Saturday, September 06, 2003 - GRAND JUNCTION - Barrel Man is indefinitely on the Denver Broncos' injured reserves. Tim McKernan, the big, bearded man who has attended 25 years of Broncos games in a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, an orange barrel and little else, broke into tears Friday at St. Mary's Hospital as he announced he may not be in his barrel this season. Instead, for the next six to 12 months, he will undergo an intensive recovery program after suffering a life-threatening aneurysm while playing bingo in Gunnison late last month.
Show of hands, please - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
September 6, 2003 - Six months ago, Jake Plummer stood beneath a larger-than-life poster of John Elway, and after acknowledging the legacy, talked about creating his own footprints. Sunday against Cincinnati (11 a.m., KCNC-Channel 4), he takes his first baby steps toward making believers of the critics. "It is crucial for him to get out of the gates, but it is important for the entire team," wide receiver Rod Smith said. "The guys on offense are going to have to make plays so that Jake doesn't have to shoulder the whole burden. He has a lot of weapons and he has to use them.
Broncos' staff feels Holland will help on the defensive line
- Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
September 6, 2003 - The white horse is saddled and waiting. All Marvin Lewis has to do is hop on then ride through the streets of Cincinnati as the hero who has rescued the Bengals. But if the white horse breaks down, if there's no rescue . . . Who'd be surprised? They might have a new coach and a new attitude, but in the world of easy targets, the Bengals remain the juiciest in pro football.
Salaam is eager to stand, deliver - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
September 6, 2003 - Denver Broncos left tackle Ephraim Salaam sounded like the pitchman for a local convenience store chain after spending the week testing his sore right knee. He's good to go.
Dillon still gives Broncos nightmares - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 5, 2003 - The Road Runner has Wile E. Coyote. The Harlem Globtrotters have the Washington Generals. The Big 12 has Baylor. And in the NFL, teams have the Cincinnati Bengals to beat up on.
It's 'show-me' time for Bronco defensive line - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
September 6, 2003 - Last season Bert Berry finished second on the Denver Broncos with 6.5 sacks. Yet it was Kavika Pittman, a free-agent flop who didn't register a single sack in 2002, who was the starting right defensive end. The reason? The coaches felt Pittman was better at stopping the run, an area Berry improved in enough during the preseason to beat out Reggie Hayward for the starting job opposite Trevor Pryce entering this season.
Broncology: Opening Shots - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 5, 2003 - The Broncos' most frequent opening weekend opponent isn't an AFC West rival. It isn't even one of the Broncos' original American Football League brethren, with whom the team began play in 1960. It's the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sharpe: Lewis Will Have Bengals 'Ready to Play' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 5, 2003 - For two years, Shannon Sharpe dealt with Marvin Lewis' defenses on a daily basis at practice with the Baltimore Ravens. Few offensive players in the league know better than Sharpe about what Lewis demands of his players -- and what he can extract from them.
Broncos-Bengals Capsule and Notes - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sept. 6, 2003 - The Denver Broncos travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7 as part of the NFL's kickoff weekend. With the kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. (EDT), the game will be televised on CBS, and seen locally on KCNC-TV Channel 4 in Denver. This is the 11th meeting between the teams, and the second in the Bengals' new stadium.
Bengals fans rally in face of image - Cincinnati Enquirer - Jennifer Edwards
Sept. 6, 2003 - You'd never know by the 500 screaming, cheering and chanting fans who packed Fountain Square Friday that the Bengals were the worst team in the NFL last year. Boosted this year by new head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals received a champions' welcome at a free tailgate kickoff party thrown by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Cincinnati Inc.
Bengals keys to victory - Cincinnati Enquirer - Mark Curnutte
Sept. 6, 2003 - The Bengals improved on defense in the preseason, but two other areas of concern at the start of training camp - special teams and turnovers - remain problems on the eve of the opener. If the underdog Bengals are to have a chance Sunday against Denver, one of the NFL's traditional powers, they will have to protect the ball on offense and field position on special teams.
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