<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Wed, 27 May 2015 03:59:20 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Bill Tierney gleefully defies lacrosse history, brings national title to the University of Denver]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-bill-tierney-gleefully-defies-lacrosse-history-brings-national-title-to-the-university-of-denver/article/1552591?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-bill-tierney-gleefully-defies-lacrosse-history-brings-national-title-to-the-university-of-denver/article/1552591?custom_click=rss

Denver's Bill Tierney, the emperor of American lacrosse, is celebrating his seventh NCAA title. It's a historical triumph, the first by a school in our nation's heartland.

He took a break from his rejoicing to take a friendly jab at a repentant doubter.

"If I remember correctly, you weren't so sure we were going to get it done," Tierney told me Tuesday.

Um, that's true.

Tierney silenced me, and a few others, Monday when DU defeated Maryland, 10-5, to claim the national title.

When DU hired Tierney in 2009, athletic director Peg Bradley-Doppes promised the Pioneers would win a national title. And I, in turn, predicted Tierney would fail in this quest.



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Denver's Bill Tierney, the emperor of American lacrosse, is celebrating his seventh NCAA title. It's a historical triumph, the first by a school in our nation's heartland.

He took a break from his rejoicing to take a friendly jab at a repentant doubter.

"If I remember correctly, you weren't so sure we were going to get it done," Tierney told me Tuesday.

Um, that's true.

Tierney silenced me, and a few others, Monday when DU defeated Maryland, 10-5, to claim the national title.

When DU hired Tierney in 2009, athletic director Peg Bradley-Doppes promised the Pioneers would win a national title. And I, in turn, predicted Tierney would fail in this quest.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 21:30:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Will Nuggets draft a superstar? History screams no]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-will-nuggets-draft-a-superstar-history-screams-no/article/1552339?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-will-nuggets-draft-a-superstar-history-screams-no/article/1552339?custom_click=rss

Josh Kroenke looked stunned and confused and disappointed. In short, he looked like a Denver Nuggets fan.

On Tuesday night, Kroenke hoped to climb to the top of the NBA draft lottery. Instead, the basketball powers from above handed Kroenke, the Nuggets struggling mastermind, the No. 7 pick in the upcoming draft.

For reasons that are obvious to anyone who has followed the Nuggets for more than 10 or 15 minutes, I don't expect this pick to develop into a superstar.

Why do I say this?

Easy. Because virtually nothing turns out too well when it comes to the Nuggets.

The Nuggets have never traveled to the NBA Finals. The Nuggets have spent most of their depressing history stuck near the bottom.

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]]> Josh Kroenke looked stunned and confused and disappointed. In short, he looked like a Denver Nuggets fan.

On Tuesday night, Kroenke hoped to climb to the top of the NBA draft lottery. Instead, the basketball powers from above handed Kroenke, the Nuggets struggling mastermind, the No. 7 pick in the upcoming draft.

For reasons that are obvious to anyone who has followed the Nuggets for more than 10 or 15 minutes, I don't expect this pick to develop into a superstar.

Why do I say this?

Easy. Because virtually nothing turns out too well when it comes to the Nuggets.

The Nuggets have never traveled to the NBA Finals. The Nuggets have spent most of their depressing history stuck near the bottom.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 04:10:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Cheyenne Mountain's Hannah Gerdin appreciates winning her third soccer title]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-cheyenne-mountains-hannah-gerdin-appreciates-winning-her-third-soccer-title/article/1552280?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-cheyenne-mountains-hannah-gerdin-appreciates-winning-her-third-soccer-title/article/1552280?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY - Hannah Gerdin is an expert when it comes to state soccer titles. She's won three during her spectacular career at Cheyenne Mountain, which gives her the luxury of comparing the times she ruled Colorado.

"This is different," she said after leading her teammates to an epic 2-1 victory over Lewis-Palmer that required two overtimes and penalty kicks before winding to a conclusion.

Her teammates were off celebrating, but Gerdin stood alone considering the victory that came with tremendous struggle, the victory that almost didn't happen.

"This is different than all the others we've been through," she said.

She's right.

Gerdin and CM dominated Colorado 4A in 2013 and 2014, stampeding to victories.



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COMMERCE CITY - Hannah Gerdin is an expert when it comes to state soccer titles. She's won three during her spectacular career at Cheyenne Mountain, which gives her the luxury of comparing the times she ruled Colorado.

"This is different," she said after leading her teammates to an epic 2-1 victory over Lewis-Palmer that required two overtimes and penalty kicks before winding to a conclusion.

Her teammates were off celebrating, but Gerdin stood alone considering the victory that came with tremendous struggle, the victory that almost didn't happen.

"This is different than all the others we've been through," she said.

She's right.

Gerdin and CM dominated Colorado 4A in 2013 and 2014, stampeding to victories.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 11:30:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Hope lifted Cheyenne Mountain's fallen girls' soccer team]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-hope-lifted-cheyenne-mountains-fallen-girls-soccer-team/article/1552200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-hope-lifted-cheyenne-mountains-fallen-girls-soccer-team/article/1552200?custom_click=rss

Hope isn't always logical. Hope is always powerful.

Want proof? Just look at Cheyenne Mountain's once-hopeless girls' soccer team.

Coach Tomas Martinez had little concrete reason to believe in his team in early April. A proud program was wandering around lost. And we're talking about really lost.

Martinez believed anyway, refused to surrender hope and revived a stumbling team.

In three seasons from 2012-2014, Cheyenne Mountain won 52 of 57 regular-season games. In a dominating run to a second straight title in 2014, CM allowed a total of five goals.

In March this elegant, stingy team crashed. On April 2, the Indians lost 4-2 to Pine Creek to fall to 2-5-1. The once-proud defense had surrendered 19 goals.



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Hope isn't always logical. Hope is always powerful.

Want proof? Just look at Cheyenne Mountain's once-hopeless girls' soccer team.

Coach Tomas Martinez had little concrete reason to believe in his team in early April. A proud program was wandering around lost. And we're talking about really lost.

Martinez believed anyway, refused to surrender hope and revived a stumbling team.

In three seasons from 2012-2014, Cheyenne Mountain won 52 of 57 regular-season games. In a dominating run to a second straight title in 2014, CM allowed a total of five goals.

In March this elegant, stingy team crashed. On April 2, the Indians lost 4-2 to Pine Creek to fall to 2-5-1. The once-proud defense had surrendered 19 goals.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 21:11:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Brianna Alger blast was all cushion Lewis-Palmer needed to face Cheyenne Mountain in girls' soccer 4A state final]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-brianna-alger-blast-was-all-cushion-lewis-palmer-needed-to-face-cheyenne-mountain-in-girls-soccer-4a-state-final/article/1551971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-brianna-alger-blast-was-all-cushion-lewis-palmer-needed-to-face-cheyenne-mountain-in-girls-soccer-4a-state-final/article/1551971?custom_click=rss

PARKER - Brianna Alger was standing 25 yards from the goal. Her coach, Ryan Parsons, had a strong idea of what was going to happen next:

A goal.

Alger launched a rocket of a shot into the back of the net, giving her Lewis-Palmer Rangers all the cushion they would need in the 4A girls' soccer state semis at Sports Authority Stadium. The Rangers defeated Windsor, 2-0, to gain a berth in Wednesday's state final against Cheyenne Mountain.

Tomas Martinez, Cheyenne Mountain's coach, watched Lewis-Palmer's win in the semifinals.

"They've got a lot of speed," Martinez said of the Rangers. "They're very organized, and they're very well coached."

Martinez paused.

"But we're up for the challenge.



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PARKER - Brianna Alger was standing 25 yards from the goal. Her coach, Ryan Parsons, had a strong idea of what was going to happen next:

A goal.

Alger launched a rocket of a shot into the back of the net, giving her Lewis-Palmer Rangers all the cushion they would need in the 4A girls' soccer state semis at Sports Authority Stadium. The Rangers defeated Windsor, 2-0, to gain a berth in Wednesday's state final against Cheyenne Mountain.

Tomas Martinez, Cheyenne Mountain's coach, watched Lewis-Palmer's win in the semifinals.

"They've got a lot of speed," Martinez said of the Rangers. "They're very organized, and they're very well coached."

Martinez paused.

"But we're up for the challenge.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 11:53:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Cheyenne Mountain returning to 4A state title soccer game]]> http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-returning-to-4a-state-title-soccer-game/article/1551989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountain-returning-to-4a-state-title-soccer-game/article/1551989?custom_click=rss PARKER - Cheyenne Mountain's journey on the return road to the state championship soccer game was looking perilous.

But the Indians recovered from an early blow to take a 2-1 win over Ponderosa in the Class 4A state girls' semis. The victory lifted Cheyenne Mountain to its third straight trip to the state title game.

Cheyenne Mountain will play Lewis-Palmer on Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Ponderosa seized a 1-0 lead after an own goal by Cheyenne Mountain with 16:45 left in the first half.

Sophomore Lauren Jones quickly answered for Cheyenne Mountain less than three minutes later, tying the game at 1.

Then a 45-minute rain/lightning delay halted the game.

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But the Indians recovered from an early blow to take a 2-1 win over Ponderosa in the Class 4A state girls' semis. The victory lifted Cheyenne Mountain to its third straight trip to the state title game.

Cheyenne Mountain will play Lewis-Palmer on Wednesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

Ponderosa seized a 1-0 lead after an own goal by Cheyenne Mountain with 16:45 left in the first half.

Sophomore Lauren Jones quickly answered for Cheyenne Mountain less than three minutes later, tying the game at 1.

Then a 45-minute rain/lightning delay halted the game.]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 04:36:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Bowlen important to Broncos, but many others are more important]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-bowlen-important-to-broncos-but-many-others-are-more-important/article/1551716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-bowlen-important-to-broncos-but-many-others-are-more-important/article/1551716?custom_click=rss

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 sentimental.

Bowlen never caught a pass, never threw a touchdown, never devised a game plan.

He's an important piece in Broncos history, but there are a dozen, at least, more important pieces.

And there's one simple explanation for why Bowlen ranks as a Front Range hero:

John Elway was his quarterback.

During the 20 seasons (1983-99 and 2011-2014) of Elway's association with the franchise, the Broncos traveled to the Super Bowl six times and competed in 29 playoff games.



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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 sentimental.

Bowlen never caught a pass, never threw a touchdown, never devised a game plan.

He's an important piece in Broncos history, but there are a dozen, at least, more important pieces.

And there's one simple explanation for why Bowlen ranks as a Front Range hero:

John Elway was his quarterback.

During the 20 seasons (1983-99 and 2011-2014) of Elway's association with the franchise, the Broncos traveled to the Super Bowl six times and competed in 29 playoff games.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:07:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Colorado College Tigers' most important hockey games will be against Air Force]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-college-tigers-most-important-hockey-games-will-be-against-air-force/article/1551579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-college-tigers-most-important-hockey-games-will-be-against-air-force/article/1551579?custom_click=rss

Colorado College just announced its schedule for the 2015-2016 season. The Tigers, fresh off 26 losses, will battle hockey powers from across our great nation.

You could call this brutal schedule courageous. Or you could call it reckless. Either way, you would be correct.

Let's make this clear:

The most important games of the Tigers season are not against Boston College or North Dakota or other glam opponents. The most important games are against Air Force's Falcons, who have seized control of an underappreciated backyard rivalry.

The Tigers and the Falcons will play twice over Thanksgiving Weekend. Not long ago, these meetings carried national weight. In 2007-2008, both teams traveled to the NCAA Tournament while



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Colorado College just announced its schedule for the 2015-2016 season. The Tigers, fresh off 26 losses, will battle hockey powers from across our great nation.

You could call this brutal schedule courageous. Or you could call it reckless. Either way, you would be correct.

Let's make this clear:

The most important games of the Tigers season are not against Boston College or North Dakota or other glam opponents. The most important games are against Air Force's Falcons, who have seized control of an underappreciated backyard rivalry.

The Tigers and the Falcons will play twice over Thanksgiving Weekend. Not long ago, these meetings carried national weight. In 2007-2008, both teams traveled to the NCAA Tournament while

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Thu, 14 May 2015 04:11:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: 'Proof' and Tom Brady and deflategate]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-proof-and-tom-brady-and-deflategate/article/1551452?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-proof-and-tom-brady-and-deflategate/article/1551452?custom_click=rss

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

This reminds me of the days when Lance Armstrong supporters and unattached skeptics wanted "proof" that Armstrong had juiced his way all those Tour de France titles. Or the day when Barry Bonds supporters wanted "proof" that he had juiced his way to all those home runs. Those Bonds supporters did not wonder how their hero's head had - and we're talking literally - gotten bigger over the years.

A key thing to remember about the Brady case:

We're not talking about a court of law here. The NFL did not have the power of subpoena. The NFL could not threaten Brady and others with jail



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

This reminds me of the days when Lance Armstrong supporters and unattached skeptics wanted "proof" that Armstrong had juiced his way all those Tour de France titles. Or the day when Barry Bonds supporters wanted "proof" that he had juiced his way to all those home runs. Those Bonds supporters did not wonder how their hero's head had - and we're talking literally - gotten bigger over the years.

A key thing to remember about the Brady case:

We're not talking about a court of law here. The NFL did not have the power of subpoena. The NFL could not threaten Brady and others with jail

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Tue, 12 May 2015 13:46:28 -0600