<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Wed, 05 Aug 2015 06:50:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: If Jon Gray can't do it for Colorado Rockies, shut it down]]> http://gazette.com/klee-if-jon-gray-cant-do-it-for-colorado-rockies-shut-it-down/article/1556819?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-if-jon-gray-cant-do-it-for-colorado-rockies-shut-it-down/article/1556819?custom_click=rss

DENVER — This is the great litmus test, the definitive case study on whether Coors Field can be relevant for reasons other than field trips and Tinder dates.

The litmus test began Tuesday afternoon, Jon Gray hunched over a desktop computer in the Rockies' clubhouse, learning from a team official how to secure comp tickets for friends and family. (When you're 23 and making your Major League debut, even the littlest details are new.)

It continued that night with his first pitch, a 94-mph fastball launched with the ease of a NERF toss in the backyard, and through the four innings he pitched in Colorado's 10-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 06:46:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos star Von Miller can cash in on NFL's richest non-QB contract]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-star-von-miller-can-cash-in-on-nfls-richest-non-qb-contract/article/1556659?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-star-von-miller-can-cash-in-on-nfls-richest-non-qb-contract/article/1556659?custom_click=rss

It's at least one month too early to make any bold predictions on the Broncos' 2015 season.

Except one: It says here Von Miller will win the NFL's defensive player of the year award and, soon after, sign the richest contract in NFL history for a non-quarterback.

Vonnie Football is on a mission from Wade. Phillips, the new/old defensive coordinator, coached J.J. Watt and proclaimed the Texans' star would be a Hall of Famer. This proclamation doesn't seem as bold as that one, considering Watt was a rookie at the time.

Miller is fun again, having fun again, wrecking offenses again.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 11:13:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Taking attendance at Denver Broncos first day of school]]> http://gazette.com/klee-taking-attendance-at-denver-broncos-first-day-of-school/article/1556611?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-taking-attendance-at-denver-broncos-first-day-of-school/article/1556611?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - It's 2 hours before the Broncos' first practice of training camp - a practice, not a game, not a game - and the line of cars already snakes around the corner. Some folks, possibly including Ben Garland, got here at 5 a.m.

Guy in the Julius Thomas jersey? Bummed, kind of. Guy in the Demaryius Thomas jersey? Clothed, for another five years.

"C.J. Anderson's family is looking for a parking spot," a security guard hears through his Walkie-Talkie. Brock Osweiler's wife grabs a front-row seat. Tom Jackson and Adam Schefter ready their SportsCenter set for a live shot. Me? Hydrated, sunscreen-ed, amped. Ready, set, football:

10:38 a.m.: Matt Paradis, a backup center, pukes all over the 40-yard-line. Then he

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:10:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Friday Faceoff: Who is the Bronco nobody is talking about (but should be)?]]> http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-who-is-the-bronco-nobody-is-talking-about-but-should-be/article/1556598?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/friday-faceoff-who-is-the-bronco-nobody-is-talking-about-but-should-be/article/1556598?custom_click=rss

Survey says: Watch out for Sanders

By Paul Klee

Peyton Manning? Nah. Every Coloradan and their chocolate Lab talks about the quarterback: Too old/motivated by records/still Peyton, depending on whether your pint of 90 Shilling is half full or half empty.

Von Miller? The conversation should be about Vonnie Football. This is when the fifth-year star must become the face of the franchise, preparing for when Manning hangs up his cleats.

But it’s not Miller. C.J. Anderson? Enough folks talk about the running back as the ideal fit in Gary Kubiak’s offense that he’s disqualified from this discussion.

In the case of the forgotten Bronco, I hold the trump card: Rod Smith.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:40:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: 10 reasons why Broncos training camp is worth watching]]> http://gazette.com/klee-10-reasons-why-broncos-training-camp-is-worth-watching/article/1556271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-10-reasons-why-broncos-training-camp-is-worth-watching/article/1556271?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - If sports are entertainment, the best entertainment in Colorado is not, in fact, at Dove Valley for Broncos training camp. It's in Boulder for the Republican debate, and can anyone really argue that won't be wildly entertaining? - The debate falls on Oct. 28, a Wednesday during the Broncos' bye week, so Peyton Manning is available to attend, or pop some corn and watch on TV like the rest of us, and scribble pointers in preparation for his inevitable run for office. - Peyton for President? Still has a nice ring to it. - Speaking of rings, new coach Gary Kubiak owns two Super Bowl rings he won with the Broncos. Their quest for a third opens at 10 a.m. Friday - the first of 14 training camp sessions that are open to the public.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:06:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Legacy, schmegacy: Tom Brady just fine, unless….]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-legacy-schmegacy-tom-brady-just-fine-unless./article/1556456?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-legacy-schmegacy-tom-brady-just-fine-unless./article/1556456?custom_click=rss

The whole legacy argument is a bit silly. OK, more than a bit silly. It's really silly.

The idea Peyton Manning throws for 290 yards and three touchdowns in single-digit temperatures — and his legacy tumbles because a Hail Mary sails over the Broncos defense?


Tom Brady's football legacy, at least how I'll remember it, is that of a quarterback who is nails in the fourth quarter, overcame arm problems late in his career and, yes, who really, truly just wants a high-five. I dig Brady, as you know by know, for many reasons.

Are the Patriots in the wrong? I think so, and so must the NFL.

Is Brady's legacy about to be crushed like a cell phone? That's silly.

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:51:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Colorado Rockies trading Troy Tulowitzki a sign of baseball things to come]]> http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-rockies-trading-troy-tulowitzki-a-sign-of-baseball-things-to-come/article/1556431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-rockies-trading-troy-tulowitzki-a-sign-of-baseball-things-to-come/article/1556431?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This was most definitely not the Jeff Bridich the Colorado Rockies introduced to their soured, cynical fandom 10 months ago as the new general manager. That guy, whoever he was, came across as timid, almost scared he would offend someone, as if uncertain what end of the puppet strings he was on.

Hired from within, linked tightly to the previous regime, the new GM carried the unfair rep of being too much like the old GM. That didn't sit right. It reeked of Rockies.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:01:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Trading Troy Tulowitzki is about Colorado Rockies' history]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-trading-troy-tulowitzki-is-about-colorado-rockies-history/article/1556396?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-trading-troy-tulowitzki-is-about-colorado-rockies-history/article/1556396?custom_click=rss

DENVER — At this point, whether or not the Rockies received enough for Troy Tulowitzki is a giant purple unknown as big as Dinger's head. When the return haul centers around 20-, 20- and 22-year-old pitching prospects, it feels a lot like a college recruiting class.

Ask me in four years.

There’s only one certainty I can identify after the Rockies strayed from their tried-and-burned practice of keeping the band together by trading Tulo to the Toronto Blue Jays late Monday night. This was an admission of failure. This was glancing in a rearview mirror that reflects through the entire existence of the franchise and admitting with a shrug: On second thought, maybe we didn’t know what the

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:55:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos' bravado leaves sour taste after playoff losses]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-bravado-leaves-sour-taste-after-playoff-losses/article/1556369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-bravado-leaves-sour-taste-after-playoff-losses/article/1556369?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — This isn't on Shane Ray. He's new around here, an NFL rookie whose braggadocio played to the crowd in college. Plus, it's unfair to pin him with the Broncos' latest playoff disaster, since Ray wasn't on the team when they rolled over and played dead against the Indianapolis Colts.

So take this for what it's worth. Skip the bravado for now, rook. This kind of bluster is best saved for when the good people of Colorado aren't tired of all the hot air.

"Sometimes I think people forget that I was SEC Defensive Player of the Year, because of where I fell in the draft, because of the situation," Ray said Monday at their Dove Valley headquarters. "For me to come out and remind everyone what I'm capable of doing, that's

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:40:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Becky Hammon, NBA coach, rising up the old-fashioned way]]> http://gazette.com/klee-becky-hammon-nba-coach-rising-up-the-old-fashioned-way/article/1556236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-becky-hammon-nba-coach-rising-up-the-old-fashioned-way/article/1556236?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Their five championship rings suggest the San Antonio Spurs aren't in the business of handouts, that Becky Hammon's rise to full-time assistant coach, the first woman in league history to assume that role, was based on merit.

That she cracked the men's ranks the old-fashioned way would seem to enhance the possibility Hammon one day will become a head coach in the NBA.

In the simplest, most admirable way, it has not been so different from her rise as a college star at Colorado State. She earned it. When Greg Williams, then the head coach at CSU, joined assistant Kari Gallegos on an in-home visit to recruit Hammon in the Fall of 1994, she was being recruited only lightly. Hammon was 5-foot-5, not memorably quick, and

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:36:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: What's new, and refreshing, about Denver Nuggets]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-whats-new-and-refreshing-about-denver-nuggets/article/1556018?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-whats-new-and-refreshing-about-denver-nuggets/article/1556018?custom_click=rss

DENVER — When the Nuggets are revived, a playoff team again, the story won’t be about those who left, or were unloaded. It will be about those who stayed, who wanted to be here.

It will be about Emmanuel Mudiay, mostly, a teenage man and the centerpiece of the revival. In the midst of summer league, Mudiay asked management for a media guide, to learn about his new team’s history: Who is our greatest player? he asked. Our career scoring leader? When was our last championship?

It will be about Danilo Gallinari, who closed a wholly uncomfortable and wasted season for Nuggets by saying this: “This is where I want to be. I love Colorado.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:54:30 -0600