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Greatest Team in Broncos History
Aug 20 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.
Aug 13 2018
Avs Make Splash With Francouz
By Andres Atencio
With all the injuries that plagued the Colorado Avalanche no more so than at the positionof goal tender, net minder, whatever you'd call the man beneath the pipes. The Avalanche took strides to try and rectify that situation six days a go by signing a one -year deal for Pavel Francouz.(According to NHL.com -ColoradoAvalanche.com) Francouz is 27 years-old and played in the KHL in Russia. His win total was 15-11-5 in the 2017-2018 season. Francouz had an 1.80 gaa. (goals against average) and a .945 save percentage in 83 regular season games.(According to Callie Parmele) When Semyon Varlamov went down with an injury. It was Jonathan Bernier that had to step up for the Avalanche. In game 1 of the Colorado vs. Nashville Playoffs it was Bernier in net and not Varlamov. But then Bernier got injured and it was the third string goaltender Andrew Hammond that saw action and had to stand tall in net. The Avalanche also have Spencer Martin but Pavel Francouz just adds to the depth for the Avalanche. And based on the injuries to the Avalanche in the first round, it seems like the front office is preaching depth.(According to the Associated Press) In Pyeongchang,the Czech Republic had Francouz in net during the Olympics. He went 2-2 and had a 2.27 goals-against average. Integral to the cog that are the Avalanche's goalies is the depth that Joe Sakic wants to see. The new addition of Francouz will add that as he is malleable in net. Colorado was able to get Andrew Hammond in a three-team trade that happened in November that took star player Matt Duchene and shipped him to the Ottawa Senators.Next on the list to evaluate is Joe Cannata, goalie of the Colorado Eagles. For now the Avalanche patch up a hole in their depth chart by signing Francouz
NFL Changes will Affect Many.
Aug 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