KICKIN’ IT WITH KIZ:
Do reporters in Colorado give John Elway a free pass?
Mayor of Whine Country. John Elway wants what’s best for the Broncos? You must have written that statement with a Pinocchiosized nose, Kiz. From the day he was drafted in 1983, Elway has wanted one thing and one thing only: What’s best for Elway. When his ego meshes with what’s good for the Broncos, he looks like a saint. But the minute his interests diverge from the team, he goes off on a whine binge and reverts to the spoiled brat he has always been. Then “journalists” like you coddle him and tell him what an awesome, perfect human being he is.
Kiz: The Broncos could not have won any of their three NFL championships without Elway, which makes him Colorado’s favorite son. He has won the benefit of the doubt. But coddle him? Not the staff here at Kickin’ It Headquarters, which Elway loves almost as much as the Raiders.
Winning the arms race. There is no debate. The Rockies need multiple arms. We have to get an elite starting pitcher to go against the likes of Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale.
Kiz: After scanning the starting pitching of every roster in the major leagues, I’m not certain I can find 12 true aces. So it seems likely the Rockies will have to grow their own. But here’s the funny thing about October baseball, and why if Colorado gets in, there’s no telling what might happen. Kershaw has not always been Kershaw in the postseason, where his record is 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA in 18 appearances. Down the stretch of the regular season, the Rockies’ lone goal should be to finish ahead of Arizona in the standings and secure home-field advantage for the win-or-go-home playoff game. Why? Greinke has been unbeatable at home in 2017, with a 9-0 record and 2.41 ERA. But in two starts at Coors Field, he has shown signs of vulnerability, with a 1-1 record and 3.77 ERA.
Juice and justice. I wanted to acknowledge your O.J. Simpson column, with its cynical yet accurate portrayal of our country, which is not only struggling with the concepts of truth and justice, but in many ways still reeling from the deep wounds selfinflicted by the sins of slavery. We are living in a decidedly less funny and much crueler version of Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day,” with the same base fears and overt racism cropping up. In terms of equality and freedom for all of us, it seems like we are closer to 1865 than 2017.
Kiz: You want cynical? Well, here goes: Our bookmaking pals in Las Vegas have already posted odds of 5-1 that Simpson will violate parole and be returned to prison. Is this a great country, or what?
Not-so-special K’s. And today’s parting shot suggests Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich should not be worried if the Nationals trade for relief pitching and the Diamondbacks add a big bat for the playoff chase:
At least we still have the “K Brothers” in the lineup — Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story.