(via Pro Football Talk)
It's the slowest part of the year for NFL chatter but there's always a story out there if you dig hard enough. This story is proof of that.
It seems that Peyton Manning is pretty jazzed about the fancy new technology the Broncos have rolled out this season. Playbooks on Ipad are likely to become the standard in pro football circles but, for now, the Broncos remain one of only a handful of teams using them and P.F.M. is digging it. He told Pro Football Talk: “It’s easier for the video guys to send it to all the different players, and it’s a great way to study for these guys. There’s no excuse not to have the playbook and the game film to study.”
Broncos video director, Steve Boxer, says: “He was one of the first guys I dropped video into an iPad for.”
According to PFT blogger, MIchael David Smith, "Not only do they have all the plays like a standard paper playbook, and all the video that players would watch in team meetings, but the iPad also has all the team’s schedules, travel itineraries, and a notification that pops up to remind players about their next team meetings."
No word yet as to which Broncos player have gotten to the highest level of Angry Birds.
Rockies season ticket holders recieved an email today from Dick Monfort promising that the team will do a better job communicating with its fan base. From now on Dan O'Dowd will do the talking:
As for the season, this is not the start that we had hoped for. Our commitment to winning has been questioned. Our efforts have never been about money, we want to WIN! I can honestly tell you that our desire and our only desire, is to bring you and the entire Rocky Mountain Region what you deserve, and that is a World Championship.
With that said, we know where our weaknesses lie and we have challenged everyone in the organization to get this fixed! Every loss is unbearable to me, but we have a group of young men who truly believe they can deliver on our goal.
It has been a tough three months and we have every expectation that things will turn around and we will deliver a much better performance in the second half. Your loyalty is greatly appreciated and not taken for granted.
Really, Dick? your commitment to winning has been questioned? You don't say?
You know where your weaknesses lie? Apparently you don't. If you did there's not a chance in hell that you would be telling season ticket holders to expect to hear more from Dan O'Dowd.
I believe you when you say that "every loss is unbearable" and I believe that you want to win. What I don't believe is that you know what the problem is.
We thought that the Twitter battle between Mile High Sports' moring show, Mile High Club, and 104.3 the Fan's Evans and Klatt was too good to be true. Today it got more awesome.
Welcome to the Shitty Cars of Englewood #3
Within only blocks of the concrete bunker we find some of the junkiest jalopies in all of Colorado. It's not like us to keep this bounty to ourselves. Oh, no. We want to share it with you, our loyal readers.
Today we examine this beautiful 1984 Ford Thunderbird coupe which has suffered some minor corrosion damage.
The early 1980's were a fabulous time for American car makers. The artistry of the designs from that era is reflected in this timeless automobile - as is the quality Detroit prided it's self on. Shitty cars just don't get much more stunning than this one.
Card Player Magazine reports that Ray Bitar, the embattled CEO of Full Tilt Poker, the largest of many now-illegal online poker sites, surrendered himself to the FBI at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. Bitar has been on the run and hiding out overseas since being charged with violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, as well as money laundering. Ten other people were also indicted as the internet poker industry was a tad slow in complying with the Federal ban.
According to Card Player, "the allegations stated that the online poker companies illegally coerced banks into processing payments after the UIGEA was passed."
I can confirm that I was able to pull my remaining $12 out of Full Tilt back in 2007 but that I was unable to make deposits. Apparently, larger-stake players were able to successfully deposit funds despite internet poker being outlawed in 2006.
In fact, it wasn't until last year, when the Government handed out indictments, that Full Tilt Poker suspended American players from participating in real-money games on their site.
At that time, Poker Players Alliance chairman Alfonse D’Amato released a statement. “On behalf of the millions of poker players across the country, we are shocked at the action taken by the U.S. Department of Justice today against online poker companies and will continue to fight for Americans’ right to participate in the game they enjoy. Online poker is not a crime and should not be treated as such"
Prior to online poker being outlawed, several players were busted for cheating on Full Tilt.
Here's the Department of Justice banner you'll find if you visit Full Tilt's site now.
The Broncos have locked up Matt Prater.
Not in a jail cell like the cops did when he drunkenly crashed his car in the parking lot of the La Quinta - in a contract that will keep the kicker in Denver for the next four seasons.
He's loaded now.
Not the kind of loaded he was when he pulled that stripper of out Shotgun Willie's only to abandon her when he found no rooms at the Inn - the money kind of loaded. He will probably earn somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-3.5 million per year under the new deal. He will be paid like one of the league's top kickers.
And he is one of the league's top kickers - despite his having the douchiest tattoos in all of football.
Now John Elway can prepare for training camp knowing that he doesn't have to worry about whether or not his kicker will be on the field.
He needs only to worry about what his kicker will do next off the field.
(via Pro Football Talk)
Chemotherapy isn't cheap.
The Puebo Chieftain reports that legendary Broncos kick returner, Rick Upchurch is raising money to help cover the $10,000 per month he has to lay out to battle back the lukemia he suffers from.
Upchurch, who went to four Pro-Bowls as a Bronco, coached both College and High School ball ofter retiring from the NFL. One of his gigs was as head football coach at Pueblo East High School.
Upchurch is now asking the Pueblo Community to kick down some cash.
He paticipated in a fund raiser over the weekend.
Upchurch was once engaged to Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.
Andre Miller has resigned with Denver Nuggets. It's a 3-year deal worth nobody-knows how much. But you can bet it's a lot for a 36-year old point gaurd.
Andre is certainly an assett and it's cool that he's sticking around - but he made noise last year about not wanting to come off the bench and playing for a contender and blah, blah, blah.
As recently as yesterday I head that he would head to Miami. It seemed like old-ass Andre was gone.
Something changed awful suddenly. Ujiri must have put some serious money on the table.
This means no Chauncey. We can take that to the bank.
The Nuggets will meet with JaVale McGee's people tomorrow to see if they can't get him inked to a deal, too.
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