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Broncos, McDaniels fined; fans go wild Lard 11/28/10

Good Morning? Broncos fans. As you all know by now, the Broncos and Josh McDaniels were each fined $50K yesterday for Spygate II. Apparently McDaniels never looked at the six-minute recording video operative director Steve Scarnecchia took of the Niners' walkthrough, and failed to report the offense - hence the fine. Certainly the incident reflects poorly on the Broncos organization as a whole, and the most obvious question is why McDaniels hired Scarnecchia in the first place. But there are several memes flying around regarding Scarnecchia's involvement in Spygate I - let's try to straighten them out a bit. When the Jets exposed the Pats in 2007, Scarnecchia was the Jets' video director - the whistleblower in fact. He had not worked for New England since 2004. The original Spygate investigation circled around whether the Patriots filmed the Lambs' walkthrough before the two were to meet in SB XXXVI. But the videographer in question was Matt Walsh - not Scarnecchia, who was a video assistant for New England from 2001 to 2004.

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Spygate, Denver edition Lard 11-27-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As if Denver hasn't seen enough football controversy since Josh McDaniels took over last January, there's another big one brewing - and it's déjà vu all over again for McDaniels. The NFL is investigating whether the Broncos' director of covert video operations Steve Scarnecchia videotaped one of the Niners' walkthroughs when the two teams were about to face off in London. Scarnecchia is on a leave of absence while the league looks into the matter, and supposedly the Broncos are investigating as well. Yeah, right. Scarnecchia was deeply involved in the Patriots' version of Spygate, as he reportedly trained (first bullet point) the person who got caught recording the Jets' signals in 2007, Matt Estrella. Scarnecchia was the Jets' video director when the team blew the whistle on the Patriots, and worked for New England when they beat St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI. Of course, the NFL investigated allegations that the Patriots had filmed the Lambs' walkthrough before that title game.

Whatever comes of the investigation, this is still another embarrassing moment in McDaniels' tenure in Denver. Hopefully the league absolves the Broncos of any wrongdoing. If not...

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Black Friday Lard 11-26-10

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! We hope you had a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving. As for the Broncos, their injury report is exactly as it was the day before - Robert Ayers was a full participant in practice and is expected to play Sunday, while DJ Williams was again limited. Demaryius Thomas, Andre' Goodman and Darcel McBath are out.

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Turkey Lard 11-25-10

Happy Thanksgiving, Broncos fans! Robert Ayers was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, while DJ Williams was limited as he recovers from a concussion he suffered Monday. As earlier announced, Demaryius Thomas, Andre' Goodman and Darcel McBath are all out Sunday.

Whether you're with family or friends, traveling or hosting, we hope you enjoy the day! At IAOFM we are thankful everyday for your readership and for helping us grow over these past couple months. Thanks for all of your intelligent comments, the laughs you provide us all, and for your praise. You have made IAOFM a worthy endeavor and we will continue striving to make it better. Thanks again, and Happy Turkey Day!

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The Daily Lard 11-24-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As mentioned yesterday, Denver will be without Demaryius Thomas, Andre' Goodman and Darcel McBath on Sunday. Josh McDaniels also addressed the question of whether we're about to see a lot more of Tim Tebow soon (we're not). Of course, this is all everyone wants to talk about. Me, I want to know how the Broncos are going to find a pass rush, and who they're going to draft come April to help that cause. If you're traveling today, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! If not, don't worry - IAOFM is open everyday, and so is The Daily Lard!

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Groundhog Night Lard 11-23-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans. If only last night's game could have been called on account of bad weather after the game's first nine minutes. But alas, there was no bad weather and we're not talking baseball here. Following a perfect opening touchdown drive and two defensive stops, it was the Broncos' special teams unit that let them down on a San Diego fake punt, and it was all downhill from there. In their nine meetings since Philip Rivers became the Dolts' starter in 2006, the Broncos have now been blown out six times in seven losses. This edition felt an awful lot like the previous ones, littered with plenty of Broncos penalties (8 of them for 56 yards), horrific third-down play (1-of-12 on offense, 7-of-14 on defense), poor special teams play (the fake punt, 9 Britton Colquitt punts for a gross 37.2-yard gross average), phantom tackling (just one sack, and a glaring Dawk whiff on Patrick Crayton's 40-yard catch-and-run TD), phantom blocking (63 rushing yards and 5 sacks), missed passes (bad throws by Kyle Orton, drops and misplays by his receivers) and a puzzling abundance of trick plays.

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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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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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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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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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