DENVER — OK, then. If this is going to be that kind of Broncos party, let's pour another and keep it going.Don’t stop at Joe Flacco.Direct message Le'Veon Bell. See what he’s up to these days. Poke around and get a figure on what it would cost to bring the ex-Steelers star to the Mile High. Landon Collins, Giants safety, how you doin'? And with the 10th pick in the draft find the biggest, baddest offensive lineman available. Draft him. Feed him red meat.Oh, there's more, because there must be more.Maybe you noticed, but Colorado doesn’t do halfway. We legalize what once put us in high school detention. When the ski lift doesn’t climb high enough, we rent a chopper, baby. Jumping without looking first is ingrained in our DNA.The Broncos are a pretty decent representation of our state in that way. While they don’t always make the smartest decisions — Who does? Pipe down, Patriots — they also don’t stand pat and dilly-dally around when … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Dear John, Don’t stop at Joe Flacco
DENVER — The scale is never level, sometimes slipping too far to one end. But at the center of this Nuggets revival there rests a balancing act.Short-term gains or long-term goals?The Nuggets have lost three straight and seriously could use the defense of injured guard Gary Harris on Monday against the Miami Heat at Pepsi Center. Then again, “I think with all our players we’re taking a big-picture, long-term approach,” coach Michael Malone said Sunday, so it’s a good bet that Harris doesn’t play again until after the All-Star break next weekend.Likewise, the Nuggets are 37-18 and trail only the juggernaut-ing Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference. Then again, who couldn’t use a 6-foot-10 scorer like Michael Porter Jr., who has dazzled the front office with a sopping wet jumper while recovering from back surgery?(The Nuggets should continue to redshirt Porter. And pray he turns out as good as he looks.) Sports Coverage Exclusive … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Nuggets should stop wasting time and sign Tim Connelly to a contract extension
DENVER • If you see Hunter Maldonado fighting a mountain lion, help the mountain lion.He will be back at the University of Wyoming, you know, and better than he was before. He will be back from the painful back, knee and ankle injuries he suffered in the same tumble, injuries that quarantined him to the bench for UW’s game at Air Force on Wednesday, because when Hunter goes down he always come back.He will be back, as Vista Ridge coach Joe Hites said, because “Hunter’s Hunter, man.”How do we know? Because when Maldonado was a sophomore at Vista Ridge, he had this one crummy game at Discovery Canyon when he played on a bum ankle. The student section chanted “Over-rated! Over-rated!” like student sections do, and Hunter didn’t forget.The next year he’s getting his ankles taped by Hites, and Hunter says: “Watch this, Coach.” Five dunks and 38 points later he was back, and the Discovery Canyon student section was lining up … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: Ex-Vista Ridge star Hunter Maldonado on injuries at Wyoming: ‘I couldn’t feel my leg at all’
DENVER • The entire NFL is trying to duplicate the New England Patriots’ blueprint.Nine Super Bowls in 17 years. Three straight trips there. A quarterback whose dimpled chin deserves its own national holiday.One secret to all their winning? The Patriots know how to lose. They rarely put a loss on someone else. They own it. They analyze and improve from it.The proper menu for this Super Bowl, No. 53, includes a platter of whine and sour grapes. Can anyone aside from the Nuggets’ next opponent at Pepsi Center take an ‘L’ around here? When the Broncos played in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the host committee gave out handwarmers and a goofy beanie with blinky lights. This one, Sunday in Atlanta, should be sponsored by Kleenex. Premium Woody Paige: Pat Bowlen, Champ Bailey become Broncos' next Hall of Famers Woody Paige Sports are now the blame game. If it’s not an attorney representing Saints fans threatening legal action over a whiffed … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: In Super Bowl LIII, make mine the New England Patriots. They know how to lose
DENVER • The puppy dog’s still a good boy.Thanks for asking, David Dahl said. It’s next week when “Rookie,” his Golden Retriever who’s Instafamous for being unfairly cute, turns 1.“Going to throw a birthday party,” Dahl said during a recent chat at Coors Field. “Should be a good time.”Married life? Also good. OK, better than good. Colorado Rockies wedding season wrapped up with Dahl and Charlie Blackmon outkicking their coverage — big congrats to them! — and Ryan McMahon declining to rank the respective weddings.“I’m not going to answer that,” McMahon said, wisely.Oh, right. Baseball. That, too, can be summarized in short order: it’s all about the health of 24-year-old outfielder David Dahl.It says here if Dahl stays healthy, he’s an All-Star. If he’s an All-Star, the Rockies go from winning 82 games, the projection in Las Vegas, to right back in the mix for a third straight trip … [Read more...] about Paul Klee: 2019 Colorado Rockies filled with what ifs. One player could be the big answer.