Aww, crap

Be well, Montee. h/t Justin Weber

Favre, Packers finally mend fences

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Four years into his retirement, the Packers will finally honor Brett Favre in a proper manner.

Yes, he was (and is) vastly overrated, and his annual should I/shouldn't I retire exercise was the worst part of many NFL summers.

But there was never any doubt that Favre deserved to have his number retired and be inducted to Green Bay's HOF.

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Gut Reaction: First depth chart of 2014

With Denver set to open the preseason on Thursday against some squad from Seattle, the team released its first depth chart on Sunday evening.

Andrew Mason and Mike Klis have it pretty well covered, so rather than go line-by-line, we'll just share a few impressions:

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Ward avoids jail time

For having allegedly thrown a glass at a bartender in a Denver strip club in May, T.J. Ward will perform community service.

Ward had pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace charges.

Peyton Manning is a bargain

Andy Dalton, Bengals reach six-year, $115 million deal
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Dalton, who will sign the deal later Monday, had one year remaining on his rookie contract and was scheduled to make slightly less than $1.7 million.

Obviously, we know better than to overreact to this contract, as it's probably really just a two- or three-year deal with a series of one-year team options tagged onto it.

But, still. If Jay Cutler, Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick, and (the very mediocre) Andy Dalton are each paid similarly to what Manning gets from Denver in any given year, then the Broncos are playing Moneyball, and winning.

Kyle Orton and Jay Cutler were made for each other

Emery open to Kyle Orton reunion
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Emery tried to sign Orton during free agency in 2012, but the quarterback opted to play for the Cowboys.

They were traded for each other, of course, after Cutler demanded his way out of Denver and away from Josh McDaniels.

Orton then begged his way out (understandably) from under Josh's worst decision of all, and recently weaseled his way out of Dallas by not showing up for practice.

Seems like a match made in heaven for two party animals who just donnnnnn't caaaarrrrrreeeeee.

Tamme TD highlights stadium scrimmage

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team held its annual stadium scrimmage on Saturday, in front of 38,620 appreciative (and appreciated) fans.

Julius Thomas, Chris Harris, DeMarcus Ware, and Kevin Vickerson were among those who were held out.

Thomas suffered a thigh bruise on Friday, but is expected back at practice on Monday.

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DeAngelo Hall: Shanny meddled with Haslett

DeAngelo Hall says Mike Shanahan used to overrule Jim Haslett
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“When the coaching change happens and Jim Haslett remains, some folks kind of scratch their heads,” Hernandez said. “But let’s be honest here, Jim Haslett wasn’t always the guy calling the plays for you guys last year. How difficult was it knowing that the head coach was sticking his head in and making changes, or making calls?”

We can't help but wonder whether otherwise successful coordinators like Ray Rhodes and Jim Bates had similar experiences before they were run out of Denver. (via LBS)

Opioid use and chronic pain

The July 2014 issue of Consumer Reports includes an investigation into the dangers of painkilling medication - particularly opioid use and abuse.

I’d touched on these issues in Pro Sports: Beyond Cannabis Part 2, but this article takes them to a new level.

Included was this comment:

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Goodell agrees with Goodell, Goodell, and Goodell

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Commissioner Roger Goodell finally spoke to reporters about Judge Roger Goodell's two-game suspension of Ray Rice.

Interestingly, he says he agrees with Goodell's decision, and thinks Jury Roger Goodell does as well.

It's believed that Appeals Judge Roger Goodell would have upheld the length of the ban, had Rice been foolish enough to have challenged it. 

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