Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
A sweep in LA was a nice way to end this road trip. No one that I know figured we'd sweep the Padres and Dodgers (twice with one 4 game series).
Who wants a piece of this?!?!?!
God bless Drew and George for their patience. I hope they're as buzzed as me at this point of the ride....
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
C-N in attendance?
Monday, September 24, 2007
In the second half, when the defense needed to get stops, they couldn’t. The HUGE fumble aside (which the Broncos did nothing with), I really was disappointed with the defense’s ability to stop someone who I openly felt was a sub-par quarterback, in David Gerrard. The dude killed the Broncos with big 3rd down completions, not to mention his 52 yards on the ground.
My main issue, however, was with the coach, Mike Shanahan. Just one week removed from a win that could largely be attributed to some savvy coaching moves, Shanny suffered several brain farts. The decision to go for it TWICE on fourth down turned out to be monumental gaffes. The first one seemed innocent enough, until it became apparent, that if they had just kicked the field goal instead, it would have continued to be a one-possession game. The second attempt (inside our own ten) was punctuated by Daniel Graham’s apparent drop, but again gave the Broncos no chance to come back in the game.
To be honest, I am usually for going for it on fourth-down. I would even somewhat love to see the punters done away with, completely. In this spot, however, I hate them both. I do realize that the second one was probably necessitated by the first one’s failure, but not punting with over four minutes left in the game (yes, they had already wasted all of their timeouts, two on that first attempt at 4th down, ironically enough) is inexcusable.
Yes, it shows how little trust Shanny has in his defense. Yes, it shows tremendous, if not a little premature and maybe misguided, faith in his young quarterback. What team will this become? How closely are they to being a 0-3 team traveling to Indianapolis? Either way, it was a bad home, conference loss. One of those games they might look back at the end of the year and wish they could have back.
War Terrell Davis.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
The local team will be hosting the Jax Jags this Sunday as they look to improve upon their mesmerizing offensive inequities. #1 in the league in total yards, but only 17th in points? Since the departure of Elway, this has been a problem for Coach Shanny’s teams. This year, however, it just seems like a matter of time before Henry starts punching a few more in, as Cutler, Javon Walker, and Brandon Marshall figure out their timing. One topic that has gotten some pretty good play over the week has been the lack of tight end production. That “extremely heavy white canvas sack with the huge dollar bill sign on it” that we gave the Daniel Graham needs to start paying more dividends than just his mashing, run-blocks. I’m thinking in the red-zone, a la Shannon Sharpe.
This Jacksonville team is a one-headed monster. Defense. With the full-time switch to David Gerrard, the Jags are sealing their fate to mediocrity. The defense is tough, fast, and will make things hard on the Broncos all day. But like last week, I just don’t think that the Broncos defense will allow for much on the other end. Yes, the Raiders made plays/should have won the game. Yes, the Broncos don’t have the best history with playing this team on the west side of downtown. (To steal a dorky Harry Potter reference, THE GAME THAT SHALL NOT BE MENTIONED.) But the (degenerate) straight up play here is the home team for many reasons. The Broncos have actually defended Fred Taylor much better than many of the other teams around the league. David Gerrard is their quarterback (not a racially charged statement, he just kinda sucks.) And finally, the Broncos’ coach will make Jack Del Rio melt under the pressure.
“Remember, Coach Del Rio, if you get the chance, call a timeout and ice the kicker, it works.”
Like I mentioned in my preview a couple of weeks ago, a win in this spot would put the Broncos at 3-0 and in a nice position to figure out where they stand. A week-four trip to Indianapolis will allow Denver to measure out the length of the gap between them and the league/AFC’s elite.
Broncos 31 Jags 10 is gonna be my call today. I think the Broncos are busting out (did I say that last week, too?) and despite the stoutness of the Jags defense, the Broncos have the ability (and the arm strength) to counterattack. If the Jags want to sell the farm with their two big defensive tackles in an attempt to stop Henry, let the kid throw. Want to pressure Cutler and bring blitz packages, let the Atomic Dog go wild, buck wild.
If the weekend culminates with the Broncos sitting two games ahead of San Diego, the future looks bright for the Orange and Blue. The Packers have the defense to take down the Bolts and their (suddenly?) mortal leader, Felipe Rios. Oh yeah, DeathTruck, Sammy Winder, TroutDog, and myself will be accepting. BRING IT!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
The Buffs from Boulder hosted a national late-night game against the aging Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles. I was able to sit through much of the game, but lost consciousness towards the end of the third. To me, the game was won with speed. Despite being supposedly in a “down” year (and they most assuredly are) the Seminoles still made the Buffs look like they were running in snow boots. The Buffs have gaping deficiencies at many positions, including wide-out where they continue to drop perfectly placed balls by Cody Hawkins. Wee Hawk again looked impressive at times, but the anemic running game is doing little to aid. Still a work in progress. DeathTruck, did you accept the game?
My boys down at the Academy pulled off another upset this week beating the Mountain West favorite, TCU, in an overtime thriller, eerily similar to that of the game that went on downtown on Sunday. Again, an upright was clanked, which allowed for game-winners to follow. Thursday night’s win came just five days after the Falcons beat perennial MWC titan, Utah in the SLC. That win was nicely highlighted and accentuated by what the Utes did to the #11 ranked UCLA Bruins this past Saturday. Beat ‘em by like FORTY! Guess, UCLA isn’t back. Basically, the Falcons better get some votes for the top 25. Period.
Rammies were off, Cowboys got beat by Boise State and Notre Dame sucks, bad.
While there is a lot of talk about parity finally coming to college football (see Boise St./App St.) this season there seems to be an ever bigger than normal rift between the elite and the rest. USC (face Corn) LSU and Oklahoma are far and away better than everybody else. BCS Title Game is already figured out. Two of the three will be in it! Season over!
I don’t need to rehash what went down yesterday at Mile High. The Broncos dodged a huge bullet eeking out a 23-20 OT win, helped in large part to a frozen Jablonski (with a nod to Irv Brown.) I’ll be honest; I was standing next to the TV when his first kick went through the uprights from 52 yards out. My hand reached out to manually turn the set off when my immediate thoughts of, “did we really just lose to the Raiders at home?” were thankfully dashed by the supple, silky smooth voice of Kevin Harlan. Shanny had called timeout! Brilliant! You’re paying attention over on the east sidelines, right Kiff? Seabass promptly stepped back up and proceeded to drill a deep laser, but alas, it took a fortuitous (for Bronco fans, at least) kick off the top of the goal post. As Jay Cutler (he of the back-to-back come from behind wins) put in the locker room following the game, “Dude, that would have been good from 70!” For some reason, Kiffin didn't want to bite on Shanny's style, and gave no effort to ice Elam in OT.
The win puts the fortunate (and very easily 0-2) Broncos at 2-0 and atop the AFC West. They sit in first alone, as the Super Chargers got punked badly by the New England Patriotic Espionage Agents. Speaking of incompetent head coaches, I bring you Norv Turner and his offensive #2, Felipe Rios. Speaking of overrated, incompetent quarterbacks!
The Chiefs' loss at the hands of the Chicago Bears rounded off the perfect AFC West weekend. Additional conference defeats for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets make my heart warm. The Pats and Colts still look to be the class of the conference, with the former still working with a depleted roster. Believe me that I shant forget about the Chargers. Their defense is just flat out nasty. Or at least, I thought so before last night. Maybe Merriodman needs some more clomid.
I apologize for my inability to come through with a preview on Friday, but I put down some mean chainsawing this weekend. Have no fear, however, my skills will return!
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
.....odd how pretty much all other NL teams with a wildcard or outside divisional shot (besides the Brewers) have shown balls the past couple days.
damn, the lack of meaningful deadline trade/signing action by the Rockies is really becoming more and more embarrassing...Wells is 3-0 for the hated Dodgers since that "risky" move by a team with an ownership that actually cares. it doesn't even matter to me that Francis and Fogg (model healthy competence normally) struggled when they had the ball recently...it's the absence of a clue or concern by the Monforts to make what could and would be a rabid baseball fanbase (see Broncos, Avs, and Nugs (once they got their powder blue on and some talent)) if they made it look at least remotely like they had some interest and better yet, some passion, to make the Rockies a serious legit competitor.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
But the Oakland Raiders for the home opener? C’mon. Yes, the rivalry between these two storied AFL franchises has followed (or set) the same path as the Avs and the Red Wings, but it is still a divisional home game against a rival. Going down a similar train of thought, last week’s win in Buffalo was more than significant. After starting the past two seasons with sloppy and uninspired road defeats, last Sunday’s emotional win was nothing if not completely exhilarating.
I got gassed, big time. I even scared the young one a little with my guttural exuberance. She recovered quickly to drop me a slew of high fives (and some Co Cos! Chants) and the Broncos not only got the dub, but also on the road, against a conference opponent. Again, this is something that could become very important when it’s time to determine seeding, home-field, etc.
The Broncos look to be an overwhelming favorite (like 9 points for all you degenerates) over the Raidaahs for a myriad of reasons, many of which I will get to tomorrow. This Raider team is young, dumb, and …. They’re young and pretty dumb. Easiest money in Vegas must be a preseason wager on who(m) will be the most penalized team in the league. It’s as inevitable as Chad Pennington going down in an early season heap. With two winnable home games butting up against the week 4 roadie at Indy, a 3-0 start would put the Orange and Blue in an advantageous position to properly prepare for the remainder of their relatively easy schedule.
I’ll breakdown some match-ups and make some (easy) predictions in tomorrow’s post. I really like what the Raiders did on defense a year ago, but I just feel that this Bronco offense is quite different (not yet so threatening on the scoreboard) than the one Shanny has been directing for the past 8 years. Both sides of the ball favor the Broncos, but the minute details will be filtered out and dispensed with en la manana.
Disclaimer: This entry will be the first in a series (hopefully) where we look ahead/break down the greatest sporting distraction in the world. That being the National Football League and the Denver Broncos place within said league. Who knows, though, there might be some collegiate ball thrown in their too! Air Force is already 2-0 with a win over Utah. This disclaimer is now over.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
This would be a great victory for our rox, considering this was the one game in the series that we didn't really have a starter for. Accuscore agreed, giving us 33% chance of winning (by far the lowest I've ever seen it go). But 4 innings down, and the phillies have used more pitchers than us. Hopefully we won't have to use our big guns in the bullpen, and by big guns I just mean Herges and Corpas. Might have to add Redman to the list if he continues to dish'em.
War being tied with the phillies in the wild card race after tonight
War routing for the Dodger tonight???
Good stuff, makes that jacked up game on Monday that much more maddening as every game continues to remain remotely meaningful to a dreamer of postseason baseball in CO. Hopefully that the patchwork rotation (bad relievers starting games ???) sort of succeeding after all these injuries doesn't give the Mon-Fart brothers any ideas that this IS the way to assemble a team. With a few midseason moves and/or a couple less injuries (and without a doubt a different manager) this is a bonafide playoff team.
Whatever, Rockies fans like to complain and make excuses...so many excuses to choose from, you know?
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I'm guessing some of the guys must've been pretty pissed off with certain members of the bullpen, and decided to get a 7 run lead here in the 7th. Morales looked good tonight with a solid 5 innings of shutout ball. It's also nice to see that Tulo, Holliday, and Helton are still swinging the hot bats.
I should probably stop blogging right now; the KTH jinx might still be in effect: I see Assfeldt just got put in and has already given up a homer... I guess some people have golf plans for next month.
Monday, September 10, 2007
The "Zip" is back at the QB position in Broncoland. Cutler made some mistakes along with 3 of 11 on 3rd downs for the entire offense but when it mattered plays were made. Defense made a very strong showing with Simeon Squints (WOW!) coming off the corner. Pre-season what?? Come home for a beatdown of the Raiders and let's see what this team can do. I watched the other so called AFC contenders yesterday and the Pats were impressive but when you put no pressure on the QB anyone can hit open receivers just ask the Giants.
Rockies keep hanging around but we need a five or six game win streak. Kudos to them with all the injuries though!
Broncos 38 Raiders 13