It only took three weeks for the scab officials to decide a game

Reggie Bush just tweeted it best:

These refs gotta go I'm sorry

The Packers and Seahawks battled for several hours tonight only to watch the scab officials make two different calls on the last play of the game, which was a Hail Mary that was clearly intercepted by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings.  Unfortunately for the Packers, the scabs decided to give the reception (and the touchdown) to Golden Tate of the Seahawks.  Worse, the call stood after the review (which never should have been reviewed to begin with, we should note).  In short, the Packers got screwed.  

Hey, at least it wasn't the Broncos that got jobbed.

I'd wager that this sort of thing might bring Roger Goodell to the negotiating table, but that would require the lapdog to quickly place a call to his masters, Kraft and Jones.  Jones is too busy taking care of his gay cowboy situation.  

Theater of the absurd: Warren Sapp & Brandon Marshall

Ever wonder what would happen if Warren Sapp and Brandon Marshall were in each other's vicinity?

Well, wonder no longer.  Sapp decided to go first last Friday on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said:

Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100-catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall...it ain't about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.

Retard?  Nice, Warren.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 3 - Packers @ Seahawks

Enjoy the game, everyone!

Andy Benoit, Khaled Elsayed, and Benjamin Hoffman preview the matchup.

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History lesson: Peyton’s throws have always wobbled

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NFL fines Fox, Del Rio for treating incompetent refs like they’re incompetent

There's no mystery (or subtlety) to what we think of the officiating from Denver's Week 2 loss in Atlanta.

John Fox and Jack Del Rio were, shall we say, quite open with their feelings during the game - enough so, that the Ginger Hammer had one of his lapdogs phone the Georgia Dome at halftime to demand Denver's coaches back off the scabs.

Today comes another admonition, in the form of a $30K fine for Fox, and a $25K penalty on Del Rio.

Our message remains unchanged: GFY, Roger Goodell & Ray Anderson.

Last-place tie Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Rumors of the demise of Peyton Manning's arm strength were shown yesterday to be greatly exaggerated. No surprise there.

Unfortunately, the quality of Denver's defense was also proven overstated, and Peyton & Co. again ran out of time attempting a furious comeback from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Denver scored two touchdowns in the final stanza, but it wasn't enough, as the Broncos dropped to 1-2 with a 31-25 loss (Gamebook) to Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips's Texans.

Jack Del Rio's guys got tuned up for three Matt Schaub touchdown passes within a twelve-minute, four-second span, in a nightmarish first half that netted the Texans a staggering 285 yards of offense.

Were it not for a timely Wesley Woodyard interception near the end of the first half - a swing of six or ten points, after Matt Prater's third FG - the game may have been over before Rod Smith took his rightful place among the Broncos' greats in the Ring of Fame.

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Gut Reaction: Week 3 - Broncos vs Texans

The highlight of today's game came at halftime when the Broncos put Rod Smith into their Ring of Fame.

The rest of the Broncos were in the locker room.  Otherwise, they would have been down twenty to start the third quarter.

Peyton Manning didn't throw three interceptions today, but he still needed to rally late for the Broncos to have any sort of chance.

This week, the defense put themselves in a hole, as Matt Schaub and the Texans took both a sledgehammer and a surgeon's scalpel to the Denver defense.  Dropped passes on offense, mental errors (45 yards in personal fouls on one drive alone), and J.J. Watt took care of the rest.

The game was a lot less exciting than the final score (and the Broncos) would admit.  The truth is this team is still in transition, still adjusting to themselves, and still trying to figure out their basic philosophy.  Are they a no-huddle team?  Are they a blitzing team?

Check back in a few weeks and we'll have a better idea.  Perhaps the Broncos can play well on both sides of the ball for once.  Thankfully, the AFC West will still be there for the taking.

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Game Day Limerick: Rod Smith

In honor of Rod Smith, I completely ignored the Texans and instead wrote a limerick in honor of one of the baddest dudes in Broncos history:

One day in a play came the Rod
on the field from the practice squad.
  No Darrell the Green
  could stop the orange sheen
of a mile-high, hustling god. 

Feel free to take your own shot below.  Go Broncos!

Open Thread: Sunday Week 3

Enjoy the games, congratulations to Rod Smith, and Go Broncos!

Inactive for Denver are G Chris Kuper, C/G C.J. Davis, DT Sealver Siliga, LB Steven Johnson, WR Andre Caldwell, RB Knowshon Moreno, and QB Caleb Hanie. Ronnie Hillman is active for the first time, and Brock Osweiler remains the backup behind Peyton Manning.

Houston's inactives are QB John Beck, WR DeVier Posey, CB Roc Carmichael, CB Brandon Harris, LB Tim Dobbins, T Andrew Gardner, and G Brandon Brooks.

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Scabs love home cooking Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Make sure you've cleared more than three hours from your afternoon for today's game. If you're recording it, set the DVR to go longer than you normally might.

If the season so far is any indication, a potential overtime game could approach four hours.

As we all learned in painful fashion Monday night, one of the many negative outcomes of the officiating lockout is that games are stretching even longer than normal. Broncos/Falcons went 3 hours 27 minutes, while the average game in Week 2 lasted for 3 hours 14 minutes - tied for third longest in the past 20 years. Brutal.

There is one bright spot here for the Broncos - at least for the next two weeks. Home teams have been faring much better in terms of winning games (an unprecedented 14 of 16 were victorious last week), penalty counts (road teams have faced 23% more flags than have home teams), and an unheard of 61.3% of them have apparently covered the point spread.

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