<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Mon, 05 Oct 2015 22:11:22 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee blog: New Broncos change the headline for Patriots, Packers games]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-new-broncos-change-the-headline-for-patriots-packers-games/article/1560646?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-new-broncos-change-the-headline-for-patriots-packers-games/article/1560646?custom_click=rss

What do the Bengals, Packers and Patriots have in common? 

One, they probably will sit atop this week's NFL power rankings.

Two, they are coming to Sports Authority Field in November and December.

This Broncos schedule is a ticket scalper's dream. Considering their upcoming schedules, the Packers and Patriots should be undefeated when they visit Mile High on Nov. 1 and Nov. 28, respectively. And while those matchups are sure to be billed as Peyton Manning vs. Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady, it's clear that will be false advertising.

Broncos-Packers and Broncos-Patriots will be the NFL's best defense against the NFL's top two quarterbacks. Those games are Super Bowl XLVIII

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 16:41:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: One explanation for Denver Broncos' 4-0 start is 'mind control']]> http://gazette.com/klee-one-explanation-for-denver-broncos-4-0-start-is-mind-control/article/1560618?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-one-explanation-for-denver-broncos-4-0-start-is-mind-control/article/1560618?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Do the Broncos have a few screws loose? Or does their unusual explanation for a 4-0 start mean they are on to something Super?

Denver's brand of football isn't perfect. With a running game as moody as a teething toddler and an offensive line bound together with Band-Aids, the first quarter of a long season has been far from ideal - except in the standings.

How do they explain it? "Mind control," defensive end Antonio Smith said as he slipped on a cowboy hat after the latest nail-biter, a 23-20 win against Minnesota.

Come again?

"I guarantee you when that ball is supposed to drop, that team you're going against is wishing they can win," Smith said. "But for some reason we got a mental (thing) that says,

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Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:16:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: DeMarcus Ware says he's found the fountain of youth with Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/klee-demarcus-ware-says-hes-found-the-fountain-of-youth-with-broncos/article/1560536?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-demarcus-ware-says-hes-found-the-fountain-of-youth-with-broncos/article/1560536?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The fountain of youth is available for purchase.

Contrary to legend, this spring of juvenescence is not located in St. Augustine, Fla., nor did Ponce de Leon discover it. It comes corked, bottled, and you must ignore the price tag.

"It's expensive," DeMarcus Ware said. When I asked for more detail, the Broncos star revealed a tidy secret that threatens to turn this season into a History Channel special and send anti-aging experts to a southwest region in France.

"On Thursday nights I have a glass of wine," he said.

So that's the elusive fountain of youth?

"That's right. A 1982 Bordeaux."

The Broncos star pass rusher was joking, but only kind of.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 09:30:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Pregame report card, Klee prediction: Broncos vs Vikings]]> http://gazette.com/pregame-report-card-klee-prediction-broncos-vs-vikings/article/1560432?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pregame-report-card-klee-prediction-broncos-vs-vikings/article/1560432?custom_click=rss

Here's a pregame Broncos report card and Paul Klee's game prediction:


Which Broncos running back should highlight your fantasy lineup? “Whoever finds the holes, we’ll play,” coordinator Rick Dennison. Well, that doesn’t help.
Advantage: Vikings


Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware get the pub. But it’s the corners — Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, Bradley Roby — who allow pass-rushers to make the big bucks.
Advantage: Broncos

Special teams

Brandon McManus has a sweet gig. Boot one through from 50-plus yards? Hero. Miss one from 50-plus yards? That’s a long way. He’s had a Pro Bowl start to ’15.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:07:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee with 3: Denver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings]]> http://gazette.com/klee-with-3-denver-broncos-vs.-minnesota-vikings/article/1560431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-with-3-denver-broncos-vs.-minnesota-vikings/article/1560431?custom_click=rss

Here's three points by The Gazette's Paul Klee:

Are the Broncos psychic?

I’ve heard it in the postgame locker room four times now, where a member of the Broncos defense who made a big play says afterward he knew what the offense was going to do. It happened when Aqib Talib intercepted Joe Flacco in Week 1 ("I'd seen that play coming," Talib said), when Talib intercepted Alex Smith in Week 2 and when Bradley Roby and David Bruton intercepted Matthew Stafford in Week 3. These guys should book a trip to Vegas. Or, “It’s film study, man,” Talib said.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:02:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Nuggets optimism based in M&M, not W's and L's]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-nuggets-optimism-based-in-mm-not-ws-and-ls/article/1560214?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-nuggets-optimism-based-in-mm-not-ws-and-ls/article/1560214?custom_click=rss

DENVER - First, the clichés. There were none. Instead, Emmanuel Mudiay spoke with sincere eye contact, as if the conversation weren't an obligation, but a means to get his message across. He didn't say what I expected to hear, but what he actually believes, and that's pretty rare these days.

"I feel like my career is not going to be the same if I don't win a championship," Mudiay said. So much for leveling a 19-year-old with expectations. He embraces them, even as the Nuggets open training camp Tuesday at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Second, the message itself. Never a mention of All-Star games or individual marks, though both are sure to come.

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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:52:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Broncos thump Lions, raise nasty level another notch]]> http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-thump-lions-raise-nasty-level-another-notch/article/1560142?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-thump-lions-raise-nasty-level-another-notch/article/1560142?custom_click=rss

DETROIT — They don't particularly care for your well-being, or whether the yellow laundry scattered across the field is aimed at their feet. If you do score a touchdown on their watch, don't expect the extra point, so often a foregone conclusion, to come easy.

"Points are points, man," Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib said. He blocked a PAT.

What continued to develop Sunday at Ford Field is a defense that should be illegal in some states. The Broncos thumped the Lions in the first, second and third quarters, and when the fourth quarter ("Our quarter," linebacker Danny Trevathan said) finally rolled around, they just decided to take the ball away. Twice. The 24-12 win, won't win an Emmy for being pretty. These guys would rather

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Mon, 28 Sep 2015 08:53:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Nine holes with an Air Force One pilot]]> http://gazette.com/klee-nine-holes-with-an-air-force-one-pilot/article/1560097?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-nine-holes-with-an-air-force-one-pilot/article/1560097?custom_click=rss

My friend is filling a ball washer with soapy water. He's 72 now, a volunteer on the maintenance crew here at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course. He was 38 when he flew President Reagan to the World's Fair.

My friend nods toward a yardage marker, saying it needs a good weed whacking. He trimmed the marker last week, and once flew Muhammad Ali to Africa. My friend flew the Shah of Iran to his cancer treatment, Walter Mondale to a papal coronation in Rome, the chief justice to swear in President Ford.

We're teeing off on No. 8, a short par 4. My friend is Parker Rosenquist. He's driving the golf cart as he tells a story about Henry Kissinger. Kissinger was the secretary of state when Parker flew him on a "training flight," code for a

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:53:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Chicken farms and swords: Broncos defense built on personalities]]> http://gazette.com/klee-chicken-farms-and-swords-broncos-defense-built-on-personalities/article/1560089?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-chicken-farms-and-swords-broncos-defense-built-on-personalities/article/1560089?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - One of the linebackers fancies himself a male model.

"What, you don't think I can be a model?" Danny Trevathan said, a smile growing across his face. "That's my fallback option."

Another linebacker, Von Miller, runs a chicken farm, while a defensive end, Kenny Anunike, owns a master's degree from Duke. One of the safeties? He grew up hating football. "I was terrible," Darian Stewart says. "Couldn't tackle at all." Over there, across the defensive portion of the Broncos' locker room, a giant lineman keeps a Samurai sword perched above his cubby. The Ninja Assassin - as one coach referred to Antonio Smith - has a penchant for all things Kung Fu.

Another safety, David Bruton, pedaled his bicycle off a 35-foot

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:46:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Three with Klee: Broncos at Lions]]> http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-broncos-at-lions/article/1559953?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-with-klee-broncos-at-lions/article/1559953?custom_click=rss

Here's Three with Klee: Broncos at Lions:

Fear the roar?

Broncos star Chris Harris Jr. laughed when it was suggested Lions quarterback Matt Stafford might be sidelined due to injury. “They’re 0-2,” Harris said. “Of course he’s playing.” Several Broncos said they expect a “desperate” Lions team Sunday night. Starting 0-2 is one thing; 0-3 is basically a death knell on an NFL season. Only five teams in league history have opened 0-3 and reached the playoffs. “It’s kind of must-win for them,” running back C.J. Anderson said. Aside from the desperation factor, almost nothing about this game points toward the Lions. Minnesota beat up Stafford with eight

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Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:45:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos thinking long term with Peyton Manning]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-thinking-long-term-with-peyton-manning/article/1559995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-thinking-long-term-with-peyton-manning/article/1559995?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Oh, he found a way around it. Usually does. Assigned to a day of rest on Wednesday, Peyton Manning took the practice field the next day and ran with it. Quite literally, he ran with it.

Practice was over when Manning made like a guy trying to make the team. As rookies lugged shoulder pads and helmets to the locker room, Manning found a corner of the practice fields at Dove Valley and ran sprints. Then he ran some more, and some more. This was all Thursday, in Week 3 of Manning's 17th season in the NFL, and the quarterback is over there by himself running sprints.

For many reasons, this season is a departure from the previous seasons of the Manning era. One of the most noticeable arrives Wednesdays.

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Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:06:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: NFL power rankings, Week 3]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-nfl-power-rankings-week-3/article/1559882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-nfl-power-rankings-week-3/article/1559882?custom_click=rss

The Broncos play at Detroit on Sunday, and the Lions are 0-2. Remember the last time the Broncos opened 0-2? (I didn't, either. Had to look it up.) It was 1999, the year after the second Super Bowl triumph, in the year One A.J. (After John). They lost Terrell Davis in Week 4 and stumbled against the NFL's toughest schedule. They beat two playoff teams.

One was Seattle.

The other was Detroit.

While the Lions appear a mess, 0-2 teams have a tendency to play above their heads. Just like in 1999. On to the Week 3 power rankings...

1. Green Bay (2-0; Last week: 1) — No Eddie Lacy, no problem: Packers overcame the loss of their star running back to overwhelm the Seahawks at home.


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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:52:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos show what 'Kicking and Screaming' looks like]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-show-what-kicking-and-screaming-looks-like/article/1559552?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-show-what-kicking-and-screaming-looks-like/article/1559552?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — John Elway sought kicking and screaming.

This was Peyton Manning’s tomahawk chop.

“What were we down?” linebacker Brandon Marshall asked late Thursday night in the winning, partying locker room inside Arrowhead Stadium. “14-0? 21-0?”

Yes, and almost. The Broncos were down, Manning counted out. Then the best thing in sports happened: A great being great. The Broncos kicked, screamed, flailed, clawed, thumped. And Manning chopped. "Sawing wood," he had said.

What happens when a 39-year-old quarterback comes to life after his football obituary is published in so many places? The Broncos beat the Chiefs, 31-24.

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Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:34:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Peyton Freakin' Manning or Freakin' Peyton Manning? Either way, get off his back]]> http://gazette.com/klee-peyton-freakin-manning-or-freakin-peyton-manning-either-way-get-off-his-back/article/1559465?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-peyton-freakin-manning-or-freakin-peyton-manning-either-way-get-off-his-back/article/1559465?custom_click=rss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The problem with Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning himself.

It's not arm strength, or his ability to throw on the run or adjust to Gary Kubiak's new offense. It's him. The Broncos quarterback is under fire, and guess what?

It's all his fault. 

If Manning weren't 134 yards from joining Brett Favre as the only men to pass for 70,000 yards — the equivalent of 39.7 miles, a commute from Pueblo to Cañon City — he wouldn't have sports-talk radio in a tizzy on whether he's washed up. Likewise, if Manning had planned better, if he had never returned from those neck surgeries to smash the NFL record with 55 touchdowns in 2013, we could be talking about the Broncos' defense, the most

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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:56:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos postcard: Kansas City]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-postcard-kansas-city/article/1559487?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-postcard-kansas-city/article/1559487?custom_click=rss A snapshot of local happenings when the Broncos are on the road....

Broncos Postcard: Kansas City 

-It's "Red Thursday" here in Kansas City. A $5 donation to the Ronald McDonald House scores a Chiefs Kingdom flag. City employees are encouraged to wear red. Yes, there's still a little Dillon (Texas) to Kansas City, minus the pep rally.

-Actually, there was a pep rally. Chiefs cheerleaders and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra joinced forces this morning at City Hall. 

-K.C. Star columnist Sam Mellinger writes that Peyton Manning looks beatable, though Kansas City has felt that way before.

-Despite the Royals' rise, this remains a Chiefs town.

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Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:50:16 -0600