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Rockies make it look easy

John Vandelinder

— Oh how easy they made it seem. These I’m-just-along-for-the-ride group of diamond kings – the National League Champion Colorado Rockies.

Just seven games. That’s all they needed. Not a seven-game series, but a measly seven games during two separate series.

They are having a blast, these boys of October, sweeping away any supposed playoff nerves.

Forget about the Phillies and the Diamondbacks; this is Rockies time. Those other guys were just bumps in the road.

Cleveland looks strong – but the Indians could never conquer the Rockies.

Red Sox?

Bring on Big Pappy, Manny and Beckett. I’ve got Holliday, Tulowitzki and Young.

While those two teams battle it out for eventual World Series runner-up status, the Rockies will take an eight game break. Maybe sip some champagne from their National League championship trophy.

This is the senior circuit anyway right? We take it easy over here. At least we make it look easy over here.

Come on. All it takes is winning a simple 21 out of 22 games.

What are four more?

As for Broncos’ fans, this week was the best week we’ve had all season.

Zero points against, no players complaining about fans’ dedication and no loss.

Then again – it was a bye-week.

Up next is Pittsburgh. The Steelers (4-1) are probably salivating at the Bronco’s (2-3) Swiss cheese defense. Ben Roethlisberger enters with his 61 percent completion rate ready to attack Dre Bly and Champ Bailey.

Willie Parker has rushed for more than 500 yards on the season, and I’m sure he has John Lynch’s number on his radar.

The Broncos need to make a statement in this game. They have the opportunity to wow the fans and the NFL elite with a victory.

Jay Cutler has the chance to prove Denver’s big boys correct if he can improve on his six interceptions to four touchdowns. At that rate he will make Jake Plummer look irreplaceable.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of season left to play. It is up to coach Mike Shanahan to prove he can change with the times, because the NFL is changing without him. The days of just lining up behind the dominant offensive line of the ’90s is gone. The line is the same, but the domination is gone.

You think drafting some youth could help?

Buying free agents and popping them in to an aging system just doesn’t work anymore.

It’s time to retool. It’s time to renew.

It’s time to win.


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