<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:28:24 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Paxton Lynch will require something Broncos fans don't have in great supply]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-paxton-lynch-will-require-something-broncos-fans-dont-have-in-great-supply/article/1615820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-paxton-lynch-will-require-something-broncos-fans-dont-have-in-great-supply/article/1615820?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD – It’s a big moment. Paxton Lynch is being asked to return life to a virtually deceased Broncos offense, and season.

But, please, let’s be realistic. We’ll need the rest of this season and part of next season to see if Lynch is a worthy NFL starter.

We’ll get a glimpse of Lynch’s future – and the Broncos future – on Sunday when he stares down mangy Raiders defenders along with a counter-culture crowd that always resembles the bar scene from the Star Wars movies. You know what I mean: A wide assortment of militant weirdos.

But it will only be a glimpse. Lynch will require time. He will require patience, a scarce virtue among Bronco fans.

Lynch has spent

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:52:16 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Late-night games chasing away Air Force football fans]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-late-night-games-chasing-away-air-force-football-fans/article/1615699?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-late-night-games-chasing-away-air-force-football-fans/article/1615699?custom_click=rss

Ray Wild was cold. Really cold. Cold enough he was almost sure he would drop his Air Force football season tickets, the ones he’s enjoyed for 31 seasons.

Ultra-late night games have discouraged and bewildered Air Force’s most devoted fans, and Wild is one of the discouraged and bewildered.

Going to Saturday night’s game vs. Utah State? Be sure to pack the parka. Kickoff is, in repeat defiance of sanity, set for 8:15 at Falcon Stadium.

Wild lettered four seasons (1972-1975) as a safety for the Falcons, starting his last three. He battled, under Ben Martin’s direction, against Notre Dame’s Joe Montana and CU’s Buffs.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:28:04 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Fired Mike McCoy wasn't given the tools for success with Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-fired-mike-mccoy-wasnt-given-the-tools-for-success-with-broncos/article/1615626?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-fired-mike-mccoy-wasnt-given-the-tools-for-success-with-broncos/article/1615626?custom_click=rss

Mike McCoy was directing an offense averaging only 18.3 points per game, and only 14.6 points since a 42-point outburst against the Cowboys in Week 2.

On the surface, it makes sense to fire McCoy, the offensive coordinator. Something had to be done with the Broncos after a depressing and baffling seven-game losing streak that shows little sign of ending.

Let’s take a closer look:

McCoy was given little to work with. The Broncos ended last season with an offensive collapse, averaging 13.4 points. That’s even less than the 1-15 Browns (the current NFL standard for really bad). The Browns averaged 16 points.

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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:52:19 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: John Elway is the one who went 'soft' after Broncos Super Bowl victory]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-john-elway-is-the-one-who-went-soft-after-broncos-super-bowl-victory/article/1615607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-john-elway-is-the-one-who-went-soft-after-broncos-super-bowl-victory/article/1615607?custom_click=rss

DENVER – This one’s on John.

The creator of the 2017 Denver Broncos dislikes his creation. On Friday night, John Elway twice called his Broncos “soft.”

For a football player, soft is the hardest word to hear. Soft means a player doesn’t belong on the field, the land of vicious hand-to-hand confrontation. Soft means a player should seek another profession.

The problem with the Broncos is not attitude. This is not a soft team.

This is a team severely lacking in offensive weapons. This is a franchise let down by Elway, its godfather and greatest hero.

In the offseason, it was clear the Broncos required major repair of their broken offense.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:24:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: Brock Osweiler is a failure as Broncos find way to lose to Bengals]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-brock-osweiler-is-a-failure-as-broncos-find-way-to-lose-to-bengals/article/1615603?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-brock-osweiler-is-a-failure-as-broncos-find-way-to-lose-to-bengals/article/1615603?custom_click=rss

DENVER – At least this one was close.

The Broncos found a way Sunday to lose to the Bengals. The Broncos defense was violently stingy. The Bengals almost always resembled a team that crawled into Mile High with a 3-6 record.

The Broncos still lost. It wasn't as gruesome as losses to the Patriots and Eagles. It was still enormously frustrating.

In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, with the game very much still in contention, Mile High was about half full. Fans have turned on the team they loved with such devotion only two years ago.

Get used to adversity. It looks like it will be a long time before those fans are again cheering for a winner.

The Bengals gained a mere 190 yards, and only 95

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:11:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Tom Brady spotted at Chapel Hills Mall and more from the Patriots' visit to Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/tom-brady-spotted-at-chapel-hills-mall-and-more-from-the-patriots-visit-to-colorado-springs/article/1615491?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tom-brady-spotted-at-chapel-hills-mall-and-more-from-the-patriots-visit-to-colorado-springs/article/1615491?custom_click=rss

Tom Brady stands next to a fan in the east parking lot of Chapel Hills Mall.

Brady saw a movie at the mall Thursday night.

Check out Brady in his Patriots beanie cap.

It's obvious that he was not aggressively seeking privacy.

You see a 6-foot-5 man who looks like Tom Brady and you might think, "No way."

But not if that 6-foot-5 man is wearing a Patriots beanie cap.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:43:56 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Palmer Ridge won't throw CHSAA under the bus for long road trip, and neither should you]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-palmer-ridge-wont-throw-chsaa-under-the-bus-for-long-road-trip-and-neither-should-you/article/1615403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-palmer-ridge-wont-throw-chsaa-under-the-bus-for-long-road-trip-and-neither-should-you/article/1615403?custom_click=rss

On Friday afternoon at 1:30, Palmer Ridge’s football team will end its school day and climb on a big yellow bus to begin a 232-mile ride for Saturday’s game at Rifle.

Palmer Ridge players will spend Friday night in a hotel while Rifle players slumber in their own beds.

Now, get this: Palmer Ridge is unbeaten and seeded No. 2 in the 3A state tournament. Rifle has lost twice and is seeded No. 10. Palmer Ridge, which earned its higher seed during a rugged regular season, is taking the long ride.

Tom Pulford, Palmer Ridge’s coach, declines to complain. He understands this is the norm in a state playoff system overseen by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:47:38 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Patriots' Bill Belichick brings quirky genius, and eternal frown, to Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-patriots-bill-belichick-brings-quirky-genius-and-eternal-frown-to-colorado-springs/article/1615358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-patriots-bill-belichick-brings-quirky-genius-and-eternal-frown-to-colorado-springs/article/1615358?custom_click=rss

Bill Belichick doesn’t want us to love him.

He wants to win football games.

He’s directed his Patriots to five Super Bowl victories in seven tries, and came achingly close to victory in the two defeats.

He’s the King of Football.

The King is spending the week in Colorado Springs as his Patriots prepare at Air Force Academy for the 7,350-foot altitude of Mexico City, where they will tangle Sunday with the Raiders.

He should be an undisputed American hero, the Vince Lombardi of 2017, but remains – by design - a distant, chilly figure. He refuses to enter the perilous realm of introspection. He almost always appears miserable, even in the final seconds of victory.

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:47:28 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Russia, the world leader in doping, should be banned from 2018 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-russia-the-world-leader-in-doping-should-be-banned-from-2018-olympics/article/1615212?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-russia-the-world-leader-in-doping-should-be-banned-from-2018-olympics/article/1615212?custom_click=rss

The crusade to punish Russia for its long embrace of doping is righteous.

This crusade has nothing to do with global politics. Please, pay no attention to the ever-creepy Vladimir Putin. This crusade is not a payback for Russia’s cyber manipulation of the 2016 election struggle between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton.

This crusade is everything to do with defending the clean Olympic athlete who says no to becoming a pharmaceutical freak.

In early December, the International Olympic Committee will determine Russia’s fate for the February 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Yes, this determination will come too late.

Russia should have been banned at least six months ago.

But it’s not too

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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:36:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: How the Patriots pounded the reeling Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-how-the-patriots-pounded-the-reeling-broncos/article/1615157?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-how-the-patriots-pounded-the-reeling-broncos/article/1615157?custom_click=rss

DENVER – For a long, happy era, the Broncos were flying right beside the Patriots. The Patriots were elite, and the Broncos were elite. When the teams met, entertaining football theater was almost guaranteed.  

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past day or so, I don’t need to tell you era has ended.

The Patriots rampaged past the Broncos on a silent Sunday night on the edge of downtown Denver.

An era is over. The Patriots are, as always, roaring along as a favorite to return to the Super Bowl. The Broncos are facing a major rehab project.

Three reasons why the Patriots routed the Broncos:

One – Special teams

The Patriots blocked a punt and returned a

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:46:50 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: It's time for Broncos to start Paxton Lynch, the human question mark]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-for-broncos-to-start-paxton-lynch-the-human-question-mark/article/1615160?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-for-broncos-to-start-paxton-lynch-the-human-question-mark/article/1615160?custom_click=rss

DENVER – It’s time to find out if Paxton Lynch is more than a 6-foot-7 question mark.  It’s time to try yet another starter as Broncos quarterback.

Yes, elevating Lynch from the bench to the field against the Bengals next Sunday will bring yet more chaos to a Broncos season that has been filled with chaos, and defeat.

But there’s no strong reason to stick with Brock Osweiler or go back to Trevor Siemian. This is a lost season for an organization and a fan base that expect to contend for a Super Bowl title each season.

Osweiler belongs on an NFL roster, despite what the Cleveland Browns might think. But Osweiler, like Siemian, belongs on a roster as a backup, not a starter.

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:30:45 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Ryan Self's head shot lifts Air Academy to 4A soccer supremacy]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-ryan-selfs-head-shot-lifts-air-academy-to-4a-soccer-supremacy/article/1615094?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-ryan-selfs-head-shot-lifts-air-academy-to-4a-soccer-supremacy/article/1615094?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY – The finale was beautiful, a soccer moment that youthful members of Air Academy’s team will savor for the next 50 years.

Calvin Yocum lofted a corner kick that seemed guided by radar to Ryan Self’s forehead. Self composed himself from 10 yards out, pulled his head back, delivered a clean hit on the pass and pounded a Golden Goal game-winner to lift the Kadets to a 1-0 victory over Centaurus in the 4A final.

Soon, the Kadets were leaping and shouting and hugging each other and classmates and parents as they celebrated soccer perfection, or at least as close to perfection as they ever will reach. Air Academy mowed through all opponents this season on its way to a 20-0 record.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:20:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Academy wins 4A soccer title with dramatic overtime header by Self]]> http://gazette.com/air-academy-wins-4a-soccer-title-with-dramatic-overtime-header-by-self/article/1615088?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-academy-wins-4a-soccer-title-with-dramatic-overtime-header-by-self/article/1615088?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY - A Golden Goal header by Ryan Self gave Air Academy a 1-0 victory over Centaurus in the 4A soccer final.

Self scored with 3:29 left in overtime. The Kadets finish the season with a 20-0 record.

The win did not come easily. With 1:09 left in regulation, Air Academy defender Andrew Hess used an intentional hand ball to prevent a Centaurus goal.

Cristian Rice missed the penalty kick that almost certainly would have won the game for Centaurus. The kick sailed over the crossbar.

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Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:09:18 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: UCCS finds surprise soccer star after Taylor Proctor takes a big risk]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-uccs-finds-surprise-soccer-star-after-taylor-proctor-takes-a-big-risk/article/1614927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-uccs-finds-surprise-soccer-star-after-taylor-proctor-takes-a-big-risk/article/1614927?custom_click=rss

Taylor Proctor was done with competitive athletics, or so she thought.

She had endured three knee surgeries, and the last one required repair of a fractured kneecap. She had been a dominating basketball power forward for Sand Creek High School, the University of San Francisco and, for a season of international adventure before the third surgery, a professional team in Sweden.

But sports, because of the knee, seemed over. In late May, she was turning her eyes toward earning a graduate degree in special education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs  and serving as a grad assistant for the basketball team.

Then, an unexpected call from her past. It’s a call that altered her life. It’s a call

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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:43:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Christian's soccer offense sputters in loss in 3A semis]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-christians-soccer-offense-sputters-in-loss-in-3a-semis/article/1614882?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-christians-soccer-offense-sputters-in-loss-in-3a-semis/article/1614882?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Once Liberty Common seized a lead over Colorado Springs Christian, the soccer strategy became elemental.

Liberty’s Eagles played defense, and that’s it. They made no pretense of trying to score. Coach Cyrus Salehi commanded his players to shut down Colorado Springs Christian’s powerful defense, and the Eagles obeyed.

The strategy worked in the semifinals of the 3A soccer tournament at Englewood High School. Colorado Springs Christian lost, 2-1, ending a season in which the Lions scored 104 goals with their revved up attack.

Liberty has rolled to an undefeated 19-0 season and the 3A state title game with a less glamorous approach. The Eagles have allowed 10 goals this season.

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:42:37 -0700