David Ramsey  
Gazette sports columnist David Ramsey offers opinions, views and thoughts on the world of sports

Ramsey blog: Here's a scary fact for Broncos fans

Dec 5, 2014

The New England Patriots have firm control of home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. The Patriots have a tiebreaker advantage over the Broncos,...

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Ramsey blog: CSU drama ends. McElwain departs. Calhoun?

Dec 4, 2014

Jim McElwain is headed off to Florida to coach the Gators, according to various reports. This is the same McElwain who just lost to Air Force,...

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Ramsey blog: CSU's Jim McElwain's not worth a $7.5 million buyout

Dec 3, 2014

Jim McElwain has done superb work as football coach at CSU. But he's not worth a $7.5 million buyout. According to Edgar Thompson of the Orlando...

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Ramsey blog: Join me in rooting against Valor Christian

Nov 25, 2014

Valor Christian's football team has won five straight state titles, starting at 3A and moving up to 5A. The Eagles are 26-0 in playoff games....

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Ramsey blog: Broncos center reveals secret to surviving long NFL season

Nov 24, 2014

Broncos center Will Montgomery and the rest of his brethren on the offensive line emerged from the shadows last week, and it was not not a happy...

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Ramsey blog: Air Force's Calhoun says Pumphrey resembles Barry Sanders? Here we go again

Nov 20, 2014

Barry Sanders is one of the top half-dozen running backs in football history. Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State is one of the top half-dozen...

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Air Force's Calhoun a semi-finalist for major coaching award

Nov 19, 2014

Calhoun a semifinalist for Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award   Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is a finalist for...

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Ramsey blog: Air Force football support weak? Fans respond to column

Nov 19, 2014

Wrote a column that ran in Sunday's Gazette about the small crowd at Falcon Stadium for Air Force's frigid game against Nevada. The prime point of...

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Ramsey blog: Bzdelik, failed college coach, reveals his preference for NBA

Nov 19, 2014

Jeff Bzdelik recently completed an utterly disastous coaching tour at Wake Forest, which hired him - for reasons that will remain forever...

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Ramsey blog: Colorado College tumbles even deeper into college hockey abyss

Nov 15, 2014

You don't need a fireman to tell you your house in on fire. And you don't need to be a hockey expert to realize the current edition of the...

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Ramsey blog: Rams coach Jeff Fisher knows - and fears - Peyton Manning

Nov 14, 2014

Rams coach Jeff Fisher is extremely aware of the dangers Peyton Manning poses for a defense. As coach of the Titans, Fisher faced Manning's Indy...

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Ramsey blog: What about Josh Kroenke's role in Nuggets collapse/surrender?

Nov 14, 2014

Brian Shaw is currently suffering through comparisons to Josh McDaniels. The NBA coach who seemed most likely to succeed is overseeing a Nuggets...

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Ramsey blog: Alabama-Huntsville hockey will be eager to again schedule CC and Air Force

Nov 10, 2014

Alabama-Huntsville can't score goals. Except when Alabama-Huntsville plays in Colorado Springs. In six games played outside Colorado Springs...

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Ramsey blog: Broncos rushing attack slogs along

Nov 8, 2014

The Denver Broncos are seeking another trip to the Super Bowl. Their fans are expecting a return journey to The Ultimate Game. The biggest...

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Ramsey: Broncos Emmanuel Sanders thrilled to reside in Colorado

Oct 24, 2014

Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders is wise enough to realize he enjoys a sweet gig. He plays alongside Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Demaryius...

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Ramsey: Tim Tebow speaks truth about his fallen Gators

Oct 23, 2014

I would not want to be Florida coach Will Muschamp, who already was in serious trouble after his Gators stumbled to a 3-3 record. Now he has Mr....

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Broncos' Ronnie Hillman talks about beating the Chargers

Oct 22, 2014

The Chargers stunned the Broncos last season. The Broncos have not forgotten. “I don’t like to lose. I don’t think anybody on this team likes to...

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Ramsey: Colorado College hockey stumbles into the Haviland era

Oct 19, 2014

It's a long season. Former Colorado College hockey coach Scott Owens used to often remind of this truth. The college hockey season winds along for...

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Ramsey: The 5 greatest Broncos running backs

Oct 17, 2014

1. Floyd Little, 1967-1975 Ran behind a medicore, at best, line his entire career. From 1967 to 1975, only O.J. Simpson gained more yards than...

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Ramsey: LeBron is absolutely right: NBA needs fewer games

Oct 16, 2014

LeBron James joined Dirk Nowitski's crusade to shorten the NBA's season from 82 games to somewhere around 60. "We all as players think it's too...

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Ramsey: Former Bronco star Knowshon Moreno's career in jeopardy

Oct 14, 2014

Football is cruel. Just look at Knowshon Moreno. He started in the Super Bowl for the Broncos in February. He led the NFL in rushing after a...

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Ramsey: Wyoming's collapse suggests bad times ahead for Air Force football

Oct 13, 2014

Air Force scored 13 points on its football trip to Wyoming. Since then, Wyoming has lost three of four games with the lone win coming over...

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Ramsey: Ronnie Hillman's return to respectability

Oct 13, 2014

Ronnie Hillman is not the second coming of Terrell Davis. Or Floyd Little. Or Clinton Portis. But he is a legit NFL running back. I've said this...

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Ramsey: 'Ugly' win by Broncos? No

Oct 13, 2014

Already hearing from Broncos fans who are calling Sunday's win over the Jets "ugly." I don't agree. A 14-point road victory over an opponent...

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Ramsey: Ronnie Hillman's return to respectability

Oct 13, 2014

Ronnie Hillman is not the second coming of Terrell Davis. Or Floyd Little. Or Clinton Portis. But he is a legit NFL running back. I've said this...

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Ramsey: Suspended Michael Phelps takes another hit after DUI arrest

Oct 7, 2014

Michael Phelps has lost his $1,750 monthly stipend from USA Swimming after his second arrest for impaired driving. Please, don't worry about his...

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Ramsey: How did Peyton Manning tackle Calais Campbell?

Oct 6, 2014

Answer: Not very well. The biggest mystery of the Broncos 41-20 win over the Cardinals is why Campbell went down after being barely grazed by...

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Ramsey: Mueh disagrees with ejection call against Navy

Oct 5, 2014

Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh disagreed with officials’ decision to eject defensive back Justin DeCoud in the second quarter. DeCoud was...

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Navy football coach shows class after Air Force defeat

Oct 5, 2014

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo was gracious in defeat, giving credit to the Falcons. “Air Force beat us,” he said repeatedly. But he did wonder how...

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Ramsey: Too bad Phelps failed to learn from mistake

Sep 30, 2014

Michael Phelps always says the right thing when he gets in trouble. Let's hope he actually starts doing the right thing. In 2004, he promised...

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Ramsey: Air Force defense silences critics, for now

Sep 30, 2014

Last week, I wondered if Air Force's defense would finally stand up after spending all of last season in a state of extreme generosity. The...

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Ramsey: Broncos face an enormous burden: Their 2013 season

Sep 9, 2014

The Denver Broncos have problem, and it's not going away. The problem is how dominating they were in 2013. Yes, I realize the Broncos ended the...

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BYU's Max Hall, despised Air Force opponent, hits the skids in Arizona

Sep 3, 2014

Former BYU quarterback Max Hall repeatedly shredded Air Force's defense, and he did this shredding with distinctive glee. He talked trash. He...

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Ramsey: How much will Broncos miss Wes Welker?

Sep 3, 2014

Easy answer to the Welker question: Not much. Welker's four-game suspension ranks as one of the least costly in Broncos - or NFL - history. He...

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BYU's Max Hall, a despised Air Force opponent, on the skids in Arizona

Sep 3, 2014

Former BYU quarterback Max Hall repeatedly shredded Air Force's defense, and he did this shredding with distinctive glee. He talked trash. He...

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McElwain's lame sales pitch to his CSU football team

Aug 29, 2014

Jim McElwain has been trying to tell his CSU Rams that they are underdogs in tonight's football clash with Colorado. Maybe this pitch has worked...

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Ramsey: My phone conversation with Lance Armstrong

Aug 27, 2014

When I went to my Twitter account on Wednesday morning, I encountered a surprise. Someone who had read my column was unhappy with what I had...

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Ramsey: Peyton Manning sheds light on his true character

Aug 24, 2014

Peyton Manning has sold himself to America as gentle, polite,kind, patient, classy. On Saturday night in Denver, Manning expressed himself to...

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Ramsey: Matt Carpenter has new routine for Pikes Peak Marathon

Aug 18, 2014

Matt Carpenter won the Pikes Peak Marathon 12 times and the Ascent six times. He spent Sunday working a few blocks from the finish line at Colorado...

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No team on Air Force football schedule makes preseason top 25

Aug 1, 2014

We’re going to hear, as we always do, about the toughness of Air Force’s football schedule. But it’s easier than usual in 2014. The Falcons...

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Fisher DeBerry’s intelligent, defiant attitude toward college football titans

Jul 30, 2014

Fisher DeBerry had a simple approach to every football game. The former Air Force Academy coach thought his Falcons could beat anybody. And I...

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Ramsey: LeBron James should not wear Jordan’s No. 23

Jul 29, 2014

LeBron James should not wear No. 23, a number that will forever be associated with Michael Jordan.,

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Fisher DeBerry talks about New York City, America's Gotham

Jul 28, 2014

Fisher DeBerry arrived in New York City in 2011 for an extended visit. I talked with him after he had spent two days roaming America’s Ultimate...

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Manchester United’s van Gaal isn’t fan of Colorado’s heat and ‘height’

Jul 27, 2014

Louis van Gaal was not exactly the cheeriest guy after his team, Manchester United, fought to a 3-2 victory over AS Roma at Mile High on Saturday....

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Bowlen’s secret to success: He stayed out of the way

Jul 23, 2014

Pat Bowlen is being celebrated today as he departs his day-to-day duties as Broncos owner.

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Manning’s 18 a surprising fourth in NFL jersey sales

Jul 21, 2014

Was surprised to see Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in the fourth position in sales of NFL jerseys.

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Cowboys release Kyle Orton. Is he retiring? Or looking for a new gig?

Jul 17, 2014

ORTON, back when he was an average QB for the Broncos Some

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Ramsey: World Cup final proves soccer critics correct in one regard

Jul 14, 2014

Yes, Sunday’s battle between Argentina and Germany could have used a few more goals.

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Cleveland Cavaliers have backup plan if LeBron spurns them, once again

Jul 10, 2014

From Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the premier source for NBA news:

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Ramsey: Is Ann Coulter funny? Is soccer boring? We wrestle with these vital questions

Jul 7, 2014

First, let me say I almost always enjoy and appreciate and read and ponder the comments found on the bottom of my columns on gazette.com. along...

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Ramsey: Happy birthday to the Springs own Goose Gossage

Jul 5, 2014

Richard “Goose” Gossage offers a lesson for all of us today, his birthday.

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Ramsey: Happy birthday to Floyd Little, who made the Broncos legit

Jul 4, 2014

Happy birthday to Floyd Little. His arrival in Denver began the transformation of the Denver Broncos, who were in danger of moving to Birmingham...

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Ramsey: The NBA’s all-time top 22. Has LeBron climbed into the top 10?

Jul 3, 2014

LeBron James is on the verge of invading the NBA’s all-time top 10, but he’s not quite there yet. Basketball is the ideal sport for the...

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Ramsey: Landon Donovan luches word raid on Klinsmann

Jul 3, 2014

The great soccer American soccer debate of 2014 was this: Should Landon Donovan have played for America’s World Cup team? I say yes, but the...

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What a great idea: The Luis Saurez – the bite king – bottle opener

Jul 1, 2014

A Chinese company has a fantastic idea. The company is selling Luis Suarez bottle openers.

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What a great idea: The Luis Saurez - the bite king - bottle opener

Jul 1, 2014

A Chinese company has a fantastic idea. The company is selling Luis Suarez bottle openers. Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere...

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Colorado great Chauncey Billups looks ready to exit NBA

Jun 30, 2014

Chauncey Billups, once one of the greatest high school players in Colorado history, appears to be done as an NBA player. The Detroit Pistons have...

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Football magazine predicts dire seasons for Air Force, CU

Jun 26, 2014

Athlon Magazine predicts Air Force will finish with a 4-8 overall record and a 1-7 Mountain West Conference record. No member of the Falcons was...

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Ramsey: Carmelo unpopular despite impressive season with Knicks

Jun 24, 2014

The biggest current mystery in American sport? Here’s my nomination: Carmelo Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists for...

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Ramsey: Ronaldo, Portugal earn tie with United States in fantastic soccer game

Jun 23, 2014

RONALDO AND FRIEND I realize several million American soccer fans are still stinging after Sunday’s 2-2 tie with Portugal. But it was, no...

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Ramsey: Former Air Force QB Jaleel Awini a strong Ghana soccer fan

Jun 17, 2014

Drove to Denver on Monday to watch the U.S. vs. Ghana World Cup game with friends and family. A couple minutes before the game started, a tall man...

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Let's applaud U.S. senators for standing up to Redskins racist moniker

May 23, 2014

Thrilled to see United States senators standing up for what’s right. A group of 50 senators are demanding Washington owner Danny Snyder drop...

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Knicks interested in Nuggets Brian Shaw for coaching vacancy. Why?

May 21, 2014

Keep hearing the New York Knicks are looking at the Nuggets Brian Shaw for the team’s coaching vacancy. Why? Shaw was at the helm this season...

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Air Force great Fisher DeBerry talks about the downside of texting

May 20, 2014

Fisher DeBerry talked a couple years ago about his philosophy of recruiting. His old team, the Air Force Falcons, could use some help in the area...

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Haviland, CC's new hockey coach, hopes to reach 20 wins ... next season

May 15, 2014

Mike Haviland is not a patient man., He looks at the Colorado College Tigers, a team that crawled to seven wins last season, and sees a team that...

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Seahawks Richard Sherman sees need to change Redskins racist moniker

May 7, 2014

Sean Gregory of Time Magazine sat down with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to talk about a variety of subjects, including Donald Sterling, the...

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Dan Reeves: Broncos underappreciated coaching hero

May 6, 2014

Dan Reeves is now best remembered as the Man Who Refused to Set John Elway Free. Coach and superstar often clashed during Reeves reign as head...

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Here's the most impressive statistic from John Elway's career

May 3, 2014

John Elway earned five wins with only one loss in AFC title games. He gets heat for those three lopsided losses in the Super Bowl. He should get...

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Mitchell High's Terry Miller belongs in CS Sports Hall of Fame

Apr 25, 2014

TERRY MILLER in an undated photo Terry Miller should have been a member of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame’s first class in 2000,...

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To Redskins owner Danny Boy Snyder: Your racist nickname IS an issue

Apr 23, 2014

Danny Boy Snyder is such a riot. He’s a rich guy who believes he can dictate reality. He announced yesterday that his team’s nickname...

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Wild's Nate Prosser, a former CC star, reacts to Scott Owens departure

Apr 19, 2014

Nate Prosser of the Minnesota Wild was asked for his reaction to Scott Owens resignation as Colorado College hockey coach. Owens coached Prosser at...

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What does Michael Phelps have left to prove in the pool?

Apr 17, 2014

What does Michael Phelps have left to prove in the pool? Yes, you had the same answer as I did. Nothing. Not sure why Phelps wants to return to...

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Eric Decker and the peril of purchasing Broncos jerseys

Apr 11, 2014

ERIC DECKER, who has departed our state In November, I spent a day shopping with a friend who wanted to buy an Eric Decker jersey for her niece....

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Air Force's Serratore not interested in vacant Colorado College job

Apr 7, 2014

    Air Force coach Frank Serratore said he is not interested in the vacant Colorado College coaching position. “I’m going to get...

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Ruins and Colorado College hockey and Air Force football

Apr 2, 2014

  Last week, I described the Colorado College hockey program as being in a state of “ruins.” I recently used the same word to...

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Broncos make big mistake, allow Moreno to run away to Miami

Mar 27, 2014

    Anyone who catches passes or runs with the football on the Broncos offense is blessed. Their task is eased by the presence of Peyton...

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Reggie Jackson, former Palmer High superstar, flirts with NBA stardom

Mar 25, 2014

One thing stands between Reggie Jackson and NBA stardom. His shooting touch. Jackson has every other gift and skill required. He’s fast. He...

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Want to watch the birth of Eric Decker's daughter?

Mar 18, 2014

ERIC DECKER, father     Neither do I. But we might get the chance. Jessie James, Decker’s wife, announced the couple planned to...

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Is Champ Bailey the Broncos all-time greatest defensive player?

Mar 7, 2014

THE CHAMP   RICH “TOMBSTONE” JACKSON     I’m not going to attempt to answer the question. At least not right now....

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Meet the Princess of Wales who makes ridiculous ice skating accusation

Feb 19, 2014

Virtue and Moir, silver medalists Meet Canadian journalist Rosie DiManno.  Or maybe I should say meet the Princess of Wales. DiManno insists,...

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Big (Smelly) Euro Dude and other not-so-fun slices of the Olympic ride

Feb 18, 2014

           Friends and people I’ve just met often ask about my Olympic experience, and much of what I do on these exotic trips is the kind of...

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A visit to a typical, down-home Russian diner

Feb 15, 2014

Many of my sports writing friends seek to recreate home when they travel far from home. I’ve been told several dozen times during my Olympic...

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Russians dislike the word "cold." I'm not sure why

Feb 14, 2014

Have talked with a few dozen Russians during my time here in Sochi. I’m headed to Moscow after the Olympics for a few days, and often ask for...

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A moment of silence for the fallen Broncos

Feb 12, 2014

Sat down last  Monday on a flight from Baltimore to Denver. The flight attendant stood before us to offer safety instructions, but first he wanted...

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Most Russian cyclists don't even bother to lock their bikes. Why?

Feb 11, 2014

I’m a devoted cyclist. When walking past a bike rack, I always take a close look at the locks. In a way, these locks are my competition. If...

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Putin's love life slightly more interesting than the lives of our recent leaders

Feb 10, 2014

MR. PUTIN AND HIS LADY FRIEND In America, we’re on a two-president streak when it comes to stable romance. George W. Bush and Barack Obama have...

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Thoughts on stray dogs in Sochi

Feb 6, 2014

SOCHI, Russia – When a few thousand journalists descend on any location, issues start emerging. For instance: The treatment of stray dogs in...

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Redskins honor Native Americans? How can this sorry franchise honor anyone?

Feb 1, 2014

      NEW YORK -NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is taking the cowardly, safe approach. He’s obviously not going to seek to...

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Moreno should be Broncos top free-agent priority

Jan 31, 2014

      NEW YORK – When looking for the top priority among the Broncos free agents, start with Knowshon Moreno. I realize not...

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Broncos Welker fires back at Patriots Belichick, AKA The Evil Genius

Jan 30, 2014

BILL BELICHICK. He’s always grumpy.     Wes Welker spoke the truth about his unexpectedly violent collision with Patriots defensive...

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Broncos playoff wins: Manning 2, Tebow 1

Jan 28, 2014

  For several months, I heard often from the most fanatic fan base in America. More fanatic than Taylor Swift’s. More fanatic than Elvis...

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The Seahawks Richard Sherman and the value of American public conversation

Jan 25, 2014

RICHARD SHERMAN OFFERS ENCOURAGING WORDS (I’m sure) TO TOM BRADY   Richard Sherman’s goofy, comical, cruel, wild, inspired,...

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Broncos 38, Patriots 35. That's my prediction. What's yours?

Jan 18, 2014

ERIC DECKER Sunday will not be a defensive classic. Two of the finest passers in NFL history will do battle, and I believe at least 70 points will...

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The truth about Peyton Manning and Bud Light

Jan 15, 2014

    Peyton Manning recently scandalized those in Our Great State who adore beer. While trying to distract listeners from a question about...

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Patriots win, but is there celebrating in the streets? Ah, no

Jan 12, 2014

BOSTON – The Patriots defeated the Colts on Saturday night. It was an impressive win, but the victory did not inspire dancing in the streets...

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A star is born? Gracie Gold dazzles at skating championships

Jan 10, 2014

GRACIE GOLD BOSTON – The crowd at TD Garden on the edge of downtown is extremely educated in the fine art of figure skating, and the cheering...

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Broncos extremely fortunate to miss Andrew Luck and his blazing Colts

Jan 6, 2014

PHILIP RIVERS Denver faces a complicated challenge Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Phil (The Loudmouth) Rivers is a gifted passer, and the...

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Bears make big mistake, place their future in Jay Cutler's erratic hands

Jan 2, 2014

The Chicago Bears have placed their future in the shaky hands of quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler has thrown 75 interceptions since 2009. He just...

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What's the point of 'hating' the Oakland Raiders?

Dec 30, 2013

  TED HENDRICKS AND GEORGE BLANDA PLAYED FOR RAIDERS TEAMS THAT ACTUALLY WON  Long ago, the Oakland Raiders were a legit NFL franchise. Today, the...

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Offense dominates current NFL: Just look at difference between '77 Broncos and '13 Broncos

Dec 26, 2013

In 1977, the Denver Broncos marched to the Super Bowl while averaging 279 yards of total offense per game. Projected over a 16-game season, the...

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Blogger Bio

David Ramsey has written sports columns for The Gazette for 10 years. He's visited all 50 states, and he's wise enough to realize Colorado is the best of those 50.

He's a graduate of Denver South High School, Abilene Christian University and Syracuse University, where he earned a master's degree in American History in 2003. He's placed nine times in the national Asssociated Press Sports Editors (APSE) contest, including two first-place finishes. He's covered the Athens, Beijing and London Olympics for The Gazette. He's the father of Ruth, a Rampart High grad, and Luke and Caleb, both grads of Pikes Peak Christian. He's an avid cyclist. He hopes to climb Mount Massive this summer, but he says that every year.

Gazette sports columnist David Ramsey brings you the personal side of sports along with his personal analysis.

Twitter: @davidramz