And the technique that he teaches is kind of natural for me.
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Super Bowl week is upon us and I believe that I speak for the majority of Denver fans in saying that we have been far more interested in the Senior Bowl and prognosticating about the future QB in Denver than we have about the Rams John Elway Jersey , Patriots matchup on Sunday. Of course we will all tune in and hope and pray that the L.A wins and that another Wade Phillips vs Belichick/McDaniels battle turns out like the great one in 2015 that propelled the Broncos to Super Bowl 50. Since I live in Germany it’s a very different experience dealing with American Football fans than it ever was while in Denver. While walking the streets of the Mile High City if anyone was spotted wearing Patriot/Chief/Raider gear they typically were openly derided by the local faithful. Here in the Fatherland, though it’s great that the sport is becoming more and more popular, it’s unfortunate that people just picking up the sport and looking for a team to root for almost unanimously pick the Patriots as “their team”. However much I try to talk them off this ledge of Bandwagonism Istill can’t deny that it just makes sense to cheer for a team that goes to the Super Bowl practically every year. For me personally, I hate this mentality and openly root against the evil empire that is FC Bayern M眉nchen soccer and pick teams for any other reason than being perennially good. Sports are allowed to be one of the biggest industries in the world today simply because of us, because of the fans. In the podcast today, The Skipper Dude put together a fantastic segment about the psychology of sports and the different levels of fanhood. It went something like this:Fan level #1 - The Malcontent We all know at least a few people that don’t really care about any particular team but just enjoy trolling and get a thrill out of schadenfreude - enjoying the sufferings of others. They meander here and there in comment sections just spewing hate of one form or another just... because. - It’s in fact something I am vaguely guilty of in terms of actively rooting against FC Bayern M眉nchen simply for the sake of them being an evil, overly rich empire. - Most of these Malcontents are people who probably don’t have a lot of joy in their lives and should get a girlfriend or something.Fan level #2 The Bandwagoner These are fans that we know by the hundreds and even thousands. They fill a stadium when the team is good but couldn’t name a single player during a bad season. People in California or Oregon or ————- have every Brady jersey ever made but don’t even know the name Drew Bledsoe. At least these fans are more interested in their team winning than the other losing and they aren’t just trolling around hoping for the despair of others, but to say the least, there’s not a lot of depth here.Fan level #3 The Bandwagon loyalists These are the people that picked a team to root for, perhaps early in their lives because they liked the color of their jerseys or thought their QB was attractive but have never abandoned their acquired favorites since they made the choice. When day comes that brings the retirement of Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick we will find out how many “fans” stick around with a team that will unquestionably struggle and how many swap their Brady jersey for the newest of Baker Mayfield. Fan level #4 The Homer According to The Skipper dude: “Homerism is a form of patriotism. Patriotism is a subset of piety and to have a special affinity for your home team is a good thing unless it’s for the Patriots, which is of a course a mental illness”.Homers are the men and women that were born with a team, live with that team and die by that team. It doesn’t matter if they are the Cleveland Browns or the Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers, you would never even consider abandoning them. With the start of each new year your hope is as fresh as it was at the beginning of the last season before you went 6-10 and were an embarrassment to the league. You bleed orange and blue or whatever the color is of your beloved sports teams and you laugh in the face of a losing season. I would almost go a step farther (as Skipper Dude did) and say that there is a fifth level, that of a Super Fan, or Fanatic, sports lunatic....whatever you want to call it. Someone who attends every game, names there kids Elway, Peyton and Bucky and have cried each time they’ve watched the “this one’s for John” highlight. My question for you is, which type of fan are you? What experiences do you have with the other levels of fandom? And finally, I want to put you to the test. The Broncos are hoping for at the very least two new Hall of Famers this week in Champ Bailey and Pat Bowlen but there’s even a chance to add a third with the great Steve Atwater. With all-time great Broncos on the minds of many, the test of your Broncos fanhood is ...Can you name all 23 of the Broncos’ Ring of Famers? Comment with your list below!MHR Radio is now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher, TuneIn and anywhere else you get your podcasts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — After the Broncos‘ stirring win over the Steelers, Vance Joseph held a game ball up high and called for the man he once wanted to cut.“Shelby Harris!” Joseph hollered . “What a great week. He had a new baby girl on Friday. And a game-winning interception” in Denver’s 24-17 victory that shook up the AFC playoff picture.In between, he had a shared sack, a pass breakup and three hard hits on Ben Roethlisberger, one of which led to a second interception and another that was tantalizingly close to a safety after he bowled over center Maurkice Pouncey and dropped Roethlisberger on his back in the end zone.Cut a half-dozen times by the Raiders, Jets and Cowboys, Harris signed a futures contract in Denver two weeks after Joseph was hired as head coach in January 2017.Having missed most of the 2016 season after getting cut in camp by the Jets and signing with Dallas just before Christmas, Harris said, “I felt like Denver was my last chance.”That didn’t translate to making a good first impression, though.“He’s got about a week before we cut him Womens Joe Flacco Jersey ,” Joseph said he told defensive line coach Bill Kollar then.“He was just that bad that spring,” Joseph recalled earlier this week. “I guess the light came on, and the guy’s been playing really good football for a year and a-half since.”Harris heeded his coach’s admonition to start hustling on every single down every single day.“They might have thought that he’s a week away from cutting, but the next thing you know he’s leading our defensive tackles in sacks last year,” linebacker Shane Ray said. “And he’s made huge plays this year. That says a lot about his character.”In 2017, Harris played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and was second on the team with 5½ sacks. This year, he’s been especially stout in the run game but can still make his mark in the pass rush.Kollar said it all began with a heart-to-heart talk with Harris.“What happens when you get up here, everybody’s good, everybody’s tough. So, to me, you’ve got to take it to next level. When you’re a guy who’s just never made it, dude, you’ve got to change your (stuff),” Kollar said Wednesday. “So, that’s what I told him: ‘You’ve got to work your butt off or you’re not going to make it. I want you working harder than those guys you’re playing across from.'”Kollar said it was a classic case of pairing determination with natural ability.“My job is to get it out of them, to do it all the time,” Kollar said. “But I ride everybody’s (behind) on the D-line.”It turns out Kollar was the perfect headmaster for Harris.“Bill got me in better shape, I’ll say that,” Harris said. “But really, we do a lot of reps and then he goes and explains it and it kind of opens your eyes a little bit the way he explains it, the certain blocks and the way you’re supposed to take them on.  And so, everything’s kind of just fallen into place with Bill.”Harris also credited his teammates for helping bring out his best.“The players on the D-line have really helped me out to just become a better player, a better person,” Harris said. “The whole D-line and Coach Kollar have helped turn my game into what it is today.”Harris said he’s taken tidbits from Derek Wolfe, Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis and Zach Kerr: “I try to take little pieces from all of them and add them into my game, and it’s kind of worked out perfectly.”Harris’ only other career interception came for Illinois State against Indiana State in 2013.The only other time he got a game ball came in 2015, when he made a touchdown-saving tackle against the Chargers, when he was also running on adrenalin from sleep deprivation.“You want to know something crazy? The first time was after I had my son,” Harris said. “And I missed the Thursday practice that time and half of Friday and came back Friday night.”He missed practice last Friday for the birth of his daughter .“It was funny. I was joking around with Zach: ‘You know, every time I have a kid, something good happens,” Harris recounted. “It was just like a joke we had going on — and then you saw what happened.”Harris insists, however, that it won’t go down as his best game in the pros.“There’s a lot of room to improve,” Harris said. “I want to put together a complete game where I’m going out there and being dominant in the run and dominant in the pass.”


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