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  • Can Tim Tebow revive his NFL career? History says … maybe

    Wed, January 30, 2013 by David Ramsey with 3 comments

    Tim Tebow resides in a strange place in our sports world. He’s a hero to millions, beloved for his morals and those wild comebacks for the Broncos in 2011. He’s a folk hero in Florida. For a time, he was a folk hero in Colorado.

    But he also resides in football limbo. He’s a superlative athlete, but his left arm does not appear NFL ready. That’s not just my view. That’s the view of every general manager and coach in the NFL.

    Can he revive his career?

    Doug Flutie and Joe Theismann were once in the same football limbo where Tebow now finds himself. They, too, appeared  to lack required features for NFL stardom or even NFL survival. Both were too short. Both found success, even though they had to wait. Both used the doubts of the powers that be in the NFL as inspiration.

    Many of Tebow’s most devoted fans believe there’s some kind of conspiracy in NFL to deny their hero what he deserves. That’s ridiculous.

    But those devoted fans are not blind. They see a superb leader. They see one of the NFL’s all-time best running quarterbacks. What I mean is, when Tebow busts out of the pocket and looks downfield, he’s incredibly dangerous to a defense. I’m not saying he ranks with Roger Staubach and John Elway and Steve Young as a combo runner/passer. So, yes, Tebow admirers, there is reason to believe in his future. He could someday silence the doubters.

    And I’m one of them. Tebow looks on his way to the NFL junk heap.

    But I hope he proves me wrong.

  • Surprise! Oprah superb while interviewing Armstrong

    Fri, January 18, 2013 by David Ramsey with 2 comments

    When I first heard Lance Armstrong had selected Oprah to conduct his confession, I did what I suspect many of you did.

    I cringed, groaned and worried.

    Figured Oprah would be too soft. Figured Oprah would spend more time hugging Lance than asking tough questions. And most of all I worried Lance might start jumping up and down on a couch while announcing his love for Katie Holmes. (Would have been understandable, by the way. Katie is an attractive woman.)

    Instead, Oprah was prepared and properly aggressive. She did a superb job. (And there was no couch for Lance to jump and down. He sat in a chair.)

    Of course, there were holes.  My friend and colleague Bill Vogrin points out that Oprah should have pushed Armstrong more on his assertion he didn’t dope during his 2009-2010 comeback. Mr. Doper didn’t dope? Really?

    Otherwise, I thought Oprah was consistently strong.

    And here’s the best thing about Oprah.

    Armstrong couldn’t argue with her. Well, he could, but he knew he would never win in the court of public opinion if he tangled with America’s Sweetheart.

    Oprah was solid. Really, she was beyond solid.

  • Fox’s lack of courage will haunt him

    Tue, January 15, 2013 by David Ramsey with 4 comments

    John Fox did what you expected John Fox to do on Monday. He said he had no doubt he made the right decision when he refused to take a chance with 31 seconds left in regulation.

    Fox is not the type to question himself. And he’s not the type to ever change. He’s not a gambler, not a swashbuckler. Don’t like his style? He doesn’t care.

    His decision is not going to be forgotten anytime soon.

    I spent several hours talking with Lou Saban in 1997. He’s the former Broncos coach who in 1971 decided to sit on the ball at the end of a 10-10 tie with the Miami Dolphins. Half a loaf, Saban famously said, is better than none. Broncos fans failed to agree. They tossed several dozen half loafs on the field at the next home game. Saban soon resigned. He is, by the way, the last Broncos coach to depart voluntarily. Everyone who has followed him has been fired.

    Saban laughed about the decision, but it was clear his lack of nerve haunted him. No one watches a football game hoping to see extreme caution. We all want to see boldness.

    Saban wasn’t bold. Fox wasn’t bold. Both men were cowards, if only for a moment.

    Fox said he doesn’t regret his decision.

    But he will regret it, largely because it was reckless to be so cautious.

  • Seriously great football theater in Mile High

    Sat, January 12, 2013 by David Ramsey with 1 comment

    A great, and hugely entertaining, first half at Mile High.

    Broncos have overcome questionable calls to lead 28-21.

    But Ravens have shown enormous resolve and courage by staying within sight of the Broncos. Baltimore could have collapsed; instead, the Ravens still have a chance at victory.

  • Baby, it’s cold outside

    Sat, January 12, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    On my walk from the car to the pressbox, a numbing realization quickly hit me.

    It’s seriously cold today in Denver. Serious cold is a rarity on the Front Range.  Serious cold is something found in North Dakota and Minnesota and Moscow.

    The cold will change today’s game. Who will benefit? Who will suffer?

    We’ll soon find out.

  • Predictions for Saturday’s Broncos-Ravens game? Let me know

    Fri, January 11, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    I’m going with:

    Broncos 28

    Ravens 17

    Not a believer in Joe Flacco and think Ravens defense is overrated. Ray Lewis remains inspirational. He does not remain an elite linebacker. Don’t get me wrong.  In his prime, Lewis was one of the most frightening, most effective players in NFL history, but his prime is over.