• There’s hope – really, there is – for Air Force’s embattled football team

    Fri, September 27, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Air Force’s football team is taking the concept of struggling somewhere beyond the realm of struggling. The defense has allowed 150 points in the past three games, including 42 in one half against Wyoming, and the offense just lost its leader, Jaleel Awini, to suspension. Coach Troy Calhoun will be starting his third different quarterback in five games.

    And yet …

    There is reason for hope. Limited hope, for sure, but hope nonetheless.

    Nevada’s defense had not a clue against the Falcons last season. Not a clue. Air Force could have rushed for 600 yards if not for a couple fumbles. The Wolfpack never came close to figuring out Air Force’s complex option offense. A repeat is possible when the Falcons arrive in Reno on Saturday.

    And anything – anything – is possible in a service-academy rivalry. Air Force will be an underdog next week when they travel to meet Navy, but the Falcons have a strong chance at an upset just because when Air Force and Navy meet anything can happen. I can almost guarantee the game against Navy will be close. It’s always close.

     

  • There’s hope for Air Force’s football team. I’m serious

    Thu, September 26, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Air Force’s football team is taking the concept of struggling somewhere beyond the realm of struggling. The defense has allowed 150 points in the past three games, including 42 in one half against Wyoming, and the offense just lost its leader, Jaleel Awini, to suspension. Coach Troy Calhoun will be starting his third different quarterback in five games.

    And yet …

    There is reason for hope. Limited hope, for sure, but hope nonetheless.

    Nevada’s defense had not a clue against the Falcons last season. Not a clue. Air Force could have rushed for 600 yards if not for a couple fumbles. The Wolfpack never came close to figuring out Air Force’s complex option offense. A repeat is possible when the Falcons arrive in Reno on Saturday.

    And anything – anything – is possible in a service-academy rivalry. Air Force will be an underdog next week when they travel to meet Navy, but the Falcons have a strong chance at an upset just because when Air Force and Navy meet anything can happen. I can almost guarantee the game against Navy will be close. It’s always close.

     

  • Imagine a college football world where a coach leaves LSU for Army

    Thu, September 26, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Paul Dietzel, American hero and football vagabond, died this week, a day before he was to celebrate his 69th wedding anniversary with his high school sweetheart, Anne.

    Dietzel is best known for coaching the LSU Tigers to the 1958 national title, but what intrigues me most about his career is his move after the 1961 season. A coach who had won a national title, a coach at the very top of his profession departed Baton Rouge to move to … West Point.

    This moves displays how immense the football program at Army once was. Army’s football team was the Alabama of college football in the 1940s and this aura lingered into the 1960s. Dietzel finished  21–18–1 at Army from 1962 to 1965. His last two teams struggled to losing records.

    Dietzel had reasons for his move from LSU to Army that went beyond the football field. After his sophomore year at Duke, Dietzel enrolled in the Army Air Forces and served as a World War II bomber. He flew 12 combat missions over Japan.

    Army, its football program now not so immense, visits Air Force Nov. 2.

     

     

     

  • Air Force’s Calhoun voices confidence in Charlton Warren, his embattled defensive coordinator

    Tue, September 24, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    This has been a brutal month for Air Force defensive coordinator Charlton Warren. His defense has surrendered 150 points in the last three games, including 42 in the first half against Wyoming Saturday night at Falcon Stadium.

    I asked Troy Calhoun at his weekly press conference if he retains confidence in Warren.

    “Very much so,” Calhoun said.

    Warren has been on the Air Force coaching staff nine seasons. This is his second season as defensive coordinator. He’s a 1999 Air Force graduate.

  • Ramos, the 80-year-old busted for doping, says ESPN will soon tell his story

    Tue, September 24, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Don Ramos, a long-time Colorado Springs resident, is the oldest athlete ever sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He was busted this summer for steroid use. He’s 80.

    Ramos said Tuesday an ESPN reporter and film crew have visited him in Colorado Springs, filmed him working out and talked to him about his life story.  Ramos said ESPN officials have told him the network plans to broadcast a feature about him in November.

     

  • Talk about weird: An experience with Oakland Raiders message board

    Mon, September 23, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    Seven or eight years ago, I visited the official Oakland Raiders message board and left a few vaguely critical words about Al Davis.

    About 30 minutes later, I received a brief, harsh note in my e-mail box informing me that I was forevermore banned from the Raiders message board.

    At first, I was surprised. Then I remembered I was dealing with the Raiders and realized this was exactly what should have been expected.

     

  • Broncos Knowshon emerges as whole new No. 27

    Fri, September 20, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    When friends and family and enemies and strangers mentioned Knowshon Moreno as the Broncos starting running back, I was confused. Were they talking about the same Knowshon Moreno that I had watched for several seasons? The one who looked out-of-place on an NFL field?

    But there’s a whole new No. 27 on the field for the Broncos. He looked dazzling on Sunday against the Giants.

    He looked, when you think about it, like a healthy version of Willis McGahee. Moreno runs with more confidence, more power, more authority and he’s added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame.

    He’s showed signs of being a worthy sidekick to Peyton Manning. There are few better gigs in sports than playing running back in Manning’s offense. The defense is always surprised to see someone running the ball, and the yards tend to come easily.

  • Broncos can make big statement against Giants in New Jersey

    Sat, September 14, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    No Von Miller. No Champ Bailey.

    If the Broncos can topple the New York Giants on Sunday – and I believe they will – the franchise will make a siren statement to the rest of the NFL. The Broncos are jammed with offensive talent. This is no secret.

    But the Broncos defense showed surprising power in their opener against Baltimore. And this power was shown, remember, without Von and Champ.

    In June and July, the Broncos were the consensus selection to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. In August, the Broncos tumbled from favorite status while the team struggled in exhibition games and Miller collected assorted legal troubles on his way to suspension.

    On Sunday, I believe the Broncos will be back in the place of Super Bowl favorite.

     

  • Magic Johnson joins Tim Tebow crusade

    Tue, September 10, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    After the Jacksonville Jaguars bumbled their way to a 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Magic Johnson offered a suggestion to those who run the Jaguars.

    “If the Jaguars are going to only score 2 points they might as well call Tim Tebow!” Magic tweeted to his 1,700,568 followers.

    Magic is a basketball man, one of the top five players ever to play in the NBA. He’s not an NFL expert.

    Still, Magic makes sense. The Jags are the worst team in the NFL and are not exactly stacked at quarterback.

    And the Jags are struggling to sell tickets. I’ve never understood why the NFL placed a team in Jacksonville, which is hardly a metropolis. Will say this smallish city has done a decent job of supporting its franchise, despite all the recent troubles.

    You can talk all you want about Tebow’s thorn in the flesh – his erratic left arm – but there’s no getting around this truth:

    Tebow could bring excitement to the NFL’s most downtrodden team.

    He also could help fill those empty seats with fans who remember his glory days as quarterback at Florida.

    Twitter: @davidramz

     

  • Broncos fans boo Ryan Seacrest – why?

    Fri, September 6, 2013 by David Ramsey with no comments

    This is an honest question. Was sitting in the press box at Mile High Thursday night minutes before Broncos-Ravens kickoff when a booming voice introduced Ryan Seacrest.

    The crowd responded with booing. This surprised me. Yes, Colorado fans boo Kobe Bryant at every opportunity, but we are generally a fairly mellow bunch. And I was surprised to see the fans at Mile High respond at all to Seacrest. (Will admit, I was only vaguely aware Seacrest even existed.)

    “I only know of one other countdown that might be as big as this show,” Seacrest said before introducing a taped countdown from representatives of every team in the NFL. “Here we go!”

    More booing.

    Why?

    Why did Colorado fans boo Ryan Seacrest?

    Were you booing from your seat at Mile High or from your seat on your easy chair?