• Kobe Bryant. Love him? Or despise him?

    Mon, February 25, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    I’m guessing the answers will  lean  more toward the second. If you live in Colorado, you almost certainly despise Kobe Bryant, who visits Pepsi Center Monday night.

    Let me know what you think of Bryant, one of the great villains in NBA history.

    He’s also one of the great players in NBA history. I’d place him among  the top half-dozen.

    Will be writing a column from Pepsi Center later today. Hope you will look for it on gazette.com or in our print edition.

     

     

  • Can Air Force’s Lyons improve as a passer?

    Wed, February 20, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Air Force’s Michael Lyons will face an even more fierce brand of defense after his 45-point bombardment of CSU on Saturday. Coach Dave Pilipovich expects to see  an assortment of “junk defenses” by opposing teams. Expect to see Lyons surrounded by defenders the rest of the season.

    The Falcons success will depend on Lyons improvement as a passer. He’s been solid in sharing the ball. He must become superb.

    His teammates will play a role in his success. Pilipovich is worried the Falcons might start watching Lyons. This makes sense. It was difficult not to watch and marvel during his performance on Saturday.

    But the rest of the Falcons must aggressively seek open spots when the ball arrives in Lyons hands. Air Force can shoot. There’s little about about this.

    If Lyons is surrounded, there will be plenty of open Air Force shooters. He must find them starting tonight against Boise State.

  • Air Force could shock New Mexico – here’s why

    Tue, February 5, 2013 by David Ramsey with 12 comments

    New Mexico’s Lobos demolished Air Force three times last season, winning the games by a total of 84 points. The Lobos won the first two meetings by a total of 69 points.

    Those demolitions give Air Force reason for hope as the Falcons prepare to invade New Mexico for a crucial Wednesday night game.

    New Mexico coach Steve Alford will be telling his players how dangerous and  transformed the Falcons are,  and he will struggle to get his players attention. They’ll see his mouth moving and they’ll kind of hear what he’s saying, but in their minds they will remember what happened last season. Three games. Three blowouts.

    Air Force will have to deliver a superlative effort, the Falcons finest of the season, to deliver an upset.

    But it’s possible. Last season’s pain is one reason why.