ENGLEWOOD • Right there? That table topped with luxury car advertisements and a jumbo-sized Connect 4 board game? That was where the Broncos last season housed their three Super Bowl trophies — right smack in the middle of the locker room at Broncos HQ, for everyone on the roster to see, 24/7.And over there? That’s the corner where the defense isolated itself, segregated from the offense it held in such low regard. The offense did its thing on the other end, all by its quiet lonesome.To redirect their win-loss record, the Broncos first had to redecorate their interior. Gone is the worst idea since putting an NFL team back in Oakland, the trifecta of Lombardi trophies that served as a daily reminder of what the Broncos have won in the past without showing the hard work it took to get there.And the other shuffling of furniture was a small thing that paid off big in a 27-24 come-from-behind win against the Seahawks on Sunday: instead of grouping lockers by position … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Super Bowl trophies out, locker room shuffle in. Changes to Broncos go beyond the quarterback.
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ENGLEWOOD • Peyton Manning was a guest at Raiders training camp, DeMarcus Ware continues to consult with the Cowboys, and Eric Decker signed a contract with the Patriots.Other than that, Broncos Country, how was your Thursday?Guess the 2017 season was worse than we thought. Where’s everybody going?Hate to be the bearer of good news, but here goes nothin’: through five days of training camp as Colorado’s quarterback, Case “Mr. Sunshine” Keenum has yet to throw an interception. The QB who would be king has played 18 holes of golf with Justin Verlander, published a Christian devotional (“Playing for More”), afforded Vance Joseph a sense of security, tossed touchdowns to Courtland Sutton (a memorable, acrobatic, leaping catch in the back of the end zone), Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders (a bunch of times), Phillip Lindsay, Jake Butt and others on ‘O.’ Not one Keenum pass has gone to Chris Harris Jr., Von Miller, Bradley Chubb … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Yes, Broncos Country, reasons for optimism through 5 days of camp
DENVER • The Dodgers don’t ruin everything.Sometimes it just seems that way.This is shaping into a robust Rockies season. It can be an unforgettable season, in fact, because these are the Rockies the Rockies expected to be: entering Tuesday (an 8-2 late loss to Houston in 10 innings) and since June 19 they were 19-8, the best record in the National League; show a pitching staff with a 3.70 team ERA, third in the NL; an offense that’s slowly but surely found its stride with a .283 batting average, second in the NL.Delightful!But the Dodgers.Already atop the National League West, L.A. added a 26-year-old shortstop with 24 home runs. They already led the NL in home runs.The Dodgers needed Manny Machado like Coors Field needs another acre of outfield. Yes, here come the Rockies ... and there go the Dodgers.And the Dodgers should be a consideration as the Rockies approach the trade deadline. The Dodgers are pushing and shoving to end a 30-year championship drought. They … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Hot Rockies shouldn’t fall into Dodgers trap
DENVER • The Nuggets are wheeling and dealing in big bucks.Some of the cheese was shipped out with mainstays Kenneth “The Manimal” Faried and Wilson Chandler. Some was served up in-house, with Nikola “Big Honey” Jokic and Will Barton scoring dream paydays.We’re talking big, big bucks, too: over $200 million dished out to Jokic and Barton alone. If anyone asks, those guys are buying.But the currency upon which the Nuggets are operating is trust. And that’s been true in every decision they’ve made during this all-timer of an offseason conducted by president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and his merry band of evaluators: while critics count the number of zeroes on the contracts, the Nuggets are busy weighing the intensity of the handshakes.It’s a trust that extends in every direction: from franchise-to-player (believing that Jokic will continue a shooting-star trajectory that would make him the greatest Nugget ever); from … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Denver Nuggets’ signing of Isaiah Thomas is a trust of their own process
By Paul [email protected] • Hi. My name is Paul, and I’m a Kyle Freeland guy.Anyone else?“I’m a huge Kyle Freeland guy,” Nolan Arenado proclaimed. “Big time!”The exclamation point is necessary. The best third baseman is baseball is directing the bandwagon. Yes, I asked around the Coors Field clubhouse on Wednesday and two opinions were unanimous: the Rockies are Kyle Freeland guys and the Dodgers ski in jeans.OK, the second one is fake news. But Kyle “The Mayor” Freeland is the real deal, and he’s bringing a Colorado army with him. The local lefty is on the mound at Coors Field for a Thursday matinee against the Diamondbacks.The rest of the time he’s on Cloud Nine.Dude’s living the Colorado dream, you know. Thomas Jefferson grad. The Front Range tattooed down his right forearm, “303” on his biceps. Shoot, I can’t attend a high school reunion these days without old friends talking up … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Are you a Kyle Freeland guy? Colorado Rockies pitcher turning into hometown hero