$0.02: All Plummer has to do is outplay Manning
Cliche be damned, the Broncos say, a win is a win is a win. I used to feel the same way when I was on my high school’s varsity, and we whooped up on our JV in practice.Yes, Denver beat Indianapolis at home on Sunday, 33-14, and advanced to the playoffs at 10-6. And yes, going 10-6 in the NFL is always worthy of respect. But before I jump on the bandwagon and begin believing the Broncos have a shot at playing Pittsburgh in two weeks, based on how they beat the diluted Colts, I must consider the dudes who get paid to know the stuff that counts: the oddsmakers. (Who else?)
The Broncos were an 8 1/2-point favorite last Sunday. They’re a 10-point underdog this Sunday.Jake Plummer won last Sunday’s game against Indy with a start worthy of the $40 million he’s getting paid. He only finished 17-of-30, but he started 11-of-16 and got Denver going when Colts QB Jim Sorgi was looking like the guy he backs up. It was on Plummer’s shoulders then, and it will be again for the rematch. If he outplays his counterpart, the Broncos win, simple as that. Yeah, right …While we’re here, playoff picks: Indianapolis 34, Denver 17 … St. Louis 27, Seattle 24 … N.Y. Jets 19, San Diego 14 … Green Bay 31, Minnesota 30 … (And please don’t put a hit out on me if I’m wrong on all four) …Real quick here, because it really doesn’t deserve more than 41 words, but is the NFC kidding us, sending two 8-8 teams to the playoffs? Philadelphia lost its best player, and is still the conference’s Super Bowl favorite. That says it all …
Think you had a good New Year’s Day? I can almost guarantee it wasn’t as good as Warren Holloway’s. His was legendary. As good as it gets in sports (or life, for that matter). In case you missed it, with his team down a point Holloway caught a bomb for the winning touchdown on the last play of the game in Iowa’s 30-25 Capital One Bowl win over LSU. He made the catch as the clock hit 0:00, then broke a tackle on his way into history. It would’ve only been “unbelievable” if that was the end of the story, but it wasn’t. Holloway was a fifth-year senior, had played sparingly his whole career, and the improbable TD was the first and only one he caught in college. Talk about one of life’s natural highs …It’s pretty cool that Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are going into baseball’s Hall of Fame together. They were the face of their respective cursed franchises, the Red Sox and the Cubs, for more than a decade, and gave their clubs’ fans a reliable, worthy player to cheer during tough times. Plus, they played the game the right way …
Dear Nuggets: You are 14-17. Your ship is sinking. Clone ‘Melo. Soon …In parting, I’d like someone to explain something to me. The Anaheim Angels changed their name to the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” this week in a move they said was aimed at making the team more marketable in the L.A. area. The decision had to go through the club’s higher-ups, I’m sure of it. As sure, in fact, as I am that the final decision maker lives in a really nice house, drives a nice car and has a big fat bank account. So here’s my mystery: How does someone stupid enough to think that name will generate more marketing revenue become successful?Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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