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Horse Tracks - 2/5/10 - Gearing up for Super Bowl XLIV


Good Morning Broncos Country!  Horse Tracks returns, though with a heavy heart.  I always move forward, however, so we will try and do the same here.  Plenty to go over, including some not-so-good-news about pending labor strife in the NFL.  Oh well, we do have the Super Bowl to look forward to, right?

2010 Denver Broncos Cheerleader Try-Outs -
Yes, it is that time of year again! Auditions are right around the corner and I wanted to fill everyone in on a few changes we have for 2010 as well as dates, times, workshops and everything you will need to know to prepare you to have the best audition possible.

Orton puts in the most preparation of any Broncos player - The Denver Post
Kyle Orton needed to move 1,000 miles, find a bed to sleep in, hook up the TV, get something to eat.

Parker: Chef hauls 80 pounds of ribs to Miami for Bowl gala - The Denver Post
When I spoke to delightful Denver chef Troy Guard on Thursday, he was pacing the floor at Miami International Airport's baggage claim waiting for three crucial coolers. "I hope they made it on," said Guard, who will represent the Denver Broncos during the 19th annual Taste of the NFL, a fundraiser Saturday night in Miamithis year's Super Bowl country.

Players expect a lockout, told to save their money - The Denver Post
"On the scale of 1 to 10, it's a 14," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said, answering a question posed by Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco, "working" as a "journalist" at the media center.

Broncos players hearing the NFLPA message - Denver Post
Broncos defensive end Vonnie Holliday slipped in the back of the NFL Player’s Association press conference Thursday afternoon here at the media center, leaning against a wall while union leadership spoke and answered questions about the current labor dispute between players and team owners.

The Marshall plan: Bring in unselfish players
Clearly, Pat Bowlen and Joe Ellis, his right-hand man, had an agenda when they hired Josh McDaniels to replace Mike Shanahan. It wasn’t just a matter of Bowlen having grown tired of the Broncos’ wretched defense or his concern that the franchise needed a fresh face and a new voice.

Raiders Blog and Q&A: Asomugha a serious jokester
So no matter how much the cornerback tries to play off his seemingly innocuous comments to ESPN at last weekend's Pro Bowl in South Florida, where he told the network he wanted to play with New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, there was indeed a method to his madness. And depending upon your loyalties, either ESPN or Asomugha himself created the stir.

The Sports Network - National Football League
Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson has been named offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.

Richard Justice: Brees finds his calling with Saints | Houston Texans Football | - Houston Chronicle
"I believe wholeheartedly the fact that everything happens for a reason," Drew Brees said. "At times, God is going to put you in a position to wonder why this is happening to me or to us, and yet you know it’s happening for a reason. It’s there to make you stronger and to give the opportunity to accomplish something later on — and here we are."

NFL: Lawsuit filed against Brunell, 2 others |
First Coast News reported the trail of loan defaults has led to a trio of former Jaguars all-stars. And that list includes one of Jacksonville's biggest names. Mark Brunell and his wife Stacy are being sued along with former Jaguars linemen Joel Smeenge and Todd Fordham. The lawsuit centers on a $2.24 million loan to a company called Champion LLC. This civil case has generated a long list of accusations and counter-claims. Brunell and his fellow defendants wanted to build condos in Jacksonville Beach through Champion LLC. So they got a loan to buy property, but never got a second loan to build the condos, says a lawyer involved with the case. Now, they're embroiled in a civil lawsuit, which accuses the Jaguars all-stars of defaulting on a loan.

Bisciotti: Many NFL teams struggling financially
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Wednesday that several NFL owners are facing a financial shortfall that could create "long-term problems for the league" and ultimately result in a lockout.

Kansas City Chiefs - Insider Blog: Inquiring Minds
The art of mentorship should never go underestimated in any way, shape or form across any type of business. As football teams win, or companies produce shareholder value, competitors want their piece as well. Often times that piece means luring away key cogs from the successful operation to the offices of the hopeful, up-and-comer.

Right path leads Saints coach to title game -
Maybe there is hope for Todd Haley and the Chiefs. Just look what Sean Payton has done for the New Orleans Saints.

Raiders still mulling coaching decision - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I checked in with the Raiders on Thursday and a team spokesman said that a final decision on coach Tom Cable’s status still has not been made.

Vikings WR Percy Harvin wins Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award - ESPN
Percy Harvin won Pepsi's NFL rookie of the year award on Thursday. Travel complications kept the Vikings receiver and returner from arriving in South Florida to get the trophy.

Don Shula: Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter's public campaign is 'outrageous' - ESPN
Don Shula is astounded by Joey Porter's demands that the Miami Dolphins either trade him or play him and thinks the linebacker should never have publicized his dispute.

Nothing out of the norm happening with CBA negotiations
Amid the news conferences and conference calls, the dueling statistics and differing numbers being uttered by NFL and NFL Players Association officials Thursday, one thing became abundantly clear: The hastily called negotiating session scheduled for Saturday morning will not be a panacea to all that ails this situation.

Brees vs. Manning headlines five crucial Super Bowl matchups
Starting with the first Super Bowl -- known then as the AFL-NFL Championship Game -- I've been to all but three of the big games. You always remember something about each one.

Colts' defense has opportunity to step out of the shadows
Playing defense for the Indianapolis Colts means accepting your place in the shadows.

Cutler eager to work with Mike Martz
Quarterback Jay Cutler enjoyed meeting with Mike Martz last Saturday in Nashville and is eager to begin working with the new Bears offensive coordinator.

So long, San Diego: Tomlinson believes Chargers will release him
LaDainian Tomlinson told The San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday what most people have speculated for months: He will not be a San Diego Charger next season.

Saints cut practice time as precaution; Hamilton only player to sit
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton shortened practice by about 20 minutes Thursday in Coral Gables, Fla., trying to ensure that his players will be fresh for Super Bowl XLIV.

Freeney hopes sore right ankle is OK to test in Friday's practice
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney is hoping to test his sore right ankle for the first time during Friday's Super Bowl practice. Blogs Super Bowl
Any way you cut it, it was an eventful day on Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIV.

Wilson: Adalius Thomas had frustrating season - NFP
During a radio interview with Boston station 98.5 FM, Thomas outlined the rift between himself and coach Bill Belichick. He described a meeting following the season-opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Wilson: Michael Irvin facing rape allegation - NFP
A civil lawsuit has been filed against Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin, alleging that he raped a woman at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino three years ago.

Wilson: Troy Smith's agent said he made trade request to Ravens - NFP
Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith's agent is adamant that he did request a trade for the former Heisman Trophy winner following the team's December loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.