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

Ramsey: Matt Carpenter has new routine for Pikes Peak Marathon


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...

No team on Air Force football schedule makes preseason top 25


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...

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


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

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


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

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


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...

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


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....

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


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

Manning’s 18 a surprising fourth in NFL jersey sales


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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...

Ramsey: Happy birthday to the Springs own Goose Gossage


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

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


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

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


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...

Ramsey: Landon Donovan luches word raid on Klinsmann


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...

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


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

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


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

Colorado great Chauncey Billups looks ready to exit NBA


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...

Football magazine predicts dire seasons for Air Force, CU


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...

Ramsey: Carmelo unpopular despite impressive season with Knicks


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...

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


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...

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


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...

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


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

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


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...

Air Force great Fisher DeBerry talks about the downside of texting


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...

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


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...

Seahawks Richard Sherman sees need to change Redskins racist moniker


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

Dan Reeves: Broncos underappreciated coaching hero


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...

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


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...

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


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,...

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


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...

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


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

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


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...

Eric Decker and the peril of purchasing Broncos jerseys


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....

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


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

Ruins and Colorado College hockey and Air Force football


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Meet the Princess of Wales who makes ridiculous ice skating accusation


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

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


           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...

A visit to a typical, down-home Russian diner


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...

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


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...

A moment of silence for the fallen Broncos


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...

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


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...

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


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...

Thoughts on stray dogs in Sochi


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

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


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

Moreno should be Broncos top free-agent priority


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

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


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

Broncos playoff wins: Manning 2, Tebow 1


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

The Seahawks Richard Sherman and the value of American public conversation


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

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


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...

The truth about Peyton Manning and Bud Light


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

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


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

A star is born? Gracie Gold dazzles at skating championships


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...

Broncos extremely fortunate to miss Andrew Luck and his blazing Colts


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

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


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

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


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

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


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...

Army searches, most likely in vain, for a coach to revive its fallen football program


Army boasts a sensational football past, but we all know the most important tense is the present. The Black Knights used to win national titles....

Palmer's Reggie Jackson can win NBA title in Oklahoma; In Colorado?


Strong column in today’s Gazette by my colleague Paul Klee about former Palmer mega-star Reggie Jackson, who is earning more minutes with the...

What? Broncos crawl to 18 yards rushing against Chargers


As the Broncos crash back to earth after Thursday’s 27-20 loss to the Chargers (a loss much more convincing than the score), there is reason...

Former Broncos great Floyd Little praises current great Peyton Manning


Floyd Little was, for a brief time, the Denver Broncos. In the early 1970s, Little dominated the franchise, lifted it to near respectability. He...

Hans Mueh speaks forcefully in support of embattled Troy Calhoun


Troy Calhoun just lost 10 games. He has not lost the support of athletic director Hans Mueh. I spent 45 minutes talking with Mueh this week about...

Carmelo Anthony is no Kobe Bryant


Watched Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks find a way to lose on Friday night to the Denver Nuggets. Watched Carmelo deliver a mediocre level...

Carmelo Anthony is no Kobe Bryant


Watched Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks find a way to lose on Friday night to the Denver Nuggets. Watched Carmelo deliver a mediocre level...

Air Force's Troy Calhoun gets emotional, but this is emotion Troy Calhoun-style


News flash: Air Force’s Troy Calhoun showed emotion during his press conference following his team’s dreary 41-21 loss to UNLV on a...

How many Air Force fans will brave Thursday's brutal weather?


As the weather forecast worsens, the sports question of the week becomes ever more interesting. How many Air Force fans will find the courage...

Air Force's favorite sports team? Torf says it's hockey, hands down


A few minutes after stifling Colorado College, goalie Jason Torf told me he believes the Air Force hockey squad is the most popular sports team...

Air Force football fans should expect rugged battle Friday in New Mexico


Yes, Air Force has dominated New Mexico in recent seasons. In four seasons from 2008 to 2011, the Falcons overwhelmed the Lobos by 104 points. But...

Cycling's disgraced legend Lance Armstrong and his creepy supporters


Lance Armstrong has lived one of those strange American lives. Once he seemed on his way to joining Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Joe Montana, Hank...

Will new coach Brian Shaw find success this season with Nuggets? (No.)


Brian Shaw is preaching a tougher, slower philosophy with the Denver Nuggets. He’s looking for a more rugged defensive style. He’s not...

Wait a minute: Words of caution for joyful Avs hockey fans


Suddenly, the Colorado Avalanche is relevant again after spending the past few seasons wandering through seasons without many friends in our state....

Farewell to Allen Iverson. Former Denver Nugget revolutionized basketball, for better and for worse


Allen Iverson is both overrated and underrated. He is overrated as a player. I’d see he had scored 30 points, and then look at the box score....

Bronco Ronnie Hillman's career now in severe jeopardy because of fumbles


It’s been lonely. For months, I’ve been one of the three of four Ronnie Hillman supporters in the state of Colorado. After...

Irsay's remarks about Manning aren't 'cheap.' Irsay's remarks are the truth


Colts owner Jim Irsay wishes he owned more than one Super Bowl ring, especially considering his Colts traveled to the playoffs 11 times under...

What exactly did Weiss do to keep his job with the Rockies?


If you want to keep your job, get hired by the Colorado Rockies. Walt Weiss led the Rockies on a second-half collapse. He lost 52 of 81 games on...

Expect Navy-Air Force game to be close. Here's why


Navy is a 14-point favorite to defeat Air Force in Saturday’s football game. Yes, that football game that almost didn’t happen. That...

Does Air Force's football team stand a chance in Saturday's clash with Navy?


What kind of chance does Air Force have to grab a victory in Saturday’s clash with Navy? You know, the game that almost didn’t happen....

Karson Roberts faces a big test ... if Air Force plays Navy on Saturday


Karson Roberts delivered a superlative debut as Air Force’s quarterback on Saturday in a loss at Nevada. He directed Air Force’s...

There's hope - really, there is - for Air Force's embattled football team


Air Force’s football team is taking the concept of struggling somewhere beyond the realm of struggling. The defense has allowed 150 points in...

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


Air Force’s football team is taking the concept of struggling somewhere beyond the realm of struggling. The defense has allowed 150 points in...

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


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

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


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...

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


This has been a brutal month for Air Force defensive coordinator Charlton Warren. His defense has surrendered 150 points in the last three games,...

Talk about weird: An experience with Oakland Raiders message board


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...

Broncos Knowshon emerges as whole new No. 27


When friends and family and enemies and strangers mentioned Knowshon Moreno as the Broncos starting running back, I was confused. Were they talking...

Broncos can make big statement against Giants in New Jersey


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...

Magic Johnson joins Tim Tebow crusade


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...

Broncos fans boo Ryan Seacrest - why?


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...

Utah State vs. Air Force football: A rare meeting of No. 66 vs. No. 67


Utah State is ranked No. 66 in the current USA Today College Football Poll. Air Force is ranked No. 67. The teams meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at...

Johnny Football/Manziel and the Santa Fe Trail in the Springs


Was riding my bike this morning on the Santa Fe Trail through the Air Force Academy. And saw two fellow cyclists imitating Johnny Manziel’s...

Tim Tebow in NFL peril ... again


Tim Tebow says he “will remain in relentless pursuit” of playing quarterback in the NFL. He better be plenty relentless. Tebow’s...

Will Air Force vs. Colgate provide great football drama? History says no


Air Force opens each football season against Football Championship Subdivision opponents, once known more simply as 1-AA. FBS is a step down from...

Has Hillman fumbled his way out of Broncos starting job?


I’ve long been a big believer in  Ronnie Hillman, largely because I watched him shred Air Force’s defense during his days with San...

As Tebow teeters, consider these revealing numbers


Tim Tebow is fighting for a roster spot with the New England Patriots, and it’s not looking promising. This is almost certainly his last...

A bad day - another one - for Tim Tebow and his stubborn believers


Tim Tebow completed 1 of 7 passes in an exhibition battle with the Bucs. His passing yardage total? Well, he didn’t have a total really. He...

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