<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:12:01 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: Full house, full heart for Broncos' Shaquil Barrett]]> http://gazette.com/klee-full-house-full-heart-for-broncos-shaquil-barrett/article/1558282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-full-house-full-heart-for-broncos-shaquil-barrett/article/1558282?custom_click=rss

DENVER — How they got here? Well, that's a long story. Got a minute? It's worth it. It's an exhausting, improbable, memorable story. It's a love story. There were angels.

It started on Facebook and took a pit stop at Taco John's. It's still going, through this Broncos preseason where Shaq Barrett is forcing the NFL to notice him, through his inspiring wife, Jordanna, through the best part, their three kids.

They had one, Shaq Jr., when Jordanna was closing a Fort Collins Taco John's at midnight and opening a Starbucks at 5 a.m., when Shaquil was a football player at Colorado State with weightlifting at 6 a.m. How they did it? How the newlyweds juggled college football, classes, two or three jobs while starting their own



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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:20:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Who else misses the Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-who-else-misses-the-avalanche-red-wings-rivalry/article/1558075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-who-else-misses-the-avalanche-red-wings-rivalry/article/1558075?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The closest thing to a Coors Field rivalry these days is in the stands, in the green chairbacks that welcome the bazillion transplants who proclaim their ballclub and their city to be the best, even though they choose to live here.

But let's be real. The "Let's go, Mets!" chant that echoed through LoDo last week didn't raise your blood temperature more than a single degree, unless Joey from Queens took too long ordering his see-through beer in the concessions line.

So thank you, Red Wings, for bringing us someone to loathe at 20th and Blake. The Avalanche and Red Wings are hosting an alumni game at Coors Field, perhaps because it sometimes feels like the Rockies are playing on ice. Circle Feb. 26 in red - no, make



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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:43:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Are we really mad at ESPN's Cris Carter?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-are-we-really-mad-at-espns-cris-carter/article/1557983?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-are-we-really-mad-at-espns-cris-carter/article/1557983?custom_click=rss

This Cris Carter thing is silly. All of it: That saying the truth is controversial, that assuming millionaire 22-year-olds aren't going to get in trouble, the apology.

Especially the apology.

Should NFL guys stay out off the police blotter? Well, sure. But that's never and will never happen, just as it won't happen in almost any other line of work.

From this vantage point, it looks like folks, especially in the glass-houses sports media, believe Carter should have told NFL rookies to stay out of trouble, instead of telling them to "have a fall guy." But it looks to me like Carter assumed some guys will get in trouble with the law — and here's one way to handle it.



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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:09:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: After win in Houston, Broncos still chasing Seahawks blueprint]]> http://gazette.com/klee-after-win-in-houston-broncos-still-chasing-seahawks-blueprint/article/1557897?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-after-win-in-houston-broncos-still-chasing-seahawks-blueprint/article/1557897?custom_click=rss

HOUSTON - This will take some getting used to, so you might as well start early. Start now, in August, so the philosophical overhaul seems less sudden and jarring than a year ago, when the Broncos altered course midstream. Looking back, that was a mistake.

This won't be. This is the perfect time for a transition before the quarterback transition: A defense piled high with five Pro Bowlers and linebacker Brandon Marshall eventually on his way to one, a coaching staff that, ahem, supposedly adores the running game, and a quarterback that probably has only one or maybe two years remaining, the latter if Colorado is really lucky.



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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:40:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Trail of Denver Broncos' Wade Phillips leads back to Texas]]> http://gazette.com/klee-trail-of-denver-broncos-wade-phillips-leads-back-to-texas/article/1557857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-trail-of-denver-broncos-wade-phillips-leads-back-to-texas/article/1557857?custom_click=rss

The West Orange-Stark (Texas) Mustangs should be pretty good this year. They're ranked fourth in the AP preseason poll and earned a first-place vote. But they've got around 20 juniors, not as many seniors, so it's tough to predict. - "Watch out next year, though," says Cornel Thompson, head ball coach at West Orange-Stark High. "Next year we could be dang good." - The Mustangs will run the same defense this year, and next year, and probably - no, certainly - the year after. They'll run the same defense they ran in '86, when they beat McKinney for the state championship, and in '87, when they beat Rockwall for another. Shoot, they'll run some variation of the same defense that Harold Wade Phillips ran as the defensive coordinator from



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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:39:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Gary Barnett would've been a Hall of Famer at CU, Buffs legend says]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-gary-barnett-wouldve-been-a-hall-of-famer-at-cu-buffs-legend-says/article/1557830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-gary-barnett-wouldve-been-a-hall-of-famer-at-cu-buffs-legend-says/article/1557830?custom_click=rss

How did Colorado football tumble into a dark sea of irrelevancy? Legendary quarterback Darian Hagan shared his thoughts here.

Something else stuck with me from that conversation with Hagan, who quarterbacked the 1990 national champions. It's something that sprang to mind when it was announced today former CU coach Gary Barnett will be joining the 850 KOA broadcast team this season. 

"If Coach Barnett was still here, if they had handled it the right way, he'd be in the (CU) Hall of Fame by now. That's how good he is," Hagan said. "No doubt in my mind."

It's Hagan's belief — and many others inside the program — Barnett never should have been forced out of the head coaching



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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:36:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Who's on Colorado sports' presidential ticket?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-whos-on-colorado-sports-presidential-ticket/article/1557747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-whos-on-colorado-sports-presidential-ticket/article/1557747?custom_click=rss You know Peyton Manning someday is running for president. Again the quarterback's aw-shucks diplomacy was on display when he downplayed Tom Brady's email snafu.

Brady-Manning in 2028? If Mr. Nutz is getting 9 percent of the vote, anything's possible.

But this Instagram post by St. Louis defensive end William Hayes got me thinking: If the Rams can have a presidential ticket, and the Rams are usually crummy, what would be Colorado's? Here are three options that spring to mind. Feel free to add yours.

1. Elway-Helton: Their politics are appropriately aligned. And the Toddfather can bring his horse, swinging the animal-rights vote.

2. Kroenke-Monfort: They won't win, but



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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:42:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee's 3 things to take away from Broncos' preseason win in Seattle]]> http://gazette.com/klees-3-things-to-take-away-from-broncos-preseason-win-in-seattle/article/1557458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klees-3-things-to-take-away-from-broncos-preseason-win-in-seattle/article/1557458?custom_click=rss

Denver's strength: Defense

I've been saying it until it sounds like a CD stuck on repeat: The storyline with these Broncos isn't with Peyton Manning and the adjustments he makes with new coach Gary Kubiak. Denver's meal ticket to Super Bowl 50 is firmly in the back pocket of Von Miller and the defense. Aside from injuries, there's no reason this lineup of heavy hitters and swift, cocky defensive backs can't rank among the NFL's top three in scoring defense - or, more important, among the top three in forced turnovers. That nasty bum rush Miller laid on Russell Wilson in the first quarter Friday night at CenturyLink Field? Vonnie Football has made it a daily routine through two weeks of training camp. He has help, too.



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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:36:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver Broncos no longer Super Bowl favorites (maybe that's a good thing)]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-no-longer-super-bowl-favorites-maybe-thats-a-good-thing/article/1557411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-no-longer-super-bowl-favorites-maybe-thats-a-good-thing/article/1557411?custom_click=rss

Well, this is a departure from the norm.

After the Broncos lost to the Ravens on a frigid night at Mile High, they still opened the next season as Super Bowl favorites. After the Broncos lost to the Seahawks in the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, they still opened the next season as Super Bowl favorites.

Nothing fazed bettors from shying away from Peyton Manning's Broncos — not the Mile High Mistake or the New Jersey Mugging.

Until now. The Broncos enter the 2015 as one of the top favorites to win the Super Bowl, but not the favorite. The Packers and Seahawks are the favorites to win Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016. The Patriots and Colts are favored to host a Super Bowl



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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:43:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Emmanuel Sanders' pride can help drive Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/klee-emmanuel-sanders-pride-can-help-drive-denver-broncos/article/1557375?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-emmanuel-sanders-pride-can-help-drive-denver-broncos/article/1557375?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — He's not even the most famous Emmanuel in Colorado. He's been asked more questions during this training camp about the Broncos' No. 3 wide receiver, Cody Latimer, than himself, the No. 2 wide receiver. That makes little sense, considering one caught two passes last season, the other over 100.

Emmanuel Sanders, the forgotten man? If he were any more so, he'd be a ghost in cleats. And the lack of headlines seems to bother him zero.

"You've got to understand: When I was playing in Pittsburgh, I felt like I was in prison," Sanders said as he left the practice field at Dove Valley prior to Friday's preseason game at Seattle. "I was injured, but I never really hit my peak out there. There were (his own) jerseys out



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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:15:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Seven years later: He chose football over a finger]]> http://gazette.com/klee-seven-years-later-he-chose-football-over-a-finger/article/1557295?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-seven-years-later-he-chose-football-over-a-finger/article/1557295?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Traci Wikre was getting off work when she learned her future husband was going to cut off a finger. She abruptly closed her shift as a bank teller and raced to the local hospital, a block away from their shared apartment in Grand Junction. Blowing past a couple of nurses, she arrived in time to see her fiancee being wheeled into the operating room.

I kind of felt bad, Trevor Wikre says now. His fiancée knew the surgeon would be cutting off something. "But she didn't know what they were cutting off," he says.

It would be a pinkie. It would be a pinkie or his football career - one was coming to an end, far sooner than he ever imagined. The surgeon told him the pinkie controls 25 percent of the grip, and Trevor's still



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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:31:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Buffs legend Darian Hagan: CU football is coming back]]> http://gazette.com/klee-buffs-legend-darian-hagan-cu-football-is-coming-back/article/1557064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-buffs-legend-darian-hagan-cu-football-is-coming-back/article/1557064?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - This was asking John Elway how the Raiders are going to do this year, approaching Peter Forsberg to see if the Red Wings have what it takes to raise the Stanley Cup.

Darian Hagan was in a Southern California supermarket. A stranger noticed the "CU Football" emblem on Hagan's collared shirt and inquired: Colorado! Is that the Rams?

"I was like, You kidding me?" Hagan said. He rolled his eyes, tossed up his hands. A pitch-to-Flannigan away from the 1990 national championship trophy he won - at the University of Colorado, ahem - Hagan recalled the time, just a few years back, a different stranger asked if the CU logo represented yet another school. Is that OU?

Hagan never lost to OU. Never lost to Nebraska,



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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:45:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: CU football coming back? Here's how Buffs go bowling]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-cu-football-coming-back-heres-how-buffs-go-bowling/article/1557153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-cu-football-coming-back-heres-how-buffs-go-bowling/article/1557153?custom_click=rss Start fast, finish faster. That's the simple recipe for the forever-rebuilding Colorado football program to reach a bowl game, what would be its first postseason appearance since 2007.

Start fast: CU must be 4-0 when October rolls around. The four September games — at Hawaii, vs. UMass, vs. Colorado State (at Mile High), vs. Nicholls State — rank as the four most winnable on the schedule, depending on your opinion of CSU. 

Finish faster: Games at Utah and at Washington State close the schedule. The Buffs need those; not one, but both. CU figures to be a double-digit 'dog at Utah, but such is life in the Pac-12. That would give the Buffs six wins, usually enough for a bowl game,



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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:21:03 -0600