• To Redskins owner Danny Boy Snyder: Your racist nickname IS an issue

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

    DANNY BOY IMAGE

    Danny Boy Snyder is such a riot. He’s a rich guy who believes he can dictate reality. He announced yesterday that his team’s nickname – the Redskins – is “not an issue.”

    Only the nickname is an issue. And will remain an issue. A contentious, lingering issue that will follow Danny Boy around for as long as he refuses to drop a racist moniker.

    Snyder pretends Native American support is unanimous. It’s not. I am on record as opposing the Redskins moniker, but I’ve never pretended all Native Americans agree with me. Several polls claim the majority of Native Americans support the nickname, but we’re still waiting for a comprehensive poll that will clarify the issue.

    Danny Boy should listen to Michele Companion, a member of the Mohawk Nation and our local Native American community. She does not feel honored by the Redskins moniker.

    “I find the Redskins nickname degrading. I find all the nicknames racist, hurtful, offensive. . The fact that we’re still treated like cartoon characters is not a small issue. It’s a reflection of how so many people in society actually see us.”

    Companion, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, realizes several polls claim a majority of Native Americans support the nicknames. Those polls baffle her.

    “I’ve yet to meet any person who self-identified to me as Native American who has come out and said, ‘Oh, yeah, I think we should have the Redskins, the Chiefs and the Braves.’ I’ve never met a Native American who supports Native American nicknames,” Companion said.

    Danny Boy said Tuesday it’s time for critics of the Redskins moniker to “focus on reality.”

    Here’s his problem:

    He’s rich, but not rich enough to alter reality. The nickname is an issue, and it always will be.

    Another problem with this “focus on reality.”

    Danny Boy heads the most poorly run franchise in professional sports. And we’re talking anywhere on our earth.

     

  • Wild’s Nate Prosser, a former CC star, reacts to Scott Owens departure

    Sat, April 19, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

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    Nate Prosser of the Minnesota Wild was asked for his reaction to Scott Owens resignation as Colorado College hockey coach. Owens coached Prosser at CC from 2006-10.
    “I was pretty surprised,” Prosser said. “I thought he did a lot of good things when he was there. I don’t know all the details of it. I know they struggled some this year, but I thought he would want to come back to have a bounce back year but I don’t know, maybe something needed to change and that was the answer. I don’t know. …. I really didn’t see it coming. I’m kind of shocked by it. Maybe change will be a good thing.”

  • What does Michael Phelps have left to prove in the pool?

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

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    What does Michael Phelps have left to prove in the pool?

    Yes, you had the same answer as I did.

    Nothing.

    Not sure why Phelps wants to return to competitive swimming, unless maybe he can’t figure out anything else to do with his life.

    I watched Phelps long climb to the top of Olympic competition. He’s the greatest Olympian ever. He’s the greatest swimmer ever.

    At the 2012 London Olympics, I witnessed the unthinkable.

    I saw Phelps get passed. Yes, he was a gutsy, determined survivor, but he was nowhere close to the Phelps I had watched poolside in Beijing. He was a shadow of his best self.

    And now, he might be a shadow of that shadow.

     

  • Eric Decker and the peril of purchasing Broncos jerseys

    Fri, April 11, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Eric DeckerERIC DECKER, who has departed our state

    In November, I spent a day shopping with a friend who wanted to buy an Eric Decker jersey for her niece. And when I say I spent a day, I mean I spent a day. We searched through shops throughout Denver. All sold out of Decker jerseys. (Women, for some reason, bought a lot of Decker jerseys.) We finally found a Decker jersey at Park Meadows Mall.

    Last week, I was in downtown Denver for the Rockies opener.

    And saw a rack filled with Eric Decker jerseys. These were the top-of-the-line jerseys with an original price tag of $130.

    All marked down to $34.95.

    When you buy a jersey, you take a risk. I purchased a Clinton Portis jersey for  my son several years ago.

    Portis was traded the next week.

     

  • Air Force’s Serratore not interested in vacant Colorado College job

    Mon, April 7, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

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    Air Force coach Frank Serratore said he is not interested in the vacant Colorado College coaching position.

    “I’m going to get fired someday, but I’m going to let Air Force fire me,” Serratore said Sunday night. “I like where I’m working.”

    Serratore just completed his 17th season at Air Force.

  • Ruins and Colorado College hockey and Air Force football

    Wed, April 2, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    OWENS

     

    Troy Calhoun

    Last week, I described the Colorado College hockey program as being in a state of “ruins.” I recently used the same word to describe Air Force’s football program.

    Nobody from Air Force protested, maybe because the Falcons finished 2-10 in 2013.

    But I did hear from several CC fans who spoke against my use of “ruins” in connection with their favorite hockey team. These protests came after CC finished with seven wins in 37 games this season.

    One reader said my use of “ruins” constituted “sensationalism.”

    I’m not backing down from using “ruins” to describe the current state of CC’s hockey team and Air Force’s football team.

    But I am curious.

    How would you describe CC’s hockey program? I keep hearing about a one-season slump, but this is more than a one-season slump. The Tigers are 43-59-13 in the past three seasons.

    Same with Air Force’s football team. The Falcons beat nobody that mattered in disappointing the 2011 and 2012 seasons  on their way to a total 2013 collapse.

    If the Tigers and Falcons are not in a state of ruin, what state are they in?

    Let me know.

     

  • Broncos make big mistake, allow Moreno to run away to Miami

    Thu, March 27, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

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    Anyone who catches passes or runs with the football on the Broncos offense is blessed. Their task is eased by the presence of Peyton Manning, one of the top dozen offensive players in NFL history.

    But there’s a burden that goes along with the blessing. Skepticism stalks these skill-position players.

    Almost anyone, the thinking goes, can put up big offensive numbers while Manning distracts and terrorizes opposing defenses.

    I had little problem with the Broncos waving goodbye to Eric Decker.

    I do have a problem with Knowshon Moreno running away to Miami.

    Moreno enjoyed a breakout season in 2013. He rushed for 1,038 yards. He caught 60 passes and offered superlative protection for Manning on the passing downs when he remained in the pocket. He struggled for tough yards, battling with the massive men in the middle, but he also outran the fast guys in the secondary.

    He became a special player.

    The Broncos will struggle to replace him. Montee Ball? Nah. He fails to match Moreno as a receiver or a blocker.

    John Elway has made a long list of brilliant moves as the Broncos Godfather.

    This is one of his mistakes.

     

     

  • Reggie Jackson, former Palmer High superstar, flirts with NBA stardom

    Tue, March 25, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

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    One thing stands between Reggie Jackson and NBA stardom.

    His shooting touch.

    Jackson has every other gift and skill required. He’s fast. He soars high above the rim. He plays aggressive, wise defense.

    But he’s long struggled with his shooting touch. This was true at Palmer High and true during his days at Boston College. This remains his struggle as he competes for the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the NBA’s most powerful teams.

    Jackson is shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 33.5 from beyond the 3-point line. He’s shooting 28.5 percent from 3 during his NBA career.

    But Jackson’s Monday night performance offers hope. In a breezy win over the bumbling Nuggets, Jackson scored 16 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT) to go with 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes.

     

  • Want to watch the birth of Eric Decker’s daughter?

    Tue, March 18, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Eric DeckerERIC DECKER, father

     

     

    Neither do I.

    But we might get the chance. Jessie James, Decker’s wife, announced the couple planned to film the birth.

    That means the couple will probably offer all of us the chance to watch the birth on their cheesy reality show, “Eric and Jessie.” The second season of the show premieres March 30.

    The Deckers welcomed Vivianne Rose, 8 pounds, 2 ounces, this week.

    And this exclusive from E! News:

    Vivianne Rose was born with a full head of hair!

    I’m going to miss Eric Decker, the player. He blocked with the determination and might of a tight end. He was a deceptively dangerous deep threat. He could have served as the ideal second receiver to DeMaryius Thomas for another half-dozen seasons.

    I’m not going to miss Eric Decker the media creation.

     

     

     

  • Is Champ Bailey the Broncos all-time greatest defensive player?

    Fri, March 7, 2014 by David Ramsey with no comments

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    TOMBSTONE JACKSONRICH “TOMBSTONE” JACKSON

     

     

    I’m not going to attempt to answer the question. At least not right now.

    In my view, Bailey ranks right at the top alongside Randy Gradishar (1974-83), Louis Wright (1975-86) and Rich Jackson (1967-71).

    Gradishar was a linebacker straight out of an instructional video. His reputation was hurt by his steadiness. He was not a highlight-reel headhunter. He was consistent. He was clutch. He would be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he had played three or four more seasons.

    Wright is one of the overlooked greats in Broncos history. He was a shutdown cornerback before the term was invented. He, too, would be a member of the Hall of Fame if the Broncos had managed to win a Super Bowl during his career.

    Jackson, known as “Tombstone,” dominated as a defensive end during a strange time in Broncos history. Running back Floyd Little and Jackson were two of the NFL’s top players, but the Broncos were still awful. For a brief time,  Jackson roared as one of the NFL’s all-time most frightening pass rushers. A severe knee injury cut short “Tombstone’s” career.

    Where does Champ belong on this list?

    At the top? Or somewhere lower?

    Let me know what you think.