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Elway the Comedian

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

John Fox

Elway wants to interview John Fox for the Broncos head coaching vacancy.

If a report on is true, John Elway, in his new role as Executive VP of Football Operations with the Denver Broncos, wants to interview John Fox, the ever-so-successful embattled Carolina Panther’s football coach, for the Broncos head coaching vacancy. All I can say is, “Are you kidding, Elway?” There is no Rooney Rule equivalent saying you must interview at least one horrible candidate before you can hire a head coach. Something, though, must be making this even a consideration, as I hardly believe Fox’s record with the Panthers even hints as a positive move for the Broncos.

Yes, Jim Harbaugh is out of consideration now that the San Francisco 49ers have pulled him from his successes at Stanford. For this, I am thankful. I wrote the other day that I think Harbaugh would be a big mistake, as it is rare to find someone successful in the college ranks who jumps to the NFL and finds success. I further find it unlikely that NFL coaches who can’t find success in one organization probably won’t find success in another, unless of course they worked for Al Davis and the Raiders, in which case all bets are off.

John Fox

John Fox and the Broncos fan will share this look if he takes over the head coaching duties with the Broncos.

As the Panther’s head coach, John Fox does have a winning record. In his 9 years at the helm, he has ammased an amazing 73-71 record. This is hard to do when you have to overcome three successful seasons (11-5 in 2003 and 2005, and 12-4 in 2008). Those three seasons, each with over ten wins, are the only seasons in which Fox had a winning record. The Broncos need better. They must have better. Let Fox finish out his final season of his contract with the Panthers and go find someone else.

I am all about the Broncos picking up a seasoned head coach, but one with a track record of success would be ideal. The Broncos made a lot of mistakes over the past two years, and hiring Fox would extend the streak. Hopefully Elway will come to his senses and find a winner to lead the team, so the fans of the Broncos don’t have to share the same posture as Fox.

Enjoy your weekend watching some playoff football… and sorry, Broncos fans, try not to dwell too much on Elway’s interest in Fox. I am certain he is just working on his stand-up routine this weekend and he will make another comeback in the coming weeks.



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Finally, Soccer Confesses

Monday, June 14th, 2010

I am in total shock here. What next, the Big 10 becomes 12 and the Big 12 becomes 10?

Soccer Officially Announces It Is Gay

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This is the week….

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Well, the week has arrived, though we anticipated the newest Lil’ B, Brody, would have already come. If he doesn’t make an appearance before Friday, Rebecca will be induced and he should arrive probably midday on Friday. I am so excited to have a son on the way, but afraid as well. Life will drastically change… again… with the second infant in the house. Rebecca has done much of the work with Braelyn, but I am going to have to step my game up quite a bit. It will be challenging, with work going 100 mph, but it will definitely be worth it. Our family will be complete… yep, I am proclaiming right here, right now that this will be the last. How to make that happen is subject to debate here in my house, but one way or another, I think we’re done!

Brody’s room is coming along… the walls are painted, quite a bit of decor has arrived (but has not been hung). The new carpet is in, the crib, chainging table and rocking chair have been relocated from Braelyn’s room to Brody’s. I have a guy who is going to build me some cool wooden lockers for his room, and those won’t be done for about 4-6 weeks, but that will be the finishing touch. Now, if I could just get his baseball ceiling light working… the fan works, but not the lite. Someday I will master being an electrician. That someday will probably be right after my pops arrives mid week.

Yep, mom and dad are heading here from Casper to be here to welcome Brody into the world. Will be great to have them around to help out. I know Braelyn will love it… though she absolutely loves visiting with ba-pa and grandma on the computer. Webcams make family a lot closer, that’s for sure. And anytime I am on my laptop, Braelyn comes running to talk to ba-pa.

Braelyn is quite the girl. I am nervous as to how she is going to react to having a new brother… one that will inevitably take much attention. There is a 6 month old at her daycare who she isn’t too fond of. I think she will be a great big sister. I know in about 2 years, we’ll love the fact that Brae and Bro are so close in age. Of course, daddy and Spencer will spend a bunch of time with Braelyn while mom is feeding Brody. Ah, the sleepless nights are approaching quickly!

So it was nice to have some football to watch. I did ok with my picks for week one, though I must admit I did not pick the Broncos. Don’t get me wrong, I am ecstatic that they won… I just didn’t anticipate it. Was awesome to see the Chiefs lose again… that’s pretty normal though.

Quickie on politics… I am just so amazed at how many people pretend they know what the health care bill(s) being pushed are really about and what they will do. How could any of us really know how good or how bad the bills are… even our Congress hasn’t even read them! What I do know is I am very opposed to the government running anything more. They fail, fail, fail in everything they put their magical touch on. And I don’t like businesses being punished, nor individuals being mandated to. I love the legacy concept of America being a free-country. Those days are behind us all, I must say.

I do have to give major kudos to President Obama for his 9/11 speech. I was actually quite amazed at it, really. The speech was very thoughtful and sincere and well delivered (thanks, teleprompter!) The amazing part to me was the religious overtures that Obama gave during his speech. He cited scripture and referenced God. Oh, how that must just irritate the left. Oh well, I bag on the buy enough so may as well give him props when he deserves it.

Speaking of 9/11, that is my mom’s birthday. Of course I called her and wished her a happy birthday, but let this be my public proclamation of such, and that I am so thankful for my mother (and my whole family). She is a tremendous woman who cares so much about her family and friends. I pray my daughter will grow up to be the same way. I am thrilled that Rebecca suggested that Brody’s middle name be Carlen, my mother’s maiden name.

Oh, and 9/12 was the Biggest B’s birthday… my nephew Brandon turned 20! Can’t believe it… I remember vividly holding him and dancing to Lollipop when he was younger than Braelyn is today… what a great kid. He’s off traveling in Europe right now for the next week. I pray he has a wonderful, safe time over there. What a great kid, er, young man he is.

Well, Hoover is laying at my feet snoring, Braelyn has been in (and out) of bed for the past two hours (mostly in, but she did tumble out of her bed tonight), and Spencer and Rebecca just ventured to bed themselves. I guess that is my clue it is time for me to do the same. After a shower, though… I am FILTHY from finishing my firepit today. Will have to throw some pictures up in my gallery sometime in the next few days. Pretty happy with how it turned out. It isn’t perfect, but for never having done anything like it before, I must say I did a pretty damn good job.

Peace to all ya’ll out there in cyber land. Wish us well as we bring another Elledge into the world…


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Crazy Times

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Happy Sunday morning. Looked at my site yesterday and realized I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. Congratulations to you, for not having to expend your valuable time pondering my meaningless thoughts. Time to make up for that.

Let’s start with the fact that Braelyn is within three weeks of being a big sister. And, if Rebecca’s motherly intuition is correct, it will probably be less than the 3 weeks. While the baby’s due date is September 23, the doc has scheduled a Friday, September 18 induction. Our money is on not waiting that long. Rebecca feels like she needs a few more weeks to get everything done at work that she needs to get done, but the little one may not let her.

Baby’s name is going to be Brody Carlen Elledge. Brody because we like that name. Carlen because that is my mom’s maiden name and Rebecca suggested it. Elledge because I think the baby is mine. Time will tell if we got the names right!

Brody’s room is almost ready. New carpet was put in yesterday. Walls are painted. We have *some* of the stuff that will hang on the walls to bring it alive but still have to get some. So, surprise surprise, Brody’s room is baseball-themed. Vintage baseball themed, I should say. Grandpa Bradshaw was going to build a couple of nice wooden lockers for the room, but I think I complicated it enough that he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it now. So, I have to find me a good wood carpenter to get them built. Will be searching the WWW later today to find someone. I have already diagramed them and have some pictures for the lucky person to work off of.

As of today, Braelyn has been out of her crib and in her new big girl bed for one week. While Rebecca and I would have been more than content to leave her in the crib for awhile, her pediatrician suggested we get her out of the crib and into her big girl bed in advance of Brody coming home so that she won’t have any negative associations with the baby and leaving the crib. She has done really well in her queen sized bed… thanks to the rails we added to the side, we get some sleep, too. Only once this past week did we find her not in the bed in the morning, and that time she was on the chair we put at the corner to catch her if she falls. I think she really likes her new bed and has been doing quite well with it.

The Big Dawg is pretty-well back to “normal” and is recouped from his ACL surgery. He is back chasing the next door evil dogs up and down the fence line, at least until Rebecca or I get over there and get him to stop. I am not inclined to have to replace his other knee so he best take it easy.

Well, since we last “spoke”, my grandpa Carlen has moved out to California to be in an Alzheimer’s facility. He seems to be doing quite well and enjoying it, at least from what we hear out here. The facility is close to my aunt and uncle’s place so they get to see him quite frequently. It was definitely time. Speaking of evil, that is most definitely what Alzheimers is.

Should be off to the Gorge next weekend for my somewhat annual trip to see the Dave Matthews Band for three nights in paradise. Doesn’t look like I will be making the trip this year. Figure it is too risky that Brody might grace us with his presence around that time, so I am going to have to miss out. It’s a bummer, too, as I won’t get to hear the new album at the Gorge and won’t get to reconnect with Rick and Nath (from Europe) and Jamie (from Las Vegas) who we camped by last year. I was looking forward to seeing them again, but they will have to enjoy this year without Gabe and I.

Work is crazy. We sold part of the business and created a new brand, Codero, for our remaining services. This has, and will continue to, kept me overly busy with work. I enjoy working hard and a lot (yep, that’s the Republican in me), so I guess it’s good.

Ok, so I touched on politics… let me get this out of the way right now. I am so excited to live in a country with czars in charge of many aspects of my life. I am so excited to live in a country which is de-privatizing industry and taking control over salaries, leadership and the such. I am so excited to live in a country that is more concerned with the “rights” of those who intend to do harm than the safety of its citizens. I am so excited to live in a country that is governed by a few whackos who feel that even though they can’t keep our government clean they should manage our health care for us. I am so thankful to Pelosi, Frank and Obama for really doing everything possible to make my life better so I don’t have to.

Enough politics for now. Quick sports update:

* Broncose will suck. Bowlen will figure out soon he messed up.

* Royals still suck. And, as long as they have David Glass and crew owning them, they probably always will.

* Chiefs will still suck, though they may double their victories from a year ago. The push for 4 is on!

* Soccer is still not my favorite thing to watch. Spent 2 hours watching Spencer play it yesterday. And after 80 minutes of thrilling no-scoring soccer, they shake hands and walk off the field with both teams, um, winners? losers? equals? I dunno, guess it isn’t important enough to have someone win that they don’t do over time or even a “kick-off” of some sort. What a disappointment to spend so much time watching so much “action” and not even have a winner. Oh well, this way I am the only loser!

Speaking of Spencer… it’s official. He’s 16. But have no fear [yet] as he doesn’t have his driver’s license. That will be coming soon, though. He’s a sophomore in high school. Must be doing really well… hasn’t had any homework in the first week!

Ok, time to go put together a crib and such so will sign off.

Talk to you soon… maybe.


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Denver’s Future!!!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Denver's Future!!!

Denver's Future!!!

Enough said.

Thanks to my CEO, Phil Spencer, for brightening by day with this in an e-mail.


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I Feel Like I Should Have Something To Say

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Laying in bed, watching TV. I have become addicted to The History Channel and National Geographic of late. The past few days, I have watched hours of programs related to the Presidents of the United States… a bunch about Abraham Lincoln. In fact, just got done watching a two hour special on how many times Lincoln’s body has been moved since he died. I guess I didn’t pay that much attention during history classes growing up. Oh well, the Boob Tube makes up for that now.

Speaking of Presidents, I must say that (hold your breath, this will likely be a huge surprise to you) I am not impressed with the first few weeks of the Obama administration. After watching last week’s press conference during prime time TV, I think America witnessed just how unsmooth Obama is without a teleprompter. Sure, he sounded his normal eloquent self during the prepared remarks, but the Q&A session that followed actually became very painful. Long, drawn out responses full of “ums” and pauses show that the savior isn’t so swift on his feet. Add to that the botched nominations of tax evaders, the pushing for the American Bailout of 2009 (without the 48 hours of full text disclosure before the vote, as promised)… I know we’re in for a long four years or perhaps eight. I just don’t get why Letterman dropped his feature on presidential speeches where he always made so much fun of W Bush (pretty easy task). Heck, the press conference would have kept Letterman busy for a week, as would Obama knocking his head on the Marine One helicopter … that made lots of news when Bush did it. Oh well, as I well know, it’s all Bush’s fault we’re in the mess we are… I just wonder how long the honeymoon period will be for Obama. At this pace, it can’t be too much longer… can it? Oh, probably so.

Haven’t been feeling the best for the past few days. In fact, stayed home from work today. I think I should be heading into the office tomorrow. I kept up with e-mails and everything, so it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up. It’s my favorite week of the quarter… board meeting week! Ah, I just can’t wait for Thursday.

Friday, weather pending, I may be heading down to Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dusty Harvard, a former player of mine, opens his junior year with a four game set beginning Friday evening. Spencer and I may be making the journey to watch a few college games. I certainly hope D-Town has some successes this year… he deserves it. He will potentially get drafted this year. Sure hope so. Hopefully the pressure doesn’t get to him so he has to juice up like A-Rod. What a shame that America’s (former) past-time has become the mess that it is. Oh well, I will be watching the Royals on their home opening day at the “new” Kauffman Stadium this year take on the (once) mighty Yankees, courtesy of my CEO Phil Spencer. Should be good times. I bet A-Rod won’t quite hit it as far…

Moving from the diamond to the wrestling mat, I am so proud of my second oldest nephew Nathan Lecher, who on Saturday won the regional tournament in Colorado at the 152 lbs weight class. He will compete for the final time at the State Tournament in Denver at the Pepsi Center later this week. He had a pretty good State Tournament as a junior last year, coming out of nowhere and taking 6th. Hopefully he will wipe the mat with his opponents and take home the title. Good luck, Nate. Can’t wait to see you and the rest of the clan when you graduate in May.

Cold front heading our way. I am so ready for spring… or summer. I am anxious to get out on my boat, Wastin’ Time, and waste some time relaxing on the water.

Braelyn is doing great. She is officially walking. Not all the time, mind you, but she is definitely walking around. It all seemed to click last Thursday. It is cute to watch her moving around, desperately trying to get where she is going without dropping down. At times she appears to be running, though that is quickly followed by a head first slide. It is definitely a monumental step in her development. Now, if we could get her to speak a bit more and quit screaming in that high pitched squelch when she wants something. Oh, I long for that monumental step to come.

The Big Dawg, Hoover, seems to have mostly recovered from his limp. He went from not very active to too active a week or so ago as I took him for a lot of walks and from playing with Parker Hashmi in the back yard. He is still a little ginger on that back right leg, but doing much better. If I still see any signs of it late this week, we’ll take him into the vet to have it looked at.

My thoughts and prayers are still with mom and dad as the continue to cope with the loss of one of their two Pugs, Maggie. She died unexpectedly about two weeks ago when she went in for a teeth cleaning session. She went into cardiac arrest and they couldn’t save her. Devastated my mom and dad. I loved that little girl, too. She always kept me warm when I was back in Wyoming coaching.

Still can’t believe that the Crappys, I mean Grammys, failed to include LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band in their tribute to lost musicians last week. I guess despite being nominated 12 times and winning one, that just isn’t worthy to be remembered. Screw the grammys. I certainly won’t watch again. I am anxious for May, though, when Rebecca and I will journey to Las Vegas and watch Jason Mraz open two nights for the Dave Matthews Band at the MGM. Good times, they are-a-coming!

Well, I guess that’s enough rambling for one sleepless night. Yeah, I have been having a hard time sleeping lately. Too much on my mind, I guess. Sad thing is I don’t remember half the stuff on my mind. My memory sucks, to say the least, and it is frustrating. Sometimes I think my 90 year old grandma remembers better than I do… and perhaps even my grandpa, who is suffering the horrid Alzheimer’s Disease. That is right up there with cancer as the most horrible things in the world. Maybe Obama our savior will bring out the cure for both of those… I’m sure many expect him to.

Signing off from Overland Park, KS,


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So Much To Say

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

But, I just can’ say it yet. So, I will keep some of it to myself at this time. But I can say, the next week is going to be interesting and I have no idea where things will end up for me. Time will tell.

Ok, so it has been awhile since I’ve really posted much of anything. Let me start with some politics. My initial reaction to Senator John McCain picking Sarah Palin as his running mate was, “Are you kidding me?” I, along with most Americans outside of the Great State of Alaska, have never even heard of this lady. I happened to be on a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Seattle when he made the announcement. Fortunately, Frontier has DirectTV so I was able to watch. While my mood was slightly hindered by the plane full of Obama supporters (this was the morning after the Democratic Emmy Awards, er, Democratic Nomination Convention), I was anxious to hear this lady speak. And when she did speak, I was impressed. So was Mr. Democrat sitting next to me (yes, he was complaining about how many houses McCain has and how he merely married for money — we almost had to be seperated by the flight attendant). He actually said after her speech that he is afraid….

Fast forward to the RNC and listening to her speak again, I think he SHOULD be afraid. This lady is good. She has energized the Republican party. And, I didn’t think that could happen this year. All I can say after listening to her, Rudy, and Huckabee is “Game On!” We do have a long way to go, and I am anxious to see her unscripted… but I bet she’s good.

The Mom and The Dad came out here and visited for a week, and it was great to see them. They arrived on Saturday and went with Rebecca to her parents house to celebrate Spencer’s Big 15 Birthday. Speaking of Spencer, I uploaded some pictures of him tonight that I took on his first day of high school — yep, Spencer is a Freshman at Blue Valley North West High School — he’s a Husky! Anyway, back to the ‘rents. I was gone to the Gorge for DMB when they arrived, so I didn’t see them until Monday night. On Tuesday, we did a down-and-back trip to the Lake of the Ozarks and took them out on the boat. They enjoyed that, as did I. Sad to think that my boating season is basically over… yet the payments continue year-round.

Mom and Dad took off back to Casper on Saturday and made it back late Saturday night. I am thankful they came out and got to spend some time with Lil Braelyn and Hoover. They threatened to take both of them back to Casper… I didn’t let ’em. They are going to watch Braelyn for a week in October when Rebecca and I venture back to Maui with Gabe and Stephanie. I can’t wait for that trip to come.

Uploaded some pictures of Lil B wearing her Denver Broncos cheerleading outfit to my gallery. Even though the Broncos didn’t play today (they play the Monday Night Football game tomorrow against the hated Raiders), it was fitting for her to wear the orange and blue on opening football day. She looked adorable… judge for yourself by checking out her photos.

Yesterday, I went and watched Brock play his first football game. He made a nice tackle on defense, and a few on offense, too. Ok, so his grandma called it blocking… but while on offense he ran out, found a defensive player, wrapped him up and tackled him… on several consecutive plays. No flags were thrown, though! Was quite cute. Uploaded some pics from the game in the gallery.

Well, Rebecca just got home from a walk, so I guess I will wrap this blog for now. More on what’s to come later this week.

Peace, ya’ll. And vote for the old guy and Sarah for Pres/VP…. we can’t afford not to.


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Going for Gold : The Olympic Spirit!

Monday, August 18th, 2008

In the spirit of the olympics…


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Olympics and More

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Laying here in bed watching the olympics.  The mens gymnastics is on, and they are quite impressive.  Looks like they should medal, unless they fall flat on their face on the horse.  They had the lead, but China took it back after their vaults, which they are favored in.  Michael Phelps is an animal in the pool.  Really fun to watch.

Braelyn hasn’t been feeling well, but we attribute that to the little white spec on her lower left gums.  Yep, Brae, who turned 7 months just days ago, is getting her first tooth.  Cute little girl is slobbering more than Hoover drools.  That, in and of itself, is an impressive feat!

Spencer starts back to school this Friday.  Freshmen only report on Friday, everyone else on Monday.  Though he doesn’t admit it, I think he’s pretty excited to start this new chapter.  He attended a soqueer camp today… yep, he’s playing soqueer this year.  Opps, I keep spelling that wrong.  He plays soccer this year.  He’s excited, and though I am a pure baseball guy (which means, naturally, that I hate soccer) I am happy he’s doing it.  He’s good at it (so he tells me!), and it will give me a high school “sport” to watch!  It’s all good… I enjoyed watching soccer when I was in high school. 

Me, well, I am just working.  I may go to the lake this weekend, but not really sure.  Pretty much just a week of work, coming home, playing the guitar a bit, and watching the olympics.  I did get a letter from the OP police department saying they found my complaint against “Officer” Sheperd “unfounded.”  Go figure.  They hope my future experiences with the OP police department are more positive, however.  Yeah, I’m sure they will be.  Hope they call me and ask me for a donation of some sort.  I’ll donate… really, I will.  I wonder, does sarcasm come through in a blog post?  I will scan the letter and post it sometime, unless it blows away or gets rained on.  It’s laying on my table on the patio.

Olympics update:  we just screwed up on the horse.  Two guys to save the silver.  C’mon, USA.

Rebecca and Hoover are sleeping.  Nothing really new.  Hopefully Hoover will get busy with a video soon.  I know we have some great footage of him going after the sprinklers on Sunday.  He’s modest and doesn’t like producing videos of himself, but I will see if I can talk him into it.

Until next time, keep working hard to keep Obama out of the White House.  My pocketbook demands that.


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MO State Wrestling

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Pretty cool news so far today. Brock, my surrogate son, is at state wrestling in Sedalia, MO today. Stephanie, his real mom, texted me this morning saying he won his first match 6-0. Then, while Hoover and I were at the dog park, another text came in saying he had pinned in the first period his second round match. He is now guaranteed a place. One more win and he’s in the ‘ship.

Sounds like a familiar start… Nate started the same way. Let’s see how this one ends…

UPDATE: Brock pinned his 3rd opponent of the day and will be wrestling in the championships later this afternoon!

FINAL: Brock took 2nd place at the State Tournament. I am not sure how the final match went other than he lost, but he did a great job and is excited he gets to stand up on a pedestal, have his named called, and have a medal placed around his neck. Congrats to Brock!

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