Red and gold is the new silver and black

Jets fan in hospital after savage beating in stadium parking lot
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A disturbing incident of fan violence was reported over the weekend in New York, where a Jets fan says he was badly beaten by a bunch of drunk Kansas City Chiefs fans who yelled 9/11 taunts before the attack.

Nate Jackson: Broncos trainers pushed dangerous pain-killing shots

No Pain, No Gain? Not So Fast
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When I played for the Denver Broncos, from 2003 to 2008, Toradol was a popular pregame injection…We were told it would make us feel better. So we lined up for the needle…There was no hesitation, no trepidation, no point at which I felt that taking Toradol was a risk. I trusted our team doctors. They wouldn’t suggest a drug if it was dangerous.

The player rarely if ever has a say in the treatment process…If the player seeks a second opinion, which he is technically allowed to do, it is taken as an affront to the medical staff, and he will be treated in the training room like a turncoat…The player is not told how to access his medical records or whether he even has a right to them. The folder of my medical records was as thick as a dictionary and I never had access to it. Even after I filed a workers’ compensation lawsuit against the Broncos a year ago that later included a request for that folder, I still don’t have it. The team hasn’t released it to me.

With each anecdote Jackson shares, one has to be more interested in reading his forthcoming book. Of course, how can we help but wonder how reading it will affect our love for this game? (h/t SteveS)

The Daily Lard 12-14-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! I was just about to write how fascinating it was that Alex Marvez is the first writer to point to the fact that Mike McCoy worked under Urban Meyer at Utah (How could it be that everyone missed that one?!), but then I realized there are a couple of problems with that. One, McCoy never worked for Utah, only playing for them from 1992 to 1994. Two, Meyer coached there from 2003 to 2004 while McCoy was coaching quarterbacks for John Fox with the Panthers. Marvez also points out that Tim Tebow threw a pick-six against Detroit but ignores/forgets that a fumble by Tim was returned for a score too. Man, where does Marvez get his facts from? The latter omission is easily excused, but to link McCoy and Meyer after apparently interviewing McCoy in depth is just mind-blowing. Well, he does work for FOX where quality journalism isn't exactly the highest of priorities.

Anyway, the rest of the article is pretty interesting as it talks about McCoy watching college film for inspiration to help him add wrinkles to the Denver offense, and he has apparently consulted with Demaryius Thomas, who played his college ball in Georgia Tech's triple-option offense. At least, that's what Marvez says. It's not a direct quote, which it would appear are the only things we can totally trust are accurate from Marvez, our latest inductee to the Hall of Hackery.

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Broncos won’t commit to Von Miller long term

Broncos want to focus only on 2011 with Tebow
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“A lot is made of the quarterback position. It’s really hard to sit here and answer. We don’t talk about the middle linebacker or the left corner position,’’ Fox said. “I think, right now, just enjoy the moment. It’s a team game, and we’re doing well as a team. I don’t like speaking too much of the future. I’m happy for each day.’’ When a reporter jokingly retorted with a question about whether star rookie Von Miller had done enough to be the strongside linebacker in 2012, Fox cracked: “Exactly. He’s the strongside linebacker now. We’re in the now.’‘

Of course, this quote from Fox is ridiculous.  The Broncos are committed to Von Miller for 2012, 2013, and beyond; everyone knows it. Saying so, however, would force them to give a concrete answer on the Tebow questions. Or perhaps Fox is being serious and he's of the same opinion as Rod Smith always was: no one is safe, every position is a competition, and the team is always looking to upgrade at every position.

Which then begs the question, if the Broncos believe they can upgrade at quarterback in 2012, why would that be any different than, let's say, cornerback or long snapper?

My good friend Doug Lee takes a lot of grief for supposedly being biased against Tim Tebow, while my other buddy,Ted Bartlett, is lauded weekly for being in support of Tebow.  All I see, though, are two guys who simply disagree on the fundamental issue of the ugrade at the position of quarterback.  One thinks they can upgrade in 2012; the other does not.  If they were having this disagreement about Andre' Goodman, no one would care much, if at all.

John "Sam Elliott" Fox is correct--a lot is made of the quarterback position.

Broncos promote Carter, waive McCarthy and Domino

Denver has promoted CB Tony Carter from their practice squad and waived S Kyle McCarthy to create room for him. Carter's promotion would appear to signal that the concussion Andre' Goodman suffered on Sunday is likely to keep him out of action this week against the Pats. The team also waived/injured Derek of the Dominos.

Meanwhile, congratulations are due Matt Prater, who was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 59-yard game knotter and 51-yard winner.

In ex-Broncos news, 2009 draftees Darcel McBath and Richard Quinn finally caught on with new teams - Jacksonville and Washington, respectively.

A collection of Tebow-inspired YouTube songs

SINGING HIS PRAISE: A LOOK AT YOUTUBE’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH TIM TEBOW
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Now, while we wait for news that the Westboro Baptist Church plans to spend the rest of eternity protesting the Denver Broncos – or maybe they’ll just say, F*ck it and start worshipping Tim Tebow, too – I dug up the Interweb’s latest offerings of YouTube tributes to the man who is 7-1 as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback. Consider it our donation to the Cult of Tebow. Enjoy your Kool-Aid, friends.

Will there be a Rebecca Black Tebow song? Please???

Tim Tebow. Sigh!

TIM TEBOW RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD HEARTTHROB TREATMENT FROM ‘PEOPLE’ IN ‘PHOTO SPECIAL’
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Rocking a basic white tee to perfection, it’s no surprise Jockey chose the clean-cut quarterback to be the spokesperson for their Staycool collection this spring. Sigh! Now we know what he wears under his Denver Broncos uniform!

“I am not better than anyone else just because I play football,” says the humble quarterback, despite his effortless ability to turn heads for his sporting prowess and his rugged good looks while training in Denver in August.

Pitino: Jesus comes out of the sky, and he’s hitting everything

Louisville’s Rick Pitino Urges “All You Atheists Out There” To Watch Tim Tebow
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“All you atheists out there, watch Tim Tebow and you’ll believe. … You watch him out there, and he can’t complete a pass. Then, Jesus comes out of the sky, and he’s hitting everything.”

I can't wait for Mike Tyson to throw his .02 in.

Why Tim Tebow is better in the 4th Quarter

Happy Tuesday, friends.  I’ve had some unexpected professional challenges/opportunities come up that have had me working day and night lately, while simultaneously finishing a semester up in my MBA program, and it’s briefly messed up my writing schedule.  I’m sorry I wasn’t able to deliver a Digesting article on Friday, but I’m optimistic about doing one for this week. 

For today, I’m going short blog-post style, on a topic that seems to be flummoxing the whole football watching world.  Why is Tim Tebow so much better in the 4th quarter of games?  I know the answer to this question, and I’m going to share it with you today.  It’s a matter of seeing the forest through the trees, and looking back to Tebow’s time at Florida to understand the phenomenon.

First, let’s start with a thought exercise.  Based on Tebow’s skill set, what’s the best approach that the Broncos can take to being successful on offense?  Consider personnel groupings, play-calling, and overall philosophy.  Really consider this, and get the answer in your head.

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The Tim Tebow memorabilia world, growing daily

Someone On Craigslist Denver Is Selling Envelopes Postmarked The Day Tebow Was Born
deadspin.com

These four items are from the actual date that Tim Tebow was born, which was August 14, 1987. Two of them also synchronize in, by some wonderful serendipity, with key aspects of the life he has lived in the decades since.

Only ninety dollars? Damn, they're practically giving this stuff away!

And growing... (via DP)

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