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Seahawks QB autographed football up for auction here

June 30, 2014

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s autographed football is being auctioned off by the American Physical Therapy Association for the Bob Doctor Golf Tournament July 26 at the Colorado National Golf Club.

The football is valued at $425 with a $200 minimum bid. Here’s the link to bid: https://www.blacktie-colorado.com/auctions/index.cfm?fuseaction=Auctions.Item&aid=627&iid=597221.

The ball not only bears Wilson’s signature, but “XLVIII Champs is noted as well.” For those still smarting from the Seahawks’ drubbing of our beloved Broncos (43-8), you might want this souvenir to kick around.

Here is link to golf tournament info: http://coloradophysicaltherapists.org/apta-events/bob-doctor-golf-tournament/.

Russell Wilson Seahawks QB

The football autographed by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for the American Physical Therapy Association for the Bob Doctor Golf Tournament.

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Elway joining line-up of competitors in Colorado Senior Open

John Elway, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president, will get to re-create “The Drive,” this time on a golf course when he competes in the 15th annual HealthONE Colorado Senior Open May 28-30 at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.

The two-time Super Bowl Champion will compete against 155 other amateur and professional golfers in the three-day championship. Elway competed in the 2010 tournament and was low amateur after round one, made the 36-hole cut and finished in a tie for 52nd place.

Elway’s tee time is 8:05 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, and 1 p.m. Thursday, May 29. He will be paired with four-time Colorado Open/Colorado Senior Open champion Bill Loeffler of Castle Rock, and Meridian (Englewood) Golf Club head pro Paul Lobato.

Also joining Elway in the $50,000 event is defending champion Doug Rohrbaugh of Carbondale, who won the 2013 championship by a six-stroke margin, pocketing the $8,500 first place prize. Rohrbaugh’s feat was even more impressive due to the fact that he didn’t post higher than a five on any of the 54 holes over three days in difficult weather conditions. Rohrbaugh will tee off at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday and at 7:40 a.m. Thursday.

History is being made at this year’s championship as the first female competitor in a Colorado Senior Open will tee it up with the guys for the first time. Sherry Andonian, a teaching professional at Valley Country Club in Centennial, earned an exemption through the Colorado Section PGA.  Andonian was also eligible to play in the Colorado Open in July but has chosen not to compete, and she has a conflicting event keeping her from participating in the Colorado Women’s Open in August. Andonian’s tee times are 7:55 a.m.Wednesday and 12:50 p.m. Thursday.

Another new contestant in the field is Jim Chancey who played on the Champions Tour where he finished in the top-100 money list in 2006 and 2008.

Admission and parking are free to the public. Complete event details can be found at www.coloradoopen.com.

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Manning’s the man on the Letterman show

May 7, 2014

Broncos star QB Peyton Manning is two years removed from his 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, but talk-show host David Letterman remains a die-hard Manning fan even though the quarterback has left Letterman’s hometown.

After a year off the gridiron because of a potential career-ending neck injury, the Colts released Manning in 2012. Indianapolis’ loss was Denver’s gain.

On Monday, Manning made his fourth appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” where he talked about his 3-year-old twins (a boy and girl), the ESPN special on the football-famed Manning family, the “Omaha” signal at the line of scrimmage and the career-threatening injury.

Here are some snippets of the conversation, according to a transcript synopsis at www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/wahoo_gazette/.

Dave raves about the ESPN special on the Manning family. (Peyton’s) dad Archie was an All-American and a legendary college and pro football player. The Manning boys, Cooper, Peyton, and Eli and were just normal rambunctious kids. The special included a lot of home movies. Peyton says he wishes there was a bit less footage of Peyton crying.

Dave asked about Peyton’s career-threatening injury that required neck surgery which resulted in nerve damage in his throwing arm. Peyton lost “awareness” of his arm. When he “wanted to throw a football here, the ball went over there.”

Manning admitted there are some throws he can longer do, but has developed other parts of his game. He likens himself to an aging, crafty baseball pitcher who can no longer throw the fastball past the hitter so has to learn other ways to get the batter out.

“What’s with the ‘Omaha Omaha!?” Letterman asks. Fans can hear Peyton bark out ‘Omaha’ when at the line of scrimmage. It is his way of signaling a new play at the line.
Manning admitted he hates how the sideline microphones can pick up what he’s yelling because other teams can pick that up and learn from it. “I’m thinking of barking out some derogatory comments about the NFL Commissioner (Roger Goodell) for everyone to hear instead of ‘Omaha Omaha.’…

Letterman and Manning finished their segments on Broadway to participate in the Late Show Quarterback Challenge (Monday night’s challenge: throw a football through an open window of a passing yellow taxi. Peyton completes two out of three, just like his NFL average. Dave was 0-for-3.

Peyton Manning got plenty of laughs and told several stories on David Letterman's 'The Late Show' Monday night on CBS. (CBS/The Late Show photo)

Peyton Manning got plenty of laughs and told several stories on David Letterman’s ‘The Late Show’ Monday night on CBS. (CBS/The Late Show photo)

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Welker shows Kentucky Derby-goers the money

May 7, 2014

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was feeling his oats Saturday after a big win on a horse running in the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

After scoring a bundle of bucks (on an unnamed horse but I’m betting it was on winner California Chrome), Welker was spotted with a friend and a police officer.

According to USA Today, super fan Marc Blandford hailed a hardy, “Wes Welker, how ya doing?” to the Mighty Mouse Bronco.

Then, Blandford told USA Today, Welker proceeded to share the wealth by handing out $100 bills to Blandford and his buddies. The story says that the Bronco handed out roughly six c-notes before the cop put a cease and desist on Welker’s largess.

Sure, Welker was feeling generous, he can afford to. After all, he signed a two-year, $12 million deal in 2013 with the Denver Broncos.

See the whole story at: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/05/wes-welker-kentucky-derby.

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Ex-Bronco Beadles keeps promise, wins Dancing with Our Stars event

April 21, 2014

Former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Zane Beadles proved he was a stand-up guy and dancing star all in one night.

Beadles recently sign a free-agent, five-year $30 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. So, no one would have blamed Beadles for reneging on his participation in the 2014 Dancing with Our Stars competition Saturday to benefit the Colorado Ballet.

But Beadles danced to a victory with partner Morgan Buchanan, who has danced with the Colorado Ballet Company since 2009.

Ed Venerable, president of Paragon Homes, and partner Maria Mosina were the runners-up.

The Dancing with Our Stars event, held at the Ritz-Carlton Denver, raised about $200,000.

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Judi’s House vying for $250K Vail Ski Challenge

April 4, 2014

If you are a fan of Judi’s House, now’s the time to help this fine organization started by former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese, by voting in the Vail Ski Challenge.

Ten worthy groups — including Concerts for Kids, Craig Hospital and the Denver Public Schools Foundation — are vying for a $250,000 donation from Vail resorts and all you have to do is visit the Vail Ski Challenge Facebook page.

You can vote for the organization that helps children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one find hope and healing within themselves. Griese started Judi’s House to honor his mother, who died when he was 12 years old.

Every vote earns Judi’s House $2.50 and it gets 2,000 votes, Griese has promised to get out the retired Broncos uniform and ski wearing his helmet, pads, the whole thing. Who doesn’t want to see that?

You can vote daily until the challenge ends April 11.

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Letterman gets last laugh at the Broncos’ expense

February 5, 2014

“The Late Show” host David Letterman fired his top 10 list Monday night squarely at the beleaguered Denver Broncos, who famously got clobbered by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. (and the pour salt on the wound, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was a guest on “The Late Show.”

Here’s the list (ouch!):

“Top Ten Things Overheard On The Broncos’ Sideline During The Super Bowl”

10. “When does the game start?”

9. “Boy it’s a pretty nice day here in New Jersey – when does the game start?”

8. “We should have endorsed Christie.”

7. “I hope no one’s watching.”

6. “This is worse than my honeymoon at the ‘Late Show'” (shot of newlywed couple).

5. “Who’s that hunk in the fur coat?” (picture of Joe Namath, below).

4. “I can’t believe they wasted all that Gatorade.”

3. “Eli will motivate us!” (video of Eli Manning looking sad while watching the game).

2. “Too much pre-game Colorado weed.”

1. “This is how the Jets feel.”

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Laugh line: Today’s eavesdropping

February 5, 2014

Eavesdropping on Facebook (courtesy of former Rocky Mountain News cartoonist Drew Litton):

“Breaking News: The Broncos have hired Dr. Phil for obvious reasons.”


(Photo courtesy of drphil.com)

(Photo courtesy of drphil.com)

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Don’t think this column wouldn’t include a Super Bowl item

February 3, 2014

Even though our own Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Washington state guv Jay Inslee refused to make a Super Bowl wager, Denver’s Punch Bowl Social founder Robert Thompson and Washington’s Garage Billiards owner Alex Rosenast have pledged to donate $1,000 to their winning team’s charity of choice.

“I volunteer to send Alex a case of Orange Crush soda, win or lose,” Thompson said.

“Win or lose, I’m trying to get a dinner set up for Robert and (Seahawks cornerback) Richard Sherman,” Rosenast said.

After Sunday’s 43-8 Broncos loss to the Seagawks, a charity will be selected by the winner and the $1,000 donation will follow.

orange crush

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