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

Ramsey blog: Broncos cut Chase Vaughn, and that's too bad

Ramsey blog: Notice LeBron's silence on J.R. Smith, the ball-hogging former Denver Nugget
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Aug 19, 2015

When J.R. Smith arrived in Denver in 2006 to play for the Nuggets, I noticed one of his (many) tattoos.

"King of New Jersey," it read.

...

Ramsey blog: Widefield's Paul Browning catches game-winning pass for NFL's Panthers
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Paul Browning is a free agent for the Carolina Panthers. He's the former Widefield High and CSU-Pueblo star.

He's battling the odds to make...

Ramsey blog: Is Tim Tebow a 3rd-string NFL quarterback? (Maybe)
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Aug 17, 2015

When we last saw Tim Tebow a couple years ago, he was a borderline NFL quarterback. There's no doubt he's an NFL athlete. His problem was, is and...

Ramsey blog: A final word on Tom Brady
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Aug 14, 2015

In a column this week, I did not compare Tom Brady's actions in Deflategate to the Richard Nixon's actions in Watergate or Bill Clinton's actions in...

Ramsey blog: There are two villains in Deflategate: Goodell and Brady
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, Aug 13, 2015

I keep hearing from readers - mostly Patriots fans - who believe Roger Goodell is the lone villain in the Deflategate saga.

And, yes, Goodell...

Ramsey blog: Can Air Force win 10 games again?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Aug 12, 2015

Can the 2015 Air Force football team match the win total of the 2014 Air Force football team?

I'm skeptical.

The offense is of 10-win...

Ramsey blog: Great news - Gwozdecky returns to Colorado
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Aug 7, 2015

One of the greatest college coaches in Colorado history has returned to our state.

To coach a high school team.

George Gwozdecky led...

Ramsey blog: John Elway's Zen look at Peyton Manning taking days off at practice
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Aug 7, 2015

It is a little startling. You go to Broncos practice, and there's Peyton Manning walking around with his hands in his pocket, wearing a ballcap to...

Ramsey blog: Superb new basketball book places Bill Russell as 23rd best player in NBA history. (Yes, that's right. No. 23)
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Aug 5, 2015

Johnny Carver is a college student at the University of Arkansas. He's a basketball freak, and I mean this in a good way. Severe health complications...

Ramsey blog: Broncos' Chris Harris wants to be No. 1 in Madden football
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, Aug 4, 2015

Madden football video is a world unto itself. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just ask any football fan who’s under 40 years old.

...

Ramsey blog: Former Air Force star Antoine Hood chases highly unlikely NBA dream
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Former Air Force star Antoine Hood is clinging to his highly unlikely - highly, highly unlikely - quest to play in the NBA.

Here's the story...

Ramsey blog: Jurgen Klinsmann deserves to remain US soccer's head man
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, Jul 23, 2015

I'm not a Jurgen Klinsmann fan. He dismissed Landon Donovan from the U.S. team competing in the 2014 World Cup for mostly personal reasons. Donovan...

Ramsey blog: Nuggets overpaying Gallinari, big time
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, Jul 21, 2015

What happens to an NBA forward who struggles to rebound, partially because of effort, and shoots below 42 percent and plays for a losing team?

...

Ramsey blog: Stabler was the anti-Peyton Manning (He said so)
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Jul 17, 2015

Kenny Stabler, who died earlier this month, was a superlative quarterback at the height of his career.  He completed 66.7 percent of his passes...

Ramsey blog: Caitlyn Jenner speaks truth and this truth bothers some Americans
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, Jul 16, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner will spend the rest of her life dividing Americans.

Many will applaud her. Many will see her as a courageous symbol, a...

Ramsey blog: It's Monster Tajima's birthday
By: David Ramsey - 0 Sun, Jun 28, 2015

Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima celebrated his 65th birthday Sunday on Pikes Peak.

“I’m still very young,” Tajima said. “I will do this race until I...

Ramsey blog: LeBron deserved Finals MVP, but surely you already knew that
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Jun 17, 2015

       It’s official.

       Jerry West will forevermore remain the only player...

Ramsey blog: LeBron's climbing fast on NBA's all-time list
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Jun 8, 2015

     The NBA’s all-time top five seemed set forevermore. Michael Jordan is the greatest NBA player ever, followed by Kareem...

Ramsey blog: Bowlen important to Broncos, but many others are more important
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, May 14, 2015

I'm glad Pat Bowlen will join the Bronco Ring of Fame. He deserves the honor.

But, please, let's not get carried away. Let's not get...

Ramsey blog: 'Proof' and Tom Brady and deflategate
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, May 12, 2015

I keep hearing from Patriots fans and unattached skeptics who want to see "proof" that Tom Brady knew about the tampering of footballs.

This...

Ramsey blog: Andrew Goodman, former Palmer star, elated by response
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Apr 29, 2015

Andrew Goodman, a former Palmer High track star, announced in April that he is gay. He became the first Colorado State University athlete to make...

Ramsey blog: How Tebow's comeback could travel from improbable to probable
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Apr 22, 2015

Tim Tebow could remain with the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time.

Here's why:

The 2-point conversion.

If the NFL changes...

Ramsey blog: ESPN's Britt McHenry messed up big time, but most of us sometimes mess up big time
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Apr 17, 2015

There’s little in life more frustrating than getting your car towed. For one thing, you don’t have a car to drive to the tow lot. And tow lots are...

Ramsey blog: Can Nuggets find a way to dump Josh Kroenke?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, Mar 3, 2015

The Nuggets liberated Brian Shaw today in much the same way the Rockies recently liberated general manager Dan O'Dowd. Both men have arrived at...

Ramsey blog: CC Tigers must prove improvement with victories
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Colorado College's hockey team has a strong chance to improve next season under the direction of coach Mike Haviland, who is struggling to transform...

Ramsey blog: Manning's 2015 contract not about yesterday. It's about right now
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Peyton Manning is scheduled to earn $21.5 million (with bonuses included) in 2015.

Some would argue it's ridiculous for the Broncos to ask...

Ramsey blog: BYU went independent, became irrelevant
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

BYU considers itself the western equivalent of Notre Dame.

Unfortunately for BYU, nobody else considers the school the western equivalent of...

Ramsey blog: Nuggets are down, but that's kind of normal
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Feb 25, 2015

I've been watching the Denver Nuggets play in downtown Denver, or on the edge of downtown Denver, since 1971. We go back a long way. When I first...

Ramsey blog: Palmer's Reggie Jackson wanted his chance to shine
By: David Ramsey - 0 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...

Ramsey blog: Vitale's role diminishing at ESPN, and that's good news
By: David Ramsey - 0 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.

...

Ramsey blog: Jerry Tarkanian and his pioneering mobile phone
By: David Ramsey - 0 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)...

Ramsey blog: There's smug, and then there's Tom Brady smug
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Tom Brady wants us to know an important truth about the scandal surrounding the New England Patriots and their deflated footballs.

"We're...

Ramsey blog: Did Josh McDaniels play role in Patriots ball-deflating scandal?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Josh McDaniels was offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots in 2007 when the team was busted for taking video of the signals of New York...

Ramsey blog: Gary Kubiak looks plenty healthy for Bronco challenge
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, Jan 20, 2015

ENGLEWOOD - Less than 15 months ago, Gary Kubiak collapsed on an NFL field and his days as head coach of the Houston Texans soon ended.

On...

Ramsey blog: John Fox prepares to tangle with the enigma known as Jay Cutler
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Jan 19, 2015

Former Broncos coach John Fox was introduced Monday as head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Fox soon will face the biggest challenge of his...

Ramsey blog: Did Manning play late in Raiders game with semi-serious injury?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Jan 12, 2015

We could all see Peyton Manning wasn't quite right during the last seven games of the Broncos season.

But I'm having a difficult time...

Ramsey blog: President Obama offers solid analysis of strange Lions-Cowboys call
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Jan 7, 2015

President Obama took a break from politics to talk about a raging controversy .... in the NFL.

Our...

Ramsey blog: Detroit Lions coach takes right approach to questionable call
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Jan 5, 2015

The Detroit Lions kicked away a big lead Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Their offense fell asleep. Their defense failed to stop Cowboys...

Ramsey blog: Here's a scary fact for Broncos fans
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, 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,...

Ramsey blog: CSU drama ends. McElwain departs. Calhoun?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, 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,...

Ramsey blog: CSU's Jim McElwain's not worth a $7.5 million buyout
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, 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...

Ramsey blog: Join me in rooting against Valor Christian
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, 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. Valor...

Ramsey blog: Broncos center reveals secret to surviving long NFL season
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Nov 24, 2014

Broncos center Will Montgomery and the rest of his brethren on the offensive line emerged from the shadows last week,...

Ramsey blog: Air Force's Calhoun says Pumphrey resembles Barry Sanders? Here we go again
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, 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...

Air Force's Calhoun a semi-finalist for major coaching award
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Calhoun a semifinalist for Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award

 

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun is a...

Ramsey blog: Air Force football support weak? Fans respond to column
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, 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...

Ramsey blog: Bzdelik, failed college coach, reveals his preference for NBA
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Nov 19, 2014

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

Ramsey blog: Colorado College tumbles even deeper into college hockey abyss
By: David Ramsey - 0 Sat, 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...

Ramsey blog: Rams coach Jeff Fisher knows - and fears - Peyton Manning
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, 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...

Ramsey blog: What about Josh Kroenke's role in Nuggets collapse/surrender?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, 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...

Ramsey blog: Alabama-Huntsville hockey will be eager to again schedule CC and Air Force
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Alabama-Huntsville can't score goals.

Except when Alabama-Huntsville plays in Colorado Springs.

In six games played outside Colorado...

Ramsey blog: Broncos rushing attack slogs along
By: David Ramsey - 0 Sat, 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...

Ramsey: Broncos Emmanuel Sanders thrilled to reside in Colorado
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, 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 Thomas,...

Ramsey: Tim Tebow speaks truth about his fallen Gators
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, 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...

Broncos' Ronnie Hillman talks about beating the Chargers
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, Oct 22, 2014

The Chargers stunned the Broncos last season. The Broncos have not forgotten.

Ramsey: Colorado College hockey stumbles into the Haviland era
By: David Ramsey - 0 Sun, 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...

Ramsey: The 5 greatest Broncos running backs
By: David Ramsey - 0 Fri, 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...

Ramsey: LeBron is absolutely right: NBA needs fewer games
By: David Ramsey - 0 Thu, 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...

Ramsey: Former Bronco star Knowshon Moreno's career in jeopardy
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, 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 134-yard...

Ramsey: Wyoming's collapse suggests bad times ahead for Air Force football
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, 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...

Ramsey: Ronnie Hillman's return to respectability
By: - 0 Mon, 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...

Ramsey: 'Ugly' win by Broncos? No
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, 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...

Ramsey: Ronnie Hillman's return to respectability
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, 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...

Ramsey: Suspended Michael Phelps takes another hit after DUI arrest
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, 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...

Ramsey: How did Peyton Manning tackle Calais Campbell?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Mon, 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...

Ramsey: Mueh disagrees with ejection call against Navy
By: David Ramsey - 0 Sun, 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...

Navy football coach shows class after Air Force defeat
By: David Ramsey - 0 Sun, 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 the...

Ramsey: Too bad Phelps failed to learn from mistake
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, 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...

Ramsey: Air Force defense silences critics, for now
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, 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...

Ramsey: Broncos face an enormous burden: Their 2013 season
By: David Ramsey - 0 Tue, 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...

BYU's Max Hall, despised Air Force opponent, hits the skids in Arizona
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, 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 danced...

Ramsey: How much will Broncos miss Wes Welker?
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, 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 -...

BYU's Max Hall, a despised Air Force opponent, on the skids in Arizona
By: David Ramsey - 0 Wed, 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 danced...

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.

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