2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • King George needs Nuggets to win this series

    Thu, April 25, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    I’m a big fan of George Karl. He’s become, in his advanced middle age, a fine diplomat for the NBA. He’s conquered cancer. He’s turned the Nuggets into one of pro basketball’s most consistent franchises.

    But he struggles – and struggles  mightily – when it matters most. Karl’s Nuggets tumble annually in the playoffs, with the exception of 2009.

    Another tumble will leave an indelible mark on King George. The Nuggets delivered a horrific effort in Tuesday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors, who were playing without David Lee, their second-best player. The Nuggets enjoy homecourt advantage in this series. The Nuggets enjoy the blessing of superior talent.

    The Nuggets should win this one.

    If they don’t, all eyes will turn to George Karl. Blame will be heaped on him.

    As it should.

  • Crusade against weeknight college football – is it hopeless?

    Tue, April 16, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Received a call Tuesday from a Gazette reader named Bob. He wanted to offer his thoughts on my column that bemoaned the invasion of weekday night games into the college football schedule.

    Everyone knowns – well, maybe not everyone – that college football should be played in the sunshine on Saturday afternoons.  (I understand why games might be played on Saturday nights in the blazing south.)

    “I agree with you,” Bob said before asking a question:

    Why bother complaining? Is it going to change anything?

    “No offense, my friend” Bob said, “but it’s hopeless.”

    Is it pointless to complain about something that is unlikely to change? This is an honest question, by the way.

    It is hopeless?

     

     

  • Here’s a big reason why Carmelo wanted to escape the Nuggets

    Tue, April 9, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    The Associated Press reported today that Carmelo Anthony leads the NBA in jersey sales.

    Here’s an excerpt from the report:

    “Anthony took over the No. 1 spot on the league’s sales list Tuesday, moving past MVP LeBron James.

    Anthony was No. 4 last year on the list, which is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and on NBAStore.com since last November. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week edged past Kevin Durant in the scoring race after averaging 41.8 points last week. The Knicks remained first in team sales, followed by Miami and the Lakers.”

    I believe Carmelo made a mistake when he forced the Nuggets to trade him. He could have placed his stamp forever on the franchise.

    But New York is New York. It’s the biggest market in America, and Carmelo dived into a giant pool of endorsement opportunities.

    He was never going to lead the NBA in jersey sales while playing for the Nuggets. Never as in ever. Was not going to happen.

    And he might soon silence everyone who doubted his motivation to escape Colorado. The Knicks, led by Carmelo, on a serious roll and back, with good reason, in the discussion of who will  reign as the next NBA champion.

  • Griner in the NBA? No. Cuban a publicity genius? Yes.

    Thu, April 4, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Brittney Griner would not have started at center this season for the mens team at the Air Force Academy. Or at Colorado. Or for any other NCAA mens team. This is not to dismiss Griner’s greatness in the women’s game. This is just stating the obvious. She’s too light, too lacking in sophisticated post moves and too slow. She excelled in the women’s game because she stood far, far above every other player on the court.

    There’s been an uproar about Griner this week after Mavericks owner – and maverick in general – Mark Cuban said he might pick her in the upcoming NBA Draft. The general theme of the uproar has been that Cuban is a publicity hound.

    But doesn’t the uproar just give Cuban what he seeks?

    You know, attention?

    Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports offered an interesting analysis of Cuban’s comments on Griner.

    Spears said this is an extremely weak draft for male players. Spears believes Cuban – and anyone else – should consider selecting Griner in the second round of the draft.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Good news: Gwozdecky says he’s not done coaching

    Tue, April 2, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    George Gwozdecky handled his farewell to the University of Denver about as well as any coach could handle a press conference after he had been fired.  He spoke honestly, but not bitterly. He at times struggled with emotions, but never lost his composure.

    He said he was “stunned and shocked” by DU’s decision to dismiss him after 19 seasons, but also said the leaders of the university have the right to make decisions about the hockey program’s future.

    Best of all, he said this:

    “I’m not done coaching,” he said. “I repeat: I am not done coaching.”

    That’s good news for those of us who have appreciated and admired Gwozdecky’s work over the decades. Deep in their hearts, even the most hard-core Colorado College fans will have to admit they will miss Gwozdecky.