If we could get the pot industry to sponsor it, they could call the stadium Mile High.
Or has that already been suggested?
Dennis -- As Dandy Don Meredith said to open a Monday Night Football broadcast: “Welcome to the Mile High City – and I really am.’’
Yes, Dennis, I believe your idea has been mentioned before, or at least similar versions of it.
The Broncos will keep “Mile High” as part of their house name but they will not go back to ‘’Mile High Stadium.’’ They continue to work on securing a corporate sponsor for the naming rights.
The pot suggestions are pure fantasy. First, a cannabis company is going to put up $10 million to $15 million a year to have its name on a sports venue?
Second, even if one did, the Broncos and the NFL would likely frown on it. There are some public relations considerations, as well as financial. Marijuana may be legal in the state of Colorado but it remains a banned substance by the NFL.
As the name search continues, the Broncos tell us they have continued to make loan payments on their home stadium. It seems like they keep the place painted and fixed up. Nobody is sitting in a broken seat.
And the Broncos are finally getting rid of the “Sports Authority Field” segment of the stadium name.
If they don’t finish up a naming deal with a company by the start of the 2018 season, I think they should go with Broncos Stadium at Mile High as a temporary name.
But in today’s sports economic climate, the Broncos need a naming sponsor so they can maintain the stadium and not go back to taxpayers and ask them to fund a new venue.
Hard to believe the stadium is going on 17 years old. As any homeowner knows, everything is in need of repair or replacement in the 15- to 20-year range.
Mike, enjoyed reading your bio online. Prior to about four years ago, my only football interest was being a cheerleader in high school some 50+ years ago. Now I am a diehard Broncos fan, know the players’ names, most of the quarterbacks’ names in the NFL and thoroughly enjoy watching the games.
Albeit, I am a woman with limited knowledge of what it takes for a quarterback to be great, but it is apparent to me that the offensive line just doesn't protect any of our QBs. Why does everyone always talk about finding new QBs, when our offensive line does not protect them to give them time to do what they need to do?
Bottom line, why don't we get a new line to protect our QBs?
Thanks for your time, have fun at the Super Bowl. Kind of want the Eagles with Foles win but, of course, who cannot cheer for Tom Brady and Gronk!
--Victoria Wood, Eaton
Victoria – You got your wish. The Eagles and Nick Foles won Super Bowl LII even though Brady and Rob Gronkowski played great.
The Broncos’ offensive line gets plenty of criticism, but a prominent defensive coach once told me a weak offensive front is overrated. It’s about the quarterback.
It seemed like Peyton Manning’s offensive lines always had a hole or two. And he managed.
Having said that, the Broncos must address their offensive tackle position this offseason.
Donald Stephenson won’t return at right tackle and Menelik Watson graded out poorly. Garett Bolles had his ups and downs as a rookie left tackle and there’s some talk he should be moved to the right side – although he would be a tad light as road graders go.
Here’s the deal with offensive tackles, Victoria: Every team is looking for one. Many teams are pleased with one of their tackles. Maybe a handful have two quality tackles.
New England’s Nate Solder (who hails from Buena Vista and the University of Colorado) and Miami’s Ja’Wuan James are the two best free-agent offensive tackles available.
The top offensive tackles in the draft are Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey, Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown, UCLA’s Kolton Miller and Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor.
Just reading about the special teams’ new coach (Tom McMahon). My question is what is the difference in catching kickoffs and catching punts. Usually it is two different guys. Why is that?
Ed Stoeckel, Greenwood Village
Ed—It’s generally easier to catch a kickoff because the ball comes in end-over-end, has a lower trajectory and arrives three or four Mississippis before the defenders.
Returning a kickoff, though, is far more dangerous because of the high-speed nature of collisions. Kickoff returners tend to be bigger-bodied receivers or defensive backs.
A punt is tougher to catch because it will go higher, knuckle as it falls, and often arrives with a couple of tacklers in your face.
Returning a punt is less dangerous, though, because there is safety in the fair catch, and tacklers tend to attack from a stopped or lunging position.
Punt returning is to quickness what kickoff returning is to speed so punt returners can be smaller.
John Elway: Please, please, pretty please with sugar on top trade or cut Aqib Talib; the most annoying current Denver Donkey. I don’t care how good he is at playing the game; he is a cruddy role model for kids that watch the team. He is a disruptive distraction. He doesn’t deserve being a team captain, he doesn’t deserve media attention, he is just plain annoying on so many levels. Let him become some other team’s problem child.
--Matthew J. Nicholas
Matthew—Harsh, but I expect you'll get your wish. No. 3 cornerback Bradley Roby’s salary goes from $1.018 million in 2017 to $8.526 million in 2018, which makes the 32-year-old Talib and his $11 million salary vulnerable.
Roby will have to get better, though, if he is to become the player Talib has been for the Broncos the past four seasons. Talib made the Pro Bowl four times in his four seasons with the Broncos. The only other player who pulled off that feat was John Lynch, who is in the team’s Ring of Fame.
But every time Talib publicly misbehaved – whether pulling a Moe Howard and poking Dwayne Allen in the eye, or accidentally shooting himself in his calf, or getting in on-field fights with Harry Douglas or Michael Crabtree – I would get texts from people stating, “get rid of that guy.”
My philosophy on people is there is good and bad in everybody; we are all individualized by nothing more than percentages. There is more good than bad in Talib. His family dominates his Instagram posting. His fights have come while protecting a teammate.
He does need to work on that temper.
Just finished 50 Greatest Players in Denver Broncos History. Enjoyed it immensely. I especially enjoyed reading about the players I grew up watching in the ‘60s and ‘70s — yep, I’m an old dude and wear a Rich Jackson jersey to the games. My family has had season tickets since the mid-60s. Mom has always been the biggest Broncos fan in the family and no longer attends games but never misses one on TV.
I have no beefs with your rankings but your book sure made me miss the old days walking through the mud on wooden planks to sit in wooden bleachers in left field of Bears Stadium.
What made it truly fun in those days is that all the season ticket holders actually used their tickets, so the people sitting around us were the same every game and those folks literally watched me grow up. I spent a good portion of my adult life in Arizona but moved back to Colorado in May of ’13 and took control of our tickets.
Today, sitting in the lower east stands means being surrounded every game by away team fans. Not a fun experience. And I don’t suspect we will ever again see fans throwing snowballs at the Jets’ Johnny Sample and Sample climbing through the chicken wire that was the only barrier between players and fans in an attempt to get at the fans. Fun times.
--Bill Bayne, Morrison
P.S. When you see John Elway, tell him thanks for this past Broncos' season. It made me feel young again! Just like those seasons in the 60s. :)
Bill—Why Elway oughta! Appreciate the endorsement. Anyone else interested in the book can click here: https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Players-Denver-Broncos-History/dp/1493029177
I was a big fan of Joe Namath’s Jets in the late 1960s and I so liked Johnny Sample, I read his book, “Confessions of a Dirty Ballplayer,’’ in 1970.
He had 7 interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, during the Jets’ Super Bowl III season of 1968, yet he never played another regular-season. Sample reportedly suffered a back injury in the next year’s College All Star Game but he stated in his book he was blackballed by the NFL because of his outspoken ways, particularly on the subject of black player rights.
There were some great sports diaries published from 1968 (Jerry Kramer’s Instant Replay) to 1970 (Jim Bouton’s Ball Four, Sample’s Confessions of a Dirty Ballplayer) and 1972 (Lance Rentzel’s When All the Laughter Died in Sorrow).
Sample died of heart disease at age 67 in 2005.