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Peyton Manning signing Black Monday for Tim Tebow fans, says Dan Caplis

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Tim Tebow.
The Broncos' decision to sign Peyton Manning -- a move expected to be made official at a 1 p.m. press conference today -- has been lauded by plenty of NFL experts. But KHOW radio host Dan Caplis isn't celebrating.

Caplis, who said last August that Tebow was the victim of biased media coverage, dubbed the day "Black Monday" and spent much of yesterday's show arguing that the Broncos' apparent coup was actually an enormous mistake. He explains why below.

"What it comes back to is what I focused on from the beginning -- the facts," Caplis says. "My opinion in this thing shouldn't matter at all, but the facts do matter. They should matter to everybody. I was able to predict Tebow's success by following the facts, and if you're logical and rational about this, and follow the facts, too, they tell you the Broncos have a much better chance of winning now and long-term with Tebow rather than Manning."

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Craig Silverman and Dan Caplis.
One such fact involves Tebow's completion percentage -- well under 50 percent, making him the least accurate starting quarterback in the NFL last season by a wide margin. But Caplis argues that folks who cite this digit "are ignoring all of the more positive statistics that show Tebow is a very high-caliber passer. They're ignoring touchdown passes per attempt, a huge statistics where Tebow for his first sixteen games is way ahead of where Manning was. He had far fewer interceptions per attempt than even Manning did in the last season he played. And his touchdown pass to interception ratio is enormously important."

Besides, he goes on, "even though Tebow has a lower completion percentage than many quarterbacks, he had a better win-loss percentage than a lot of them. That proves completion percentage is a less important statistic than many other ones. And Tebow understands that. He's smart. He realizes that keeping interceptions down is more important than a flashier completion percentage, so he throws the ball away when he needs to -- because he'd rather win games than pad statistics."

Numbers don't mean everything to Caplis, a proud conservative who's very public about his faith. "I would not care so much about this if Tim Tebow wasn't a great person and a great Christian leader," he acknowledges. "But just because he's a great person and a great Christian leader is no reason to be unfair to him. And what I've tried to do is bring to the table all of these facts that get buried by most of the rest of the media -- facts that show he is truly a great quarterback of historic proportions on the field."

Not that he's a Manning hater. "I love Peyton Manning," Caplis says. "My kid wore Manning jerseys for three years before Tebow got here. But what you don't get from the local media except for our show is that for all his regular season greatness, Peyton Manning's style usually doesn't hold up well in the playoffs. And that's what it comes back to for me. The stakes are so high here, and I just want people to be fully informed -- and I don't think the media consumer is getting that information right now unless they're listening to our show.

"As a fan, I want the Broncos' decision to be rational, based on the facts, and not a Hail Mary pass when you don't need one. And I view this as an unnecessary Hail Mary."

Page down to continue reading Dan Caplis's take on Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning.



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Cpnugent
Cpnugent

I missed the part where Kaplis explained why he knows better than John Elway. Perhaps if Manning agrees to be born again before the NFL season Kaplis will permit him to play.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Stick to what you know Dan, 'cause it sure as hell ain't sports.  What's next?  Judging a QB based on how many Bible verses he has memorized?  Forget meaningful criteria like, you know, can he throw a damn football?

Newman8520
Newman8520

Dan Caplis is worried about unnecessary Hail Mary’s,and his opinion shouldn’t matter, but the facts DO matter about Tebow?  Very interesting coming from Dan, when he issuch a manipulator of facts.

Oh well. After all, he often doesn’t seem to show a hint of conscience or decencyas he broadcasts many kinds of  manipulation over the public airwaves on muchmore important issues.

OK, OK.  It wasa little amusing when Caplis minimized the antics of a naked jogging priest,who did laps around the school track in Frederick.  That fact-finding stalwart Dan made sure toemphasize that it was “pitch dark” dozens of times, when the fact remains thatthe priest would have jogged right through lighted neighborhoods past at leasta dozen homes, or though school parking lots during his jaunt back to therectory.  Oh, and he also seemed to liketo shave naked in front of boys at camp.

Not serious enough for you? 

Only Dan can turn a reported four percent oftroubled priests into “99.999 percent” are great priests.  Only Dan can call about 700 priests removedfrom the ministry a “handful”.  Is theCatholic Church doing better now? Absolutely.  But how many sexassaults did Caplis just ignore and gloss over with that analysis of the “facts”?

Only Dan can proclaim in the past that he didn’tmind and woudn’t have complained if Boston’s Cardinal Law was prosecuted forcovering up and transferring priests accused of sex assault.  Now,  Dan’sotherwise excellent memory is hazy and he needs more information to comment, whenthe Vatican apparently came to Law’s defense. How convienent for Dan and his “facts”.

Only Dan can slant the facts and minimize priest sexabuse by his discusting comparison of a priest’s sex assault on a boy to awrestling match.  He did this whendescribing the sexual molestation of a northern Colorado boy by the convictedpriest, Timothy Evans, who abused and molested other boys just a few years ago.

But then Dan also says the so-called attack on theChurch in Colorado is only about a couple priests shuttled around to differentparishes not years ago, but decades ago? Nice selective facts by the arbiter of all right and good, Dan Caplis.

Only Dan can say in the wake of the Don Imus flap,that women should never be labeled sluts and whores.  OK, Dan gave himself a pass when he calledMadonna a whore, but he reaffirmed only days ago that he believes criminal lawsshould remain to prosecute those who call a woman’s sexual virtue intoquestion.  Uh, oh.  You see, Caplis labeled a CU football womantrainer “a willing participant” and she apparently “wanted it” when she wascoerced, grabbed and was scared when CU players asked her to perform a sex actwith a football recruit. 

Only Dan can vigorouly defend Ken Buck during hissenate run for not prosecting a sex assault case where an intoxicated womansaid “no” to her attacker, when Caplis has always said that saying “no” meansrape in any circumstance, and sex with a sleeping spouse is criminal rape.  When did the facts change?

“Facts”, logic, and reasoned analysis by Caplis?  Laughable, pathetic, and ridiculous in manycases.  It is a shame that Dan’s moronicblind devotion often just further sullies the institutions, people, and even politicalcauses he’s ordained himself to protect, whether they are as important orunimportant as Tim Tebow.   Protecting Tebow with “facts”?  That’s what Dan should be calling another “unesessaryHail Mary”.  Just my opinion.

DouglasH
DouglasH

Dan Caplis is the star example of why the Broncos had to dump Tebow. Caplis could care less about football until this home schooled  Christain shows up.  Too many zealots were using Tebow to sell there religious views that it was too much of a distraction for the Broncos.. The Broncos are a professional football team, not the First Church of Tebowmania.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Who gives a shit what the reich-wing log-cabin dittohead hapless Caplis opines ?

Hpnotiq90
Hpnotiq90

Wow anybody can right now. Did antbody watched the games this year ,it was terrible. At least five out of the 8 games were won in the last two minutes of the game. It had everybody sitiing on the edge of their seats with stomach cramps wondering if they are going to pull it out. That may be fun for a fan but not for  a player. The defense did not enjoy this,not winning that way. They were glad of the outcome but thats about it. To think that Tebow name should be mentioned in the same breath as Peyton is crazy. This is from a 49er's fan form Birmingham,Alabama living in Denver. So i should be upset that he didnt pick San Fran,but I love the game and i am excited for the city I live in.

Eugene Moledo
Eugene Moledo

Forget meaningless stats like: QB rating, Completion Percentage, Total yards, Total TD's, Regular Season record, Superbowl appearances etc etc etc. Tebow is a better QB because his interception/attempt ratio is better than Manning's...brilliant!

Klyph14
Klyph14

"He realizes that keeping interceptions down is more important than a flashier completion percentage"

Which why hey decides to fumble the ball all of the time instead.

Guest
Guest

LOL. Dan Caplis is a fool. This same "logic" and "reason" of his also led him to the republican party and catholicism. I suppose he thinks liberals and the devil are behind Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos.

Bemused Reader
Bemused Reader

I'm scratching my head - why waste cyber-ink spreading Caplis' righty views in Westword? What, you think he doesn't have enough exposure given his promnent role in the Republican Party and his own daily radio show?

Eric
Eric

Michael, I didn't ascertain whether your story was entirely based on Caplis' "show" yesterday, or if part of it was the result of a one on one with the conservative lunatic for hire.

If this was all off his program, great job of reporting his nonsensical and delusion filled diatribe..

If you were unfortunate to have had to actually interview this professional zealot, I'm sure you felt the need for a shower after being around him, much like a person would after driving by a Walmart. 

And thanks for your sacrifice, if you did.

Christ, this guy's as nuts talking about sports as he is screeding, ranting, prosthelytizing, and spreading out right lies politically.

Dan Caplis is the breathing  definition of the term "skin crawling creepy".

David Fostor
David Fostor

You mean John Elway who said Kyle Orton gave us the best chance to win?  You wonder why Caplis knows better than Elway?  Open your eyes man, Elway, a mediocre QB for over a decade, has been a disaster as an NFL executive.  That's pretty easy to see if you don't have blinders on.

Eric
Eric

Great post.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Eric, I conducted an interview with Dan Caplis this morning. The quotes are from our conversation. Thanks for the post.

Eric
Eric

You're an idiot.

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