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1. Peyton Manning and a Moment of Silence

On September 20, 2010, 23-year-old Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his home.  Investigators have since called his death a suicide.  Like many Broncos fans in Colorado, I was saddened by the death of this young man and perplexed about why he would take his own life.  He was one of the few college athletes who had made it to the pros.  He appeared to be living his dream, but he must have been haunted by something that led him to make a desperate decision.

Six days later, my wife and I were in Denver to see the Broncos play the Indianapolis Colts at Invesco Field.  Sitting near us in the stands were two young men wearing Broncos tee-shirts.  They introduced themselves (I’ll call them Joe and Mike).  Between gulps of beer, Joe told us that he disliked the Colts and especially hated Peyton Manning.  (In case you don’t follow American football, Manning is the quarterback for the Colts.)  Some of what he said about Manning was so bizarre that we tried to ignore him and just enjoy the spectacle of the pre-game activities on the field.

Tags: Denver Broncos, Kenny McKinley, Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning, NFL, football, Lincoln, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Civil War, Gettysburg, Chamberlain, Union, Confederate, Appomattox, Kyle Orton, Superbowl
By Terry R. Bacon

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Greg Hustis

Well, Terry, your piece was entertaining, informative, and with regard to your conclusion, right on the mark. As an acknowledged right wing neanderthal, I am in complete agreement. Perhaps by couching your argument in such a good read, more of our intellectual friends will understand the true immediate danger we all face, especially when considering the constant soft pedaling that terror still receives in so many quarters.

Best to Debra,

Greg

September 10, 2016, 2:06 PM
Petra Hinke

Thank you Terry for a most interesting and frightening analysis...I would have never thought of the ghouls and zombies of our imaginary classic tales coming to life (reality) in the form of ISIS, but they have indeed. Brilliantly said, and truly scary.

This piece and your spot-on comments about Trump make it doubly scary. Let's hope some sanity prevails and that we do not elect him into office. As to ISIS, who knows how to solve that one? What is this world coming to?

Petra

September 12, 2016, 11:38 PM
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