Monday, December 31, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Not going to be too verbose...I'm pretty tuckered on wine and a full day of burning some of my vinyl collection to my laptop's iTunes library.
The W's and the Nugs can often be classified in the "fun to watch" category of NBA hoops, and tonight's game did not disapoint. It was a free-wheeling, fast breaks galore, up-tempo affair; and the Nugs can thank the fact that the W's 3-point shooting faltered in the end for their down-to-the-wire victory. (though I was a bit scared every time the Warriors were launching those bombs)
AI, Melo, and Kleiza (off the bench) carried the Nuggets offensively...per usual, Camby providing many many boards. Black Flag and MDC provided blasts from my past in 7" format.
Bad news also surfaces with word that Super Joe will undergo surgery and be out 2-3 months. Ouch. Time for some of the youngsters and newly acquired vets to step it up (I'm looking at you Hannan). Svatos' play lately has been encouraging. With the next three games against the Kings and Coyotes, it is almost paramount to pick up 5 or 6 points in the next week.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Well, that was a barnburner of a hockey game...only your goalie shouldn't be the one giving up 5 goals (and definitely not 4 goals in the 3rd period for fuck's sake).
It's hard to argue for either of the Av's goalie choices this season. They both suck.
I don't normally like "Kicking it with Kiz" but this past weekend I actually was nodding my head while reading his article in the Post.
Tonight's game only cements the sentiment. (i like how that rhyme sounds...)
So you say that Roy isn't willing to come out of retirement?
Well...if David Aebischer hadn't recently been put on waivers by the lowly PHX Coyote's minor league affiliate the San Antonio Rampage, (to quote the Hanson Brothers, "they sent me to the AHL, I wanted to stay, they sent me away....." Gross Misconduct LP Alternative Tentacles#116 1992 check it out=NoMeansNoRamonesHockeyPunk) I might be down with trying to bring Abby back (good lord, that dude must have sucked worse than we thought....) but the simple fact that he's eating crow and drinking Pilsner back in Europe now playing for HC Lugano makes me think he's not the answer.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
On its face, I don't have a problem with the reinstatement. Pot seriously cannot help you on the field and probably isn't too damaging to a player's performance if he wants to partake in the occasional off the field toke. I do have a problem with running backs on the Broncos that look slow and fumble the ball, which is why I'm not too stoked that Henry is here for the rest of the season. Since we've already established the season is over anyway, and he's almost sure to be gone next season, I'd rather just cut ties now with this over-achieving procreator .
Monday, December 3, 2007
Damn, that shark sure looks fake!!
Well, that's two Avs losses in four days at the hands (fins?) of the Sharks and three losses to East Bay teams in the last four days for the Denver Pro Squads. Hopefully, the Nuggs don't take on the Warriors anytime soon. (Sorry mac.) From what I saw, a pretty decent game for the Avs with the difference being a fluky goal by the Sharks. That happens sometimes in hockey. Still hurts to drop 4 points to a team that will be near the top of the Western Conference heap by the end of the season, despite the somewhat slow start. The Avs haven't been the same since Lappy was put on the shelf with a bum knee, underscoring his importance. Get well soon, bro.
By the way, screw the Pats. That was one lucky, jive-ass win.
Feel free to continue bitching about the Broncos.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Not sure who I hate more, the Cubs or the Astros...guess it depends on who we're playing. (who am I kidding??? it's the Cubs!)
The dude was a spark at some pretty crucial times, for that I accept his thanks for allowing the Rockies to resurrect his MLB career after falling flat on his face with the Mets. Would have loved to see him back with the Rox, but......the Astros paid him pretty high for a 32 year old 2nd baseman who can be a bit streaky.
Anyways, best of luck my man KazMat, I sung your praises way more often than I screamed "you suck". I like that in my baseball players.
The Game 2 Grand Slam in Philly (notice all Caps) shall always be remembered.....
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Just got off the phone with the TD, and he seemed a bit distraught that no one was blogging about the probable return of Yorvit and Matt Herges, so let me start it. Both were pretty crucial in our late season surge, and Torrealba was rather dollars during the NLCS. I like'em both; kudos to you O'Dowd. The next Rockies post will probably be a so-long KazMat blog; it sound like he'll be going to one of two hated NL Cetral teams (Cubbies or the Strohs). So we'll be in the market for a 2nd Basemen soon. Is Carlos Baerga a free-agent?
Monday, November 26, 2007
The subtitle, “Motivating to Write” would be very appropriate on this Monday morning, as yesterday’s meltdown STILL has me mad and bitter. For some reason, this loss really burns, like Jacksonville ’96 playoff-type sting. Again, the Broncos dominate on both sides of the ball, but lose out on the scoreboard. The special teams are killing them right now. If it is not one thing (Hester returns) it is another (getting dominated in the field position game.)
DOWN LOW THIS POST-HOLIDAY MONDAY….
10.) The Offense moved the ball well, but struggled mightily on 3rd down. They were, however, rather potent on 1st and 2nd down. Andre Hall was right at a c-note, Jay Cutler had another efficient game (31 attempts-300 yards) and scoring in the mid-30s usually garners lots of wins. The really lost, eh?
9.) The defense, although not dope in the clutch yesterday, played a pretty strong overall game. They caused some turnovers, got some sacks, and were stingy for most of the day against the run. If you throw out the 3 (basically) special teams TDs, the defense only gave up half of what the Broncos offense scored.
8.) The special teams were bad even aside from Saueroid’s 3-hour bout of stupidity. The two returns were both his fault (as was that block) but there also just aren’t enough wackos throwing their bodies around. The coverage was brutal in the second half. Even last week’s AFC Special Teams Player of the Week could have run those ones back. Speaking of which, Glenn Martinez? Just because you start a return on the sidelines, does not mean you have to traverse across the field to get into the middle, EVERY TIME! To be honest, Sauerbrun and Co. handled Devin Hester really well in the first half. He wasn’t a factor at all, by nicely placing balls on the ground.
MAYBE MR. T IS PRETTY HANDY WITH COMPUTERS!
7.) AFC West Round-up: San Diego beat the hapless Ravens and the Raiders took down the Chiefs in KC. Broncos and Chiefs are both bad at home?!?! I also must feel slightly bad for those KU/Chiefs fans who pulled the Arrowhead double….. ouch. The Oakland/KC game was actually a really good back and forth game.
6.) AFC: Pats fail to cover?!?!? But win, nonetheless. Jags continue to impress. Colts get an easy win. Will the Steelers lay consecutive eggs tonight? NFC: It’s the Cowboys and the Packers and not necessarily in that order…..
5.) Nugs with a tough home-road back-2-back this weekend. Nice scrappy win on Friday against Minny (see “the view from 332” below) It is always fun to not only take in a game as a fan for once, but always dope to be with all my peeps. Riggins called the Sat. night meltdown in Clutch City, but it’s not that bad of a loss in the long run, however. This week, the Nugs host the Pacers and Clippers sandwiched around a trip to Staples to run with the Lake Show. West coast heads gonna take in another?
4.) Avs continue to struggle with a bad home loss on Sat night with Calgary. They luckily have a slow week with just a mid-week skate with Edmonton. Still just a point back of Minnesota, but can’t let the West’s elite get too far ahead.
3.) College football is winding down. The Buffs crush the Corn and are now guaranteed a bowl bid with Kansas State’s loss. Mizzou wins the border skirmish. If Oklahoma beats Missouri next week they might as well just put the BCS to bed.
2.) College hoops, on the other hand, is in full swing and a nice distraction from our mediocre pigskin teams. Remember these names, Michael Beasley (KState) Eric Gordon (Indiana) and Derrick Rose (Memphis.) All 3 are freshmen and will be NBA all-stars in 2-3 years. The names OJ Mayo and Kevin Love are also hot diaper dandies with long pro careers ahead of themselves, but these 3 are ridiculous. Try and catch ‘em! My weekly Gonzaga report will return, but the top-25 Zags suffered a tough loss in some holiday tourney to Bob Knight’s Red Raiders.
1)My boys from Platte Canyon HS lost in the 2A state finals to Platte Valley. KUDOS FELLAS! Most of them will be hoopin’ it up this winter for the Huskies basketball squad. So proud of these guys!
War commercials involving Clubber Lang
Sunday, November 25, 2007
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
This new post needs a name. It will be a weekly examination of the world of basketball, sometimes pros, sometimes college, sometimes both. My interests shall obviously lie heavily with the local professional cagers, the Denver Nuggets.
Maybe, “The Looksie,” in an attempt to look back while looking ahead in the world of basketball.
I know that the majority of our vast reading audience is not made up of diehard basketball fans, but I have read the comments and if they want it…., then they want it. And if you want to know my professional opinion (which is actually somewhat valid, here) subjectively, this is one of the top three teams in the entire NBA. Unfortunately, talent and flair don’t add up to diddly-squat come the hellish grind that is the NBA Playoffs.
Yes, I believe and have seen already in this young campaign that things are changing around the Pepsi Center. Despite some deplorable defensive performances during the early stages of last week’s east coast swing, Head Coach George Karl is serious (no longer “Furious”) about his team’s actual defensive performance. The walls of the locker room and practice courts are lined with recent stats regarding team defense and its effect on winning championships. Even right now, as the Nuggets sit nicely at 5-3 and obviously in the middle of a good stretch of team play (some of the best I have witnessed in over a decade), the Nuggets are still coming up a bit short on the defensive end. Their rank in the stats that Karl and Company deemed important (I’m gonna assume that Doug Moe had nothing to do with any ‘defensive’ scheming), those being defensive points per game, field goal percentage allowed, and steals made were all in the 20’s. They were not even flirting with the top ten.
Most of you know how I feel about defensive (ie BORING) ball and the up-tempo styles of the ABA and 80’s NBA, and specifically how they relate to a fun style of not only viewing, but PLAYING! I was relegated (my bad, I guess) to a slow-it-down, defensive-focused team in college where my talents (and interests) were not utilized. I like to see the ball pushed and I like my matadors on weak-side help. Get it and go.
Unfortunately, this holds no historical weight, as even remember that even the Showtime Lakers played some defense led by Pat Riley, who has since become a defensive asshole. That team also was good because they had Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Bryon Scott, Michael Cooper, and the NBA’s All-time leading scorer who was more “unstoppable” than Michael Jordan. Who(m) stopped Lew/Kareem during his ENTIRE career? Put Yao Ming on stilts and he still ain’t blocking the sky hook.
I am way off topic, but you get the point. I will be trying to put together a Friday morning post that has nothing to do with the NFL. Let’s get this shit organized!
The Nuggets are really good; although so are the Utah Jazz. They have some more home games over the Thanksgiving holiday, hosting New York tomorrow, the Bulls on Tuesday, and the TWolves on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. All wins. I would be surprised if the team does not take all three and handily, I might add.
Need ideas for the post name! TONIGHT: Rockets @ Spurs followed by Pistons @ the Lakers. I miss the old NBC NBA song and those corny intros.
“Catch it, as Shaq and the Magic face Hakeem and the Rockets!”
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Let's just hope that management isn't planning on putting all of their eggs in the Chris Iannetta basket.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
10.) The Broncos bounced back nicely yesterday with their first win at Arrowhead in many a years (since the Griese days.) A sloppy first half was continued by the Chiefs as Damon Huard threw a pick (led to a Selvin Young TD) and fumbled (picked up and scored by Nate Webster) in the second half’s first two minutes. In essence, an 8-6 game quickly became 20-8, before many of the Chiefs were even warmed-up.
Broncos long drives (>30 yards) turned into touchdowns.
Their short drives turned into long field goals (no FGs attempted inside 40 yards.)
The defense got stops and made plays!!! At 4-5 and one game out of first, the Broncos are far from dead. I also feel strongly that all of their remaining seven games are winnable.
9.) The Nugs had a great weekend (as was predicted here on Friday) with a blowout win on Friday in DC, followed by the 2nd biggest comeback in franchise history in Indy the next night. Gave up 46 in the first quarter to the Pacers, and then allowed only 33 in the entire second half. At 4-3 and just a game behind Utah, I have love for the Nugs for bouncing back after 3 straight losses. LeBron’s in the hizzie tonight! I’ll be working things courtside, so expect a post for tomorrow. Other than the Rockies, the Denver teams all need to focus a bit more on defense.
8.) Although our hockey team is much improved over a year ago in that category. Mixed-bag games this weekend, but they at least got points in both with an OT loss v. Vancouver and a big win last night over the Wild Northstars. The win keeps the Avs in first place with 23 points. This just in, the Avs are a good hockey team.
7.) The College Game: HUGE, no, I mean a “NO BOWL GAME FOR YOU!” type of loss for the Buffs in Iowa. Yes, they can still become bowl eligible with a win next week against Nebraska, but 6-6 isn’t going to impress many bowl reps. Let’s just hope that Oklahoma win holds a lot of weight (ie if the Sooners make the BCS Title game)
AFA representing in South Bend with a bit of a beat-down of Notre Dame. The dub puts them at 8-3 and ready for a decent late-December bowl. Face Buckeyes. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK! RYAN, where are YOU!?!? WAR cup fights.
6.) AFC West Round-up. We all know that KC dropped to 4-5. The Raiders lost to an extremely average Bears (see you in two weeks, Griese) team and the Chargers were far from impressive last night in their win over the champion Colts. Felipe Rios is garbage (have I mentioned that before?) They needed 2 return scores and most importantly they needed the most clutch kicker in league history to suffer from a bout of “non-clutchness.”
5.) AFC Review: Ravens suck, I’m never picking them again. It is great to see the Pittsburgh and Cleveland rivalry is back! Troutdog’s Browns? Dolphins lose again.
4.) NFC: Packers and Cowboys are the class, assuredly. If these two teams don’t meet in the NFC Championship game, I would be surprised. The Giants are decent, but I don’t trust them…. Or Eli. RAMMERS get their first win!!! My Falcons? My Cardinals?
3.) For two years, I coached (football and hoops) a some great kids from Bailey. In addition to this now group of seniors being major victims in the Platte Canyon School shooting from a year ago, they are now in the 2A state semifinals!! When this group was in middle school, the high school team was awful; had been for years. At one of their end of the year banquets, I promised the crowd (5-6 years ago) that if they stayed together they should contend for a state title. Some giggled, some parents rolled their eyes, and the high school coach even warned me afterwards about getting “their hopes up too high.” This Saturday in Bailey v. Holy Family. Mad love to the PCHS Huskies! Hate to say I told you so (as you all know) Coach, but….. you’re welcome. He still needs to throw the ball more.
2.) MAC’s Bay Area Corner: Raiders are brutal (Hey Kid, Play the kid!) The Warriors are winless at 0-5. The Sharks have been disappointing early in the year, but still sit atop the logged-jam Pacific Division. HEY, their old soccer team is still really good!
1.)Speaking of which, the San Jouston Dynaquakes are into the finals for a rematch with New England. Last year’s game with these two teams was great and won by SJ/H. Let’s just hope those Massholes don’t get another title……sorry massholes.
War snowflakes at 8500 feet
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
5.) The Broncos have a chance this weekend to get back into the mix of things in the AFC West. Jay Cutler’s status is still uncertain, which makes things tricky, but I have faith that back-up Patrick Ramsey can do the job. Chiefs’ RB Larry Johnson appears to be out, which should help, I guess. I’m somewhat certain; however, that even the geriatric Priest Holmes will flirt with Adrian Peterson’s newly minted single-game record. I’m going to stay positive and think that this will be a rare win in Arrowhead.
4.) The Nuggets face the winless Bullets tonight in Chocolate City. Word is that a bum digit will keep Nene out of action for the next six weeks. Ugh. This dude is snakebitten. Time to up Kenyon’s minutes! A win tonight and later this weekend in Indy should help salvage what has been a bad roadie to this point. LeBron is back in the Mile High City on Monday night. I’ll be acceptin’. I have a small piece on Linas to script, so I will be sitting down with him a bit pre-game.
3.) Avs off to a great start, as we have properly documented. Tonight, they are in Vancouver for another of their 30 games together. It’s obviously all about Lappy. That and their forward-stocked roster which has four lines that all produce.
2.) College Football Primer: The Buffs need this win in Ames against Iowa State tomorrow morning. Not only will the win make them “bowl eligible” but it will also set them up nicely for their day-after Thanksgiving game with the hated Corn. With youngins up and down the lineup, the future looks bright in Boulder.
The Air Force Falcons (already B.E.) take on the Domers in South Bend and actually enter as the favorite in Vegas. Great chance for a statement win on national television in hopes of procuring the best bowl possible. Kudos to first-year coach Troy Calhoun (former Broncos asst.) for a great year, despite following the legendary Fisher DeBerry. They already have a few quality wins and have exceeded all expectations.
1.) In soccer news, the LA Galaxy went back across the pond to hire former Dutch captain Ruud Gullit as their new head coach.
MLS Final is almost set as New England (yeah, we need another good Boston team, after four straight SI covers) won the East last night. They will face the winner of the KC v. Houston game. Nice bike kick goal by US Nat’l Taylor Twellman in a conference final! Our boy Hoppy is still in the mix and was working the sidelines last night.
War the 1988 Dutch National Soccer Team (shot above from the ’88 European Champion Final. TOR!)
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Jimmy Rollins will soon become public enemy #1 'round the 303. First, it was Troy Tulowitski and the Rockies' leftfielder is sure to be next. I, you, and all of us, must keep the "regular season" moniker in mind. The fielding stats between Tulo and Rollins are borderline identical. The only thing that stands out is that Tulo has about 80 more assists (561-479) and also has the unassisted triple play.
Matt Holliday will NOT be named the National League MVP. I obviously hope I am wrong, but.....
Best fielding team in the history of the sport has nary ONE Gold Glove.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I plan on saboring this next game (and hopefully the next few games), because hell, it's been quite a fun ride this year.
Come on Super Rockies!!!!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
2 runs in 2 games ain't going to win too many World Series. Regardless, gotta still proud of my Rox. They were battling, just no clutch hitting. @#$*&!!!
I'm pretty sure the bone-diggity-dog would agree this is still a night of KTH glory.
Das Boot showed a certain character that would make an aging skipper proud. And we can throw back a few beers if push comes to shove.
I guess the E League cannot contain the entity that is Das Boot!
Now, for a sweep at Coors!