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Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Review

Zach Gotlieb | May 2nd, 2020

The Pittsburgh Steelers had an underwhelming 2019 campaign, headlined by injuries, most importantly to their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. With the rise of the Baltimore Ravens in their division, the Steelers needed to retool this offseason. They picked up Stefen Wisniewski to help bolster the line and Eric Ebron to give Big Ben another weapon to throw to. Going into the draft, there were still holes at several positions. Trouble is, they were hamstrung by only having six picks in the draft, which includes no first-round pick. Identifying their most significant needs and addressing them was imperative. Let’s see how they did. Continue reading

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Denver Broncos Draft Review

Zach Gotlieb | April 28th, 2020

Concluding the most important offseason in recent memory, the Denver Broncos had 10 picks to make final improvements going into the 2020-21 season. Surprisingly, despite several confirmed rumors about attempts to trade up and down in the draft, Denver stuck with all 10 picks at their original spots. John Elway’s draft strategy over the past two years of drafting high-quality players and people. A strategy that no doubt came through again this year. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Steelers Post Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Zach Gotlieb | April 15th, 2020

A less than ideal season starting with the drama with Antonio Brown to finishing without Ben Roethlisberger and out of the playoffs makes this offseason and draft particularly important. Even though they’ve been cap-strapped, signings like Stefen Wisniewski and Eric Ebron have helped address needs with veteran players. They only have six picks in this draft, which means they have to make every one count if they want to retool in hopes of keeping up with the Baltimore Ravens next year.

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New York Giants Post Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Zach Gotlieb | April 10th, 2020

The New York Giants are in a sort of a transition period with their roster. Still in a building phase, but they’re trying to get younger and better. They finally moved on from Eli Manning and are giving the reins to second-year quarterback Daniel Jones. Jones showed signs that he could be the answer at quarterback. They’ve got Saquon Barkley in the backfield. They’ve got some really good pieces, but are lacking in talent at all positions. With 11 picks, this is a crucial draft where they have to hit on their picks if they want to take a step forward this year.

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Denver Broncos are Sneaky Offseason Winners

Zach Gotlieb | March 19th, 2020

For Denver Broncos fans, this has been one of the most anticipated offseasons in recent memory. The sense of hope hasn’t been this high since the signing of Peyton Manning in 2012. With the hopeful quarterback of the future in Drew Lock set to endure his first full season as the starter, this was about building the team around him. This requires a plethora of needs that had to be filled.

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Denver Broncos Pre Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Zach Gotlieb | March 2nd, 2020

This offseason is one of the most critical offseasons in John Elway’s tenure as general manager. With a boatload of money to use in free agency that can grow a ton with cuts of a couple players, they’re fit to make big moves in free agency. They have to have another productive year in the draft as well. With the last two draft classes providing several starters, including Courtland Sutton (2018 draft), Dalton Risner (2019), and Drew Lock (2019), it seems Elway has turned around his draft woes and needs to show it again this year. They’ve got nine picks with the likelihood of 12 after compensatory picks.

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NBA Trade Deadline Roundtable: Part One

Zach Gotlieb, Mike Fanelli, Josh Elias | February 4th, 2020 

It’s the time of year! It’s trade season and we’re setting up for a very interesting trade deadline. A ton of teams are still needing pieces and other teams need to blow things up and start over. I’ve gathered a few of our scribes to talk about what they expect to see at the trade deadline this Thursday.

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Denver Broncos 2019 Season Recap

Zach Gotlieb | December 11, 2019

It was another tough season for the Denver Broncos as they finished their third straight season with a losing record at 7-9. Still, for the first time in a long time, the team and fans feel hope as the team heads into the offseason. Starting 0-4 is really not the best way to start off a new coaching regime led by first-time head coach Vic Fangio. Forget that and remember the part where they finished the season 7-5 despite a plethora of injuries to key players and trading starting receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Growth of the young players was significant, but most importantly, Denver may finally have their quarterback of the future. It took three tries this year, but as the fan touted “Drewcember” rolled around, the Broncos may have potentially found their future quarterback in rookie Drew Lock.

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NBA Family Thanksgiving Dinner

Zach Gotlieb | November 28th, 2019

Thanksgiving is finally upon us, and there’s a lot to be thankful for. We’re thankful for our families, lives, and any other number of things. I personally have a lot to be thankful for. One of those things being the NBA. It’s been a brutal few months as a Denver sports fan. Watching the Colorado Rockies take a massive step back from last season – failing to make the playoffs – and the Denver Broncos facing a 3-8 record. Having the NBA and the Denver Nuggets back has been a nice change of pace from all the losing that’s been happening in the last few months. It also got me thinking, which active NBA players I would want at my Thanksgiving dinner.

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Running the Denver Broncos is a Zero-Sum Game

Zach Gotlieb | November 16th, 2019

Being a fan of the Denver Broncos is challenging right now. Top to bottom, the whole team is a complete mess. The ownership is four people running a one-man position and running with the wrong mentality. The Bowlen family is in shambles and is consistently trying to sabotage one another. The coaching staff is showing their inexperience. The team, as a whole, lacks talent and direction. The worst part, no matter what the organization does, the fans aren’t going to like it and call for everyone’s head no matter what.

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Evaluating the Nuggets Options at Small Forward

Zach Gotlieb | Sept 2nd, 2019

Last year the Denver Nuggets were one of the deepest teams in the league. Managing to have the most games lost due to injury of any team in the league and still finishing with the second-best record in the Western Conference is a true testament to that. When they got eliminated from the playoffs, most fans felt like the team was legitimately one or two guys away from being a championship contender. One hole that hasn’t been filled since Carmelo Anthony, and needs to be filled is the starting small forward spot. Thanks to their depth, the Nuggets have seven different options for who can fill the starting and backup small forward role. So let’s go through the potential options.

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A Local Legend Turning into a Rising NBA Star: Derrick White

Zach Gotlieb | July 20th, 2019

Ten years ago, he was just a kid putting up shots and working on his game in the town’s local rec center. Today, Derrick White is sitting on the edge of basketball stardom. “Crazy” is the sentiment repeatedly conveyed by the San Antonio Spurs point guard while talking about his journey from the local rec center gym all the way to getting selected in the first round of the NBA draft. He’s not wrong, his story is crazy, but also extraordinary.

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NBA Season Review and Offseason Preview: The Denver Nuggets

Zach Gotlieb | June 14th, 2019

Let’s just start by saying: what a year for the Denver Nuggets. The first playoff berth in 6 years, first all-star in 8 years, first playoff series win in a decade, all with one of the youngest teams in the league and the most injured team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). I’ll get into how it all happened and possible offseason moves and storylines to look forward to, so let’s get into it. Continue reading

The Scorecrow NBA Finals Roundtable

Zach Gotlieb, Mike Fanelli, Troy Pierce, Josh Elias, Givanni Damico| May 30th, 2019

It all comes down to this. Sixteen teams entered. Just two teams remain. The Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors have emerged as the best team from their respective conferences, and now it’s time to figure out which team is the best team in the entire league. To reflect on this crazy postseason and preview the Finals, a few of our scribes have to come together to talk about it.

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It’s Michael Porter Jr. Time in Denver

Zach Gotlieb | May 23rd, 2019

It has been 11 months since Michael Porter Jr. heard his name called with the 14th pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2018 NBA Draft. After redshirting his rookie year as he recovers from a pretty severe back injury, Porter spoke to the media during his exit interviews. He had good news for all Nuggets fans answering if he had been fully cleared by his doctors to play in Summer League by saying, “yeah, I’m expected to play in Summer League, and I can’t wait for that.”

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What Tim Connelly’s Departure Could Mean for the Denver Nuggets

Zach Gotlieb | May 19th, 2019

The Washington Wizards have been granted permission to interview Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations, Tim Connelly, for the same position, per Adrian Wojnarowski. There seems to be a legitimate interest from Connelly, which could very well be a big problem for Denver.

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The Mile High City Frauds

Zach Gotlieb | May 5th, 2019

It’s been all season, but the feud, so to speak, between the local media/fan base against pretty much everyone else, all started with a tweet from Fox Sports analyst Nick Wright. “The Nuggets are exactly what so many of us said they were: A pretend contender with a pretend superstar… Good luck next year fellas.” People far and wide from everywhere have been calling the Nuggets frauds and that they’ll “get exposed come playoff time.” While it started with arguments and anger from Nuggets fans and local media, the fan base is now embracing the term: frauds. Continue reading

Playoff Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Zach Gotlieb | April 29th, 2019

Two teams that continue to surprise from the beginning of the season even to now as we get into the Western Conference Semifinals are facing off in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The Nuggets find themselves in a place the franchise hasn’t been in a decade, the second round. It wasn’t a pretty series, but they now have the playoff experience that they lacked after going seven games and getting past the San Antonio Spurs. The Portland Trail Blazers are another team that is seeming to get hot at the right time. Damian Lillard is looking nearly unstoppable – watch his game five buzzer beater over Paul George to win the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder if you need an example. CJ McCollum is healthy and playing well. Those two playing well together is making them one of the most dangerous backcourt duos in the league today. These two teams are divisional rivals and always play competitive and spirited games every time the two teams are on the court. Here’s what to expect in this matchup of the Western Conference Semifinals. Continue reading

First Round Playoff Preview: 2. Denver Nuggets vs. 7. San Antonio Spurs

Zach Gotlieb | April 13th, 2019

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What a season it has been for both teams. The Nuggets came into the season off a heartbreaking Game 82 loss that kept them out of the playoffs last season. This year, they pushed all the way up to the second-best record in the Western Conference despite being one of the youngest teams in the league and leading the league in games lost due to injury, missing at least one starter for over 60 games this season. The San Antonio Spurs are right in the thick of it as usual, and they did it without having any of the trio of Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker or the “heir apparent” Kawhi Leonard. Despite not having the usual cast, the team has stuck to the same style of play that has kept them among the most consistently good teams in the league over the last 20 years. Here’s what to expect from each team going into the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Continue reading

The Scorecrow Playoffs Roundtable

Zach Gotlieb, Troy Pierce, Mike Fanelli, Josh Elias, Levon Satamian,Pranav Ramasubramanian| April 13th, 2019

The regular season has ended, and the playoffs are finally among us, and there was a ton of drama up until the last game. There was lots of competition to get both into the playoffs and get seeding which made the season end incredibly fun to watch. There’s a lot to unpack about a couple of things that transpired during the season and the upcoming playoffs. To guide you in what to expect in the playoffs, a few of our wordsmiths have come together to talk about it. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

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March Madness 2019 Final Four Breakdown

Zach Gotlieb & Tanner Tripp| April 6th, 2019

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After another year’s worth of drama, suspense, and, of course, madness, the best 4 teams have been sussed out of the original 68 and we have two more games to go from one of the best four teams to THE best team in the country. The Final Four will take place in Minneapolis and feature (2)Michigan State vs. (3)Texas Tech and (1)Virginia vs. (5)Auburn. There are 15 appearances between the four teams, Michigan State owns 10 of them, while Texas Tech and Auburn are reaching their first ever Final Four in school history. There’s a ton of great talent and NBA caliber talent looking to go and show out in front of the nation. 

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It Finally Happened: The Denver Nuggets are Going to the Playoffs

Zach Gotlieb | March 21st, 2019

It was looking a bit dicey at the end of the third quarter in Boston, playing the Celtics, but a quick 5-0 run all by Torrey Craig in 1.1 seconds was precisely the spurt of energy that propelled the Denver Nuggets the rest of the way to clinching a nine-point win, a sweep of the season series, and most importantly: a playoff berth. The first one in six years.

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Denver is Finally Shortening the Rotation

Zach Gotlieb | March 15th, 2019

Michael Malone, during his post-game press conference after Tuesday night’s win against Minnesota, came right out and said, “I made the decision to shorten the rotation, only play 8 guys in the first quarter, and I’m going to continue to do that for the time being.” That rotation included the regular starters in Murray, Harris, Barton, Millsap, Jokic, and the 3 most crucial bench pieces with Morris, Beasley, and Plumlee.

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Why Isaiah Thomas Cannot Continue to Stay in the Nuggets Rotation Down the Stretch

Zach Gotlieb | March 6th, 2019

It’s only been 7 games since Isaiah Thomas’ return and the honeymoon phase with fans and local media is already wearing off. I get it, he hasn’t played in 11 months and he’s going to have to find that groove again and work his way back and that’s all well and good, but not here and certainly not at this point in the season.

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It’s Been 60 Games, but Denver’s Starting Five is Back Together Again

Zach Gotlieb | March 2nd, 2019

It all began when Will Barton landed awkwardly on a fastbreak layup and hurt his hip and core against the Phoenix Suns on October 20. Since then, a lingering hamstring injury to Gary Harris. A broken toe as well as ankle soreness for Paul Millsap. An ankle sprain for Jamal Murray and a controversial suspension of Nikola Jokic. Every starter has missed at least one game this season. Somehow, the incredible amount of depth the Denver Nuggets have has kept them in the top of the daunting Western Conference, but as the team begins the final stretch of the regular season, it’s time to get the opening night Starting Five back on the floor.

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The Scorecrow Top 100 NFL Players: 100-81 and Honorable Mentions

Zach Gotlieb | February 19th, 2019

The writers at TheScorecrow.com decided to get together and come up with their version of a Top 100 NFL players from the 2018 season. Each writer was invited to submit a ranked list of their top 25 NFL players. The votes were then counted using a weighted average method. This means that a 1st place vote was worth more than a 25th place vote.

Players ranked 1st on a list received 25 points, 2nd = 24 points and so on down to 1 point for a 25th place vote. Each players points were added up and then listed from least to most to generate our list of top 100 players. The top few players were fairly common on all the lists, but after that it was interesting. We hope you enjoy our rankings and would love to read your comments on our list. Special thanks to Beth Sullivan for tabulating the votes and getting this project together.

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The Scorecrow All-Star Break Roundtable

Zach Gotlieb, Mike Fanelli, Josh Elias, Troy Pierce & Kit Shepard| February 19th, 2019

The All-Star break is finally upon us and the first half (or so) of the season is gone, and there have been several surprise developments that have come this season. To talk about what we saw so far this season, a few of our wordsmiths have come together to talk about it.
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The Nuggets Decided to Stand Pat at the Trade Deadline. What Does that Mean Going Forward?

Zach Gotlieb | February 11th, 2019

It was a wild day at the NBA Trade Deadline. Lots of moves were made. The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Tobias Harris, the Toronto Raptors snatched Marc Gasol, and the Los Angeles Lakers did NOT get Anthony Davis, despite an offer that included upwards of six players including key core pieces and multiple first round draft picks. The Denver Nuggets, however, decided not to make a move at the deadline and frankly, it may have been for the best.

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Green Bay Packers Season Review

Zach Gotlieb | February 6th, 2019

As Stephen A. Smith says about Aaron Rodgers, “he’s a baaaaaad man.” This season for the Packers was a baaaaaad season. That might be a little exaggerated just based on record; however, their quarterback is Aaron Rodgers, they have to do better than 6-9-1. At worst, they need to be in the hunt at the end of the year. That just wasn’t what happened. Instead, of playoff conversations, there was just controversy.

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At Long Last, The Nuggets Finally Have an All-Star

Zach Gotlieb | February 1st, 2019

The year is 2011. The NBA world is still shaking after LeBron James decided to “Take his talents to South Beach” and team up with Dwyane Wade and eventually Chris Bosh to form a big 3 that would ultimately go on to win 2 NBA Finals in 4 years. It was also yet another year of Carmelo Anthony making it to the All-Star Game. He was a starter for the Western Conference as a representative of the Denver Nuggets. Little did Nuggets fans know that he would be traded to the New York Knicks just 3 days later. And little did Nuggets fans know that he would be the last player to represent the team in an All-Star Game for 8 years.

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Jarred Vanderbilt Has Finally Made His NBA Debut, Now What?

Zach Gotlieb | January 28th, 2019

A huge ovation ensued from the remaining crowd at the Pepsi Center with 3:53 to go when word came over the PA saying: “Checking into the game, please welcome number eight, Jarred Vanderbilt.” This was his first action in 5-on-5 basketball since last February. 329 days ago. “I know he did not play until the end of the game and it was well in hand, but Jarred was really nervous about playing,” head coach Mike Malone explained. “He hadn’t played since last February. For him to get over that fear and to go out there and have three or four impactful minutes — I mean, that pass he made was an incredible pass — he showed you that in three minutes and 53 seconds he gets you three rebounds — he is a rebounding machine. I am happy he got those first-game jitters out of the way.” Vanderbilt finished his almost four minutes of play with one incredible assist in transition to Malik Beasley, he showed off his highly touted rebounding ability wrangling in three rebounds and the most important of all the stats, he scored his first career point, going 1-2 at the free-throw line. Vanderbilt summed it up saying “It was just amazing to get back out there and start playing again.”

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From the Fan’s Eye at the Pepsi Center

Zach Gotlieb | January 27th, 2019

“Everyone on your feet. No one sits until we score. Let’s make some noooiisssee!” That’s the opening you hear from PA announcer Kyle Speller just before the opening jump ball every night in the Pepsi Center or also know as “The Can,” and it was no different from Section 102 on Friday night.

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The Weekly Nugget: January 12-19

Zach Gotlieb | January 20th, 2019

A week defined by blowouts. There were 4 games on the slate for this week, all at home and the Denver Nuggets went 3-1. Key performances came from Jamal Murray, Malik Beasley, and Paul Millsap brought huge lifts to the team. The MVP of the week, however, has to go to none other than Nikola Jokic. He averaged 23.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 9.8 assists per game. Here is your recap of each game from this week.

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It’s Only Been Half the Season, but the Nuggets are Finally Getting Much Deserved Attention

Zach Gotlieb | January 11th, 2019

Since the offseason, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has been saying that this Denver Nuggets team can be a strong contender – a dark horse, able to hold its own even with the front runner Rockets and Warriors.

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