they get there. After Week 8, roughly the midway point of the NFL season, the...

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Blog: Tale of the Tape: Broncos' Julius Thomas vs. Patriots' Rob Gronkowski

Oct 27, 2014

It's Brady-Manning week, again, which is a good thing for all of us, and especially those who catch passes from the quarterbacking court of the...

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Blog: Line of Scrimmage: Chargers at Broncos

Oct 22, 2014

This Wednesday's Line of Scrimmage: Chargers at Broncos. The Vegas line: Broncos -7.5. That makes sense, considering the Broncos and Chargers...

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Blog: What's next for Josh Scott, Buffs basketball?

Oct 23, 2014

Envision this scenario. In consecutive seasons, a college basketball program loses three players to the NBA before their eligibility expires. The...

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Blog: Peyton Manning the big story, but Broncos defense in big picture

Oct 20, 2014

Sunday night at Mile High was one to remember, the smartphones (and sometimes iPads) recording history, Peyton Manning's premeditated celebration,...

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Blog: Line of Scrimmage: 49ers at Broncos

Oct 15, 2014

This Wednesday's Line of Scrimmage: San Francisco 49ers at Broncos. Where to start? The storylines stretch from Walden to Walsenburg: Peyton...

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Blog: Broncos emerge as new America's Team, poll says

Oct 14, 2014

Maybe Joseph Randle is just smarter than the rest of us. Maybe he is prescient. How else to explain why the Dallas running back stole cologne and...

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Blog: Changing GMs: Smart move for Rockies? Or same old, same old?

Oct 8, 2014

The jeers will come from the cheap seats, because jeering the Rockies is easy. It's usually right, too, because the Rockies are usually wrong....

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Blog: Tim Tebow time in New York? Yes, please

Oct 6, 2014

As if a Broncos return to MetLife Stadium isn't juicy enough, as if Peyton Manning playing for an alltime record in New York/New Jersey isn't fun...

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Blog: Broncos release Matt Prater, but he's a ...

Oct 3, 2014

Here’s an important item to consider now that Matt Prater is done as a Denver Bronco: It’s a kicker. I know, I know. Media is programmed to be...

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Blog: Underrated former Nugget Carmelo Anthony speaks the truth

Oct 2, 2014

It happens once in a while, a refreshing brush with honesty from a pro athlete, a man or woman who simply speaks the truth. So thanks, Carmelo...

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Blog: The Line of Scrimmage, Cardinals at Broncos

Oct 1, 2014

This week's Line of Scrimmage: Cardinals at Broncos. Woo, boy. Love this game. In the minority, but I think this could be (another) Super Bowl...

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Blog: Next Oakland Raiders coach could have ties to Broncos quarterback

Sep 29, 2014

The Raiders are some kind of mess. They are when the dishwasher and sink are full, the dog didn't get a walk, and the plumbing fails. Good for the...

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Blog: Big-picture Broncos view: Return of Vonnie Football tops list

Sep 22, 2014

The 12s are overrated. When Century Link was at its loudest, Peyton Manning needed six plays to rampage 80 yards and score the tying touchdown on...

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Blog: Broncos, Seahawks and why homefield advantage in the NFL isn't what it used to be

Sep 20, 2014

This game on Sunday is about the Super Bowl. It’s about the last Super Bowl, and it’s about the next Super Bowl. Everything about this game is...

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Blog: Broncos host pep rally for…. Seahawks?

Sep 18, 2014

Guess the Flacco Flag wasn't enough. The Broncos are honoring an opponent by talking up the Seahawks as if Seattle is Emmitt Smith's Cowboys,...

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Blog: All absences considered, Broncos missed Danny Trevathan more than Wes Welker

Sep 17, 2014

The Broncos are not whole. Good luck finding an NFL team that is. But it's my opinion the Broncos miss Danny Trevathan far more than they missed...

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Broncos: The Line of Scrimmage, Broncos at Seahawks

Sep 17, 2014

You might remember the Line of Scrimmage from last week. Here's the second edition. The Line: Seattle -4.5. Going back to their AFC West days,...

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Broncos: The smartest words of Broncos-Seahawks week

Sep 16, 2014

Mondays are light days for NFL media interests. The players visit the practice facility, don't say much, then go home. Tuesdays are off days. So...

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Blog: Broncos: Denver, Seattle showed same flaws on Sunday

Sep 15, 2014

In the game before The Game, Denver and Seattle showed some similarities. Unfortunately for both, that's not a compliment. On Sunday, the...

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Blog: The Line of Scrimmage, Chiefs at Broncos

Sep 10, 2014

How about a new feature on the Klee blog? Every Wednesday we'll look ahead at the Broncos opponent and how it's playing in Las Vegas. Not because...

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Blog: NFL: Ray Rice, TMZ and the New England Patriots

Sep 9, 2014

Here's one of the few layers to the troubling, saddening Ray Rice story that hasn't been discussed: TMZ scored a videotape of the Rice assault...

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Blog: NFL: Domestic violence goes on, and on, and on

Sep 8, 2014

Today in American sports media, Ray Lewis took the pulpit and told us what's going on with Ray Rice. So there's that. Moving on, swiftly and...

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Blog: Broncos: Wes Welker's suspension a surprise... kind of

Sep 4, 2014

Have a column coming in Friday's Gazette on why we should be saddened by NFL off-the-field issues — but not surprised. As it relates to the...

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Blog: Manning, Ware among Broncos captains

Sep 1, 2014

Surprise! Peyton Manning is a Broncos captain.

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Blog: Broncos: Ben Garland realizes an NFL dream

Aug 30, 2014

At the risk of sounding entirely cheesy and sappy and temporarily losing my Man Card, here's a short blog about a dream come true. Hey, it's a...

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Broncos blog: Allow Wes Welker to make his own decision

Aug 27, 2014

Concussions are serious business. Thankfully, we're exiting the dark ages when it comes to their effects on the brain and what a concussion can...

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Blog: Golf: Primer for the BMW Championship

Aug 25, 2014

Am I looking forward to the Broncos' season opener against the Colts? Well, yeah. But not as much as I'm looking forward to the BMW Championship...

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Blog: Broncos: Texans' Jadeveon Clowney worthy of ride on hype machine

Aug 20, 2014

A wise Big Ten coach once told me there are three premium positions in football: Quarterback, left tackle and pass-rusher (either at linebacker or...

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Blog: Broncos and Texans joint practice: Good or bad idea?

Aug 19, 2014

The Texans' team bus pulled up to the Broncos headquarters at 10:06 a.m. today. With it, the number of feared NFL pass-rushers grew to four. Von...

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Blog: Broncos: Site of the Super Bowl (in 2016)

Aug 17, 2014

  Levi's Stadium, in two words: Goodness gracious. The San Francisco 49ers built a palace. The 68,500-seat football mansion gets its...

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Blog: Broncos: The formal introduction of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware

Aug 17, 2014

Mom, DeMarcus. DeMarcus, this is my mom .

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Broncos: Heads up! Broncos-Texans to host joint practices

Aug 13, 2014

Maybe it’s just the Raiders being the Raiders. Maybe it’s just part of the Davis family’s master plan of possibly moving the Raiders to southern...

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Broncos: All of the penalty flags are a good thing

Aug 10, 2014

Here a flag, there a flag. Everywhere a flag. (Broncos) orange and (Seahawks) lime clashed again. Yellow won. In a game that lasted almost four...

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Blog: Never heard of Broncos' Juwan Thompson? That's the point

Aug 8, 2014

Other than what I’ve seen from Broncos running back Juwan Thompson in training camp, I didn’t know much about him. I knew he went to Duke. I knew...

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Blog: Walt Weiss on pitching at Coors Field

Aug 6, 2014

Is it impossible to build a consistent winner at Coors Field? That’s what I wrote here. It has been a longstanding theory of mine: In a game...

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Blog: With Montee Ball on shelf, whither Broncos running game?

Aug 4, 2014

Montee Ball is scheduled to undergo an appendectomy today. But before predicting what will happen to the Broncos’ running game with the...

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Broncos: Want a ticket? Better save up

Aug 2, 2014

At the moment, I'm looking around at the 40,000-plus inside Sports Authority Field for the Broncos annual summer scrimmage. There are plenty of...

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Broncos: Seats still available on the Kayvon Webster bandwagon

Jul 30, 2014

Within the first week of training camp last year, we had a pretty good idea Julius Thomas would be a big part of the Broncos. Peyton Manning threw...

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Broncos: Raiders on the move to Texas?

Jul 29, 2014

I would miss the BART. Friends don’t love the public transportation in the Bay Area. I do. In every business trip to Oakland and San...

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Broncos: While he’s away, Demaryius Thomas shows his value

Jul 27, 2014

Today, over 21,000 fans showed up at Sports Authority Field… for a practice.

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Broncos: Bigger stars, footballers or futbol...ers?

Jul 25, 2014

Dove Valley, where football meets futbol.

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Broncos: Training camp: Who's missing?

Jul 24, 2014

It’s the first day of football school, aka Broncos training camp. Time for roll call: Who’s missing? 

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Broncos: Pat Bowlen, Colorado's constant

Jul 23, 2014

This blog goes with the column I wrote from the AFC championship game in January.

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Broncos: Shannon Sharpe on Julius Thomas

Jul 17, 2014

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is nearing contract time. In light of Jimmy Graham’s $40-million deal, here’s what John Elway said about...

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Buffs: Boyle’s Buffs, 11 p.m. tipoffs and Josh Scott

Jul 16, 2014

This goes with the Josh Scott column from Sunday’s Gazette.

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Broncos: Brazil, meet the Broncos

Jul 8, 2014

Germany 7, Brazil 1. Seattle 43, Denver 8. 

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U.S. Soccer: Initial thoughts from Belgium 2, U.S. 1

Jul 1, 2014

The U.S. men’s national team will be celebrated for its display in this World Cup. And that’s great. But when you nudge aside the...

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NFL playoffs Live Report: Chargers at Broncos

Jan 12, 2014

FINAL: Broncos 24, Chargers 17. —Breathe. —Breathe again. —Keep breathing. —The Broncos will host the Patriots for a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII. The...

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