<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:57:51 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Without can't-miss QB, Vance Joseph faces tall task in first season as Denver Broncos coach]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-without-cant-miss-qb-vance-joseph-faces-tall-task-in-first-season-as-denver-broncos-coach/article/1609282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-without-cant-miss-qb-vance-joseph-faces-tall-task-in-first-season-as-denver-broncos-coach/article/1609282?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Vance Joseph coaches to a beat. It starts thumping promptly at 5:30 a.m., when the Broncos coach works out, every day before work, in the weight room at the UCHealth Training Center.

There is music booming from loudspeakers, too, when the players arrive for team meetings in the auditorium at 7:30 a.m. Before they hear “VJ” address the team, they hear Tupac, Biggie or Drake — a soundtrack that changes daily and seems ripped straight from a Pete Carroll playbook on keeping the workplace fresh, lively, engaged. Joseph refers to it as “moving the cheese.”

We're all still getting to know Vance Joseph.



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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:09:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee for Three: Observations from Denver Broncos' first practice with San Francisco 49ers]]> http://gazette.com/klee-for-three-observations-from-denver-broncos-first-practice-with-san-francisco-49ers/article/1609266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-three-observations-from-denver-broncos-first-practice-with-san-francisco-49ers/article/1609266?custom_click=rss

1. Vance Joseph: straight to the point

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — OK, OK. Let’s get right to it, Coach: How good are the Broncos? “I’m not sure. Obviously we’re in camp, we’ve had a bunch of injuries so far, so I’m not sure how good we’re going to be,” Vance Joseph said Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers. "Teams change each year. Every team changes each year. So I’m not sure. That’s why you play the games. You ask me about Week 7 or 8, I’ll have a good answer for you. But right now I have no idea. No one does.” How much change is there? Of Denver's 11 offensive starters in Super Bowl 50, only four were on the practice field



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Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:33:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Derrick White's return to Colorado highlights Denver Nuggets' 2017-18 schedule]]> http://gazette.com/derrick-whites-return-to-colorado-highlights-denver-nuggets-2017-18-schedule/article/1609115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/derrick-whites-return-to-colorado-highlights-denver-nuggets-2017-18-schedule/article/1609115?custom_click=rss

Saturday, Oct. 21: Sacramento Kings at Nuggets (7 p.m., Altitude TV)

Denver’s home opener features the kind of middling, young opponent the Nuggets must beat in order to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Plus, Michael Malone still gets feisty when the subject turns to the franchise that fired him. 

Saturday, Nov. 4: Golden State Warriors at Nuggets (7 p.m., Altitude TV)

Here’s a decent barometer for success: the Nuggets will be back on the map when fans buy tickets to see the home team, not the visitors (even the world champs). Just four years ago the Nuggets were 38-3 at home and the best show in Denver this side of Peyton Manning.

Tuesday, Feb. 13: San Antonio Spurs at Nuggets



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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:13:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Should Denver Broncos include UNC's Kyle Sloter in quarterback competition?]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-should-denver-broncos-include-uncs-kyle-sloter-in-quarterback-competition/article/1609002?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-should-denver-broncos-include-uncs-kyle-sloter-in-quarterback-competition/article/1609002?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Let’s start here: Kyle Sloter now has a music video.

It wasn’t enough, of course, that a navy-and-gold flag hyping the “Northern Colorado Bears” flapped in the breeze on Von's Hill at the final day of training camp; that Sloter, the most famous UNC football alum since Widefield's Vincent Jackson, was the first Bronco on the practice field and the last one to leave it (signing autographs, snapping pics, kissing babies); that the third-string quarterback casually drops phrases like “multinational Armitage” in small-talk conversations; that my mail — email and voice — has been flooded with frantic calls for Sloter.

Kyle “Klawz”



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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:05:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: As Broncos open preseason in Chicago, QB competition should be decided — It's Trevor Siemian]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-as-broncos-open-preseason-in-chicago-qb-competition-should-be-decided-its-trevor-siemian/article/1608815?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-as-broncos-open-preseason-in-chicago-qb-competition-should-be-decided-its-trevor-siemian/article/1608815?custom_click=rss

DENVER — For as long as the Broncos use the most convenient of the conjunctions — “or” — I am going to employ it as well.

Today I'll clean out the garage … or I won’t. I’m going to sell a juicer on Craigslist … or I’ll just keep it and make delicious juice. I’m going to workout at 6 a.m. tomorrow … or I’m going to sleep in.

See how nice “or” is? Problem is, it's not very productive. Give a man an out, he might just take it. Trim the options to one and that’s when stuff gets done.

By league rule, the Broncos were obliged to release their first depth chart of the season on Monday. Lord



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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:52:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Trevor Siemian still better than Paxton Lynch, named starting quarterback for Broncos preseason opener]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-trevor-siemian-still-better-than-paxton-lynch-named-starting-quarterback-for-broncos-preseason-opener/article/1608654?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-trevor-siemian-still-better-than-paxton-lynch-named-starting-quarterback-for-broncos-preseason-opener/article/1608654?custom_click=rss

It's not complicated, and Gary Kubiak wasn't wrong. Trevor Siemian has been a better quarterback than Paxton Lynch for over a year now.

Broncos coach Vance Joseph simply confirmed it on Monday.

Siemian will be the starting quarterback for the Broncos in the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Joseph said. Lynch is scheduled to start the second preseason game, in Santa Clara against the 49ers.

The Gazette will be the only local outlet with columnists at both. Here's one I wrote early last season from Siemian's high school in Orlando.

Get those mea culpas ready. Siemian's winning the job fair and square, again. The last time media got something this wrong, it was last November.



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Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:31:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Prepare for good (and bad) luck to play a role in Colorado Rockies' playoff push]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-prepare-for-good-and-bad-luck-to-play-a-role-in-colorado-rockies-playoff-push/article/1608631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-prepare-for-good-and-bad-luck-to-play-a-role-in-colorado-rockies-playoff-push/article/1608631?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Greg Holland has a tee time on Monday, somewhere in the state of Ohio.

Minutes after the strangest thing happened — the Rockies fell to 59-1 when owning a lead in the ninth inning, the lonely loss coming Sunday, 3-2 to the Phillies at Coors Field — he couldn’t remember where.

He knew it wasn’t Firestone. Firestone hosted the PGA Tour’s Bridgestone Invitational over the weekend, so the Robert Trent Jones track was unavailable. No matter. Holland hovers right around a 12 handicap, so he’s relatively confident in his game, enough so that he can hang with the sticks on the club — Mark Reynolds, Kyle Freeland and Tyler Chatwood, among others.



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Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:22:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos great Steve Atwater should join Terrell Davis in Pro Football Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-great-steve-atwater-should-join-terrell-davis-in-pro-football-hall-of-fame/article/1608583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-great-steve-atwater-should-join-terrell-davis-in-pro-football-hall-of-fame/article/1608583?custom_click=rss

DENVER — It was 1989 when Steve Atwater met his football hero.

It was Tuesday when I met mine.

Atwater — whose Super 32 performance was the trophy-less equal to Von Miller’s MVP work in Super Bowl 50; the fearless ringleader of twin Super Bowl-winning defenses; one of the 10-best safeties ever to play, per six-decade evaluator Gil Brandt; the smile behind the smash — had scored tickets to the NBA All-Star Game in Houston. There, across the way, he spotted his guy.

“Imagine you’re 21, 22 years old — and there’s Ronnie Lott,” Atwater said Tuesday. “I stopped in my tracks. I walked over and met him. And he was the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet.



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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:20:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Is Colorado Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy the missing piece for playoff push at Coors Field?]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-is-colorado-rockies-catcher-jonathan-lucroy-the-missing-piece-for-playoff-push-at-coors-field/article/1608465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-is-colorado-rockies-catcher-jonathan-lucroy-the-missing-piece-for-playoff-push-at-coors-field/article/1608465?custom_click=rss

DENVER — It’s a pretty reliable rule of thumb that blind dates are usually better when you’re not throwing up. Not always, but usually.

Jonathan Lucroy’s courtship with his new boo — the relentless, playoffs-hunting Colorado Rockies — started with a stomach illness. He caught the bug from his old flame, the Texas Rangers, who, he said, had a few guys throwing up when he left. “One last parting gift,” Lucroy told me Thursday.

His uneasy, queasy digestive tract kept Lucroy — pronounced “luke-roy” and bearded like a cliché Colorado mountain man — out of the first two games after he was traded to the Rockies at the deadline.



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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 08:07:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: What, the Broncos worry? They should — about the struggling quarterbacks]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-what-the-broncos-worry-they-should-about-the-struggling-quarterbacks/article/1608398?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-what-the-broncos-worry-they-should-about-the-struggling-quarterbacks/article/1608398?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — What, Von Miller worry?

“I’m thinking more about my Instagram than my preseason snap count,” the One-and-Only said Wednesday.

The rest of you? Make like a wart and worry.

The Broncos quarterback competition has reached a stalemate — emphasis on stale.

“My take right now is it’s even,” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.

Before the Broncos have even played a preseason game, the QB conundrum is threatening to waste another year of Vonnie Football and the “No Fly Zone.” One was enough, thank you.



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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:57:29 -0600