Everyone else in the world ranks by Gold medals, including the IOC offical medal count. The problem with ranking by total medals is precisely that it devalues gold. Someone said it best that it is ludicrous that under a total medal count - a country with 100 bronze medals would be ranked higher than a country with 99 gold medals. Although fractions of a second may not seem like much to you, at a world class performance level the difference between gold and anything less is striking. Those media who made a big deal about the USA losing the gold medal race to China are correct. It is no "crock". The era of American sport dominance is ended and the Chinese have set the new athletic standard. That, is how the rest of the world will see it.
What happened to Casey Burgener is unconscionable! How can they keep changing the requirements? Now, he will probably leave the sport and US will lose one of it's best Olympic Lifters.
I will be the first to admit we in Bronco Nation can be the biggest homers. We bleed orange and blue.
However, I believe you need to take a closer look at what you speak about. One of the first things I noticed is you said Boss Bailey was brought in to play the middle. This is not true. He was brought in to play the strong side linebacker. DJ Williams will play the weak side linebacker. And, Niko Koutouvides was brought in to play the middle linebacker.
I also don't think the wide receiver depth is as "alarmingly thin", as you say. Other off-season additions include, Keary Colbert, Darrell Jackson, Sammie Parker, Eddie Royal(R). Not to mention the receivers we already have on the team including Brandon Marshall, and the "slot machine" Brandon Stokley.
The hole left by Matt Lepsis. Is to be filled by our 1st round draft choice Ryan Clady. Projected pro-bowler. Obviously, we will have to wait and see.
Also, one of the biggest holes we had in the off-season was filled with big DT Dewayne Robertson, via trade.
I for one think Shanahan didn't an excellent job of filling the holes that you speak of. Through inexpensive free-agents, as well as through the draft. Research!
They haven't lost all of their blindly faithful fans. I think we have a legitiment chance to be a playoff contender this year. If our defensive tackles do a remotely good job, we could actually be very good.
I know. I was giddy when our second-round pick came up and Sweed was still on the board. So was Early Doucet. So was Kelly. Heck, if you want a return man so badly, so was DeSean Jackson. I disagree that the second round is too early to pick up a return WR-- when you've got a potent weapon returning kicks, it changes the whole game (i.e., Hester). Better field position: how is this not an all-around good thing? And God knows our special teams are hurting right now.
So imagine how much I screamed at the TV when Royal was picked. Granted, size isn't everything: look at Steve Smith (CAR). But when you are desperately needing a big-play threat and the 3 of the top 5 WRs are still on the board?
Sigh. Maybe next year Shanahan will no longer be omnipotent in Bowlen's eyes after another losing season.
Blah blah blah.. oh pity the poor oppressed people of Tibet... Of course, they were pretty well oppressed BEFORE the Chinese came to play. Heck, many historians who don't have a severe case of Lama-Love figure things are better for the average citizen of Tibet now than they were under the bizarre reincarnational dictatorship they lived under prior to the Chinese invasion.
Or you can believe that Steven Segal has a deeper understanding of world history. Your choice.
Back in 1980 the Taliban were our friends for whom we supplied weapons to fight the Soviets. Now those same weapons are being used to kill and maim our occupying forces.
As for the boycott of China and Chinese made items, it is too late to be effective. Just wait until the Chinese control the world's food supply. The only positive result will be a sudden cure for America's obesity epidemic.
This is yet another biased article lambasting the Chinese for everything under the sun. Missing from this opinion piece is acknowledgment that the latst in Tibetan violence was started by Tibetan extremists, as attested to by journalist and eyewitness James Miles in a CNN interview in early march. Also missing the fact that the torch went through most Asian countries and Australia without major incident. In fact, Australian officials consider the torch run a major succeess.
Avid Pats fans here - enjoyed your article, but don't forget; a Rams rout was what they said about the Pats when we won by a field goal in SB XXXVI. Patriots and their fans are NOT taking this game lightly, because the shoe has been on the other foot more than once. Go Pats!!!!
You have soundly hit the nail on the head!
See you in AZ!!
at bit harsh on hawkins...are you aware that macartney and crowder had losing seasons their first three....give hawk a chance, he is doing a great job and does have a grip on the program.
Landis's guilt "proven"? Hardly. The case is still in the appeal process and even the two arbitrators who judged Landis guilty in the first go around noted the sloppy work of the testing laboratory. Proof requires better standards than were used in this case.
That was one of the best pieces of sportswriting I've ever read. You have correctly identified the core of the Broncos claim to future NFL greatness, and that future, which we saw displayed in last week's victory over the "Stillers," will be the next big story on Tuesday morning as the Cheese-Packers stagger home under the ill affects of a little "Mile High Magic."
The D-Line of the future!
The next #1 QB in the NFL!
Javon, Brandon, Rod, Brandon, Graham, Scheffler, too much talent to fathom...
The Denver Broncos Running Game...the Backs, the O-Line, the SYSTEM...
Good luck to the Rockies from this Tigers fan living in the heart of Red Sox Nation....
GO KENNEDY COMMANDERS!
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