<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:50:39 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: Ty Lawson's arrest adds to disarray of Denver Nuggets]]> By Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-ty-lawsons-arrest-adds-to-disarray-of-denver-nuggets/article/1545157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-ty-lawsons-arrest-adds-to-disarray-of-denver-nuggets/article/1545157?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Nuggets stink, and most of them don't seem to give a flip. Too many of them are here as hired mercenaries.

(Whoops. I wrote that already, back in November. OK, let's try this again.)

Ty Lawson was arrested for careless driving, speeding and suspicion of DUI around 1 a.m. Friday morning. Lawson reportedly told a police officer he had been drinking.

We know the dangers of drinking and driving. So does Ty Lawson, who has done promotional work for Lyft, a taxi service.

Hopefully we're all clear on how dumb it is.

The Nuggets then had a game Friday night. It tipped off roughly 18 hours after Lawson was busted in Denver. Game tickets on Craigslist were going for as cheap as $15.



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DENVER - The Nuggets stink, and most of them don't seem to give a flip. Too many of them are here as hired mercenaries.

(Whoops. I wrote that already, back in November. OK, let's try this again.)

Ty Lawson was arrested for careless driving, speeding and suspicion of DUI around 1 a.m. Friday morning. Lawson reportedly told a police officer he had been drinking.

We know the dangers of drinking and driving. So does Ty Lawson, who has done promotional work for Lyft, a taxi service.

Hopefully we're all clear on how dumb it is.

The Nuggets then had a game Friday night. It tipped off roughly 18 hours after Lawson was busted in Denver. Game tickets on Craigslist were going for as cheap as $15.

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Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:56:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos and Gary Kubiak emphasize family, and this hire is for the patriarch]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-and-gary-kubiak-emphasize-family-and-this-hire-is-for-the-patriarch/article/1544943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-and-gary-kubiak-emphasize-family-and-this-hire-is-for-the-patriarch/article/1544943?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The preparation was over, the hype in full buzz. But first things come first, you know.

Here, two days before the Broncos would host the Colts in an AFC playoff game, three of the men at the core of the Broncos operation had one more stop to make. John Elway, Peyton Manning and longtime athletic trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos convened at Dove Valley.

Together, they paid a visit to Pat Bowlen, the team owner for three decades.

Mr. B is why this is possible. I suggest Mr. B is why all of this is happening.

Bowlen isn't the only reason why John Elway left a charmed life with 10 a.m. tee times to risk his football legacy as general manager of the Broncos, or the only reason Gary Kubiak returned to



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ENGLEWOOD — The preparation was over, the hype in full buzz. But first things come first, you know.

Here, two days before the Broncos would host the Colts in an AFC playoff game, three of the men at the core of the Broncos operation had one more stop to make. John Elway, Peyton Manning and longtime athletic trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos convened at Dove Valley.

Together, they paid a visit to Pat Bowlen, the team owner for three decades.

Mr. B is why this is possible. I suggest Mr. B is why all of this is happening.

Bowlen isn't the only reason why John Elway left a charmed life with 10 a.m. tee times to risk his football legacy as general manager of the Broncos, or the only reason Gary Kubiak returned to

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:50:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos move from Fox to Kubiak, and John Elway invites the unthinkable]]> By Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-move-from-fox-to-kubiak-and-john-elway-invites-the-unthinkable/article/1544891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-move-from-fox-to-kubiak-and-john-elway-invites-the-unthinkable/article/1544891?custom_click=rss

DENVER — You can tell someone is not from Colorado if they test Interstate 70 traffic on Friday afternoon, their ski trip scheduled for a weekend.

Likewise, you know someone is not from here if they value neckties over Nalgene bottles, if they collect baseball cards but not lift tickets, if they swear St. Louis is great but choose to live here, if they plan ahead for tickets at Coors Field in August.

Mostly, you can determine if someone is from here by how they view John Elway.

He's the general manager of the Broncos? Not from here. He gave us two Super Bowl titles, never lost to the Patriots (11-0!), has counted to infinity (twice), uses the sun to tell time, walks on water, then turns that water into a six-pack of 90



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DENVER — You can tell someone is not from Colorado if they test Interstate 70 traffic on Friday afternoon, their ski trip scheduled for a weekend.

Likewise, you know someone is not from here if they value neckties over Nalgene bottles, if they collect baseball cards but not lift tickets, if they swear St. Louis is great but choose to live here, if they plan ahead for tickets at Coors Field in August.

Mostly, you can determine if someone is from here by how they view John Elway.

He's the general manager of the Broncos? Not from here. He gave us two Super Bowl titles, never lost to the Patriots (11-0!), has counted to infinity (twice), uses the sun to tell time, walks on water, then turns that water into a six-pack of 90

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Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:19:33 -0700
<![CDATA[KLEE: For Broncos after John Fox, are George Karl's Nuggets a cautionary tale?]]> By Paul Klee paul.klee@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/klee-for-broncos-after-john-fox-are-george-karls-nuggets-a-cautionary-tale/article/1544793?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-broncos-after-john-fox-are-george-karls-nuggets-a-cautionary-tale/article/1544793?custom_click=rss

DENVER — I wonder if the Broncos just made the same mistake the Nuggets did.

Yes, it's fair to wonder.

I wonder if front-office arrogance trumped on-field competence. I wonder if Twitter muscle pushed a good man and a better coach out of town too soon. I wonder if the Broncos focused on the playoff losses when John Fox's wins were taken for granted.

George Karl wonders, too.

"Well, I'm not surprised you called me," Karl said in a phone conversation from his home in the Denver area. "I'll just say that."

Oh, he said much more. It needs to be said.

There is a cautionary tale for the Broncos, and it was written just down the street.



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DENVER — I wonder if the Broncos just made the same mistake the Nuggets did.

Yes, it's fair to wonder.

I wonder if front-office arrogance trumped on-field competence. I wonder if Twitter muscle pushed a good man and a better coach out of town too soon. I wonder if the Broncos focused on the playoff losses when John Fox's wins were taken for granted.

George Karl wonders, too.

"Well, I'm not surprised you called me," Karl said in a phone conversation from his home in the Denver area. "I'll just say that."

Oh, he said much more. It needs to be said.

There is a cautionary tale for the Broncos, and it was written just down the street.

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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:46:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: 'Kicking and Screaming' must be Denver Broncos new slogan]]> By Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-kicking-and-screaming-must-be-denver-broncos-new-slogan/article/1544566?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-kicking-and-screaming-must-be-denver-broncos-new-slogan/article/1544566?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Sunday night as most of Colorado was barfing up its dinner, the door swung open to the Broncos locker room at Sports Authority Field. John Elway, the GQ-styled general manager, was first to emerge from the losers' abyss.

He wore a snazzy orange tie, of course, and the look of a father figure who wasn't angry, just disappointed. And isn't that always worse?

I hope Elway let them have it. I hope he sounded like my dad the morning after I broke curfew after high school prom. I hope he told the players to man up or ship out.

"I don't know why we didn't have more fire," Elway said Tuesday.

You and the rest of this orange-blooded state, No. 7.



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ENGLEWOOD — Sunday night as most of Colorado was barfing up its dinner, the door swung open to the Broncos locker room at Sports Authority Field. John Elway, the GQ-styled general manager, was first to emerge from the losers' abyss.

He wore a snazzy orange tie, of course, and the look of a father figure who wasn't angry, just disappointed. And isn't that always worse?

I hope Elway let them have it. I hope he sounded like my dad the morning after I broke curfew after high school prom. I hope he told the players to man up or ship out.

"I don't know why we didn't have more fire," Elway said Tuesday.

You and the rest of this orange-blooded state, No. 7.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:13:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Next coach of the Broncos? Chances are, John Elway will go big]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-next-coach-of-the-broncos-chances-are-john-elway-will-go-big/article/1544499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-next-coach-of-the-broncos-chances-are-john-elway-will-go-big/article/1544499?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Put the 3-iron away, Danny. John Elway hits a driver off the first tee box at Cherry Hills. Elway's stack of poker chips is only small because he's forever all in.

Each time Elway pulls into his designated parking space at Dove Valley, I'm surprised it's not a tank. Or a chopper. Who's the next coach of the Broncos? Think big, and outside the box.

As general manager, that's all Elway has done.

When Elway hires the man to replace John Fox as coach of the Broncos, I expect he will go big. Big name, big resume, big surprise - one of the three. Maybe all three. No one knows who it is. By now, everyone should know Elway's M.O. as GM of the Broncos.

The Duke is a Don. He always gets his.



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ENGLEWOOD — Put the 3-iron away, Danny. John Elway hits a driver off the first tee box at Cherry Hills. Elway's stack of poker chips is only small because he's forever all in.

Each time Elway pulls into his designated parking space at Dove Valley, I'm surprised it's not a tank. Or a chopper. Who's the next coach of the Broncos? Think big, and outside the box.

As general manager, that's all Elway has done.

When Elway hires the man to replace John Fox as coach of the Broncos, I expect he will go big. Big name, big resume, big surprise - one of the three. Maybe all three. No one knows who it is. By now, everyone should know Elway's M.O. as GM of the Broncos.

The Duke is a Don. He always gets his.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:13:35 -0700
<![CDATA[KLEE: Denver Nuggets just treading water, must continue making moves]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-nuggets-just-treading-water-must-continue-making-moves/article/1544627?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-nuggets-just-treading-water-must-continue-making-moves/article/1544627?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Mark Cuban was there. If we're lucky, he'll buy the Colorado Rockies, too.

The family of Jusuf Nurkic was there, all the way from Bosnia, five layovers later. Dirk Nowitzki, Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler were there, in sweats. None of the trio played for the Mavericks in a 114-107 loss to the Nuggets. They took the night off.

But at this stage for the Nuggets, who are 18-20 and simply treading water, it's more about who's not at Pepsi Center on a game night like Wednesday. If the Nuggets finish the season with the same roster they have now, this season was a complete bust.

For now, it's just a bust. Just don't expect the Nuggets to tank, not all the way.

One, team owner Stan Kroenke wouldn't green

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The family of Jusuf Nurkic was there, all the way from Bosnia, five layovers later. Dirk Nowitzki, Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler were there, in sweats. None of the trio played for the Mavericks in a 114-107 loss to the Nuggets. They took the night off.

But at this stage for the Nuggets, who are 18-20 and simply treading water, it's more about who's not at Pepsi Center on a game night like Wednesday. If the Nuggets finish the season with the same roster they have now, this season was a complete bust.

For now, it's just a bust. Just don't expect the Nuggets to tank, not all the way.

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When media suggested Jared Allen and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, John Elway pushed a stack of chips to the table's center and snagged DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib. Tim Tebow? Nah. What's Peyton Manning up to?

The Duke is a Don. When he replaces John Fox with the next coach of the Broncos, I expect Elway will go big. This won't be a graceful swan dive into the pool; this will be a cannonball off the roof.

Fox is out. The Guy Who Will Make You Freak Out is next.

Who's the guy? Start your lists. But think big, and not just in terms of the name, but in terms of the connection the next head coach might have to Elway. I tossed out the idea of a reunion with Mike Shanahan or Gary Kubiak in this morning's Gazette.



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When media suggested Jared Allen and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, John Elway pushed a stack of chips to the table's center and snagged DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib. Tim Tebow? Nah. What's Peyton Manning up to?

The Duke is a Don. When he replaces John Fox with the next coach of the Broncos, I expect Elway will go big. This won't be a graceful swan dive into the pool; this will be a cannonball off the roof.

Fox is out. The Guy Who Will Make You Freak Out is next.

Who's the guy? Start your lists. But think big, and not just in terms of the name, but in terms of the connection the next head coach might have to Elway. I tossed out the idea of a reunion with Mike Shanahan or Gary Kubiak in this morning's Gazette.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:42:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: After Broncos season closes with a thud, a parade of changes is coming]]> By Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-after-broncos-season-closes-with-a-thud-a-parade-of-changes-is-coming/article/1544444?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-after-broncos-season-closes-with-a-thud-a-parade-of-changes-is-coming/article/1544444?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The kid was crying, and he isn't the only one. He wore a No. 18 Broncos jersey appropriately sized for a 3-year-old. The tears fit any age.

One day Marshall Manning will see the bigger picture, the vast, brilliant masterpiece his father drew in 17 seasons as an NFL quarterback. But at the moment, alongside the entire Manning clan on an elevator inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High, he knew only the harsh finality of his daddy's season coming to an end. And Marshall cried.

Colts 24, Broncos 13. Sunday's playoff game was a thud, some crud, a dud.

The harshest reality is yet to come. I expect major changes are on the way. Nothing about Peyton Manning's or John Fox's postgame exchanges suggested one or both



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DENVER — The kid was crying, and he isn't the only one. He wore a No. 18 Broncos jersey appropriately sized for a 3-year-old. The tears fit any age.

One day Marshall Manning will see the bigger picture, the vast, brilliant masterpiece his father drew in 17 seasons as an NFL quarterback. But at the moment, alongside the entire Manning clan on an elevator inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High, he knew only the harsh finality of his daddy's season coming to an end. And Marshall cried.

Colts 24, Broncos 13. Sunday's playoff game was a thud, some crud, a dud.

The harshest reality is yet to come. I expect major changes are on the way. Nothing about Peyton Manning's or John Fox's postgame exchanges suggested one or both

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 07:19:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee with three things to look for in Broncos vs. Colts]]> Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-with-three-things-to-look-for-in-broncos-vs.-colts/article/1544372?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-with-three-things-to-look-for-in-broncos-vs.-colts/article/1544372?custom_click=rss

Bye, bye to the bye week

1 I don't like the bye week. I don't think it's an advantage. Sounds crazy, right? Well, not if you document Peyton Manning's experience with a bye week. His teams are 2-3 in the divisional round following a bye. It's not just Manning's teams, either, that earn an extra week of rest and preparation before earning a season-ending loss. It happens to somebody in almost every postseason - a No. 1 or No. 2 seed (or sometimes both!) usually loses its first playoff game. A No. 2 seed lost in 2014, a No. 1 seed lost in 2013, a No. 1 seed lost in 2012, a pair of No. 1 seeds lost in 2011 and a No. 2 seed lost in 2010. And I could keep going. It happened in 2009 (when three top seeds lost) and in 2008 (when two top



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Bye, bye to the bye week

1 I don't like the bye week. I don't think it's an advantage. Sounds crazy, right? Well, not if you document Peyton Manning's experience with a bye week. His teams are 2-3 in the divisional round following a bye. It's not just Manning's teams, either, that earn an extra week of rest and preparation before earning a season-ending loss. It happens to somebody in almost every postseason - a No. 1 or No. 2 seed (or sometimes both!) usually loses its first playoff game. A No. 2 seed lost in 2014, a No. 1 seed lost in 2013, a No. 1 seed lost in 2012, a pair of No. 1 seeds lost in 2011 and a No. 2 seed lost in 2010. And I could keep going. It happened in 2009 (when three top seeds lost) and in 2008 (when two top

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Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:15:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: As Broncos begin another Super Bowl push, their biggest challenger is..]]> Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-as-broncos-begin-another-super-bowl-push-their-biggest-challenger-is../article/1544380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-as-broncos-begin-another-super-bowl-push-their-biggest-challenger-is../article/1544380?custom_click=rss

DENVER — This is teeing off on No. 18 as the sun vanishes below the clubhouse. This is a final bench-press rep when your triceps are trembling. This is one more cast when the Roaring Fork is a pitch-black, rolling escalator of darkness.

This is a race against time. That's why Sunday's game between Peyton Manning's Broncos and Andrew Luck's Colts is less about the signature quarterbacks and more about continuing a run that 99 percent of the NFL would give its salary cap for. Time remains the top seed in the NFL power rankings, and time is why this game, and these NFL playoffs, is being met with so much anxiety around here.

They matter so much because Colorado doesn't know how much time is left.

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DENVER — This is teeing off on No. 18 as the sun vanishes below the clubhouse. This is a final bench-press rep when your triceps are trembling. This is one more cast when the Roaring Fork is a pitch-black, rolling escalator of darkness.

This is a race against time. That's why Sunday's game between Peyton Manning's Broncos and Andrew Luck's Colts is less about the signature quarterbacks and more about continuing a run that 99 percent of the NFL would give its salary cap for. Time remains the top seed in the NFL power rankings, and time is why this game, and these NFL playoffs, is being met with so much anxiety around here.

They matter so much because Colorado doesn't know how much time is left.

"It's all about winning

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Sun, 11 Jan 2015 09:56:18 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Colorado State basketball rides second chances into Mountain West renaissance]]> By Paul Klee paul.klee@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-state-basketball-rides-second-chances-into-mountain-west-renaissance/article/1544283?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-state-basketball-rides-second-chances-into-mountain-west-renaissance/article/1544283?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS — Puff, puff. Larry Eustachy inhales from the vapor pen he proudly claims is his biggest purchase of the past six months. He exhales. An odorless cloud blows forward, with it a stream of consciousness. In a team meeting room inside Moby Arena, the Colorado State men's basketball coach turns his attention from the whiteboard, scribbled with X's and O's, to the Colorado stogie gripped in his right hand.

"I love this thing. I got it at the smoke shop," Eustachy says. "It's legal. It's non-nicotine oil. This is my last vice."

It's New Year's Day. Last night, the ultimate night for champagne popping and revelry, Eustachy celebrated by kissing his wife at midnight and watching another episode of "Modern Family." "Back



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FORT COLLINS — Puff, puff. Larry Eustachy inhales from the vapor pen he proudly claims is his biggest purchase of the past six months. He exhales. An odorless cloud blows forward, with it a stream of consciousness. In a team meeting room inside Moby Arena, the Colorado State men's basketball coach turns his attention from the whiteboard, scribbled with X's and O's, to the Colorado stogie gripped in his right hand.

"I love this thing. I got it at the smoke shop," Eustachy says. "It's legal. It's non-nicotine oil. This is my last vice."

It's New Year's Day. Last night, the ultimate night for champagne popping and revelry, Eustachy celebrated by kissing his wife at midnight and watching another episode of "Modern Family." "Back

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Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:11:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Peyton Manning vs. Colts is the story, but No. 18 won't determine if Broncos win]]> By Paul Klee, The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-peyton-manning-vs.-colts-is-the-story-but-no.-18-wont-determine-if-broncos-win/article/1544094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-peyton-manning-vs.-colts-is-the-story-but-no.-18-wont-determine-if-broncos-win/article/1544094?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — The Broncos locker room is different now. There is less small talk, fewer games of Connect Four. Media interviews are more direct, concise and Aqib Talib isn't humming love ballads over the soft jams playing through a teammate's iPhone.

The reason is simple. The Broncos dissect their season into three parts: "Preseason, regular season," Talib said Monday. "Then you get to the real season."

The real season is now, and it demands their utmost attention. The Broncos are "locked in, lasered in," as Terrance Knighton put it, for the first game of the real season, a playoff game against the Colts at Sports Authority Field on Sunday.

The headline for this one writes itself: Peyton Manning vs. His Former Team.



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ENGLEWOOD — The Broncos locker room is different now. There is less small talk, fewer games of Connect Four. Media interviews are more direct, concise and Aqib Talib isn't humming love ballads over the soft jams playing through a teammate's iPhone.

The reason is simple. The Broncos dissect their season into three parts: "Preseason, regular season," Talib said Monday. "Then you get to the real season."

The real season is now, and it demands their utmost attention. The Broncos are "locked in, lasered in," as Terrance Knighton put it, for the first game of the real season, a playoff game against the Colts at Sports Authority Field on Sunday.

The headline for this one writes itself: Peyton Manning vs. His Former Team.

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Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:44:51 -0700