denver broncos

Domata Peko and the national anthem

I’m a fan of Domata Peko of the Denver Broncos. This video helps to show why I like him, he seems like a bundle of happy energy, a real positive force. (There’s also that whole war battle thing, too.)

“Professional” NFL journalist doesn’t pay for a basic tool

Wow, I was just stunned to read that a so-called professional journalist (Mike Klis) here in Denver, Colorado doesn’t pay for a basic tool, or have his company pay for it. I can’t even imagine trying to cover the National Football League (NFL) and not having access to detailed statistics. The subscriptions go from $40 to $200 per year, not a huge cost at all for a “professional.” In the programming world we always try to find the best tools available for our jobs.

On humble pie and being excellent

Two good quotes from the last few days:

“Humble pie is good for everyone.” ~ Broncos DE Derek Wolfe

“Be excellent to each other.” ~ someone at a Meetup, talking about social interactions

Gary Kubiak quotes about Case Keenum

A few quotes from Gary Kubiak about new Broncos QB Case Keenum, from this Houston Chronicle article:

The reason he’s where he is, first and foremost, is his work ethic. He wants to be great. His presence among his teammates is as good as I’ve ever seen. He never judges people or acts like he’s above them. He treats everybody the same, and guys want to make plays for him.

Case played well (in his rookie year), but we couldn’t win a close game. One thing I learned about Case is that he’s such a mentally strong person. He can handle any type of locker room and any kind of teammate. He’s very consistent on and off the field. His teammates respect that.

A lot of guys would just go in the tank with a start like that (0-8), but Case kept battling because that’s the kind of guy he is. He’s very comfortable in his own skin.

I don’t care who he plays for, you’re not going to put Case in an uncomfortable situation. He’s got a lot of confidence in who he is and how he carries himself. Guys respond to that.

Broncos hiring more coaches (to teach technique)

The Denver Post has an article about how the Broncos are (finally) hiring more coaches, hopefully to teach “technique” to their players. They’ve been horrible at developing players under the Elway regime, and hopefully this is a positive sign.

When I owned my software company I learned how important training was. At first we hired people who were generally experts at what they did, but as we tried to expand we realized that not everyone was an expert, or, if they were an expert at web development using Framework A, they weren’t an expert at Java Swing development, or vice-versa. I’m not saying we always did a good job at training (in large part because some of the initial hires didn’t think it was necessary), but over time we learned and tried.

There’s a lot of things that take place in this business that you can’t control

Brock Osweiler on the Denver Broncos quarterback situation, circa December, 2017: “There’s a lot of things that take place in this business that you can’t control,” Osweiler said. “And I think the sooner you learn that, the better mindset you’ll have toward situations like this. So I support whatever the front office decides, the coaches decide. I’m just here to work hard and play quarterback when my number is called.”