Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Shannon Sharpe is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (and what a moving speech)

I root for two American Football teams -- the New York Giants in the NFC and the Denver Broncos in the AFC. I guess when you mention the Broncos, the name of John Elway instantly comes to mind. And yes, I am a fan of Elway and took an interest in him as QB1 for Stanford (and now Tim Tebow is there). But my all-time fave Bronco is Shannon Sharpe. Even when he played briefly for the Baltimore Ravens, I rooted for him. And I was even more glad that he ended his career right where he started -- at Mile High Stadium (I'm sorry but I cannot bring myself to call it Invesco). So you can imagine how thrilled I was to know and see that Sharpe was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Sharpe incidentally is one of seven Broncos in the Hall. And I really took the time today to listen to his enshrinement speech. Definitely one of the most moving induction speeches in any hall of fame ceremony. Congrats, Shannon! Proud of you.

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