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APRIL, click or scroll down

April 9 -- Court packing was -- and is -- a bad idea

April 7 -- Georgia and Colorado voting laws alike? Uh, no.

April 2 -- It was only a bump in the road for Bednar

April 1 -- What's the outlook for crowds at CU, CSU? Good question

 

April 9, 2021

Supreme Court packing

was a bad idea then ...

and is a bad idea now

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As was foreshadowed during the 2020 presidential campaign, President Joe Biden has ordered formation of a commission to study for 180 days the viability of expanding the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

I'm against the notion itself, and also oppose using it as an issue on the checklist to validate anyone's "sensitive' and "progressive" bona fides.  

 

Keep reading 

 

 

 

 

 

April 7, 2021

 

Georgia, Colorado

voting laws alike?

Uh ... no. 

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On Tuesday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis made the media circuit, discussing Major League Baseball's announcement that the All-Star Game will be played at Coors Field.  

 

I saw Polis with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, left, and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, right.

 

The governor quickly answered the questions aboout the unfortunate attempts to equate Colorado's existing voting laws with the new Georgia legislation. Then he tried to lighten up the conversation, talking baseball. I thought he was going to bring up WAR, RISP, WHIP and what the word "rake" means, and perhaps mention that he hopes peanuts, Cracker Jack and sunflower seeds will be allowed at Coors Field by the time the All-Stars gather in Denver. He said even the humorless Mitch McConnell would be welcome.

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

April 2, 2021

Blues put a speed

bump in Bednar's 

path to NHL coaching 

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 After the Colorado Avalanche hired Jared Bednar to succeed Patrick Roy in the franchise's chaotic Summer of 2016, I sat down with him for a long interview during training camp, called and spoke with others, and wrote an extensive profile that -- and I'll brag here -- I believe still is the definitive piece on him here.

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

April 1, 2021

What's the outlook

for crowds at CU, CSU

in 2021 football? 

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Read it here

 

 

MARCH, click or scroll down

March 31 -- Where's Broussard's knee brace?

March 24 -- Sadly, it has come up again: No Notoriety 

March 22 -- What has changed in 22 years? Nothing really

March 21 -- Denver is slam-dunk, empty-net No. 1

March 13 -- RIP, Marvelous Marvin Hagler

March 12 -- Where will the NHL fit under new ESPN/ABC deal?

March 11 -- On subtitles ... and titles that got away

March 2 -- Whizzer White and Buffs hit NY for first NIT 

 

 

March 31, 2021

Where's Broussard's

brace? In the trunk, 

with Linus' blanket 

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Perhaps Jarek Broussard had taken enough friendly teasing from his coach, Karl Dorrell.

 

Maybe he'd heard enough musing about if he could average 163 yards rushing in five regular-season games wearing a semi-cumbersome brace on his troublesome left knee, what could he have done without it?  

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

March 24, 2021

Sadly, it has come

up again: Don't give 

killers fame they seek  

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Read it here 

 

 

 

March 22, 2021

One more time.

Tell me what really

has changed. Nothing.  

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Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2021

In NBA/NHL star

tandems in same

market, Denver No. 1

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Handicappping and promoting Nikola Jokic's MVP candidacy

is a favored topic of conversation in Colorado.


As it should be.


But, to me, this tends to be underplayed:  In Jokic and the Avalanche's

Nathan MacKinnon, Denver has the top tandem of NBA and NHL

stars playing in the same market.

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2021

RIP, Marvin Hagler:

You were Marvelous 

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Playing Piano in a Brothel excerpt:

"Leonard vs. Hearns vs. Hagler" 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2021

 

Where will the NHL fit

under the 7-year deal,

return to EPSN?

 

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The announcement this week that the NHL is returning to ESPN, with broadcasts on several platforms under the terms of a seven-year contract, wasn't a shock.

 

It also recognizes the evolving marketplace, with cord-cutting, streaming and more individual choice about what to get and not get. To to assess it under conventional terms that are now out of date would be misguided. I get all that.

 

And I get that as long as broadcasts of NHL games are easily obtained from an ESPN/ABC platform -- regardless of which one -- that's the most important detail.

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2021

On  book subtitles ... and titles

that got away: Tin Soldiers, 

Leni and Glenn, Elway Effect ...

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 As I  prepared to begin dropping in snippets from March 1939: Before the Madness as Facebook posts on the corresponding days the rest of the month, I was reminded of this: One frustration for me as an author has been that my book subtitles often have been overlooked or misunderstood. That's not whining. For the most part, I chose them or wholeheartedly agreed they appropriately augmented the titles.  

Keep reading here

 

 

 

March 2, 2021

Buffs' Whizzer White 

is the marquee draw

in NY at first NIT 

 

Whizzer White is in middle: Did you know he was a hoops star, too? 

 

 

Read it here

 

 

 

FEBRUARY, click or scroll down

February 27--Should a return to Coors Field be a guilt trip?

February 25 -- Addazio on Meyer's move to NFL

February 21 -- On the shore of Lake Tahoe...

February 19 -- NHL needs a (retro-) uniform policy on franchise hIstories

February 15 -- Officiating in a pandemic (scroll down)

February 14 -- Mission accomplished: Trump guilty in court of public opinion. But is that enough?

February 8 -- On Ralph Backstrom: What a (hockey) life

 

 

 

February 27, 2021

Rockies will allow fans.

Should an excursion to

the park be a guilt trip? 

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Well, we know Nolan Arenado won't be back at Coors Field ... except when he's with the Cardinals.

 

 

Read it here

 

 

February 25, 2021

CSU's Addazio on

Urban Meyer's move

to NFL, Jaguars

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Urban Meyer and Steve Addazio on the Florida Gators' sideline. Who's that No. 15

in the background? (Gainesville Sun) 

 

Read it here 

 

 

February 21, 2021
 This was nowhere near as much
of a disaster waiting to happen
as Avs' AFA appearance in '20 
  
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The NHL is taking some heat for what happened Saturday, with the Avalanche-Golden Knights outdoor game on the shore of Lake Tahoe shutting down after one afternoon period in the sunlight -- and then finishing up late Saturday night.

Some of it is misguided.  
 

February 19, 2021

NHL needs to try on

a uniform policy for

franchise histories

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The Avalanche will wear its reverse-retro jerseys Saturday against Vegas in the outddoor game alongside Lake Tahoe, on the outdoor rink built on the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

 

The wardrobe gambit -- part of an NHL-wide marketing tool involving all 31 teams -- salutes the franchise's days as the Quebec Nordiques, one of four World Hockey Association franchises absorbed by the NHL for the 1979-80 season. 


One of their NHL opponents was ... the Colorado Rockies.


What about them?

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

 

February 15, 2021

My Mile High Sports

Magazine story on 

officiating in pandemic

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After writing about Joe Sakic and Nikola Jokic in the previous two editions, my story in February's annual Mile High Sports preps issue is a look at veteran multi-sport officials: How did the shutdown effect them? How is it now that high school sports haltingly have started again?  

 

The issue is available at MHS' distribution outlets on the Front Range, and I'll post the link to the digital edition when it's available. 

 

That's Northglenn High grad Lauren "Big Red" Gardner, now a studio host for the NHL Network and MLB Network, on the cover.     

   

February 14, 2021

Mission accomplished:

Trump guilty in court

of public opinion

 

(. . . but is that enough?) 

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 Read it here

 

 

 

 

 

February 8, 2021

Saluting Ralph Backstrom: 

From 6 NHL championships as Hab,

to founding Colorado Eagles 

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It has been a tough couple of months for the Colorado hockey community. 

 

Avalanche godfather Pierre Lacroix died Dec. 13.

 

USA Hockey icon Art Berglund, a long-time Colorado Springs resident, died Dec. 19.

 

Then Sunday came the awful news about Ralph Backstrom's death. 

 

 Keep reading here

 

 

 


JANUARY, click or scroll down

January 31 -- EXCLUSIVE: Rockies considering these Arenado successors  

January 29 -- Arenado deal? Not an Onion parody, but still a joke

January 28 -- Denny Dressman's Game 163

January 27 -- Andre Burakovsky and secondary scoring 

January 24 -- Honoring Larry King with a 3-dots column

January 22 -- Bobby Brink returns to DU with WJC gold

January 19 -- Self-righteous anti-lottery crowd ... lighten up!

January 16 -- For heaven's sake, leave the top line together

January 15 --Addressing the Pac-12 image issue 

January 14 -- Is there still a home-ice advantage?

January 12 -- Win the Cup or feel shame?

January 10 -- We can't let 45 -- or them -- get away with it

January 8 -- My Mile High Sports Magazine story on Nikola Jokic

January 7 -- Tommy Lasorda and the Summer of '70

January 3 -- Let's hope a parade is possible 

January 2  -- Salute to Floyd Little 

 

 

January 31, 2021

Rockies considering

these 3B as possible 

Arenado successors

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Read it here 

 

 

January 29, 2021

Arenado trade?

It's not an Onion parody,

but it is a complete joke  

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Read it here 


January 28, 2021

Denny Dressman's Game  163:

What's first thing you remember

about Rocktober? Exactly! 

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Former Rocky Mountain News editor and senior executive Denny Dressman long has been a respected voice and leader in Colorado's journalism and literary communities. 

 

So his terrific book, Game 163, is no surprise. 

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

January 27, 2021

Andre Burakovsky:

Secondary scoring?

It's his job, after all  

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The Avalanche's official roster lists players born in nine different nations -- Canada, United States, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Germany.

 

There's a catch involving left wing Andre Burakovsky.

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

 

January 24, 2021

Honoring ... the great

Larry King ... with a

three-dots ... column

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In honor of the great Larry King, with respect and admiration, here's my own Larry King-style column. If it was the right day, his column was the first thing I read in the USA Today dropped outside my door on the road. Marriott Points, breakfast buffet, Larry King and a mint on the pillow. It didn't get any better than that.  

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

January 21, 2021

Bobby Brink returns

to DU with World Juniors

gold medal to show 

  

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Bobby Brink was on the ice at the Rogers Center in Edmonton, anxiously waiting for the clock to reach all zeroes.

"I kind of watched the last few seconds," the University of Denver sophomore winger said on the phone Friday. "I was just so excited. I made sure to throw my stick and gloves and helmet as high as I could in the air and jumped into the pile."
 
 
 
 

January 19, 2021

Hey, self-righteous

anti-lottery crowd ...

LIGHTEN UP

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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:

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

January 16, 2021

For heaven's sake, stop

(fooling) around with 

Avalanche top line 

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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.

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

January 15, 2021

Upbeat Dorrell ready to

do his part to address

Pac-12 image issue  

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 "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.    

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

January 14, 2021

So when I asked Avs

if still a home-ice

advantage, they said... 

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Jared Bednar                                                  Devon Toews

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 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! 

 

Keep reading here

 

 

January 12, 2021

What Joe Sakic said when asked

if this team has reached Cup or Bust  ...

and has it really been 25 years? 

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 Mile High Sports Magazine 

 

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

 

Keep reading here 

 

 

 

   

January 10, 2021

Impeachment: We can't

let him -- or his enablers --

get away with it

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Read it here

 

 

 

January 10, 2021

My Mile High Sports

Magazine story on 

Nuggets' Nikola Jokic

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Jamal Murray was Mile High Sports Magazine's Sportsperson of the year for 2020, succeeding 2019 winner Nathan MacKinnon. Nikola Jokic was the choice for Pro Athlete of the Year. My story on Jokic is in the January 2021 issue. Here's the digital edition    

 

 

January 8, 2021

Tommy Lasorda and 

the Summer of '70

  

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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. 

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

 

January 3, 2021

Hoping a full Cup

parade -- is possible. Might

as well be in Denver, right?  

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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?

 

Keep reading here

 

 

 

 

January 2, 2021

Take your pick:

Floyd Little made --

or saved -- the

Denver Broncos    

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

 

Keep reading here