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Krieger: public deserves its cut, too

Is Denver's Skyline For Sale?
www.850koa.com

Is Denver’s skyline for sale? And, if so, what’s it worth?

The first of these questions has gotten a lot of attention in the debate leading up to today’s hearing before the city planning board on The Sports Authority’s proposal to install three 178-foot, lighted signs along the metal band that undulates around the top of the stadium where the Broncos play in northwest Denver. The second question has gotten almost none.

...So perhaps the most surprising aspect of the debate is that at no time has the city or the stadium district asked The Sports Authority to pay an additional fee for the right to vastly augment the signage that went with the original naming rights deal. The money from the naming rights deal—approximately $6 million a year—is divided between the Broncos and the stadium district, which uses its share for upkeep of the facility. If there is excess, it is supposed to go back to the counties that provided the public funding that got the place built.

If the free market allows The Sports Authority to put its brand on the Denver skyline, then the free market should also require it to pay a market rate for the privilege. And that doesn’t mean just picking up the existing naming rights fee, which included much more modest signage rights.

MNF booth only big enough for so much QB slobbery

Ron Jaworski is leaving the Monday Night Football booth
www.awfulannouncing.com

While ESPN is careful not to deem Jaws leaving the booth as a demotion in any sort of way, especially given the five year contract extension, this is a stunning move.  One immediately has to ask whether or not the booth was becoming too small for both Gruden and Jaws?  There is always give and take with a three man booth and there were a few times where I sensed elbowing for position on MNF telecasts, but it wasn’t anything drastic.  I always thought Gruden and Jaws worked well together and made an enjoyable team with Tirico even if some of their QB love was redundant.

Count Drew Magary among those celebrating the end of Jaws and Chucky's sycophantic guffawing.

Instead, it's endless talk of how OUTSTANDING every player is. Yay!

Tebow working with Noel Mazzone on mechanics

Tim Tebow working with QB guru
espn.go.com

The Broncos cannot work with him yet, but Tebow has gotten a jump on his improvement plan. Bruce Feldman of CBS tweeted that Tebow is in Los Angles (sic) this week to work with new UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone on his mechanics.

Mazzone is considered one of the premier quarterback coaches in the college ranks.

Once the Broncos can work with Tebow in the spring, Tebow is going to work closely with the coaching staff and John Elway. He has said several times he will work with Tebow, concentrating on his foot work.

Why something like this didn't happen last year is a great mystery, but hey - better late than never.

Mazzone has been the college OC for several future NFL QBs: Philip Rivers during the Chargers QB's senior year at NC State (2003), Derek Anderson at Oregon State in 2002, Jason Campbell at Auburn in 2001, and most recently ASU QB Brock Osweiler for the past two seasons. Mazzone joined Jim Mora's staff at UCLA in January.

Roger Goodell, American hero, doubles salary to $20 million

Report: Goodell's salary to 'double' up to $20M
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

Roger Goodell recently received a five-year contract extension from the NFL, and according to a report, his salary will “double” up to $20 million annually by the end of the deal…

MLB commissioner Bud Selig made $18.35 million in 2007, per Kaplan, and has since received two contract extensions. It is a logical assumption that Selig is paid more than $20 million annually at this point…

And while the response from NFL players on Twitter—Falcons wide receiver Roddy White wondered “How in the hell can [you] pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch”—hasn’t been ideal, it’s difficult to get too angry at what Goodell’s bringing in.

In an era of downsizing, layoffs, and record budget deficits, there's one guy who has managed to do alright for himself.  His name is Roger Goodell.  Like our good buddy Joe Ellis, Goodell managed to pull himself up from his bootstraps into the corporate leader he is today.  If only we all had boots that went all the way up to our asses so we didn't have to reach too far.

Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?  Patrick Willis' mother abandoned him as a kid and his father beat the living snot out of him, and he made it, so I can't be too hard on Goodell for pursuing his own American dream as the son of a United States Senator.  And who the hell am I to question $20 million for a guy who successfully limited the rookie pay scale?

Congratulations, Roger Goodell. You deserve every penny. And unlike Patrick Willis, you don't have to actually take the concussions to make a lot of dough off of football.

Broncos are 1/32nd of NFL, have 1/14th of the league’s cap space

Plenty of (cap) room to improve
espn.go.com

The Houston Texans and San Diego Chargers didn’t have enough remaining room to push money over into 2012, so Houston has $3.3 million of cap space and San Diego has $9.2 million. The Kansas City Chiefs have $62.995 million after budgeting $24.014 million from the 2011 season. The 2011 playoff teams in good shape are the Denver Broncos ($50.735 million of cap room), San Francisco 49ers ($39.33 million), Atlanta Falcons ($30.6 million) and New England Patriots ($20 million). To get to the $50 million mark, the Broncos carried over $26 million of unused cap.

Four teams still have to get under the salary cap by March 13. They are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have redone three contracts to be $11.7 million over, the Oakland Raiders ($11 million over), the Carolina Panthers ($9.6 million over) and the New York Giants ($7.3 million over).

Randy Moss would come to Denver (or anywhere)

Moss declares end to retirement, sets sights on NFL return
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Randy Moss celebrated his 35th birthday on Monday by announcing the end of his short-lived retirement. “I just wanna go to a team and play some football,” Moss said on a video posted at the website Ustream.tv, according to ProFootballTalk.com. He said Monday he retired because of issues he needed to address off the field, but his family has since told him, “It’s fine, whatever you wanna do.”

“Faith, family and football, that’s my M.O., bro,” Moss said in the video. “Your boy be back for the upcoming season.” The next question becomes what kind of interest the veteran will receive on the open market.

Interest from the Broncos? It would be shocking. Moss never saw a blocking assignment from which he did not recoil.  And the Broncos' wide receivers always block.

This announcement does give us an excuse to watch this hilarious DJ Porter mix:

Bird is the word - Tebow winning over animal kingdom, too

Ponte Vedra Bird Talks Tim Tebow
www.firstcoastnews.com

I love it when she says “touchdown” and she bops her head up and down.

I hate it when other people show me up.  I've been trying to get Jesus Quintana (longtime readers will know what I'm talking about) to Tebow for about three months now.  

Tom Freakin’ Nalen completely awesome on radio

The Drive hour 2 2/9/12
www.1043thefan.com

It’s all Josh McDaniels’ fault.

If you want an enjoyable listening experience (and enjoy a dry sense of humor), check out any of podcasts from The Drive today. Former Pro Bowler, Super Bowl winner, and greatest center in Broncos history, Tom Nalen, was a guest host.  Nalen spoke about everything under the sun, including Knowshon Moreno, Tim Tebow, John Elway, Mike Shanahan, Tom Coughlin, beating Alfred Williams on the scout team, the Patriots' cheating scandal, Boston College, his favorite moments as a Bronco, and bowling.

In a nutshell, Nalen is deadly funny, and he said more today in a three hours than he did his entire Broncos career. It was an incredible listen.

Nalen had 15 kickass seasons with the Broncos.  If he's not on your list of the top five players in Broncos history, he'd better be #6.

Oh, baby, Bill Williamson knows what John Elway likes

Chat with Bill Williamson
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Mike newyork [via mobile]

Could peyton manning work in denver? i think it would be a good fit tebow could learn a lot from peyton.
Bill Williamson (2:34 PM)

I don’t think Denver will be a favorite to land Manning, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos thought about it. Hall of Famers like other Hall of Fmaers and I’m sure John Elway would be intrigued by the idea of working with Manning.

Thou shalt have other gods before me?

Daubenmire reflects on Tebow, faith and football
www.newarkadvocate.com

...The Bible actually teaches that we should, in fact, be like Tim Tebow. More of us should be. In a lot of ways, I said he was a mirror. For those of us that claim Christ, when you watch (Tebow), it reflects really how shallow we were in so many ways. We weren’t that way with our faith, and we didn’t share our faith. ... It made even the church world a little bit uncomfortable, because he was a little bit more radical than what we’re used to seeing…

...Christianity is in a slump because there’s no power. ... So people tuned in all across the world to watch (the Broncos) and see, would God do it again? Would another miracle happen? Could he do it again? So a lot of people tuned in not because they wanted to watch Tim Tebow, but just of the possibility that maybe there are miracles. Maybe God does intervene.

And could you believe it? When he threw that (game-winning) touchdown pass against Pittsburgh (in overtime of a playoff game). The world couldn’t believe it. He did it again!

When Jesus just won't do, watch Daubernmire's version of God intervene in another football game.

I just did a Bible search and couldn't find the name Tim Tebow anywhere.  The damn thing is obviously out of date.