<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Thu, 26 May 2016 08:35:24 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos defense on Paxton Lynch: Thumbs-up]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-defense-on-paxton-lynch-thumbs-up/article/1576849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-defense-on-paxton-lynch-thumbs-up/article/1576849?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL - The first rule of the New Quarterback Club is you don't talk about the New Quarterback.

You don't discuss how Paxton Lynch flicked a 25-yard laser to Jordan Norwood, through tight coverage, as though he were flicking a quarter. You don't celebrate his long touchdown to Jordan "Sunshine" Taylor, or the way he came across as a comfy veteran while smothered by a dozen cameras and media horde with eyes only for him. You don't overanalyze him.

Why? The New Quarterback Club is smart enough to know it's dangerous to make sweeping, concrete statements after a guy's first day of practice.

The Broncos' defense, on the other hand? Those are some bad dudes waiting on some big rings. They can say whatever they want,

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Wed, 25 May 2016 06:23:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Discovery Canyon's Lauren Gale a track star on the rise]]> http://gazette.com/klee-discovery-canyons-lauren-gale-a-track-star-on-the-rise/article/1576590?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-discovery-canyons-lauren-gale-a-track-star-on-the-rise/article/1576590?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - The rumors emerged as a whisper, high school chitter-chatter that a gifted athlete had transferred in from a school in Canada.

Discovery Canyon's track and field coach, Adam Felkey, heard it through the grapevine like everyone else: The fluid mechanics Lauren Gale showed in gym class, the easy speed with which she ran, the competitive streak ideally balanced by personal humility.

"I had heard from other coaches and people around the school that we had someone very special in our ranks," Felkey recalled. "And I had heard from her P.E. teachers how teachable she was."

The rumors were true: Discovery Canyon has a star on its hands, one with the ability to smash all kinds of state records before she's done. Gale

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Mon, 23 May 2016 15:32:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: From Tim Tebow to Paxton Lynch, a wild era for Broncos quarterbacks]]> http://gazette.com/klee-from-tim-tebow-to-paxton-lynch-a-wild-era-for-broncos-quarterbacks/article/1576678?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-from-tim-tebow-to-paxton-lynch-a-wild-era-for-broncos-quarterbacks/article/1576678?custom_click=rss

DENVER - He recovered the onside kick that ultimately led to Tim Tebow's first football miracle, the one in Miami. Remember those days?

Wild as they were, it's gotten weirder since.

He caught touchdown passes from Brock Osweiler, in a 33-point blowout of the Raiders, and Peyton Manning, in a did-that-just-happen win at Kansas City. He's seen it all. So far, at least.

"What I've learned the past couple years is you can never predict what's going to happen," Broncos veteran tight end Virgil Green said with a laugh in a quiet hallway at their Dove Valley headquarters. "Never, ever."

Not in this state, not in this decade, not at quarterback.

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Mon, 23 May 2016 08:29:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Fountain-Fort Carson sprinters share Christian faith, state winning]]> http://gazette.com/klee-fountain-fort-carson-sprinters-share-christian-faith-state-winning/article/1576634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-fountain-fort-carson-sprinters-share-christian-faith-state-winning/article/1576634?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - The most interesting guys at the state track and field championships are telling me their favorite Bible verses.

"Philippians 4:13: 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,'" Fountain-Fort Carson sprinter Christian Lyon says. "I love that verse!"

"Mine is probably Isaiah (54:17): 'No weapon formed against you shall prosper' or something like that," junior Donovan Williams adds.

They ripped through the finish line in the Class 5A 200-meter finals maybe 10 minutes ago, and now they're comparing Christian rappers and Gospel singers. Before the race, Lyon pumped the heavenly rhythms of Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin into his headphones, while Williams sided with "Lecrae" and "KJ-52." They are

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Mon, 23 May 2016 07:09:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: With the No. 7 pick, the Nuggets should select...]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-with-the-no.-7-pick-the-nuggets-should-select.../article/1576495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-with-the-no.-7-pick-the-nuggets-should-select.../article/1576495?custom_click=rss

This is a dicey proposition, predicting which prospect the Nuggets will select with the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft.

No one expected a year ago, for a recent example, Emmanuel Mudiay would be available to the Nuggets at 7. 

And I don't expect the guy they should draft will be there at 7 this year. But the ideal guy for the Nuggets is Jamal Murray.

It probably will take some moving and shaking and wheeling and dealing from the Nuggets to land Murray, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound scoring machine from the University of Kentucky. 

With three first-round picks and a number of attractive contracts, the Nuggets are in a decent position to make a splashy move on or prior to draft day, June

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Fri, 20 May 2016 15:17:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Does Washington Post poll change view of "Redskins"?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-does-washington-post-poll-change-view-of-redskins/article/1576472?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-does-washington-post-poll-change-view-of-redskins/article/1576472?custom_click=rss

If nine of 10 biologists told me the Gunnison fish population is dwindling, I would not fish there. I would contact my local chapter of Trout Unlimited and see what I could do to help. I would continue practicing catch-and-release, but elsewhere.

I would believe them. 

If nine of 10 police officers told me there's a bad guy on the loose, I would lock the doors and consider adopting a fierce guard dog. (Mine greets the postman as if they're besties.) If nine of 10 surfers told me they saw a shark, I would not surf there (but I would grab my fly rod). If nine of 10 Brazilians told me the Zika virus is widespread and legit scary, I would not attend the Olympics. 


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Fri, 20 May 2016 06:10:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Luck-less Denver Nuggets must make their own]]> http://gazette.com/klee-luck-less-denver-nuggets-must-make-their-own/article/1576340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-luck-less-denver-nuggets-must-make-their-own/article/1576340?custom_click=rss

DENVER - It's rotten, all of it.

The Nuggets' luck, or lack of; that a Colorado legend forecast another episode of lottery misfortune; that a dysfunctional franchise, the 76ers, is so historically awful, the crippling penalty is . the No. 1 pick in the draft.


Tuesday was a new low for the Nuggets in the NBA lottery: One of their own told them bad news before the bad news hit. Two hours before the order was revealed on live TV, Dikembe Mutombo tweeted out congrats to the 76ers for scoring the No. 1 overall pick. How'd you know, Deke?

The Nuggets move up? Not in the house of Mutombo.

For the 14th time in 14 lottery appearances, the Nuggets failed to improve their standing.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 22:33:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Can Nuggets make history?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-can-nuggets-make-history/article/1576288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-can-nuggets-make-history/article/1576288?custom_click=rss

With the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, you are working on the assumption you are drafting a future Hall of Famer.

That's the rumor, at least. Since the Nuggets have never held the No. 1 pick, it's more of an urban myth around here.

Is tonight the night the Nuggets are granted the right to draft a Hall of Famer?

"Do you have any?" general manager Tim Connelly said when I asked if he packed any lucky charms to tonight's draft lottery in New York (6 p.m., ESPN).

I do, but they're mostly fly-fishing superstitions.

"We'll take anything we can get," he said.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 13:36:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Believe it or not, the Rockies are coming]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-believe-it-or-not-the-rockies-are-coming/article/1576162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-believe-it-or-not-the-rockies-are-coming/article/1576162?custom_click=rss

The Rockies finished a three-game sweep of the Mets on Sunday, and I can't think of a time when their future has been brighter. Ever.

The Rockies are coming. Tough to pinpoint their ETA, but they are coming.

This is not so much about their handiwork to this point, May 15, or to say their series wins over good teams — the Cubs, Giants and Mets. It's not a declaration the Rockies are National League West contenders in 2016. That sort of isolated success has happened in the past, in a series here and a series there, rarely amounting to anything that could be considered threatening or promising or reason to believe they've got this figured out.

I could be wrong, but I think this thing is a year and

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Tue, 17 May 2016 07:26:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos: Super Bowl champs or super disrespected?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-super-bowl-champs-or-super-disrespected/article/1576117?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-super-bowl-champs-or-super-disrespected/article/1576117?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Why can't the Broncos get any stinkin' respect?

"It's not like we lost our whole team," All-Pro cornerback Chris Harris Jr. noted.

Did anyone watch Super Bowl 50, or just the commercials?

The Broncos are bitter. The experts say they are not better - only worse.

Predictions for the 2016 season are rolling in and piling on. They say Denver's luck stops here. They say with no Peyton, or even Brock, the Broncos will be no problem.

With all due respect, the champs are getting none. Their business card is the disrespect card. Know what? They have a point - a bunch, actually, like these:

- ESPN's Power Rankings disparaged the Broncos. Eighth in the NFL? Ouch! The '15 Broncos played five of the seven

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Mon, 16 May 2016 08:08:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: The one man who deserves hazard pay at Coors Field]]> http://gazette.com/klee-the-one-man-who-deserves-hazard-pay-at-coors-field/article/1575920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-the-one-man-who-deserves-hazard-pay-at-coors-field/article/1575920?custom_click=rss

DENVER - He cracks open a Red Bull, just one, around the second or third inning.

Like an actor sliding into character, that's the start of the game-day process for Rockies closer Jake McGee. The sugar shot gets his heart pumping and adrenaline peaking, just as it will be when McGee takes the mound in pitching purgatory, Coors Field. Later on, in the seventh, McGee begins his breathing regimen - deep, deeper, deepest - to calm his nerves and focus his mind on the imminent task at hand, which he breaks down thusly:

"If I make a mistake, we'll lose the game. If I get the job done, we're going to win the game."

Simple and accurate, just like McGee in the ninth inning of the Rockies' 8-7 win against the Diamondbacks on

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Thu, 12 May 2016 06:58:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Pitching has Colorado Rockies showing signs of progress]]> http://gazette.com/klee-pitching-has-colorado-rockies-showing-signs-of-progress/article/1575662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-pitching-has-colorado-rockies-showing-signs-of-progress/article/1575662?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This is a strange place to be. It is hovering in the gray area that lies between what usually happens and what could happen, in the way a parachutist accepts this will be the time of their life or a bad idea.

It's the Rockies. They're doing it again. They're playing solid baseball early in a season, drawing us in like a bunch of Charlie Browns with his football. But there's a reason why it feels like this is the time they finally connect: The Rockies are pitching.

They're seeing Jon Gray flash a slider that should be illegal, Eddie Butler deftly strike out the side at San Francisco, Chad Bettis look like a dependable No. 2 more often than not. Hey, Tyler Chatwood owns the best road ERA in baseball. Have you seen his

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Mon, 09 May 2016 08:13:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Happy Mother's Day from Missy Franklin]]> http://gazette.com/klee-happy-mothers-day-from-missy-franklin/article/1575612?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-happy-mothers-day-from-missy-franklin/article/1575612?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The bottle cap tumbled from her hand, bouncing off a size-13 summer sandal and across the carpeted floor. Before a stranger's arm scooped it back into her possession, Missy Franklin had her "thank you" ready.

She thanked a tiny, adoring fan for requesting a photo. She thanked a cameraman for his time, a PR rep for her time, God for the May sunshine.

Hers is the ascension that spawned 10,000 thank yous. They are Missy's go-to words, repeated over and over in a day. But what is she most thankful for?

"She got me into a 'Mommy and Me' swimming class when I was six months old," Missy said of her own mother, D.A. Franklin.

Here, on behalf of those of us who believe your daughter is the coolest athlete Colorado

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Sat, 07 May 2016 23:05:01 -0600