It sure is rough making tens of millions in profits

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Several notable rookies made their preseason debuts this weekend.

Houston linebacker Jadeveon Clowney flashed some of what made him the first overall pick, but had some rough moments as well.

Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer also put up mixed performances, but Manziel reportedly did enough to pull slightly ahead.

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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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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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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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Mail: Scouting Denver’s offensive line

Tia writes:

Hello, IAOFM staff! First, I just wanted to say thank you for continuing to be the best source there is for Broncos news and analysis. Your recent article on TJ Ward and what he'll be able to do for us this season was particularly great (can't wait to see him in action!), and I was writing to ask if you may be willing to do a similar sort of preview for the O-Line, based on a mix of last year's performances and what you've seen/heard from TC so far?

That seems to be our weak spot at the moment based on early camp reports, though I'm sure they're slower to adjust due to having two guys learning new positions, but I would just love to hear your thoughts on whether or not there's anything to worry about there, and what this newly retooled group's strengths and weaknesses may be this year.

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Richard Quinn is back!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As per usual, the starters are expected to play 10-12 snaps in tomorrow's preseason opener.

Von Miller and Chris Harris will not play, while DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, and Kevin Vickerson are questionable.

Montee Ball is expected to be released from the hospital today, but may not play in any preseason games.

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