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Ryan Leaf is desperately addicted to painkillers, arrested a second time in two days

Former QB Leaf arrested again in Montana after burglary
www.nfl.com

HELENA, Mont.—Two days after posting bail for drug and burglary charges, former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been arrested a second time in Montana…

...Hickman says the new charges stem from a burglary on Sunday—two days after Leaf was arrested and charged with burglarizing an acquaintance’s home for prescription painkillers.

This story was only slightly amusing the first time.  Now it's just sad.

The guy needs help.

Broncos getting intimate with Brock Osweiler

Dolphins at Osweiler pro day PLUS private workout coming
miamiherald.typepad.com

Oswelier has been addressing his mechanics since the end of the college season.

“It’s more over-the-top now,” Osweiler said of a revamped throwing motion. “I was kind of always dragging my elbow when I was playing here at ASU, and we really wanted to utilize my full 6-7 frame, or whatever it is, and make sure the arm and delivery is over-the-top.”

Osweiler, who seems like a third-round talent to me, will go on multiple private workouts for several NFL franchises including the Dolphins.

“I’m meeting with the Chiefs and the Broncos next week and I’m taking trips to Miami and Buffalo and a few other places,” he said.

Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of a 6-7 quarterback to develop behind Peyton Manning.

Rivers vs. Manning is a top-rated Jedi battle

Peyton Manning vs. Philip Rivers fits right in with top QB
aol.sportingnews.com

4. Peyton Manning vs. Rivers. Rivers once had a heated division rivalry with Cutler, when the latter was the Broncos’ starting quarterback. Rivers didn’t like Cutler, so it will be refreshing that his battle with Manning will be one of mutual respect. When Manning and Rivers aren’t sounding like the Southern gentlemen they are, their relentless desire should make for a wild, wild West showdown.

Rivers will no longer have his top wide receiver Vincent Jackson, and Manning needs to get used to throwing to unfamiliar young targets such as Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. That should make Manning and Rivers’ upcoming matchups more unpredictable than Chargers vs. Colts, but you can bet both games will be decided by who’s the better quarterback in the fourth quarter.

Bring out the light sabers.   

Dreessen came to Denver to take it up a notch

New Denver Bronco talks with Times
www.fortmorgantimes.com

“I chose the Broncos to get out of my comfort zone. I wanted to take a risk,” he explained about selecting Denver over five-year employer Houston Texans. “I want to take my game to another level…”

“...It’s not about stats, though. It’s about being out there more plays and making a bigger impact,” he proclaimed. “If it’s special teams or blocking my tail off for a big-time rusher, that’s what I want to do.”

Expect big things from Dreessen this year on the stretch play.  And then notice how surprised you are when he ends up with 10--12 touchdowns off of play fakes at the end of the season.

30-year Broncos fan throws temper tantrum and takes her toys home

Count this writer as an ex-Broncos fan
billingsgazette.com

How do I tell my grandchildren that I am no longer a Denver Bronco fan? They are five years old and have a “jump up and down on the couch” excitement for Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos. I helped make them that way. I was that loyal fan for 30 years through thick and through thin.

Now, my trust and belief in the organization is gone. It’s become apparent that the “head office” wanted to throw Tebow under the bus when they got the chance. Never mind that he rallied the Broncos to inspiring wins that revived the Bronco nation. The Pittsburgh overtime playoff (11 seconds — count them) is one of the best moments in NFL history. And Peyton Manning — he never would have signed with a losing Denver team.

So leaving the Broncos is an easy move for me. What’s not easy is trying to explain to my grandkids that football is not just a game. It’s much more. Elvis has left the building.

Sonja Black
Powell, Wyo.

Poor Sonja.  I'm not sure if I feel more sorry for her or for her grandchildren, since they probably need some ritalin for that jumping-up-and-down-on-the-couch issue.

I've heard different versions of this country song, but they always sing the same chorus: I've been such a loyal subject through the toughest of times, but now, I can't take it any more and I'm going home!

Give me a freakin' break, Sonja Black. The Denver Broncos are bigger than you. They're bigger than me. They're bigger than the whole of Wyoming, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountains for that matter. And yes, they are bigger than Tim Tebow (they might not be bigger than John Elway, though, after that sweet-ass Peyton Manning trade, you know what I'm sayin'?). The good news is with the NFL SUNDAY TICKET™, you can watch your precious each and every week in New York City.

Now, get the hell out of Dodge.  

One final question. Is Sonja comparing herself to Elvis or is she saying that Tim Tebow is Elvis? Either way, we're going to need to bring in some fried peanut-butter and banana sandwiches pronto. Oh, and bring a shotgun. There's some TVs that need shot up--in Powell, Wyoming.

Gayer Tebow, Tighter Passes

After 1 Week In New York Tim Tebow Already A Gay, Homeless Crack Addict
www.theonion.com

Tim Tebow has fallen into sin, Tiger Woods is adequate again, and the Mets are questionable for opening day, but Doc Brooks and Kenny Kennedy still hate each other. It’s GOOMF!

The Onion: taking the craziest conversations we've ever had, adding crack, and making it a positive for Tim Tebow's game.

If you're not familiar with The Onion (really?): NSFW language, if the title hasn't hinted enough at that. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably shouldn't bother watching either.

If we did pretend to take this seriously for a moment: given the Mark Sanchez-Kate Upton rumors, I'm not sure how he could up his game, but to each his own.

Quarterbacks are a drug, and that’s why Ryan Tannehill could go at pick #3

Mayock: QB-hungry teams 'have to' consider Tannehill
www.nfl.com

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and general manager Jeff Ireland joined the Browns and 21 teams to watch Tannehill perform. Mayock believes Tannehill will not escape the top 10.

“If he doesn’t go at four,” Mayock said, “Miami has to take him at eight, and don’t be surprised if somebody trades up to three, where Minnesota is, or seven, where Jacksonville is, to get a chance at this kid.”

Has the world gone mad?  Ryan Tannehill at #3? 

Only Jeff (F)Ireland.

Two people think Peyton Manning could step on the field right now

Peyton Manning good to go for Broncos, says QB coach David Cutcliffe
www.denverpost.com

“He could play a game. We’ve done it, we’ve simulated games, and he’s done well. He’s going to do nothing but get stronger and going to play up to his standards,” Cutcliffe said Thursday in a phone interview with The Denver Post. “I know that’s his goal, and there isn’t any reason, there is no indicator otherwise…”

“...He can make all the throws, his release times are perfect, and we pay a lot of attention to that. It’s arm speed and getting rid of it. His velocity is good. It’s just a matter of, like any other NFL football player, you’ve got to feel good,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s in great shape. Not good shape, great shape, and that’s part of what we did here as well.”

Add Cutcliffe to the list of people who think Manning is ready to lace them up this second.  That list also includes Manning himself.

A list of two? Good enough for me.

Broncos make another quiet move and bring back Jason Hunter

Broncos re-sign DE Hunter
blogs.denverpost.com

The Broncos have re-signed defensive end Jason Hunter, the team announced Thursday.

Hunter had been an unrestricted free agent after playing for the Broncos the last two seasons. He previously played for Green Bay and Detroit.

Peyton Manning: I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday

The Drive hour 1 3/28/12
www.1043thefan.com

“I’ve pretty much been sleeping over here at the complex the past week and an half trying to study this playbook and trying to get on the same page as these receivers…I haven’t left here since I signed last Tuesday. I plan on being here all off season.”

Peyton Manning didn't tell us too much in the way of news in this interview, but it's still a good listen if you get the chance.  Among other things, Manning said:

  1. Todd Helton also reached out to Manning during his decision process.
  2. Manning is going to attend a lot of Rockies games during the summer.
  3. Manning doubts that he will ever have a Twitter account.
  4. His goal is the Super Bowl: that's why he is in Denver.
  5. He was glad he wasn't a free agent for very long and doesn't plan to be one again.