Monday, December 31, 2007

Broncos win the Super Bowl!

Well not really, but it sure felt like that as TD, myself, and many other Denver fans exited Invesco last night, hootin and hollerin. No half priced beer anymore though... wha?

After the 1st quarter crappiness, the Broncos looked solid on both sides of the ball. Like I've said in the past, just give the ball to Young and watch him get 1st downs and open up the passing game. Marshall also had a pretty good game; making some pretty dope catches. And Cutler looked better than he had in the past couple of games, only making just a few mental errors (that ones for you YB and captain). Shanny tried to mess up the game it seemed by not kicking a ~50 yard field goal to pretty much secure the victory (what a mastermind!!!).

TD and I decided to move down to the lower level mid way through the 4th, about 15-20 rows up in the NE corner. Pretty cool being right there next to where all of the big OT plays were(turnover and field goal). The Turnover was obviously the biggest play of the game (obvi, right?). In short, FACE Viking fans (there were plenty of them in attendance)!!

The early evening flurry put another cool touch on the game.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Some High Flying NBA Action

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.

Put in Osgood

Pretty obvious the Red Wings do not suck in the conventional sense of the word.

Hard fought loss last night for the Avs. While it was a highly-entertaining game, it stings not to get at least a point out of that effort. It's definitely not the Avs-Wings rivalry of old with all of the brawling, but the game did seem to have a little more intensity than a normal regular season game. To me, it looked like the Avs had better chances, but the Dominator outplayed Budaj. Need to stop one of those first two goals, Peter.

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

When the (Broncos) World Is Running Down.....

You make the best of what's still around. For those in KTH-land, that means acknowledging that the Broncos have already packed it in for the season, so it's time to focus on the Avs and Nuggets. Both are sitting in first place at the moment and undoubtedly enjoying a little holiday break the last couple of days. The Broncos too appeared to be on vacation Monday night when they got thumped by the Bolts in front of a (one can only imagine largely disinterested) national audience. Let's recap shall we. In two games against the Chargers, the Broncos offense has garnered a grand total of 2 field goals while getting outscored 64-6. If that's not an embarrassing mark, I'm not sure what is. Consider that this particular opponent is a division rival who, at one point of the season at least, we thought the B'cos would be in competition with for the AFC West. Guess not. The only thing interesting at this point about the Broncos' season is how high they'll be in the draft and what type of offseason shakeup takes place. Shanny needs to be held accountable for this mess. If he isn't canned (which he won't be), he needs to be at least stripped of some of his control.

But I digress.....This was supposed to be a positive post about the first place Avs and Nuggets, who, by the way, both had exciting and important wins Sunday night. While the folks over at Invesco spend another post-season on the outside looking in, at least they're smiling at the Pepsi Center.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bushwood CC to kick off season with Member's Only Tournament

That right fellas. Let the shit talking begin and get those power sheets in order.

cj kiper

Friday, December 21, 2007

Anthony Carter to the Rescue

I have no idea why a home Nuggets game is still on when I get home at 11:30pm. I also have no idea why it's a pretty awesome finish with heroics by former Michigan University wide receiver (Who came up with this positional name anyway? It's obvious why the term "wide out" is more used these days.) star, Anthony Carter. Sweet shot in 2OT! I thought his moment in the pro spotlight ended years ago with the Minnesota Vikings, but I guess not. I better start paying attention this Association!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

You're Welcome for the 1 Point

Wow. The Avs were completely outplayed tonight, but still get a point on the road. Flanders....I mean, Peter Budaj was on the campaign trail tonight and made some pretty solid arguments in his favor for the starting goalie spot. The winning OT goal by Schneider was sssssick. Good D by Hannan and an impossible save for Budaj. Sweet helper by Lappy in the 2nd, but it seemed like the puck was in the Avs' zone the entire night, courtesy of sluggish, sloppy play in front of Flanders. Thank you, Ned. May you get 5 goals of support next time around. It's getting mighty crowded atop the NW Division....Come back, Super Joe......

Huevos as a late bid for ZZ-Top worship in the Meat Puppet's canon

OK...this is understandably weird. If (Bay Area) Mac hadn't made the off-hand comment long ago that this blog needs "more Meat Puppets", after he retrospectively sorted through our drunken commentary of the Rockies' 2007 HIGHS and lows since KTH's mid-summer inception, I wouldn't be blogging about the 6th record from the Pups.
I assume (selfishly) that there was no Rocky Mountain sports other than the Rox that was relevant during that Sept/Oct timeframe.
After the current hot stove action, I hope the Rockies aren't left in some horrible basement crashpad with the lowly Giants - the Pads, Dodgers, and D-Backs made very bold moves over the past couple weeks, the Rockies have not. The wealthy, free-spending NL West contingent can bite me. So can anyone who doesn't like the Meat Puppets.
That said, Huevos is an awesome name for an album. It fucking means "Eggs" that brilliant or what? I say brilliant. My 2 year old daughter has a Huevos T-shirt I made for her. It looks rad.
My brief comments on the record itself:
If Huevos isn't a total ZZ-Top tribute filtered through post-punk psychedelia ("Paradise" "Dry Rain", or "Fruit") it's a logical harder-rockin' move forward after Mirage...("Bad Love") or it's just plain simpleton-rock ("Automatic Mojo") Whatever's a great record that got much play on my personal stereo back in '88 and on the Streetlight Records 24th St. system in SF back in the day when me and Ms. Winder and Tiberculosis had influence on that record store's playlist.
To deviate from the ZZ-Top angle that has been rock journalized pretty much to death since Huevos came out....please check out "Angel From the Coast" from Thin Lizzy on the Jailbreak record. It sounds like a goddam Huevos outtake with Phil Lynott singing for the Pups.
"...fruit on the vine. ice water fountain" that sounds mighty nice.
Oh yeah, to make this Denver sports relevant....
the Av's got a point but lost in OT to Anaheim tonight. The NW division is fucking tough.
So long Saueroid. Welcome back (i guess???) Ernster.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Shanahan mayhem

With her son coaching along the Texans sideline who Mrs. Shanahan going to root for? Enough already! I'm sick of this stupid NFL family story, but the pregame dudes apparently can't get enough of it... and did you know Kubiak use to coach under Mike Shanahan?

Anyhoo, bring it on Houston Hicks!

Riggins, KTH demands a full report.

Monday, December 10, 2007

"The Heat From KTH Was Too Great...."

Citing the media glare he faced from a certain Denver website over his shaky performances last season, LaTroy Hawkins has declined to resign with the Rockies and will become a Yankee. Hawkins was apparently eager to play in a market where the media scrutiny is less severe. He will now be able to freely blow games without getting an earful from DeathTruck.

Mile High Fireworks

A pretty entertaining Sunday afternoon to be a Denver sports fan. Between the Broncos 41-7 thrashing of the hated Chiefs and the 9 goal effort by the Avs later in the evening, there was plenty to smile about yesterday. Too bad the Titans choked so bad against the Bolts, pretty much making the Broncos' playoff calculus insurmountable. Really makes you cringe when you think back to the Bears meltdown a couple of weeks ago or the egg that was laid against the Raiders last week.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Nug Pups

...well not exactly my style to be posting anything having to do with the Association, but took in most of the Nugs/Mavs game tonight and experienced some fanciful emotions.
A high flying affair.... I must say that I enjoy this fellow they call "AI"
...shit, between last night and tonight the cat has been team-carrying (lil' thanks to Linas as well). Too bad last night didn't turn out quite as nicely as this evening as far as final scores go.
Did Iverson ever sit on the bench and take a breather tonight?

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Can we bring Roy out of retirement?

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.

Who is?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Broncos Finally Get Some Good News?

As noted already by captainwhatshisname in the previous post's comments, Travis Henry was victorious in his appeal of the pot suspension. This is a rare victory for the Broncos in the last couple of weeks, although it's certainly questionable whether this is truly a "victory." For Travis Henry, Mike Shanahan, and pot-smoking football players, sure, this is a big win. (My, what strange company you keep, Shanny!) As a Bronco fan, it doesn't feel like a win.

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 .

Why can't we get some news nfl news like Tom Brady was arrested scoring heroin after last night's big win or Eli Manning was picked up for soliciting a male prostitute?

The Travis Henry saga is just irritating more than anything.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Unsafe Waters

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

Flying Low Again

As heart-wrenching as last week's loss was, this latest loss was a more focused, showcase if you will, display of the reasons the Broncos are going nowhere this season. The hardest part was that it had to come against Ozzy and the Raiders.

1) The offense is inconsistent. Aside from the long pass, there was nothing to cheer about with the offense, except for maybe plays that were not turnovers.

2) The defense cannot come up with big plays when they matter most. The Broncos were still in the game somehow after Cutler's 4th quarter pick, but they could not make a tackle on a crucial 3 and 11 after the Raiders seemingly were trying to recapture some old magic with a holding penalty on 3rd and 1. In fairness to the D, they were on the field a lot today, courtesy of the turnovers on offense. Still, the Raiders were coughing up the ball almost as much, but no one was around to snatch up the free pigskin.

3) Lastly, the special teams is such a massive pile of shit, they should move their practices up to Greeley. It's amazing anyone associated with that unit still has a job. (See Sammy Winder's post from last week and relive the hate.)

If there was any question after last week, the season is truly over now. I hope there is some good college talent this year, so that Shanahan can not draft it and pick up some more free agent losers (I'm looking at you Trav).

Bright spot - Brandon Marshall is emerging as an elite receiver, which no doubt means he'll become an insufferable prick within a year.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

So long KazMat

Well, we knew he wasn't going to end up back here.
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

Herges and Yorvit Jersey T's for next year?

Sure, why not?

(c'mon Brian)

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?
Avs looked pretty good last night (on a side note).

Monday, November 26, 2007

MONDAY TOP TEN (for pitied fools)

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.)


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.


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

Hello, I'm Scott O'Brien and I should be fired.

I'm not a good Special Teams Coach. Sorry for ruining your Sunday afternoon, Bronco's fans.

Well, Isn't That Special?

Nice to have your season single-handily flushed down the toilet by your punter/kickoff specialist. Way to go Sauerbrun. Kickoff return, punt return, and a blocked punt all leading to 21 points. Sure the defense faltered down the stretch, but this falls squarely at the feet (or foot) of Sauerbraten. You score 34 against the Bears and you should win easily. This one hurts....especially with a great second half from the offense and easily the best game of the year for the defensive line

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The View From Section 332

A pretty uninspired performance last night from the first place Nuggets, but a late game surge secured a victory over the lowly T-Pups. AI had a very cold shooting hand, but Carmelo and Najera picked up their teammates during crunch time.

No matter how unremarkable the Nuggets' play was, the wardrobe of this gentleman more than made up for it. One can only imagine how many "Big Johnson" t-shirts are stashed in this dude's closet.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The last screwjob for the Rockies

Just like Barry Larkin stole the award from Dante in '95, another shortstop steels the award from another deserving Rockie left fielder. Jimmy Rollins wins the 2007 MVP award. No surprise I'm sure for most of us, considering the voters have been hatin' on us ever since the golden glove awards were handed out (I believe Jimmy Rollins stole an award there as well).

I guess Rollins had descent stats with 30 dongs and a shit load of stolen bases... but the dude hit below .300 this year, and I'm pretty sure he wasn't in contention to win the triple crown.

Oh and I guess Citizens Bank Park isn't a hitter friendly stadium.

Maybe when we win the World Series next year, the voters will start paying closer attention to Gen-R.

What Happened to Tradition?

I don't really have time to do a detailed post here (I'm, you know, at work and stuff), but it's already 10am MST, the Broncos are tied for 1st in the vaunted AFC West, and there is nothing on KTH. That ain't right. Sammy Winder and I were in the South Stands for last night's balmy late November MNF game. Very solid outing by the offense (A-), very suspect performance by the defense (C), and a schizophrenic night for the special teams (B-). Maybe 'lil Cutlet is starting to emerge from behind the shadow of the Snake. (Notice irony - Can a snake really have a shadow?)

All things considered, a huge victory for the B'cos if they (actually) want to keep their playoff hopes alive. I'm not too thrilled about the prospect of getting hammered in the playoffs (although getting hammered for watching the playoffs sounds great), but what the hell, some one has to win the West.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Yorvit not a Met Afterall

Weird, but the news on the street now is that the Met-Yorvit deal fell apart. Could the Rockies still get him back? If the price is right, and barring a Ted Simmons break from retirement, I'm all for bringing him back.

You Just Got Your Asses Kicked.....

by a bunch of god damn nerds!!!

Brutal game last night for the rust-laden Avs. Let's hope they bring some piss and vinegar to the more important game Sunday afternoon vs the Wild. (By the way, I love that there is a prime Avs game near the time slot the Broncos would be playing normally on Sunday.)

Well, if I were you, I get up and do something about it......

Friday, November 16, 2007

Basketball Thoughts on a Friday

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

Say it ain't so Yorvit!

I guess Yorvit Torrealba is the first member of the 2007 National League Champs to sign with a different team. Tough to blame him when they offered him 4 times as much money as the Monforts were giving him last year. I just wonder how much we were willing to spend to keep him around. Over this year and last year it's tough not be a fan of a catcher who hits above .260 and will occasionally hit a dong (sometimes in rather clutch situations). Not to mention his fresh temper that would occasionally get him thrown out of games. On behalf of KTH, we'll miss you Yorvit.

I guess one silver lining is that he didn't go to a division foe and we probably won't be facing him much during the regular season next year. Although he will be suiting up for a team that I'm sure all of the Baseball Tonight soys will be picking as their pre-season NL Champs.

Let's just hope that management isn't planning on putting all of their eggs in the Chris Iannetta basket.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Voters Validate KTH

Let it be said that Clint Hurdle didn't deserve to win NL Manager of the Year. Many will insist he should've won the honor and if you condense an entire season into the last two weeks of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs, I would agree. However, no matter how easy it is to lose site of the first five months of mediocrity that preceded the amazing final stretch, I must take umbrage with the Hurdle is God contingency.

The Rockies' improbable September run wouldn't have been necessary if not for the many games throughout the season where Hurdle seemed to have received a dugout lobotomy. Minimizing the damage of the early season LaTroy Hawkins struggles could've won a few extra games. Ditto for Fuentes' midseason roadtrip nosedive. I haven't even mentioned Jorge Julio's role in trying to destroy the season in August and September with Hurdle playing the role of enabler. I realize he was just "going by the book", but that's the point. A chimp probably could've done a similar job if given basic knowledge of "the book". Throughout the season he didn't ever seem to make a brilliant move based on instinct. As many of Hurdle's late season and playoff moves turned to pure gold, a far greater amount of decisions earlier in the season turned into feces.

So, yes, no gold gloves for the team is complete rubbish. Tulo probably should've received ROY. Holliday would be a deserving MVP (but won't get it). But, does Hurdle deserve NL Manager of the Year? Nope.......3rd place in the voting sounds more than fair to a consistent observer of the team's season, with an actual bias for his team.....(by the way, his daughter ain't bad looking)

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Monday Tradition Returns

What a weekend!?!? Whew…. I watched a lot of sports this weekend, in case you were wondering. It’s a Monday tradition! TOP TEN!


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.
In review:
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 Selvin Young
War snowflakes at 8500 feet

Sunday, November 11, 2007

When are the stanley cup playoff tickies going on sale?

They'll probably go on sale right after we figure out who we're playing in the finals. Oh wait, the Monfort Bros don't own the Avs... good because I'd kinda like to go to an avs playoff game. Budaj, Jose, shit don't matter; we friggin dominate this national hockey league (except for vancouver?). Not a huge blog here, but c'mon the avs are just straight up nasty right now (not to mention how nasty the donkeys were today).
... and I'm looking for any sort of excuse to put up a Dick Monfort photo on the web.
... and I might have been doing some Sunday boozing again.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cutler on South Park

I don't know how many of you guys watch South Park, but this week's episode was pretty great. A whole lot of making fun of local stars like Ron Zapollo and Jake Jabbs . But in particular, some pretty awsome dialog between one of the kids and Jay Cutler at a rather basic coke and sex party:

Stan: Nice to meet you, I mean you kinda suck but my dad says that you might be good someday.

Cutler: Thanks

Buffs Lack of TV Coverage

I'll be the first to admit, I'm no huge college football fan. But for the love of god, why are only about half of CU's football games televised. Why is Fox Sports Net (Rocky Mountain) airing the Texas A&M - Missouri game instead of the Buffs and Cyclones? I suppose I could switch over to the Altitude network to view South Florida and Syracuse, two teams with high relevance in these parts.....horseshit. It's almost like this is an elaborate scheme to get me to do some house work today.

Friday, November 9, 2007


It was a matter of time. The HIGH FIVE is back and better than ever! While things will still focus predominately on the teams here in Denver, there will still be some national news at times. 1980's-era Dutch soccer is part of the story, hence the dope Ruud shot.

UP HIGH!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Guess what?!? I've got a fever, and the only prescription is....more Lappy.

Excellent hockey game tonight. That 3rd period looked like the fucking playoffs...both the Oilers and the Avs were playing wide-open, balls-out hockey.
Great game by Laperriere...3 points on 2 goals, took a vicious cross-check that didn't get called in that final period too.
I'm liking these Avalanches.

It's All About Lappy!

Sweet 2 points tonight. It didn't come easy, but they battled and got the job done. 1st Place in the Northwest and a 4-1 home stand. I know it's super early, but this team is playing well and fun to watch. Lappy was the difference. If you don't believe me, consult with the folks at

Anyone want to try and score tickets to Sunday night's game?

Matt Holliday, You're Next!

Like muthafuckin' Archimedes!

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

Avs Dominate Flames

Never mind the bump in the home ice dominance road that occurred last Sat night at the Can. The Avs rebounded nicely with a relatively easy 4-1 victory in an important divisional game. Theo is starting to look like he deserves the starting nod.......

More importantly, Sammy Winder and I observed some fellow fans at the game Sat night engaging at what should soon prove to be a favorite past time at Avs games (or Nuggets games). The fans I am referring to were (quite randomly as far as we could tell) testing the authority of the Aramark staff during the intermission by moving the small concourse tables from the outer perimeter to the interior of the concourse and right into the flow of pedestrian traffic. Not a particularly clever prank, but it did look strange and considering these two guys were probably in their mid 40's, it was oddly amusing. And don't think that one, or even two run-ins with the Aramark police would stop these two from attempting to slowly slide their table back to mid aisle time and time again. Sammy W and I even tried to get into the action as a sign of support for our heroes. The picture above doesn't totally capture it, but you get the idea.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Put In Plummer

For a team that is becoming increasingly difficult to watch and is in desperate need of some kind of spark, it's hard not to think about the Snake. I'm not prepared to usher in the Patrick Ramsey era. I thought we had already hit bottom, but getting schooled every which way by the Lions? Embarrassing Shanny........

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Broncos Defense

Umm, our defense looks horrible. That well-executed bomb from Favre is not what has me concerned. It's the fact that we cannot stop anyone rushing the ball. We're still in this game, but if adjustments aren't made at halftime, this is going to get ugly.

Putting A Cap on the 2007 Rockies Season

Waking up the morning after the final nail was driven into the coffin of the Rocks' season and a number of thoughts are going through my baseball-soaked mind. I'll admit it, I didn't sleep very well last night, in large part due to a slew of unrelated bad dreams that contained an unsettling Red Sox undercurrent. Their swift handling of the Rox in the World Series has apparently made an impression. I could bitch endlessly about the Sox' payroll, fans, and their transformation into the Yankees as an elite hated team, but I am trying to focus on the Rockies season from their standpoint, both good and bad.

There are loads of positive aspects to this season. The emergence of the young talent has been at times frustrating to watch (see April - August), but ultimately very fun (see September - October). This can only mean good things in years to come, unless ownership flips the bird to the fans these kids have brought back into the fold and doesn't resign the likes of Holliday, Atkins, Hawpe, etc. While Atkins and Hawpe struggled mightily at the plate in the WS, I'm not ready to flush them away. This playoff run has hopefully provided some October experience that will come in handy down the road......

Which brings me to my main problem with how this whole thing went down in the WS. The ride that got the Rockies to the Fall Classic was of epic proportions. You could argue that the Rockies were the best team in the NL down the stretch and should be right there again next year. I'm not sure I necessarily buy that. The Dodgers and Mets can be expected to be in the mix next year, and the Cubs will likely shell out more cash to improve their team. Our road through the NL in the playoffs wasn't exactly through the teams who would be considered the cream of the NL crop. This was likely part of the reason we swept our way through the NL, which maybe wasn't the best thing to happen. While it has been more or less shown the AL is dominate over the NL, (with the exception of last year's bizarre WS sweep by the Cards over the Tigers), it's a shame we weren't able to keep playing when the team was hot and try to ride that late-season magic all the way to a world championship. I am pleased with winning the NL Pennant and don't think the Rockies embarrassed themselves at all by getting swept by the AL Champ (winning a game or two would have sure been nice though), but the chances of getting to the World Series and to be a team as hot as they were at that point, is not something that happens very often at all. If a World Series drought is prolonged significantly, we all may look back at this last week with a little bit more disdain.

Still, no shame in losing to the best team in baseball this year. Too bad the Tribe couldn't have stepped on the Sox throat when they were up 3-1. I guess that all that deficit did was get the Sox' attention and once the dragon was awaken, there was really no stopping it.

All in all, a fine season Pet Rocks (Our Rocks?)! As a result of the last month and a half, the bar has been significantly raised for the players, the organization, and the fan base. I just hope Slinky's doesn't plan on raising those 20 ounce game day beer prices next year due to their success......

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Well let's change that...

Despite being down 0-3 in this series (the world series), let's not hang our heads too low (Tulo?). Even some of us hardcore fans didn't expect to make it this far. There were countless times that myself or TroutDog uttered the same dry joke after a Rockies loss: "Well, I don't think the Rockies are going to win the World Series this year." Still not true and not finalized yet.

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

Cinderella is dead.....

Wish I didn't have to type this.
A potent combo of untimely (or absolutely no) hitting, previously overachieving pitching that didn't elevate its game like it has in the past month, and a good load of other reasons (the Sox are a better team, Hurdle probably let the pitching thang get out of hand in the first game-kind of fucking up the vibe for the rest of the series, and that jackass right behind homeplate at Coors with all the stupid signs was allowed to continue her lame sign flashing that annoyed me during the Phils and D-Backs series) pretty much spelled disaster for the Rockie's virgin voyage to the Fall classic.
I feel like I should just enjoy the fact that the Rockies are in the World Series, but the amazing run that got them here has frankly spoiled me, and I know (because I've seen it in effect) that this group is capable of some pretty nutty shit.
However, the past few games have shown that magic is quite is nutty shit. Not alot of clutch...good lord Hawpe has looked horrible, Helton has not risen to the occasion during his deserved trip to the Ultimate Stage, and Fuentes should pretty much never pitch another ball for the Rockies (unless of course they are down by 5-6 runs tomorrow night in the 8th, which they very well may be).
I'm pissed and pissed. The Rockies are done for 2007...maybe they can scratch out a win instead of getting swept, that'd be good.
Some other shit:
The Sox should be pretty stoked about the rooks they have right now. Pedroia and Ellsbury were killer tonight...fuck those runts.
Papelbon's weird mouth O-formation before he pitches makes me think he might be fantasizing about blowing the tiny dicks of Red Sox Nation. Good for him.

I guess Jose may want to play hockey afterall....

Pretty solid performance from Theodore last night. The AVs have shown a nice ability to battle back in games....which is making it a bit risky to turn the channel during a game prematurely.
Sweet quick OT score for Smyth too!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Das Boot, Your Barnum E League Champs..

Hey, at least it's a silver lining...........

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!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


We are just minutes away from the start of the Fall Classic and honestly this is the first one I will pay attention to in many years. I jot down this miniscule amount of words to allow for in-game banter.


Where No Rockie Team Has Gone Before

Well, here we are, at the threshold of the first Rockies World Series ever. This will never happen again. I'm savoring the moment, despite the recent ticket botch-job.
If we can make it through the first 3 innings tonight with no more than a 1-run deficit, I'll consider that a minor success and we'll have passed the first major test of this series. This team has been waiting for 9 days to play baseball, so there is some serious uncertainty in the beginning of this game. If the Rox can maintain out of the gate and keep their composure, we have a shot of stealing game 1. It largely rests on the arm of the young kid from Canada that lives up the street from Sammy Winder, Deathtruck, and myself.

I'm going to say Rockies will win this in 6. Fogg will be the winning pitcher of that game in Boston in front of his friends and family from the area.

Go Rockies!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Way to thank the fans in Denver....

Can't really describe what a monumental shaft to the hometown fans the online sales of WS tickets was. Really great to see individual sellers on eBay, stubhub, etc having multiple sets of tickets for sale already...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Nice Start to the Fall Classic, Dick

At a time we should all be exclusively giddy with anticipation for the Rockies first ever World Series, I can't resist but taking a dig at the Rockies' ownership/management. Whoever decided it was a good idea to wait until the LCS's were finished to start selling tickets for the WS needs to publicly explain how that is good for the Rockies and their fans. I understand no one really saw this coming a few weeks ago, but tickets to the NLDS were on sale well before the end of the season (when it didn't look like the Rox had much of a chance of qualifying for the post season) and the NLCS tickets went on sale the morning of the play-in game with the Padres (that's right, before they even qualified for the NLDS).

The only reason I can see that management decided to wait until this morning and change the original plan to having an online only sale was to open the market up to the entire world, including the WS opponents' fan base. Why this benefits the Rockies organization, I cannot say. Ticket scalpers, airlines, local merchants, hotels, etc. will benefit from the out of town attendance, but I don't see how the Rockies do. I doubt too many Red Sox fans would've been concerned with buying WS tickets to Coors Field a few weeks ago. Now they are and will be in force tomorrow at noon MDT.

I do agree that the sales should have been either all online or all through the box office, not both as was originally planned. That doesn't mean this was the best plan. I would've favored an all box office to sale to an online only sale. Better yet, a lottery should've been held weeks ago to determine those (mainly Rockies) fans who could buy tickets. This is what most teams do and not only would it increase MY chances of getting tickets (they would have still been very slim), but it would also (and more importantly) eliminate the vast majority of Red Sox fans from even bothering to try and get these tickets before the Rox were in the WS.

Of course I'm pissed about the computer problems today. Whether it was due to grossly underestimating the amount of people worldwide that would be attempting to get tickets (duh-really?!?!), or actually the fault of some hacker, it really doesn't matter. What pisses me off the most was that the ownership/management chose this means of selling the tickets and waited this long to do so. When there are tons of Red Sox fans at games 3-5 , I hope ownership/management takes a lot of heat for this colossal gaffe. Fuck you guys.

Ok, now I'm going to enjoy the rest of this week and look forward to Wed night. (And, of course, try and get tickets tomorrow at noon!)
No need to be surly at a time like this, that can wait until the games actually begin.....
Go Rockies!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Even in my absence please blog about the Denver Broncos.

Shit...Plummer, unshaven (as he should be) in a henley-T, is even disappointed in the lack of Broncos blogging going on here.
I'm pretty guilty of terminal Rockie-fever, but there no one to pick up the slack?
To quote Jake, (as he passed the doob my way) "You jack-asses probably should just call this blog, 'The Rockies win the NL Pennant, and the-events-which-led-up-to-that fabulous milestone in Denver Sports'"
Whatever, Jake is rolling another, and we're enjoying the scrappy Bronco's win over the Steelers. Though neither of us is convinced that putting in Cutler midway through last year (or even Jay starting this year) was the right move.
Fuck the Sawx.
Can the Avs play all games at the Can?