Can Siemian best Cow­boys?

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Mark Kiszla: mk­is­zla@den­ver­ or @markkis­zla

What if’s. If Bron­cos ex­ec­u­tive John El­way hadn’t out­fought and out­smarted the Cow­boys to steal quar­ter­back Pax­ton Lynch in the 2016 NFL draft and set­tled for Dak Prescott, would the Bron­cos be in the Su­per Bowl this year?

Michael, stir­ring the pot

Kiz: What are you try­ing to say here? That the Bron­cos have Prescott envy? Re­minds me of some­thing my dear, old friend Mike Shana­han used to tell me all the time: “You’re a real trou­ble­maker, aren’t you?” The com­par­isons be­tween Prescott and Lynch will go on for­ever. But all Trevor Siemian has to do Sun­day is be one point bet­ter than Prescott. Sounds about right: Bron­cos 17, Cow­boys 16.

Not a Jerry fan. As a one-time huge fan of the Dal­las Cow­boys, I can say you hit the nail on the head, Kiz. Aside from his busi­ness suc­cess, Jerry Jones is trash and has de­stroyed the once-ad­mired le­gacy of the Cow­boys. The only rea­son Jones is in the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame is he made his fran­chise one of the most valu­able teams in the world. Jones makes money. For that rea­son, no one can say he’s a loser. Great busi­ness­man. Ter­ri­ble gen­eral man­ager.

Ryan, grab­bing bull by the horns

Kiz: When it comes to the Hall of Fame, I be­lieve the more the mer­rier. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of the sport. A big party. So build a big­ger room and buy more beer. But, with all due re­spect, NFL own­ers should shut up and buy the beer. Play­ers such as Steve At­wa­ter, Randy Gradishar and Louis Wright are the guys I want to see en­shrined.

A vote for Thursday. I love “Thursday Night Foot­ball.” It’s freak­ing foot­ball! Don’t watch if you don’t like it. Why whine about it?

W.B., old-school fan

Kiz: Know why the NFL’S tele­vi­sion rat­ings are down? It’s what hap­pens after the na­tional an­them is played. Yes, some fans have found the an­them protests odi­ous. But what re­ally stinks is the on-field prod­uct. Play­ing a game on short rest and short prepa­ra­tion does noth­ing for qual­ity. Heck, we all know the staff here at Kickin’ It Head­quar­ters has no life, but even we don’t waste our time with “Thursday Night Foot­ball.” It’s the worst idea since com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell de­cided to make him­self judge, jury and ex­e­cu­tioner.

Bad treat­ment. I moved to Colorado from the Buf­falo area, after see­ing how a proud Sabres or­ga­ni­za­tion was brought to ru­ins by in­ept gen­eral man­ager Darcy Regier, who made Buf­falo an un­de­sir­able NHL des­ti­na­tion by treat­ing play­ers as chat­tel. Joe Sa­kic’s treat­ment of Matt Duch­ene will be noted by Avs play­ers, as well as play­ers around the league. Suc­cess­ful busi­nesses value all em­ploy­ees, from the jan­i­tor to the CEO.

Mike, saber-rat­tling

Kiz: How ’bout the Avs keep Duch­ene and trade Sa­kic? It’s not a par­tic­u­larly imag­i­na­tive idea. But it’s bet­ter than any idea the team’s gen­eral man­ager has come up with lately.

Hot air. And to­day’s part­ing shot sheds some light on a vastly un­der-re­ported rea­son for global warm­ing.

Kiz, the hot air from your pie hole is a large con­tribut­ing fac­tor.

Chris, whis­tle-blower

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