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  • Klee: Colorado Rockies trading Troy Tulowitzki a sign of baseball things to come

    DENVER - This was most definitely not the Jeff Bridich the Colorado Rockies introduced to their soured, cynical fandom 10 months ago as the new general manager. That guy, whoever he was, came across as timid, almost scared he would offend someone, as if uncertain what end of the puppet strings he was on. Hired from within, linked tightly to...

  • Klee blog: Trading Troy Tulowitzki is about Colorado Rockies' history

    DENVER — At this point, whether or not the Rockies received enough for Troy Tulowitzki is a giant purple unknown as big as Dinger's head. When the return haul centers around 20-, 20- and 22-year-old pitching prospects, it feels a lot like a college recruiting class. Ask me in four years. There’s only one certainty I can identify after the...

  • Klee: Denver Broncos' bravado leaves sour taste after playoff losses

    ENGLEWOOD — This isn't on Shane Ray. He's new around here, an NFL rookie whose braggadocio played to the crowd in college. Plus, it's unfair to pin him with the Broncos' latest playoff disaster, since Ray wasn't on the team when they rolled over and played dead against the Indianapolis Colts. So take this for what it's worth. Skip the bravado...

  • Klee: Denver Broncos training camp worth watching

    ENGLEWOOD - If sports are entertainment, the best entertainment in Colorado is not, in fact, at Dove Valley for Broncos training camp. It's in Boulder for the Republican debate, and can anyone really argue that won't be wildly entertaining? - The debate falls on Oct. 28, a Wednesday during the Broncos' bye week, so Peyton Manning is...

  • Klee: Becky Hammon, NBA coach, rising up the old-fashioned way

    DENVER — Their five championship rings suggest the San Antonio Spurs aren't in the business of handouts, that Becky Hammon's rise to full-time assistant coach, the first woman in league history to assume that role, was based on merit. That she cracked the men's ranks the old-fashioned way would seem to enhance the possibility Hammon one day...

  • Klee blog: Onus on Wade Phillips, Broncos coaches after Derek Wolfe suspension

    The Broncos' offensive line? Not worried. Gary Kubiak, Rick Dennison and Clancy Barone will build a formidable offensive line. That's their thing. Now, the defensive line? That's looking. The four-game suspension of Derek Wolfe cuts another big body from a defensive line that already appeared to be short on established bodies. Wolfe, who...

  • Klee blog: Should Peyton Manning play more in Denver Broncos preseason? Or less?

    When the Broncos open training camp next week, you'll notice the quarterback right away. He's the one with the walking cane. He's the guy who begins stories with "back in my day." He's the one who remembers football's first forward pass.... because he threw it. OK, OK. Enough with the age jokes. Sticking to my belief that Peyton...

  • Klee blog: Drink up, Rockies fans — beer prices are competitive, at least

    Are the plunging Colorado Rockies driving you to drink? Then Coors Field is a fine place to be. We've long known the ballpark at 20th and Blake was more fun house than house of wins. At least the price of beer is competitive, if the on-field product is not. The Rockies are right around the MLB average on beer prices, according...

  • Klee blog: What's new, and refreshing, about Denver Nuggets

    DENVER — When the Nuggets are revived, a playoff team again, the story won’t be about those who left, or were unloaded. It will be about those who stayed, who wanted to be here. It will be about Emmanuel Mudiay, mostly, a teenage man and the centerpiece of the revival. In the midst of summer league, Mudiay asked management for a media guide,...

  • Klee: Denver Broncos put $70 million of trust in Demaryius Thomas

    DENVER - A few years ago the Broncos and Texans held a joint practice at Dove Valley. Rod Smith stood on the sideline, a fan, and caught the attention of Houston's best player, another wide receiver in the business of smashing club records. The subject of their conversation: Gary Kubiak, then the Texans head coach. "I told Andre Johnson:...

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