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.

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

Doses

  • The Denver Broncos ended their two game losing streak on Sunday by knocking off the Chicago Bears 17-15.
  • Denver won the game off of two turnovers from former Bronco quarterback Jay Cutler.
  • They also got some assistance from former head coach John Fox.
  • Fox chose not to take a chip shot field goal early in the fourth quarter, opting instead to go for it, and show Bronco fans that he lives by the seat of his conservative fuddy-duddy pants.
  • And then on what would have been the game tying two point conversion he decided to attempt a run up the middle despite the success Cutler was having in the passing game.
  • Cutler committing turnovers and Fox making questionable coaching moves?
  • That, my friends, is the definition of a sweet win.
  • I’m no John Fox hater, he’s a very good coach who has won everywhere he has been. He has this Bears team contending for a playoff spot in the NFC which might be the most impressive accomplishment in his career.
  • But those two plays completely encapsulate Fox’s coaching career.
  • On the other side, the Broncos were playing without Peyton Manning for the first time since 2012, when Tim Tebow was starting a playoff game.
  • Brock Osweiler filled in admirably for Manning going 20 for 27 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
  • That’s the good news.
  • Or is it?
  • If Osweiler continues to play well are the Broncos going to bench the future Hall of Famer?
  • The undefeated New England Patriots come to town next Sunday night for a prime time matchup.
  • And head coach Gary Kubiak has already named Osweiler the starter as Manning is still nursing his injured foot.
  • That is what is wrong with Manning, right?
  • I mean, we have heard a number of ailments from the Broncos coaching staff this season.
  • Training camp: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he doesn’t have any feeling his fingers, so that makes it tough.”
  • Preseason: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but his is nursing a sore shoulder, so he didnt have much velocity.”
  • Raiders game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he has a rib injury, that was bothering him on the deep ball.”
  • Colts game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but he has a partially torn plantar fascia, that is limiting his throwing motion.”
  • Chiefs game: “We feel like Peyton played pretty well, but his enormous head just fell off onto the ground, which caused him to throw a couple of errant balls.”
  • I hope Manning comes back and I do still believe that he should be the starter for this team if he is healthy.
  • But it is clear that his body is giving out on him.
  • And no amount of rest can fix old.

Check out Episode 46 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

Today on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, John from the Inland Empire in California joins Clint to talk MLB postseason, college football news, and they break down the undefeated teams that remain in the NFL. Plus the Top 5 Steve Spurrier quotes of all time! Don’t miss Episode 46!

Episode 46

Spurrier

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

Doses

  • There is s_mething missing with the Denver Br_nc_s. I can’t quite my finger _n it but they l__k a little _ff.
  • Which quarterback has more interceptions this season?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Sam Bradford?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Colin Kaepernick?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Branden Weeden?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Jay Cutler?
  • I hope you picked A.
  • Every time.
  • After Week 5 Manning has now thrown seven picks. More than each Bradford and Kaepernick (5). And more than Cutler (3) and Weeden (2) combined.
  • I know that Manning’s physical skills have diminished, but what is more disturbing to me is the fact that the interceptions aren’t always a physical mistake.
  • We are also seeing poor decisions and bad reads.
  • A number of these interceptions are mental mistakes.
  • Which is odd for a guy who wears a size 11 5/8 hat.
  • Is this simply a product of a new Gary Kubiak system? Or are we watching a future Hall-of-Famer completely collapse before our eyes?
  • I know the offensive line is a mess. And that definitely hasn’t helped.
  • The Broncos completely rebuilt their offensive front- starting four new players including two players with no true NFL experience.
  • In fact, they traded away experienced offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston during the preseason.
  • And now they have some injuries too.
  • I give John Elway a ton of credit for rebuilding this team to be a tougher, more physical team, that should be more dangerous in January.
  • But this OL mess is also his fault.
  • Orlando Franklin is now in San Diego. Philip Blake was a complete bust. Vinston Painter can’t make a team.
  • Those were Elway’s draft picks.
  • Yet for all of the flaws of Peyton Manning and the offense, this team is still finding a way to win every week. And both he and the offensive line should improve.
  • And by the way, the aforementioned quarterbacks have just seven wins combined between all four of them.
  • Manning has five wins on his own.
  • I know there are those screaming for the Broncos to bench Manning.
  • But it isn’t time to throw Brock Osweiler to the wolves just yet.
  • Can you imagine how deflating that would be to this defense to completely rebuild the offense right now? Manning is a leader and a veteran. They do trust him.
  • And the word “deflating” is a negative term here.
  • This isn’t New England.

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

Doses

  • The Colorado Rockies mercifully ended their season on Sunday finishing 68-94 and dead last in the National League West.
  • As bad as they were, the Rockies weren’t without a bright spot.
  • Third baseman Nolan Arenado led the league in RBI’s (130) and finished tied for first in the National League for most home runs with 42.
  • Arenado is also the first Colorado player to lead the majors in RBIs since Andres Galarraga drove in 150 in 1996.
  • Arenado, just 24, was named National League Player of the Month for September. In 28 games, Arenado hit .339 (38-for-112) and led the majors with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 79 total bases. His 38 hits led the National League, while his .705 slugging percentage ranked second.
  • Which leaves us to play a little game called “Where will Nolan Arrenado end up when the Rockies cut salary and trade him in two or three years?”
  • I’m going to say Tampa Bay. They should have some money laying around.
  • But I suppose Oakland is a possibility too. And Arenado is a California kid.
  • Oh I know.
  • “They would never do that! He is a bright young talent! He is their future!”
  • Tell that to Troy Tulowitzki.
  • Or Dexter Fowler.
  • Or Ubaldo Jimenez.
  • Or Matt Holliday.
  • On Saturday the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, and University of Colorado college football teams were beaten by a combined score of 53-107.
  • Which is kind of funny, because the local media keeps telling us every year how this is finally the year that Colorado and Colorado State are really going to be special.
  • In fact, last week one of the big talking points on Denver sports radio was “When Colorado upsets Oregon should their fans storm the field?”
  • This is the equivalent of me trying to plan how I will accept the Republican Presidential Nomination.
  • Or… you know…Donald Trump planning how to accept it.
  • I understand the limitations that the Air Force Academy has with athletics. And I root for those kids. Getting to play football is the easiest, and honestly most meaningless, part of their day.
  • But when I see programs like Utah and Boise State able to compete with the big boys it makes me wonder why our state schools are so snakebitten.
  • Maybe the Buffs and Rams need to bring back Bill McCartney and Sonny Lubick.
  • Hey, it worked for Kansas State.
  • Bill Snyder is older than Mac and Sonny combined and Kansas State is at least competitve every season.
  • That old vampire clearly feeds on the blood of the youth and he is still going at a high level.
  • I wonder if Peyton Manning has looked into that?

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

Doses

  • The Denver Broncos have somehow found a way to win back-to-back games and start off the season 2-0 despite not getting much offense.
  • Imagine if this offensive line ever learns how to block.
  • Fans have been complaining that Peyton Manning gives up too easily when he is about to be sacked.
  • I would like to present the jury with the following items of evidence that he should continue to lay down on his own without being hit.
  • Item #1: Have you seen him run? I’ve seen a pregnant giraffe with more athleticism.
  • Item #2: Tony Romo
  • I have also heard a number of fans giving Chiefs head coach Andy Reid a hard time about not kneeling on the ball at the end of the half and the game.
  • At some point, don’t your players have to do something right?
  • Reid has always been horrible with clock management but he can’t actually put two hands on the football for Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles experiement with head coach Chip Kelly is clearly over. I mean, did you see the Eagles yesterday?
  • They can’t pass but at least they can’t run either.
  • So now they are two whole games behind the Cowboys who have lost both Dez Bryant and Romo and one game behind the Kirk Cousins-led team from Washington.
  • With only 14 games to go.
  • Okay, Chip Kelly might not be done quite yet.
  • Sorry I got caught up watching too much ESPN.
  • Did you see Colorado beat Colorado State in the “Rocky Mountian Showdown”?
  • Oh, you’re the one.
  • I tried to find that game with my local cable provider. It was sandwiched between “BBC: Bad Teeth of the Brits” and the “Cupcake Contest” channel.
  • I heard that after Alabama lost to Ole Miss people in Alabama have decided that Bama head coach Nick Saban is slipping.
  • I mean, they haven’t played for a championship in what? Nine months?
  • Must be tough.
  • Here in Colorado we haven’t even been to a meaningful bowl game in like 13 years. You don’t hear us complaining.
  • As long as we have the Broncos to watch.
  • I like to compare the Rocky Mountain Showdown to the the Dungeons & Dragons World Championship.
  • Yes you may have won, but trust me, you’re still a loser.

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

Doses

  • How does your favorite NFL team look so far in preseason?
  • Some fans will get too confident after seeing some preseason success.
  • “Did you see Ameer Abdullah with the Lions? He looks like the next Barry Sanders!”
  • Others will really get depressed after watching their team struggle.
  • “The Denver Broncos special teams are going to be horrible this year. Did you see them against the Seahawks?”
  • They’re both wrong.
  • These dumb exhibitions are not any sort of dependable gauge of what any team will actually do in the regular season.
  • They are only a gauge as to how greedy the NFL owners are when they charge the season ticket holders full price for these glorified scrimmages.
  • Knock four games off of the bill and open up the ticket office once a year to people that don’t usually get to see the games in person.
  • I know…there I go making sense again.
  • After watching what Jason Day did at the PGA Championship and what young players like Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler are capable of I think the world of golf can relax.
  • The future is very bright.
  • You can stop stuffing Tiger Woods down our throats anytime now.
  • I love Tiger, and he changed the game like no other, but I dont need a clip of him every five minutes. These guys are pretty good in their own right.
  • So college football is starting in just over two weeks, which is very exciting.
  • Well I mean, it’s exciting if you actually have a team to be excited about.
  • But I live in Colorado.
  • So it’s kind of like telling me that Adam Sandler has made another movie.
  • It was kind of fun in the 90’s but I think I already know how this is going to go.
  • And it’s probably going to be painful.

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

Doses

  • After a long six months we actually have football again! The Sunday Night NFL game between the Steelers and the Vikings drew a higher rating than the NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6!
  • Isn’t it funny how we wait and wait for any type of football, and then when the preseason games start, we watch enthusiastically for about 30 seconds?
  • “Oh yeah…these are just practice scrimmages with backup players….never mind. I’m going to go eat some more barbecue.”
  • The Toronto Blue Jays have won 11 of 12 since acquiring former Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Where was all of this winning when you were still here, Mr. Tulowitzki?
  • Or is this more of a “we are a product of our environment” thing?
  • Here in the thin air of Denver people are talking about the “great prospects” that the Rockies got in return.
  • I have been hearing about “great prospects” since 1993 so pardon my skepticism.
  • Speaking of thin air…how is that “Deflategate” thing going?
  • It has been six months and I still don’t know anything.
  • The NFL has done a very poor job of presenting it’s case or assembling much in the way of evidence. And those supposedly “inflammatory” emails from Tom Brady were absolutely insignificant.
  • “Peyton Manning only has a year or two left?” and “The Broncos were stupid for trying to cover Gronkowski with Von Miller instead of a safety?”
  • Those aren’t exactly scathing statements. I probably sent those exact two emails to four different people. Verbatim.
  • Wake me up when we get to the juicy photo file.
  • I do have two very simple questions.
  • 1. Why are the Patriots ball boys suspended? If the Pats did NOTHING wrong as they contend then why are these poor suckers paying for doing nothing with their jobs and reputations?
  • 2. If you did absolutely NOTHING as you contend, why on earth would Patriots owner Robert Kraft accept a very stiff penalty ($1 million dollars and the loss of two draft picks) without any sort of appeal?
  • I may not know much…but I know one thing that rich guys do NOT do.
  • Give their money away.
  • RIP to Frank Gifford. Gifford was a 13 year NFL player with the New York Giants who made the Pro Bowl as a defensive back, a running back, and wide receiver. Gifford was a long time sports announcer following his playing career and a commentator for Monday Night Football for 26 seasons.
  • He was 84.
  • Of course, he was married to Kathie Lee Gifford for 28 years so he was really like 127.
  • Okay, so now can we get some REAL football now?