Last week the Denver Broncos paid their respects over the weekend to former executive Tom Heckert who died last week from a rare disease called amyloidosis. Heckert was with the team for five years before leaving after the 2017 season for health reasons. The team honored Heckert on Saturday evening at Broncos Stadium at Mile High just before Denver took on the Minnesota Vikings in their first pre-season game of the year.
The Broncos lost on Saturday night 42-28. The Broncos struggled to stop the run in the first half and only got to see quarterback Case Keenum for 5 throws before replacing him with second string Paxton Lynch. Keenum only completed one of his passes for 5 yards. Paxton Lynch was Denver’s number one pick in 2016. Since his rookie season Lynch has only had a handful of starts for the Broncos despite being a number one pick nearly three years ago.
Lynch’s spot at number two is in jeopardy as the number three guy, Chad Kelly outshined the first-round pick in Saturday’s game. Kelly was 14 of 21 with two touchdowns and one interception. Bronco fans chanted Kelly’s name Saturday night while fans boo’d Lynch off the field. The Bronco’s brass now has choice to make, keep with the patient strategy they’ve been using with Lynch or give Kelly a shot at number two.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies won three of four in their home series against the L.A. Dodgers over the weekend. The series begin on Thursday night where the Rockies lost game one 8-5. Colorado came back in game two to beat the Dodgers 5-4 when first baseman Ryan McMahon blasted a two run homer in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead and the win.
On Saturday night McMahon was the Rockies saving grace once again. Colorado was down all game without a single run and on the verge of a shutout, until the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and one ball, Ryan McMahon stepped up to the plate with two men on and blasted a three-run homer to win the game in walk-off fashion 3-2.
Although game four’s ending wasn’t as exciting as McMahon made games two and three, he was back at the plate in the ninth with two men on. L.A. decided to walk him and face Rockies catcher Chris Ianetta. Ianetta watched three balls and a strike before watching ball four for the walk and walkoff win. Colorado is now a half-game behind the Dodgers and one and half games behind the Diamondbacks.
The 2018 Colorado Classic is here and among the hugely stacked field of athletes descending on the Centennial State this week are some of Latin America’s top cycling stars.
Denver’s City Park will be an ideal spot to establish a cheering section for these Latin American riders this Sunday, as women kick off Stage 4 presented by Gates Industrial Corporation at 10 a.m. from the Velorama Festival grounds and make several laps through the park, followed by the men’s race, beginning at 12:15 p.m. There are numerous rally points for all stages and opportunities for road-side celebrations throughout the Aug. 16-19