Mile High Life

Bronco, wife a dynamic duo in magazine

Column by Penny Parker
Posted 1/19/14

Broncos wide receiver and his country star (pregnant) wife, — arguably the NFL’s cutest couple — are featured in an eight-picture spread in the February edition of magazine and on

The couple are snapped in provocative poses — …

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Mile High Life

Bronco, wife a dynamic duo in magazine


Broncos wide receiver and his country star (pregnant) wife, — arguably the NFL’s cutest couple — are featured in an eight-picture spread in the February edition of magazine and on

The couple are snapped in provocative poses — cooking together (at least licking the bowl), canoodling in bed, bubble-bathing, “working out” in the home gym, horsing around among memorabilia — with Decker clad in distressed jeans (how distressed can they be when they fetch up to $700 a pair) and James in her unmentionables.

The point of the article — other than to feature titillating photos of a ridiculously attractive couple — is a denim discussion.

“When Denver’s newly ascendant star Eric Decker isn’t wearing his Broncos uniform, he’s kicking back in jeans with his (pregnant!) country-singer wife, Jessie James, and the crew of their reality series, `Eric & Jessie: Game On.’ Here, he sports the season’s best beat-up, broken-in, and distressed denim — the kind you (almost) never want to take off.”


Strahan, Letterman talk Manning

Late-night talk show host used his national forum to ask the question on many football fans’ minds when former football great, talk-show host and Fox-TV NFL analyst guested on the show recently.

“I’m so tired of people screaming, ‘Omaha’...,” Letterman told Strahan, referring to Broncos quarterback ’s favorite cue at the line of scrimmage. “Why does he do that?”
“Because (he) likes the steaks,” Strahan said.

Letterman also questioned why Manning moves around so much prior to the snap.

“When he goes to the line he looks like he’s got another job,” the talk-show host said. “He looks like he’s working part-time at a gift card store picking out stuff, running around, ‘Oh my God,’ we’re out of ribbon.’ Then he comes back and takes the snap. Is he the first guy to be so darn busy at his second job as a quarterback?”

“I don’t think anybody has made it look as difficult as Peyton,” Strahan said. “I’m still not buying all that is necessary. I think he says, ‘I’m doing all of this so kids at home think I’m cool.’ There’s no way, Dave, the other 10 guys on offense understand all that stuff. They’re not that smart.”

Fort Collins No. 4 drunkest city

Fort Collins has earned the dubious distinction of being named the fourth drunkest city in America, according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. took the 2011 CDC data and created the top 10 rankings based on the drinking habits of residents in metropolitan areas based on their binge and heavy drinking rates.

What city took the top spot on the drunkest cities list? Fargo, N.D. Have you been to Fargo? If so, you’ll totally understand this ranking because — especially in the winter when temperatures plunge to negative numbers that should never be seen by human beings — there’s nothing else to do.

Here’s the complete list: 1. Fargo, N.D.; 2. Columbus, Neb.; 3. Missoula, Mont.; 4. Fort Collins; 5. Brookings, S.D.; 6. Milwaukee, Wis.; 7. Lawrence, Kan.; 8. Tallahassee, Fla.; 9. Bozeman, Mont.; 10. Lincoln, Neb.


Sharpe to speak at fundraiser

Former Broncos tight end and 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee turned TV NFL analyst will be the keynote speaker at The Journey, the Junior League of Denver’s fundraiser to support literacy efforts in the Denver metro area, on March 13.

A lesser-known fact about Sharpe is his dedication to literacy and education. It wasn’t until his early teen years that he learned to read, guided by his grandmother’s influence.
All proceeds support the Junior League of Denver’s focus, which is changing lives through literacy in the Denver metro area. The March 13 event starts at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or call 303-692-0270.

Hitting the sweet spot


Longmont-based Robin Chocolates (, owned by , has been named one of the top 10 chocolate makers in North America for 2013 by “Dessert Professional,” the leading trade publication for chocolate, pastry, baking and ice cream professionals.

“We are tremendously honored,” said Autorino, who founded Robin Chocolates in 2008. “Our passion is making bold, beautiful and delicious chocolates and pastries, and it is enormously satisfying to be recognized for our work.”

Robin Chocolates is a family-run business where Autorino’s husband, , handles the company’s artwork and website.

“One rule I learned in the military is that precision counts,” she said. “If it doesn’t look perfect and taste great, I won’t sell it.”

Readers and visitors to the shop at 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, can mention the code #topchocolateshop for 5 percent off all orders through the end of January.

Heritage Square items on sale

After a 25-year run, Golden’s Heritage Square Music Hall closed Dec. 31 citing lack of funds to finance productions. Heritage Square is putting all of its contents — costumes, scenery, props, theater equipment, photo memory books and CDs — up for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 23, 24 and 25.

Call at 303-434-1204 with questions or to set up an appointment for theater items, call at 303-233-1198.


Eavesdropping on Facebook page: “New job on AH jobs list! Governor, state of New Jersey.”

Penny Parker’s “Mile High Life” column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.
Penny Parker, Fort Collins, fourth drunkest city


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