Thursday, October 02, 2003 - Not long ago, fellow Broncos beat writer Patrick Saunders asked which was my favorite NFL city to visit. Initially, he might have figured New York, with its familiar sights and family members. Or San Francisco, with its sophisticated style and romantic mood. Or Chicago, with its big buildings and beautiful beach right across the street from each other. For others, maybe. Not for me. For me, my favorite NFL city to visit is Kansas City.
Plummer exposed to 'cover jinx' - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 02, 2003 - Upon seeing Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, with the headline "Man on the Run," Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe lowered his head and closed his eyes. "Good Lord, have mercy," Sharpe said softly, shaking his head. "Mmm-mmm-mmm."
K.C. tops in parade of homes - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Thursday, October 02, 2003 - Broncomania is dead and buried in a stadium parking lot. The best home-field advantage in the NFL has gotten out of Denver, baby. It has moved to Kansas City. Forget Lambeau Field in Green Bay, where the old ghosts got cold and went home. Oakland Raiders games are populated by lame geeks wearing bad Halloween costumes. Our own Invesco Field, site of America's dullest cocktail party, is not even a contender.
Return to splendor - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, October 02, 2003 - If ever there was a perfect union between an NFL player, an era and a nickname, this is it: "The Human Joystick." That's the moniker stuck on Kansas City Chiefs kick returner extraordinaire Dante Hall. It's a name that speaks to the frenetic energy of the video-game age.
Portis showing signs of progress - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, October 02, 2003 - A determined Clinton Portis returned to practice Wednesday, providing the first sign the Broncos running back will be able to play Sunday in Kansas City. The next could come today. "I think we'll find out more after Thursday's practice," coach Mike Shanahan said. "But until he actually takes some shots and we see if a guy can last through a game, you really don't know."
Can Plummer avoid jinx? - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
October 2, 2003 - Shannon Sharpe, with a flair for the dramatic, sunk his head as if to pray upon seeing Jake Plummer gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated. "Good Lord, have mercy," the Denver Broncos tight end said Wednesday. "Mmm, mmm, mmm." As if the Broncos (4-0) weren't facing tough enough odds playing undefeated Kansas City (4-0) in hostile Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, now they have to contend with the SI cover jinx.
Can Plummer avoid jinx? - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
October 2, 2003 - Clinton Portis went through an entire practice Wednesday and acted like he was ready to play, but Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan insisted he'll know for sure after contact drills today. "He'll definitely get some contact (today) for him to play on Sunday, see if he can take some shots and hold onto the football and do some of the things he needs to play well," Shanahan said.
It's trouble if Hall returns to form - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
October 2, 2003 - Dante Hall's success is generating serious publicity these days. CBS. ESPN. It's hasn't been the same since the Kansas City Chiefs' sparkplug spent his college days starring at Texas A&M. It's considerable attention to face, for sure.
Adams: K.C.-Denver: Get the fast facts here - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
October 2, 2003 - Do not bother to figure out any trends that might offer some clue as to which team will win Sunday's showdown between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. It has been done here, complete with a huge headache's worth of information.
Krieger: Script for K.C.'s Vermeil? Why, it's a passion play - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
October 2, 2003 - Dick Vermeil has been game-planning to face the Broncos all day into the night, and I can hear the fatigue in his voice when I pick up the phone. He is fulfilling yet another obligation to answer yet another stranger's questions about the secret to his success. It takes about a minute for the fatigue to turn to evangelism. Suddenly it's Father Flanagan on the line. He is talking about his passion, and it is not football.
NFL injury report, October 2 - Rocky Mountain News
October 2, 2003 - NFL injury report, October 2
Pryce invaluable so far for Broncos - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 2, 2003 - Even when Trevor Pryce gets half a sack, the Denver Broncos' most dominant defensive linemen gets all the credit. "It was Trevor," Mario Fatafehi said when asked about sharing a Joey Harrington sandwich with Pryce last Sunday. "I just jumped on him and got up and did a dance." Broncos playing wait-and-see - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
October 2, 2003 - The Denver Broncos still have four starters listed as questionable for Sunday's key AFC West game in Kansas City, but three of them answered the practice bell on Wednesday. Clinton Portis (bruised sternum), Kenoy Kennedy (sprained ankle) and Daryl Gardener (wrist) were all on the field as preparations began for the 4-0 Chiefs. Tom Nalen sat out the practice with a sprained ankle, but it usually takes a more severe injury to prevent the Pro Bowl center from playing.
Chiefs well-rounded now - Kansas City Star - Adam Teicher
Thu, Oct. 02, 2003 - If the Chiefs are looking for positive omens going into Sunday's showdown with Denver at Arrowhead Stadium, they won't get any from history. The only other Chiefs team to start a season 4-0 promptly came unglued. The 1996 Chiefs lost their next two games, eventually finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. A repeat could happen, but it's unlikely. The 2003 Chiefs are built much differently than their predecessors from seven years ago.
Lessons learned? - Kansas City Star
Thu, Oct. 02, 2003 - Coach Dick Vermeil talked with the team about learning from mistakes made in last Sunday's 17-10 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Primarily, Vermeil wants to see improvement in pass protection and in run defense.
Wednesday Notebook: Portis Practices - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - Three days after missing a game for the first time in his NFL career, running back Clinton Portis went through the paces of practice on Wednesday. "There was no setback," Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. "Until he actually goes through a practice where he has contact, it's really hard to know for sure."
Broncos Scoff At Purported SI Cover Jinx - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 - Jinx? What jinx? One couldn't tell the Denver Broncos that there's any kind of hex on them from being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the first time in four years. But that didn't stop the oft-rehashed SI cover jinx -- something to which the magazine even devoted a cover on Jan. 21, 2002 -- from being a topic of discussion Wednesday after the Oct. 6 edition was unveiled featuring quarterback Jake Plummer on the cover.
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