Those of us who live in Colorado tend to think of the Broncos as the NFL team with the best fans. But that's not how Forbes sees it. The publication's top ten ranking definitely includes Denver, as well as the Indianapolis Colts, who face our local heroes Sunday night to kick off the 2014 season. Bu ... More >>
This year's NFL draft takes place on Thursday, with the Broncos selecting in the 31st slot -- a tough place to find an impact athlete. We hope John Elway and company beat the odds -- or at least make a better choice than the ones on the following list. Here's our top-ten roster of the ten worst fir ... More >>
Bud Light's twisted Super Bowl spots, featuring ex-Cali guv Arnold Schwarzenegger as a headband-wearing ping-pong player midway between Björn Borg and Chris Evert, don't appear to have a Colorado connection beyond the participation of onetime Denverite Don Cheadle, who co-stars with...a llama; see ... More >>
Broncos all-pro Von Miller may be suspended, reportedly after testing positive for marijuana and Molly. "I know I did nothing wrong," he tweeted yesterday -- and indeed, one ex-Bronco's pot-use suspension was overturned a few years back. But that wasn't true of another Denver-affiliated player, who ... More >>
Returning to the Boulder Book Store for the first time since 2006, Chuck Klosterman was a new breed of literary animal on this visit. Now the author of two fiction novels and a new essay collection about the dark truths of self-deception, Klosterman is no longer the dismissable pop nerd who instruct ... More >>
The Denver Roller Dolls roller derby league expanded this week with the addition of a new local squad, bringing the home team total to five: the Orange Crushers will be joining DRD's Bad Apples, Green Barrettes, Shotgun Betties, and Electrocuties (the 2012 DRD Home Team champions) for the 2013 seaso ... More >>
Ask people to name Colorado's best-ever athletes and you'll hear references to the likes of John Elway, Dave Logan and Missy Franklin. But they all moved to the state rather than being born here. So who are the greatest Colorado athletes as listed by Wikipedia who actually qualify as natives? We've ... More >>
Bruce Springsteen tickets go on sale Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. They'll be gone within minutes, if not seconds -- only to reappear shortly thereafter on eBay, StubHub and other aftermarket ticket sites for two, three or even four times their original cost. It's nothing new. But it sure gets old. ... More >>
Last night's ESPY awards were a reminder to Broncos fans about the bizarre nature of the Tim Tebow era. He appeared multiple times in the friggin' intro (including a brief Tebowing montage), was the first athlete on the stage (for a gag with host Rob Riggle), returned to be the initial athlete prese ... More >>
Everyone's got an opinion about the Broncos' signing of Peyton Manning and trade of Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, including none other than Pat Robertson. The televangelist recently came out in favor of Colorado's Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Now, however, he's basically ... More >>
Update: The Tim Tebow to the Jets trade spent only a brief time in limbo yesterday. The Broncos and the Jets eventually agreed to split a $5 million payment required by a contract clause, resulting in The Chosen One's ticket being punched for the Big Apple, and an even brighter spotlight. For more o ... More >>
Tim Tebow is big news. In fact, he's such big news that it's no longer acceptable for non-sports fans to not know who he is. Don't worry: Westword has your back. For all of you who think NFL stands for National Forensic League and spend your Sundays and Monday evenings crocheting or tossing cabers o ... More >>
Tim Tebow.Tim Tebow's latest miracle win over the Pittsburgh Steelers caused Twitter to erupt like Mount Vesuvius, setting a new record of 9,420 tweets per second. Suck it, Bin Laden raid and Steve Jobs's death. And today? The flow of Tebow-related tweets continues at such an awesome rate th ... More >>
Tim Tebow.Tim Tebow's stock as a quarterback may be falling -- ESPN's Mike and Mike have less confidence in him than any other QB in the playoffs this weekend -- but he remains a cultural lightning rod. Note that even The New Yorker's Ben McGrath is weighing in on him, albeit by suggesting t ... More >>
Video below.Tim Tebow's three game losing streak on the field is echoed by the skid experienced by Republican presidential candidates who invoke him. Last month, Texas Governor Rick Perry said he wanted to be the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses. Instead, he finished fifth last night and is sus ... More >>
Three games ago, Tim Tebow's streak of late-game miracles looked bound for legend. Now, even true believers are left to wonder if his success was a mirage. No wonder comedian Bill Maher has been kicking the Chosen One when he's down -- on one knee, and on the scoreboard.
Tim Tebow.It's yet another indication of how the Tim Tebow phenomenon has split so-called NFL experts. Earlier this week, we noted that ESPN's Total QBR ranking system lists Tebow as the fifth worst quarterback in the NFL despite a 6-1 record this season that found him besting signal-callers ... More >>
After a long run as Joe's Buffet, the building at 753 Santa Fe Drive went through a number of incarnations, including Club Mystery, Club 753 and, most recently, the Sound Kitchen. Now Marcus Giavanni has taken over the three-story, 15,000 square-foot space, which he's dubbed The Cow (as in "c ... More >>
Big pics below.It's official: Invesco Field at Mile High is about to become Sports Authority Field at Mile High. But before all the signs are changed, what were the top ten moments during the nearly ten years under the Invesco name? Here's the list and text from the history section of the Inv ... More >>
Merril Hoge.ESPN's Merril Hoge went on a Twitter rampage against Tim Tebow this week, then appeared on 104.3/The Fan to defend his criticism of the Chosen One. By doing so, Hoge made himself a target, and one reader fired back at him using his own skills as an NFL running back, mostly exhibit ... More >>
After being held up by years of litigation from Afeni Shakur-Davis, the mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, the film depicting the rapper's life has finally been given the green light. Literally years in the making, the production company Morgan Creek has been mired in legal wranglings with ' ... More >>
Big pic below.Although Kevin Alexander probably won't get a second chance with the Denver Broncos, it looks like he'll have his freedom. The rookie linebacker Alexander was cut by the team almost immediately after being arrested on an assault-and-battery accusation in December. The Broncos sa ... More >>
Josh McDaniels.The speed with which Josh McDaniels's Denver Broncos career went south was absolutely stunning -- and we documented every misstep. Below, we've linked to and excerpted from twenty posts over twenty months that tell the tale, from personnel mistakes involving the likes of Jay Cu ... More >>
Josh McDaniels.Fresh off a humiliating video scandal, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and his team desperately needed a win at home against the improving but very beatable St. Louis Rams -- and they didn't get one, losing 36-33. Yes, the Broncos made the final score close -- but close wasn't cl ... More >>
Mason Tvert's always got an angle.Mason Tvert, executive director of SAFER (Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation), has spent five years arguing that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol -- and even critics would have to agree that his creativity in promoting this idea is off the chart ... More >>
Gone fishin'?As soon as Brandon Marshall signed the Broncos' tender offer yesterday, his trade went from being theoretical to a virtual certainty. Moreover, it became clear the Broncos had at last abandoned the idea that they'd get a first-round pick for BM's services -- something obvious to ... More >>
Lori MidsonMatt Mine, executive chef of OceanaireMatt Mine Oceanaire Seafood Room 1400 Arapahoe Street 303-991-2277 www.theoceanaire.com This is part one of Lori Midson's interview with Matt Mine, executive chef of Oceanaire. To read part two of that interview, check back here tomorrow. M ... More >>
Jason Smith doesn't see the parallels between Santonio Holmes and Brandon Marshall.In a blog yesterday, we argued that the Pittsburgh Steelers' decision to trade controversial receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a measly fifth-round draft choice likely meant the Broncos' dream o ... More >>
"Where do I sign?"Last week, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning stirred up a mini-controversy in Dallas when he signed his name on the wall of the visitors locker room at the new and lavish Cowboys Stadium. In response to gripes from the Cowboys' Bradie James about this supposed act of ... More >>
It's Fantasy Football season, and if you don't know what we're talking about, then you simply aren't a geeky, no-life sad sack who never gets out of the house -- like several Westword staff members. Still, 22 million North Americans waste countless hours on it, and August, when fantasy lover ... More >>
That bling is super! At a press availability yesterday, newly minted Denver Bronco Brian Dawkins, a veteran safety who's a legend among Philadelphia Eagles faithful, declared, "I would love to have a ring. I would love to finish it all with a ring." And from what I understand, the gathered reporter ... More >>
What are people saying about the Broncos' new coach? Well ... Terrell Davis, the former Bronco and current NFL Network analyst, thinks McDaniels, at 32, is too young. The Mile High Report thinks he's too much like Belichick. Our own Michael Roberts thinks he's too offensive-minded. The Rocky's Dave ... More >>
Ken Salazar thinks the fine people in Colorado Springs really need to see this. Thirteen US Senators this week found time to co-sign a letter urging the NFL to show its Thursday-night games on broadcast television, raising questions about why more people don't punch more U.S. Senators in the face ... More >>
Javon Walker is getting his knee suctioned out today. Starting offensive linemen Tom Nalen and Ben Hamilton, as well as tight ends Stephen Alexander and Nate Jackson, are finished for the year. Travis Henry awkwardly awaits appeal on a suspension that could end his season, and possibly his tenure in ... More >>
A sports columnist is risking the ire of readers by writing about gangs -- and criticizing local media for not adequately covering the topic.
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Denver C.A.R.E.S. picks drunks off the streets, then puts them right back out there.
The oldest lifer in Colorado prisons is dying to be anywhere but here.
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