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Denver Broncos’ Ben Garland’s Family Loses Home in Colo. Fires

The Colorado fires has affected so many people, from Colorado to all over the country. As the week goes on we will hear more stories about the fires like this one.

Ben Garland

Defensive tackle Ben Garland’s family has lost a home in the fires, Garland’s grandparents, Hal and Sharon Garland, fled their Colorado Springs home Tuesday as the Waldo Canyon Fire descended on their neighborhood. The couple stayed with Ben outside of Denver. Their home was one of 347 homes destroyed, they find out from aerial photos.

Precious family keepsakes were wiped away, along with many of Ben’s possessions. It motivated Garland, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, to join his Broncos teammates as part of the relief effort in Fort Collins, the Broncos donated $50,000 to the relief efforts.

At the end of the day the life is bigger than football and this is a unfortunate reminder of that. The Colorado fires are so unbelievable, and have effected so many people throughout the country.

The team has joined reliefs efforts, wherever they can. The Broncos and many other people in that area are doing everything they can to help.

The Broncos start training camp on July 26, and right now its hard for any of them to even focus on football.

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Top 5 Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl

The top 5 QB’s to never win a super bowl. Interestingly enough, all five of these guys have a bust in Canton. This list is compiled out of opinion, enjoy!


5. Dan Fouts (1973-1987)

Spending 15 years as a San Diego Charger, Fouts amassed an 86-84 career record as a starter, went to six Pro Bowls,  threw for 43,040 passing yards and 254 touchdowns, had a 4.3 INT %, added 13 career rushing touchdowns, and an 80.2 % Career passer rating. He was enshrined to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Despite a Hall of Fame career, Fouts never made an appearance in a Super Bowl

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NFL makes changes to Blackouts; Enhances Fan Experience

The NFL clearly rules the sports world, and this offseason the league has made some under-the-radar changes to make things better for the fans at home as well as those that attend the games.

In a report from the Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark, the league plans on making changes to the controversial blackout rule that required a game to be sold out before it was broadcast on a network. Starting in the 2012 season, the league will mandate 85% of the game tickets to be sold rather than 100% of tickets, making the game more accessible to those that can’t afford tickets in their local markets. Continue reading

Why the Denver Broncos Will Not Win Eight Games in the 2012 Season

It was one of the biggest off-season stories this year; where will Peyton Manning go?

Well, as we all know he ended up in Denver, and then the Broncos shipped Tim Tebow to the New York Jets. The excitement in Denver is as much, if not more, than when the Broncos had John Elway as their quarterback and rightfully so,. They got a new face for the franchise, and if he stays healthy they can honestly be a team that will be hard to beat, or will they?

Peyton Manning

Manning is Manning when healthy and we know what we are going to get out of him. He is arguable the best pocket passer in the history of the game and also brings an element that few other quarterbacks can bring to the game; leadership. His leadership skills on and off the field cannot be matched, and he is a perfectionist, which Denver needed the most.

The Broncos and their fans are putting so much in Peyton that they are forgetting about everything else.

Wide-receiver Eric Decker is coming off an ACL tear, will he be the same? Even if he is, Decker struggled in a basic passing offense last year. Demaryius Thomas, the other “stud” receiver can play, but he is not as reliable as he needed to be. Remember last year in the Chicago game; Tebow hit him with a perfect long ball, and he dropped it. He had many chances to make great plays, and he just couldn’t finish them. Will this change this season? Only time will tell, but as a Bronco fan, there are other pieces to the puzzle that the front office seemed to forget when they signed Manning.
What about their defense?

The Broncos forgot about the defense, more specificly their defensive lineman, you know the position that you must have not only talented players, but depth in. Ryan McBean, Brodrick Bunkleyand Marcus Thomas were lost via free agency. Thomas is still a free agent, and Denver must sign him. However, for the other two they loss some run stoppers, and depth to that position. The reason, well one of many, the Broncos lost to the Patriots was because they had no pass rush. They needed to add more talent to their defensive line, and they failed to do so. Their secondary took a hit losing Brian Dawkins to retirement, and Andre’ Goodman via free agency. A lot of people were happy to see Goodman leave, but I remember him making a few big interceptions to either help the Broncos come back and win, or seal a victory, most notably the Jets and Vikings game.

Last season the Broncos relied on their defense to keep games close and let Tebow do his thing, well with these holes on the defensive side it will be a different story. Manning is going to be expected to score at least 24 points a game. There are some new weapons on offense and defense, but it will take some time to adjust to each other and the coaches.

Regardless of who is on this team, the Broncos play an extremely hard schedule playing divisional champions and playoff teams. When the Broncos barely won the division, that made the No.1 team in the West, which in turn made the schedule to play other playoff teams, like their week one opponent, Pittsburg Steelers.

Don’t forget, the Broncos do not have the best offensive coordinator. He will need to make perfect calls for Manning and the offense and I fully expect Manning to let the calls come in from the sideline, but slowly and eventually change them to his liking. He did that in Indianapolis and there will be no difference in Denver. Coach John Fox is a defensive mind, so it will be Manning and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy making those decisions.

Lastly, Manning’s neck will be the most talked about neck in all of football. When he takes his first hit, he will be watched by everyone in the world. If he does go down with injury, expect Denver to struggle even more. His back ups are Caleb Hanie and rookie Brock Osweiler. As a Bronco fan if the possibility of those guys coming in doesn’t make you want to rub your head in doubt, I don’t know what will. Manning cannot get hurt, because a solid back is not in place in Denver. You would think that the Broncos front office would have learned from the Colts and look at what Hanie threw away for the Bears last year. He could not even muster a win against anyone, and in fact, they lost to Kansas City 10-3, and the Chiefs beat them with a hail Mary.

Even with all the excitement for the upcoming season the Broncos and especially their fans need to realize what is reality and what is a dream. I fully expect the Broncos to compete for a title next season, but for this year good luck getting eight wins.

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Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel arrested for fighting

(Photo by Hays Free Press' Tony Smith)


Friday looks to be a bad day for college football and arrests. First, came the news that Georgia’s running back Isiah Crowell was arrested on felony gun possession charges.

Now, it is Texas A&M’s turn to face news of an arrest. Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was arrested early Friday morning on charges of possessing a fake driver’s license, failure to identify himself and for fighting.

Manziel, who’s competing for the starting job with sophomore Jameill Showers, was arrested at 3:24 a.m. this morning by College Station police in the Northgate bar district. Manziel redshirted last season at A&M after starring at Kerrville Tivy High, where he a was Parade All-American.

The Aggies open their season on August 30 against Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, La. Earlier this week A&M’s coach Sumlin announced that linebacker Steven Jenkins and safety Howard Matthews each had been suspended for an unspecified game for violation of team rules.

Whether or not Manziel will be suspended has yet to be announced but it seems likely that he will face some sort of disciplinary actions for fighting. More news on his possible suspensions will come when it is available.


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Donovan McNabb positive he will be on a roster in 2012

Donovan McNabb has passed for 37,276 yards with 234 touchdowns. He’s been to six Pro Bowls, most recently in 2009, and has led teams to six division titles and five conference championship games. Yet, he’s not one of the 133 quarterbacks on current NFL rosters, which allow for up to 90 players.

McNabb has reportedly dropped 20 pounds this offseason. The 35-year-old has expressed a desire to continue his playing career. On Thursday night, the third overall pick of the 1999 NFL Draft told NBC SportsTalk that there’s an 80-to-90 percent chance he’ll be on an NFL roster at the start of the 2012 regular season.

“I have about three teams that I’m looking at,” McNabb said.

“I think teams are looking at what they have. They’re evaluating their young quarterbacks, their backup situation,” McNabb said. “Obviously, their starters they feel very confident in, but if things were to go wrong in training camp, or maybe the competition isn’t where they need it to be, they’ll obviously pick up the phone and call.”

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Cris Carter’s son Duron out at Alabama

The son of NFL great Cris Carter, Duron, transferred from Ohio State to Alabama in April of 2011 but had trouble receiving any playing action. Duron’s only action came from the practice field. A few weeks into the 2011 season, Nick Saban noted Carter might not make it out onto the field at any time during the year. Then spring ball came and went without any signs of Carter on the field.

Now we have this coming out of Tuscaloosa,



Carter was rated a four-star recruit out of Fort Lauderdale by Rivals, making him the 11th-best receiver in the country. The 6’3 possession man mustered 176 career yards for the Buckeyes in 2009.


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Report: David Garrard looks like leader in Dolphins QB derby

According to’s James Walker, the former Jacksonville starter, David Garrard, worked with the first team at Dolphins minicamp Tuesday, with Matt Moore working with the second team. First-round pick Ryan Tannehill was with the third team.

On Sportscenter Friday, Adam Schefter reported that Garrard’s play this spring has put him ahead of Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill as the team heads towards training camp. Matt Moore was the team’s starter last year and led the team to a 6-10 record and Ryan Tannehill was drafted 8th overall in this year’s draft.

“The more you hear, the more it sounds like David Garrard has really taken this opportunity to emerge as the favorite to be the starting quarterback down in Miami,” said Schefter. “Very impressive, adept, good footwork. Matt Moore’s been good, Ryan Tannehill’s been good, but David Garrard has looked the most comfortable of any of the quarterbacks.”

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Drew Brees tells David Letterman that fans are sick of hearing about the bounty scandal

It’s no secret that Drew Brees is a very frustrated individual. Between the contract nightmare he’s going through with the Saints and watching bountygate unravel and destroy the reputation of a team that he had helped rebuild, I can’t say I blame him. After a whole lot of silence, though, Brees finally vented a bit on the David Letterman show last night. He went onto the show to discuss PACE, a program for concussion testing, but ended up discussing bountygate more than anything else. Continue reading

Vikings Punter wants marriage equality in Minnesota

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has never been afraid to speak his mind. Over the last few years, Kluwe has poked fun at NFL training videos on permissible hits, took shots at the ownersduring labor negotiations and the league’s 2011 memo regarding the faking of injuries.

Kluwe often takes to Twitter to get his point across, posting white board drawings. However, this time around, the Vikings punter is taking a more direct route as he is standing up for marriage equality in Minnesota, which has a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages on the ballot this November.

“Someone (from Minnesotans for Equality) contacted me on Twitter and asked if I’d be interested,” Kluwe recently told “I said yes. I’ve always believed that people are inherently the same and should have the same rights and equal protection under the law. It really doesn’t matter what you do with who or whom as long as you’re not infringing on someone else’s rights. Everyone should be free to live their own life however it makes them happy.”

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