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Your Weekly Roundup From The Sports World And Internet

Welcome to the 83rd edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where tonight might be the most unique single day on the sports calender. When the NBA tips off its regular season tonight, all four major American sports will be in full swing. That will only last until the end of the World Series tonight or tomorrow, but still, it’s a good week to be a sports fan. Let’s get into it…

Von Miller celebrates a sack by forcing out a stubborn fart. (Jack Dempsey AP Photo)

I’ll mix it up this week and start with the Broncos, who moved to 6-1 with yet another convincing victory over a good team. I think it’s time we all acknowledge that the Broncos are the best team in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!. And right now, it doesn’t seem like anyone else is particularly close.

The Broncos have played seven games. They’ve played six teams with winning records. They’re only loss is in overtime in Seattle. Five of their six wins have come against teams that have legitimate playoff aspirations. The resume is pretty impressive.

That said, it may be wise to temper some of this enthusiasm. They’ve only played two road games, and neither has been overly impressive. (The loss in Seattle and the win over the Jets, who are not good at playing football.) The seemingly annual trip to Foxborough awaits on Sunday.

So I’m not thinking the Broncos are going to go 15-1.

But damn, they look awesome right now.

Not long ago, the Chargers were being talked about by some as the best team in the AFC. The Broncos had zero issues beating the Chargers Thursday night. Seriously, like… zero.

The emergence of Ronnie Hillman, be it from either his elevated play or a change in the game plan, makes it difficult to find any holes on the Broncos. They are a very, very complete team. Their defense has emerged as one of the best in the NFL. They shut down the run. They rush the passer. The secondary is filled with ball hawks. Chris Harris is generating some discussion as a top-five cornerback in all of football. Von Miller is one of the most impactful players in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!.

Oh, and they also have a decent offense.

So these are good times for Broncos fans.

Of course, I’m quick to remind you that looking like the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!‘s best team in October doesn’t mean a damn thing. The Broncos and their fans have nine more preseason games before we have something to get excited about.

But the ride to the playoffs sure seems like it will be pretty enjoyable.

It’s especially enjoyable when you’re watching Phillip Rivers freak the hell out like a real weirdo.

…Or watching Manning drop dimes like this. How pretty is this?

…Or watching Miller do… whatever the hell this is.

And with another big game and a whole lot of hype on the way Sunday, if you need a little help remembering why you should hate the Patriots, go ahead and read my post from January prior to the AFC Championship game.

I’m pretty over the whole Broncos/Patriots/Manning/Brady rivalry and I think it’s a little absurd that the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! schedules this game every damn year. But they do. And this year it represents an opportunity for the Broncos to effectively lock up the AFC with nine games to go. Coming out of the San Francisco/San Diego/at New England trio of games 3-0 would be one of the more impressive few weeks I can remember.

The fact that the Broncos are 3.5 point road favorites in Foxborough tells you quite a bit about where these two teams stand. I like the Broncos to win fairly comfortably.

Let’s shift gears to the other football team in Colorado that seems to have forgotten how to lose.

Hollywood with the Boot. (Via Colorado State University Facebook)

Colorado State pushed their little brothers around like a bully in the schoolyard during the Border War on Saturday night. They took Wyoming’s lunch money, stuffed them in a locker, and sent them home crying in front of their girlfriend. It was 24-3 at the half and 38-10 after three quarters. The Cowboys didn’t belong on the same field as the Rams.

The Colorado State offense is widely recognized as a potent and versatile attack. Several Rams have had breakout games that have garnered some national recognition, most notably Dee Hart and Rashard Higgins. But Saturday belonged to Garrett Grayson. He had himself a damn night.

Grayson’s performance against the Cowboys earned him the Mountain West’s offensive player of the week award. All he did was throw for 390 yards and five (!) touchdowns, completing 18 of 21 passes (!) without an interception. He started the game 13-13 with two touchdowns.  So yeah, Garrett Grayson was almost perfect on Saturday night. He has also broken several career Colorado State passing records over the past two weeks, including touchdown passes, passing yards and completions.

Two years ago, as we watched Grayson lead the Rams to a 4-8 record with decidedly average play as a sophomore, I never thought I’d write (or read) that last paragraph. His progression has been remarkable. His quarterback rating in three plus games as a true freshman was 108. His sophomore year it was 126.5. Last season it was 138.4. And this year he’s sitting at 167.8.

It’s worth mentioning that Grayson was redshirting his freshman season until Steve Fairchild pulled his redshirt and inserted him into a game when Pete Thomas hurt his knee. At the time some thought it looked like Fairchild was trying to showcase one of his recruits as a desperate attempt to save his job. That experience as a true freshman certainly helped Grayson develop into the quarterback he is today, but I can’t help but wonder what this team would look like in 2015 if Grayson was returning for another year. Burning a year of his eligibility for 3 starts as a freshman sure seems like a waste. Nothing we can do about now, I guess.

Anyway, right now Garrett Grayson is completely in control of a complex offense. He’s locked the hell in and it’s fun to watch.

Of course, part of the reason for Grayson’s development has been an increase in the talent at skill positions around him, most obviously seen in receiver Rashard Higgins, who if he stays healthy, will almost certainly hold every CSU receiving record by the time he’s done in FoCo.

Every week, I’m expecting Hollywood to come back to earth a little bit, and every week he puts up crazy numbers. On Saturday he had five catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns. He now leads the nation in both touchdowns and receiving yards. He is just on a different level than anyone that is trying to cover him. Against Wyoming, both of his touchdowns came when he broke open simple bubble screens, which can be seen in this highlight video. It just doesn’t look fair right now.

Time for your weekly record update! Colorado State is now 7-1 in 2014. They’ve won six in a row. They’re 11-2 in their last 13 games going back to last season. 13-3 in their last 16; 14-4 in their last 18.

Things are good for Rams fans right now.

After the Rams beat Boston College, I mentioned the possibility of Colorado State finishing the regular season 11-1. It seemed a little crazy at the time. At this point it’s starting to seem a whole lot less crazy. Four games remain. Two on the road (San Jose State on Saturday, Air Force to close the regular season on November 28th) and two at home (Hawaii and New Mexico). None of those teams are any good. The Rams will be favored in each game. That said, conference road wins do not come easy so I’m not counting any chickens that are still in the egg (or however that phase goes).

But as the season rolls on, it’s time for fans to start shifting one eye towards where the Rams will end up in the postseason. Some attention has been given to CSU perhaps playing in a New Year’s Bowl against a traditional power. This remains a possibility, but I have to play Captain Bringdown for moment.

The highest ranked team from a non-power conference receives an automatic bid to either the Fiesta Bowl or the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl. This would be huge for the Rams. However, the way I look at it, for CSU to receive this spot: 1) The Rams would have to finish the regular season 11-1. 2) Marshall would have to lose. 3) East Carolina would have to lose. (Those are the two non-power conference teams currently ranked). 4) The Rams would have to win the Mountain West championship game, which means 5) Boise State, who has the tiebreaker over the Rams in the Mountain Division, would have to lose a regular season game. So a whole bunch of moving parts would have to shift in the Rams’ favor. Got all that?

Honestly because Boise State has the edge on CSU in conference, and because of the Mountain West’s bowl affiliations, the Rams could finish 11-1 and head back to Albuquerque to play in the New Mexico Bowl (again) vs. some middle-of-the-road C-USA team. That, my friends, would be a bit of a letdown.

But I’m getting ahead of myself I suppose. Let’s just hope the wins keep coming and worry about the rest later.

Off to the weekly departments…

Douche of the week:

I generally do not root for CU football. But as I watched the Buffs mount a comeback vs. #25 UCLA on Saturday afternoon, I came to an interesting realization.

Now, for the record, I won’t admit to rooting for the Colorado Buffaloes to win a football game. But perhaps I had a thought or two that a victory in Boulder wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

Being ranked is a big deal to me for some reason. It carries prestige. It’s gets people talking about a program. It puts the score of your team’s game on the default scoreboard page on ESPN.com. I mean, come on! What more does a guy want in life?!

Sure enough, on Sunday the national rankings were released and the Rams were the first team on the outside of the rankings. If you extend the rankings based on votes received, CSU is #26. The last team in the rankings? UCLA, who remained at #25. All CU had to do was upset UCLA in overtime and Colorado State would be ranked for the first time in more than a decade. Jerks.

In the big picture, this isn’t a huge deal. If CSU beats a pretty bad San Jose State team this weekend, they should sneak into both national polls.

Stud of the week/Tweets of the week:

What Madison Bumgarner has done this postseason has been incredible.

You get the idea.

I don’t really care about Bumgarner one way or the other and I definitely dislike the Giants and their fans, but glimpses of true greatness are rare. I hope y’all recognize what we’ve been watching from Bumgarner.

Vines of the week:

Football players are stubborn.

This dude lowers his shoulder and everything.

This PR guy from last night is a little too hard core:

Honestly, this looks like a lot of fun.

That last one also produced our…

Photo of the Week:

Photo courtesy, Matt Eisenberg

A couple links worth sharing:

And finally, the Nuggets begin their 2014 season tomorrow night. Your favorite blog is here with some hard-hitting analysis.

I’m with Wilson Chandler on this one.

But I do think the Nuggets have the chance to be a decent team. They have to stay healthy. They couldn’t do that last year and their season fell apart. Brian Shaw seems to be a good fit and I’m interested to see what he’ll be able to do with a year in Denver under his belt.

But they have to stay healthy. That’s really all the analysis you need.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. Enjoy game six tonight and hopefully game seven tomorrow. See ya next week.

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This Moral Victory Is Cool With Me

Welcome to the 78th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I’m just taking losses in stride. Hey we have a lot to get to! Let’s get into it…

Description of . Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks September 21, 2014 at CenturyLink Stadium. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Von Miller might have been the best player on the field Sunday afternoon, which is a very encouraging sign for Broncos fans. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Let’s talk about that football game on Sunday! That was fun as hell.

So the quick game wrap looks like this:  For a while it appeared the Broncos may get blown out and embarrassed again. They only had three points at the half and didn’t seem particularly poised to score more. John Fox’s offensive game plan was ultra-conservative, even for John Fox. (I kept making hilarious jokes that his favorite three plays are the punt, the kneel-down, and the squib kick because I’m hilarious.) But then the Broncos woke up and stared down the Seahawks in the fourth quarter. They finally put their balls on the table. (Can we say start saying that again?)

The Broncos even looked poised to win the game in regulation before Peyton Manning made a bad throw and a worse decision on what appeared to be a back-breaking interception. (You don’t say that often.) But then holy crap that last drive! 80 yards in under a minute with no timeouts! In that environment! What a catch by DT!

Damn, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! can be fun when you’re watching good players on good teams making good plays instead of reading about the league mishandling the discipline of giant men beating women and children. (I’ll let you decide which is more important.)

Anyway, back to football games. You know I’m a “big picture” guy. What can the Broncos take away from this one? Should fans be content with a losing effort?

Yeah, we sure should.

The biggest takeaway from this game for me was the play of Von Miller. He looked like the dominant defender we haven’t seen since 2012. And I’m not the only one with that outlook, as Pro Football Focus graded him as the best player on the Broncos on Sunday.

So with the aid of Miller, the defense finally had that mean, nasty look fans have been clamoring for. I guess it helps to have Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, TJ Ward, Rahim Moore, and Chris Harris on defense (along with Ryan Clady and Emmanuel Sanders on offense) when you play the Seahawks. None of those guys played in the Super Bowl.

After all 16 preseason games have been played, this one probably won’t mean much in regard to the AFC standings and playoff seeding. I don’t think the Broncos were going to go 16-0. And I don’t think they’ll need to.

The Broncos are 2-1. They’re going to the playoffs. And, yes, they still look like the best team in the AFC. (I’m not sold on the Bengals or Chargers after three weeks.)

The Broncos just lost a game to the defending Super Bowl champions in a really tough place to play* because of a coin toss. That’s what we call a moral victory.

*Did you know the stadium in Seattle gets really loud?

You’re crazy to be concerned about this offense. And the defense finally looked like the one fans were hoping to see.

I know I don’t sound as manly and tough and hardcore and intense as all the gasbags screaming that THERE ARE NO MORAL VICTORIES!!, but in this case– a fourth-quarter comeback to force overtime against a very good team on the road in a tough environment after losing to that team 43-8 in a Super Bowl played on a neutral field– there are definitely some positive takeaways from a loss.

Last week I predicted the Broncos would lose a close game and that I’d be back here in a week beating my everything-is-fine drum again.

Well, here we are. The beat goes on.

Off to the weekly departments…

Tweet of the week:

One last beautiful picture of a beautiful stadium in a beautiful state. Indeed, the Rockies are done playing at Coors and 2014’s last game is Sunday. I wrote quite a bit about the Rockies all year and I wanted to write a “What Went Wrong” post, so here it is. Don’t tell me nobody cares about the Rockies anymore!

The Colorado Rockies had a long season. Here’s what went wrong for the hometown team in 2014:  Everything except Corey Dickerson.

Vine(s) of the week:

Colorado State plays at Boston College on Saturday in an important game for the Rams. Traveling that far east for a 10:30 a.m. kickoff is a pretty rough situation and CSU opened as about 6 point underdogs. The game definitely provides another interesting measuring stick for CSU and I think they’re capable of winning it.

Anyway, enough of all that football talk! I discovered BC head coach Steve Addazio’s Vine page. It is bizarre. And it is hilarious. (He really likes DUDES!) Here are my favorite two:

You can see all seven (unfortunately there are only seven) here.

Oh and while we’re talking CSU Football (kind of) here’s the link to Episode 4 of “The Grind.”

Stud(s) of the week:

This kid is everybody’s new favorite person, and with good reason.

What an awesome human being he is.

Wait so is this lady. Her outlook on life is a little different from Apollos Hester’s. But this is still awesome. We’ve all thought about quitting every job ever in a manner that somewhat resembles this. (Be careful, she says a bad word.)

LEGEND!

Douche of the week:

Whichever Bronco gets arrested during the bye week.

Picture of the week: Someone tell Julian Edelmen this is not how you play football.

Edelmen

Getty Images

Some other stuff the internet had to offer from the past week:

The look on Jimbo Fisher’s face when he sees his suspended Heisman Trophy-winner in full pads before kickoff Saturday night is a thing of beauty. Somewhere I heard this described as a very “Coach Taylor” look, which makes this particularly hilarious if you’ve ever watched Friday Night Lights. And everyone should watch Friday Night Lights.

Johnny Football did something kind of awesome.

…but it didn’t count.

The best play from the college weekend was this hail mary to complete a wild comeback for Arizona over Cal. Really cool footage here:

And here’s the scene inside their locker room afterwards. This is good but not great until you notice the freaking mascot wildcat, on a knee, front and center, nodding in agreement with each word from RichRod. That damn cat literally had me in tears. Still does, in fact.

College football is just so damn fun, man.

Football fans are weird.

This is why there’s no need for a glove at the ball game. The slow motion shot of this one (1:00 mark) is pretty sweet. Dude was all over it.

Another really cool Vine from MLB:

Joey Porter was coaching on CSU’s staff last year. He’s back with the Steelers but is having some trouble adjusting to the size of NFL players.

A couple links worth sharing from the past week:

And finally, Malcom’s dad, Walter White, would like for you to watch the MLB Postseason. This is great and baseball needs more of this kind of marketing. Also, I know it’s football season ’round these parts, but there is some really intense, fun baseball going down just about every night from now until the end of October. You should really watch some of it.

Cranston is the man. The dramatic reading of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” had me cracking up.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See y’all next week.

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My Thoughts on Von Miller and Everything Else From the Past Week

Welcome to the 19th Tuesdays With Mitch, where it’s supposed to be a slow time of the year for sports but there is sure a lot going on. Optional background music for this blog in honor of Von “rolling” or “tripping” or whatever on something called “Molly”, which I was surprised to learn is not spelled “Mali”, can be found here. Let’s go!

Von Miller did something stupid. AP Photo

So Von Miller got busted for smoking grass and reportedly taking Molly. (I say taking because I don’t know how one consumes Molly. Do you just eat it?) Anyway if you play in the NFL you’re not allowed to do those things, and I think Von Miller probably knew that. He did it anyway, and that was really, really stupid.

By all accounts Von Miller is a really good dude. He’s always said and done the classy thing. His Twitter account (more on that in a moment) is generally not filled with the illiterate jibberish you see from so many young athletes. Doing these drugs doesn’t make him a bad dude. It does make him irresponsible and reckless and immature and stupid. It was harmful to his reputation and his teammates and his fans and the organization as a whole.

From a football standpoint, this is bad, but not horrible. Miller is probably the best defensive player in the league and not having him for a quarter of the season means the Broncos may lose a game or two they would have won had Miller played. But really, the Broncos should still win the AFC West and if they do, the regular season doesn’t matter a whole lot.

The Broncos are a Super Bowl favorite and their real season starts in the playoffs. Having homefield advantage and the bye week didn’t matter last year for the Broncos or the team that won the Super Bowl.

Miller is denying everything, which isn’t the best way to go.

Miller tweet

I have a lot of thoughts about that tweet/statement. First, why did his handlers let him write this himself. If you’re using Twitter as the avenue to… you know, DENY ILLEGAL DRUG USAGE, maybe put some professionalism behind it. Generally in these situations people will break a statement up into one or two tweets that actually spell out the words “about” and “suspension” and “will” and “disappointed” and “to” so it doesn’t read like a text message from a 17 year old girl. (I’m glad he used an apostrophe in “I’m” and ended with a period though.) I’m all about Twitter and insist on people embracing it, but in this situation it would have been better to just issue a statement like this was 2010.

Now regarding what was actually said in that tweet…  Deny til you die! Really? Who told him this was a good route? I guess he had to do it since the case is in the appeals process, but this is always, always, always a bad look. We would all be much more forgiving if you said something along the lines of, “I made a mistake. I apologize to all of my fans and the Broncos organization. I understand the severity of my actions and am very saddened by what I have done.  I hope to put this behind me and rejoin the Broncos as soon as possible and go win a Super Bowl this season.”

How hard was that? That literally took me about 90 seconds, which is sadly probably nine times longer that it took Miller to send that tweet.

Anyway, I don’t like the denial route because now Miller is not just an irresponsible and reckless and immature and stupid drug user. He’s also a liar.

Own it. Apologize. Put it behind you. America will forgive you. Your fans will forgive you. Don’t lie to everybody, bro. That doesn’t help things.

The Broncos are having a nightmare of an offseason and now the whole organization looks like a bunch of drugged out alcoholics. For John Elway, football games can’t come fast enough.

Speaking of liars and denials and getting suspended. Let’s talk about Lyin’ Ryan Roidin’ Braun. From February 2012:

He is spitting fire there. He is not passive or regretful or remorseful. He just comes out guns blazing.

There’s also these yet-to-be-deleted gems. The account isn’t officially verified but it appears to actually be Ryan Braun. (It may have never gotten verified because he has only sent out 5 tweets.) Anyway:

braun tweet1 braun2 braun3

Ummm….  What a piece of garbage.

This is a complex story but to me the most fascinating aspect is the way Braun carried himself during his last run in with getting caught cheating. He won an appeals process on a technicality and then got a little too full of vinegar. He attacked people’s character and played the, “I told you! You should all feel terrible for doubting me! How could you?!” card. He was lying and roiding the entire time.

I said doing drugs doesn’t make Von Miller a bad person. All of this stuff definitely makes Ryan Braun a bad person.

From a baseball standpoint, this is encouraging. The cheaters may always be one step ahead of the enforcers, but the culture in the MLB regarding steroids is changing. Players are no longer looking the other way regarding this stuff. They want the cheaters to get caught and are speaking out against PEDs, which is a very good thing.

More suspensions from the Biogenesis case are coming and Alex Rodriguez is about to get hammered. So that’ll be fun for everybody.

Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus make up the left side of the infield for the Texas Rangers. They have a very interesting rapport, summed up perfectly in this video:

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This is one of the stranger GIFs you will ever see:

via deadspin.com / @bubbaprog

What in the hell is happening at that baseball game? What in the hell.

This kid reminds me of a young me.

But seriously I was pretty slick with the glove between ages 4 and 12. Not sure what happened after that.

Someday. Someday…

via deadspin.com

This will be me.

When I was four years old I could recite Dikembe Mutombo’s full name. (Still can, Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo and yes I had to look up the spelling). Apparently the guy just really resonates with young children:

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This would suck:

via deadspin.com

It also gives me an excuse to link to this HOF GIF from April.

The dude pitching against the Rockies tonight has one hell of a story that you should read.

And finally, what would you do if your dog Toaster was being attacked by a raccoon? For your dog Toaster’s sake, I hope you would do this:

That has 5.4 million views in three days and I understand why. I think about 100 of them are from me. No hesitation, shirtless, two hands, over the head, sending that maniacal rodent with ill intentions head over heels about ten yards and down a stairwell with his evil glowing eyes looking back at you with each rotation. Maybe the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

Now all I can think about is it what it would be like to throw a live raccoon as far as I can. Would I take a running start? Would I shuffle step and go across my body like I’m dumping a heavy bucket of water on an unsuspecting friend? Perhaps I would try a one-armed fling to the side or back. Maybe I could perfect one of those soccer inbounds plays when they do a little flip. Should I spin around like an Olympian in the shot put? I bet I could throw an adult male raccoon over them mountains if I really wanted to.

Happy Tuesday everybody. See ya next week.

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