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Bears in the wrong trading for Marshall

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Jeff Sauer
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Jeff Sauer

“What cha’ gonna do when they come for you? Bad Boys, bad boys”

– Inner Circle

Rod Blagojevich needs a cellmate, and his name is Brandon Marshall.

The city of Chicago sent Blago off to federal prison last week and opened the door for another criminal to join the local football franchise by acquiring Marshall just days after he allegedly punched a woman in the face at a New York nightclub.

In case you aren’t familiar with the former Denver Bronco and Miami Dolphin player’s rap sheet, let me try to sum it up:

He’s been arrested for assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct, theft, trespassing, resisting arrest, DUI, and driving around without a license or insurance; he was involved in the altercation outside of a Denver nightclub, where former Denver teammate, Darrent Williams, was shot and killed; had an argument with his television set and put his arm through it; fired a gun at his father; and was stabbed in the stomach by his knife-wielding spouse.

Then there are the serious evils, like the domestic violence allegations that Marshall somehow manages to escape most of the time.

There’s the bruised face of his former fiance at an Atlanta hotel, where officers noted he struck her with a closed fist. There’s the police report from San Juan that says he hit her again and choked her, the cuts on her face the night he threw her belongings out the window from the 20th floor of a condo.

And the list goes on and on and on …

Brandon Marshall is a bad dude, and he has no place in professional sports. The Bears, so desperate for a wide receiver, are just as guilty as Marshall, for agreeing to take him in the trade with full knowledge of the most recent accusations.

Bears general manager Phil Emery says, “We have high expectations for Brandon as a Bear.”

High expectations?

I’m thinking more along the lines of Marshall getting a lifetime ban from the NFL if he gets nailed on this one.

On a much lighter note …

The Avs are putting on a heckuva show as they scramble for a playoff spot. Once again, they were beastly against the east, grabbing points in all three games on the road last week against Buffalo, New Jersey and New York.

Up next: two at home and one on the road this week, starting with Calgary at the Pepsi Center tonight.

They’re down to eight games left, and all of the teams they are vying for a playoff spot against are playing just as well as they are. The Avs then head north next week where they have been “Woe Canada” for most of the season.

That will have to change.

Although the playoff picture isn’t clear yet, the race for the Calder Trophy (best first-year player) is already over. Avs rookie Gabriel Landeskog will win it in a landslide.

I used to scoff at the Peter Forsberg comparisons made earlier in the season, but watching Landeskog go end to end, Bobby Orr-like, with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game against the Sabres, I see flashes of what Foppa would have done in that situation. He put the team entirely on his back at crunch time and set up the tying goal, in a game the Avalanche eventually won in overtime.

Now, if Matt Duchene would just start resembling Joe Sakic …

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Welcome to Colorado, Peyton Manning. Good choice, great fans, and an owner committed to winning.

Tim Tebow: Thanks for reminding us of how a world-class athlete is supposed to act. Bronco fans will be pulling for you, unless you happen to wind up in the AFC West.

Anybody interested in buying a Tebow jersey cheap?

Jeff Sauer is a longtime western Colorado resident and former Roaring Fork Valley resident. He can be reached at

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