Pride of the Fall, Installment 1: The Broncos Open Training Camp
Spirits and optimism are high in Denver this summer as training camp opens for the 2-time Super Bowl champions. After turning away the flirtatious approaches of the University of Florida, Coach Mike Shanahan figures to be in the mix in the newly renovated AFC West Division. ZoNoter Livy Keithley (C'98) gives us a broad early snapshot of the team as it begins camp in earnest today:
"For your liking, my first entry as the official
ZoNotes correspondent. Today (Friday) is the first
day of Broncos training camp, and to say spirits are
high would be a drastic understatement. Let me put
it this way: SUPER BOWL, HERE WE COME.
I don't know about you, but I can't remember who
won the Super Bowl - we were all too concerned with
security and who was playing the half-time show.
What has become of our glorious football? How can it
have become so bland that people forget, even look
away? But fear no more...
Don't believe me? Here's the top 5 reasons the
Broncos are going to bring back the Lombardi Trophy:
5) no holdouts. I don't know how other teams are
coming along, but there are NO holdouts at camp
this year; everyone is signed, everyone is in pads,
everyone is ready to play.
4) no distractions. True, we did lose Romo,
arguably one of the best linebackers in the league. But
this time last year, the team was helping him slog
through a prescription drug fraud case, and it
really hurt the team's focus and impacted their game.
3) Brian Griese. Zo asked me recently whether
Griese was a washout, or just wasn't playing to his
caliber. Neither. Griese has shattered some of
Elway's early career records, had one of the top QB
ratings in the league last year, and has really shown
himself as the champion he is.
2) The Triumvirate is Healthy. Without question,
the Broncos are probably the only team in the
league whose third string RB can run circles around most
all other RBs in the league. Olandis Gary, Mike
Anderson, and Terell Davis are all healthy. In a
way, I do feel sorry for the rest of the teams in the
1) Shannon's back. I'll be the first to say that
Shannon was a huge key to the Broncos two wins last
time around. It was a bad decision for Shanahan to
trade him to Baltimore, even though we did need the
room under the salary cap. But now he's back.
Except for Elway (but see #3, above), the key
components of the champion offense are back.
Two words: BRING IT."
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Guilty or Innocent?
Well, playing to form, accused/confirmed/denied/confirmed/denied 9.11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui withdrew his guilty plea from just last week. So concluded the preliminary hearing of the century, a mix of bluffs, bluster, drama and, in a Hannah Arendt kind of way, banality. One must credit Moussaoui's sense of the theatrical -- again, he tried to show up Judge Brinkema. Her patience is something to marvel at. Plus, Moussaoui has yet few months of life on this earth thanks to his manuvering, as the case heads for a 30 September jury selection. What do I think? I think he's Al-Qaeda personified. Whatever portion of his psyche isn't downright evil is maybe lost to dementia.
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