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The Breakdown: Some leftovers

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Summit County, Colorado
Sports editor Bryce Evans

While Thanksgiving dinner is all well and good, I’m not sure that anything really beats the days that follow it. To me, there isn’t much better than the countless meals of leftovers that come from that one big feast. You can throw together a turkey sandwich or have a clump of stuffing or some cranberry sauce, and each little piece of microwaved food is every bit as good as the original meal.

Really, the only non-great thing about all the leftovers is having to sift through them and decide what to eat; there are just too many good options.

So, with that in mind, here’s a nice hodge-podge buffet of reheated sports stories from the past week that may not have truly gotten the right amount of attention (whether it’s too much or too little).

Since people are still pretty geeked out about the Broncos bucking the Giants on Thursday, I guess we can start with that. For most people, the Turkey Day drumming means that Denver is back to being a mile high and all is right in Orange Country. This is one of our stories that may be getting overblown a bit, because, as I’ve been attempting to relay to everyone for a while now, Denver is not a different team now than it was a week ago while losing four straight. There’s also no difference between the Broncos today and the Broncos when they were 6-0. This is the NFL, where any team can truly beat any team on any given day. Bad luck, bad bounces, bad calls or a few bad plays can be the difference in going 10-6 or 6-10.

As I’ve said before, the Broncos are still going to get to nine or 10 wins and have a good chance at making the playoffs, which is astounding for a team that’s supposed to be rebuilding. So, just ignore all the positive talk this week leading up to what should be another win against Kansas City, and know that everything is going to be all right.

Let’s stay with football for a bit, but shift to the college ranks. Six teams (Florida, Alabama, Texas, TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State) have now finished the regular season unbeaten – this is a story not getting enough attention. Sure, either the Gators or Tide will have one loss after next weekend’s SEC Championship Game, but that still likely leaves five teams that will be undefeated heading into bowls. Last year, only Utah finished the year without a loss, and the BCS Championship Game featured two one-loss teams. In 2008, no teams finished unbeaten, and the “national champion” wound up with two losses (LSU). Between the 2000 and 2007 seasons, there was only one year when multiple teams went unbeaten (three in 2004).

So, it’s pretty obvious that we’ll have the most unbeaten teams to finish a season in a very long time. And, even though the BCS route of picking a champ is pretty flawed, at least whoever is holding that crystal trophy will be a team that beat everyone on its schedule.

This almost can make us forget about the fact that there is no standout player that should win the Heisman this year. Sure, both Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy have had good seasons for undefeated teams, but neither has really had a defining moment that sealed the deal for the trophy. One of the two will likely end up winning it, though, because voters surely favor quarterbacks over any other position for the award. It’ll all hinge on Tebow’s performance against Alabama next week. That game should be fairly close and dramatic, and Tebow should get multiple chances to be the hero. McCoy can’t do anything but wait and beat up on a down Nebraska team.

Hopefully all the rest of us will have some good leftovers to hold us over until all this plays out.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at

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