Kickin’ It with Kiz: Is Nikola Jokic or Russell Wilson the real MVP of Denver sports?

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is the best in his sport and leads by example. Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson is a vocal leader that welcomes the challenge and pressure of his position. Not sure I would be unhappy with either one of them as the captain of my team.

Dave, Denver

Kiz: The math boggles my little mind. While the new $245 million deal signed by Wilson is staggering, the $269 million contract extension the Nuggets gave Jokic has it beat. That’s more than a half billion dollars to keep them wearing a Denver uniform through 2028. So who’s the more valuable player to local fans? Easy. I say it’s whichever man can replicate the unforgettable feat of Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog, who led the Stanley Cup winners on a victory parade through downtown Denver. For the kind of money Jokic and Wilson are getting paid, it’s got to be championship or bust.

The fact that people still attend NFL exhibition games amazes me.

J-Man, discerning fan

Kiz: If we’ve learned anything from new Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett, it’s friends don’t let friends play (or watch) NFL games that don’t count in the standings.

I vote for manager Bud Black as MVP of this year’s Rockies. He has to watch crummy baseball, both offensively and defensively, on an everyday basis. Then he must keep a straight face while lying through his teeth to the press about how well the staff pitched, or how Colorado just missed out on a key hit that would have changed the game’s outcome.

Lance, putting out fires

Kiz: The staff here at Kickin’ It Headquarters would vote 37-year-old reliever Daniel Bard as the  MVP for the gosh-awful 2022 edition of your Pet Rocks. Black? He wins Mr. Congeniality. For the sixth year in a row.

The CU football team is the collegiate sports equivalent of the Colorado Rockies.

Charles, Denver

Kiz: Die-hard fans of the Rockies have to suffer through 162 games. CU football can lose a maximum of 12 times this season. Advantage, Buffs.

At 100 years old, Miss Vicki Herrell is the definition of true, die-hard Broncos fan. She loves to have fun, wants accountability, asks tough questions and winning is everything! She’s a legend! The team needs to carry her onto field when they beat the Kansas City Chiefs!

McKenney, proud Broncomaniac

Kiz: I’ve seen John Elway do the helicopter and Von Miller rip the cape off Superman, but in all my 39 years covering the Broncos, I’ve never met anybody more memorable than Miss Vicki. When the Texans come to town for the home-opener, the Broncos should invite Herrell to the game, do a video tribute to a 100-year-old Broncomaniac on the big video board and watch the crowd go wild.

And today’s parting shot is an injustice that Mike Klis of 9News is forced to endure on a regular basis. My deepest sympathies to a handsome and talented guy who is regularly mistaken for a knucklehead like me.

Hey, Kliz! Saw you on television last night. You’re better looking on TV than in the newspaper.

Stephen, can’t tell ’em apart

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