(via Bleacher Report, DenverBroncos.com)
A year ago Brandon Stokley figured his career was over. It wasn't until summer 2012 that he made the decision to join his old pal Peyton on the Broncos roster. Now he wants to return for the 2013 season but there's no room for him now that Denver has acquired Wes Welker.
Stokley told Tyler Everett from DenverBroncos.com, “I still love this game and still have the passion to play. So we’ll see what happens.”
Sadly, if Stokley wants to continue playing in the NFL he will have to do so elsewhere. John Elway basically said as much in a recent interview with KOA's Dave Logan. "He came in and was a tremendous help for us," Elways told Logan. "Great guy. Great leader. It's always hard to have a quality guy like that leave you." He added, "Having been in this league for 16 years, I had so many good friends go out the door year after year after year. You kind of realize it's part of the business."
It's pretty obvious that Elway doesn't intend to make a spot available for the veteran Stokley.
Here's a story that will make you check your calendar. But, check as you will, April 1st was three days ago. This is no joke.
JaVale McGee actually is getting a reality show ... along with his mother, Pam. And Oprah is making it.
Move over fiction, here comes truth.
According to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OLN), "The new OWN series “Millionaire Mama’s Boy” explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee....Ultimately, it’s a show about family, love and the unbreakable bond between a mother and her son; all seven feet of him."
This would sound absolutely horrible if not for the fact that the show will feature JaVale. He's America's most beloved goofball athlete. It will also bring a little extra national attention to the Denver Nuggets, which is nice.
(Photo, Denver Post)
"By reaching down to the high school ranks to pluck Walt Weiss as manager and by bringing back Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla and Trenidad Hubbard, Geivett insured that the Colorado Rockies coaching staff actually cares about the Colorado Rockies. Let’s face it, not many people do."
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"Mike Rice’s misdeeds were indefensible. Still, there are plenty of people trying to defend them. The fact that he was terminated this morning is seen by some as a reaction not to what Mike Rice did, but to the outrage it spawned."
"Carmelo’s performance proved that he still sucks. Contrary to media ramblings about his newfound maturity as an established all-pro player, it demonstrated once again that Carmelo Anthony is all about Carmelo Anthony. "
Score one for 104.3 the Fan.
The local sports talk radio station is giving its popular drive time hosts, Big Al and Dmac a few days off. In their stead, Program Director Nate Lundy brought in none other than Ben Maller, one of the original sports bloggers and a national radio talent.
It's a little like getting Albert Einstein as a substitute teacher.
Maller, who famously dropped 200 pounds in just over a year, is based out of LA. He's one of America's top sports radio personalities. He's nationally syndicated on Fox Sports Radio and has been a frequent contributor on NBC Sports Network. His resume is beyond impressive. It's mind boggling.
For the next three days he's Denver's own. He will be on air from 3-6 PM today, tomorrow and Thursday. His recruiter, Nate Lundy told me "Ben's great. I've known him a long time and he's as comfortable on the national stage as he is talking local. Versatile guy. Glad to have him at the Fan, even if it is only for a few of days."
"If the Nuggets were to fall to the fourth seed and Memphis were to rise to the third, Denver would catch the Clippers in the first round. That’s a far less desirable match up for the Nuggets – obviously."
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"To more knowledgeable observers, however, the wheels fell off. By losing 5-4 to the Brewers the Rockies coughed up 100 games in one afternoon. Men who are paid to observe the local teams somehow saw nothing Rockies fans could hang their official New Era fitted team caps on. "
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As far as the Colorado Rockeis are concerned, I am content to assume that things can't possibly get any worse than they were last year.
The Road to 100 losses was not much fun from a fan perspective. It made for goofy sports radio fodder, but it's not something anybody wants to get used to. This season the Rocks return healthier and, while the pitching staff is nothing to write home about, they should be able to post runs with an impressive lineup of hitters. The return of Tulo alone should contribute to a greater number of wins.
There's not been a sense of optimism in the air, but still people seem glad to have Rockies baseball back.
I believe that our boys of summer are going to make significant strides this season. I believe that the Rockies will finish just above .500 under the leadership of Walt Weiss. Put me down for 83 wins.
"Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today!
We're born again, Jenny Cavnar's on the field." - John Fogerty
Today is the first day of baseball season for most Major League teams, the Rockies included. More importantly, though it's the first day of Cavnar season on Root Sports Rocky Mountain. Jenny's bangs will make their 2013 debut at 12:10 MST when the Rox face off against Milwaukee.
What color sweater will Jenny be wearing?
Glasses or contacts?
Who will she interview?
Will she sit down at the Root Sports TV desk or only report from the field?
Like with the Rockies, there are many questions yet to be answered. It's a brand new season of Cavnar, though. There's no reason to be anything less than upbeat.