Mile High Monday: “Broncos” and “Super Bowl” meet again

The NFL is in an off-season mode where the news really doesn’t stop as teams come together for volunteer training and a mandatory mini camp soon. Only in July is there an actual break from the NFL, which is why I took this month off. Outside of that, the NFL never stops.

I love the regular season boost. It’s a slow escalation over the next few months, and this news cycle has us all calling for a NFL pre-season move in August.

I also love to think about life and sports when driving up and down in my old Jeep TJ! Next is the result of those trips during the week.

Buckle up, let’s take a ride through my thoughts.


true hype

I see some hesitation in the Broncos Country when it comes to the Broncos’ predictions in 2022. Once the deal was made with star quarterback, Russell Wilson, fans and even those in the media seemed ashamed to say the Broncos could win it all in Wilson’s season. The first with the team. There was (in my opinion) the misconception that it would take some time – maybe even a few years – before the Broncos’ Wilson could compete for the Super Bowl.

This is not how the league works. You cannot specify the year to race for the championship. Instead, great teams build just the right depth through the draft, building around their franchise quarterback, running the ball and playing great defense when it comes to post-season. That’s exactly how the Broncos are built – and that’s why I think they’ll compete for the Super Bowl in 2022.

Colin Cord is a particularly impressive guy, and he tends to have very mixed opinions when it comes to broncos throughout the year. However, his latest opinion on the Broncos I totally agree with. It’s more than publicity – the Valbroncos have the potential to win the Super Bowl with Wilson after just one season. This doesn’t mean things are going to be easy – they aren’t for a Super Bowl winner – but it does mean that all the ingredients are there for the team to compete for the championship. This team can do more than just ‘run’ in the playoffs, they have what it takes to win it all.

It’s okay to say “Super Bowl” and “Broncos” in the same sentence. In 2012 the Broncos added Peyton Manning in the quarterback, and I think the better team – not the best attack (2013) or best defense (2015) – was with him this first season. They failed a subzero game in subzero heat in the league playoffs against the Baltimore Ravens, but that was the team that could have won the Super Bowl. I think the 2022 Broncos could be like the 2012 team – too good for some to give them credit for.


happy Mother’s Day

I hope everyone celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday. It’s a great time to think every year about your mother, or the mother of your children, because mothers are what make the world revolve around them. Many of us get this wonderful foundation to pursue the best life possible from our mother, and this weekend should be celebrated.

When it comes to professional athletes, knowing their family history will provide you with some great stories – and some great insights – from this player. I have always tried to give glory to the players and glory to the game. Many in the media feel that it is all about them and their opinions. Nothing could be further from the truth. What happens on the field is fun to watch, but what’s most exciting for me is how the player got that position. A lot of times, it starts with a great mom.

The Broncos had a great piece (shouting Ben Swanson) about 2022 draft pick Nick Bonetto and his mother, Sandra Penn. Bonitto’s story highlights the influence his mother had on him as a youngster and a young footballer who often had to play against the older kids because he was too old. The strength of his mother, and the support of his family, can be seen in the kind of guy Bonitto is today. It’s always fun to get a background on player upbringing because no one gets into the NFL by chance. There is a lot of work that goes into that journey, and most of the time a strong mother comes along.

One of my favorite lines from “The Crow” is “A mother is the word of God on the lips and hearts of their children.” This quote resonates with me, especially when I think of my mother — Susan Kathleen Gonzalez — who passed away in 2017. I miss her every day, and I think of her all the time. Throughout the heartache and pain of losing her, I have so many feelings of gratitude for the way you helped shape who I am today. To all the moms out there – thank you for everything you’re doing!


Mausoleum of the Jewels of the Sultanate

The Broncos knows how to find under-the-radar talent each year in the draft. The East-West Shrine Bowl is the longest-running college All-Star game in the country (started in 1925), and they also know how to find under-the-radar talent each year in the draft category. So, it makes sense that the Broncos usually snatch some great talent from the Shrine Bowl every year.

This year was no different than in past years. The Broncos hunted three players who first showed their abilities with the NFL scouts at the Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas. I was one of the reporters there covering the event, while others asked “Who?” When these names were called, I was reviewing my notes from the Shrine Bowl – and love what the Broncos did!

Eyioma Uwazurike (Iowa State) is a long-passing striker who can play multiple positions on the defensive line – while applying pressure no matter where he lines up. Luke Wattenberg (Washington) is a potential player in several positions up front. His experience and movement skills make him an interesting prospect of late. Matt Henningsen (Wisconsin) is incredibly brilliant, garnering comparisons to Matt Damon’s character in Good Will Hunting as an eccentric, energetic athlete. All of these players could go from obscure picks to key players for the Broncos in the not-too-distant future – and they were all standouts at the Shrine Bowl earlier this year.

I appreciate how the Broncos found those gems at the Shrine Bowl. It’s my all-star game of the year for many reasons, but the players I saw at the Shrine Bowl turned out to be some of the best in the game today. Yes, college seniors go to Senior Bowl but it’s the under-the-radar guys like Tom Brady, Chuck Barrett, Philip Lindsey and Jimmy Garoppolo (plus many others) who make Shrine Bowl the ultimate destination for finding hidden gems. With the way Shrine Bowl Manager for Football Ops Eric Galko selects talent, this game will push more great players while still finding those diamonds in tough places.


knight “meh”

I hate to say it, but I was totally blown away by “Moon Knight” on Disney+. That’s a sad admission for me because Moon Knight should be ranked in the top 5 superheroes. Batman is my favorite, and Spider-Man follows Wolverine closely, but if I was going to make Mount Rushmore out of superheroes, it would include Khonsu’s avatar.
Actor Oscar Isaac, who played Mark Spector (and Stephen Grant – and Jake Lockley) did a great job in the role.

As a character with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Isaac had to portray the many different characters that Moon Knight possessed – both as human and as a superhero (see appropriate Mr. Knight as well as the costumed Moon Knight). I felt his performance in every episode was great, but I didn’t like everything he got for the job – because he wasn’t given enough. Moon Knight is an incredibly complex character, and I’m sure some audience members (less familiar with the character’s history) could have easily been confused by what they saw on the Disney+ show.

Like “Book of Boba Fett” on Disney+, this show wasn’t long enough. Six episodes of “Moon Knight” wasn’t enough, and the story felt rushed. This was the biggest problem with the show in general – there wasn’t enough time to properly unpack everything about this awesome character.

What do you think of ‘Moon Knight’ on Disney+? Hit me up on social networks and let me know!


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