January is here. The holiday are done, children are returning to school, five day work weeks are once again the norm and we can all go back to dodging our extended families. All that being noted here is what I am looking forward to in sports this month:
The BCS National Championship Game
On January 10th the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks will play for the BCS National Championship. I will admit the 600ish bowl games that take place between the end of the college football season and now mostly suck and a lot of people have moved on to other interests. However, this game should offer some good football and at least be a fun game to watch. (Plus Buffalo Wild Wings has great wing deals for bowl games.)
The Denver Broncos will not be among the post season teams this year which is unfortunate. None the less, post season anything is exciting. When teams are playing in do or die situations you are always going to get some good games.
NHL All Star Events
Last year in place of the All Star Events we got the Olympics and we learned All Star Events can’t top games that place national pride on the line. But the Olympics only come around every four years and we need something the other three years. I think most people will agree the All Star game itself is a snooze fest. I do however enjoy the skill challenges. Also, the decision to strap mics on some of the players was great.
There you have it. What I’m looking forward to this month.
Invesco Field at Mile High
In today’s Mile High Sports Daily newsletter James Merilatt runs down some of the reasons why the Denver Bronco’s once dedicated fans are a dying breed. It is generally a good article and he makes some good points. What really stood out to me was Cuter’s statement. I remember seeing the headlines about him making some disparaging statements about Denver fans, but I did not bother to read the article because I have no desire to know what a 14 year old whiny girl thinks about Bronco fans. Alas, I could not avoid his statements.
My thoughts are this:
Ten years ago, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche were each at the pinnacle of their respective organizations. The Broncos were the team to beat in the NFL after winning back to back Super Bowl Championships. The Colorado Avalanche set an NHL record with nine consecutive division titles, in route to winning two Stanley Cups.
Ten years later, fans, journalists, and members of each organization are suffering from the worst condition in sports: they are all living in the past. Continue reading
As we all know, the Broncos have a new QB folks. He will undoubtedly bring something that has been missing from the Denver quarterback position for about three years: facial hair. In fact there has been a curse left upon us since Jake-the-Snake shaved his god awful porn-stache. Big Ben threw a beat-down on us in the 2005 AFC Championship, the ‘stache was shaved, and we haven’t been to the playoffs since.
Unhappy starting quarterback demanding a trade. Players not attending voluntary workouts. Contract negotiations.
Starting running back’s name being mentioned as a client in the trial of an alleged drug dealer?
According to ESPN, Broncos QB Jay Cutler and his agent, Bus Cook, met with head coach Josh McDaniels and GM Brian Xanders in Dove Valley on Saturday. Apparently the two parties met for approximately 20 minutes, and Cutler left unsatisfied with their conversation. He said that he does not plan on attending the team’s first meeting on Monday, and will not attend voluntary workouts. After reading various reports, it seems that not much has changed after this meeting between Cutler and McDaniels.
I’m sure by now, everyone knows what side I stand on in this McDaniels-Cutler debacle–(see Letter to Jay Cutler). But, McDaniels handling and Cutler’s mishandling of this situation in the past few weeks was merely reinforced in their meeting Sunday. The bottom line is that Jay Cutler needs to grow up.
Courtesy of the Associated Press
Dear Jay Cutler,
The Denver Broncos organization has been around since 1960. They have won their division 10 times. They have been to the Super Bowl 6 times. Twice, have they had the privilege of calling themselves World Champions.
Since you have been quarterback of the Denver Broncos, they have won 0 division titles. They have been to the Super Bowl 0 times. In fact, the Denver Broncos have yet to reach the playoffs with you as a member of its team. Continue reading
Matt Leinart and Vince Young dominated the quarterback position in college. Now, both are battling to regain their role as a starter in the NFL.
When the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals drafted Vince Young and Matt Leinart as the 3rd and 10th picks in the 2006 NFL Draft, both were expected to be make immediate impacts to their new teams. Both had the resume’s to back it up. Young was coming off a National Championship win (against Leinarts USC team), in which he put up 467 total yards (200 yards rushing) and 3 TDs for the Texas Longhorns. NFL teams were drooling over his running ability, size (6’5″, 230lbs.), and potential. Leinart had compilied a ridiculous 37-2 record as the starting QB at USC. He threw a Pac-10 record 98 TDs and was named the Heisman Trophy winner in 2004. Continue reading
Broncos QB Jay Cutler upset over trade rumors.
In an attempt to acquire New England QB Matt Cassel, the Denver Broncos were offering to deal Jay Cutler, according to Bill Williamson from ESPN. However, the deal fell through, and Matt Cassel was traded (along with longtime LB Mike Vrabel) to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second round draft pick, earlier today. Bill Williamson’s source claims that the Broncos are no longer considering trading Cutler. However, the Pro Bowl QB is now livid, and is demanding to be traded.
Josh McDaniels may have just made the first HUGE mistake as a head coach in the NFL. Continue reading
Mark Schlereth is a sellout! Or is he?
When the 3 time Super Bowl Champion (2 with the Broncos, 1 with the Redskins) was last wearing pads and protecting our beloved John Elway, he never spoke a word to the media (a doctrine of Denver Broncos offensive linemen in their championship days). He was a 6’3″ 290lbs blocking machine from Alaska nicknamed “Stink.”
Nowadays, it’s a little bit of a different story. Roughly 10 years later the guy is about 70lbs lighter, well groomed and everywhere to be seen!
I’ve put together a little bit of an anecdote for everyone. Keep in mind, parts of this story are true, parts are fictitious.