Suddenly, the Colorado Avalanche is relevant again after spending the past few seasons wandering through seasons without many friends in our state.
After a 10-1 start, the Avs are again cool and Pepsi Center is a happy destination on game nights. Hiring Patrick Roy appears to have been a genius move.
Let’s not get too excited.
Let’s look at recent Colorado sports history.
The 2009 Denver Broncos raced to a 6-0 start under the direction of 33-year-old Josh McDaniels, who seemed destined to become The Boy Wonder.
We all know how the McDaniels experiment turned out. Boy Wonder turned into Boy Blunder. The Broncos lost six of their last eight to finish 8-8, and McDaniels was soon gone.
The 2006 Broncos won six of their first eight and looked ready to travel to the Super Bowl. They lost five of their last eight and missed the playoffs.
And, more recently, the 2013 Colorado Rockies bolted to a 13-4 and as summer approached it seemed Coors Field would be filled with fans and wins.
The Rockies blundered to a 61-84 record after the fast start with manager Walt Weiss looking about as wise and knowing as departed manager Jim Tracy.