|11-27-2007, 11:07 PM||#1|
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Join Date: May 2003
Location: The Ville
Sympathy for the Redskins
I guess Sean Taylor is the best place to start. I think if any organization, any group of players or any city can sympathize with what D.C. is going through right now, itís definitely Denver, the Denver Broncos and myself as an individual. Clearly they lost a great player, an important person to their team and Iím sure a very important person to a lot of peopleís lives. Like I said, if anybody knows how theyíre feeling, we definitely do here. My personal deepest condolences go out to the Washington Redskins and the friends and family of Mr. Sean Taylor.
Being from Baltimore and going to school at the University of Maryland which is about 10 minutes outside of D.C., I know how important the Redskins are to that community and historically how much theyíve meant to the people in that area. I fully expect the D.C. community to rally around the Redskins and help them in their grieving process. I imagine that this organization and I definitely am open to doing what we can to help seeing as weíve gone through and are still going through an almost identical situation.
I know here everybody handled their grieving process differently. The Broncos offered psychological and emotional support to the players and I fully expect and hope the Redskins will do the same thing for their players and the friends and family of Sean.
That being said, I guess we should move on to the game. It seems like it happens way too often, but it definitely puts the game in perspective. The letdown on Sunday obviously doesnít compare so I kind of feel guilty putting it within the same blog as talking about Sean losing his life.
The game was a rough one. I think itís fair to say that we pretty much dominated the game from start to almost finish. With the exception of some special teams plays that let them back in the game, I personally feel as though that was definitely a winnable game, and not only winnable, but a game we shouldíve won and we had almost wrapped up. Itís really disappointing to lose a game like that and to have the letdowns on our special teams and on our defense and just as a team in general.
Moving on after a loss is always hard but itís sometimes a little harder after a game like that, but we still have a chance which is pretty much what keeps us all here working hard and keeps us focused is thereís still an opportunity for the Broncos to make a run. We show improvement every week. We show positive steps every week. While it doesnít always show up as a ĎW,í weíre definitely making some advances and hopefully we can carry it on and maintain some momentum despite this weekendís game. I think a credit to our team is how some of the starters stepped up and put their pride aside and their position and role on the team aside and were willing to contribute on special teams. That means a lot to have people on your team, especially the leaders and players with great skill just to step up and volunteer to do whatever they can in all facets of the game to try to help us win.
I enjoyed my Thanksgiving. Like I said last week, it was the first one Iíve been able to have in a long time. Didnít do anything special or out of the ordinary, just regular Thanksgiving dinner. My brother came out, my girlfriend came out, my Godmother came out and my parents already live there, so we just had a nice Thanksgiving dinner at their house. I fried some fish. Thatís my contribution to Thanksgiving. Not traditional but my mom did all the traditional stuff. I guess I kind of felt like a pilgrim since I just came over and ate somebody elseís food and then left. I guess Iím not totally a pilgrim because I actually went back to my house. I didnít stake claim and take over my parentís bed.
It was nice to have that much family out. I showed my brother a great time. Took him to a comedy show and a basketball game and he obviously went to the football game and then he traveled out with my parents to the Chicago game and then he went back to D.C. which is where he lives. Itís fun whenever he comes out because weíre really close. Itís just good to be able to spend time with him like the old days.
I think Iím going to an Avs game tomorrow which is exciting for me. Iíve been to a lot of Nuggets games and I went to my first Rockies game during the World Series so I feel like almost 100 percent Coloradan. I guess I need to get to a Rapids and Outlaws game. Theyíre still on the list to be checked. Itís hard to get to a CU football game because itís kind of in-season. Iíve been to DU a few times, not to see any games there. We filmed the College in Colorado PSA at CU. I think when we were filming they had a hockey practice which is pretty cool, so I did take a peek. I feel like Iím in full support. Iím going to the Avs game with the Broncos hockey team. The long-time blog readers should definitely know about them. Itís not a hockey team of Broncos players, but some of the staff around here put together a hockey team and there have been talks that thereís going to be a basketball team. I think I was like the barrel man for the hockey team so Iíll become like Bronco Betty I guess for the basketball team. Iíve got to keep supporting those guys because they do a lot of hard work for us, especially the equipment guys. Iíve become good friends with them. They work really hard to make sure weíre ready for our game so I feel like I need to go support them and I enjoy it.
I got invited to some sort of fancy hors díoeuvres celebration of Broncos fans. Mr. Bowlen invited me. I went last year and a couple of other players. Itís kind of an elegant affair. Itís nice to be invited to those sorts of things to meet and greet Broncos fans from all walks of life. Iím also doing NFL 201. Itís the extension of 101, which is held at the stadium; 201 we have here. Itís kind of a womenís football education course. Itís not like hardcore football, itís more fun than anything. They get to sign autographs and I get up and talk about defense and stuff, keep it light, make a lot of jokes, have a good time ó so I would love for any blogsters to show up.
I have a hard time going to sleep after games. I normally sleep a little bit on the plane but Iím still a little amped from the game. On a regular night Iím normally out by 10:30, but when I get back from a game, Iím normally up ítil at least 1:30, 2 ó which is hard, because then the next morning Iíve got to get up and come in somewhere between 7 and 9. I mostly watch TV, hang out, read or something. Itís hard to kind of bring yourself down. I donít like being out after a game. win, lose or draw I like to take my butt home.
Obviously we would love to be at INVESCO as much as possible, but the road is fine. For a defensive player itís a lot easier because the crowd is quiet. Itís always easier to communicate on the road. You donít have the help of the crowd noise to draw a penalty or make it difficult for them to communicate but sometimes itís easier for a defense. We would much rather be playing with the support of our fans, but itís definitely easier to communicate on the road.
Iím sorry to the Blog Nation for the tardiness of my blog. No excuses. My bad.
Thanks. I hope I didnít lose any readers. All ready!