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Dressed as Santa Claus, Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky the mountain lion, right, entertains fans in the courtside seats as the Nuggets host the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Dressed as Santa Claus, Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky the mountain lion, right, entertains fans in the courtside seats as the Nuggets host the Los Angeles Clippers...
Jarrod Lacey (5) joins teammates in celebration on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 in Pueblo, Colo. after Colorado State University-Pueblo defeated University of West Georgia 10-7 NCAA college football game to advance to the Division II national championship. (AP Photo/The Pueblo Chieftain, Chris McLean)
Jarrod Lacey (5) joins teammates in celebration on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 in Pueblo, Colo. after Colorado State University-Pueblo defeated University of West...
Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson meets Nevada's defensive back Duran Workman before getting past him to score a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Air Force defeated Nevada 45-38 in overtime on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson meets Nevada's defensive back Duran Workman before getting past him to score a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Air Force defeated...
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa speaks to the press Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs, about the details of the Black Forest Fire action report on the eve of the anniversary of the fire.  Maketa wouldn't talk about the recent allegations of sexual improprieties in his office.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa speaks to the press Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs, about the details of the Black Forest...
Air Force mascot The Bird dances with young fans Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, during the Mash Bash rally in downtown Boise the night before the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force mascot The Bird dances with young fans Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, during the Mash Bash rally in downtown Boise the night before the Famous Idaho Potato...
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Colorado State forward J.J. Avila goes for a layup over Denver guard Bryant Rucker during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 in Denver. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Photo By Brent Lewis/The Denver Post)
Colorado State forward J.J. Avila goes for a layup over Denver guard Bryant Rucker during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 19, 2014...