<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:36:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: CSU-Pueblo's QB Chris Bonner follows wild path to NFL draft]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-csu-pueblos-qb-chris-bonner-follows-wild-path-to-nfl-draft/article/1550353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-csu-pueblos-qb-chris-bonner-follows-wild-path-to-nfl-draft/article/1550353?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This one is hard to believe. No, check that: This one is nearly impossible to believe. Not the part about a 6-foot-7 (and 7/8, since it's NFL draft season, a season for exact measurables), 235-pound quarterback. That part's unusual, because quarterbacks aren't often that big. But that part barely cracks the Top 10 of Most Unusual Parts in Chris Bonner's journey to the NFL draft.

This part does: In one season at CSU-Pueblo, his first season, he won more games (11) than he won in four seasons of high school football (10). The best athletes out of Clairemont, a sun-and-surf paradise in the San Diego 'burbs, often transferred elsewhere to find exposure from college recruiters.

"The talent pool was so small.



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DENVER - This one is hard to believe. No, check that: This one is nearly impossible to believe. Not the part about a 6-foot-7 (and 7/8, since it's NFL draft season, a season for exact measurables), 235-pound quarterback. That part's unusual, because quarterbacks aren't often that big. But that part barely cracks the Top 10 of Most Unusual Parts in Chris Bonner's journey to the NFL draft.

This part does: In one season at CSU-Pueblo, his first season, he won more games (11) than he won in four seasons of high school football (10). The best athletes out of Clairemont, a sun-and-surf paradise in the San Diego 'burbs, often transferred elsewhere to find exposure from college recruiters.

"The talent pool was so small.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:30:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Rockies catcher Nick Hundley a boost to pitching, but is it enough?]]> By Paul Klee paul.klee@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/klee-rockies-catcher-nick-hundley-a-boost-to-pitching-but-is-it-enough/article/1550250?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-rockies-catcher-nick-hundley-a-boost-to-pitching-but-is-it-enough/article/1550250?custom_click=rss

DENVER — His arrival here was conspicuous only in the lack of fanfare, his career numbers relatively quiet, too. Over seven seasons he's hit .240 with a .683 OPS, nothing special, nothing that explains why everyone inside the Rockies clubhouse, or the opposing manager, can't stop raving about Nick Hundley, Rockies catcher.

"He's legit," said Padres manager Bud Black, who is notoriously difficult on catchers and had Hundley in San Diego for six-plus seasons. "One of my favorites."

So there must be something else, a specific skill, that had Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich eager in spring training to see Hundley behind the plate at Coors Field.

"He's going to help us," Bridich said.



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DENVER — His arrival here was conspicuous only in the lack of fanfare, his career numbers relatively quiet, too. Over seven seasons he's hit .240 with a .683 OPS, nothing special, nothing that explains why everyone inside the Rockies clubhouse, or the opposing manager, can't stop raving about Nick Hundley, Rockies catcher.

"He's legit," said Padres manager Bud Black, who is notoriously difficult on catchers and had Hundley in San Diego for six-plus seasons. "One of my favorites."

So there must be something else, a specific skill, that had Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich eager in spring training to see Hundley behind the plate at Coors Field.

"He's going to help us," Bridich said.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:20:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: NFL schedules a farewell tour for Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-nfl-schedules-a-farewell-tour-for-peyton-mannings-denver-broncos/article/1550104?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-nfl-schedules-a-farewell-tour-for-peyton-mannings-denver-broncos/article/1550104?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Farewell tours are fun, unless they turn funky. How many can one band, or one man, have? This is the first, maybe the first of two, for Peyton Manning. But doesn't it look that way - a Broncos schedule with a set list for the ages?

The lineup is striking. Play the old stuff! There are the Colts in Week 9, a nod to Star Wars numbers, in a Midwest football palace Manning built. There's a bye week before the heir, Aaron Rodgers, brings the Packers on a rare trip to Colorado, on a Sunday Night Special in Week 8. There's Tom Brady, perfectly placed in Week 12, and haven't Manning and Brady danced this dance a few times in the past?

"That's the best thing on the schedule right there," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.



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DENVER — Farewell tours are fun, unless they turn funky. How many can one band, or one man, have? This is the first, maybe the first of two, for Peyton Manning. But doesn't it look that way - a Broncos schedule with a set list for the ages?

The lineup is striking. Play the old stuff! There are the Colts in Week 9, a nod to Star Wars numbers, in a Midwest football palace Manning built. There's a bye week before the heir, Aaron Rodgers, brings the Packers on a rare trip to Colorado, on a Sunday Night Special in Week 8. There's Tom Brady, perfectly placed in Week 12, and haven't Manning and Brady danced this dance a few times in the past?

"That's the best thing on the schedule right there," Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:26:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Doubt Peyton Manning at your own risk]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-doubt-peyton-manning-at-your-own-risk/article/1550041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-doubt-peyton-manning-at-your-own-risk/article/1550041?custom_click=rss

DENVER — With $160 million in the bank, a proud golf game and two perfectly adorable kids at home, would you return to a game that caused four neck surgeries?

Then why is Peyton Manning?

"I honestly believe he's back for two reasons," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told me Monday in a quiet hallway at Dove Valley. "A, to prove everybody wrong; B, to win the championship. I do know that when he goes out there (in recent workouts) and he throws the ball, we're looking at him going, 'Damn. That looks like Peyton.'"

Any more questions? There are, plenty, and that's why Manning is again the most interesting man in football. When the NFL schedule is released at 6 p.m.



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DENVER — With $160 million in the bank, a proud golf game and two perfectly adorable kids at home, would you return to a game that caused four neck surgeries?

Then why is Peyton Manning?

"I honestly believe he's back for two reasons," Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told me Monday in a quiet hallway at Dove Valley. "A, to prove everybody wrong; B, to win the championship. I do know that when he goes out there (in recent workouts) and he throws the ball, we're looking at him going, 'Damn. That looks like Peyton.'"

Any more questions? There are, plenty, and that's why Manning is again the most interesting man in football. When the NFL schedule is released at 6 p.m.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:59:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Competitive fire burns hot with CSU football coach Mike Bobo]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-competitive-fire-burns-hot-with-csu-football-coach-mike-bobo/article/1549922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-competitive-fire-burns-hot-with-csu-football-coach-mike-bobo/article/1549922?custom_click=rss

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The sand gnats gnawed at Mike Bobo's skin. They gnawed at everyone's skin. It's what they do; they gnaw, they bite, they itch. Have you experienced a gnat attack in south Georgia? They must be God's revenge for bad grits, cheap bourbon or some other avoidable mistake we've made.

"There's a gnat line in Georgia. You want to be above the gnat line," says Yolanda Ramsey. She's the mother of Brice Ramsey, a junior quarterback at Georgia, who, at the time, was being recruited to Georgia by Bobo. This was an in-home recruiting visit, in fact, at the far end of a fishing dock, and they were below the gnat line.

Brice caught the first fish, the gnats did their thing, yet no one could go home.

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FORT COLLINS

The sand gnats gnawed at Mike Bobo's skin. They gnawed at everyone's skin. It's what they do; they gnaw, they bite, they itch. Have you experienced a gnat attack in south Georgia? They must be God's revenge for bad grits, cheap bourbon or some other avoidable mistake we've made.

"There's a gnat line in Georgia. You want to be above the gnat line," says Yolanda Ramsey. She's the mother of Brice Ramsey, a junior quarterback at Georgia, who, at the time, was being recruited to Georgia by Bobo. This was an in-home recruiting visit, in fact, at the far end of a fishing dock, and they were below the gnat line.

Brice caught the first fish, the gnats did their thing, yet no one could go home.

"I'll never

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:51:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Aaron Hernandez smoked crazy amounts of marijuana, and Patriots didn't know?]]> Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-blog-aaron-hernandez-smoked-crazy-amounts-of-marijuana-and-patriots-didnt-know/article/1549728?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-aaron-hernandez-smoked-crazy-amounts-of-marijuana-and-patriots-didnt-know/article/1549728?custom_click=rss

The Aaron Hernandez murder trial is over — the first one, at least — and the former Patriots star is going to jail for a long time. A jury found him guilt of murdering Odin Lloyd.

I thought media coverage of the Hernandez trial was outstanding. I mostly followed the work of Dan Wetzel, the Yahoo! columnist, who offered extraordinary reporting on a fallen star athlete, as well as several Boston-area reporters. 

Because there was so much media attention, most of my questions were answered. Except one: If Hernandez was smoking up to an ounce of marijuana per day, how did the Patriots not have a clue? That's a ton of weed. That's people-tend-to-notice weed. And if you're a $40-million



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The Aaron Hernandez murder trial is over — the first one, at least — and the former Patriots star is going to jail for a long time. A jury found him guilt of murdering Odin Lloyd.

I thought media coverage of the Hernandez trial was outstanding. I mostly followed the work of Dan Wetzel, the Yahoo! columnist, who offered extraordinary reporting on a fallen star athlete, as well as several Boston-area reporters. 

Because there was so much media attention, most of my questions were answered. Except one: If Hernandez was smoking up to an ounce of marijuana per day, how did the Patriots not have a clue? That's a ton of weed. That's people-tend-to-notice weed. And if you're a $40-million

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:29:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos huffing and puffing again, but it feels like hot air]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-huffing-and-puffing-again-but-it-feels-like-hot-air/article/1549635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-huffing-and-puffing-again-but-it-feels-like-hot-air/article/1549635?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Maybe it's time for the Broncos to tone down the rhetoric. They sound all huffy and puffy, like they will blow your house down. But after three seasons of spectacular Septembers, notable Novembers - and then pitiful playoffs - all the huffing and puffing this time around just feels like hot air.

Here they were again Monday, the first time the Broncos convened as a team at Dove Valley since the Refund Game against the Colts. Let it be known these were the first words from a player after the initial workout of the offseason training program:

"If we don't bring a Super Bowl to this city this year, then it's a bust season."

Please, not this nonsense again. Haven't you guys learned anything by now?

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ENGLEWOOD — Maybe it's time for the Broncos to tone down the rhetoric. They sound all huffy and puffy, like they will blow your house down. But after three seasons of spectacular Septembers, notable Novembers - and then pitiful playoffs - all the huffing and puffing this time around just feels like hot air.

Here they were again Monday, the first time the Broncos convened as a team at Dove Valley since the Refund Game against the Colts. Let it be known these were the first words from a player after the initial workout of the offseason training program:

"If we don't bring a Super Bowl to this city this year, then it's a bust season."

Please, not this nonsense again. Haven't you guys learned anything by now?

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:41:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: George Karl returns for 'emotional' game against Denver Nuggets]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-george-karl-returns-for-emotional-game-against-denver-nuggets/article/1549516?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-george-karl-returns-for-emotional-game-against-denver-nuggets/article/1549516?custom_click=rss

DENVER — His tear ducts never had a chance. Oh, George Karl tried to fight off the emotions of returning to Colorado as a visiting coach. But at the tail end of a lonely conversation inside Denver Athletic Club, emotions eventually won, and Karl cried.

"I'm sure I'll get some cheers, and I'm sure I'll get some boos. It's emotional. I can't deny it," Karl said. His Kings face the Nuggets at Pepsi Center on Sunday. "It's emotional. I conquered cancer twice in Denver, Colorado. It's going to be hard."

Is he angry? Not really. He doesn't give that impression, at least. Bitter? Yes, a little. But scoring another job, as coach of the Kings, helped Karl in that respect.



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DENVER — His tear ducts never had a chance. Oh, George Karl tried to fight off the emotions of returning to Colorado as a visiting coach. But at the tail end of a lonely conversation inside Denver Athletic Club, emotions eventually won, and Karl cried.

"I'm sure I'll get some cheers, and I'm sure I'll get some boos. It's emotional. I can't deny it," Karl said. His Kings face the Nuggets at Pepsi Center on Sunday. "It's emotional. I conquered cancer twice in Denver, Colorado. It's going to be hard."

Is he angry? Not really. He doesn't give that impression, at least. Bitter? Yes, a little. But scoring another job, as coach of the Kings, helped Karl in that respect.

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 04:26:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: On Rockies Opening Day, Corey Dickerson motivated by big brother]]> By Paul Klee paul.klee@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/klee-on-rockies-opening-day-corey-dickerson-motivated-by-big-brother/article/1549483?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-on-rockies-opening-day-corey-dickerson-motivated-by-big-brother/article/1549483?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Their baseball roots trace back to a wheelbarrow. Craig was 9, Corey maybe 6, and the red clay, the kind of red clay you can shape and shovel and mold into a pitcher's mound, was way back in the woods behind their Mississippi home.

"The neighbors would get mad," Corey says. "We'd get it when they weren't there."

The Dickerson brothers had a field to build, a mound to climb.

And then they fought. Big brother beaned little brother, little brother didn't appreciate the welt on his back, and fists fired. "I'd get him in a headlock and that was that," Craig says. The brothers had separate rooms in the family's home in McComb, a deeply Southern town of about 13,000 on the state's lowest border, but the living



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DENVER — Their baseball roots trace back to a wheelbarrow. Craig was 9, Corey maybe 6, and the red clay, the kind of red clay you can shape and shovel and mold into a pitcher's mound, was way back in the woods behind their Mississippi home.

"The neighbors would get mad," Corey says. "We'd get it when they weren't there."

The Dickerson brothers had a field to build, a mound to climb.

And then they fought. Big brother beaned little brother, little brother didn't appreciate the welt on his back, and fists fired. "I'd get him in a headlock and that was that," Craig says. The brothers had separate rooms in the family's home in McComb, a deeply Southern town of about 13,000 on the state's lowest border, but the living

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:35:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Aside from Colorado Avalanche, Kroenke operations appear lost]]> By Paul Klee paul.klee@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/klee-aside-from-colorado-avalanche-kroenke-operations-appear-lost/article/1549430?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-aside-from-colorado-avalanche-kroenke-operations-appear-lost/article/1549430?custom_click=rss

DENVER — On a faraway pitch, several parking lots removed from Dick's Sporting Goods Park, three members of the Colorado Rapids engaged in a shooting game.

A pug goal, maybe 3x2, was placed inside the regulation goal, and they thumped shot after shot until someone kicked one through the mini goal. Then, "Goaaaal!"

The irony, of course, was thicker than the perfectly green grass under boot. The Rapids haven't scored a real goal in 600 minutes of soccer, almost seven full games. Their winless streak sits at 18 games and, with a tie or a loss Friday at Dallas FC, the Rapids would establish an MLS record for consecutive games without a win.

So that's the state of the soccer wing of Kroenke Sports Enterprises in Colorado.



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DENVER — On a faraway pitch, several parking lots removed from Dick's Sporting Goods Park, three members of the Colorado Rapids engaged in a shooting game.

A pug goal, maybe 3x2, was placed inside the regulation goal, and they thumped shot after shot until someone kicked one through the mini goal. Then, "Goaaaal!"

The irony, of course, was thicker than the perfectly green grass under boot. The Rapids haven't scored a real goal in 600 minutes of soccer, almost seven full games. Their winless streak sits at 18 games and, with a tie or a loss Friday at Dallas FC, the Rapids would establish an MLS record for consecutive games without a win.

So that's the state of the soccer wing of Kroenke Sports Enterprises in Colorado.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:20:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Dallas investigation or not, Denver Broncos should cut Aqib Talib]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-dallas-investigation-or-not-denver-broncos-should-cut-aqib-talib/article/1549351?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-dallas-investigation-or-not-denver-broncos-should-cut-aqib-talib/article/1549351?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Oh, he can ball. The anticipatory reflexes Aqib Talib flashed when he Pick Six'ed the Jets in Week 6? Like a tutorial on how to play cornerback in the NFL.

Playing football is never the question with Talib. Wasn't then, isn't now. Whether he ranks as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL, the 10th-best, the 18th-best, doesn't matter here. He's up there, way up there, somewhere in the top 20 or so, regardless if he's judged by Pro Football Focus or a set of eyes from the living-room couch.

Talib can ball, all right, and the Broncos defense was better when he was on the field. Problem is, a football game runs about 3 hours, give or take a challenge flag. The other 21 hours in a day should make Talib dispensable for the



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DENVER — Oh, he can ball. The anticipatory reflexes Aqib Talib flashed when he Pick Six'ed the Jets in Week 6? Like a tutorial on how to play cornerback in the NFL.

Playing football is never the question with Talib. Wasn't then, isn't now. Whether he ranks as the fourth-best cornerback in the NFL, the 10th-best, the 18th-best, doesn't matter here. He's up there, way up there, somewhere in the top 20 or so, regardless if he's judged by Pro Football Focus or a set of eyes from the living-room couch.

Talib can ball, all right, and the Broncos defense was better when he was on the field. Problem is, a football game runs about 3 hours, give or take a challenge flag. The other 21 hours in a day should make Talib dispensable for the

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:00:46 -0600