<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:51 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Rashaan Salaam, to a kid in the 1990s, was a rock star]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-rashaan-salaam-to-a-kid-in-the-1990s-was-a-rock-star/article/1591744?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-rashaan-salaam-to-a-kid-in-the-1990s-was-a-rock-star/article/1591744?custom_click=rss

DENVER - It's different when you're a kid. They're all so big, so fast, so faraway.

That was Rashaan Salaam. For Colorado kids back then, he was larger than life. We had the Broncos, Nuggets and the baby Rockies, but we never had seen anything quite like him: A college superstar in our own backyard, at a time when CU football was the deal.

Salaam was found dead in a Boulder park on Monday night. He was 42.

He still seems larger than life.

It's true that it was just that one season, 1994, when Salaam rushed for 2,055 yards, 24 touchdowns and onto the "Turn it up, Dad, Rashan's on TV!" stage of the Heisman Trophy ceremony. But when you're a kid, it's different. Five years older seems like 50 years older.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:54:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos playoff push rides on Trevor Siemian's health]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-playoff-push-rides-on-trevor-siemians-health/article/1591679?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-playoff-push-rides-on-trevor-siemians-health/article/1591679?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - The most important entity for the remainder of the Broncos season is the sore, sprained left foot belonging to starting quarterback Trevor Siemian.

And his shoulders. And his knees. And anything else attached to the young quarterback that can be twisted, turned, bruised, broken, separated, jammed or strained. If Siemian can't get healthy and stay that way, the Broncos are going to miss the playoffs for the first time since before Tebow Time and in the NFL that's a very long time.

The issue with Siemian is not his ability. It's his durability. And that - more than any other aspect of the 24-year-old's promising game - is what should concern the Broncos.

"He's had three (injury) things already," coach Gary



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:23:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Here comes Duke in AP Top 25 college basketball ballot]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-here-comes-duke-in-ap-top-25-college-basketball-ballot/article/1591645?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-here-comes-duke-in-ap-top-25-college-basketball-ballot/article/1591645?custom_click=rss

The first reason I think this has a chance to be one of the best college basketball seasons ever is this: There's more elite talent in the college game than usual, and the top talent is spread out pretty evenly over the first eight 8-10 teams on my ballot. I've seen 10 teams that could win it all. 

The second reason is this, and stay with me here, because I promise it does make sense: There's also a chance we have one of the great teams of the past 20-25 years. Whether Duke turns into that, I don't know.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:19:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Colorado's Pac-12 championship run tackled by Washington]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorados-pac-12-championship-run-tackled-by-washington/article/1591502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorados-pac-12-championship-run-tackled-by-washington/article/1591502?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Heads bowed and their spirits lower, the Buffs hunkered through a Levi’s Stadium tunnel after the football equivalent of a toilet-bowl swirly.

“It cuts a little deeper this time,” Colorado senior quarterback Sefo Liufau said softly.

They came, they saw, they crumbled. Washington initiated Colorado like a senior would do a freshman. The onslaught was relentless, from the purple smoke that filled the field of jeans just prior to kickoff, to a Washington defense that seemed to line up with 12 or 13 players. Dawg gone it: No. 4 Washington 41, No. 9 Colorado 10.



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:48:15 -0700
<![CDATA[CU plays waiting game after blowout loss in Pac-12 championship]]> http://gazette.com/cu-plays-waiting-game-after-blowout-loss-in-pac-12-championship/article/1591495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-plays-waiting-game-after-blowout-loss-in-pac-12-championship/article/1591495?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - This is where Colorado comes for championships, the kind they put on cereal boxes, Sports Illustrated covers and T-shirts that go in the top drawer.

The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium. In the same calendar year the Colorado Buffaloes arrived at the field of jeans in search of their first Pac-12 title.

No. 4 Washington whipped No. 9 Colorado 41-10 before 47,118 and under the usual Bay Area chill on Friday night. Unless something strange happens on Sunday's selection show, the Huskies will play in one of the national semifinals in the college football playoff.

The Buffs, meanwhile, saw their season move from confirmation into speculation.



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:35:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Paxton Lynch to replace Trevor Siemian as Broncos QB]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-paxton-lynch-to-replace-trevor-siemian-as-broncos-qb/article/1591468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-paxton-lynch-to-replace-trevor-siemian-as-broncos-qb/article/1591468?custom_click=rss

The Broncos' game Sunday at Jacksonville is more about Chris Harris Jr., Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Von Miller, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware.... well, you get the point.

The Broncos have too many star-caliber players to pin their playoff hopes on the shoulders of rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch, who will start against the Jaguars as Trevor Siemian nurses a foot injury. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said at Dove Valley on Friday that Lynch will make his second career start.

The Broncos are cooked if they lose to the lowly Jaguars.

Pressure's on Paxton, right?

Not so fast.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:03:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Then and now, Colorado Buffaloes football revival centers on faith]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-then-and-now-colorado-buffaloes-football-revival-centers-on-faith/article/1591381?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-then-and-now-colorado-buffaloes-football-revival-centers-on-faith/article/1591381?custom_click=rss

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Then and now, the darkness is real. Through their faith comes the light.

This story has less to do with the Colorado Buffaloes rumbling through a football season for the ages and into the Pac-12 championship game Friday against the Washington Huskies here at Levi's Stadium. It has less to do with luck, the kind of uncanny good fortune that extends from the Buffs winning the coin flip 11 times in 12 games, to The Rise serendipitously unfolding in the same season Stanford, Oregon and UCLA dipped into hard times.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:16:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos QB Trevor Siemian out with injury, according to report]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-qb-trevor-siemian-out-with-injury-according-to-report/article/1591282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-qb-trevor-siemian-out-with-injury-according-to-report/article/1591282?custom_click=rss

Who brought the black cat to Dove Valley?

A few days after the Broncos blew a late lead and an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs put their AFC West title aspirations on life support, the quarterback who enjoyed his best game of the season missed practice.

Trevor Siemian did not practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury, according to a report from Mike Klis of Denver's 9News. The extent of the injury was uncertain. Siemian and coach Gary Kubiak are scheduled to speak to media Wednesday afternoon after the team's practice session.

Siemian's 368 passing yards and three touchdowns — against no interceptions — marked his finest day as a pro.



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:06:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Classless shove by Aqib Talib also shows Broncos aren't done yet]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-classless-shove-by-aqib-talib-also-shows-broncos-arent-done-yet/article/1591144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-classless-shove-by-aqib-talib-also-shows-broncos-arent-done-yet/article/1591144?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Take the lowest low of your career. You're so far down in the dumps a ladder and Coast Guard rescue chopper couldn't yank you into a safe place.

Now envision it going down in front of 76,000 fans and another 17 million folks swearing your name at home on TV. Ouch. When Jordan Norwood muffed a punt in the second quarter of the Broncos' 30-27 overtime loss to the Chiefs, he felt the humiliation of a poor sap on a Southwest Airlines commercial: Wanna get away?

What happened next wasn't pretty. Don't show the kids. But while the episode was a lesson in how to not lift up a teammate, it also showed why it's way too early to wave the white flag and call this Broncos season a wrap: Aqib Talib let loose with a primal



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:11:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos beat themselves in wild loss to Kansas City Chiefs]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-beat-themselves-in-wild-loss-to-kansas-city-chiefs/article/1591091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-beat-themselves-in-wild-loss-to-kansas-city-chiefs/article/1591091?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This was the Broncos' opportunity to send out a smoke signal to the AFC West that the division is theirs until someone takes it away. Instead, they kicked it away.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made a risky decision to attempt a 62-yard field goal with less than 1 minute left in overtime against Kansas City. But the coach played to win, not to tie, and that kind of hubris is something that folks who have competed can appreciate.

The Chiefs won 30-27 Sunday night when Cairo Santos clanged a 34-yard field goal off the left upright in overtime. Another way to put it is the Broncos beat themselves.

"We did everything we possibly could to lose the game," Von Miller said. "And guess what? We lost.



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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:27:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Three with Klee: Chiefs at Broncos and... Von Miller's dating show?]]> http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-chiefs-at-broncos-and...-von-millers-dating-show/article/1591021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-chiefs-at-broncos-and...-von-millers-dating-show/article/1591021?custom_click=rss

Von Miller's dating show?

What happens when you cross a TV dancer with a TV bachelor? Anyone who's followed Broncos-Chiefs in recent years knows Von Miller and Travis Kelce won't be Facebook friends any time soon. The rift erupted when Miller treated Kelce like a sack of oysters, flipping the Kansas City tight end to the turf in Week 2 last season. Kelce's a big boy, too, going 6-foot-6, 260 pounds. ("Fake Gronk" is how Miller once described KC's tight end.) But perhaps there's a light at the end of this friendship tunnel. Kelce recently wrapped his first television endeavor - "Catching Kelce," a dating show on E! Entertainment. (He picked Maya, by the way.) And we all know Vonnie Football is no wallflower in front of the camera.



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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 14:32:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Colorado football chases down spot in Pac-12 championship game]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-football-chases-down-spot-in-pac-12-championship-game/article/1591041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-football-chases-down-spot-in-pac-12-championship-game/article/1591041?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - He chased ghosts into the night. They all did. They know no other way.

They were ghosts of 44-10 (at Oregon), 59-7 (at Washington), 27-3 (at Washington State). They were ghosts of entire seasons that felt like one long Homecoming game, ghosts that laughed at the laughable idea Colorado would ever be what it was, again.

Hey, ghosts: Considering the beat-downs and blowouts of the past decade, you really think these guys could be haunted? Fat chance.

The play of the game Saturday night, and maybe the season, was Buffs star cornerback Chidobe Awuzie chasing down Utah's Kyle Fulks on a 93-yard kickoff return that needed 97 yards for a touchdown. Nope, Awuzie said. Chasing down dreams is what they do.



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Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:44:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee's report card for Chiefs at Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-for-chiefs-at-broncos/article/1591023?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klees-report-card-for-chiefs-at-broncos/article/1591023?custom_click=rss

Chiefs coach Andy Reid offered this succinct and wholly unforthcoming evaluation of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian: "Good football player. I like his game." Of course he does. So far Siemian's been Alex Smith 2.0.



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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:47:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos' magic number is 11 (wins)]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-magic-number-is-11-wins/article/1591020?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-magic-number-is-11-wins/article/1591020?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The display case looks like an aquarium. Inside is football treasure.

On their bye week, the Broncos wheeled into their locker room a portable enshrinement stacked with three shiny, silver trophies. It was a reminder: Hey guys, remember these?

"It's refreshing. You see your goal, what you work for," star cornerback Aqib Talib said of the trio of Super Bowl trophies lined up a chip shot from his own locker. "You get to come in and see it every day in here. We even earned one of those things."

It's the new Mississippi count: One Lombardi, two Lombardi, three Lombardi.

Go.

The race to the postseason is on - six weeks to determine six seeds in the AFC. One game separates the current No. 1 seed



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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:00:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos narrowly miss best bye week in NFL history]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-narrowly-miss-best-bye-week-in-nfl-history/article/1590776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-narrowly-miss-best-bye-week-in-nfl-history/article/1590776?custom_click=rss

While the Broncos did nothing — relative to a normal week, at least — they almost scored the greatest bye week in NFL history.

The four teams standing in Denver's path to another Super Bowl are the Patriots, Chiefs, Raiders and the Broncos (injuries). Here's what happened over their bye week in regards to those four things:  

—The Chiefs lost at home to the Bucs. The technical term is "Chief-ing."

—The Patriots lost starting defensive tackle Alan Branch to a four-game drug suspension. Branch would miss the game at Denver on Dec. 18.

—The Broncos got injured stars Aqib Talib and Derek Wolfe back in practice. The two defenders are having



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Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:40:41 -0700