John Vandelinder: Rockies on top

Broncos play second fiddle to baseball

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Even if 99 percent of baseball fans can't name a single player on the Arizona Diamondbacks or even fill a coffee cup with Rockies knowledge, it doesn't matter.

If you decided to tune in and watch the Rockies last week, aren't you happy you did?

If not, it doesn't matter.

Whether you watched or not, this is the hottest team in Colorado.

They blew through the Phillies like a windstorm barreling down from Wyoming. This no-name bunch of over-achievers now has won 17 of its past 18 games.

Sure, three of the division series also were sweeps, but that just elevates the Rockies' status to top four.

Arizona is a team that mirrors the Rockies, so we as baseball fans should be in for a battle. No David vs. Goliath this time around. More like David vs. David.

Colorado has the all-star in Matt Holliday, the rookie in Troy Tulowitzki and the rising - he's still rising even though he's 6'5" - lefty pitcher Jeff Francis.

The Diamondbacks will answer with a squad without a single .300 hitter in its line-up. All-Star Brandon Webb brings his 18 wins and 3.01 earned run average to the show. Eric Byrnes also brings 21 homers and 50 steals. This should be a great matchup, with the winner advancing to the World Series.

As for Denver Broncos fans, what the heck is going on?

Sunday's throttling at the hands of the San Diego Chargers was downright embarrassing. Worst home loss, ever? In which direction is this franchise heading?

Let me help you.

Somewhere far beneath the earth's surface.

If not for two Jason Elam field goals, the Broncos would be winless.

Where is the Super Bowl defense so often talked about?

John Lynch, Champ Bailey and Dre Bly were brought in to strengthen the Broncos' supposed weaknesses, and what happened?

A 41-3 loss is what happened.

Giving up more than 200 yards rushing is what happened.

This team has been out-scored, 136-75. The defense has given up more points to the opposition each subsequent week: Buffalo 14, Oakland 20, Jacksonville 23, Indianapolis 38 and San Diego 41.

Need I say more?

At 2-3 and sinking, Shanahan needs to re-establish himself if the Broncos are going to get back into the race. The playoff race, the division race or even the race toward finishing the season at .500.

As for the Broncos players' ranting after the game, disappointed in their fans' displeasure with their performance, I say this: Shut up and play.

Show up and play, and we will show up and watch.

If not, it doesn't matter.

The Rockies are on the tube.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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