2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Fisher DeBerry’s intelligent, defiant attitude toward college football titans

    Wed, July 30, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments


    Fisher DeBerry had a simple approach to every football game.

    The former Air Force Academy coach thought his Falcons could beat anybody.

    And I mean anybody.

    “I always told my players, ‘With hard work, we can beat anybody,’ ” DeBerry said. “Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, anybody. I didn’t think we couldn’t win.”

    This defiant attitude is one reason – one of the main reasons – DeBerry twice flirted with unbeaten records and won 169 games in 23 seasons, collected 17 winning seasons and defeated many of college football’s greatest powerhouses.

    Here’s one thing I’m sure of:

    Fisher would have believed his Falcons could defeat Nicholls and Georgia State, two of the (far) less-than-powerful opponents on this season’s Air Force schedule. 



  • Ramsey: LeBron James should not wear Jordan’s No. 23

    Tue, July 29, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    LEBRONSTERLEBRON, wearing the right number

    LeBron James should not wear No. 23, a number that will forever be associated with Michael Jordan.,

    Here’s why:

    James is too talented, too accomplished, too distinctive to wear a number that he can never make his own.

    He should have stuck with No. 6. He deserves the chance to place an eternal stamp on his own number.

    LeBron is not Jordan. This is not a knock. Nobody ever will be Jordan. LeBron is more generous and,  perhaps, even a more complete player than Jordan.




  • Fisher DeBerry talks about New York City, America’s Gotham

    Mon, July 28, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    FISHER DE BERRYFISHER DEBERRY, in a typically intense pose

    Fisher DeBerry arrived in New York City in 2011 for an extended visit. I talked with him after he had spent two days roaming America’s Ultimate Big Town. DeBerry, of course, is the retired Hall of Fame football coach of the Air Force Falcons.

    “I think I’m going to be a really happy turtle in New York. That’s the way I feel. I’ve been walking the streets with my wife, looking at the decorations. I’m a country bumpkin in a cosmopolitan place.”

    He planned to see “The Lion King” and visit Central Park and the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. He already had been dazzled by the skyscrapers.

    “My, Lord,” he said.  “The engineering. How in the world they can build this big a building up in the air. It just blows my mind.”

    DeBerry, who grew up in a small  was enjoying everything about Manhattan.

    Well, almost everything.

    “I’m a country guy,” DeBerry said. “I don’t like seeing people walking around with their heads down and never smiling and wearing dark colors all the time.”


  • Manchester United’s van Gaal isn’t fan of Colorado’s heat and ‘height’

    Sun, July 27, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments


    Louis van GaalMR. SUNSHINE?

    Louis van Gaal was not exactly the cheeriest guy after his team, Manchester United, fought to a 3-2 victory over AS Roma at Mile High on Saturday.

    He talked, endlessly, about the  “height, heat and air.”

    He meant the altitude, the hot temps and the thin air.

    He was upset the game was scheduled for the afternoon instead of the evening.

    And he might have had a point except for this:

    It wasn’t very hot. I spent much of the second half sitting in the stands, enjoying the breeze and the moderate summer temps.

    Van Gaal is a superb soccer coach. He directed his national team, the Netherlands, to the brink of the World Cup Final.

    He’s blessed with a crafty soccer mind. There is no doubt about that.

    But he never will be described as Mr. Sunshine.


  • Bowlen’s secret to success: He stayed out of the way

    Wed, July 23, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    John Elway

    John Elway – the secret to Bowlen’s success

    Pat Bowlen is being celebrated today as he departs his day-to-day duties as Broncos owner.

    He’s being celebrated most of all for what he did not do.

    He did not meddle.

    He did not try to act as if he knew everything about football or about running an NFL franchise.

    He did not interfere with the experts he hired to run his football team.

    A wise sports franchise owner realizes he can become infamous much more easily than she/he can become famous.

    Bowlen never scored a touchdown, never made a tackle, never devised a game plan.

    He also did not make not make many major mistakes, and he was quick to correct the biggest mistake of his reign as owner.

    He fired Josh McDaniels, the boy blunder.


  • Manning’s 18 a surprising fourth in NFL jersey sales

    Mon, July 21, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Was surprised to see Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in the fourth position in sales of NFL jerseys.

    Extremely surprised.

    Would have expected him to lead in the sales department.

    Here is the list of top jersey sellers. And, yes, I’m as surprised as you are to see Johnny Manziel in the lead.

    Manziel, as you know, has yet to take a snap in the NFL.

    But his lack of experience is the best explanation for his sudden rise to the top of jersey sales.

    Millions of Americans already owned Manning’s Broncos jersey.

    No American owned Manziel’s Browns jersey until a couple months ago.




    1. QB Johnny Manziel, Cleveland
    2. QB Russell Wilson, Seattle
    3. QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
    4. QB Peyton Manning, Denver
    5. CB Richard Sherman, Seattle
    6. DE Michael Sam, St. Louis
    7. QB Tom Brady, New England
    8. QB Drew Brees, New Orleans
    9. QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
    10. 12th Man, Seattle

    One other note:

    The No. 12 – you know, the 12th man – Super Bowl jersey comes in at No. 10 on the list. I saw dozens of those No. 12 jerseys in New York during Super Bowl week.

    Each time I saw a Seahawks No. 12, I had to battle the temptation to say, “Um, you’re just a fan. You don’t play for the Seahawks.”

  • Cowboys release Kyle Orton. Is he retiring? Or looking for a new gig?

    Thu, July 17, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    KYLE THE VILEORTON, back when he was an average QB for the Broncos

    Some experts believe Kyle Orton wants to retire.

    Others believe he’s looking for a new NFL gig.

    I believe he’s one of those common creatures in the NFL:

    A starting quarterback who is not quite talented enough to start at quarterback in the NFL. Mediocre would be high praise for Orton, who might not reach quite that high a level.

    Orton was scheduled to earn $3.25 million this season for the Cowboys. He’s only 31, but he’s offered hints he wants to walk away from his huge paycheck and begin retirement. This is the path Jake Plummer took a few years ago. The Snake now enjoys a peaceful retirement with his former Bronco cheerleader wife near Boulder.

    Orton threw for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 75 career games for Chicago (2005-08), Denver (2009-11), Kansas City (2011) and Dallas (2012-13). He was 35-35 as a starter, only one of those coming with the Cowboys.

    35-35. That’s average. Mediocre, you might say.


  • Ramsey: World Cup final proves soccer critics correct in one regard

    Mon, July 14, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments


    Yes, Sunday’s battle between Argentina and Germany could have used a few more goals.

    This World Cup was seriously light on scoring. We had one too many bites (yes, we’re talking about you, Luis Suarez) and a wide collection of sensational goaltending and some dazzling defending.

    But not enough goals.

    Games that end in 0-0 ties are frustrating, even to the most devoted fan. Germany and Argentina both were blessed with opportunities to win the game in regulation.

    Both teams wasted those chances.

    Here’s my wish for the 2018 World Cup in Russia:

    More goals.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers have backup plan if LeBron spurns them, once again

    Thu, July 10, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments


    From Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the premier source for NBA news:

    “If the Cavs can’t get LeBron James, their backup plan remains making a run at signing free-agent forward Trevor Ariza. “

    Um, that’s what is known as a letdown.

    LeBron is the NBA’s No. 1 player.


    He falls somewhere in the top 150.


  • Ramsey: Talk about inflation: So-so Hayward signs $63 million NBA contract

    Wed, July 9, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Gordon Hayward just signed a four-year $63 million contract with Charlotte.

    This is the same Hayward who led the Jazz to a 25-57 record this season.

    OK, that’s a little harsh, but Hayward barely rises above mediocre. He shot 41.3 percent from the field. Last time that was a respectable percentage was 1954. He averaged less than one offensive rebound a game, an indication of his lack of ambition and athleticism. He never will be the best player on the playoff team. Never.

    He fails to deserve a max contract.