Good Morning, Broncos fans! A pair of academic economists thinks the end of football is a much stronger likelihood than most of us are willing to consider, especially as we learn more about the wide-ranging and long-lasting effects of head injuries. Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier believe either liability suits or potentially conclusive medical research linking CTE to football will bring down our beloved sport, as parents seek to protect their children and those involved in the sport at the coaching and administrative levels depart due to litigation fears.
An earlier Grantland piece by Jonah Lehrer (sorry to say we missed this one the first time around) addresses the difficulties facing high school coaches and medical staffs as they attempt to prevent, diagnose, and treat concussions. Sadly, even the most generously funded and purely intentioned of programs appear to be losing that battle, which cannot speak well for those with smaller budgets and less institutional dedication to attacking a problem which may have no solution.
If that's the case, Cowen and Grier suggest that basketball will become America's sport if or when football loses its stranglehold. So, how about this Jeremy Lin?
Howdy, friends. In case you hadn’t noticed, I decided to take a little unannounced break from writing about football. (I figured if I announced it that people might think that I’m full of myself, or something.) Today, I decided to return, because I think that we’re on the precipice of a very interesting offseason as Broncos fans, and that it’s time to start putting some words to it, and while I’m at it, even some sentences and paragraphs.
Today, I’m going to start where Broncos conversation always seems to start, and that’s with Tim Tebow. I’m doing so, because I’m pretty sick of talking about him personally, and I consider this to be the act of getting something important out of the way, and then moving on from it until games start happening, and there’s something new and substantial to discuss.
As I’ve been saying for years, I’m not in the arguing business, I’m in the saying what I think business. After long consideration during my quiet break, I’m strengthening my resolve on that front. I’m not going to be arguing with anybody about Tebow or anything else, because it’s just going to irritate me, and make me want to take a forever break from writing about football. (I can think of some of you who’d like that, and you can feel free to start a blog about it or something, if you didn’t know deep down that nobody would ever read it.) I say what I think, and that’s that, and I’ll be right or wrong based on the extent to which I know what I’m talking about, and how well my powers of educated guessing work. You dig?
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! My, how quickly things have changed in Oakland. It was only last February that the Raiders gave CB Stanford Routt a puzzling $20M in guarantees to stick around, later restructuring his deal to make it a five-year contract worth a potential $54.5M (but with no extra guarantees beyond the $20M). These were the kind of kooky decisions Al Davis made - with both of his starting corners hitting free agency, Big Al gave Routt only $5M less in guarantees than all-world CB Nnamdi Asomugha ended up getting from the Eagles.
Since then, Davis has moved on to another world, Huebris Jackson is no longer the coach, and Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are now running the show. Yesterday, the duo established in full that the Raiders are their team, and they put the entire roster on notice by cutting Routt, who had allowed nine touchdowns and dubiously led the league with 17 penalties called against him in 2011.
Routt's agent has reportedly already garnered interest from Buffalo and Tennessee, but no matter where the 2005 second-rounder lands, the message is clear: McKenzie and Allen will not hesitate to differentiate themselves from Davis's ways - which can only be a bad thing for the Broncos and the rest of the AFC West.
The Drive hour 2 2/9/12
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.
Chat with Bill Williamson
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.
Daubenmire reflects on Tebow, faith and football
...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 Gronkowski Dancing” Gets The Jersey Shore Mashup It So Richly Deserves
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.
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.
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?
Kravitz: Manning not “throwing like an NFL quarterback yet”
“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.”