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Breaking Down the Broncos Chances of Going 16-0

(Getty Images/ Ronald Martinez).

Welcome to the 30th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I had plans for a big, long, large post. Then I popped my shoulder out of its socket Monday night, which I learned is a very painful experience. Long story short I’m on my third large glass of whiskey and am typing this with one hand. So forgive me if this post becomes a little more brief than I had initially planned. Let’s get to it…

Did you guys watch that football game on Sunday? The one with Broncos and the Cowboys? That was a really good game. It was exciting and a lot of points were scored. Did you guys notice all the points that were scored and stuff?

Listen, the Broncos defense sure looked terrible, but that wasn’t really the Broncos defense. No Von Miller. No Champ Bailey. Then no Wesley Woodyard. Those are undoubtedly their three best defensive players. Then Chris Harris went down. Then Robert Ayers went down. That’s five defensive starters. That’s like half the damn unit. So the defense is bit of a concern, but not really. Of course that is assuming all those guys come back, which they should.

The offense, on the other hand, continues to be just stupid.

If you don’t feel like reading, just watch this for the next ten minutes and call it good.

via deadspin.com

Let’s talk 16-0 shall we? Last week I “called my shot” (pretty lame, I know). I still don’t see the Broncos losing in the regular season if they can stay as healthy as they are, which really isn’t very healthy. 5 down. 11 to go.

Breaking it down:

Week 6: Jacksonville. Chances of winning: 99.99%

Moving on.

Week 7: at Indianopolis. Chance of victory: 60%

Night game. Peyton’s return. The crowd will be all jacked and there will be all kinds of emotions and all that stuff. Also the Colts are pretty good. This one is definitely a concern. I think the Broncos will be about 2 or 3 point favorites. Big news is Von is back and Champ will also be back. (I think.)

Week 8: Washington. Chance of victory: 90%

Home game. Redskins suck. Bob Griffin is like 50 years old.

Week 9: Bye. Chance of losing: 0%.

Book it.

Week 10: at San Diego. Chance of victory: 80%

The Chargers just aren’t very good. That is sure fun to say. This will become a theme over the course of this exercise. Even on the road, Denver wins comfortably.

Week 11: Kansas City. Chance of victory: 75%

I have a vision. The Broncos and Chiefs are both 10-0. The game of the year rolls into Denver. All eyes are on Mile High. The Broncos beat the hell out of a completely overmatched Chiefs team. Kansas City is much improved (currently 5-0), but Alex Smith ain’t beating Peyton Manning in Denver.

Week 12: at New England. Chance of victory: 51%

Blah blah blah Manning Brady Foxboro Cold Weather Belichick Receivers Gronkowski Night Game Playoffs

The Patriots aren’t the same team this year, but this game will be a toss up. Is this the 17th year in a row the Broncos and Patriots are playing each other? I’m over it. Broncos should be slight favorites on the road.

Week 13: at Kansas City. Chance of victory: 65%

This will be a tough one, but I’m really just not buying the Chiefs. They might be a wildcard team, but they’re not in the Broncos’ class. Arrowhead is a tough place to win, but you know, Alex Smith vs Peyton Manning.

Week 14: Tennessee. Chance of victory: 90%

Manning watches the fourth quarter in a visor.

Week 15: San Diego. Chance of victory: 85%

Don’t have much analysis. Chargers aren’t very good. (Still fun to say.)

Week 16: at Houston. Chance of victory: 65%

The Texans are supposed to be good. They’re not. The Broncos will get Houston’s best shot and the Texans could be fighting for a wild card berth. But they don’t have a quarterback and the Broncos have Peyton Manning.

Week 17: at Oakland. Chance of victory: 60

All of the Broncos backups might become the starters, as the 1-seed and home field advantage will already be secured (Yippee). Hard to call it so far in advance, but something tells me this group just doesn’t want to lose. The Raiders are just another crap team on the schedule.

Bottom line in most of these games is the other team isn’t very good. In all of these games, the Broncos have Peyton Manning and the other team does not. The way things are going, that can’t really be understated.

Now remember, as fun as all of this stuff is, if the Broncos go 16-0, who really cares? As I said last week, if they go 16-0, they better go 19-0 or this is all a pointless waste of time just like last year.

That picture up top is from a really cool gallery I found on Deadspin of a crazy sunset producing some really cool pictures. If you like photography or sports you will like this.

*OTHER STUFF*

This is more funny than most news bloopers:

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I never did this while I was in college. Shame.

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Nooooooooo! (jump to the 45 second mark)

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And finally, if you are playing in a recreational, co-ed, slow pitch softball league, don’t try to go first-to-third on a groundout to the shortstop if you’re up by 10 runs. Especially if the lady playing third base is just going to be kind of standing in your way as you barrel down on her at 100 mph.  If all of that is happening, feel free to blow her up because trying some sort of jump maneuver to avoid contact is just not worth ripping your shoulder out of the littlle whole where your shoulder is supposed to stay.

I’m really not “softball guy.” I’m really not. Either way, today I learned an indelible lesson about growing up. Sometimes, the realization that your body isn’t 19 anymore just slaps you in the face. Or shoulder.

Hey I guess this post wasn’t all that short after all!

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See ya next week.

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Thoughts on Helton’s Last Week; Other Stuff.

A moment none of us will soon forget. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Welcome to the 29th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I have to recap the end of Todd Helton’s career. Then I’ll change the subject for a while. Promise. Also, thanks to everybody for reading and sharing last week’s post. It received by far the most views of anything I’ve posted. I also received more positive feedback in various forms than ever before. So thanks y’all. Off we go…

Wednesday night was the most awesome 15-5 loss in the history of 15-5 losses. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but it was special nonetheless. I loved the giant 17 mowed into the outfield grass and the two purple 17’s along the baselines. The pregame ceremonies were lengthy, but the pomp was necessary and appropriate.

Todd got a horse. Lots of people found that to be a little weird and awkward. I thought it was fine. Definitely unconventional and unexpected, but it was cool with me.

One of the best moments of the night was when the Rockies took the field in the first inning. After already receiving a few standing ovations in the pregame ceremonies, Todd led the Rox out to the field, only his teammates didn’t follow him. It looked to me like Todd was surprised his teammates stayed along the dugout. Anyway, the result was Todd standing on first base alone on the Coors Field diamond waving to the crowd for a good minute or so before the Rockies took the field alongside him.

Then came Todd’s first at bat. Quite obviously, this was the moment of the night.

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Just goosebumps. I was lucky enough to be there, and you can put that near the very top of all-time Todd Helton moments.

Jake Peavy probably grooved one for him, but that doesn’t make the moment any less cool. Not even a little bit. In fact, it kind of makes it cooler. I love the “baseball code” and the subtle understandings among players.

After a sacrifice fly, Todd almost hit one out to the opposite field. A double is fitting, going the other way is fitting, but this play is all about the balls-to-the-wall head first slide.

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Great stuff right there.

One of the coolest things from Wednesday night was the video tributes between innings. My favorites came from Clint Hurdle and Peyton Manning, two great talkers who know and care about Todd on a personal level. The whole compilation can be found here. It’s worth your time, even if you saw them at the game.

Here’s a great gallery from the Rockies of the special night.

Here’s another one.

Another great, great moment came on Sunday. Before Todd’s 2,247th and final game, Dodgers legendary (LEGENDARY) broadcaster, Vin Scully read a wonderfully written, and perfectly spoken tribute to Todd. I thought it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, but I’m biased because I love both Helton and Scully. Watch it here. It was followed by nice standing ovation from the Los Angeles crowd.

Anyway, as of Sunday evening, Todd Helton’s career is over. I won’t get too sentimental on ya after last week, but that just feels weird.

Here’s to you, 17. Thanks for everything.

Moving, on, here’s a screen shot from my Rockies preview post in April:

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They finished 74-88. I’m obviously clueless.

While we’re on the topic of predictions and tooting my own horn, here’s another screenshot. This one from July 30th:

dodgers win prediction

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The Dodgers were leading the division by 3.5 games at the time. They won the division by 11 games. Sometimes I wonder if I actually know what I’m talking about.

Also, The epic game-163 with the famous Matt Holliday slide was six years ago today. Crazy. I half-assed this post on that topic a year ago. Cool fan video here from six freaking years ago today:

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Thooooooooose were the days.

The Broncos are just crazy good. Like silly good. Like watching-their-games-is-actually-kind-of-boring-because-they’re-going-to-win-all-of-them-by-thirty-points good.

Calling my shot: The Broncos will finish the regular season 16-0. What’s remarkable though, is that this would be the least exciting and most unremarkable 16-0 ever. None of these games matter. If they go 16-0, they better go 19-0. Or it’s all a waste of time.

Anyway, I just can’t believe how dominant they have been without their two best defensive players. Peyton Manning is a robot/alien freak with an array of weapons that just does not seem fair.

And if they stay healthy, they’ll only get better. How is that even possible?

Colorado State earned a 59-42 win over UTEP in a bit of a shootout. UTEP sucks, so this wasn’t all that impressive. Rams fans will take it. True freshman Rashard Higgins had 156 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He looks like a stud. The Rams were featured on Deadspin for this sweet fake field goal TD. CSU gets a bye week before hosting San Jose State for homecoming in a game they might actually be favored in. I look at this one as a huge swing game for CSU.

Colorado opened Pac-12 play against a decent Oregon State team and couldn’t compete in a 17-44 drubbing. The Buffs had a three-week layoff and they opened conference play on the road, so this was a tough situation. Still, if things are going to turn around in Boulder, these are the kind of games CU needs to start winning competing in. Four of the next five are against ranked teams. Three are on the road. #2 Oregon comes to town on Saturday. It’s too early for me to find any online gambling spreads, but I’m guessing it’ll be about 50. But Hey! They’re in the Pac-12! Isn’t that prestegious?!

OTHER STUFF

Hey Braxton good game budd– my neck really itches.

via bleacherreport.com

Remember this guy?

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We’ve seen some dramatic Giambi home runs in playoff races around these parts. Interesting note, Ubaldo Jimenez started that game and went 6.2 innings and gave up 1 run. Giambi finished it. (I also found the Rockies managerial job reference pretty interesting in that video.)

Oh and if you’re wondering, Ubaldo Jimenez’s ERA since July 28: 1.72. With 94 strikeouts and 1 HR allowed in 78 1/3 innings, according to @Buster_ESPN. If anybody could give me a quick update on Drew Pomeranz and Walter White I mean Alex White, I’d love to hear it. The Rockies lost the hell out of that trade.

Just sitting in the rain enjoying some popcorn by myself.

via @guysim

via sbnation.com

Drunk? Bored? Hungry? Disappointed in his Cougars? Going through an awful divorce? Definitely all of the above.

Fat guys falling down in the rain is always funny.

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Smooth, Brett.

And finally, Here’s some more quality light night TV social media comedy stuff:

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Your Weekly Roundup From the Sports World and Internet

Welcome to the 27th Tuesdays With Mitch, where I hope my Colorado readers are not dealing with biblical rains and flooding. Thoughts and prayers to those who are.

Did you guys know the two quarterbacks from Sunday’s Broncos-Giants game are brothers? They are! I’m dead serious. Look it up if you don’t believe me. (Brad Penner / USA Today sports)

So I’m not really sure how to handle the football season on my blog. Every NFL game and all the big college ones are examined ad nauseam on every platform imaginable. I guess I’ll just briefly throw my two cents on top of the mountain of analysis, make a joke or two and look at some of the goofy stuff.

The Broncos are really, really good. This team looks like it should win anywhere between 14 and 16 games in the regular season. They will probably be favored in just about every remaining game on the schedule. The only games the Broncos could potentially be underdogs are at Indianapolis (probably favored), at New England (they’ve been unimpressive so who knows) and at Houston (they’ve been unimpressive so who knows).

They’ve destroyed teams that are probably pretty darn good in each of the first two weeks and they’ve done so without their two best defensive players. The defense has been surprisingly good and should get much, much better when Champ Bailey comes back next and and Von Miller comes back in week 7.

While that’s all well and good the regular season just doesn’t matter much for the Broncos. They’re in a weak division. They are undoubtedly one of the top two or three teams in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (announcer/analyst voice). For the Broncos, the real games start in the playoffs.

The regular season sure looks like it will be fun though.

Colorado State beat an FCS team and looked pretty good doing it, which they should. It’s easy to forget that this team could really easily be 3-0, but that’s really just something that fans of teams without good records say, so who cares.

Garrett Grayson was on the verge of being benched at quarterback, but played really well against Cal Poly. He earned at least another couple weeks.

The Rams have a great opportunity to really build off their momentum when they travel to Tuscaloosa to take on #1 Alabama in the Tide’s home opener. Seriously though, I’m not sure what to expect in conference play. They should beat UTEP after Bama, then the MWC opener at home against San Jose State will be interesting. Could go a long way in determining the Rams’ mindset for the rest of the year.

Remember this moment from Sunday’s broadcast? I found this weird and creepy and really hilarious.

via @cjzero

Aaaaaaand pose! …1 blink. 2 blinks. 3 blinks. 4 blinks.

This chick is wasted and struggling and has no interest in kissing a blue-haired Giants fan.

GiantsFanShotDownBroncosGF

via @cjzero

One more gif, just because it’s cool.

via @corkgaines

That’s one way to do it.

Todd Helton announced his retirement. I’ll have a (nother) lengthy piece on my all-time favorite athlete next week. In the meantime here are some links:

The video of Helton’s retirement press conference. Kind of odd to see him tear-up and show so much emotion. Really good stuff here. Really sad.

Grantland’s Jonah Keri on Helton’s Hall Of Fame case.

CBS’s Scott Miller had a blurb in his weekend column on the same topic.

Initally, I’m surprised how much support Todd is getting from the national writers. On Buster Olney’s ESPN podcast, he had fellow-ESPNer Jerry Cransack as a guest. They are both more skeptical of Helton’s chances which is more along the lines of what I had expected to hear. Although I obviously adamantly disagree.

The Rockies made this they’re profile picture/avatar thing on all social media platforms, which is pretty damn cool.

via @Rockies

The official account of MLB tweeted a couple cool images as well.

via @mlb

via @mlb

Quite the GIF from the incredible Alabama – Texas A&M game from Johnny Manziel:

via @corkgaines / businessinsider.com

You probably don’t like the guy and his team lost, but #JFF accounted for 562 yards of offense against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team. He’s incredible and a joy to watch.

Wright Thompson is just about the best. Worthwhile and moving read for you here from ESPN The Magazine.

Key and Peele are back with their awesome football-names sketch. This one’s not quite as good as the original, but it’s still pretty damn good.

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For some reason that reminded me of this classic from last year. Why not?

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This one’s for the ladies. Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech is now widely considered the “hottest coach in college football”, which is obviously a very important category.

via @corkgaines

Wes Welker is in some pretty damn funny Old Spice commercials. The whole series is funny, but this non-Welker commercial is my favorite.

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Your viral video of the week: 32 million views in one week for this bizarre production.

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It’s definitely long enough. It’s definitely not too short.

And finally, I’d like to pay tribute to the pair of black slacks I bought 5 years ago. I threw them away last night and it got to me thinking… I remember buying them in what I have determined to be the summer (or possibly winter) of 2008. I wore them at nine different jobs, several funerals, several job interviews, five or so Vegas trips (I slept in those amazing trousers in Vegas) and a couple weddings. They were the first slacks I ever owned that had a flexy-stretchy-style waistband and loose fitting legs. They were more comfortable than any slacks I’ve ever known. They might as well have been sweatpants. Fancy, dress-up, sweatpants. I wore them for a few months after the freaking button broke off of the front. There was also a large hole in the crotch (but let’s be honest you couldn’t notice unless you were really looking at my crotch, which I am only now realizing probably happened all the time).

They were just standard, Haggard brand slacks. Cost me like 35 bucks. But I am now unofficially ranking my all-time great purchases. Those pants are currently clocking in at Number One.

RIP, black slacks. RIP.

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