<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Sat, 21 Oct 2017 02:54:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Broncos at Chargers: Paul Klee's report card and prediction]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-at-chargers-paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction/article/1613633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-at-chargers-paul-klees-report-card-and-prediction/article/1613633?custom_click=rss

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:45:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: This one's also for John: Denver Broncos need outside help to fix offense]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-this-ones-also-for-john-denver-broncos-need-outside-help-to-fix-offense/article/1613592?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-this-ones-also-for-john-denver-broncos-need-outside-help-to-fix-offense/article/1613592?custom_click=rss

DENVER — On a sun-soaked Colorado afternoon in May, Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway and coach Vance Joseph went to work at Sports Authority Field.

Their non-football assignment on that day was the John Lynch Foundation’s “Salute the Stars,” an annual event that rounded up $118,000 in scholarship money for deserving, inspiring high school athletes who aspire to greatness.

“Success should be measured by happiness,” Joseph told the scholarship recipients from a snazzy stage below the south stands inside Mile High Stadium. “When you find your happiness, that’s your success.”

There was no happiness last week in Broncoville.

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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:58:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Behind Nikola Jokic and '3D' game plan, Denver Nuggets should ride into playoffs in 2017-18]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-behind-nikola-jokic-and-3d-game-plan-denver-nuggets-should-ride-into-playoffs-in-2017-18/article/1613433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-behind-nikola-jokic-and-3d-game-plan-denver-nuggets-should-ride-into-playoffs-in-2017-18/article/1613433?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Horse racing is an offseason thing. His steed, “Dream Catcher,” stays in Serbia, and Nikola Jokic has no designs on bringing his most prized possession to the States.

So this summer the basketball hero Colorado deserves began a new hobby: flying drones. (Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, all that.) His maiden flight took place over a neighborhood in northwest Denver — Sloan’s Lake — and gave the Nuggets’ 22-year-old center a big-picture perspective of the city where he desires to spend the entirety of his pro basketball career.

“It’s fun, because you can look at different things from a ... how do you say ... bird ...” Jokic told me

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:29:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: That — whatever that was — was the worst: Mile High turns on Broncos in "pathetic" loss to New York Giants]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-that-whatever-that-was-was-the-worst-mile-high-turns-on-broncos-in-pathetic-loss-to-new-york-giants/article/1613304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-that-whatever-that-was-was-the-worst-mile-high-turns-on-broncos-in-pathetic-loss-to-new-york-giants/article/1613304?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Booooo.

In the Age of Apologies, the Broncos should send one ASAP. That — whatever that was — was the worst performance I’ve ever seen by a Colorado professional sports team playing at home. And I was a Nuggets fan in the ’90s.

New York Giants 23, Broncozzzzz 10.

Here are some other nevers, if you’re scoring at home (since the Broncos aren’t): I’ve never heard a Mile High crowd so quiet, until it booed. And the boos were 100-percent deserved and not loud enough. Many of the 75,174 who attended left early. The Broncos experienced a premature evacuation.

“We got our ass kicked tonight,” running back C.J. Anderson said.

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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:29:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Giants at Broncos: Report card and prediction]]> http://gazette.com/giants-at-broncos-report-card-and-prediction/article/1613181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/giants-at-broncos-report-card-and-prediction/article/1613181?custom_click=rss

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Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:37:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: The winless Giants on 'Sunday Night Football'? Trevor Siemian and Broncos offense should pass]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-winless-giants-on-sunday-night-football-trevor-siemian-and-broncos-offense-should-pass/article/1613180?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-winless-giants-on-sunday-night-football-trevor-siemian-and-broncos-offense-should-pass/article/1613180?custom_click=rss

DENVER — If Mike McCoy, Trevor Siemian and the Broncos offense are more than a one-trick pony, "Sunday Night Football" is a perfect time to show it.

The NFL’s newest doormat comes to Mile High. The Broncos should stomp on the winless Giants and remove the specks of dirt from their profile.

There’s not much dirt on the Broncos. They aren't the pushover that so many experts expected. The running game is bruise (C.J. Anderson) and burn (Jamaal Charles), the defense is the “No Fly Zone” and “Ground Control” (and hasn’t missed Wade Phillips), the new coach has handled the divisive and self-defeating national anthem protests like an old pro.

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Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:36:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Are the Denver Nuggets soft? NBA MVP Russell Westbrook gave his answer]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-are-the-denver-nuggets-soft-nba-mvp-russell-westbrook-gave-his-answer/article/1613014?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-are-the-denver-nuggets-soft-nba-mvp-russell-westbrook-gave-his-answer/article/1613014?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Does the rest of the NBA think the Nuggets are soft?

I don’t know. Let’s ask the reigning MVP of the league, Russell Westbrook.


With a premeditated shoulder check and arms outstretched to drive home the point, Westbrook on Tuesday night threw every one of his 200 pounds into the chest of Denver’s best player, Nikola Jokic, and the heart of a franchise. Just 92 seconds into a game. In the preseason. On their home floor, Pepsi Center. 

“You mean the Flagrant 2?” Nuggets coach Michael Malone deadpanned after the game, subtly lobbying for a Westbrook ejection while making sure the would-be fine money stayed in his own pocket.

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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:52:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Who's the fastest return man in the NFL — Kansas City's Tyreek Hill or Denver's response? Isaiah McKenzie: "Me"]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-whos-the-fastest-return-man-in-the-nfl-kansas-citys-tyreek-hill-or-denvers-response-isaiah-mckenzie-me/article/1612878?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-whos-the-fastest-return-man-in-the-nfl-kansas-citys-tyreek-hill-or-denvers-response-isaiah-mckenzie-me/article/1612878?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Flying along at 30,000 feet above sea level, Broncos punt returner Isaiah McKenzie had an epiphany.

Its name: Tyreek Hill.

“I was watching on a plane when the Chiefs game was on (Sunday night). And when Tyreek took that one back, I was like, ‘Nah, this can’t be happening,’” McKenzie told me at his locker inside the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters on Monday. “Then I had a thought of my own, ‘Why not me?’

“It’s the second quarter of the season now. The first quarter was all right for me. But these next four games — the second quarter — I’m taking it by storm.”

There’s a storm

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Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:13:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee against the spread]]> http://gazette.com/klee-against-the-spread/article/1612776?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-against-the-spread/article/1612776?custom_click=rss

Klee against the spread

After a 3-1 flourish last week to get back on track, Gazette columnist Paul Klee offers his best plays for a Broncos-less Week 5:

LA Rams -1 vs. Seahawks

Colts -1 vs. 49ers

Texans pick 'em vs.

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Sat, 07 Oct 2017 18:59:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Colorado Rockies season ends with Wild Card loss to Diamondbacks — and ends as an overall success]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-season-ends-with-wild-card-loss-to-diamondbacks-and-ends-as-an-overall-success/article/1612577?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-rockies-season-ends-with-wild-card-loss-to-diamondbacks-and-ends-as-an-overall-success/article/1612577?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — When it was over — the game, the season, the shortest Rocktober yet — Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story hunched over the dugout steps and watched the party unfold.

Get a good look, fellas. The Rockies aren’t far off from throwing one of their own.

This is supposed to be where you rip the Rockies. They lost to the Diamondbacks, 11-8, late Wednesday night in front of 48,803 transplants in the National League wild-card game. Toss a truckload of dirt on Jon Gray’s career, the whole shebang. Lament a whiffed opportunity in the postseason, at least. Right here, in this space, a proper epilogue to a baseball season.

Can’t do it.

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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:09:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee's Rapid Reactions: Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 8]]> http://gazette.com/klees-rapid-reactions-diamondbacks-11-rockies-8/article/1612575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klees-rapid-reactions-diamondbacks-11-rockies-8/article/1612575?custom_click=rss

Three observations from Gazette columnist Paul Klee in Phoenix:

Jon Gray will have better days. He’s never had worse. The Rockies’ No. 1 starter was chased after 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing of his young career? No team in baseball wins a playoff road game when the moment proves too big for the starter. The first pitch of Wednesday’s game arrived at 5:08 local time. MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt — aka “Goldy,” aka “M-V-P! M-V-P” here in the Valley of the Sun — uncorked a three-run homer at 5:20. Buddy Black took the ball from Gray at 5:51. (Yes, I thought the skipper could have moved on earlier.) No, Arizona ace Zack Greinke wasn’t much better. But if the Rox

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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:10:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Homegrown Colorado Rockies enter wild-card game with a message — Make 'em believe]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-homegrown-colorado-rockies-enter-wild-card-game-with-a-message-make-em-believe/article/1612468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-homegrown-colorado-rockies-enter-wild-card-game-with-a-message-make-em-believe/article/1612468?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — It’s a sports tactic old enough that it remembers real bulletin boards, freckled with pinholes, chunks of cork scattered across the shag carpet below: nobody believed in us.

Between guzzles of champagne and soggy man-hugs, the Rockies repeated the phrase over and over late Saturday night, their spot in the postseason clinched. Nolan Arenado said it. Greg Holland said it. Trevor Story pounded a Coors — Banquet style, not the blah stuff — and said it.

For once, it’s true. For the Rockies, it’s always been true.

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Wed, 04 Oct 2017 13:42:19 -0600