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Ryan Koenigsberg
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Ryan D. Koenigsberg, was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and is the Vice President of Content Strategy and co-founder of BSN Denver. Ryan also covers and travels with the Denver Broncos. Education: Graduated from the University of Colorado in 2015 with a degree in both Broadcast Journalism and Communication. Career: I got my start in Journalism in 2011 with an internship covering University of Colorado athletics for a website called BuffScoop.com, a branch of the 247Sports Network. Less than one year after accepting that position, I was promoted to the lead writer of the site. After another year at BuffScoop, I was hired to a staff position covering the Buffaloes for Buffstampede.com, the CU site for the Rivals.com network. Two years later, shortly before officially graduating from CU, I was approached by a dude named Brandon Spano who was planning to revolutionize the way sports were covered in our great state. I accepted a position on the ground floor of BSN Denver that, at the time, centered—once again—around covering the Buffaloes. After another year on the Buffs beat that resulted in winning the inaugural BSN Denver Silver Slugger award—given to the writer whose stories generated the most traffic—I was promoted to the Broncos beat. In my time at BSN, I’ve had the pleasure of covering a Super Bowl, a Pac-12 Championship, a bowl game, multiple games in the NCAA Tournament and so much more. Somewhere along the way, I earned that fancy title you see at the top of all this. Most memorable sports moment: Nov. 23, 2001: Behind SIX Chris Brown rushing touchdowns, the No. 14 Colorado Buffaloes trounce the No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers by a count of 62-36. It was the day I fell in love with college football for good. So much so that I haven’t missed a single Buffs’ home game since. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: I don’t know about finest, but when I was in elementary school, I read every single Matt Christopher book in our school library. It was the best way to not stray away from sports while still filling those pesky reading logs. One sports movie that I can’t live without: When I was a kid, I didn’t have cable in my room but I did have a TV with a VCR. Thing is, I only had a few movies on VCR and I needed to have the TV on to fall asleep. Well, eventually I came around to the fact that the best movie I had was “Cool Runnings,” so I feel asleep to the Jamaican Bobsled team every night for years. You need sleep to live and I couldn’t sleep without “Cool Runnings” SO I guess that’s the one I can’t live without. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Pretty hard to beat the week leading up  to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. To be at the center of the sports world with not only the greatest athletes but also the greatest sports journalists in the world all around was a truly special experience. Between wake up calls at 4:45 am to catch the media shuttle to the Broncos hotel by 6, the 14-hour work days and the regrettable post-work festivities, I calculated that I got about 20 hours of sleep over an eight-day period… and I wouldn’t have traded one minute of it all. That was awesome. The sport that started it all: It’s hard to pinpoint one sport that truly “started it all” for me. When I was a kid, I remember people used to always ask me what my favorite sport was, and I would always answer the same thing, “Whatever sport is in season.” As long as I can remember, my life has always revolved directly around sports, from playing to watching to writing. It’s not a sport that started it all, it sports that started it all.

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    Fun random question for you guys.

    In any sport, who would you want to be the smartest guy in your organization? (owner, GM, head coach, or the team’s best player, other)

    Who would you want to be the luckiest?

    If you could only pick one, would you take the smartest guy or the luckiest guy?

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    Long time listener and New subscriber here! Couldn’t be happier to be a part of the family! RK and Zac! This podcast has kept me glued to the post season and I couldn’t thank you guys enough! Now for some football talk. I couldn’t be happier with the Drew Lock pick in the second round. Why aren’t people as hyped for Fant as I am. Those touchdown numbers are insane. Is it too early to say Sharpe 2.0? Moving on to food cause I know we all love it so much. How do you guys feel about Polish food. I grew up eating it and it always seems to put a smile on my face. Anyways glad to finally be a subscriber!
    – Kaj

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    Hey guys!

    Got a little different type question for you today. It sounds like you’re both about my age (late 20s) and as a die-hard Broncos fan and sports enthusiast my entire life, I gotta say your job covering the Broncos sounds like an absolute dream job for me! I’m super interested to hear how you both got started with this job and your experiences thus far. It sounds like BSN was a relatively recent start-up but I would love to hear more about how my new favorite Broncos coverage company came to be. Is it weird interviewing players/coaches? I feel like I would be starstruck AF and it would be weird as twenty-something interviewing massive celebrities and even just being able to have any sort of access to them.

    Thanks so much! Go Broncos!

    PS, if there’s any listeners from Knoxville, I would love to make a meet-up happen at some point!

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    RK, Zac & BSN Denver Fam, What’s up!? Appreciate you all so much!!!

    1. Fossil Trace podcast was awesome! Thanks for the working for us on your weekend. Thought the rep interviews were awesome. Getting their insight on demo days was neat.
    2. Blood Chat – A fishing tradition is to eat a beating tuna heart after landing your first ever tuna. Literally, take the tuna you just caught, cut the heart out, and take a bite. YUM! Not really, but who’s to go against tradition.
    3. UDFA’s – Do you foresee any undrafted guys besides Brett Rypien having a role on this team? PFF has positives for Dineen and Gooden, but Dineen is in the Jewel/Davis mold and Gooden will have to pass Jeff Holland/Dekoda Watson? Are they all destined for the P.S.?

    Thank you again for all of your content, expertise and for creating such a cool community here.
    Daren

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    Hey BSN Fam,

    I heard on the one of the podcast there was a fantasy football league! I was wondering how one becomes apart of this league? Also no question but just a comment on how drew lock throws. It is so fast and seems like a flick and is the exact opposite of the legend himself Paxton Lynch. Watching him throw makes me feel so much better about the pick especially with the history of our offensive line.

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    BleedingOrangeSince1983

    Hey guys, I’m wonder if you could shed some light on what the Broncos players are doing right now on a daily basis. I know this weekend is rookie camp, followed by 3 weeks of OTA’s, then mini-camp in June, etc. But, what are the players doing now, and in between? Do they get to work out with any coaches or trainers? Are they studying the playbook? Can the go to dove valley or UC Health center? Is Joe Flacco or Drew Lock still in Denver and are they working out with receivers? Or, is everyone just golfing and partying like mad men!? Thanks so much for the insight!

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    Good morning! I was wondering how you guys would compare the signing of OT James to when we Signed OG Leary. Do you think James will be any better? Hopefully he is a lot more durable than Leary has been.

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    Ok ok… it has been a while since I have chimes in, so forgive me if this seems a little Randy. I slide into Ryan’s DMs every now and again, because yes, I’m that obnoxious and needy, but I was thrilled and honored when you read my message on the pod. Anyway, I can’t remember who said it, but yes, there is a such thing as blood sausage…. terrible…. it doesn’t taste like beats and beans, rather like nasty blood which is exactly what you should expect it to taste like as the main ingredient is literally nasty blood. Blood cubes are even worse.

    Going backwards…. Ramen…. great stuff! My mom used to add a couple of eggs and slice of Kraft cheese to blanket the ramen. The cheese would melt and add so much! I loved this as a kid. As I grew older, I would add pickle juice or pepper juice. This is a MUST try and will dramatically change your life!

    Going way back! Peanut butter or cream cheese on a burger is something I have been doing for a while so I was shocked to hear that this is actually a thing. Try this though: honey on the burger in addition to the cream cheese and/or peanut butter.

    I guess I would mention the broncos… so, GO BRONCOS!

    Ps: anyone who knows wants you to talk strictly Broncos and gets butt hurt when you do otherwise, should listen to other boring, milk toast podcasts that do just that. Love you guys! Thanks for everything!

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    Hey Zack & Ryan,

    First off I’d like to thank you guys for all of the surprise weekend episodes. I have been enjoying my days off learning more about our new players and like others have said I haven’t been this excited about the upcoming season since 2015.

    First off, I was browsing Wikipedia and was reading about the NFL international series (what do you guys think of it?). I found out that the Broncos have not only played two games in Tokyo (1990, 1995) but they are undefeated in Japan at 2-0! The Broncos have also played in Berlin, Barcelona, Mexico City, London, and in Sydney.

    A quick thing on KFC, in Japan. It’s extremely popular and a lot higher quality than in the US. It’s also tradition in Japan to have KFC for Christmas Dinner.

    My question is : Have you guys gotten any updates on Phillip Lindsay’s wrist injury? If I’m not mistaken he skipped the voluntary mini-camp, when should we expect to see him on the practice field?

    Thanks for your time!

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    Hey guys,

    I just wanted to clarify something I heard on the pod yesterday. Dalton Risner was PFF’s highest GRADED tackle last year but he was not their highest RANKED tackle entering the draft. PFF grades purposefully do not include context. Their rankings of NFL prospects do heavily weight player grades but also factor in athletic traits, measurements, strength of competition, scheme relevancy, and health. Dalton was PFF’s 19th overall prospect and their 4th rated tackle.

    I do hope Denver tries Risner at tackle if Bolles doesn’t improve. However, Risner didn’t even play left tackle vs Big 12 defenses, so kicking him outside would likely mean moving Ja’Wuan to the blind side. Has anyone in the media asked Ja’Wuan or one of the coaches about Ja’Wuan playing left tackle?

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    There’s a couple names out there that intrigue me, Jamie Collins and manti Te’o both seem like they could be an upgrade for the Broncos they have both graded out well in coverage. I just can’t imagine a world were Josy jewel and Todd Davis are the starters and I’m very skeptic of Hollins.

    Above all though priority should be signing CHJ.

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    How familiar are you guys with Kareem Jackson? I know he played well against the donkey’s last year, but is he worth what we paid him? Would ya’ll rather we resigned CHJ and only snagged Callahan in FA? Maybe drafted someone? Thanks guys!

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    Heard you guys talking about Justin Hollins today and I thought I would share buzz from the Pacific Northwest. I do not follow college football but know quit a few Duck fans here in Portland. All of them have told me that Hollins played ALL of the linebacker positions throughout his time with the ducks. They also told me he was GREAT at covering TE’s , but struggles with covering RB’s. Also told me that several of his sacks came from the off ball LB blitz, but he struggles with run fits from that position. I don’t know If ANY of that is accurate, or will translate to the NFL, but I found it interesting to hear the same thing from everyone one I speak with.

    Shaka
    Much love
    and GO BRONCOS!

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