<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Sun, 01 May 2016 21:49:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[A quick glance at the Broncos draft picks]]> http://gazette.com/a-quick-glance-at-the-broncos-draft-picks/article/1575198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/a-quick-glance-at-the-broncos-draft-picks/article/1575198?custom_click=rss DRAFT WRAP

The Broncos made eight selections in the NFL draft that concluded Saturday:

Round 1: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis

A project who could end up as best QB in the draft

Round 2: DT Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech

A reach who was coveted by D-line coach Bill Kollar

Round 3: FS Justin Simmons, Boston College

A hard-hitting safety who adores ex-Bronco Brian Dawkins

Round 4: RB Devontae Booker, Utah

A miracle the ex-Ute was available halfway through draft

Round 5: G Connor McGovern, Missouri

A weight-room warrior who will compete on restructured O-Line

Round 6: FB Andy Janovich, Nebraska

A nod to the hard-nosed system preferred by Gary Kubiak

Round 6: S Will

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]]> Sun, 01 May 2016 19:00:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos quarterback in Week 1? Mark Sanchez]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-quarterback-in-week-1-mark-sanchez/article/1575158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-quarterback-in-week-1-mark-sanchez/article/1575158?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Order your Mark Sanchez jersey yet?

"We have a lot of confidence in Mark," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said, again.

Good, because he's the guy - for Week 1 against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, at the least, and for Weeks 1-17 and the postseason, at the most.

Unless something weird happens - and in the quarterback capital that brought you Tebow Time, Peyton vs. Brock, and Josh vs. Jay, weird is the norm - the Super Bowl champions will defend their title with Sanchez as the starting QB.

His jersey runs $99.99 on NFL.com. Get 'em while they're hot.

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:50:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Paxton 'Action' Lynch will prove Broncos right]]> http://gazette.com/klee-paxton-action-lynch-will-prove-broncos-right/article/1575069?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-paxton-action-lynch-will-prove-broncos-right/article/1575069?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL - In 2018, when the Raiders are in Las Vegas and someone you don't want as president is president, the Broncos will win another Super Bowl.

Paxton "Action" Lynch will be the quarterback.

John Elway did it again. In the first round of the NFL draft, The Quarterback took a quarterback - Lynch, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound, big-armed, swift-footed athlete from Memphis, a program that doesn't win. Lynch won, 19 times in two years.

Paxton will win big in Colorado.

"He fits us perfectly," Elway said late Thursday.

This draft maneuver was pure Elway. This was the GM having so much confidence in the roster he's built that he felt comfortable taking a risk on a QB.

It was bold, brash and worth

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:04:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos contract or not, Von Miller makes dreams come true]]> http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-contract-or-not-von-miller-makes-dreams-come-true/article/1574981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-contract-or-not-von-miller-makes-dreams-come-true/article/1574981?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The rock star arrived with a posse. They wore his No. 58 jersey, flashed their own dance moves, marveled at the giant man standing before them.

Von Miller's posse? Between the ages of 5 and 18.

"You're good on 'Dancing with the Stars'," Ellie, who is 6, told him.

"Thank you," Von replied with a huge smile. "I'm going to need your vote."

The votes are in: Vonnie Football has achieved rock-star status, at least among the smallest of us. When the Broncos star linebacker and Super Bowl MVP entered the visitors locker room at Sports Authority Field for a charity event Wednesday, a crowd of 60 kids, some of whom would receive eyeglasses for the first time, erupted as though Willy Wonka were handing out

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:59:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Tuesday starter De La Rosa usually finds success at Coors Field]]> http://gazette.com/klee-tuesday-starter-de-la-rosa-usually-finds-success-at-coors-field/article/1574762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-tuesday-starter-de-la-rosa-usually-finds-success-at-coors-field/article/1574762?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Just for a moment, Jorge De La Rosa stood perplexed in the elevator.

We've all done it: Press the button, the automated door closes, but the elevator stays put, refusing to go up or down, like a dog who won't budge from the street corner on the evening walk.

Then came help. The sweet receptionist in the Coors Field lobby recognized his predicament - "Sorry, Jorge!" - and swiped her security card across the laser-reader thingy. Voila! The elevator carried the opening day starter to clubhouse level.

The entire scene seemed rather ironic: One of the few pitchers to have figured out Coors Field could not solve its dadgum elevators.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:00:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos get another lucky bounce with Tom Brady ruling]]> http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-get-another-lucky-bounce-with-tom-brady-ruling/article/1574829?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-get-another-lucky-bounce-with-tom-brady-ruling/article/1574829?custom_click=rss

DENVER - If the Supreme Court of the United States hears an appeal over deflated balls and bruised egos, we should all huddle and re-evaluate our priorities.

Maybe we'll even pour one out to rational thought, since it would be dead, too.

But for now here's what it means locally that the New England Patriots will be without quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the 2016 season: Everything is coming up orange.

Seriously, how many lucky horseshoes are buried beneath Mile High? Just like two of the past three AFC championship games, the Broncos are the big winners, again, and the Patriots are the big losers, again.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:47:48 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Don't expect Broncos draft picks to play early]]> http://gazette.com/klee-dont-expect-broncos-draft-picks-to-play-early/article/1574655?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-dont-expect-broncos-draft-picks-to-play-early/article/1574655?custom_click=rss

DENVER - We can talk about John Elway's ranking on the Jerry West Scale at another time, maybe a year from now, depending on how the repeat bid goes.

But that's where we are with the Broncos general manager/dreamweaver: The notion that Elway, entering his sixth year as an executive, deserves a mention alongside West, the gold standard for athletes-turned-suits, says all you need to know about Elway's success so far in that role. If he wins back-to-back Super Bowls from a perch in the front office, the same way he did as the quarterback, he launches into West territory, indeed.

"One thing I did learn is that it's much better winning a championship as a player than it is as an executive" since the party lasts longer, Elway said

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:44:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: The Broncos you love are the Seahawks you loathed]]> http://gazette.com/klee-the-broncos-you-love-are-the-seahawks-you-loathed/article/1574531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-the-broncos-you-love-are-the-seahawks-you-loathed/article/1574531?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Their poker face is laughing in yours.

They are bold, brash and back for more. For the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, it's not enough to hit you. They prefer to rub salt and squeeze lime into the open wound.

The lingering image of Denver's championship run also is the final one - and the perfect one, for them: With his voice booming through a thin, black curtain that separated the Broncos and Panthers, Chris Harris Jr. trash-talked Cam Newton until the Carolina quarterback sulked out of his own Super Bowl news conference.

"I didn't know he was on the other side," Harris said Wednesday.

Sorry, the Broncos' cornerback isn't sorry.

"No, I wouldn't change it," he said without hesitation.

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:24:28 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos should not break the bank on Von Miller]]> http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-should-not-break-the-bank-on-von-miller/article/1574392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-should-not-break-the-bank-on-von-miller/article/1574392?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL - Anyone seen Von Miller?

"He's probably in Paris right now," Emmanuel Sanders joked.

Waldo has competition. Last seen with our own two eyes, Vonnie Football was dancing a jig with Cinderella, delivering the Weekend Update on "Saturday Night Live" and accepting a supersized check for his wonderful foundation, Von's Vision, from Ellen DeGeneres. In the two months since Miller and the Broncos wrecked the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 and turned Cam Newton from Superman into a sore loser, it's like someone told the superstar linebacker he can do anything he wants. So he's doing anything, and everything, he wants.

"I don't know how Von does it, but he's traveling and making the most of that MVP," Sanders said.

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:34:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: NFL prospects can dream the C.J. Anderson dream]]> http://gazette.com/klee-nfl-prospects-can-dream-the-c.j.-anderson-dream/article/1574243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-nfl-prospects-can-dream-the-c.j.-anderson-dream/article/1574243?custom_click=rss

CENTENNIAL - He arrived at Dove Valley, headquarters of the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, with less acclaim than a Monday sunrise, just another running back, another body, another guy, trying like heck to make the team.

He was C.J. Anderson.

He is Cameron McDondle.

They've never met. They should. They share more in common than they know - electric smiles that force you to smile along with them, an affinity for their hometowns, running styles that don't fit into a box but work anyway.

"He's a beast, though. You can't compare yourself to somebody like that," said McDondle, the former CSU-Pueblo tailback, of Anderson, the Broncos tailback.

"That's a Super Bowl champ. He's a good 'back. He's a shorter guy,

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Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:05:40 -0600