Kroenke taking Rams back to La La Land?

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! The forecast for Sunday continues to improve, although not quite to the extent we're being told.

In reality, Weather.com predicts kickoff temperatures in the high 30s or low 40s, with some breeziness and little or no precipitation.

Accuweather calls for an evening temperature of 41 degrees, with an 8% chance of precipitation.

Weather Underground predicts a similiar temperature, but zero chance of rain or snowfall.

Broncos News

Denver's players on IR arrived for the game on Thursday.

Zac Dysert has been tasked with playing the role of Russell Wilson for Denver's scout team.

Adam Gase and Mike McCoy have managed to preserve a close friendship despite now being frequent opponents.

Julius Thomas apparently comes from a line of Raiders fans.

Wesley Woodyard first became a Bronco thanks to some persistence from Mike Shanahan.

Robin Fox says it was a little weird watching her husband's team play with him sitting next to her.

John Elway and Joe Ellis rang the opening bell at the NYSE on Thursday.

Broncos Analysis

Woody Paige says Pat Bowlen, Johns Elway and Fox, Peyton Manning, and Champ Bailey will all be back in 2014.

Don Banks profiles Adam Gase, who apparently consults with John Elway regularly after practices.

Lindsay Jones and Jeff Darlington highlight the impact of Julius Thomas on Denver's offense.

Peter Damilatis thinks deep sideline throws by Peyton Manning could determine Sunday's outcome.

Over at Field Gulls, here's a pretty fair assessment of Denver's defensive talent.

Mark Kiszla thinks Denver is a worthy SB venue, because of course it is.

Seahawks

In Michael Bennett, Sam Monson expects Louis Vasquez to face his sternest test of the season.

Dan Wetzel thinks Pete Carroll's sunny disposition tends to keep him out of discussions of the best coaches.

Doug Farrar considers the potential impact of Percy Harvin's return.

Gordon McGuinness studies the way Seattle uses DT Brandon Mebane.

Jeffri Chadiha thinks safety Earl Thomas is the key to Seattle's chances of slowing Denver's offense.

Analysis

David Fleming is the latest to suggest the Seahawks could use defensive holding to their advantage on Sunday.

Patrick Hruby applauds Roger Goodell's comments about potentially permitting marijuana use among players.

Uniforms

Sunday's game isn't just the Weed Bowl; it's also the Nike Bowl; Uni Watch covers the details.

Shoulder pads have become much smaller and lighter over the years.

$B 48

When Peyton isn't practicing or studying, he tends to be selling, since almost everybody knows who he is.

Each 30-second spot during Sunday's game will cost advertisers nearly $4M.

Customs agents seized $21.6M worth of counterfeit SB gear, but the clothing among it will be destroyed, rather than given to the needy.

The Times provides an inside look at the SuperContest, a season-long competition among professional gamblers.

Even I have to admit that Tim Tebow's SB commercial is pretty funny:

News

The NFL claims that concussions occurred 13% less frequently during 2013 season; a study suggests that helmet technology is finally making real advances

Stan Kroenke bought some land in Inglewood, CA, that might become a future home of his St. Louis Rams.

The National Congress of American Indians has released a commercial denouncing the blatantly racist name of Washington's football franchise.

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

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