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$0.02: Denver’s midseason collapse is under way

DEVON O'NEIL

You can count on it like Thanksgiving: Every one of the past three years, the Broncos have started hot. They’ve invoked Super Bowl talk in Denver and beyond with an early season record that puts them at the top of the league. Then they collapse. They limp through late October and early November, and have to struggle to get back in it. Nobody knows why. But everyone wonders. This year, they started 5-1 but have lost two straight in embarassing fashion to fall to 5-3. Houston, hardly a team to take lightly, visits Invesco on Sunday. There’s a lot riding on the game, even if it’s still only Week 9. Can the Broncos’ once-No. 1 defense make it back from vacation in time? It will be missing John Lynch (broken tailbone), but good teams usually find ways to overcome. This is one of those tests …Maybe now that the Red Sox are champions and the Patriots finally lost, the sports world will find another city to hover over in the future. Unreal how long it was centered on Boston, no? Seemed like months! …

The NBA season began on Tuesday. It won’t end until June. That’s a lot of time for us to perfect our Stephen A. Smith channel-change on the remote. Boy, if there were one guy I’d like to see bite his tongue off by accident …How about this list of 2004 baseball free agents: Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Adrian Beltre, Magglio Ordoñez, Pedro Martinez. Not only is it full of some of the best players in baseball, but every one of them is a Latin player. The game has come an unbelievably long way in that regard …

And did you hear about the Florida football disaster! The NFL’s Dolphins and Bucs both suck, have all season, and all three of the state’s major college teams lost on Saturday. It was the first time in 26 years (1978!) that has happened. The weirdest part, especially of the college coincidence? You’d be darn hard pressed to find another state with as much home-grown high school talent. I guess it gets exported …So Ivan Basso reportedly could become Lance Armstrong’s teammate by the time next year’s Tour de France rolls around. (Rolls – clever no?) Basso, you’ll recall, was one of the only guys to challenge Armstrong in this summer’s Tour. Does anyone know how to say “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” in Italian? …

This week’s proposed life rule takes us to the NFL. The next time someone does something as stupid as flapping his arms like a chicken (Terrell Owens) or pretending to putt a football as if it were a golf ball (Terrell Buckley), he loses a toe. No exceptions. We get to choose which one, too …Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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