Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • Another week and another crazy finish for those cardiac kids, the Denver Broncos.
  • The Broncos overcame a fourteen point deficit not once, but twice, defeating the defending Super Bowl champion and undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday night 30-24 in overtime.
  • The story after the game by many fans and “experts” in the media was how valiantly the Patriots had battled despite being without five to six starters, including Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Rob Gronkowski who was carted off in the fourth quarter.
  • The Broncos celebrated like they had won something important but they had basically just  beaten a junior varsity team.
  • Nevermind the fact the Broncos are playing with out All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady, starting quarterback and future hall of famer Peyton Manning, and All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Plus starting defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, starting strong safety TJ Ward, and All Pro right guard Louis Vasquez all left early in the game with injuries and would not return.
  • But it was just the Patriots that were battling the injuries, right?
  • As usual, the poor Patriots just can’t catch a break.
  • And then there were the bad calls that went against New England.
  • The offensive pass interference call against Gronkowski and the defensive holding call against Patrick Chung were both very questionable. Surely these were the reasons for the Patriots loss.
  • Turn on any major sports network and they will tell you how it was the referees, not the Broncos, who actually won the game.
  • “The Patriots did everything right, but the referees just stole the game from them!”
  • The Pats blaming the refs reeks of a parent who refuses to believe that their daughter is pregnant due to anything other than immaculate conception.
  • First off, New England pointing out that NFL referees miss some calls is like Kobe Bryant telling us that his skills are fading.
  • It might be new to you…but trust me, the rest of us already knew.
  • But in order to believe the Patriots were in fact robbed, you will need to look the other way on the 179 yards rushing that the Patriots defense allowed to a team that has been averaging just 94 yards on the ground per game.
  • You will need to overlook the punt fumbled by wide receiver Chris Harper that breathed some life into a Denver team that was gasping for air.
  • You will also need to ignore the poor play calling by Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels, and the two incomplete passes by (gasp) the Golden Boy Tom Brady on the late game drive, in which the Patriot offense stopped the clock twice and gave the Denver offense plenty of time to score late.
  • So maybe the injuries and the referees are what cost the Patriots.
  • Or maybe they made some mistakes and were beaten by a scrappy Bronco team that executed a little better down the stretch.
  • Either way, for the Patriots, this loss had to be very… deflating.
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