DENVER (CBS4) – Denver city leaders are confident they can bring the Super Bowl to the Mile High City despite factors that are stacked against Colorado. Although the NFL has an open bidding process that any NFL city can apply to bid to host a Super Bowl, there are certain factors that may prevent Denver from making it into the final running; Sports Authority Field at Mile High is not new, the city is isolated and the weather is unpredictable. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock believes Denver has never been in a better position to host the Super Bowl. “Denver’s proven to be able to host international events on a scale even larger than the Super Bowl,” said Hancock. The City of Denver’s tourism board views the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a turning point for the city’s profile. For Hancock, it was build-up for something he’s dreamed of for Denver, “The Super Bowl is crem-de-la-crem, quite frankly, and we believe we have graduated to a place where the city is global.” Visit Denver also believes the 2008 DNC played a big role in positioning Denver as a premier host city. “We refer to everything as BC and AD, Before the Convention and After the Democrats,” said Visit Denver spokesman Rich Grant. Grant said they compiled a 15-pound book about the city to sell Democrats on Denver as a location for their convention. He said the exposure Denver received should make the Super Bowl a realistic idea. “Denver has evolved. Denver is a different city than it was five years ago. Anyone that lives here sees the changes,” said Grant. According to Patrick Smyth, Executive Director of Media Relations for Denver Broncos Football Club, “We submitted an application with the NFL’s Super Bowl Advisory Committee to bid on the 2018, ’19 and ’20 Super Bowls.” Denver does have some advantages that other host cities may not; 300 days of sunshine and low traffic volume compared to other metropolitan areas. League rules dictate the average temperature of an outdoor Super Bowl must be 50 degrees. During the previous four Super Bowls, the weather in Denver was: Feb. 6, 2011- 33 degrees Feb. 7, 2010- 31 degrees Feb. 1, 2009- 45 degrees Feb. 3, 2008- 49 degrees “Pat Bowlen has always maintained an interest in bringing the Super Bowl to this community and the great football fans of the Rocky Mountain Region. He believes the city of Denver along with the Broncos would be excellent hosts,” said Smyth.
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Denver Could Benefit From Hosting Super Bowl
Don’t expect Houston’s J.J. Watt to receive many votes for this year’s Associated Press (AP) Most Valuable Player award. Von Miller, Charles Tillman? Forget it. History suggests AP voters will not pay much attention unless you play quarterback or running back.
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MVP voting: Time to level the playing field (Pro Football Weekly)
—Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told reporters Thursday that he’s still hurting from the sprained right shoulder and dislocated ribs that has forced him out of the previous two games.
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Take less money, gain more weight.
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Oakland’s home game against Cleveland on Sunday will be blacked out on local television. It stops a 13-game streak in which games were shown on local …
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Von Miller sacks Andrew Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 4. (credit: CBS) DENVER (CBS4) – The NFL has taken note of Denver Broncos Linebacker Von Miller. He’s been named the AFC Defensive Player of the month for November. Miller helped lead Denver to a 4-0 record in November while totaling 20 tackles (18 solo), eight sacks (54 yards), 10 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. His eight sacks and 10 tackles for a loss led all AFC players during the month while his three forced fumbles tied for the conference lead. Additionally, he was the only player in the NFL to post at least one sack in all four weeks in November. He was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against San Diego (Nov. 18) in which he totaled six tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in Denver’s 30-23 win. His three sacks tied a career high and his two forced fumbles represented a personal best. Take Our Poll This marks the first career conference Player of the Month award for the second-year player, who is tied for the NFL lead with 24 tackles for a loss and ranks third in the league with 13 sacks. Miller is the seventh Bronco to receive the designation (eighth overall award) and the first since cornerback Champ Bailey was honored in October 2006. The award also represents the second conference Player of the Month honor for a Bronco this season, as quarterback Peyton Manning was the recipient of the offensive award in October.
Broncos Linebacker Von Miller Named AFC Defensive Player For Nov.
With a month to go, the playoff picture is already clearing up, with the also-rans falling by the wayside as the contenders take charge of their fates.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have been something of a rollercoaster this season, though not in terms of wins and losses. They’ve been quite consistent at losing.
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Chiefs rise up, fall down to level of opponent (The Associated Press)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is now leading in the retail arena, too.
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Redskins’ Griffin has top-selling jersey (The SportsXchange)