<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:02:37 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Nuggets season is playoffs or bust]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-nuggets-season-is-playoffs-or-bust/article/1594507?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-nuggets-season-is-playoffs-or-bust/article/1594507?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to this Nuggets experiment.

By the time the youngins are all grown up, it could blow up into an NBA title contender or blow up in their face. We are midway through the fourth season since the program was overhauled and the roster shows seven players who haven't turned 23 yet. There could be a bracket-busting mid-major team that makes a Final Four run with players older than half than Denver's roster.

But it looks good for now. On offense, in fact, it looks like a really fun video game and Nikola Jokic is the joystick: Monday's 125-112 win against the Orlando Magic at Pepsi Center made you consider the crazy idea the Nuggets are destined to become one of the most

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:15:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Overwhelming theme of Vance Joseph's underwhelming Broncos introduction was inexperience]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-overwhelming-theme-of-vance-josephs-underwhelming-broncos-introduction-was-inexperience/article/1594245?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-overwhelming-theme-of-vance-josephs-underwhelming-broncos-introduction-was-inexperience/article/1594245?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Broncos players are going to love Vance Joseph the most.

It's not hard to see why. During the course of his introductory press conference at Dove Valley on Thursday, Joseph was at his best when the time came to greet a huddle of players at the front of the auditorium. He gripped their attention with an enthusiasm that screamed football, platitudes piled on platitudes, several of which he used to describe the attitude he hopes to cultivate around these hills: "swagger," "confidence," "team first."

So don't worry about the locker room. There, Joseph, 44, will be as good as advertised.

"We pay them. So they're going to do their job.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:47:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Nikola Jokic goes from Serbia to the Denver Nuggets — with love]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nikola-jokic-goes-from-serbia-to-the-denver-nuggets-with-love/article/1594083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nikola-jokic-goes-from-serbia-to-the-denver-nuggets-with-love/article/1594083?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Nikola Jokic is swearing in Serbian at one of his brothers.

It's funny to hear Jokic swear, not solely because foreign accents from 6-foot-10 men make them excellent "Die Hard" villains; it's also funny because anger is not a quality often associated with the Nuggets' gentle giant and prodigal 21-year-old center, who reacts to an referee's whistle by aggressively ... shaking his head and trudging to the bench. So it seems we can learn something from this outburst, even if Nikola wears a goofy smile as he swears: Nothing pushes our buttons quite like an older sibling who knows which buttons to push.

"I wanted to die on the mountain!" Nikola shouts.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:38:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Vance Joseph, a risky hire, must first solve one big Broncos conundrum]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-vance-joseph-a-risky-hire-must-first-solve-one-big-broncos-conundrum/article/1594185?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-vance-joseph-a-risky-hire-must-first-solve-one-big-broncos-conundrum/article/1594185?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Once again, there was no Plan B.

Welcome back, Vance Joseph! How long have you known? The Broncos' job left behind by Gary Kubiak was always Joseph's to lose. A 44-year-old Southern gentleman and former CU quarterback, Joseph knocked their socks off with an interview in 2015. Call him the head-coach-in-waiting-two-years. When buddies are as tight as Kubiak and John Elway, one man's health is the other man's knowledge. Here's a hunch Elway had his guy right about the time Kubiak's health became an issue. "VJ as HC" sat at the top of his list.

The interviews with Falcons coordinator Kyle Shanahan (steakhouse rivalries run deep, apparently) and Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub (my preference, for what little

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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:52:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos hire Vance Joseph, and his next moves should be...]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-hire-vance-joseph-and-his-next-moves-should-be.../article/1594143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-hire-vance-joseph-and-his-next-moves-should-be.../article/1594143?custom_click=rss

To embrace Vance Joseph as the next head coach of the Broncos, you will have to excuse his previous game. Here, let me help.

In 1992, the Broncos lost their regular-season finale, 42-20 to the Chiefs. The defensive coordinator for the blowout? Wade Phillips. The Broncos opened the next season with a new head coach. His name? Wade Phillips.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:12:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Top 25 poll shows NCAA Tournament is now or never for Buffs]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-top-25-poll-shows-ncaa-tournament-is-now-or-never-for-buffs/article/1593981?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-top-25-poll-shows-ncaa-tournament-is-now-or-never-for-buffs/article/1593981?custom_click=rss

There's always the Pac-12 Tournament. Win it, like the Buffs did in 2012, and they will be in the NCAA Tournament. But that's a ratchety crutch to lean on.

Winning this week is a safer idea. This week is when the Buffs host No. 4 UCLA (Thursday) and No. 25 USC (Sunday). This week is when Colorado can recalibrate its season and point toward March Madness as a realistic goal.

After that? The opportunities are limited. The Buffs need a head-turning win to pair alongside the win against No. 15 Xavier, and there's really only three left.

That UCLA game on Thursday. Two against No. 13 Oregon. And that's it.

After this week, the Buffs have no other games against teams ranked in the Top

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:10:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: NFL playoffs rooting guide for Broncos Country]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nfl-playoffs-rooting-guide-for-broncos-country/article/1593829?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nfl-playoffs-rooting-guide-for-broncos-country/article/1593829?custom_click=rss

Root, root, root. for whom?

For the first time in six years the Broncos aren't in the playoffs. Here's how we rank the postseason rooting interests for Broncos Country:

1. Miami Dolphins: Adam Gase is the most important coach in the AFC. If there's one man who can (finally!) offer some pushback in the mild-mannered AFC East and prevent the Patriots from scoring home game after home game in the playoffs, it's the former Broncos offensive coordinator. Plus, the Broncos hiring Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph would look even better if he returns to Colorado the day after Super Bowl LI.

Next game: AFC No. 6 seed at No. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers, 11:05 a.m. Sunday (CBS)


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Sat, 07 Jan 2017 14:36:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Team president Josh Kroenke must be accountable for Denver Nuggets' freefall]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-team-president-josh-kroenke-must-be-accountable-for-denver-nuggets-freefall/article/1593670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-team-president-josh-kroenke-must-be-accountable-for-denver-nuggets-freefall/article/1593670?custom_click=rss

DENVER - I would love to tell you what team president and governor Josh Kroenke thinks about the Nuggets' attendance tumbling to 32nd out of 32 teams in the NBA.

Or how he plans to clean up the mess left behind by the wrecking ball he set in motion. Or, in a January tradition so predictable you can almost guess the date, how the Nuggets are firing up the blame game again. Or - and did you see this? - how budding star Nikola Jokic, a 21-year-old prodigy promising enough they should build around him, had to climb over empty seats to retrieve a loose ball in the stands during a game

Tuesday night at Pepsi Center. There was no one sitting within 10 feet to toss it back.

"Right now we have no leadership," coach Michael

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Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:58:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver Broncos linebacker Zaire Anderson is why my kids won't play football ('I couldn't feel my legs')]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-linebacker-zaire-anderson-is-why-my-kids-wont-play-football-i-couldnt-feel-my-legs/article/1593558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-linebacker-zaire-anderson-is-why-my-kids-wont-play-football-i-couldnt-feel-my-legs/article/1593558?custom_click=rss

I love football. The NFL is the most riveting reality show on TV. The Broncos in 2015 personified the best thing in sports. Some of the finest humans I’ve met are in football. The game provides endless opportunities if players search them out.

But if one day I have kids? They will never play football.

Not after watching and covering the game for 15 years. Not after seeing up-close the size and speed of NFL players. And definitely not after the conversation I had with Zaire Anderson, the Broncos linebacker who was temporarily paralyzed after a seemingly innocuous tackle on Sunday.

"They said I had a concussion in my spinal cord or something like that," Anderson said at his locker on Monday.

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Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:55:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos' head coaching job comes with hazards]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-head-coaching-job-comes-with-hazards/article/1593520?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-head-coaching-job-comes-with-hazards/article/1593520?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - This gig should come with a Surgeon General's warning scribbled on the label in orange and blue: Coaching the Denver Broncos is hazardous to your health.

Lately it has been as safe as modeling neckwear for Aqib Talib. The last two coaches - John Fox, 58 then; Gary Kubiak, 55 now - both spent time in the hospital. The next guy should know two things before he assumes the parking space once reserved for Kubiak's big ol' Texas truck: The expectations at Broncos headquarters can carry you to the top of the Super Bowl podium or lay you flat on your back. Or both.

"This is a great place to work, but the expectations are high. Those expectations have been set by Mr. Bowlen a long time ago," general manager John Elway

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Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:36:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Humility the hallmark of Gary Kubiak's tenure as Broncos coach]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-humility-the-hallmark-of-gary-kubiaks-tenure-as-broncos-coach/article/1593480?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-humility-the-hallmark-of-gary-kubiaks-tenure-as-broncos-coach/article/1593480?custom_click=rss

DENVER - With only the handshakes left in a 24-6 blowout win against the Raiders, the Mile High crowd crooned its approval of a man who would rather the masses focus their attention on someone else. Anyone else. Just not him.

"Kuuuuubes ."

The Ring of Fame awaits Gary Kubiak. It should, at least. Ol' Kubes spent 22 years around these hills - nine as John Elway's backup, 11 as offensive coordinator, two as head coach. There hasn't been a Super Bowl championship won here without him. And Sunday in a performance that showed competition is never meaningless, he revealed his decision to step away from his position as Broncos head coach in the most Gary Kubiak manner possible: "Today's about the players. There will be time for all

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Sun, 01 Jan 2017 22:58:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Who would succeed Gary Kubiak as Broncos coach?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-who-would-succeed-gary-kubiak-as-broncos-coach/article/1593450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-who-would-succeed-gary-kubiak-as-broncos-coach/article/1593450?custom_click=rss

Gary Kubiak's first season as Broncos coach was about winning Super Bowl 50 and the best coaching job I've ever seen. Take a bow, coach.

Gary Kubiak's second season was about his health. It wasted no time, starting the very next day after Super Bowl 50, when Rhonda Kubiak, his wife, told me there had been a long family meeting about his health.

And then in October, I wrote that I would be pleasantly surprised if Gary Kubiak coaches the Broncos beyond this season.

There was one hint after another the Broncos would be changing coaches.

Now the overhaul coming to the Broncos will include a new head coach, according to a report

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Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:31:17 -0700
<![CDATA[The Denver Broncos report card for the Oakland Raiders game]]> http://gazette.com/the-denver-broncos-report-card-for-the-oakland-raiders-game/article/1593411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-denver-broncos-report-card-for-the-oakland-raiders-game/article/1593411?custom_click=rss

Broncos Report Card


One Raiders fan suggested Oakland quarterback Matt McGloin once spiked the ball with such ferocity the dust covered the sun, killing the dinosaurs. Derek Carr's backup winning at Mile High would be a fitting cap to Denver's season.

Advantage: Raiders


One year after the fact, the defense that carried the Broncos to Super Bowl 50 is a shell of itself: T.J. Ward, Derek Wolfe and DeMarcus Ware are among the premier defenders ruled out for the finale against the Raiders.

Advantage: Raiders

Special teams

One bright spot in a dour Broncos season was Riley Dixon.

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Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:39:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos changes must include a better Paxton Lynch]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-changes-must-include-a-better-paxton-lynch/article/1593418?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-changes-must-include-a-better-paxton-lynch/article/1593418?custom_click=rss

DENVER - With the calendar's change, the changes coming to the Broncos may include the quarterback, coach, coordinators, defensive captain and stadium name.

They will change the things that stink, from the offense to their socks. All that's safe from change is Thunder's employment and orange as the team's predominant color.

When you miss the postseason for the first time in six years - and the Raiders, who missed it for 14 years, don't see what the big deal is - changes are all well, good and necessary.

What must also change here is the development of quarterback Paxton Lynch.

The Broncos host the Raiders on Sunday in a finale to forget. The reigning (for one more month) champs will close a bummer season without

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Sun, 01 Jan 2017 06:38:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Three with Paul Klee: Broncos mirror Buffs; Salt in the wound]]> http://gazette.com/three-with-paul-klee-broncos-mirror-buffs-salt-in-the-wound/article/1593410?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-with-paul-klee-broncos-mirror-buffs-salt-in-the-wound/article/1593410?custom_click=rss

Three with Klee

Salt in the wound

If the Titans, Jets and - shoot, even the Chargers - were power players in the AFC playoff picture, perhaps missing the postseason for the first time in six years would be easier to stomach for Broncos Country. But this must be a worst-case scenario: the Patriots are locked into the No. 1 seed while the Raiders and Chiefs should be considered the main threats to New England reaching another Super Bowl. Talk about salt in the wound: When I conducted a straw poll of the Broncos locker room earlier this season, the three teams they hate the most were - you guessed it - the Patriots, Raiders and Chiefs. (Shane Ray, for reasons he wouldn't divulge, cited the Chargers.

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Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:49:15 -0700