The Daily Lard 8-17-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's official - the Big IF is now Sports Authority Field at Mile High. As much as we've made fun of the lengthiness of the name here, at least the stadium now has a sports-related name rather than a financial one. After all, on their days off and while spending their hard-earned money to watch football, fans don't more reminders of their mortgages, 401k's, car payments, or their taxes going to subsidize the place, right? And as a bonus, if any sporting goods retailer was going to take over the naming rights, let's just be glad it wasn't Dick's.

More from Klis on the new name - for now, Sports Authority has just taken over the remaining 10 years on the Invesco deal, while the stadium district is trying to figure if they can milk the company for more money on the 15 years beyond that. The Broncos and the district will split the $6M in annual revenue from the deal. And, hopefully the reported plan to paint pillars in the stadium with ALL THOSE OPPOSED TO THE RAIDERS SAY 'NEIGH' is merely a horribly corny joke. What is this, the 18th century?

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Andrew Mason and Jeff Legwold on the team's release of hometown star LenDale White.

Mason and Klis on the injuries plaguing the Broncos' defensive tackles.

Practice notes and more notes from LJ - Eric Decker missed part of yesterday's work with pain in his foot which had cost him time in camp last year.

Woody on the travails of Ty Warren, LenDale and Marcus Thomas, whom he hilariously labels a "bust". Relative to being a fourth-round pick, how could a guy who's playing in his fifth NFL season ever be called a bust? Sure, we could measure him by Shanny's proclamation that Thomas was a first-round talent, or by the three picks dealt away for the chance to draft him, but doing so would be completely unfair to Marcus Thomas the football player. BTW, Thomas has played in all 64 of Denver's games since he was drafted - only one other '07 fourth-rounder has done the same, and he's a long snapper (Zak DeOssie). Thomas is one of only 10 guys to play in 50 or more games from that fourth round of '07.

Legwold doesn't see much of a fit in Denver for ex-Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu.

Video of highlights from practice, and John Fox and Kyle Orton speaking afterwards. Plus, morning and evening notes and a summary of the day from the official site.

Podcasts of Mike & Scott speaking with Kevin Vickerson, Willis McGahee, Derrick Harvey and Rahim Moore. Plus, Vic & Gary chatting with Brandon Lloyd.

Trimmings


The NFL postponed the supplemental draft, presumably so they could screw Terrelle Pryor over for an extra day or two. Then again, Jason Cole thinks that allowing Pryor into the draft would amount to the NFL condoning the corruption of Ohio State and the NCAA.

A Yahoo! Sports investigation into illegal benefits provided by a booster to Miami Hurricanes players mentions D.J. Williams, Willis McGahee, and Orlando Franklin (plus D.J.'s brother and one-time Bronco Worrell Williams) in several instances, plus an on-field bounty placed on Tim Tebow as a Gator.

Aaron Maybin cleared waivers, and the Broncos are reportedly among the teams interested in him - he's likely headed to the Jets. As what, a wide receiver? A safety?

Cincy released Tank Johnson, the Colts signed DE Tyler Brayton, Seattle signed S Atari Bigby, the G-Men re-signed S Deon Grant, and of course newly-retired LB Channing Crowder is already talking about coming back next year.

Why did Colt McCoy look so good the other night? Perhaps it's partly because he worked with Brett Favre this summer.

Andy Benoit previews the seasons of the Jaguars and Patriots, while Khaled Elsayed does the same for the Panthers. Plus, Mike Silver on the Eagles, Bucky Brooks on the Cowboys, and FO on the NFC South. Meanwhile, Doug Farrar evaluates Niners/Saints.

Matt Bowen on the new kickoff rules and the Redskins' safety tandem, plus Andrew Brandt's thoughts on the contract issue of Tennessee and Chris Johnson.

Peter King reports from Chiefs camp and responds to emails, while Don Banks names his winners (including Josh McDaniels) and losers from the opening week of the preseason.

Luis DeLoureiro has a new metric to measure the value of each offensive possession, and the 2010 Broncos rank surprisingly highly.

Chase Stuart examines the vast overhyping of Sam Bradford's rookie season.

Scrapple


Not sure what took so long, but KSK just realized that Jay Cutler is meme-worthy.

Pretty great new Snickers commercial with Joe Pesci and Don Rickles.

KSK's latest Sex/FF mailbag.

Despite being a 25-INT quarterback in 2010, Eli Manning claims he's "not a 25-INT quarterback." Oh, and he thinks he's in the same class as Tom Brady. Whatevs.

I think we all knew this already, but Gregg Easterbrook is a lapdog for Roger Goodell has no clue.

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

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