• RSH
    • The Color Orange

      I was thrilled to read in Sports Illustrated that he’s still calling Trevor Siemian and giving him advice.

      • GrizzlyB

        Apparently Siemian’s dad has to leave the room when Peyton calls. I like to think that it goes like this:

        PM: “Hey, Trevor, is that broad with the great rack still sitting in the first row?”
        TS: “Yeah.”
        PM: “Niiiiiiiice.”

  • RSH
    • cjfarls

      Recently my aunt pulled out a box of toys that my Grandma had from when I was a kid… in it was a blue one of these guys. The original little plastic football is gone, but my kids now use it to kick various balls around their room.

      • Yahmule

        I think my SuperToe still survives. I thought they all came in blue until I saw this picture. They made toys differently back then. We used to hammer the top of his helmet hard as hell to get the proper leg torque to clear the hassock and there was never the slightest fear it would break.

  • RSH
  • RSH
  • RSH
    • Snatch Mouth

      Pretty sure Denver ran all over him week 2

    • Yahmule

      I guess this is where I should have posted that He-Man picks Todd Davis as defensive MVP so far.

  • Nick

    I missed last night’s game but it sounds like it was infuriatingly close and that the Bucs are still in kicker nightmare mode. Do I have that right?

    • Carsonic

      It was a decent game (watched (much of) the condensed version on GamePass) but, yes, I turned it off after the 3rd missed field goal. Makes me think, though, that our D should crush the Pats. TB’s D had sloppy tackling, and their best pass rusher appeared to just have the one speed rush. OTOH, some of Brady’s passes were scary accurate. He’s not dead yet, that’s for sure.

      • gobroncos

        I thought the Bucc’s D did pretty well against the pats. Limited them to 19 points and could have been less if the Bucc’s O could generate any offense. The Pats’ barely had TOP over them despite the offense. At first I thought Brady would pick apart their soft cover 2 Zone, but as the game wore on they got tighter and tighter and Brady had a hard time finding the open receiver which allowed the D-line to get to him, which they did fairly well all game.

        That being said, the Buccs D is drastically different than ours. I think our D will probably do just as well if not much better, but it’s like comparing apples to oranges. And like I said, how our offense manages the clock will be a big difference as well. If we put up a bunch of 3 and out’s, we’re not going to fare well.

        EDIT: Oh, and the Buccs had two turnovers in their favor which the pats overcame as well.

        • Carsonic

          Yeah, upon reflection, their overall performance was decent. I just felt like there were a few times I thought “no way our guy whiffs like that.” And the edge guy who first sacked Brady just kept coming with the outside speed the rest of the night, and it looked like the tackle had it figured out.

    • RSH

      Yes. A man with the same first name as yours deprived the Buccaneers of a victory last night.

      • Nick

        This led me to look up who the greatest Nick in NFL history may be, and it appears to be Nick Buoniconti.

    • DCJ1

      The Bucs defense was very good, the offense so-so, and the special teams poor. Folks is having a full-on mental block, not helped at all by the Bucs coaching staff asking him to try a 56 yarder just before half.

      The Pats defense was poor, the offense okay, and the special teams good. Except for Brady and Gronk, that offense is a bunch of JAGs.

      • Steven Searls

        I’d put James White as Upper Class JAG though.

    • RyanHennigan

      Bucs had a handful (pun intended) of dropped passes that really hurt them.

  • Nick

    Did this get posted last night?

    https://twitter.com/cameronnewton/status/916105280760541185

    Am I out of line for thinking that this was kind of meh? It’s not 1998 Ryan Leaf bad, but a real awesome apology would have included the following:

    –An apology directly to Jourdan Rodrigue
    –Less of how it hurt himself and more of how it hurt others
    –A concrete plan on what he’s going to do to demonstrate that he’s learned his lesson.

    • Carsonic

      I give it a B+. I agree he should have named Rodrigue. He seems to recognize the damage that his words and attitude did and there’s a certain amount of understanding for what women have to deal with. At the same time, it feels more intellectual and less heartfelt, like it hasn’t really sunk in yet. He referenced his daughters, but a deeper statement would have been “If anyone had disrespected my girls like I did Ms. Rodrigue, I would have been angry, too. I’m angry at myself.” A plan going forward definitely would have moved him up to an A+, something like a statement that he is asking for and eager to listen to feedback and/or help on how he can be a more thoughtful, understanding person.

  • Nick
  • GrizzlyB

    In addition to all the tweets RSH posted, PFF has named Isaiah McKenzie their All-Pro punt returner through the first quarter of the season:

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-nfl-2017-first-quarter-all-pro

    Aqib Talib also makes the team at CB, with C.J. Anderson and Von Miller earning honorable mentions (although this is where I mention that I don’t take PFF particularly seriously, even when they say good things).

    • Nick

      My eye test doesn’t tell me McKenzie is the best punt returner. The promise definitely shows, but I feel like I haven’t seen enough to give him that high of an accolade.

      • gobroncos

        I haven’t seen enough of the other punt returners around the league to determine a comparison, but I have the same opinion. He hasn’t quite done enough to make me think he’s the best Punt returner this season so far.

        But when so much of that can be based on reputation, it’s refreshing to see that he’s getting noticed. He has done well. He hasn’t lost a fumble yet despite fielding the ball in some dangerous situations (once he put the ball on the ground and promptly got it back). He’s got a good average so far. He’s 4th in return yard avg. (11.1 yds). And of those top 4 he has the most returns so his sample is higher, but he’s only fielded 11 punts. (not sure if that’s returnable punts and they exclude the ones they fair catch). Next on the list is Cincinnati with 20 punt returns.

        Let’s hope he keeps it up, and eventually he will break one out for a TD. Let’s just hope it’s in a game that it matters!

      • Yahmule

        I like him because he seems to be a football player first and a fast twitchy dude second. This fills me with confidence when the punt is falling from the sky instead of the nervous excitement some return specialists give me.

        • gobroncos

          This is a good point. For all the dangerous situations he’s fielded the ball, I’m still not nervous when they punt to him. I’m excited he’ll do something good. Let’s just hope he keeps it that way.`

        • Alaskan

          But you have got to admit that Holliday was exciting to watch.
          Anything could happen.

          • Yahmule

            He should have gone down in team lore as a hero for what he did in that playoff game.

          • Alaskan

            You are right. The only reason Rahim, the dream, could screw up and lose the game was because Holliday kept Denver in it in the first place. I was traveling that day, fortunately, and only saw the highlights. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure it might have killed me.

          • Yahmule

            When I woke up and saw how damn cold it was, I had a feeling we were going to get screwed.

    • Sparks

      They do have it wrong that they said he has a punt return TD called back. It was a long return (64 yds) but it wasn’t a TD. “McKenzie has made a big impact, averaging 11.1 yards per punt return, but it would have been even more had his long touchdown not been wiped off the board thanks to a penalty this past week against Oakland.”

      I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a TD in the near future though.

    • gobroncos

      Looking at this list, the only reason Khalil Mack and Demarcus Lawrence are first team on this is because they faced the Broncos. If the Broncos got to face the Broncos, Von and Barrett would be #1 and #2 respectively. Instead they’ve had to play the cowboys which arguably have the best O-line in the league.

      Just a little homerism

      • RSH

        And the Raiders, who by many measures, have the best pass blocking offensive line in the NFL.

        • cjfarls

          Yep – one of the best things about DVOA vs. PFF grades is the adjustment for opponent.
          no perfect tool exists

  • Yahmule

    Emmanuel Sanders said his MVP on offense is CJ Anderson and his choice on defense is Todd Davis.

  • Nick
  • RSH
    • Yahmule

      My wife’s nephew has three girls and a boy. They’re all excellent at sports, like their parents. The two older girls are constantly smashing the illusions of their male classmates by beating them in basketball and touch football games. The Harlem Wizards (think lesser known Globetrotters) came to their middle school for a charity event. They’re shooting around with the kids before getting ready to dunk all over the faculty and one of them is coaching kids on ballhandling. 11 year old Bree comes dribbling towards him, then deftly goes around her back and between her legs. You could see by the look on his face that the Wizard player was extremely impressed.

    • Sparks

      Great. Best line – “You know, I think real boys fall on the football”

  • RSH

    A little part of me died reading this.

    https://twitter.com/SteveKopack/status/916298430011625472

    • Nick

      I was wondering why I was seeing so many AIM tweets on my feed.

    • DCJ1

      My company has been using Jabber for a couple years, and is getting ready to switch to Hipchat. I hat them both. Jabber constantly tries to phone rather than chat, and Hipchat just flat-out doesn’t work on my system (i’m apparently not hip enough — I need to grow my beard and wear plaid shirts ironically).

      Neither program has the simplicity and basic usability that AIM had.

      • Forrest Trump

        The growing the beard and wearing plaid shirts ironically doesn’t help. I look like old Russel Hammond, but fatter, and I still can’t make sense of pretty much anything.

      • OnionKnight

        I like HipChat. My team uses Slack outside of work and HipChat at work. I’m pretty adaptable

      • G Mik

        You’re right about the simplicity. We use Slack and like it…

    • Royalwithcheese

      Congratulations. We’re old.

      • MattR

        Definitely. But how old are we? I am going to my 25th high school reunion tomorrow. I wonder what percentage of the readership/commentariat graduated before me.

        • Steven Searls

          I did. 1974

        • DCJ1

          1980.

        • RSH

          I did not. 2001.

        • Alaskan

          Next Spring is my 50th reunion at Boulder High.
          But I doubt I’ll make the trip.

        • FarAwayBroncoFan

          That would be me. 87

        • Royalwithcheese

          I’m young! 1999.

        • BlackKnigh

          I had my 50th a year ago. 1966.

        • Yahmule

          Continuing, how many of you would say you’re developing old person smell? How many of your younger family members would say it about you?

          I’ve got about ten years on you, Matt.

        • G Mik

          Not I. Class of ’90. I’ve got 2-3 years on ya…

        • Forrest Trump

          ’86, which was cool, because most of us were born in ’68. Those that graduated in ’86, that is.

          I guess that is rare.

          I’ve never looked into it.

        • John

          My school just had their 25th last weekend (I was a year ahead of them).

        • SteveS

          Older than most, but not all: 1974

        • gobroncos

          My 20th HS reunion was this past summer. I don’t think I was invited. Unless they skip 20 and wait until the 25th?

          • Alaskan

            Maybe they just don’t like you? Actually, I don’t ever remember getting a written invitation to any high school reunions, even though they know where I am. So, I seem to have the same issue.

          • gobroncos

            I didn’t go to the 10 year, so they probably scratched me for the 20th. I didn’t really like any of them either, so it’s a win-win! 🙂 I didn’t grow up in the town I went to highschool in so I didn’t have any real roots there. The 4 years I was there I made a few friends and we stayed friends through college, but since we’ve drifted a part. I’ve never been back. No reason to go back to a small town like Borrington, Wyoming.

          • Alaskan

            Yeah, I’ve never attended a high school reunion either.
            I went to one law school reunion after 35 years, just to see how things turned out for everybody. But the CU law school was small when I went there (class of 138) and everybody knew each other and endured the same stuff together. There was much more of a sense of camaraderie than in high school, where everybody is just trying to be cool.

        • Carsonic

          GJHS Class of ’81.

          • Alaskan

            Did people really live in Grand Junction in 1981?
            All my friends who went to Aspen after college moved to the the Junction when they got old. Seems like a nice town with good weather.

          • Carsonic

            It was a great town to grow up in, though it was pretty straight and white. I will say that there was more of a relaxed, liberal vibe to it back then compared to what it seems to be these days. One thing I miss a lot is the Grand Valley peaches and pears. Nothing like them in the world.

        • diningerj

          My 40th was last summer – Denver South.

  • gobroncos

    Last night’s loss for the Bucc’s was disappointing to say the least, but it was the first game of the pat’s I was able to watch and it really showed how vulnerable they are. Maybe they’ll have their shit together on defense in 5 weeks but right now, they’re not that good. And offensively, they’re not that good either. brayd is always an x-factor, but we’ve gotten into his head before.

    The one thing that bothers me most is that they have their bye week right before they play us. It’ll give them plenty of time to prepare a game plan against us.

  • Jeremy

    Has anyone mentioned considering bringing Ryan Clady back to try and shore up the RT position? He’s sitting at home.

    • Nick

      1. No guarantee he wants to play anymore. He’s already announced his retirement.
      2. No guarantee he’s anywhere near football shape. I wouldn’t be surprised (and hope!) to hear that he’s lost a lot of weight.
      3. Clady has never played anything but LT in the NFL.

    • DragonPie

      I had that thought in the offseason.

  • Yahmule

    I liked the first one.

    October 6, 2017

    • Carsonic

      Yeah, we own the blu-ray of the first one and love it. Can’t tell if this next one will have as good a story or if it’s just more/bigger/flashier. I do like the cast, though.

      • Yahmule

        We’re going to see It today.

        • Carsonic

          My oldest who lives in Dallas has seen that, like, 3 times. I’ll be interested to hear what you think.

          • Yahmule

            I liked it. I don’t want to divulge any spoilers, but I thought it sustained a nice creepy vibe with just enough humor. My complaint about the book was that it would have been better if it had a couple hundred pages edited out. I always sort of got the impression that King was kind of cleaning out his warehouse of things he had written and hadn’t published and It provided a handy framework to utilize them. The movie didn’t share this flaw as it moved along crisply. The acting was quite good from the mostly young cast, which is doubly challenging in a horror movie.

          • Carsonic

            Cool, I’ll put it on the list!

  • Nick

    Pop quiz for you on a bye week Friday:
    –There are only six teams that have failed to win 13 or more games in a single season. Name them.
    –There are only four teams that have successfully avoided losing 13 or more games in a single season. Name them.

    Small hint: there is no crossover, your answer should contain ten separate teams.

    • gobroncos

      lions
      browns
      bengals
      jets
      texans
      buccs

      Broncos
      steelers
      ravens
      chiefs

      • Nick

        9 out of 10. The one you missed was rather recent.

        • Nick

          Sorry, 8 out of 10.

          • gobroncos

            Not bad for off the top of my head.

  • Nick

    The two OL are C Morse and RG Duvernay-Tardif. Go Texans.

    https://twitter.com/adamteicher/status/916370457368121345

  • Nick

    Doing some OTC work and I’ll have to double check with Jason but in the database Donald Stephenson’s 2018 contract year is marked as set to void. If that’s the case, unfortunately I don’t think that will allow Stephenson to qualify for 2019 comp picks because it artificially shortened a contract, but it might be something to watch.

    • cjfarls

      Is he getting anything more than vet minimum from anyone at this point? If so, that team is a sucker (and sadly, Elway could fall in that category).

  • InSiemianWeTrust

    I bet Shanahan knows this..

    “Washington: Quarterback Kirk Cousins has an adjusted completion percentage of 95.5 percent on play action passes. He’s completed 18-of-24 play action passes, and of his six incompletion two were intentionally thrown away and three were dropped passes. That 95.5 percent is tied for the best for a quarterback after four weeks in the last five seasons. The one he’s tied with is Kirk Cousins from 2014.”

  • Nick
    • Sparks

      OK, I’m not a Marquette King fan and think he’s right up there with biggest douches in the league, but to fine someone $9K for tossing a ball at an opponent is BS, IMO. He got his 15 yards, and rightfully so, but that should have been the end of that.

      • RSH

        He was fined for the quality of his throw, which had significant potential to cause irreparable harm to the league’s product. 🙂

        • Sparks

          Ahhh, thanks for the clarification. Makes me wonder how much in fines Paxton has rung up?

          Also, goes a long way to explaining why Tebow is broke.

          • BlackKnigh

            Is Tebow actually broke?

          • Yahmule

            Nah, but he’s always got some hustle going. Baseball player last I heard.

          • BlackKnigh

            Thanks, Yahmule.

          • Alaskan

            He was on the SEC Network, which is where he belongs.
            He is next to God there. Maybe even more popular.

  • InSiemianWeTrust
  • Yahmule

    Ralphie May passed away. He was only 45. Based on industry reaction on Twitter, he was a really nice guy and extremely well liked by his fellow comics.

    • Hank Mardukis

      I liked May. The extra weight he carried surely took years off his life.

  • Royalwithcheese

    Anybody here have PFF Elite? I’m wondering about the game-by-game grades of Bolles and Watson.

  • gobroncos

    Anybody hear if Nick Folk has been released yet?

    • Yahmule

      Not yet. They’re “weighing their options.”

      • RSH

        Weighing their options of wide left, wide right, short, or some sort of combination.

    • Royalwithcheese

      Bringing in four kickers on Monday.

    • John

      I think he has had confidence problems his whole career. Isn’t Tampa the third or fourth team he’s played on?

  • Yahmule

    Wow. Grand slam by Lindor and it’s 8-7. Pitchers are getting killed so far in this post season.

    • DCJ1

      Very surprised the Yankees didn’t challenge the hit batsman. It was pretty clear on replay.

      • Yahmule

        Girardi will hear about that at least a hundred times a day until he dies.

  • DCJ1

    Good lord. Merry Christmas Cleveland. Very different strike zones for these two teams right now.

  • Yahmule

    Platte Valley Broncos now 6-0. :~)

  • gobroncos

    What sucks about the chargers stadium attendance woe’s is that the Broncos game tickets are still relatively expensive at over $180 per ticket starting price. The wife and I were thinking of flying down for the game, but due to the friends we want to visit down there being out of town that weekend we scrapped it.

    Other games at the Stub hub center are half the price.

    Broncos vs. Chargers = $181+

    Bills vs. Chargers = $96+
    Browns vs. Chargers = $79+
    Team vs. Chargers = $93+
    Then the other division game jumps up:
    _aiders vs. Chargers = $200+

    https://www.stubhub.com/los-angeles-chargers-tickets/performer/1523809/

    • Yahmule

      The only recourse is to go out there without tickets and buy them a couple hours before game time. The prices will drop and there’s likely not a bad seat in the house.