Good morning, Broncos Country!
Another week down and just four more to go until the 2016 season officially gets underway and all the Sanchez v. Siemian v. Lynch hysteria can calm down to reality mode where we watch Gary Kubiak do what we all knew he was planning to do anyway ...
Name ____________ the starter. (hehehe)
And for those among us still fretting over the Von Miller contract, you have a mere 15 days to keep those ACE inhibitors at the ready before the issue gets resolved in the ninth hour and everyone breathes easy and pretends they were never worried.
For the record, I am not worried one bit. First, I wrote Von a letter telling him to quit being immature and three days later he was telling reporters that his PR team had advised him not to talk publicly about his contract negotiations - Score! This bodes well for him having read the entire letter and listened to all of my advice.
Second, Sadaraine has an excellent piece later this morning explaining why there's no way Miller is sitting out this season, especially as an attempt to sign with another team.
Third, Von has got to be raving mad at this point over all the rankings that cannot give the Super Bowl MVP his due. Not only was he ranked seventh to Khalil Mack's sixth by PFF, or 15th to Mack's 13th by the NFL, but even the Broncos' defensive line can't crack the league's supposed top 12 because Miller and Ware were not considered part of "the line" as OLBs, yet the Raiders make the list because they claim Mack a DE - despite being played as a linebacker while Ware and Miller often work as DEs too. Anyway, I digress. My point is, Miller is going to want to prove he is better than all these above-average-but-not-MVP linebackers listed ahead of him on every ranking, so he's playing.
Finally, my birthday is the day after the contract deadline, and I am sure Miller wants me - a Von Super Fan who owns his jersey, fathead and Dancing With The Stars highlight reel - to have a happy birthday (and don't for a second get worked up about this Instagram post this morning). He'll sign.
Now on to some news. Well, at least what we are calling news because it occurred relatively recently and has something to do with our team. Yes, standards are low this time of year.
As you know, the NFL is uploading three full games on YouTube of every team, and after fan voting and league officials dictating, the NFL announced yesterday the three chosen games for every team (which will be uploaded in August).
The Broncos' three games are not surprising in any way - all three being instant classics the minute the game was over - Super Bowl 32 ("John Elway gets his first Super Bowl"), Super Bowl 50 ("This one's for Pat!") and of course the 1986 AFC Championship (none other than "The Drive.")
While I was hoping for games slightly more obscure - or at least Super Bowls I didn't already have the DVD for - I will look forward to watching every second of all three again.
But what I found slightly more interesting were the games showcasing a team playing the Broncos for their own highlights. Though this automatically means we would be featured as the loser in the matchup, I was interested to see which games they picked:
2012 AFC Division playoffs -- Ravens vs. Broncos
Mile High Miracle. Joe Flacco to Jones TD ties game, win in 2OT.
1994 Week #7 -- Chiefs vs. Broncos
Joe Montana magic beats John Elway.
Super Bowl XII -- Cowboys vs. Broncos
Cowboys' 27-10 Super Bowl win.
Super Bowl XXII -- Redskins vs. Broncos
Doug Williams MVP.
Super Bowl 48 - Seahawks vs Broncos
First Super Bowl win.
I'll be skipping any viewing whatsoever of SB48 and probably SB22 as well. Blowouts are boring even when you're the victor, but they are excruciating when you're the loser.
However, I'm looking forward to the 1994 Week 7 game between the Broncos and the Chiefs - more aptly known as John Elway v. Joe Montana, truly a game for the ages. I remember well watching that game in my Columbia, Mo., apartment. As the lone Broncos fan among an army of Chiefs fans, I thought for sure I would own the bragging rights.
But as I watched Joe Montana work his magic down the field - as if to show the younger legend just exactly how it is done - I knew I'd have to wait until later in the season to get those bragging rights back. The game featured two legendary quarterbacks doing whatever they could to win and one being just a little luckier than the other - and it was everything the game was hyped to be.
I'm also looking forward (kind of) to re-watching the 2012 playoff game against the Ravens. I know, I know. The game still stings. It does. But the double overtime finish was exhilarating, maddening, depressing...so much excitement, even if ending in so much letdown.
I was in Los Angeles to judge a UCLA gymnastics meet on this game day, and I was hanging out at the airport bar pacing, jumping, screaming and cheering until the last possible moment I had to drive downtown to the university. I finally had to catch my taxi with 30 seconds left in the game...and by the time I got to the cab, that fateful miss by Rahim Moore had just happened, and I had to listen to the overtime craziness while driving with a lunatic LA cabbie. Talk about stressful (and possibly entertaining).
In case you can't bear to watch the whole thing, this NFL Gameday highlight does all four and a half hours in just 11 minutes. It's actually not so painful to watch now that we can do so while basking in the glow of a third Lombardi.
Horse Tracks - docllv's "picks of the week"
5 Best NFL Wide Receiver Contracts | Pro Football Focus
Guess which Broncos' WR is No. 5 on this list?
Kubiak and Elway: A long and unique friendship
Andrea Kremer sits down with EVP/GM John Elway and Head Coach Gary Kubiak to talk about the evolution of their relationship.
NFL reveals YouTube upload game winners - NFL.com
As voted on by NFL fans on Facebook, 96 of the most memorable games in NFL history will be uploaded to the NFL's official YouTube channel this August.
Ranking the top 12 defensive lines in the NFL - NFL.com
Are you effin' kidding me? No Broncos D-Line in the top 12? Top TWELVE??? WE WON THE FREAKIN' SUPER BOWL and lost one player. ONE player. We give up, NFL.
Sacco Sez: 50 years ago, the Broncos' future was saved
Thank goodness for Saccomano, who continues to have interesting articles even in the slowest time of football. Fifty years ago, the Broncos' future was in flux as the AFL and NFL searched for a way to merge.
Von Miller voted No. 15 in NFL’s top 100 – The Denver Post
Von Miller jump 18 spots over last year to rank No. 15 in this year's top 100 list. But somehow, the Super Bowl MVP didn't crack the top 10.
2015 Season Highlights: Von Miller
Now that Von Miller has been named No. 15 in the NFL's Top 100, relive some of his best moments from the 2015 season.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Wins Sports Authority Brand Name in Bankruptcy Auction - WSJ
With a bid of $15 million, Dick's won the auction. Let's hope the "field" name is not named after its new owner.
Broncos senior VP Mac Freeman told @aliciawallace the team is a proponent of keeping "Mile High" in the stadium's name.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 1, 2016
NFL Players Association balks at probe but Peyton Manning likely will help
The NFLPA sent letters on behalf of the four players named in the Al-Jazeera report, requesting evidence before they would agree to be interviewed. Retired Peyton Manning likely will cooperate.
Peyton Manning: 'Honored' to call Tennessee Vols' Pat Summitt a friend - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
Former Volunteer Peyton Manning lauded Pat Summitt for her friendship and support while paying his respects after the legendary coach's passing.
Cowboys' Rolando McClain suspended 10 games by NFL - NFL.com
Somehow Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain is still in the league, but he will more than half of next season after it was announced he would be banned 10 games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Brock Osweiler's wife acts as his offensive coordinator - NFL.com
Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler says that cadences and play calling have become easier thanks to his wife. Probably because she actually knows his real name.
Jason Pierre-Paul participates in fireworks PSA - NFL.com
Johnny Manziel suspended four games by NFL - NFL.com
WHY IS ANYONE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS GUY?