OK. Haven’t been around for a while – sorry about that. But here are my comments about the Denver Broncos QB situation.

We saw last season that the quarterback position is still important no matter how good your defense is. I truly believe that Trevor Simeon did not have a chance to play his best because of the lackluster performance of the offensive line. If we had a better O-line, we would have a better idea about how good he really is.

I think everyone will agree Paxton Lynch is still not ready to take us deep into the playoffs just yet. So the million dollar question is do we take a gamble on an old, injury prone quarterback like Tony Romo. I think the answer should be yes and I’ll explain why…

John Elway knows what he is doing. He has proven it time and time again, but his decision on Peyton Manning brought us 2 trips to the Superbowl with 1 resulting in a Championship, which was his best decision so far! I completely trust his evaluation of the situation and he will make the best decision for the team. Having said all that, I really don’t see another QB that has the ability to take us as far as Romo can – provided he stays healthy – but that is a caveat with every quarterback in the league.

I guess what I’m trying to say is Romo gives us our best chance to win on offense NOW. Our great defense will not stay together forever so we should take advantage of our situation right now.

OK – now off to pick up my car at the mechanic. By the way – if you need a great mechanic in Colorado Springs, check out the guys at Colorado Springs Car Repair (coscarrepair.com). They have done me right and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone!

Everyone knows that spring weather in the Rocky Mountains is crazy. We can have 70 weather one day, and a blizzard the next. Last week we were in the 60’s and this weekend we are just getting over a heavy, wet snow storm. The good news is that it wasn’t too cold so the snow didn’t stick to the roads, but the grass got anywhere from 4″ to 2 feet around town. Even though the football season is over, this is great football weather (or snowman making weather)!

During the heart of the storm, the winds kicked up something terrible! When I got home, I thought someone had stolen my garbage cans, but I checked our security cameras and way that it was nothing more than mother nature playing a game of hide-and-seek with me. If you ever need a security camera system in Colorado, be sure to connect with Rich at Colorado Springs Security Cameras (cossecuritycameras.com) for an awesome deal.

So I mention football not only because of the weather, but the NFL Draft started on Friday and will go throughout the weekend. I’m excited about who the Denver Broncos picked so far but only time will tell if John Elway and crew can make their magic happen again. In the meantime, we will just have to listen to the “talking heads” and “armchair quarterbacks” do their job of causing controversy to keep us engaged.

By the way – please don’t listen to the noise of bringing Tim Tebow back.  There is a reason both the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles both cut him the last few seasons…

So the Denver Broncos have won Super Bowl 50 and Peyton Manning gets to ride off into the sunset just like his boss, John Elway. We had a great run. Even though the offense was average at best, they didn’t have to be much better than they were since the defense was playing lights out. And as predicted, the defense won the game and the championship.

Everyone thought Cam Newton was going to be unstoppable, but to me it looked as if he was gassed. No explosiveness, never caught his breath, and lacked confidence. I guess running from Von Miller all night will do that to you.

So Manning retires, Osweiler goes to the Houston Texans and the Broncos are scrambling for a new franchise quarterback. It is very well documented that John Elway built this team to win now so the million dollar question is how long will “now” last? The defense is still in pretty good shape, but who will drive the ship. I don’t believe they will have another opportunity to win like this season if they don’t create more production and points on offense.

I was hoping they would get Robert Griffin III from Washington, but no luck. I think Collin Kapernik from the San Francisco 49ers could be a good choice, but we are in wait and see mode for him. I don’t think there will be a starter caliber quarterback that will be good enough “now” to start. So it could be up to Mark Sanchez to drive the ship – which could be OK if our defense stays good enough.

The next few days and weeks will tell us a lot about the direction John Elway and crew will go to make us contenders again this season. We all know how incredibly difficult it is to win back-to-back Super Bowls, but Denver has proven that they have done it before so they can do it again!

 

What a fun weekend of NFL football this weekend! We had 2 blowouts and 2 sort of close games. But I think the best teams won – even if it was a little lucky (better to be lucky than good right?). The missed field goal by the Vikings reminded me of when the Buffalo Bills missed a game winning field goal attempt to win the Super bowl. That was the first of 4 Super bowls in a row for the Bills, but it only went downhill from there.

I think the Divisional playoff games will be intriguing. Carolina vs Seattle will not be a gimmie by any means (none of these games will be!) but I believe Carolina will be well rested and itching to get back on the field. As much momentum as Seattle has, I don’t think they will have what it takes to overcome the Carolina high power machine. I’m picking Carolina at home to take the win.

The Arizona Cardinals vs the Green Bay Packers will be another exciting match up. Arizona has been hot all season, but it looks like the Packers finally found their rhythm and are looking to make a deep playoff run. But the Cardinals are well rested and I’m sure itching to get back onto the field. The Packers will have some good confidence with their win over Washington, but was Washington really a worthy opponent? I believe this game will be close, but I see the Cardinals edging out the Packers.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the hottest team in the NFL right now. They just blanked the Houston Oilers (again – a worthy opponent?) and are cruising on an 11 game winning streak. They look like they can match up confidently against anyone. However, the New England Patriots are always the team nobody wants to play against in the playoffs. The bye week helped many of their players get healthy and they have tremendous experience in the post season. This game will really be a close one, but I believe with home field advantage, the Patriots will pull it out.

The Denver Broncos will have a chance for revenge as the Pittsburg Steelers come to the Mile High City. The Broncos already announced they will start Peyton Manning in spite of his injured foot. The players are well rested from the Bye week and the Defense is still the best in the league. The Steelers, on the other hand, are all banged up. Antonio Davis and Ben Rothlesberger are both key players and their health will have an impact on the Steelers ability to score points. As I said earlier, no game next weekend is a gimmie, and this will also be a hard fought battle with the Broncos capitalizing on the home field advantage.

This past weekend all the home teams lost. I predict that this weekend all the home teams will win – even if it is because of a little luck.

OK, my favorite time of the year – even if my team is not playing. This year, the number 1 seed in the AFC is still up for grabs and guess who is in contention. That’s right #1 seed is the New England Patriots and number 2 seed is the Denver Broncos. If the Patriots lose to the Miami Dolphins tomorrow, and the Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers, they will finish the regular season with identical records. Because the Broncos beat the Patriots head-to-head, the Broncos would have the number 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs!

Of course the Dolphins beating the Patriots is a tall order. I’m not sure they have the talent to hang with the Patriots. The Broncos on the other hand have wins against the Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals, but back to back losses against the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburg Steelers. Now granted that the Steelers are one of the hottest teams right now in the NFL and may very well sneak into the playoffs as a Wild Card team, losing to the Raiders is really inexcusable. It’s almost like we win the tough games and lose the games we should win on paper. This is why I don’t have as much confidence with this team as I would like. Although their defense is the best in the league, they haven’t been consistent enough for me yet.

By beating the Bengals last week, the Broncos are guaranteed a playoff spot. Even if they lose to the Chargers tomorrow, they are still qualified for the post season. However, if they lose to the Chargers, and the Kansas City Chiefs win, then the Chiefs will win the division and have a higher seed for the playoffs. So this game is still pretty huge for the Broncos.

Normally, I would use my super secrete calculations on my computer to bet on the over/under, but my laptop is being fixed right now by my friend’s company (coscomputerrepair.com) so I’ll have to wait for the playoffs to start betting some big dough.

Enjoy the PLAYOFFS!

OK. By now you can probably guess that I’m a Denver Broncos fan. Not sure how, but it started when I was old enough to watch football on TV back in NY. I ended up living in the Colorado Rockies’ Front Range (where the mountains meet the plains) so it was even better for me to be able to support my team.

This year has been a little tough. We started OK with Peyton Manning, but then he declined rapidly due to injury. Brock Osweiler has been OK as his substitute, but I’m not convinced they can go “all the way”. They play great games beating top teams like the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots, but then get pushed to Overtime by the Cleveland Browns and fall to the lowly Oakland Raiders. With beating the Patriots and the Bengals losing last week, we had a golden opportunity to solidify our hold on the 1st seed in the AFC. But we lost, and the Patriots won. At least the Bengals lost too (and lost their starting QB for the season).

But still don’t have the confidence like when John Elway won his 2 Superbowls. Last year we got to the Superbowl which was great – and I had the confidence that we would make a deep playoff run, but this year I don’t feel it. The defense is playing great, but the offence is struggling to produce consistent results. The only saving grace is we will probably win our division, and hopefully Peyton Manning is ready to come back and produce results by the time the playoffs arrive. And hopefully our defense continues to play at a high level – we’re going to need it…

We had a blizzard here in Colorado today. My buddy owns a Tow Truck Company (springstowing.com) and they are busy pulling stuck vehicles out of snow drifts all day. So it got me thinking – what would football be without snow! Sure you have your Miamis and San Diegos and all your dome stadiums, but when the weather starts to get cold and the snow starts to fall then you really know you in the heart of football season. You always see those crazy fans at the games with no shirt on in 20 degree weather in the middle of winter. I never understood that – either they were too drunk to feel anything, or they were already too numb to notice. I always wondered what the injury report for those guys would be, and how long it took for their bodies to normalize.

 

Typically the Super Bowl is held either in warm climates, or in a city with a dome. For the first time, the Super Bowl was held in a cold climate city in 2014 in New York. Many other cities watched with great interest (Denver, Green Bay, Seattle, etc.) to see if it was a success to then bolster their chance of hosting the Super Bowl in the future. New York almost had a disaster with a big snow storm just before the game, but they were able to clear the snow and have the game without weather incident.

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So as far as I could remember, the worst teams in the NFL were as follows: Cincinnati Bangles, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, and Atlanta Falcons.  Sure they had their .500 seasons, but for the most part they were pretty easy wins for the opponent.  Many blame the organization’s leadership, some blame the players but I believe it is a combination of both.

 

Many times, employees are a reflection of the leadership.  Good leaders know how to motivate and appreciate their employees, which in turn will make the employees work harder and stay loyal to the leaders.  I don’t believe the NFL is immune to this.  Sure, there will always be the standout athletes who work the hardest and do their best to motivate their teammates, but how difficult must that be when you have losing season after losing season.  I have even heard some of these teams referred to as “career killers” because when you play for a bad team, it is difficult to appreciate how good the top players on the team really are.

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Hi Everyone.  My name is Jay. I was born in a small town in upstate New York called Binghamton.  The population in Binghamton was around 80,000 in the 1950’s, but was only at about 50,000 when I grew up there in the mid 80’s.  If you add in the population of the surrounding areas, the population jumps to around 250,000.

 

One of Binghamton’s claim to fame is this is the city that International Business Machines (IBM) started.  The engineers who worked at IBM were reverently referred to as “zipper heads”.  The first flight simulator was also created in Binghamton in the 1920’s and the other main attraction is the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton – which later changed its name to Binghamton University.

 

One of the things I loved about Binghamton was the many different ethnic groups that were represented.  Every summer, the Three Rivers Ethnic Festival was held at the Broom County Arena and all weekend we would enjoy food and festivities from different countries.  Although Binghamton was small, it was always felt like it was filled with a lot of culture.

 

The staple restaurant in the area was the Park Diner.  Located along the Susquehanna River, the Park Diner was our “go-to” place as a family. We were treated as a family when we were there and 40+ years later, they still treat my dad like everyone’s grandpa.  We would go after church, after drinking downtown, and sometimes when mom just didn’t want to cook.  It was like our second kitchen.

 

But no description of Binghamton would be complete without talking about the famous food that puts Binghamton on the map – a spiedie.  Although there are a couple of versions of the origin of this delicacy, the reality is I don’t care because it is so delicious.  It is a skewer of marinated meat – usually lamb, but can be chicken or beef – that is grilled and served with a slice of Italian bread.  Growing up I really didn’t think much of it, but as the saying goes: you don’t know what you have until it is gone.  Once I moved away, I realized that I was not able to get anything close to a spiedie anywhere in the world!  So of course every visit home we made several trips to Lupos S&S Char Pit, or Sharky’s to get our spiedie fix.  These days, thankfully, you can order online and have the marinade delivered to you to enjoy anywhere.

 

So that brings me to the reason for this blog.  As a football fan growing up in Binghamton, New York, the obligatory teams to cheer for were the Giants, Jets and Bills.  My older brother played Little League Football for the Colts and Patriots, so I cheered for them once in a while also.  But Giants, Jets and Bills really was the focus.

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