Talk­ing Siemian, Or­ton and Te­bow

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Mark Kiszla re­sponds

Just an­other Or­ton. I like Trevor Siemian, but he’s kind of like a young Kyle Or­ton. He moves the chains but is in­ca­pable of putting points on the score­board. What do you think?

Jorge, crit­ica de­portiva

Kiz: Siemian is a keeper, which is amaz­ing for a quar­ter­back that saw 249 play­ers taken ahead of him in the 2015 draft. So, props to him and the team’s scout­ing depart­ment. Many Den­ver fans love Siemian like a puppy. But here’s the truth, dawg: Any­one who’s cer­tain Siemian will def­i­nitely be Den­ver’s start­ing quar­ter­back next sea­son might not know John El­way very well. Whether the Bron­cos sneak in the play­offs or miss out, it’s not good enough for El­way. He wants to win, and he wants to win it all. If Pax­ton Lynch isn’t ready to make Bron­cos Coun­try stop wish­ing Dak Prescott was the quar­ter­back Den­ver nabbed in the 2016 draft, then El­way must ex­plore every av­enue for a re­turn trip to the Su­per Bowl while Von Miller and Chris Har­ris are still young.

Shed­ding light on Te­bow. I like Siemian, but we got fur­ther in the NFL play­offs with Tim Te­bow play­ing quar­ter­back, and Te­bow had a worse Den­ver of­fense and de­fense.

L.M., Den­ver via Mars

Kiz: All the light bulbs here at Kickin’ It Head­quar­ters are 25 watts. (We’re not sav­ing the whales, we’re hid­ing wrin­kles in the mir­ror.) But even an old dimwit like my­self can see com­par­isons to Or­ton and Te­bow might not be es­pe­cially flat­ter­ing to Siemian. Or­ange slices and juice boxes. Other than the ma­jor bowl games, most are col­lege foot­ball’s equiv­a­lent of par­tic­i­pa­tion tro­phies. R.M., Colorado Springs

Kiz: The Mr. Po­tato Head Bowl is not a re­ward. It makes a mock­ery of foot­ball’s grand bowl tra­di­tion of a hol­i­day at the beach. It’s hard to fool a 20-yearold col­lege stu­dent, al­though it sel­dom stops an aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion from try­ing. The Colorado State Rams wanted noth­ing to do with freez­ing their buns in Boise, as their 61-50 loss to Idaho showed. The prac­tice time would have been bet­ter spent study­ing for fi­nal ex­ams. Of course, CSU coach Mike Bobo earned a $50,000 bowl bonus, de­spite the fi­nal score. If he could dis­trib­ute that money to make rent or mort­gage pay­ments for his play­ers’ fam­i­lies, maybe we could talk about the pro­lif­er­a­tion of lower-tier bowls be­ing worth­while.

Trio of ter­ri­ble teams. Al­though I am a huge fan of Joe Sa­kic, he hasn’t shown the abil­ity to turn the Colorado Avalanche into a premier NHL team. I think, how­ever, the real cul­prit is the Kroenke fam­ily, led by Stan and his son, Josh. All the teams they own – in­clud­ing the Avs, Nuggets and Los An­ge­les Rams – stink. The Kroenkes are the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor with all three teams. The me­dia should start crit­i­ciz­ing own­er­ship, un­less they fear be­ing banned from shop­ping at Wal­mart.

Gregg, ex­pects more

Kiz: My se­cret Santa bought me a Colorado Rapids T-shirts at Wal­mart for $14.96. Now there’s a win­ner for you.

Last but not least. And to­day’s part­ing shot is nice. Sort of. Be­cause, you know, it’s Christ­mas. I hate it when you are right, Kiz. Rick, Den­ver

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