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Broncos are undergoing some change

Mike VidakovichGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Mike Vidakovich
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The following should be sung to the tune of Simon & Garfunkels classic hit, Mrs. Robinson:Where have you gone, Coach Shenanigan, a lonely (Broncos) nation turns its eyes to you. Ooh, ooh, ooh. Whats that you say Mr. Bowlen, Johnny Elways old and gone away. Hey, hey, hey.If youre a fan of the states No. 1 sports religion, the Denver Broncos Football Club, you must be reeling at all the changes in the past five months at Dove Valley. The Ponies have a new coach (who looks just like Willie Marsh of 19th Street Diner softball fame), theyve bid adieu to their prima donna quarterback, Jay Cutler (thats a good thing), and a host of fresh faces from the recent NFL draft are in camp and ready to make a good first impression.With all the personnel changes and the new direction the franchise has taken, the Broncos find themselves in a rebuilding mode for the first time in a long while, and next falls schedule is packed with formidable opponents that could keep the Clockwork Orange on their heels most of the year and out of the playoffs once again.I do believe the Denver faithful will take a liking to new quarterback Kyle Orton. Orton is a solid, blue-collar worker who will be the first to practice and the last to leave. He wont dazzle anyone with his athletic prowess, but he will get the job done and lead by example. The previous Bronco signal caller led by bad example.Speaking of blue-collar athletes, if youve watched any of the Nuggets playoff series with Dallas, you have to be impressed with Maverick forward Dirk Nowitzki. The lanky, German-born Nowitzki isnt very fast and he doesnt jump all that well, but night in and night out hell get you 25 points and 10 rebounds. Nowitzki is a modern-day Larry Bird who always manages to come up with a big basket when his team needs it most. I enjoy watching players like Nowitzki and Phoenix guard Stevie Nash. They give everything they have, on every play.Basketball is supposed to be a game of finesse that resembles poetry in motion, but last Wednesdays NBA playoff game between Los Angeles and Houston was very far from being poetic. Technicals, flagrant fouls, and ejections were the order of the evening in what turned out to be an ugly donnybrook. Even my boy Kobe gave the Rockets Ron Artest an unexpected elbow to the chops under the basket. Basketball should have no place for thugs and cheap-shot artists. With the kind of athletic ability that NBA players possess, theres no need to resort to bullying tactics. Besides, professional sports already has a place for bullies. Its called the National Hockey League.Finally, Ernest Hemingway once said that retirement is the ugliest word in the English language. You think Brett Favre can relate to this?Mike Vidakovich is a freelance sports writer for the Post Independent.


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