Great question!

Why did Texans pass on the chance to sign Peyton Manning in 2012?
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“Some people said, why didn’t you sign Peyton Manning?” McNair said. “Well, we just couldn’t do it. We would have had to let go of two or three of our outstanding players to create enough room in the salary cap to do something with him. Those are the decisions you have to make as you go forward. You hope you make the right decision.”

You "couldn't do it," huh, Bob?

Keep telling yourself that, buddy. Oh, and thanks!

Judge says down with shamateurism

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The NCAA and its shamateurism were dealt a serious legal blow on Friday.

A federal judge ruled that the organization's ban on compensating athletes is a violation of antitrust laws, blasting several holes in its contradictory claims along the way.

This, of course, was the O'Bannon case, in which the NCAA laughably tried to defend its use of player images for profit, while not sharing said profits with said players.

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PFF: Quant shows off diverse repertoire

ReFo: Seahawks @ Broncos, Preseason Wk 1
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Smith produced four QB Hurries on 17 opportunities, ending with a 17.6 PRP. He showed that he was able to win with inside and outside moves and he isn’t just a speed rusher on the outside. The Broncos used Smith mostly on the left side, it will be an interesting development to see if this is a trend going forward, especially if Smith is used at the same time as DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.

It's not news, but it's encouraging for the tape to match the camp reports.

FWIW, Malik Jackson (+3.3) earned Denver's highest grade, while in his debut at right tackle, Chris Clark (-2.2) had the worst.

Denver ranked 7th most miserable sports city

Forbes, trying to show Buzzfeed what it will look like when it gets old, has yet another list: Forbes' 2014 List Of America's Most Miserable Sports Cities

Denver took the 7 spot:

Meltdown by Peyton Manning & Co. against Seattle dropped Broncos to 2-5 in Super Bowls. Nuggets have been to the NBA or ABA playoffs in more than half of their 47 seasons, with no championships.

All professional teams are listed above that, including the Colorado Avalanche and the NHL's Rockies (moved to KC, moved to NJ).

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Matt Scott pulls off a Gordie Howe hat trick of sorts

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Let's kick off this sleep-deprived Lard with a programming note-slash-reminder.

Each week, be sure to keep checking the game recap, as we continually update it with plenty of links (articles, quotes, videos) along the way.

The idea is to have everything together, so that at any point (later in the year, or years later), you can find coverage of any game in one spot.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos vs Seahawks, Preseason Game 1

As much fun as it was to watch the Broncos beat the Seahawks, it was hard to make much of this preseason game.

Lighting came. It saw. It kicked everyone’s ass.

By the time the rain delay was over, the starters barely had time to take some plays off.

What do we do with this game, one that doesn’t matter to anyone other than bloggers, cheerleaders, and small-college roster hopefuls?

We mock, that's what.

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Final Score: Lightning 45, Refs 25, Broncos 21, Seahawks 16

Ahh, nothing like a four-hour game to kick off the preseason, amirite?!

The Broncos defeated the visiting Seahawks 21-16 (Gamebookhighlights) in a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning, and an indeterminate amount of time by 25 accepted penalties.

Of course, it also wouldn’t be preseason without a new undrafted running back darling. Former Dukie Juwan Thompson racked up 59 yards on six carries, showing as much speed, vision, and toughness as one can show in a matchup of second-team units.

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Missed the playoffs four years straight? Quick, wine and dine the head of officiating!

Is this the NFL ref czar on Cowboys' party bus? Irate NFL execs say yes
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Another veteran NFL official: “If I were another team owner, how could I not be irate? It gives the appearance of impropriety, and looks like a particularly cozy relationship between a team and the officiating department at a time when instant replay is being taken over more and more by the league office. You’re damn right I’d be irate.”

Some fun quotes here. Should be entertaining to see this story play out.

Live Blog: Preseason Game 1 - Broncos vs Seahawks

Ted liveblogs the game after the jump.

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As meaningful as a meaningless game can get?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yes, tonight's game is just the preseason, and even the regular season rematch will only mean so much.

But the Broncos still have an opportunity to let out some frustration tonight against Seattle, and any bit of closure will help.

Some players, like Omar Bolden and Kevin Vickerson, admit there is some meaning in the game.

As always, the primary goal is to emerge healthily.

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