Tom Freakin’ Nalen completely awesome on radio

The Drive hour 2 2/9/12
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It’s all Josh McDaniels’ fault.

If you want an enjoyable listening experience (and enjoy a dry sense of humor), check out any of podcasts from The Drive today. Former Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winner, and greatest center in Broncos history, Tom Nalen, was a guest host.  Nalen spoke about everything under the sun, including Knowshon Moreno, Tim Tebow, John Elway, Mike Shanahan, Tom Coughlin, beating Alfred Williams on the scout team, the Patriots' cheating scandal, Boston College, his favorite moments as a Bronco, and bowling.

In a nutshell, Nalen is deadly funny, and he said more today in a three hours than he did his entire Broncos career. It was an incredible listen.

Nalen had 15 kickass seasons with the Broncos.  If he's not on your list of the top five players in Broncos history, he'd better be #6.

Oh, baby, Bill Williamson knows what John Elway likes

Chat with Bill Williamson
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Mike newyork [via mobile]

Could peyton manning work in denver? i think it would be a good fit tebow could learn a lot from peyton.
Bill Williamson (2:34 PM)

I don’t think Denver will be a favorite to land Manning, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos thought about it. Hall of Famers like other Hall of Fmaers and I’m sure John Elway would be intrigued by the idea of working with Manning.

Thou shalt have other gods before me?

Daubenmire reflects on Tebow, faith and football
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...The Bible actually teaches that we should, in fact, be like Tim Tebow. More of us should be. In a lot of ways, I said he was a mirror. For those of us that claim Christ, when you watch (Tebow), it reflects really how shallow we were in so many ways. We weren’t that way with our faith, and we didn’t share our faith. ... It made even the church world a little bit uncomfortable, because he was a little bit more radical than what we’re used to seeing…

...Christianity is in a slump because there’s no power. ... So people tuned in all across the world to watch (the Broncos) and see, would God do it again? Would another miracle happen? Could he do it again? So a lot of people tuned in not because they wanted to watch Tim Tebow, but just of the possibility that maybe there are miracles. Maybe God does intervene.

And could you believe it? When he threw that (game-winning) touchdown pass against Pittsburgh (in overtime of a playoff game). The world couldn’t believe it. He did it again!

When Jesus just won't do, watch Daubernmire's version of God intervene in another football game.

I just did a Bible search and couldn't find the name Tim Tebow anywhere.  The damn thing is obviously out of date.

Rob “The Situation” Gronkowski

“Rob Gronkowski Dancing” Gets The Jersey Shore Mashup It So Richly Deserves
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He’s young, he looks like a pretty hardcore alpha male bro, he enjoys the club scene and exposing his ripped physique – minus an Italian-sounding name, Rob Gronkowski has just about everything you could want in a Jersey Shore cast member. And now, thanks to that footage of his post-Super-Bowl dance night, we now know what it might look like if he joined the show’s cast.

Broncography: Luke Richesson

At this time of the year, a lot of the athletes who will compete at Combine are working out intensively at a variety of gym complexes that often house the athlete and will generally offer nutritional programs, a full kitchen for meals that are specifically designed to permit maximum performance, and a Star Wars workout facility. Machines for testing oxygen intake and CO2 exhalations sit alongside the treadmills that they will be used with. The cold pools that reduce muscle inflammation are filled with shivering, shaking prospects. There are machines for every muscle, and a wide range of other training devices as well.

I’ve written before on Charles Dimry, a one-time Broncos cornerback, and his facility, a franchise of Velocity Performance. There is a big fish in this growth-industry pond that used to be Athletes Performance Institute. Now it’s just Athletes Performance, but nearly everyone still calls it API. Luke Richesson was with them for 10 years. API turns out top professional athletes on a consistent basis - they’re booked solid during the predraft training cycle. Professional athletes from a variety of sports train there year-round.

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The Daily Lard 2-9-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's time again for Woody's Mailbag! Let's see what he's got for us on this fine morn:

There are so many people who think they can "fix" Tebow...Bratkowski and Martinez both think Tebow will be a great passing quarterback...Sean Salisbury, the former NFL quarterback who worked for ESPN for years, said (not to me, but to various others) during the Super Bowl week that he could "fix" Tim Tebow in two weeks and turn him into a "60 percent completion" quarterback.

Yes, clearly everyone who says they can fix Tim's problems are saying so out of purely charitable honesty. There's no ego or self-interest involved. Tell me Woody - is someone really going to say No, I can't fix Tim? Of course not - it's not like Tim is an uncoordinated, unathletic spaz. OF COURSE HE CAN BE FIXED. Tim could also become a concert pianist or an NBA point guard if he put in enough time.

BTW Woodrow, why in the wide world of sports would Timmy want to work with Sean Salisbury? Because he was such a great QB himself? Because he's successfully coached so many other QBs?

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Peyton Manning can play, but can he throw?

Kravitz: Manning not “throwing like an NFL quarterback yet”
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“I know some of the people that have seen him throw,” Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz said Tuesday on the Tony Kornheiser Show on 980 ESPN. “They say he’s not throwing like an NFL quarterback yet. That doesn’t mean he never will.  This thing is going to take time. Structurally, he’s sound. Structurally, he can take a hit.”

Impressions from SB 46

It wasn’t the most exciting Super Bowl ever. As a matter of fact, it really didn’t make the top 10 for me, which was disappointing considering the backstory. I had hoped, on one level, for the Pats to win so that both teams might meet one more time for a third, winner-takes-all match. As it was, the Giants showed that they are a deeper team with a better defense and that Eli Manning has long since overcome the comments on how he’s just a fair QB who’s gotten lucky as to where he’s gone. After all the articles and commentary about how defense doesn’t win championships, New York’s showed that while you don’t win a SB by yourself, the team with the better defense has a distinct advantage.

I made a few notes during the game on things that I thought might be of interest. The first was a tip of the chapeau to both teams on the composition of their lines and the way that they schemed their defenses. It was a chance to watch the various approaches of a 4-3 line on the Giants side (with appropriate hybrid fronts, just as the Patriots played off of theirs) and a 3-4 on the other, with Vince Wilfork seemingly having found the fountain of youth. He was a monster all playoff long, and I can’t stress enough that if you go back and watch his hand position, pad level, explosion and technique, you start to understand why he’s gotten better of late instead of weaker. He may not have the best stats in the league, but I’d go to war next to Chris Snee anytime and watching him fight with Vince Wilfork and the NE front seven is something that I’ll get a chance to go back and break down in still more detail, just for the fun of it.

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Kenny Powers gives his take on Tebow

The Gifted Young: Athlete An open letter from Kenny Powers to Tim Tebow
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But the Gifted Young Athlete refuses to let the doubters $*&t in his Wheaties. To hell with science. The Gifted Young Athlete knows that he has something stronger. He has God on his side. So he presses on and keeps a good attitude, and every time he beats the odds in life he proves the experts wrong. Next thing you know, there are folks calling it a miracle. Maybe the Gifted Young Athlete is blessed by the Almighty, they say. Perhaps he really does have a f@#!ing angel on his shoulder.

And suddenly the experts don’t look like experts anymore. By now, our hero has upset a whole lot of people. There are those who simply don’t like the idea of a man being favored by God. They feel his special relationship with Jesus diminishes their own somehow. If Jesus loves the Gifted Young Athlete, what does he think of the rest of us? Bunch of a%$holes?

So the haters multiply, and soon the resentment reaches a boiling point. And that’s when the torches and pitchforks and long knives come out. Yes, the world is given a savior but they choose to crucify him instead. Who’d a thunk it? The same old f#$@in’ story.

Maybe that’s why Jesus likes us so much to begin with. He sees a little of himself in there.

Want an image makeover?  Stomp a dude in the groin on national television.

America's Most Disliked Athletes
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And for the ultimate 180 degree turnaround, look no further than Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Just four months ago, Suh led Nielsen-EPoll’s survey of most liked players in the NFL. But his reputation took a sudden hit after a highly publicized stomping of a Green Bay Packer offensive guard during a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving Day. Suh got hit with a two-game suspension and bruised image.

“He went from being so popular to being a pariah in one season,” says Master. The good news for Suh is that he’s a young player who can shake off a mistake if he keeps it clean from now on.

Something tells me the last thing Ndamukong Suh thinks about in the morning is shaking off his image problem.  Detroit loves this guy.  He could murder Christian Ponder next season (and probably will) and it would not matter.

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