<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:22:30 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Running back should be near top of Denver Broncos' draft list]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-running-back-should-be-near-top-of-denver-broncos-draft-list/article/1601895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-running-back-should-be-near-top-of-denver-broncos-draft-list/article/1601895?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The last time the "No Fly Zone" propped up a guy who's not in the "No Fly Zone?"

Um, never?

Don't know good they are? Just ask 'em. So it spoke volumes when Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib went out of their way to list the attributes they hope to see in Denver's first-round draft pick - and two of the baddest dudes in the NFL sounded as if they were reading straight from Christian McCaffrey's scouting report.

"Guys who can do multiple things," Talib said.

"We definitely need a guy that can play running back, receiver and returner," Harris added.

When someone mentioned McCaffrey by name, Talib and Harris smiled a "Bingo!" smile. Hey, it's a sweet dream. Baby Mac would sell more jerseys than Easy Ed

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:31:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Everyone's Buddy: Colorado Rockies manager makes strong first impression]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-everyones-buddy-colorado-rockies-manager-makes-strong-first-impression/article/1601607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-everyones-buddy-colorado-rockies-manager-makes-strong-first-impression/article/1601607?custom_click=rss

DENVER - First names first.

Is it Bud or Buddy?

"Both," the Rockies manager said from a dugout stoop prior to a game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. "Or Harry, my real name. Or Blacky. Some guys call me Blacky. Any one of them is fine, really."

The Rockies currently are the best of the Big Four teams in Colorado - 11-6 and in first place in the National League West entering Saturday - so it's about time we all got better acquainted. It was on a trip through Denver International Airport that I realized we should probably know which name Harry Ralston Black prefers. He's been here fewer than 20 games, yet Black was asked to lend his voice to the train that connects terminals at DIA: "Welcome to Denver.

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:47:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Predicting (in erasable ink) the 2017 Denver Broncos season]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-predicting-in-erasable-ink-the-2017-denver-broncos-season/article/1601471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-predicting-in-erasable-ink-the-2017-denver-broncos-season/article/1601471?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Will the tarp move to Las Vegas, too?

Sorry, I don’t feel sorry for Oakland. Neither do the Broncos.

“I don’t like the Raiders,” Bay Area native T.J. Ward said Wednesday.

My support for the Raiders’ eventual trudge to Las Vegas — in 2019, it looks like — has nothing to do with the football team. Truth is, the Raiders being good is good for business. (Hate to break it to Broncos Country, but the Raiders are going to be good for a while.) It's about their city. 

Good riddance. Hey, the dead rat we found in the press box two years ago was no biggie; sports media have smellier issues than dead rats.

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:28:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Key to Denver Nuggets' future is Emmanuel Mudiay]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-key-to-denver-nuggets-future-is-emmanuel-mudiay/article/1601331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-key-to-denver-nuggets-future-is-emmanuel-mudiay/article/1601331?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Millionaire by millionaire, the Nuggets filed out one final time.

There was Jamal Murray, the man who would be Steph, promising three-pointers to come. There was Nikola Jokic, saying all the right things: Yes, you can win an NBA championship in Colorado. "Why not?" Jokic said. There was Danilo Gallinari, all but shouting his goodbyes.

"I've never been a free agent before," Gallo said. And he should be. Cash those checks, Gallo.

But the key to this whole thing - a man who's been forgotten and now must make us remember - sauntered out with cut-off gym shorts and a dose of humility.

"I was kind of spoiled by basketball," Emmanuel Mudiay whispered.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:12:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: CU's Chidobe Awuzie should join Christian McCaffrey on Broncos wish list]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-cus-chidobe-awuzie-should-join-christian-mccaffrey-on-broncos-wish-list/article/1601260?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-cus-chidobe-awuzie-should-join-christian-mccaffrey-on-broncos-wish-list/article/1601260?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - When I asked Chris Harris Jr. what type of player he would draft with the Broncos' first pick, the All-Pro cornerback and resident voice of reason shifted into GM mode.

"Oooh. (As in) what position?"

Yes, sir. What pick would send Chris Harris into applause from his man-cave couch?

"I like playmakers, man. I want some playmakers, on defense or on offense," he said. "A guy that's going to put up some points or a guy that's going to be able to change the game. We definitely need a guy who can play running back, receiver or returner.

"Any guy that can do that, I would definitely love him."

Someone in the room suggested Harris was describing Stanford handyman and native son Christian McCaffrey.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:42:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Where are we again? Colorado Rockies pitchers carrying hitters]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-where-are-we-again-colorado-rockies-pitchers-carrying-hitters/article/1600942?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-where-are-we-again-colorado-rockies-pitchers-carrying-hitters/article/1600942?custom_click=rss

DENVER - With a sly grin that hinted he knew the bizarre nature of his commentary, the reigning National League batting champion, D.J. LeMahieu, jumped at the opportunity.

He hasn't had many like it, so file this one under Things You Never Hear at Coors Field.

"The only reason we're 6-4 right now is pitching," LeMahieu said.

Is it a more surprising development the Rockies suddenly can pitch or suddenly can't hit?

"Offense hasn't been there the last couple of games, but (pitching) is there to pick us up," shortstop Trevor Story said.

Tell me again: What parallel baseball universe are we in? Yes, the Rockies are 6-4.

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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:55:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Sierra's Terry Dunn, C.J. Jennings are how high school sports can work]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-sierras-terry-dunn-c.j.-jennings-are-how-high-school-sports-can-work/article/1600853?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-sierras-terry-dunn-c.j.-jennings-are-how-high-school-sports-can-work/article/1600853?custom_click=rss

On the nights he's working, taking admission tickets at the Tinseltown theater, Sierra High basketball star C.J. Jennings often runs into a familiar face or three.

Sometimes they're guys he played with or against, teammates or rivals. Sometimes it's a fan who saw him eclipse 1,400 points in a four-year career. Sometimes it's, well, let C.J. tell it.

"I have a lot of refs who come in to see movies and they say, 'I reffed your games,'" Jennings said. "I don't usually remember them from the games, but it's nice they remember me."

You tell them you could've used a few more calls, right?

"I let coach (Terry) Dunn handle that," he said.

This is how it's supposed to work: Star player and coach working in unison.

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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:56:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Vance Joseph's goal: 'Juice' up Broncos offense]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-vance-josephs-goal-juice-up-broncos-offense/article/1600771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-vance-josephs-goal-juice-up-broncos-offense/article/1600771?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Who is the QB to be?

"It is open, guys, 50-50. We've got these two young guys that's got bright futures," Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said. "It's going to go down to the wire."

Perhaps the Broncos should pass on Christian McCaffrey and draft a hybrid: Paxton Siemian, the 6-foot-7 Northwestern grad who pitches Skittles as expertly as he grows facial hair.

"There's no time to waste," Joseph said in a getting-to-know-you news conference Monday.

OK, then. Let's get down to the nitty gritty: The Broncos need some serious help on offense.

"Juice," as Joseph calls it.

Who on this offense scares the Raiders and Chiefs? Demaryius Thomas is a shaken Coke can. He can blow up at any time.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:55:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Denver Broncos announce 2017 preseason schedule, which includes home game against Green Bay]]> http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-announce-2017-preseason-schedule-which-includes-home-game-against-green-bay/article/1600749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/denver-broncos-announce-2017-preseason-schedule-which-includes-home-game-against-green-bay/article/1600749?custom_click=rss

It's not Tony Romo.

So who's the Broncos quarterback — Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch?

"It is open, guys, 50-50," new head coach Vance Joseph said Monday. "It's an open competition."

If that's the case, Denver's starting quarterback will be chosen with the help of its preseason schedule, which was released today (exact dates arrive later):

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:00:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Colorado Rockies' 25th season is for No. 35, Chad Bettis]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-25th-season-is-for-no.-35-chad-bettis/article/1600652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-25th-season-is-for-no.-35-chad-bettis/article/1600652?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Rawlings glove sat atop the dugout fence, a reminder of the teammate they hold tight to their hearts. Across the thumb, a surname stitched in black cursive: Bettis.

"I miss the guy," Saturday's starting pitcher Jon Gray said. "From a personal standpoint, I miss him being here."

The guy is Chad Bettis.

The guy is not here, but he is - in the dugout, on his nameplate, in their thoughts, and, for a proud Christian man who recites Romans 8:18 on a daily basis, in their prayers: I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

The Rox are thinking of you, Chad. Every day, in every meeting room, in every game.

"I love the guy, man," Nolan

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:23:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Blame game the source of Denver Nuggets' playoff elimination]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-blame-game-the-source-of-denver-nuggets-playoff-elimination/article/1600695?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-blame-game-the-source-of-denver-nuggets-playoff-elimination/article/1600695?custom_click=rss

DENVER - What happened after Russell Westbrook and the Thunder ripped out the rug from under the Nuggets and stomped all over their playoff hopes?

It was more revealing than the insanity that transpired during the game. And that says something, because the packed house at Pepsi Center won't forget what it saw Sunday.

Seconds after Westbrook, the man who should be MVP, rose up and drained a 36-foot, game-winning Hail Mary at the buzzer, Nikola Jokic's brothers went nuclear on the officiating crew that deserved a game ball from the OKC locker room. The only thing standing between Strahinja Jokic and a truly ugly incident was the poor sap assigned to security at the tunnel that leads to the Nuggets' locker room.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:32:19 -0600