Horse Tracks 5/20/09

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DB - The Broncos' rookie defensive backs are lucky to have a group of talented and experienced veterans to learn from. Gray Caldwell speaks with rookies Alphonso Smith and Darcel McBath, and veterans Renaldo Hill and Andre' Goodman.

DP - Krieger thinks the Broncos' questions along the defensive line are dragging down expectations from the national prognostidiots. That would be fair, except they were horrible last year. Anyone remember that, or still being fooled by the 8-8 record?

DP - Knowshon Moreno won a rookie touchdown-celebration contest sponsored by Upper Deck. Hopefully we'll be seeing his act about, ohhh 20 times in 2009.

NESN - Lonie Paxton made NESN's list of the top-10 characters in Boston sports history. Apparently, Pats fans were stressed out when New England let him leave. Sound familiar?

CBS4 - Broncos games will continue to be aired on CBS4 in the Denver area for at least five more years after the NFL agreed to two-year extensions with CBS and FOX.

KJ - Former Broncos LB John Huard will be presented with the Distinguished American Award by the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

NDN - Matt Prater's kid brother Mason has committed to kick for Webber International University.

DW - Broncos broadcaster Dave Logan was named to Parade magazine's top-fifty All America high school football players since 1963, along with The Greatest Ever.

TL - Travis Henry is back in jail after violating his bond by drinking alcohol.

KCS - Following the trade of Tony Gonzalez, the Chefs are hoping TE Brad Cottam steps up in a big way.

KCS - Adam Teicher came away from Chefs practice thinking KC has a lot of question marks on offense.

SFG - David White is hearing rumors of a trade that would send DE Derrick Burgess from the Raiders to the Pats for a 2nd- or 3rd-rounder.

SFC - Guess what? Jokeland is hoping their famed vertical passing attack is on its way back. Well, it hasn't worked since I've been watching football - so bring it on!!

NFL - The Super Bowl is returning to New Orleans in 2013 for number XLVII (that's 47). So, the area immediately surrounding the SuperDome will surely be looking great. The non-tourist areas? Not so much...I'm going to hijack my own post here by suggesting that everyone watch Trouble the Water.

NFL - Steve Wyche says the players' association and owners have a lot to talk about. Discussions to help avert a future lockout will begin next month.

NFL - Comcast and the NFL reached a 10-year agreement to put the NFL Network in Comcast's digital tier.

NFL - Oh, great. Brett Favre reportedly received a cortisone shot last week and began tossing the pigskin around.

Y! - Jason Cole thinks Roger Goodell has a tough decision on his hands with the fate of Michael Vick.

SI - Vick may team up with the Humane Society to discourage teens from dogfighting once he's left federal custody.

Y! - Mike Silver thinks the Redskins should change their name. I'm disappointed in myself for not thinking about it earlier, and I can't help but agree. As an Asian-American, I'd be pretty ticked off if a team were called the insert slur here. I know, I'm being all PC today. Sorry, folks...

NYT - K.C. Joyner shares some moments from the benefit for SI writer Paul Zimmerman, who is recovering from multiple strokes.

SI - Peter King says the NFL Network is not pleased with Jon Gruden. King also writes about the Dr. Z. Benefit and responds to emails.

NFL - Pat Kirwan looks at some teams with holes in the depth chart created by departed veterans and hoping to fill them with the players they already have. If that made no sense, just read the story...

FOX - John Czarnecki sees a trend in high-priced coaches being replaced by younger and cheaper ones.

NFP - Mike Lombardi shares some thoughts on Jim Johnson, Jon Gruden and Michael Vick.

ESPN - John Clayton speculates on potential landing spots for Vick.

NFP - Andrew Brandt looks to the late Wayman Tisdale's example and sees that professional athletes need to have a plan for what comes next.

NFP - Matt Bowen ranks the best of the NFL's starting quarterbacks. Bowen also wonders whether Michael Vick can still play.

TSN - Clifton Brown looks at the worst defensive teams from 2008 and how they're trying to upgrade. Apparently, Brown thinks the Broncos should have drafted Brian Orakpo.

SI - Phil Taylor thinks Monday Night Football would be better off with only two guys in the broadcast booth.

NFL - Steve Wyche actually takes the time to ponder which teams could be heading to New Orleans for the Super Bowl after the 2012 season. Seriously.

NFP - Wes Bunting looks at the senior tight end prospects for the 2010 Draft.

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