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The Ten Biggest Sports Stories of 2018

The Ten Biggest Sports Stories of 2018
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click to enlarge Smiles outnumbered frowns during Case Keenum's debut as Broncos starting quarterback, but barely. - DENVER BRONCOS VIA YOUTUBE
Smiles outnumbered frowns during Case Keenum's debut as Broncos starting quarterback, but barely.
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The Case Keenum Experiment
Expectations for the Broncos were high before the season began. The team picked up a future Pro Bowl pass rusher in Bradley Chubb and finally found its quarterback of the future in Case Keenum. Keenum was just coming off a high of leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game and looked poised to do something similar in Denver. But he hasn't produced and has a penchant for throwing the ball to opposing players. By the time the team was eliminated from the playoffs, Keenum had thrown twelve interceptions as a Bronco, which is five more than he threw all last season with the Vikings.

The Marquette King Disaster
Marquette King signed with the Broncos in the off-season for three years and $7 million and brought a swagger to a position that is often defined by monotony. But in the four games he played this season, King put up the worst punting numbers of his career. A thigh injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, and the Broncos have released him.

click to enlarge This scene outside of the Rocky Mountain Showdown was a harbinger of the messy things to come for the Buffs. - CONOR MCCORMICK-CAVANAGH
This scene outside of the Rocky Mountain Showdown was a harbinger of the messy things to come for the Buffs.
Conor McCormick-Cavanagh
The CU Boulder Football Fiasco
The Buffs started off the season hot, winning their first five games and entering the AP Top 25 ranking. But it turns out the Buffs were blowing a lot of smoke, as the Mike MacIntyre-led team went on to drop its last seven games, finishing with another 5-7 record. CU replaced MacIntyre with Mel Tucker, a former University of Georgia defensive coordinator who hopes to turn around the program that won the 1990 National Championship.

The Bowlen Family Feud
The Bowlen family, whose patriarch, Pat Bowlen, owns the team, has been fighting over who will run things in the future. Pat Bowlen suffers from Alzheimer's and has ceded control of the Broncos to the Pat Bowlen Trust. The trustees want Brittany Bowlen, Pat Bowlen's daughter from his second marriage, to eventually take over the team. But Pat Bowlen's younger brother, Bill Bowlen, wants to see Beth Bowlen Wallace, Pat Bowlen's daughter from his first marriage, run the Broncos. In other words, Christmas was pretty awkward at their place.


CSU's Mouthy Basketball Coach
Colorado State University men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy resigned in February amid allegations that he verbally abused players, going on profanity-laced tirades and singling out players in the locker room during halftime and after games. Eustachy allegedly went so far in demeaning certain players that one ended up in tears in front of his teammates. Eustachy was replaced by Niko Medved.
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Conor McCormick-Cavanagh is a staff writer at Westword, where he covers a range of beats, including local politics, immigration and homelessness. He previously worked as a journalist in Tunisia and loves to talk New York sports.