The future of the new-look Nuggets may be Carmelo Anthony, but the soul of the team's tough, take-no-prisoners attitude is multi-millionaire forward Kenyon Martin. The 6'9", 234-pound K-Mart came to Denver last summer from the New Jersey Nets with four years of NBA experience, 51 playoff games and a reputation for tireless, bruising play on his resumé -- in other words, everything GM Kiki Vandeweghe and coach George Karl could ask for as the Nuggets fight for a post-season berth again this year. Martin is Denver's second-leading scorer and rebounder, and the embodiment of the team's newfound grit.


The future of the new-look Nuggets may be Carmelo Anthony, but the soul of the team's tough, take-no-prisoners attitude is multi-millionaire forward Kenyon Martin. The 6'9", 234-pound K-Mart came to Denver last summer from the New Jersey Nets with four years of NBA experience, 51 playoff games and a reputation for tireless, bruising play on his resumé -- in other words, everything GM Kiki Vandeweghe and coach George Karl could ask for as the Nuggets fight for a post-season berth again this year. Martin is Denver's second-leading scorer and rebounder, and the embodiment of the team's newfound grit.

Many NFL players dismiss kickers as undersized freaks who rarely take a bone-jarring hit. But where would the Denver Broncos be without steady, unflappable Jason Elam? The twelfth-year pro out of the University of Hawaii ranks fourteenth on the all-time NFL scoring list, and 2004 marked his twelfth consecutive 100-point season -- the longest such streak in league history. Last year, the three-time Pro Bowler connected on 29 of 34 field-goal attempts (with a long of 52 yards) and now stands third in Broncos history in regular-season games played (188). One last thing: Elam's two Super Bowl rings remind current teammates of the Broncos' late-'90s glory days.

Many NFL players dismiss kickers as undersized freaks who rarely take a bone-jarring hit. But where would the Denver Broncos be without steady, unflappable Jason Elam? The twelfth-year pro out of the University of Hawaii ranks fourteenth on the all-time NFL scoring list, and 2004 marked his twelfth consecutive 100-point season -- the longest such streak in league history. Last year, the three-time Pro Bowler connected on 29 of 34 field-goal attempts (with a long of 52 yards) and now stands third in Broncos history in regular-season games played (188). One last thing: Elam's two Super Bowl rings remind current teammates of the Broncos' late-'90s glory days.

Was it simply a coincidence that the 2004 Denver Broncos started careering downhill at roughly the same time that quarterback Jake Plummer let his chin pubes blossom? Yeah -- but the correlation between the team's losing skid and the knot of tangles that took over Plummer's mug was too irresistible to ignore. Talk-radio hosts debated the connection, sportscasters made sarcastic remarks about Grizzly Adams (a pop-culture reference lost on anyone under age forty), and the average fan on the street wondered if a rechargeable Norelco might save another lost season. No doubt everyone will rest easier if, for the 2005 campaign, Plummer has close shaves off the field as well as on.


Was it simply a coincidence that the 2004 Denver Broncos started careering downhill at roughly the same time that quarterback Jake Plummer let his chin pubes blossom? Yeah -- but the correlation between the team's losing skid and the knot of tangles that took over Plummer's mug was too irresistible to ignore. Talk-radio hosts debated the connection, sportscasters made sarcastic remarks about Grizzly Adams (a pop-culture reference lost on anyone under age forty), and the average fan on the street wondered if a rechargeable Norelco might save another lost season. No doubt everyone will rest easier if, for the 2005 campaign, Plummer has close shaves off the field as well as on.

Who let the dogs out? The Mile High City is host to one of the winningest football teams in history: the Denver Bulldogs. The Australian Rules Football team has won four national championships -- three of them consecutive -- in just six seasons playing, the most of any U.S. footy team. And this ain't no Sunday in the park: Padding is prohibited, and hard hits are de rigueur. The only downside to Bulldog fanaticism is that most games are on the road; until recently, the closest teams to match up against were the Salt Lake Seagulls and the Arizona Hawks. But sports fans ready for some football -- some serious, manly football -- can head over to Bible Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings to watch training once the season starts at the end of March. Go, Dogs!


Who let the dogs out? The Mile High City is host to one of the winningest football teams in history: the Denver Bulldogs. The Australian Rules Football team has won four national championships -- three of them consecutive -- in just six seasons playing, the most of any U.S. footy team. And this ain't no Sunday in the park: Padding is prohibited, and hard hits are de rigueur. The only downside to Bulldog fanaticism is that most games are on the road; until recently, the closest teams to match up against were the Salt Lake Seagulls and the Arizona Hawks. But sports fans ready for some football -- some serious, manly football -- can head over to Bible Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings to watch training once the season starts at the end of March. Go, Dogs!

Shannon Sharpe's on the pre-game set, yakking away. Ed McCaffrey's in his easy chair. The guy with everything -- or everything to gain -- is University of Northern Colorado wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who should go high in next month's NFL draft, despite the presence of some big-name receivers from big-name schools. A 6'5" senior out of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Jackson had 1,462 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior for the Bears, and this fall, when the team was overmatched in its move up to Division I-AA, he still caught eighty passes for 1,382 yards and eleven touchdowns, annihilating the UNC record book and winning All-American honors. Did we mention that Jackson weights 245 pounds and runs the forty in 4.4 seconds? Wow.

Shannon Sharpe's on the pre-game set, yakking away. Ed McCaffrey's in his easy chair. The guy with everything -- or everything to gain -- is University of Northern Colorado wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who should go high in next month's NFL draft, despite the presence of some big-name receivers from big-name schools. A 6'5" senior out of Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Jackson had 1,462 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior for the Bears, and this fall, when the team was overmatched in its move up to Division I-AA, he still caught eighty passes for 1,382 yards and eleven touchdowns, annihilating the UNC record book and winning All-American honors. Did we mention that Jackson weights 245 pounds and runs the forty in 4.4 seconds? Wow.

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