• Ramsey blog: Palmer's Reggie Jackson wanted his chance to shine

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    On the night of June 22, 2011, Reggie Jackson was thrilled to be a part of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had just been drafted as the Thunder's first-round pick. He was joining Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He told me in a phone call he believed he could win an NBA title with...

  • Ramsey: Air Academy unexpectedly cruises past Lewis-Palmer boys

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Air Academy coach Barry Clark expected a big dose of drama. He knew Lewis-Palmer had won 12 of its past 13. He knew the Rangers had defeated his Kadets earlier this season. He knew about the big stakes of Wednesday's game. "I was expecting a knock-down game, a physical game, a game...

  • Ramsey: 'The brother thing' inspires and irritates Lewis-Palmer basketball team

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Brothers. It's so much fun to dwell among a collection of brothers. And such a pain. Brothers lift you and limit you. You're so proud of them, and so weary of hearing about them. It's all so complicated. Kyle Owens understands. He's an expert on the brother thing and how it relates...

  • Ramsey blog: Vitale's role diminishing at ESPN, and that's good news

    Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Dick Vitale will not be working on the ESPN broadcast of Wednesday's Duke-North Carolina game, according to Tom Jones of the Tampa Tribune. This is good news for everyone who wants to watch the game without listening to Vitale's attempt to pull attention toward ... Dick Vitale. As...

  • Ramsey: Zach Kocur leads Air Force past Vegas and its gifted giant

    Updated: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Dave Pilipovich never had a chance to persuade Christian Wood to wear a military dress uniform by day and play college basketball by night. Wood has NBA ambitions and, most important, NBA talent. Pilipovich must defeat the Christian Woods of the college basketball world with...

  • Ramsey blog: Jerry Tarkanian and his pioneering mobile phone

    Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    It was 1989. I was living in New York, covering Syracuse University basketball and working on a story about UNLV's Jerry Tarkanian and his (deserved) struggles with the NCAA. I called UNLV's sports information office. Someone there listened to my request to talk with Tark. "Call...

  • Ramsey: Bad times just keep rolling for Air Force women's basketball team

    Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Andrea Williams accepted one of the most perilous college coaching jobs in America in 2010. When Williams arrived at the academy, she knew Air Force's women's basketball team had won only 12 conference games in 10 seasons. She knew she had to deliver improvement. She knew she had to...

  • Ramsey: UCCS Mountain Lions and Alex Welsh must toughen their basketball personalities

    Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    When Alex Welsh arrived at Colorado-Colorado Springs, the basketball team resided near the Division II basement. The Mountain Lions' lone virtue was their reliability. You could count on them. They were always pitiful. Welsh, a 6-foot-7 junior power forward, has led an entertaining...

  • Ramsey: Super Bowl mishap brings back great memories for Air Force's Carson Bird

    Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Carson Bird seized one of the biggest interceptions in Air Force history on a pass that never should have been thrown. He still wonders why TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, bound for a huge contract in the NFL, defied him on a freezing September night in 2007. But Bird, now a coach at...

  • Friday Faceoff: Is Peyton Manning worth having back with the Broncos?

    Updated: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Today's Friday Faceoff focuses on the great Peyton Manning debate. Is the veteran Denver Broncos quarterback worth having back next season? Gazette columnists Paul Klee and David Ramsey weigh in. PAUL KLEE Is Peyton Manning worth $19 million next season? Here’s a better question:...

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