Last week we ended 2017 with a recap of sports for the year, with little to revel in moving into 2018. This week we look to the future of Colorado sports with optimism and hope that 2017 doesn’t replicate itself in 2018.
The Denver Broncos hosted their last game of the season against the Kansas City at Mile High Sunday afternoon on a brisk and cold December afternoon. The temperature at kick-off was 17º and social media was riddled with ticket holder ticket offers with prices dropping to nearly half of face value. As much as I’d love to say that a majority of these season ticket holders who offered their Broncos tickets at such a discount was a result of trying to keep warm for Sunday’s game, it’s apparent that their generosity was likely fueled by contempt and disapproval of how the Denver Broncos performed this season.
Sunday’s game was just a reiteration of that frustration, when Denver lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the final seconds of the game. Speculation in the media whirled about how Sunday’s outcome would be a pre-cursor to who would be let go, and who would hold on to their position. Coach Vance Joseph was center stage on Sunday with many believing that Denver might actually move on from him. The reality is that although this may have been one of the worst first seasons for a coach in Denver, Chief of Football Operations, John Elway thinks there’s is only one direction the organization can go in…up.
While head coach Vance Joseph’s position was safe, six assistant coaches were let go on the first day of 2018. Offensive Line Coach Jeff Davidson, Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Johnnie Lynn, Special Teams Coordinator Brock Olivo, Outside Linebackers Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Eric Studedsville, and Wide Receivers Coach Tyke Tolbert were all dismissed on Monday.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets lost two straight to the Minnesota Timberwolves (last Wednesday) and the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets host the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, January 3, at 7 p.m. and the Utah Jazz on Friday, January 5, at 7 p.m. this week at Pepsi Center before hitting the road to face the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, January 6, at 8 p.m. and the Golden State Warriors on Monday, January 8, at 8:30 p.m.