Hits & Misses: We’ll have to wait and see on Case Keenum – Greeley Tribune

Like we assume most of Broncos Country is wondering, we’re not sure quite what to make of the Broncos signing of quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year deal worth $36 million.

On the one hand, it’s nice to see the team, specifically General Manager John Elway, move on from the three-headed monster of Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and “insert cheap veteran QB here.” That recipe hasn’t worked, and there’s no reason to think it will.

But, on the other hand, how excited can we get about Case Keenum? Sure, he had a good year this past season on the Vikings — a team with a great defense, great offensive line and great skill position players. But can the Broncos realistically recreate that environment?

The good news is Keenum’s play will ultimately decide which of these sentiments wins out, but we’d rather not go through the kind of season we suffered through in 2017 ever again.

So, while Keenum is an improvement by almost any standard, we’re just fine with Elway continuing to evaluate quarterbacks available in next month’s draft.

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Greeley police officer John McNerney and his dog, Cairo, had quite a day this past summer.

At the end of an already long shift, the pair helped make multiple drug-related arrests and investigated a suspicious death coupled with suspected arson.

McNerney and Cairo received two awards this past week from the National Police Canine Association in recognition of the work they did that night — one recognizing a canine-handler team for finding drugs and another acknowledging a team for more general police work. It is rare for the same canine-handler team to earn both quarterly awards at the same time.

We know police officers in Greeley face numerous challenges when trying to make our city safer. Kudos to McNerney and Cairo for going the extra mile toward that goal. The dedication they showed on that summer night makes us realize how lucky we are to have people of that caliber protecting us.

We also would like to give a shout out to Greeley Police officials for making sure resources like K9 units are available here.

Kimberly Bode knows her customers so well, she can guess when they’re pregnant even before they’re showing.

Now we have to say goodbye to Woody’s Newsstand, 942 9th Ave. in downtown Greeley, the place where she works as store manager.

The place will be Greeley’s last retail bookstore, if you don’t count UNC’s store, a place mostly for students to buy textbooks or a sweatshirt.

This is sad, even heartbreaking news, but we can’t blame Woody’s owners, who know a world where the scraps of declining book sales are gobbled up by Amazon and coffee houses have cropped up all over.

Bode wants all her old customers to come in and say goodbye. We’d encourage you to do so and get one last cup of coffee. We’re pretty sure Bode will know if you take one lump or two.

We’ll be wishing them the best of luck this afternoon as the University of Northern Colorado Bears women’s basketball team takes the floor for its first ever NCAA Tournament game.

The Bears have had a great season. They won the Big Sky Conference title. They earned a No. 10-seed in the tournament — the highest seed for any UNC team in history. Here’s something else that’s impressive about their season: The Bears are the only team in Colorado — at any level of intercollegiate competition of either gender — that’s still competing for an NCAA basketball championship. That means the team already has out-performed the men’s and women’s teams at the University of Colorado and Colorado State.

They’ve also out-performed UNC’s men’s team. For its part, the men’s team had a strong season too, and it will host a CollegeInsider.com Tournament game at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Bank of Colorado Arena. School officials hope you’ll come out and support the team.

The women’s team has a really good chance of beating Michigan today, which means they could be playing on Sunday too, even if it’s in Texas.

Whether the Bears win today or not, we’re proud of them. This already has been a great story for UNC and for Greeley.

— Tribune Editorial Board

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