Without question, this is the lowest of lows, but after replacing a good portion of my bodily fluids with Vodka I've found at least five reasons Denver fans can hold their head high, keeping in mind the keg is always half full. Well, at least most of the time it's half full.
1. Kyle Orton – the king of dink and dunk is having the best season of his career despite Sunday's colonoscopy. With any hope at all he'll rebound against the 49ers, jam it out for the nest several games, reconnect with Brandon Lloyd and get a decent haircut just in time to make a serious run at the playoffs.
2. Brian Dawkins is pissed and if there's one person you don't want pissed, it's Brian Dawkins. Firmly convinced if Dawk would have been in the lineup Denver could have easily cut it to a 38-point loss and we wouldn't feel half as bad right now.
3. Injuries – coupled with the fact McDaniels' draft picks are about as reliable as duct tape – and you've got a problem. On the bright side 90% of the injured should be back, if not for the San Francisco game, then certainly by the bye week, which will give fans ample time to forget how seriously pathetic things are at Dove Valley. (Keg half full)
4. The jokes are fairly close to dying down… Leno and Letterman are done and with any luck at all Lopez is too worried about getting bumped for Conan to give it any real thought.
5. At least they're not San Francisco, Dallas or Detroit, and they're playing in the most pathetic division in sports. Seriously, 8-8's got a shot at the crown, so if the Broncos finish out with at least one win against San Diego (tough but not impossible), nail the Raiders in the Black Hole, take one against the suddenly hot Kansas City Chiefs and scrounge out another three against the likes of Houston, the Rams and Arizona - and you might find yourself getting all gushy eyed over a miraculous rise to mediocrity. See how easy it is - of course everyone else in the division would have to lay an egg to make this possible, but stranger things have happened – just can't remember any examples right now.
On to the NBA – Blake Griffin seems to be the real deal in Lipstick City – unfortunately it's on the Clippers end of Staples and based on past experience I'm guessing he's serving the same sentence Elton Brand and Lamar Odom served under the Donald Sterling rule. Either way – he's great to watch.
Melo opened it up against the Jazz on Wednesday but I can't help feeling it's like noticing how hot your girlfriend looks as she's moving her stuff to the new apartment. Nuggets are locked on this one and no matter what they get in return – it's not enough. Trading Heidi Montag for Rosie O'Donnell isn't going to cut it in the 5280 – but I'm not sure they have much of a choice.
On the ice – AVS are in serious trouble if they can't get Craig Anderson back between the pipes – it's a knee – it won't require surgery, but it's enough to officially list him as out indefinitely. Peter Budaj is expected to pick up the slack – I repeat, Peter Budaj is expected to pick up the slack. Like I said, the AVS are in serious trouble.
How ‘bout them Giants – Game One is in the books and San Francisco takes a sweet 1-0 lead over the Rangers in the World Series. Can't help but think that somewhere, somebody, is actually excited about this series. Just hard to share the enthusiasm when I'm still screening phone calls of Charlie Sheen headed to rehab….
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