Tough loss. No one really likes losing; it’s hard to deal with. You work a full week to get ready for the game, and all the time the coaches have put in to get your game plan, the time the players put in to practice the game plan, and to come out on Sunday and not execute as well as we expect is tough. Some encouraging things, we obviously have a talented team, a good team, because as poorly as we played, it still came down to the final minutes of the game. We were still within six points with four minutes to go and we had the ball, we just weren’t able to pull it out.
It was another frustrating week for me. I did not play, once again, but I got a little closer to playing, because I actually had on pads. But that actually might have made it more difficult to deal with, whereas the week before I just had on a sweat suit. I think my ankle was in good enough condition to play, but the coaches said I would only come in in case of emergency, which it got kind of close there with John Lynch getting hurt and a few other things happening. I almost got to play, but I definitely, 100 percent, expect to play this week against the Colts, which we are all looking forward to.
I think our team matches up well against the defending champs. I think where their strengths are is in their passing game, where our strengths are in our passing defense, with all the talent that we have in the secondary. We’ve definitely improved our pass rush with Elvis Dumervil, who’s just a one-man pass rush. He makes our lives a lot easier, and he’s consistent with it, which we really appreciate. After watching the film today, we’re able to put that game behind us and move on, because it’s a long season.
But Elvis is one of the players that stood out to me. He’s one of the really quality young players that we have on this team, which is encouraging. I guess he doesn’t get a lot of credit, because he’s not very big and he really doesn’t look like a D-lineman. We make fun of him sometimes and say he looks like a linebacker from the MEAC, which is the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, a college football conference. So we just mess with him, but even though we joke with him, we definitely appreciate him being here, and I’ve told him several times to keep up the good work and thanks for his hard work. So everybody keep your eye out for No. 92. He does a great job.
Like I said before, the Colts are the defending champs, and we really look forward to the opportunity to match up against them. We think our offense has been playing really well, which in order to play well against the Colts defensively, I think it’s important that our offense does well and gives you some support points-wise, and gives you some time to rest. Because with the Colts and their no-huddle style, you don’t really get time to rest, because you’re working mentally the entire time trying to figure out what they’re thinking and what they’re doing. It’s kind of exhausting.
This will be my first time really playing against the Colts. I played the preseason game my rookie year that we won against the Colts, and then the following year, which was last season, we played the Colts and I was the nickel back then and they did not go with three wide receivers at all the entire game. They used a tight end, which was pretty much effective in taking me out of the game completely, which I didn’t like. That was a hard-fought game and I think we lost by a field goal at the end, so I think we’re all looking forward to this opportunity and I know the fans are looking forward to seeing us match up against the Colts, so I can’t wait.
I guess this is the blog, which is supposed to be about how I feel about everything on the field and off the field, and the fans claim they enjoy that stuff, so here we go. We’ll talk about some politics.
Throughout the week, I normally watch “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” which is like a political show. I enjoy the show. He’s a funny guy, and it keeps you abreast of what’s going on. But I also watch “The O’Reilly Factor,” which I just watch for comedic value. Bill O’Reilly’s perspective is so far to the right that it’s almost impossible to take him seriously.
I know they’re talking about having the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speak at Columbia and answer questions. I noticed that a lot of far-right people are saying that he shouldn’t, which doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t know, I guess that plays into what appears to me as the pretentious nature of some of America’s culture. We just think America is the best and we’re not willing to listen. No matter how much we disagree with their views, the man is pretty powerful. Even if it’s just speculation that he has nuclear missiles, I think to get him over here to answer some questions is a good thing. I don’t see the reason why we wouldn’t want to do that, especially given the position that we’re in in the Middle East. At least starting to put aside our arrogant American nature and try to communicate with people in the Middle East would probably be more to our benefit.
Like I’ve said in several blogs, I appreciate the people in the armed forces and everything that they’re doing over there and all around the world. But as far as the situation in Iraq, I think that we think that we’re America, and we can go over to an unfamiliar part of the world and totally change the way that they’ve been living for hundreds of years, because democracy works for us. It doesn’t work everywhere. A positive thing is that we freed a lot of people from oppression, which is always great. But from my experience, and I’m not a history major, there’s never been anybody that has overcome some sort of oppression or been relieved of some horrible situation without the motivation coming from those people. That’s what confuses me the most, is we expect them to take control of their country, when they didn’t have the drive to free themselves from what appeared to be oppression from Saddam Hussein.
It just doesn’t make sense to me. Throughout history, any time there’s been a group that has been oppressed that needed some help, normally the drive for freedom or the drive for liberation comes from the people who are being oppressed. I guess that’s what stands out in this situation as being a poor decision and a reflection on the arrogance of our country. I don’t think there’s been an outcry in the Middle East for U.S. occupation. I think at no point did anyone over there ask for that or wanted that. I guess it just throws me off, because reading the paper or seeing on the news how many people are dying, Americans and innocent Iraqis, it doesn’t seem to have a light at the end of the tunnel. It doesn’t seem like there’s an end anywhere near. I guess at this point, we don’t want to leave, because we’ve come over there and put the country in an unstable state and now we can’t leave until they’re stable. But they’d really never had the motivation from the beginning to liberate and stabilize their country. That was all our doing, because we thought that it would be great to have a democracy in the midst of the Middle East.
But anyway, I guess that was a lot of politics. Sorry if it was boring, but it was on my mind, and I guess the blog is supposed to be what’s on my mind.
Tigervixxen asked if I follow any of the other pro sports teams in Colorado. I’m definitely a Colorado sports fan. I have to be honest though, I’m not a big baseball guy, so I’m always aware of what’s going on with the Rockies, but I don’t really watch them. I can’t really name anybody on the team, other than Matt Holliday. I hear he’s a pretty good player. I definitely know how they’re doing in the standings, so I look forward to them hopefully making a playoff push. But this is a football town.
I keep up with the Nuggets, of course. They’re an exciting team to watch. I’ve been to a few games, some of the playoff games, and I was really excited about the addition of Allen Iverson. He’s a great player. I don’t really know what they need to get over the hump. I’m not really sure what it is, because it seems like they keep hitting a wall in the playoffs, but it seems like they have all the talent that they need. I guess a year together will help them.
My cousin had an internship here over the summer, and he’s a big soccer guy, so we went to the MLS All-Star Game that was here. It was really cool to watch how crazy everybody was about David Beckham and to actually watch the game. Soccer’s not that bad of a sport, it’s fun to watch sometimes.
The Avalanche, I know they’re consistently very good, but hockey in general is down. I’ve never really been into hockey, and it’s hard to get into it now when the games only come on the Versus channel. The only hockey team I care about is the Broncos hockey team, I’m definitely into that. Unfortunately, they don’t have any games right now, but I’ll be picking up on the Broncos hockey next season.
And the Crush, they won the ArenaBowl my first offseason here. So I kept up with them and I’ve been to a couple of the games and it’s really fast-paced and entertaining. It’s all about entertainment. It’s almost more of a show than it is a game. I always wonder about some of the players who are there and why they aren’t in the NFL. Since I’m a professional football player, I’m more interested in some of their stories than anything else, just how they ended up playing for the Crush. It appears that some of the definitely have the talent to play in the NFL. So yeah, I guess somewhat I keep up with Colorado sports. I try to, but this is Broncos Country.
As for my little war with Andrew Mason, I’m sure it helps his blog, because otherwise nobody’s looking at it. It’s so boring (just kidding). Bronco_hyde said that at least he posts every day. Well, you kind of have to in order to compete with my blog, which is only once a week and amazing each time. You have to put in seven good days a week of blogging in order to put a dent in the quality, consistent blogs that I have. I only need to put out one a week because they’re of such great quality. Andrew has to keep putting out more and more blogs just to try to compete, and I don’t need to flood the market. I give you a quality blog, once a week, and it’s better than a bit of junk every day.
I’ve noticed that Andrew has taken some shots at me on his blog. I guess I could say I’m going to take the high road, but I guess it’s a little late for that, since I’ve already taken some shots at Andrew. But I guess I have to say something nice, since he did say something positive about my perspective, which I appreciate. So I’ll say that I think his picture is alright, and I’m sure all the fans appreciate the commitment that he has to giving them some insight every day. It’s good stuff.
But as I speak, it’s Monday, so I’m headed off to do my radio show tonight, and I’m going to Grand Junction on Tuesday to open a football field that the Broncos built out there, with Champ Bailey, John Lynch, Nick Ferguson, Daniel Graham. and Mr. Bowlen. A lot of us are going out there to visit our fans out in Grand Junction, so if anybody’s out there I’m sure you guys can come see us and we’ll be happy to meet and greet.
Like I’ve said before, I think our secondary is one of the best groups as far as talent on the field, but we’re probably one of the best groups as far as being involved in the community. We started this new thing over the summer called “Broncos Champion in the Community of the Month,” and I think out of five or six of these awards, five of them have been defensive backs. So I take a lot of pride in my group for being great on the field and off.
So I’ll talk to you guys next week. All Ready.