The Daily Lard 8-6-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's a great day to be a Broncos fan, as Shannon Sharpe will deservedly be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Of course, Shannon follows John Elway, Gary Zimmerman and Floyd Little as the fourth Bronco to gain entrance to the HOF. Should make for an emotional night, and frankly I cannot wait for Shannon's speech. I'm a bit short on time, so I won't write more here. Enjoy the day, friends!


Kiszla on Shannon's greatness, and Klis on his induction speech.

Peter King recognizes Shannon Sharpe's status as a trailblazer for TEs.

Jason Cole on the legendary mouths of Shannon and Deion.

Doug Farrar gets appreciations of Marshall Faulk from Jerry Rice and Marcus Allen, and of Deion Sanders from Rice.

Notes on all of the new enshrinees from the Sporting News.


Of course, Tim Tebow says the "taken away" quote is being taken out of context. Not quite, Tim. Overblown a tad perhaps, but context? Unless Woody cobbled the sentence together himself, which I suppose is always possible.

Practice notes from the official site.

LJ on Tebow's performance at practice yesterday, plus what he had to say.

Mario Fannin sprained his knee yesterday, while Eric Olsen hyperextended his elbow but returned to practice, while D.J. Williams is expected back shortly. Plus, Julius Thomas continues to impress.

Legwold praises the people skills of John Fox, and he figures the Broncos are likely to add some O-Line depth after teams make their roster cuts.

Legwold's practice notes, including that the Broncos' running backs are a bit banged up. Plus, notes on today's scrimmage and the expectations for Derrick Harvey.

PFW hears Denver's biggest expectations for their new acquisitions are focused on Ty Warren.

Video of John Fox and Tebow speaking after practice yesterday, 

CHFF has come up with a rating system for running backs and normalized the results across all eras. Naturally, TD's epic 1998 campaign ranks as the greatest season by a running back, ever. Meanwhile, LaDanian Tomlinson ranks as the best RB of all time, and Brandon Jacobs surprisingly posted the best rating of 2010. Interestingly, the one facet of this RB rating that most fans underestimate (especially certain fans of a certain ex-Broncos back) is fumble rate, although of course readers of IAOFM know very well how important that is, as we've been pointing it out for the past 11 months. In fact, it's their relative dearth of fumbles which raise TD's '98 season and LDT's career above the rest.

Until he puts on his commentator hat, Shannon is not sharing his opinion on the QB situation.

The DP is having a Haiku contest to commemorate the QB controversy.


The Commish and De Smith signed the new CBA in Canton. Doug Farrar reacts.

Eagles DT Mike Patterson was released from the hospital.

WR Malcom Floyd ended up re-signing with the Chargers, while the Raiders added ex-Giants TE Kevin Boss.

Olin Kreutz has agreed to join the Saints, while Damien Woody has retired and will join ESPN.

LB LaMarr Woodley got a big new deal from the Steelers, while TE Marcedes Lewis got one from the Jags.

Ex-Titans TE Bo Scaife is heading to Cincy, while his teammate LB David Thornton is retiring.


Judy Battista hears that first-time offenders will get a free pass for their bad behavior during the lockout, unless they add further offenses.

Dr. Gary Wadler, formerly of WADA, says the NFL's new HGH testing program is basically a joke.

Not sure what they were thinking, but the Niners sent a mass email to the other 31 teams to say that S Taylor Mays is on the block; Matt Bowen wonders if they can get much in return for him.

Incredibly, the Dolphins are basically sending a collection agency after season ticket holders who've yet to pay the bills on their high-priced tickets.

Training camp reports: Jim Trotter on the Chargers, PK on the Jets, Alex Marvez on the Bills, Jason Cole on the Patriots, Pat Kirwan on the Browns, and Bucky Brooks on the Niners. Plus, Andy Benoit previews the Bucs' season.

FO's Sean McCormick looks at how the AFCE teams addressed their most pressing offseason needs, including of course the soap opera at QB for Miami.

Khaled Elsayed lists the best remaining free-agent defenders, while Sam Monson points out that Nnamdi Asomugha doesn't have anywhere near the versatility of Charles Woodson.


It looks like Rex Grossman spent the entirety of the lockout at White Castle.

Who else but Bus Cook would have the nerve to say that "people just won't let go" of Brett Favre? Truly, the $64,000 Question continues to be: Who's the bigger jerk? Cook or his clients?

Pee-Wee Herman apparently does not age, and he showed up at Cowboys training camp for some unknown reason.

The week's best quotes according to FO.

Jay Cutler has finally sold his house in Parker. (via PFT)

There are few things on the internet as good as Bill Simmons' mailbags, and thankfully he's starting one on Grantland; here's the first installment.

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