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  • Klee: If Manning is problem - please offer a solution

    DENVER - The Peyton Manning backlash is real, and it is bizarre. There is a noisy faction of the orange populous that truly believes the Broncos are better off without Manning, that the Broncos should move on from the 38-year-old quarterback. No, really. It's out there. At first I assumed these were Raiders fans in Broncos clothing, fed up...

  • Klee: Former Ivy League coach Dunn has many stories to tell Stallions

    They know they are fortunate. They know his history, that he once coached Chauncey Billups at CU, that he has coached from Air Force to the Ivy League, that he has basketball stories to fill a book - a series of books, even. They know a lot about Terry Dunn, but for now the 19 boys packed into a classroom at Sierra High School just know that...

  • Klee: Football divorce between Air Force, Jaleel Awini has happy ending

    BOULDER — The conversation opened with a "Yes, sir," and it closed with a "yes, sir." There were enough "yes, sirs" in between that I felt quite a bit older after talking to Jaleel Awini. It appears you can take the former cadet out of the Air Force, but you can't take all of the Air Force out of the former cadet. "Yes, sir. I feel like...

  • Klee: Recess or recruiting? College football and sixth-grade quarterbacks

    DENVER — I interviewed a sixth-grader over the phone. So there's that. He's a big-time kid, Daron Bryden. He even paused the Xbox while we discussed his favorite football teams ("I like to watch spread offenses, like Oregon") and player ("Ben Roethlisberger"). Daron is 12. He's princely with his manners. I expect he says thanks when the sun...

  • 4 O'Clock Shadow: Nuggets deadline moves are admission of failure

    The Nuggets made two major moves on the NBA trade deadline. Grading a trade deadline in the 24 hours that follow a trade deadline is like grading the NFL draft 24 hours after the NFL draft. You, or I, have no idea. We really don't. But one thing I know for certain about the Nuggets moves: They are an admission of failure. Shipping JaVale...

  • Klee: Nuggets need respect more than NBA trade deadline

    DENVER — The NBA trade deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday. The Nuggets can swap this guy or that guy, store away a dozen first-round picks for the long winter, and it won't make a difference - not if they don't add the most important element of all. Respect. The Nuggets have none. They don't respect the fans, team president Josh Kroenke, or, as...

  • Klee: Heart condition no match for Manitou Springs swimmer Sam White

    THORNTON — She has a hole in her heart. One more time: A hole. In her heart. But they told Samantha White that she had no restrictions, that she could run and jump and splash and act like she was 8 and 12 and 16 years old just like the rest of her friends in the Colorado Springs area. The heart condition wasn't life threatening, they said....

  • Klee: To salvage season, Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball needs a kick in the pants

    BOULDER — During a practice session Wednesday inside Coors Events Center, Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle could divide his roster into three teams and feel like the sides were balanced. There was enough talent to go around. "I think that we have a lot of talent on this team that hasn't been realized," junior center Josh Scott said...

  • KLEE: Broncos, Wade Phillips must stay true to 'aggressive' theme

    DENVER — The most important words muttered at Broncos headquarters so far this offseason came from Wade Phillips and his Texas twang. That's good, because Wade Phillips is the most important addition to the Broncos so far this offseason. "This is an attack defense," the new/old defensive coordinator said Tuesday. And again: "We're...

  • Klee: Nuggets need workers, and Colorado Springs product Reggie Jackson is one

    DENVER — Reggie Jackson's pregame routine at Pepsi Center is different than when the Oklahoma City Thunder goes to the other 28 NBA cities. It takes longer, for one. His homecoming routine unfolded in its entirety on Monday. Jackson, the Palmer graduate, leaned over a folding table in the center of the visitor's locker room. He rifled through...

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