<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:17:46 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: The Denver Broncos on a winning streak? It's a Christmas miracle]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-denver-broncos-on-a-winning-streak-its-a-christmas-miracle/article/1617261?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-denver-broncos-on-a-winning-streak-its-a-christmas-miracle/article/1617261?custom_click=rss

INDIANAPOLIS — These Broncos should have come with an elf on the shelf.

Season ticket-holders? You get an elf on the shelf. Couch potatoes? You get an elf on the shelf. That way, when you watch the Broncos play, like we all did Thursday, you will be less inclined to swear when they do foolish things like earn a delay-of-game penalty on a field goal attempt. (Or miss the field goal attempt.) Santa’s watching, you know, and who wants to upset the big guy?

But now the Broncos are playing nice. They won again, 25-13, against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was their first road win in over a calendar year, since Dec. 4, 2016 at Jacksonville. Yes, it had been that long.



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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:39:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: Has Trevor Siemian played his final game for the Denver Broncos?]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-has-trevor-siemian-played-his-final-game-for-the-denver-broncos/article/1617257?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-has-trevor-siemian-played-his-final-game-for-the-denver-broncos/article/1617257?custom_click=rss

Gazette columnist Paul Klee offers three quick thoughts from Indianapolis after Denver's 25-13 win against the Colts: 

1. Has Trevor Siemian played his final game as a Bronco?

When the history of the 2017 Broncos is written — hey, somebody’s going to do it — the genesis of their issues can be pared down to one man: Paxton Lynch. He wasn’t good enough to win the starting job — in consecutive seasons. He wasn’t healthy enough to play Thursday night at the Colts — even though he looked quite capable during a pregame workout at Lucas Oil Stadium. Really, how many chances does one man get? We’ll learn how the Broncos feel about Lynch when they play the Redskins



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Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:32:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee's report card and prediction for Broncos at Colts (welcome to a winning streak?)]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction-for-broncos-at-colts-welcome-to-a-winning-streak/article/1617222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction-for-broncos-at-colts-welcome-to-a-winning-streak/article/1617222?custom_click=rss

A look at Thursday night's Broncos-Colts game at Indianapolis (6:25 p.m., NBC, NFL, 850 AM, 107.9 FM).

Offense

Not to go all Donald Trump on you guys. But can someone check Frank Gore’s birth certificate? It says the Colts’ tailback is 34. So his 36-carry performance — in winter’s harshest elements, at Buffalo — is like shooting your age on the golf course. Half man, half machine. All amazing.

Advantage: Colts
 
Defense

Championship defenses die hard. The 2000 Ravens ranked second in defense the next season, too. The 2003 Bucs ranked in the top five the next three seasons. Even the Super Bowl shufflin’ 1985 Bears held on for three more seasons in the top five.



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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee's spread offense: NFL Week 15, top games]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klees-spread-offense-nfl-week-15-top-games/article/1617223?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klees-spread-offense-nfl-week-15-top-games/article/1617223?custom_click=rss 1. 49ers (-2) vs. Titans

San Francisco head honcho John Lynch scored a franchise QB, Jimmy Garoppolo, for a second-round pick. Is it possible for a three-win GM to score a few votes for Executive of the Year? 

2. Lions (-5.5) vs. Bears

Considering that Kleestradamus is 9-4 ATS on the wonkiest Broncos team in decades — and 17-20 ATS on the rest of the NFL — this seems a proper time for a reminder: Vegas is undefeated.

3. Steelers (-3) vs. Patriots

What tickles most about this Broncos season? The AFC is custom made for a darkhorse to run through a so-so field all the way to Super Bowl LII. Take the points here. Thank me later.



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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:41:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: What you missed about Peyton Manning from the Broncos' Super Bowl win — and the impact that lingers]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-what-you-missed-about-peyton-manning-from-the-broncos-super-bowl-win-and-the-impact-that-lingers/article/1617090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-what-you-missed-about-peyton-manning-from-the-broncos-super-bowl-win-and-the-impact-that-lingers/article/1617090?custom_click=rss

DENVER — To hear Jordan Taylor tell it, Peyton Manning treated himself as just another guy with a bum foot.

A guy trying to get his job back. A guy who was down but not OK with being out. 

And no, contrary to the cynical view, Manning's injury during the Super Bowl 50 season wasn't a cover-up for a legend. Stop being silly. Dude was hurt.

“The first two or three weeks all he could do was stationary throws,” Taylor told me Tuesday in the Broncos locker room at UCHealth Training Center.



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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:31:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Broncos win to end 8-game skid! Confusing, isn't it?]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-win-to-end-8-game-skid-confusing-isnt-it/article/1616954?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-broncos-win-to-end-8-game-skid-confusing-isnt-it/article/1616954?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Where has that been?

“I’m still confused how this all happened the last eight weeks,” defender Shelby Harris said after the Broncos, well, looked like the Broncos at Mile High.

Colorado’s long statewide nightmare is over. After eight straight down, the Broncos finished up.

Broncos 23, J-E-T-S 0. Yes, yes, yes.

The Broncos did not tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats (9). They did not commit more turnovers (zero) than they collected (two). They did not fumble away punts, play with 12 men on the field, frustrate natives. Finally, the Broncos were not in the conversation for worst team in the NFL. And an NFL team that’s capable of shutting out an NFL



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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:42:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Are Denver Broncos nearing end of an era with Aqib Talib and 'No Fly Zone'?]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-are-denver-broncos-nearing-end-of-an-era-with-aqib-talib-and-no-fly-zone/article/1616835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-are-denver-broncos-nearing-end-of-an-era-with-aqib-talib-and-no-fly-zone/article/1616835?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Credit his wife. That’s a good idea, more times than not, and something we should do more often in professional sports.

In the historical and peerless case of the “No Fly Zone,” it’s the only idea.

Leah Harris — the better half of the Harris clan, and that’s saying something, since Chris Harris Jr. is a nominee for the NFL’s Man of the Year and a real-life role model — came up with the name. It was during the 2014 season and Mrs. Harris was in her usual seat at Mile High.



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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:50:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee's report card and prediction for Jets at Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction-for-jets-at-broncos/article/1616916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction-for-jets-at-broncos/article/1616916?custom_click=rss

Offense

Hey, I can’t be the only one who gets a kick out of Peyton Manning’s Nationwide commercials with country music star Brad Paisley. Now it’s past time to credit the Great House Painter who covered all the cracks. Now that “PFM” is jingling all the way, the Broncos have been exposed.

Advantage: Jets

Defense

Change is coming. The top earners on Denver’s defense for 2018: Von Miller ($18.5 million), Aqib Talib ($11m), Derek Wolfe ($8m), Bradley Roby ($8.5m), Brandon Marshall ($5m) and Darian Stewart ($4.5m). The way opponents attack the



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Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:05:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: At the corner of astronomical engineering and backdoor cuts, you'll find Air Force basketball]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-at-the-corner-of-astronomical-engineering-and-backdoor-cuts-youll-find-air-force-basketball/article/1616701?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-at-the-corner-of-astronomical-engineering-and-backdoor-cuts-youll-find-air-force-basketball/article/1616701?custom_click=rss

The night before Air Force senior guard Trevor Lyons scored 13 points in a 62-58 loss to Abilene Christian, he was telling me how you take down a terrorist organization.

You know, normal college basketball stuff.

Or not at all.

This is Air Force basketball: five games in 10 days smack in the middle of their preparation for final exams, and guys like sophomore guard Lavelle Scottie rationalizing it this way: “Honestly, this is why we came here.”

This stretch for the Falcons? Toughest schedule I’ve ever seen for a college basketball team.



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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:31:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: This is worse than the Josh McDaniels era for Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-this-is-worse-than-the-josh-mcdaniels-era-for-broncos/article/1616489?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-this-is-worse-than-the-josh-mcdaniels-era-for-broncos/article/1616489?custom_click=rss

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — This Broncos team? The worst of my lifetime.

How about you?

I’m 38, I think. Can’t be sure about that, though, because it seems I blacked out from 1-4:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. There's no way all of this could have happened — not to the Broncos! — in a single afternoon of football:

Trevor Siemian, pick 6. (OK, that could happen.) Football snapped over the quarterback’s head. (Yes, that did happen, in a Super Bowl.) Fumbled punt for a safety. Denver’s defense outscoring Denver’s offense, 6-3. Blocked punt.

Delay-of-game penalty on the Broncos — on a kickoff.

Three interceptions, two fumbles. One giant mess.



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Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:43:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee's Rapid Reactions: Dolphins 35, Broncos 9]]> http://gazette.com/klees-rapid-reactions-dolphins-35-broncos-9/article/1616486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klees-rapid-reactions-dolphins-35-broncos-9/article/1616486?custom_click=rss

Gazette sports columnist Paul Klee checks in from Miami with three thoughts on the Dolphins' 35-9 win against the Broncos:

1. Vance Joseph: One and done

Friends, this happened in an NFL game: the Broncos were penalized for a delay of game — as the kicking team on a kickoff. I feel like a broken record. I’ve written so many times the Broncos’ first-year head coach is in over his head — since his introductory press conference, in fact — that it might seem like I have a personal agenda against Vance Joseph. But I don’t. Joseph seems like a lovely man. He really does. He’s also not the right guy to coach the Broncos.



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Sun, 03 Dec 2017 14:36:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee's spread offense for NFL Week 13]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klees-spread-offense-for-nfl-week-13/article/1616448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klees-spread-offense-for-nfl-week-13/article/1616448?custom_click=rss

KLEE'S SPREAD OFFENSE

Gazette sports columnist Paul Klee gives his best plays for Week 13 of the NFL season:

1. Broncos (-1) at Dolphins

This is it! The light at tunnel's end. The day we've been waiting for ... a Broncos win. I hope. These losing locker rooms are grumpy. "Aye, Paul... shut up," Brandon Marshall tweeted at me.

2. Seahawks (+6) vs. Eagles

Yes, the Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC. Yes, they ran over the Broncos. Yes, Seattle hasn't been more than four-point 'dogs at home since Russell Wilson took over there. Go, Hawks.

3. Ravens (-3) vs.



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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:19:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee's scorecard for Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins]]> http://gazette.com/klees-scorecard-for-denver-broncos-at-miami-dolphins/article/1616446?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klees-scorecard-for-denver-broncos-at-miami-dolphins/article/1616446?custom_click=rss

KLEE'S SCORECARD

Offense

Hard to believe, but Denver is about to go a calendar year between road wins. The last one came Dec. 4, 2016 at Jacksonville. Sunday at Miami is Dec. 3, 2017. The Broncos had no chance at Oakland with Paxton Lynch at QB. They've got a shot in Trevor Siemian's return to Florida.

Advantage: Broncos

Defense

The last time Denver played at Miami? In 2011, Tim Tebow led the greatest comeback since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. Trailing 15-0 with less than 3 minutes remaining, Timmy Touchdown got 'er done against all odds. "I've always been a believer," said Von Miller, a rookie at the time.



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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:16:32 -0700