Archive for November, 2011

With Sunday’s overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos are now 5 – 1 this season with Tim Tebow leading the way and are now legitimately in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Perhaps victories will begin to quiet the skeptical team president who continues to have doubts about his quarterback.

Still, I hope John Elway will finally acknowledge what is becoming apparent – that something special is happening to the Denver Broncos now that Tim Tebow has taken the reigns.

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Football can be a brutal game. We expect the violence, and most of the time we even appreciate it. But even with football there is a line that should never be crossed.

The Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh, a player whose viciousness I’ve enjoyed from time to time, clearly crossed that line on Thanksgiving.

Ndomukong Suh, while getting up from a tackle, needlessly shoved the head of Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith into the turf, and then for good measure kick-stomped his arm. Watching the various replays, suggests that Suh did the deed on purpose hoping no one would see.

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On Sunday once again Tebow proved that for now his legs are more valuable than his arm. He only completed two of eight passes for 69 yards in Denver’s 17 -10 win over Kansas City. And while he completed only two passes, one of them went for a touchdown. He also ran 9 times for 43 yards. As a team Denver gained 244 yards on the ground.

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I’ve been thinking about the plight of vulnerable children, Penn State University, and the firing of Joe Paterno for nearly a week, struggling with the complexity of this story and trying to find the right words to express myself.

But even as I take all of this in, I do know that the ironic benefit of this sad episode, if there can be one, is that the Penn State scandal can be one big, horrifying, teaching moment for all of us.

There are lessons to be learned from the tragic story of child sexual abuse connected to the Penn State campus.

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The taunts were vicious, cruel and unjust. Ali called him a gorilla, and an Uncle Tom, and most of us foolishly just laughed, saying nothing in Joe’s defense. Not once calling Ali on the heartlessness of it. And in the meantime, Joe Frazier never really got over it. It’s a pain he surely has taken to his grave.

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I got another chance to see University of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson on Saturday. He starred in the Badger’s 62-17 drubbing of Purdue. Wilson continues to pass my “eyeball-test”. There simply has not been a better college quarterback this year. Based on what I’ve seen he’s been even better than Stanford’s Andrew Luck, who is considered by many to be college football’s top quarterback and the NFL’s next great passer.

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It has been a charmed decade for the Indianapolis Colts, the NFL’s winningest team during that streatch, but fortunes can change in an instant. This is one of those times. The team that just a few short years ago won a Super Bowl and narrowly missed winning another, is now the worst team in the league. These days the Colts appear inept and literally defenseless.

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