<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Fri, 25 May 2018 20:32:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: NFL butchered national anthem controversy, but Broncos and protesting players brought latest loss on themselves]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nfl-butchered-national-anthem-controversy-but-broncos-and-protesting-players-brought-latest-loss-on-themselves/article/1626578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nfl-butchered-national-anthem-controversy-but-broncos-and-protesting-players-brought-latest-loss-on-themselves/article/1626578?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — You’d think professional athletes, of all people, would know that taking an “L,” which the NFL’s protesters have done once again, is a suggestion that someone should switch up the gameplan.

Guess not.

“Let’s be clear,” Broncos linebacker/protester Brandon Marshall said Thursday at Dove Valley. “I know they say they’ll fine the teams, but players don’t care about that. Players don’t care if the teams get fined.”

It’s like they will never learn. The reason the NFL finally put its foot down and delivered a long-overdue mandate on standing during the national anthem is a simple one: money.

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Fri, 25 May 2018 11:43:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos' Brandon Marshall rips Trump, NFL's new national anthem policy]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-brandon-marshall-rips-trump-nfls-new-national-anthem-policy/article/1626563?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-brandon-marshall-rips-trump-nfls-new-national-anthem-policy/article/1626563?custom_click=rss

Brandon Marshall, who was the first Broncos player to kneel during the national anthem, on Thursday addressed President Trump's comments and the NFL's new policy on national anthem protests.

Marshall on the president's comments: 

"Obviously that statement right there is, to me, is, I would say, to me it's disgusting. I say it's disgusting because of our amendment rights, our First Amendment rights. You know, we have freedom of speech (and) freedom of protest, so we (should) get kicked out of the country? That's not how things should work, in my opinion. Just because somebody disagrees with something, or if I didn't stand for the anthem, or if don't like what's going on, that's basically him saying I should be

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Thu, 24 May 2018 17:38:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Before throwing shade at 'No Fly Zone,' Case Keenum shows why Denver Broncos paid new quarterback big bucks]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-before-throwing-shade-at-no-fly-zone-case-keenum-shows-why-denver-broncos-paid-new-quarterback-big-bucks/article/1626441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-before-throwing-shade-at-no-fly-zone-case-keenum-shows-why-denver-broncos-paid-new-quarterback-big-bucks/article/1626441?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — My first impression of Case Keenum’s first day of Broncos offense vs. Broncos defense was that he doesn’t look the part. He looks short. Maybe that’s because Keenum often stands next to 6-foot-7 Paxton Lynch or 6-8 Jared Veldheer, and all of us look short next to those two.

Either way, there’s zero about Keenum’s physical stature that suggests he’s a $36-million professional athlete. If he were throwing dry flies in the South Platte you wouldn’t look twice. So why did John Elway commit the next era of Broncos football to a guy who looks like another guy?

Glad you asked: “I’m trying earn the right to lead these guys.

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Wed, 23 May 2018 09:48:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: How Harrison's Jamaica-born sprinter won state track and field gold without warming up]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-how-harrisons-jamaica-born-sprinter-won-state-track-and-field-gold-without-warming-up/article/1626331?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-how-harrisons-jamaica-born-sprinter-won-state-track-and-field-gold-without-warming-up/article/1626331?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD — Found him.

“I don’t really like Colorado at all.”

So you’re the one, Tyrese VanHorne.

“I mean, it’s OK here. But I’m cold! Like, always!”

I had heard rumors this person exists. Who knew he’d be as fast as a hiccup? It was Saturday afternoon at wind-blown, rain-soaked JeffCo Stadium that the young man, the myth, the legend emerged like Bigfoot from his backwoods haunt. It took a horribly cold day to flush him out.

The other eight state finalists in the Class 4A 200 meters were already on the track, anxiously going through their warm-up routines — high-stepping, stretching, bouncing in place.

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Sat, 19 May 2018 21:27:01 -0600
<![CDATA[State Track & Field notebook Day 3: Discovery Canyon's Lauren Gale is going to need a closet renovation]]> http://gazette.com/state-track-field-notebook-day-3-discovery-canyons-lauren-gale-is-going-to-need-a-closet-renovation/article/1626317?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-track-field-notebook-day-3-discovery-canyons-lauren-gale-is-going-to-need-a-closet-renovation/article/1626317?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD — Lauren Gale's going to need a closet renovation.

That, or the Discovery Canyon star can dump a few pair of shoes.

Saturday at JeffCo Stadium in the CHSAA state track and field championships, Gale added her sixth — count 'em, six — state gold with a triumph in the Class 4A girls 400 meters. Her time was 54.23 — nearly two seconds clear of second place and a significant performance, considering the sideways rain that soaked competitors and fans alike.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said Gale, who stores her clothes "up top" in her closet, her medals "down below."

Gale was set to compete in the 200-meter final on

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Sat, 19 May 2018 21:15:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: From "The Blur Angel" to same-day high school graduations, Colorado state track championships rush by]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-from-the-blur-angel-to-same-day-high-school-graduations-colorado-state-track-championships-rush-by/article/1626184?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-from-the-blur-angel-to-same-day-high-school-graduations-colorado-state-track-championships-rush-by/article/1626184?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD — Her fifth race on Thursday? That’s one Lauren Gale had never prepared for. Never needed to. She holds five school records, the hearts of the Discovery Canyon fandom, a track scholarship to Colorado State, a head-shaking tale of expedited rehab. But this? This was a first.

This was a race (from a race!) to her high school graduation.

“I’m going to run my 200 (meters) and keep running, straight into the van: ‘Mom, Dad, let’s go!’” Gale said.

If there’s a way around the balancing act that is athletics and academics, I know a few million kids who wouldn’t mind copping the blueprint. One man’s guess: there’s not.

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Fri, 18 May 2018 07:31:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Special Olympians and the Denver Broncos? Good time for a "choo-choo dance"]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-special-olympians-and-the-denver-broncos-good-time-for-a-choo-choo-dance/article/1626062?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-special-olympians-and-the-denver-broncos-good-time-for-a-choo-choo-dance/article/1626062?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Charlie is 16, one determined Special Olympian, and Tuesday night he out-swagged Swag.

I wish you all could’ve seen it: soon as he grabbed a handoff from Broncos tight end Jeff Heuerman, Charlie barreled toward the end zone. Score, Charlie! they shouted. Charlie scored, all right. Then he danced! Spinning toward Chad “Swag” Kelly, Charlie hit the quarterback with finger pistols. Oh, and he wasn't done yet. Charlie followed with his version of The Robot.

You got that in your bag of tricks, Swag?

“Might have to incorporate that move,” Kelly said with a belly laugh.

Cheering, laughing, cheering, high-fiving.

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Tue, 15 May 2018 21:57:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Supreme Court's legalized sports gambling decision at the intersection of "sin and revenue"]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-supreme-courts-legalized-sports-gambling-decision-at-the-intersection-of-sin-and-revenue/article/1626002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-supreme-courts-legalized-sports-gambling-decision-at-the-intersection-of-sin-and-revenue/article/1626002?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The NFL just cured its TV ratings illness, Las Vegas just inched closer to hosting a Super Bowl, and it just became tougher than any other time in American history to rig a sporting event.

Pretty nice li'l Monday, don't you think?

The U.S. Supreme Court empowered individual states to legalize sports gambling — by a vote of 7-2, covering the Over — and the big winners are the usual suspects: the sports leagues themselves (whether they come clean and admit it or not), team owners and the entrepreneurs who are first to open sportsbooks when and where sports gambling is eventually legalized. All stand to benefit from a landmark decision that forever will alter sports here as we know it.

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Mon, 14 May 2018 22:54:30 -0600