When the pieces come together

What a difference a year (or a bye week) can make...

He was just another 4th-round choice in the 2003 NFL draft. He grew up in Missouri and went to college up north a ways at the University of Illinois, after which he became a vagabond. San Francisco took a shot on him, and it really didn’t work out. Then it was a couple of years with Washington and just one with Chicago, who thought they’d seen enough of him. Where to next?

The story was always the same. He blew them away in training camp, and then blew key plays on the field, the stories said. He’d make a circus catch and follow it with a simple drop at a key moment. People talked about his attitude, his persona, about whether he was dedicated. You couldn’t trust him, was the bottom line of the message.

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MNF Broncos Lard 11-22-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos are in San Diego to face the Smurfs tonight, although as expected they will be without Andre' Goodman; Robert Ayers, Eddie Royal and Darcel McBath are listed as questionable. For San Diego, S Steve Gregory, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Legedu Naanee are listed as doubtful, while TE Antonio Gates, TE Kris Wilson and DE Travis Johnson are all questionable. Finally, LB Brandon Siler, K Nate Kaeding and WR Malcom Floyd are all probable for tonight. The Chefs got back on track yesterday with a convincing win over Arizona, while Jokeland got whipped in Pittsburgh. A win tonight for Denver would move them into a tie with San Diego and keep them within 2 games of the first-place Chefs.

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Former Broncos RB Rob Lytle dies at 56

Former Broncos running back Rob Lytle, who scored a touchdown for Denver as a rookie in Super Bowl XII, passed away last night at the age of 56 of a heart attack. Lytle was drafted by Denver in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 1977 Draft after a standout career at Michigan, where he placed third in the 1976 Heisman Trophy voting behind Tony Dorsett and Ricky Bell. Lytle spent his entire 7-year career with the Broncos and ranks fifteenth on Denver's all-time career rushing list with 1,451 yards on 376 carries and also caught 61 passes for 562 yards, scoring 14 touchdowns in total. Our thoughts at IAOFM go out to the Lytle family.

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Week 11 Open Thread

Enjoy the games, and Go Broncos!  Let's pull also for the Cardinals and Steelers.  

I just found out from watching ESPN's Sunday Countdown that Mark Sanchez likes show tunes.

It's good to know the Jets are alive with the sound of music...

The Jesus, The Generator and the Experts - Week 11

Here's a question.  If the Random Number Generator ends up beating Peter King, will King shake its hand?

Or will he just eat a cheese coney with Roger Goodell?

As we usually do, we ask our RNG to makes its picks for the week’s NFL games.  We then compare these picks to the so-called experts.  To make things even more lively, I include my cat, Jesus Quintana, in on the picks, along with Doug Lee and myself (Doc Bear is too smart for this).  The RNG is simply armed with the notion that 57% of the time, the home team is a winner in the NFL.  Quintana picks between two quarters as I drop them to the floor.  Doug Lee uses his obsessive-compulsive mind.

I use Kahlua and a proprietary mathematical formula. If that doesn’t work, I refuse to shake hands with myself until the picks come.

So let's see how things stand after Week 10.

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Must win again Lard 11-21-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans.  Today you're getting your Lard TJ Style.  Doug Lee, your steely and steadfast deliverer of daily Broncos news had to take one day off to test himself in some competitive arm wrestling.  So I stepped in for the day.  I'd like to think that on those days when I compete for the National Curling Championships of the United States, Doug will step in for me.

Besides, at Fat Man, we like to think of ourselves as the Patriots of the lazy and bloated blogosphere.  We fill in as needed, unless there's a rerun of Point Break on TV.  Then all bets are off.

Don't worry, though. Doug will be back tomorrow as strong as ever.  

Is tomorrow night another must win for the Broncos?  I'm afraid so.   The Chiefs are likely to win at home today.  The Raiders have a winnable game against the now-injured Steelers as well.  The Broncos can't afford to go down three games in the division with six remaining.

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5 More Things Peter King Didn’t Think to Think - Week 10

Due to the immense popularity of our first installment of 5 Things Peter King Didn't Think to Think, we decided to let you in on a few more sound bites our microphones caught last week against the Chiefs.

So here are 5 More Things Peter King Didn't Think to Think.

Yes, five plus five equals ten.

But Peter King doesn't know that.


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So much for that Lard 11-20-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, the nearly-complete health of the team didn't last long, as Eddie Royal missed Friday's practice with a hamstring injury - no word yet on the seriousness of it. Robert Ayers and Darcel McBath were again limited participants, Jamal Williams got his customer third-down Thursday off, and Andre' Goodman is still out. By the way, Yahoo! got confirmation from Nike that the supposedly-leaked uniform designs I cited the other day are indeed a fake. However, I am sticking by my theory, because very little of it had to do with those pictures - I think a decision to switch back to orange pre-dated Dave Krieger's questions on Monday. For what it's worth, Krieger hasn't responded to an email I sent - but that's certainly understandable, since he's likely received thousands this week. I know, I know - what could be more obnoxious than referencing myself in the Lard?

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Friday Trivia Trough: Broncos playoff opponents

We all know it's been too long since the Broncos made the playoffs. Heck, some of you may not even have been fans that far back! But judging by your excellent performance in these quizzes each week, you all have excellent knowledge of Broncos history, no matter how long you've been rooting them on. Today we're testing your memory of which teams Denver has faced in each of its playoff games. Important point - while we're requiring you to submit each response individually, you do not have to answer in order - you can click your way around the quiz as much as you please. Also, the team name will suffice - you don't have to type in the team's city. As always - no peeking or cheating, post your scores in the comments, and good luck!

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Can you name the Broncos' Playoff Opponents?

Healthy Broncos Lard 11-19-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver released their cleanest injury report of the year yesterday, as only Andre' Goodman missed practice and is expected not to play Monday night. Robert Ayers and Darcel McBath were limited participants but are expected to play. The Dolts were still without Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews, while four players were limited for San Diego in practice yesterday. Oh, and Andre Brown is back for more on the Broncos' practice squad. Have a great Friday, everyone! Trivia Trough later...

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