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Good Morning, Broncos fans! Well, the USMNT's 2014 World Cup run is over.

To this casual observer, they sure did look overmatched for most of yesterday's 2-1 loss to Belgium.

The result felt inevitable for long stretches, but as they seem to do every four years, our boys made a game of it.

In the days leading up to it, I admittedly rolled my eyes every time an analyst discussed the American players' supposedly trademark effort.

International competitions like the World Cup and Olympics often devolve into exercises in jingoism, xenophobia, and the worst kinds of nationalism*.

What, Americans really try harder, exude more grit, and do a better job of not giving up?

Seems a bit of a ridiculous claim, doesn't it?

Well, a two-goal deficit in soccer usually equals a death knell.

A two-goal deficit in extra time? Insurmountable.

And yet, the outcome of yesterday's game came down to the very last moment.

To that, we'll say Thank You, Tim Howard.

Although it was a losing effort, there was much to be proud of.

It sure was entertaining. Some even see the past couple weeks as proof that America cares about the sport again, and may even be good at it someday.

Well, goodbye soccer; see you in four years!

* I am proud to be American, but when I really think about it, I'm more fortunate than anything else. I could have been born anywhere. And unlike anyone who's served, I can't really say I ever did anything to earn my citizenship.

So, to me, there's something particularly obnoxious about cheering, "We're number one/better than you."

How is this different than assuming a Raiders fan is a hardened criminal and terrible person? Well, nobody is born a Raiders fan...

Broncos

It's likely no exaggeration when Julius Thomas says he's far more comfortable in Denver's offense this year, and that the team plans to use him "a lot more creatively."

Cecil Lammey expects Zac Dysert, Kapri Bibbs, Isaiah Burse, Gerell Robinson, Lerentee McCray to stick on the 53-man roster, but Marvin Austin, Juwan Thompson, Jordan Norwood, Vinston Painter, and Joel Dreessen to be among the final cuts. 

The Dallas Police Department continues to receive criticism for its erroneous report that Aqib Talib had been arrested.

News

Rolando McClain's NFL career/adventure is back on, as he was traded from Baltimore to Dallas. The Cowboys sent a 2015 sixth-rounder to the Ravens, who included a 2015 seventh-rounder along with the wishy-washy linebacker.

San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith will not face charges over his LAX bomb threat.

The Florida Gators' official 2014 calendar featues none other than three-time accused murderer Aaron Hernandez.

Bills/Jills

Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso is out for the season with a torn ACL.

A judge in New York refused to dismiss the lawsuit brought by a handful of former cheerleaders over pay issues.

Analysis

Mike Tanier thinks the best Oakland can do this season is convince some decent younger players to sign with them next offseason.

Chase Stuart updates his post on running backs and winning percentages.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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