<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:33:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Trevor Siemian one wild story for Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-trevor-siemian-one-wild-story-for-denver-broncos/article/1583961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-trevor-siemian-one-wild-story-for-denver-broncos/article/1583961?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Trevor Siemian's football career got its start, for real, in a ninth-grade English class in Orlando, Fla.

He had played before - flag football, at least. Flag football at the local YMCA with 4- and 5-year-olds often devolves into one big broken play, and li'l Trevor, a tailback-turned-quarterback, would take the pitch on an end-around and run all over the place until he scored a touchdown.

"He was like a little Archie Manning in disguise," his father, Walter Siemian, said from the family home in central Florida.

In those days Siemian was the first kid chosen, a no-brainer pick, an obvious selection as the quarterback. That eventually would change, as you may have noticed.

Baseball was Trevor's first love.



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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:19:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall on ex-teammate Colin Kaepernick's controversial stance]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-linebacker-brandon-marshall-on-ex-teammate-colin-kaepernicks-controversial-stance/article/1583885?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-linebacker-brandon-marshall-on-ex-teammate-colin-kaepernicks-controversial-stance/article/1583885?custom_click=rss

Far as I can tell, Brandon Marshall is the lone Bronco to have played with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. They were teammates at Nevada.

Saturday night after a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field, I asked Marshall for his opinion on Kaepernick's decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem.

“I support Colin. I support ‘Kaep.’ I understand where he’s coming from," Marshall said. "I definitely see what he’s saying. I support him on that. I’m not mad at him for that. Some people are bashing him on the Internet, but I’m not bashing him at all. I support him. 

"Kaep, he's using his platform how he



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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:09:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos still champs, just not in fantasy football]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-still-champs-just-not-in-fantasy-football/article/1583862?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-still-champs-just-not-in-fantasy-football/article/1583862?custom_click=rss

DENVER - What's your fantasy?

It shouldn't be the Broncos. That's what the expert tells me. He lives here, too.

"If the NFL was broken into three tiers in terms of fantasy (prospects)," Yahoo! Sports fantasy guru and local resident Brad Evans said Saturday, "the Broncos are in the bottom third."

I heard a groan Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Six, actually. The Broncos opened a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams with six snaps - and six running plays. The Broncos' defense is the "No Fly Zone." So is the offense.

Don't fault Gary Kubiak's conservatism. Ol' Kubes knows what's up: If the Broncos are to win another Super Bowl, this time in Houston, it's behind an all-time defense and



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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:02:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos' new way is different from the old way]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-new-way-is-different-from-the-old-way/article/1583803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-new-way-is-different-from-the-old-way/article/1583803?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Broncos tried the other way.

It worked - on lopsided scoreboards, in the standings, in the hearts of fantasy football enthusiasts. Then Super Bowl XLVIII happened, and it didn't work anymore.

So they tried another way. They built around an idea, instead of a quarterback. They created a big, bad defense and muffled their offense. It worked again, this time in the ultimate game, Super Bowl 50. They are sticking with what worked to the very end.

"Someone asked me: 'Since you won the Super Bowl, is everybody going to be after you?'" veteran pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware said. "I said you have to flip it around. We've always been the chaser. That's the type of team we are."

When Broncos host the St. Lou...



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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:05:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: CSU football player not defined by Aurora theater shooting]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-csu-football-player-not-defined-by-aurora-theater-shooting/article/1583758?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-csu-football-player-not-defined-by-aurora-theater-shooting/article/1583758?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS - My favorite college football player has three scars on his neck.

One is where a bullet from the Aurora theater shooting pierced his skin, just below and almost behind his left ear. The others are exit wounds: One visible at the bottom edge of his blondish-reddish hairline, the other hidden beneath a prickly tuft of shorn hair.

The bullet went in one way and came out another.

People enter Zack Golditch's life one way and come out another.

Take the little girl who attended Colorado State University's scrimmage when "Goldy," as his teammates call him, was a freshman. He saw her on the sideline and handed her a pair of his white gloves. One year later the girl returned to find him. You have a fan for

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:07:14 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee blog: Avalanche players, not new coach, in charge of team's trajectory]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-avalanche-players-not-new-coach-in-charge-of-teams-trajectory/article/1583672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-avalanche-players-not-new-coach-in-charge-of-teams-trajectory/article/1583672?custom_click=rss

Jared Bednar has been hired to coach the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced via Twitter on Thursday.

Bednar, 44, recently finished his second season as the COACH OF THE Cleveland Monsters, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Avalanche assistant general manager Chris MacFarland, who had the same title at Columbus until a year ago, has worked closely with Bednar, who is from Yorkton, Saskatchewan.



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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:49:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos bank on Trevor Siemian, with Paxon Lynch looming]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-bank-on-trevor-siemian-with-paxon-lynch-looming/article/1583450?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-bank-on-trevor-siemian-with-paxon-lynch-looming/article/1583450?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - If you had Trevor Siemian in the Broncos quarterback pool, go straight to Las Vegas. Skip work. Time is money.

Mark Sanchez? One guitar-strumming, baby-kissing, sweet peach of a man. The only thing he's done wrong since arriving here is play quarterback.

It's Trevor Time. Tune in, America.

"Trevor will start the game this week," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Monday.

Football people say the third preseason game is the "dress rehearsal" for the opener. In Denver they say, "I'm more nervous about our quarterback than theirs."

Barring injury or implosion against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday at Mile High - the third preseason game - Siemian also will start for the Super Bowl champions against



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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:36:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: The 2016 Broncos are better than the 2015 Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-2016-broncos-are-better-than-the-2015-broncos/article/1583325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-the-2016-broncos-are-better-than-the-2015-broncos/article/1583325?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Blame the media.

They got it all wrong, again.

The experts say Denver's done. Without a clear-cut quarterback, pundits say the reigning Super Bowl-champion Broncos are finished, falling, destined for failure?

F(orget) that.

The Broncos are better than they were last season. Mark it down in orange ink. They won the Super Bowl and improved on defense, believe it or not. Their offense is still dink and duck and yuck. But they are deeper, for sure; more knowledgeable, of how Gary Kubiak desires to play; educated first-hand in the details it takes to win the tough ones.

Will the Broncos claim another Super Bowl as the first back-to-back champs since the Patriots in 2004? That's another question entirely.



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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 01:43:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Potential suspension for Aqib Talib looms large for Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-potential-suspension-for-aqib-talib-looms-large-for-broncos/article/1583217?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-potential-suspension-for-aqib-talib-looms-large-for-broncos/article/1583217?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Without Aqib Talib, the Broncos could win nine, 10 games. Maybe 11, even. They could not win the Super Bowl.

Talib, the knucklehead/star cornerback, probably will be suspended by the NFL for what happened (anyone know?) June 5 in Dallas. That's what I think, anyway.

Will Talib face a suspension - and for how long? That's the most important question of this Broncos preseason - more important than DeMarcus Ware's health, more important than Von Miller's dance routine and, yes, more important than the even-Steven quarterback competition.

The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 on the strength of their relentless defense. Remove Talib, they're not as good.

Another Friday came and went without an NFL ruling on Talib.



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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:07:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Thanks to Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos quarterback saga will be one-and-done]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-thanks-to-paxton-lynch-denver-broncos-quarterback-saga-will-be-one-and-done/article/1583059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-thanks-to-paxton-lynch-denver-broncos-quarterback-saga-will-be-one-and-done/article/1583059?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Soak it in, sports-talk fans. Enjoy the quarterback competition that's consuming the conversation during Broncos training camp 2016.

Next year there won't be one.

What will we ever talk about once Paxton Lynch realizes he's That Dude and permanently assumes the job title that means the most to Colorado: QB1?

Denver traffic that looks like L.A.'s? Politics? "The Bachelorette"? Things that matter?

Plan ahead. Save wall space in the Broncos cave for those "On The Mark" T-shirts and "Touchdown Trevor" stickers. Someday they'll make sweet mementos.

But "Action" Paxton is coming - in 2017, if not much later in 2016.



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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:08:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Kubiak, Broncos name new starting QB for preseason game No. 2]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-kubiak-broncos-name-new-starting-qb-for-preseason-game-no.-2/article/1583114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-kubiak-broncos-name-new-starting-qb-for-preseason-game-no.-2/article/1583114?custom_click=rss

Not everything Gary Kubiak says is true.

The job description of an NFL coach is part football mind, part psychologist and part smoke-screener. Why tell the opponent more than you must?

Still, Kubiak's announcement that Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback for the Broncos in the second preseason game, Saturday against San Francisco, is the latest example of Kubiak's rare transparency as a coach. 

Kubiak has said all along the quarterback race will be an open competition.

Sure, the masses said, but let's be real: Mark Sanchez is going to be the guy.

But by handing Sanchez the starting nod against the Bears, and Siemian the starting job against the 49ers, Kubiak has stayed true to



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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:05:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Fight! Tempers flare between Broncos stars]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-fight-tempers-flare-between-broncos-stars/article/1582857?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-fight-tempers-flare-between-broncos-stars/article/1582857?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Fight!

“They’re just tired of going against each other,” Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said after two of the best players in the NFL got into a pride-fueled, profanity-laced, awesome-to-watch rumble during practice on Monday.

It must be a pain in the you-know-what to play against this Broncos defense. Just ask the Broncos offense. A group led by Von Miller, Aqib Talib and all their bold, brash buddies has skipped past midseason form and gone straight to postseason form.

Denver’s ‘D’ is bad to the bone and better than last year, if you can believe that. But right as defensive back Chris Harris Jr.



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Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:54:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: In pivotal season at Colorado, Mike MacIntyre leans on Christian faith]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-in-pivotal-season-at-colorado-mike-macintyre-leans-on-christian-faith/article/1582727?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-in-pivotal-season-at-colorado-mike-macintyre-leans-on-christian-faith/article/1582727?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - There are times when Mike MacIntyre is alone in the Colorado locker room at Folsom Field. Times when there is no game or practice, and he prays.

He prays over each locker, from No. 13's Sefo Liufau to No. 4's Chidobe Awuzie and every redshirt candidate and starter in between. Every two weeks the coach hosts a Bible study in his office with a group of Buffs supporters. When asked why his Christian faith seems ubiquitous in his daily life, despite mounting losses on the field, MacIntyre quotes a favorite line from Mark Batterson's "The Circle Maker": "One hundred percent of the prayers not prayed are not answered."

It's a real possibility MacIntyre is fired as CU's coach in the next six months. CU's record over his



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Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:33:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Quarterback controversy? The story remains Broncos' defense]]> http://gazette.com/klee-quarterback-controversy-the-story-remains-broncos-defense/article/1582580?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-quarterback-controversy-the-story-remains-broncos-defense/article/1582580?custom_click=rss

CHICAGO - It must say somewhere, scratched with a sharp rock into a stone tablet, great NFL teams are required to feature a big-time, rifle-armed quarterback.

Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian? Silly question.

As if the history of 2015 taught us nothing, the wrong question again is being asked. Here's the correct one: Is the Broncos defense of now better than the Bears, Bucs, Ravens and Seahawks of then? As 17 media members swarmed the lockers temporarily being used by Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian late Thursday night at Soldier Field, the defenders who won Super Bowl 50 chilled all by their lonesome. Some rapped. Some sang. Some compared stats: "If I played the whole game, I'd have three sacks. Easy.



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Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:25:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Is Trevor Siemian really a factor? 3 reasons to believe in the Broncos' QB]]> http://gazette.com/is-trevor-siemian-really-a-factor-3-reasons-to-believe-in-the-broncos-qb/article/1582513?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-trevor-siemian-really-a-factor-3-reasons-to-believe-in-the-broncos-qb/article/1582513?custom_click=rss

The Broncos quarterback candidate wasn't a college star but seemed to flourish in big moments at Northwestern:

Sept. 1, 2012: Siemian, a sophomore, came off the bench to lead a game-winning drive in the final minute of Northwestern's 42-41 win at Syracuse.

Nov. 30, 2013: Siemian, a junior, filled in for the injured starter and passed for 414 yards and four touchdowns in Northwestern's 37-34 win at in-state rival Illinois.

Nov. 14, 2014: Siemian, a senior, accounted for two touchdowns and 284 passing yards in Northwestern's 43-40 overtime upset at No. 15 Notre Dame.



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Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:38:37 -0600