<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:32:25 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: No more rookie alibis for Paxton Lynch and Denver Broncos in Year 2]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-no-more-rookie-alibis-for-paxton-lynch-and-denver-broncos-in-year-2/article/1597368?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-no-more-rookie-alibis-for-paxton-lynch-and-denver-broncos-in-year-2/article/1597368?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Should the Broncos' cafeteria serve only chili cheese fries as appetizers?

Paxton Lynch loves chili cheese fries. What about switching his jersey from No. 12 to No. 1, the number belonging to Lynch's favorite quarterback, Cam Newton? Should local media talk and write only about the Broncos' second-year quarterback during the NFL's offseason?

OK, we've got the last one covered.

The Broncos have Lynch covered - in every way a 23-year-old quarterback could ever hope, dream or wish. From the way he was drafted to the wide receivers paid handsomely to catch his passes to the staff they brought in to coach him up, it's possible the Broncos never have invested more in a single player than Lynch.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:37:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Powerful Pac-12 highlights Top 25 ballot]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-powerful-pac-12-highlights-top-25-ballot/article/1597279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-powerful-pac-12-highlights-top-25-ballot/article/1597279?custom_click=rss

I reserved November and December for the Big East. With Villanova, Creighton (pre-Maurice Watson injury), Xavier and Villanova playing lovely offense on a nightly basis, the Big East was a go-to entertainment source.

Then came the ACC season, and North Carolina's leapers, Louisville's underrated backcourt and Duke's late surge (you knew it was coming) had Dickie V hollering in my dreams. The Big 12 was a blast to a point, and that point was Kansas taking over the league like Kansas always takes over the league. Throw in a powerful Gonzaga squad — one of the most complete teams I've seen in over a decade — and it's no wonder this college hoops season has been four months of

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:00:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: From Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning, Broncos linked to Mike McCoy]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-from-tim-tebow-to-peyton-manning-broncos-linked-to-mike-mccoy/article/1597148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-from-tim-tebow-to-peyton-manning-broncos-linked-to-mike-mccoy/article/1597148?custom_click=rss

DENVER — As the offensive coordinator charged with cranking the gears on Tebow Time, Mike McCoy called the play that stunned the Steelers — Tebow to Thomas, touchdown.

“Offensively, we were going to go down and score and win the game,” McCoy told me, five years after Denver 29, Pittsburgh 23 (OT). “I don’t think anyone thought it would be on the first play. I’m not going to lie to you there. We didn’t know it was going to be one-and-done.”

As a 20-something aspiring coach — but one with not much of a resume — McCoy got a solid from Bill Musgrave in 2000. Now they are the offensive braintrust of the Broncos.

“I owe Bill a lot because of the

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:31:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: UCCS soccer gets a tough one in Cheyenne Mountain wrestler Luke White]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-uccs-soccer-gets-a-tough-one-in-cheyenne-mountain-wrestler-luke-white/article/1597122?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-uccs-soccer-gets-a-tough-one-in-cheyenne-mountain-wrestler-luke-white/article/1597122?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Everyone knows pain is worse if you know it's coming.

It's like when you stub your toe on the coffee table. That two-second pause that follows the stub and precedes the crippling, we're-all-going-to-die surge of pain through your foot?


So when a kid like Luke White is standing there, a tuft of tissue dripping blood from his nose, and he's telling me how his left shoulder dislocates in every wrestling match - "Every single one," he says - I'm not sure whether to call him crazy or shake his hand in admiration.

"He's probably the toughest kid I've coached in 13 years of doing this," Cheyenne Mountain wrestling coach Tyler Seaney said at the state wrestling championships on Friday.

I shook

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Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:13:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: After blasting Kevin Durant and Warriors, Denver Nuggets can dare to dream]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-after-blasting-kevin-durant-and-warriors-denver-nuggets-can-dare-to-dream/article/1596749?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-after-blasting-kevin-durant-and-warriors-denver-nuggets-can-dare-to-dream/article/1596749?custom_click=rss

DENVER - It takes a perfect imagination, something from the mind of a child or a Nuggets fan who stayed strong through the '90s, to envision the perfect dream.

It goes something like this: Nikola Jokic turns 23 and enters the 2018-19 season as a real-life MVP candidate; Jamal Murray shoots rainbow daggers from the edge of the midcourt logo as Colorado's response to Stephen Curry; Juancho Hernangomez becomes the Spanish Draymond Green, an antagonist everyone wants on their team and nobody wants to play against their team. The Nuggets - yes, those Nuggets - become what the Warriors are now. Or it just takes Monday, a dream of a performance in Lower Downtown.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:56:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Nuggets trade Jusuf Nurkic, officially enter Nikola Jokic era]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-nuggets-trade-jusuf-nurkic-officially-enter-nikola-jokic-era/article/1596637?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-nuggets-trade-jusuf-nurkic-officially-enter-nikola-jokic-era/article/1596637?custom_click=rss

In shipping center Jusuf Nurkic to Portland in exchange for center Mason Plumlee on Sunday, the Nuggets made their first big-boy step into the Nikola Jokic era.

In doing so, the Nuggets delivered a clear message: It's the Joker's world now.

Denver is going to revel in it.

Hesitant at first to part with a 22-year-old, former first-round pick like Nurkic because of the untapped talent he possesses and what he could become down the road, the Nuggets are trusting their eyes and their instincts. Jokic is a generational talent who is changing everything. They will build around him.

Chalk this up as another heady move by general manager Tim Connelly and his merry band of talent evaluators.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:52:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: New manager Bud Black embraces playoff talk with Colorado Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-new-manager-bud-black-embraces-playoff-talk-with-colorado-rockies/article/1596654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-new-manager-bud-black-embraces-playoff-talk-with-colorado-rockies/article/1596654?custom_click=rss

DENVER - It has been decided, by the popular vote, the Rockies will always stink.

That's the perception, anyway, from Grand Junction to Bristol to the tipsy bars in LoDo. Mercifully, in baseball and other things, what's popular isn't always right: Never in the ballclub's history has a new manager click-clacked his cleats up the dugout steps at Coors Field with a better opportunity to win. The closest would be Don Baylor. With 50,000 fans at every game in Colorado's first season, he couldn't lose.

The seventh manager - Harry Ralston Black, but please, call him "Buddy" - arrives here not with the bases loaded, but on first and second with Nolan Arenado at bat.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:52:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Manitou Springs' Dolloff-Holt sisters make final splash at state swimming]]> http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-dolloff-holt-sisters-make-final-splash-at-state-swimming/article/1596619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/manitou-springs-dolloff-holt-sisters-make-final-splash-at-state-swimming/article/1596619?custom_click=rss THORNTON - Sydney Dolloff-Holt, the younger one, realized the inevitable on Friday: the next day would be the final time she swam competitively with her sister.

"Honestly, I'm having a really hard time with it," Sydney said. "I'm not ready yet."

It didn't hit Emily, the older one, until Saturday, the morning of the Class 3A girls swimming state championships finals at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center. This was it. Not for the Manitou Springs senior in a pool - Emily is off to the University of New Hampshire on a swimming scholarship - but for something they consider more valuable.

"Swimming together is all we've ever known," Emily said.

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Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:17:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Allegations complicate feelings on Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-allegations-complicate-feelings-on-denver-broncos-head-coach-vance-joseph/article/1596273?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-allegations-complicate-feelings-on-denver-broncos-head-coach-vance-joseph/article/1596273?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Vance Joseph is the new head coach of the Broncos.

He's 44, a University of Colorado graduate, a former assistant coach with three college programs and four NFL teams, the patriarch of a family that looks perfect enough to be the model in those picture frames you see at Walgreens. He's also the greatest thing since no traffic, if you ask the football men who lobbied for him to land his current job.

That's pretty much the extent of what I knew about Joseph, minus a meaningless stat or 10.

We - you and I - want to know all we can about the Broncos' head coach. His new gig makes him the most visible public figure in the Mountain time zone, aside from John Elway.

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 11:15:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Las Vegas gives Broncos respectable odds to win Super Bowl LII — but why?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-las-vegas-gives-broncos-respectable-odds-to-win-super-bowl-lii-but-why/article/1596128?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-las-vegas-gives-broncos-respectable-odds-to-win-super-bowl-lii-but-why/article/1596128?custom_click=rss

Nobody knows if the starting quarterback for the 2017 Broncos is even on the roster yet. Or if Vance Joseph is more Adam Gase or Josh McDaniels as a head coach. Or if missing the playoffs was a fluke or a reality check. 

But Vegas usually knows. 

And despite all the unknowns, Vegas likes the 2017 Broncos.

The day after the Patriots pulled an all-timer that reminded me of a certain Broncos choke job in 2013 — New England trailed 24-0 before winning 34-31 on a night so cold I'm still thawing out — the Broncos were pegged as the third-most likely AFC team to win Super Bowl LII.

The Patriots and Steelers are the favorites out of the AFC.

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:04:14 -0700