Will Broncos bring in veteran backup quarterback? ‘That’s always an option,’ says Vic Fangio

first_img“I’d like to see some separation from them,” Fangio said. “We’ve got one more game to do that. (Who will be the backup quarterback) remains to be seen. I’ve seen some good play. I’ve seen some not so good, so I don’t know the answer to that just yet.”Lock, meanwhile, slipped to the second round of the 2019 draft, where the Broncos selected him with the No. 42 overall pick. He badly sprained his thumb in the Broncos’ preseason loss to the 49ers earlier this month.  “That’s always an option,” Fangio told reporters. “But, as you see out there there’s not a lot of them available.”Kevin Hogan is currently listed in the No. 2 spot on Denver’s depth chart while the team also has Brett Rypien on its roster. Hogan, however, has completed just 50% of his passes and thrown an interception in the preseason and Rypien has been inconsistent, as well.  Related News NFL trade rumors: 3 quarterbacks Colts could target after Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement Broncos’ John Elway opens up about 15-year battle with debilitating hand condition The Broncos may be looking to add depth at quarterback. Rookie Drew Lock could start the season on IR after injuring his hand earlier this month, leaving Denver without a reliable backup behind veteran Joe Flacco. Coach Vic Fangio was asked at a press conference Monday if the team would consider bringing in an experienced veteran signal-caller before Week 1. Drew Lock injury update: Broncos rookie quarterback (hand) could start season on IR “Obviously because it’s his throwing hand and a thumb, that’s a pretty serious injury for a quarterback,” Fangio said at the time, via ESPN. “It will be some time before we know exactly where he’s at and how much time he would miss.”Denver acquired Flacco in an offseason trade with the Ravens.last_img read more

Barca complete deal for Lyon’s Umtiti

first_img0Shares0000France defender Samuel Umtiti has joined Spanish champions Barcelona from Lyon.PHOTO/AFPBARCELONA, Spain, July 12 – Barcelona have completed the signing of France defender Samuel Umtiti from Lyon in a deal worth 25 million euros ($27.7 million), the Spanish champions announced on Tuesday.Umtiti, 22, will pen a five-year contract with Barcelona which includes a buy-out clause of 60 million euros, the club said in a statement. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed last month that the two clubs had reached an agreement over the transfer while Umtiti was on international duty for France at Euro 2016.The Cameroon-born centre-back made his France debut in the quarter-finals against Iceland and retained his place in the team for the next two matches, including Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Portugal in the final.Umtiti, who can also play at left-back, will be officially presented as a Barcelona player on Friday after undergoing a medical at the Camp Nou.He will compete for playing time with Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and France team-mate Jeremy Mathieu, whose injury prompted Didier Deschamps to call up Umtiti for the European Championship.Umtiti, an under-20 World Cup winner in 2013, becomes Barca’s second signing of the summer after the Catalan giants exercised a buy-back clause to re-sign midfielder Denis Suarez from Villarreal last week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hippie Hippie Shakedown: But where was love?

first_imgWHEN it comes to inappropriate names, “Summer of Love” has to be right up there with “Joy Division,” the name the Nazis reportedly gave to the sections of concentration camps that housed the guards’ sex slaves. For one thing, it was not just a summer event. The countercultural happening that swept through San Francisco and beyond began with an April1967 planning announcement by concert promoter Chet Helms, aka Family Dog, creating the “Council for the Summer of Love.” It still goes on today in the burned-out minds of its rapidly fading survivors, remnants of the thousands of teens who ran away to find Love in San Francisco, only to wind up wasted on a street whose name sounds like hate. Where, indeed, was the love in the San Francisco of Helms, the Diggers, the San Francisco Oracle, and other Summer of Love organizers, of whom so many have died young? Helms would later boast on his Web site that the event “sowed the seeds of a compassionate idealism which still lives in the hearts of many of our own and subsequent generations.” He pointed to the organizers’ efforts to feed the runaways. Other Summer of Love chroniclers note that the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, founded in the summer of 1967, still help the needy today. The irony is that there would have been no need to feed those runaways, nor to care for so many drug abusers, alcoholics and venereal-disease victims, had Helms – who succumbed to hepatitis C at 63 – and his compatriots not encouraged youths to flood San Francisco. And for what, exactly? Drugs, to be sure, and “free love” – “free,” as opposed to the kind that costs money, apparently. Thanks to the Pill and a counterculture that defined rebellion as annoying one’s parents, thousands of youths became guinea pigs in a kind of mass experiment propagated by prurient Beat Generation relics such as Helms, Allen Ginsberg (died at 70, hepatitis and liver cancer) and Ken Kesey (died at 66, liver cancer). They were told that they would overcome the superficial consumerism in which they had been raised, reaching a higher spiritual level by uniting their minds to drugs and their bodies to willing takers. Instead, they themselves became products to be consumed – victimized by pushers, treated as sexual objects to be disposed of, or corrupted into predators. It boggles the mind to think what the Summer of Love’s sad victims could have accomplished if, rather than seeking to fulfill their own juvenile desires, they had aimed to create a true culture of love. Instead, in following their leaders’ urging to do their own thing, they found themselves locked in a society that gave them all the restrictions of communal life – poverty, squalor, and social pressure to self-destruct – and few of the protections. At the celebrated Be-Ins and Love-Ins, the mob ruled, while – like those Playboy cartoons of orgies where one person’s orifice is indistinguishable from another’s – the individual was subsumed. Meanwhile, one corner of the culture, recognizing the counterculture’s threat to the individual, composed a clarion call for the restoration of human dignity. A work in progress during the Summer of Love, published the following summer, it attacked those who, in pursuing solutions to overpopulation and other contemporary concerns, put forth “an utterly materialistic conception of man himself and his life.” Instead, it urged world powers to develop a solution “which envisages the social and economic progress both of individuals and of the whole of human society, and which respects and promotes true human values.” That’s real love. However, when those words of Pope John XXIII, quoted in Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae,” emerged in 1968, few of the hippies bothered to read them, let alone follow them as far as they led. All they knew was the five-word condensation of the encyclical that appeared on a popular poster, underneath an image of the Pope pointing his finger Uncle Sam-style: “The Pill Is a No-No.” Supporters of the hippies’ objectives argue that they and future generations benefited from the dismantling of repressive Eisenhower-era values that restricted sex to marriage. Well, say what you will about a culture that presumed women found their highest fulfillment in motherhood, but one doesn’t see many repressed housewives panhandling on modern-day Haight Street. One does see lost geriatric flower children with stringy hair and rotten teeth who contracepted or aborted the children who could have taken care of them in their old age. Years after the Summer of Love’s Bay Area invasion, a more moneyed class of Californians popularized a term that parallels what the hippies accomplished: garbage in/garbage out. The true measure of the success of the Love-In is the love that came out. Today, the counterculture’s victims are dying with few children to mourn them – at least, few who are willing to speak to parents who put their own desires ahead of their children’s. It is the end of a long, bad trip. Dawn Eden is director of the Cardinal Newman Society’s Love and Responsibility Program. She is author of “The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more