An ongoing series of informational entries

Greatest Team in Broncos History

april 15 2018

The Denver Broncos are one of the most successful franchises in NFL history. Along with having rich tradition and a dedicated fan base, the Broncos have been to eight Super Bowls, winning three of them. They have had two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game win Super Bowls for them. But what was the greatest team in the Broncos 57-year history, dating back to 1960? The answer is the 1998 team that capped off their incredible season with a Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons to complete their quest of back-to-back championships. The 1998 Denver Broncos had it all, including Terrell Davis, the NFL MVP who rushed for over 2,000 yards to make him the fourth player in history to eclipse the 2,000 yard mark. This season marked the end of John Elway’s historic career, as he won Super Bowl MVP and rode off into the sunset. The regular season was a breeze for Denver as they started 13-0, and finished 14-2, despite backup quarterback Bubby Brister starting four games and playing the majority of a fifth. It should be noted that 1998 was the only season the Broncos won more than 13 regular season games in their history. Cruising through the playoffs and never being seriouslychallenged, the Broncos manhandled the Falcons in the Super Bowl with the help of the great offensive mind of head coach Mike Shanahan.Mike Shanahan was ahead of the times in the mid-to-late 90’s as his offensive play calling, along with the zone-blocking scheme the Broncos ran, opened up all kinds of holes for Terrell Davis to get North-South and run downhill. The Broncos O-Line, although small, was very athletic and the cut blocking tactics that offensive line coach Alex Gibbs installed allowed Davis to quickly get upfield after making one cut. The Broncos top two receivers, Rod Smith and Ed McCaffery, each had over 1,000 yards and were terrific downfield blockers. Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe was a matchup problem for defenses all year long and finished

with 10 touchdowns. When it was all said and done, the Broncos finished with 501 points, averaging 31.3 a game. The 501 points were a Broncos record and over the course of the season,the Broncos routinely trounced teams, having a +12 points-per-game point differential. After playing his entire career without a great supporting cast, Elway now had a potent running game and a relentless, physical defense. The Broncos were a force to be reckoned with in 1998 as they had 10 pro bowlers, including kicker Jason Elam, who kicked an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal in week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a feat that stood until December 8, 2013, when Broncos kicker Matt Prater booted a 64-yarder.In 1998, the Broncos set many records, including overall scoring, points per game, wins, and wins in a row, as well as winning the Super Bowl in back-to-back years. After the season, Elway retired and the Broncos finished a disappointing 6-10 in 1999, the season in which Terrell Davis tore his ACL in the fourth game of the year. Unfortunately, the Broncos have not come close to having another 1998-like season and may not for a long time. The 1998 Broncos season had a different feeling than the previous one in which the Broncos captured their first ever Super Bowl. This time around, the expectations were to go back to the Super Bowl and win it, and the Broncos delivered on those dreams as they turned in one of the all-time great seasons in NFL history.

The Avs

march 29 2018

Avs Defeat the Arizona Coyotes In Blowout FashionBy Andres Atencio The Avalanche defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 in blowout fashion at the Pepsi Center. (According to Mike Chambers, Denver MacKinnon ran into some trouble and wound up with his third fight of the season in the first period."But I would advise him not to be doing that the rest of the year," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said of the team's top scorer. "He's such a big part of our club that there's too much at risk there." - According to AP.MacKinnon has not only been the top scorer but he's willing to go toe to toe to protect teammates. Blake Comeau and Carl Soderberg also contributed to the win with a goal and assist a piece for the Avalanche. Miko Rantanen was smacked down to the ice and that is when MacKinnon went to Rantanens rescue. MacKinnon took off the gloves and went at it with Arizona's Jordan Martinook."I just saw Mikko get crushed and I just reacted," explained MacKinnon, who along with Martinook drew a penalty for fighting.- According to AP. The Avalanche have been good on the power play. But when you have MacKinnon go and fight it means the Avalanche have toughened up. When you have an opponent talking about your hockey skills and then respecting you there after a beating, it shows the caliber of player MacKinnon is."He's not just a good player -- he sticks up for his teammates," Martinook said.- According to AP

NFL Changes will Affect Many.

April 9 2018

Image you had a dream of working for one specific business your whole life. Your employer walks up and tells you the only way you can work in the business is by you taking an entry level position. You take the position with the goal of climbing the corporate ladder. You do so good in that entry level position that you have the opportunity to move up, but one day your boss come and say "we're getting rid of this position and you'll have to find another job. Brothers & sisters,this is what many NFL players will go through if the kickoff is taken out of football.Now Bro. ADub isn't against making the game safer; however, I do realize that many men will lose their jobs as a result of the kickoff going away. For many NFL players, the kickoff is their entry level position to not only fulfill a childhood dream of playing in the NFL, but also moving up on the depth chart to play their natural position in the league. Eliminating Kickoff also means no Kick Return. Such change would eventually trickle down to removing the Punt and Punt Return. Once all four of those are taken away, it’ll only be a matter of time until the Field Goal unit is considered dangerous and taken away. In case you didn’t know, the special team is mostly made up of guys that are trying to prove that they belong in the NFL. Some of these guys do a great job using the special team as leverage to eventually play their natural position while others become a career special teamer because they’re not good enough to compete against the starters at their natural position. The latter group of people are the ones that’ll be affected the most by the elimination of the Kickoff. Look at Devin Hester for example, despite getting playing time as a receiver for the Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, and Baltimore Ravens from the years 2006-2016, Hester made his name as a Kick Returner during his 8 years spent with the Bears. If it wasn't for the Kickoff & Kick Return, Hester's career would have ended early and he wouldn't be a future Hall of Famer. Hester is just one example of many men who rely on Kickoff, Kick Return, and special teams as a whole to either make a name for themselves or to just have a job in the league.Eliminating the Kickoff would not only make the Owners look like their trying to make the gamesafe, but it’ll also help them keep some money in their pockets. There will be no need for a 53-man roster if the Kickoff/return is eliminated. If such happen, it’ll only be a matter of time when The Punt, Punt Return, & Field Goal Units are taken away. If such happens, Owners will automatically know that there won’t be a need to have many players on their teams. The only players that’ll be needed are the starters, 2nd Teamers, and the few number players who are good enough to compete with the 1st & 2nd Teamers. The 3rd stringers who are only good enough to play special teams or practice squad will be cut immediately. This is Bro. ADub Writing out of The Rocky Mountain Valle