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January 19, 2021

Hey, self-righteous

anti-lottery crowd ...



The Mega Millions jackpot is up to $850 million.


The Powerball jackpot is up to $730 million.


The Colorado Lotto jackpot is up to $2.6 million.


Muse about any of that and the automatic, kneejerk, lamely repetitive and predictable reaction from many is:


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January 16, 2021

For heaven's sake, stop

(fooling) around with 

Avalanche top line 


Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen post-game. They were not asked about

the reuniting of the top line and whether they would prefer to leave it alone.  



This isn't going to be long, because what I have to say is quite simple. 

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar should stop (fooling) around with his top line.


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January 15, 2021

Upbeat Dorrell ready to

do his part to address

Pac-12 image issue  


 "I'm thinking, Terry."


As the Colorado Buffaloes move on from their surprising 4-2 season  -- yes, it still was surpising and praiseworthy despite the two consecutive losses to close it out -- one of the major challenges is clear.


Karl Dorrell and his staff will have to sell not just their program, campus and culture. 


They'll have to credibly sell the Pac-12 itself to recruits and anyone else involved in creating or buying into the league's image. Yes, that includes difference-maker prospects also seriously considering programs from other Power 5 leagues. The Scenic overlook on US 36 -- that first look (down) at Boulder -- can only go so far.    


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January 14, 2021

So when I asked Avs

if still a home-ice

advantage, they said... 


Jared Bednar                                                  Devon Toews


 Matt Calvert                                                  Tyson Jost                                  


No fans. Artificial crowd noise. Music so loud -- or at least seemingly so loud in the near-empty Ball Arena -- the players' mothers should have been banging on their doors, telling them to TURN THAT DOWN! 


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January 12, 2021

What Joe Sakic said when asked

if this team has reached Cup or Bust  ...

and has it really been 25 years? 


 Mile High Sports Magazine 


Does the Avalanche have to win the Stanley Cup ... or feel shame?


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January 10, 2021

Impeachment: We can't

let him -- or his enablers --

get away with it


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January 8, 2021

Tommy Lasorda and 

the Summer of '70



Tommy Lasorda, Bobby Valentine, Steve Garvey, Bill Buckner, Tommy Hutton, Bill O'Brien.


After his Thursday death, memories of Tommy Lasorda are flooding in from the baseball world. 


I'm not going to try to compete with the anecdotes about his long and colorful tenure as the Dodgers' manager, or detail his life and career as if I'm on the Obit Desk.


This goes back to having crossed paths with him at a couple of junctures.


In the Summer of '70, I was a kid working for the Pacific Coast League Eugene Emeralds. Lasorda was the Spokane Indians' fiery manager.


Thirty years later as a journalist, I was his sole fellow passenger on a corporate jet flight from San Francisco to Denver and spent the two hours chatting with -- "interviewing" isn't the right word -- Lasorda for what turned out to be two Denver Post columns in June 2000.


If you want to get ahead of the story, here are those columns. (Note how primitive newspaper web sites could look in the early years after Al Gore invented the Internet.) 


Part One


Part Two


Now back to the Summer of '70. 


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January 3, 2021

Hoping a full Cup

parade -- is possible. Might

as well be in Denver, right?  


Jared Bednar raising the Kelly Cup as a player with the South Carolina Stingrays

and the Calder Cup as coach of the Lake Erie Monsters 


I'm probably going to keep saying this until I get it right.


The Avalanche will win the Stanley Cup this season.


The issue is: Can there be a parade?


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January 2, 2021



Floyd Little made the Broncos. And I'm not talking about cracking the roster. 


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