Happy birthday Broncos! Happy birthday America! - Horse Tracks

Justin Edmonds

Happy 4th of July, Broncos Country! Today we celebrate the birthdays of one of the Broncos' all-time greats, one of the Broncos' current fan-favorites, and of this country they both call home.

Happy birthday to you

Floyd Little, The Franchise! Born on July 4, 1942, the Ring of Famer and Pro Football Hall of Famer and future Mile High Report Hall of Famer is arguably more responsible for keeping the "Denver" in Denver Broncos than anyone else in the team's history. The team's official site pays Little a tribute with this video today.

Happy birthday to you

Terrance Knighton, step right up! Mike went gif-tastic earlier today, and you clearly received many well wishes on Twitter. Here's DenverBroncos.com's video tribute to Pot Roast on his birthday; Laurie will be back a little later with MHR's own video tribute.

Happy birthday dear America

Lookin' good America. Our parent company (Mile High Report is part of SB Nation which is owned by Vox Media) is celebrating the 4th with a few interesting links. First, here's your complete guide to firework injuries in America (hint: don't give kids sparklers). Second, Vox breaks down the Declaration of Independence's stated 27 reasons for seceding from Britain in modern GIF form. Kinda wacky. Finally, they take a look at how countries around the world celebrate their version of the 4th of July.

Happy birthday to you

And if it's your birthday out there, we extend our best to you as well.

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And that's a good thing -- a potentially really good thing -- as one of the people with that opinion is Miller. As he said during the team’s recent offseason workouts, "Last year, my body, I was great. I liked where I was. But it’s just experimentation. That didn’t work as well as I thought it would … It’s just experimenting. I think me being able to be lighter is just better for me."

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Bud Selig helps Lew Wolff strong arm Oakland further jeopardizing Raiders chances of staying - Silver And Black Pride
It's done. By a 6-2 vote, the A's 10-year extension with the Oakland Coliseum has been approved by the Joint Powers Authority. Potentially bad news for the Oakland Raiders' stadium.

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Sometimes when you hope hard enough, dreams come true.

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