<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:05:57 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Will Barton personifies Denver Nuggets' next step]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-will-barton-personifies-denver-nuggets-next-step/article/1586730?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-will-barton-personifies-denver-nuggets-next-step/article/1586730?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The first time Will Barton had his own bed was his final year of high school. For the first 17 or so years of his life, he shared one with three family members.

As a kid coming up on Baltimore's east side, he and his brother also shared pairs of sneakers and jeans. (They wore "kinda" the same size, he says.)

These days Barton has a sweet shoe deal with Under Armour, and his 2-year-old son, Wyatt, rocks new kicks pretty much all the time. "He's a fly kid," dad says.

Will's Mom - God bless her - made certain he never missed a basketball practice, game or pickup run. She'd hop on the bus with him, ensure he had a ride or a taxi fare, did whatever it took to give him a chance.

Up until eight, maybe nine

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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:22:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Get to know Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian, America]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-get-to-know-denver-broncos-qb-trevor-siemian-america/article/1586367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-get-to-know-denver-broncos-qb-trevor-siemian-america/article/1586367?custom_click=rss

CINCINNATI - Contrary to expectations, Trevor Siemian did not sip from a glass of milk to celebrate Denver's 29-17 triumph against the Bengals here Sunday.

Although, as Siemian might put it, milk would've been "neat." His worn-in Birkenstocks - the pair of sandals he wears with knee-high socks - stayed at his condo near Denver Tech Center. To spice things up, the Broncos' unlikely (and undefeated) quarterback strode to the podium Sunday in a snazzy suit, replete with red power tie. That, after he borrowed a stick of deodorant from Paxton Lynch, because Siemian forgot his own. "Thanks, buddy," Siemian said.

The best story of this young season is the most unassuming NFL quarterback you've ever seen.

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:20:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Broncos vs. Bengals report card]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-vs.-bengals-report-card/article/1586353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-vs.-bengals-report-card/article/1586353?custom_click=rss

That notion of Cincy's offense falling off a cliff when former offensive coordinator Hue Jackson took the Browns gig? Not so much. A.J. Green and the NFL's second-ranked passing game meets the "No Fly Zone" on Sunday.

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:37:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Three with Klee: Von Miller, quarterback? Broncos-Bengals prediction]]> http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-von-miller-quarterback-broncos-bengals-prediction/article/1586352?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-von-miller-quarterback-broncos-bengals-prediction/article/1586352?custom_click=rss

Klee with Three

Von Miller, QB1?

Do the Broncos have another quarterback controversy on their hands? “What if I could play quarterback and rush the passer,” Von Miller said Thursday. The NFL’s best defensive player — if not the league’s best player, period — took his quandary to Fred Pagac, who coaches the outside linebackers. “I talked to coach (Pagac): ‘Do you think I maybe have a shot?’” Miller said. “He quickly shot me down.” To his credit, Miller said he would be open to running any type of system and wouldn’t be afraid to air it out. (That's Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders you see smiling in the background.

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:14:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Gary Kubiak's game plan: Honesty matters]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-gary-kubiaks-game-plan-honesty-matters/article/1586237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-gary-kubiaks-game-plan-honesty-matters/article/1586237?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The NFL press conference is where honesty goes to die.

It’s where linemen “did a great job” after allowing three sacks, where quarterback announcements are saved for the day after never, where you always have to look at the tape. They could hold these things in Sunday church and lightning would strike the steeple.

Save for Gary Kubiak. What’s his deal, anyway? One day under a sizzling sun at Dove Valley, the Broncos coach revealed a player had undergone a knee scope when no one had known James Ferentz was even injured. On another, when “arm injury” would have been just fine, Kubiak said DeMarcus Ware had sustained a bone fracture.

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:06:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos sending warning signal to rest of NFL]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-sending-warning-signal-to-rest-of-nfl/article/1586080?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-sending-warning-signal-to-rest-of-nfl/article/1586080?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - There's a storm brewing. Consider this fair warning.

It won't be wind all by itself. Expect lightning, downpours, maybe even locusts, too. It won't be just one of those things, but all of those things, and the end result should be something to see.

It looks to me like the Broncos are on the brink of becoming the whole package. Sunday at Cincinnati is a tough draw, and the Bengals' defense won't take it easy on a 24-year-old quarterback making his first road start. But it's building on the horizon. After riding an all-time defense through a Super Bowl parade, there are signs the Broncos are evolving again, this time into a more balanced operation.

When that happens, hide the opposing quarterbacks and take

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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:53:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Von Miller saddles up as the NFL's best player]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-von-miller-saddles-up-as-the-nfls-best-player/article/1585808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-von-miller-saddles-up-as-the-nfls-best-player/article/1585808?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The best player in the NFL is wearing a cowboy hat with a raccoon's appendage tied to the buckle.

He's seemingly and always on the brink of dancing, either a country jig, EDM turn or, if we're lucky, a Michael Jackson number. He's from Texas, as Wade Phillips would say.

"Am I on the podium?" Von Miller asked a member of the public relations crew in the locker room Sunday evening after his Broncos sacked the Colts, 34-20, in a familiar manner.

Yes, the man who once referred to himself as "Vonnie Football" is on the podium - the tip-top of the podium.

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Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:53:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Broncos put faith in Trevor Siemian]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-put-faith-in-trevor-siemian/article/1585740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-put-faith-in-trevor-siemian/article/1585740?custom_click=rss

DENVER - They don't believe in Trevor Siemian.

They don't think he's a quarterback who can win big, much less a Super Bowl. They saw the two interceptions - one terrible, one terribly unlucky - and hollered, "Told ya so!" They are waiting for the wheels to come tumbling off, for the other shoe to drop, for a grim reality to set in.

That must be it, right? The only explanation for why the Broncos were underdogs against Carolina (at home, where the Broncos are 253-92 since 1975, tops in the NFL) against a team they waxed like a surfboard in Super Bowl 50 is the quarterback. They don't believe in him.

What would it take, do you think, for the football-crazy masses to take the Broncos seriously? Would beating a pair of

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Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:33:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Three with Klee: Subplots for the Broncos vs. Colts game]]> http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-subplots-for-the-broncos-vs.-colts-game/article/1585628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-subplots-for-the-broncos-vs.-colts-game/article/1585628?custom_click=rss

The Gazette's Paul Klee examines three subplots as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

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Sun, 18 Sep 2016 12:27:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Report card plus Paul Klee's prediction for the Broncos vs. Colts game]]> http://gazette.com/report-card-plus-paul-klees-prediction-for-the-broncos-vs.-colts-game/article/1585633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/report-card-plus-paul-klees-prediction-for-the-broncos-vs.-colts-game/article/1585633?custom_click=rss

How do the Broncos and Colts match up? Who's going to win? The Gazette's Paul Klee gives his analysis.

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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:10:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Advice for Andrew Luck against Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-advice-for-andrew-luck-against-broncos/article/1585288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-advice-for-andrew-luck-against-broncos/article/1585288?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Surprise!

There is none. As brash-and-smash safety T.J. Ward bellowed in the winning locker room late Thursday night after infuriating and intimidating NFL MVP Cam Newton yet again: "We are who they thought we were!" They are the Super Bowl champs 2.0.

Just like last year, the Broncos' defense is meaner than a mama moose. But at the risk of crossing Ward, whose trash talk dug under Newton's skin right around winning time, there's at least one difference in the champs that were and those who want to be.

Denver's overtly aggressive act on defense won't be a surprise to anyone - fans who think the Broncos play dirty football, opposing teams or, most important of all, NFL officiating crews.

They're watching.

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Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:14:09 -0600