KICKIN’ IT WITH KIZ:

Do re­porters in Colorado give John El­way a free pass?

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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.

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