<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:56:35 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Manitou's Mustangs defeat Englewood's highly unruly Pirates]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-manitous-mustangs-defeat-englewoods-highly-unruly-pirates/article/1611762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-manitous-mustangs-defeat-englewoods-highly-unruly-pirates/article/1611762?custom_click=rss

Englewood had been driving for nine minutes, and the gloom was thickening for Manitou Springs.

The Mustangs had lost two straight games and their defense looked helpless on the opening drive against visiting Englewood.

Then Cole Sienknecht intercepted a pass, altering a game and, maybe, Manitou’s season.

"Huge,” Manitou coach Cory Archuleta said. “That interception was huge. It changed the game. It was a huge momentum changer for us.”

Englewood quarterback Brock Breazeale rolled right, and Sienknecht followed him. He broke in front of Breazeale’s pass and raced 50 yards to the Englewood 35. He almost scored.

The interception pushed Manitou to a 27-12 victory on an



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:54:46 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Can Air Force's Troy Calhoun defeat Rocky Long, the coach who owns the Falcons?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-air-forces-troy-calhoun-defeat-rocky-long-the-coach-who-owns-the-falcons/article/1611634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-air-forces-troy-calhoun-defeat-rocky-long-the-coach-who-owns-the-falcons/article/1611634?custom_click=rss

Troy Calhoun has been crashing through roadblocks the past three seasons.

On Saturday, he faces his biggest roadblock, the 67-year-old coach who has delivered only frustration and pain and defeat to Calhoun and the Falcons since 2010.

Yes, San Diego State coach Rocky Long is coming to town.

This is a vital game, filled with drama. Rocky and his Aztecs have won 19 of 24 Mountain West games. Calhoun and his Falcons have won 18 of 19 home games, with the lone defeat an overtime loss Air Force generously handed to Hawaii.

Rocky has defeated Calhoun six straight times, and the key to his dominance is easy to see. He understands how to slow, if not erase, the power of Calhoun’s option offense.  In those six



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:25:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Cheyenne Mountain's Keaton Hulen wins 4A Region 2 golf tournament]]> http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountains-keaton-hulen-wins-4a-region-2-golf-tournament/article/1611505?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cheyenne-mountains-keaton-hulen-wins-4a-region-2-golf-tournament/article/1611505?custom_click=rss

When Cheyenne Mountain’s Keaton Hulen first found out the 4A Region 2 Golf Tournament would be played at the Country Club of Colorado, he was thrilled.

It’s more than his home course. It’s almost as if the course is his own backyard.

Playing under tough conditions, Hulen shot 76 and cruised to victory in the regional tournament.

Hulen, a junior, moved to Colorado Springs from Oklahoma in June. He estimates he’s played the course (Cheyenne Mountain’s home course) 60-plus times since the move. He plays, he said, 18 holes nearly every day.

“Sometimes I play twice a day,” he said.

Most of the golfers struggled mightily Tuesday morning and afternoon.



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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:17:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Cowboy star Ezekiel Elliott didn't care, and that's inexcusable]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-cowboy-star-ezekiel-elliott-didnt-care-and-thats-inexcusable/article/1611461?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-cowboy-star-ezekiel-elliott-didnt-care-and-thats-inexcusable/article/1611461?custom_click=rss

Cowboy fans are mad at Ezekiel Elliott. Not because he all but disappeared as a running back in Sunday’s devastating loss to the Broncos.

It’s because he acted as if he didn’t care. Elliott made no effort to become a tackler on two Bronco interceptions, one by Chris Harris and another by Aqib Talib. He stood around, sulking, thinking only of himself.

It makes little sense to get angry at football players after a fumble or an interception. Usually, the mistake was caused by the violence and/or wisdom of an opposing player. The fumble or interception had almost nothing – and maybe nothing – to do with effort.

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:01:48 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Aqib Talib's touchdown journey a big shout to the rest of the NFL]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-aqib-talibs-touchdown-journey-a-big-shout-to-the-rest-of-the-nfl/article/1611378?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-aqib-talibs-touchdown-journey-a-big-shout-to-the-rest-of-the-nfl/article/1611378?custom_click=rss

DENVER – The plan crashed into Aqib Talib’s mind as soon as he wrestled the ball away from Dez Bryant. He was 3 yards deep in the north end zone at Mile High, but yearned to arrive in the far-away south end zone, where glory and joy and, best of all, badly needed nourishment beckoned.

“I wanted to run all the way up in the stands, man, and get me a hot dog,” Talib said. “That was my initial plan.”

The south end zone called to him, from 103 yards away, but he required help to arrive there. He required fellow defenders who cared deeply, even though the Cowboys had been vanquished and humiliated, even though the game had long been decided, even though the temptation was overwhelming to rest



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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:09:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos transform Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott into The Invisible Man]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-transform-cowboys-star-ezekiel-elliott-into-the-invisible-man/article/1611379?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-transform-cowboys-star-ezekiel-elliott-into-the-invisible-man/article/1611379?custom_click=rss

DENVER – Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was shocked when he heard how little Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott had delivered in Denver’s ultra-convincing 42-17 victory over Dallas.

Elliott rushed nine times, for eight yards. That’s right. Nine carries. Eight yards. That’s a 0.9 yard per carry average.

“Wow!” Marshall said. “Damn! That’s crazy.”

Elliott was – and this is not a surprise – as excited as Marshall about those numbers.

Had he ever been held to less than 10 yards in a game?

“Never,” Elliott said, answering the question. And that’s all he said.



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Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:36:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Broncos devoured (allegedly) mighty Cowboys]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-devoured-allegedly-mighty-cowboys/article/1611370?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-devoured-allegedly-mighty-cowboys/article/1611370?custom_click=rss

DENVER – Go ahead and admit it, if only to yourself.

You might have expected the Broncos to defeat the allegedly mighty Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

But you didn’t expect the Broncos to romp to victory. You didn’t expect the Cowboys youthful superstar Ezekiel Elliott to bear a striking resemblance to The Invisible Man. You didn’t expect to see an utter beatdown.

Everyone expected to see a Super Bowl contender on Sunday.  After Sunday’s domination, it’s not wild to ask: Did that contender wear Orange?

Here are three reasons why Broncos dominated Cowboys:

One – The rush defense.

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Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:53:32 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Palmer Ridge dominates Lewis-Palmer in The (Football) Battle for Monument]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-palmer-ridge-dominates-lewis-palmer-in-the-football-battle-for-monument/article/1611277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-palmer-ridge-dominates-lewis-palmer-in-the-football-battle-for-monument/article/1611277?custom_click=rss

MONUMENT - Proximity increases hostility. When playing your little brother in pingpong, you want to beat him 21-0. Every time. You want your lawn to be more gloriously lush than your neighbor’s.

 And when your school is 2.9 miles away from its archrival, you want to win and win big.

 Friday’s Battle for Monument featured a football struggle between Palmer Ridge and Lewis-Palmer. It was, as has been usual in this rivalry in recent seasons, a rout.

 Palmer Ridge’s Bears devoured Lewis-Palmer’s Rangers, 35-7. It was a dominating effort, but not quite as dominating as last season’s performance by the Rangers, who manhandled the Bears, 51-9.

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Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:03:12 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force football will not melt in heat of Michigan's legendary Big House]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-football-will-not-melt-in-heat-of-michigans-legendary-big-house/article/1611110?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-football-will-not-melt-in-heat-of-michigans-legendary-big-house/article/1611110?custom_click=rss

Don’t turn off the TV. Or the radio. Or your sense of possibility.

That’s right. When Air Force falls behind No. 7 Michigan in Saturday’s trip to The Big House, don’t be easily discouraged.

Yes, the Falcons face enormous odds. They will battle a larger, faster opponent that’s led by a coach, Jim Harbaugh, who is both a football genius and an exceedingly odd character. They will listen to the enraged shouts of more than 108,000 fans.

But recent history does its own shouting about this game. The Falcons almost certainly will fail to win, but they have a superb chance to scare the Wolverines and Harbaugh and those tens of thousands of fans.



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Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:08:38 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Safer tackling, taught in high school, can help save endangered sport of football]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-safer-tackling-taught-in-high-school-can-help-save-endangered-sport-of-football/article/1611034?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-safer-tackling-taught-in-high-school-can-help-save-endangered-sport-of-football/article/1611034?custom_click=rss

Coronado scores 50 points. And loses by 20. Doherty scores 83 points, allows 55 and doesn’t clinch victory until the fourth quarter.

Has defense vanished from high school football? Are hideously high scores now the norm? Is the new emphasis on safety weakening the effectiveness of tackling?

After examining local scores and talking with area coaches, I can offer answers to the questions.

No, defense hasn’t vanished and a few out-of-control scores are an aberration, not the norm.

And now for the third question:

Is safe tackling as effective as reckless tackling? Let's say this: The safe way is getting there.

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Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:45:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Rapid Reaction: Broncos highly impressive before almost giving game away to Chargers]]> http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-broncos-highly-impressive-before-almost-giving-game-away-to-chargers/article/1610965?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rapid-reaction-broncos-highly-impressive-before-almost-giving-game-away-to-chargers/article/1610965?custom_click=rss

DENVER – The Broncos were dominating.

Until they weren’t.

For most of Monday’s 24-21 victory over the Chargers, the Broncos were in utter control. Philip Rivers was on the run. Trevor Siemian was poking holes in the Chargers defense. C.J. Anderson was strong and elusive.

Mistakes utterly changed the tone in the fourth quarter. A Chargers interception and a fumble by Jamaal Charles opened the door for Rivers and the men from Los Angeles.

The Broncos almost gave this one away. The Broncos can't, and won't, count on field goal kickers missing chip shots the rest of the season.



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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:45:54 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: C.J. Anderson powers Broncos to dramatic victory over Chargers in season opener]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-c.j.-anderson-powers-broncos-to-dramatic-victory-over-chargers-in-season-opener/article/1610967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-c.j.-anderson-powers-broncos-to-dramatic-victory-over-chargers-in-season-opener/article/1610967?custom_click=rss

DENVER – C.J. Anderson turned the corner, looking for open space, but Chargers linebacker Korey Toomer was waiting.

The next instant offered an encouraging look at the Broncos 2017 season.

The two men met at the 11-yard line. Toomer lowered his shoulder, ready to drop Anderson. But Anderson had other ideas. He leveled Toomer with a perfectly timed and properly vicious stiff arm.

 The shot showed Anderson at his best: feisty, imaginative and violent. Two plays later,  the Broncos scored their first touchdown of the season.

When looking for the MIP – most important person – of the Broncos 2017 season, look no farther than Anderson.



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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:34:53 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Denver Broncos itching to trample Chargers, and skeptics]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-denver-broncos-itching-to-trample-chargers-and-skeptics/article/1610891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-denver-broncos-itching-to-trample-chargers-and-skeptics/article/1610891?custom_click=rss

In sports, talking about what might happen is almost as much fun as talking about actually happened.

It won’t matter later, but the talking about the 2017 Broncos has been filled with doubt. The Broncos will, according to most experts, again miss the playoffs. The Broncos, according to a few experts, will stumble to a losing record.

This inspires a question:

Have the experts examined John Elway’s record with the Broncos?

Elway has been associated with the Broncos for 22 seasons, 16 as quarterback and six as godfather/general manager. In those 22 seasons, the Broncos qualified for the playoffs 15 times (they finished 11-5 in 1985 and still missed postseason) and stumbled to only two losing seasons



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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 06:56:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Sky Sox survive to defeat Memphis, 16-15, take 2-1 lead in PCL playoffs]]> http://gazette.com/sky-sox-survive-to-defeat-memphis-16-15-take-2-1-lead-in-pcl-playoffs/article/1610794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sky-sox-survive-to-defeat-memphis-16-15-take-2-1-lead-in-pcl-playoffs/article/1610794?custom_click=rss

The Sky Sox endured on Friday night at Security Service Field. Yes, endured is the best word to describe the Sky Sox’s 16-15 victory over the Memphis Redbirds in the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

The victory gives the Sky Sox a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The winner of the series plays for the PCL title next week. The teams meet for Game 4 of the series at 4 p.m. at Security Service.

 The Sky Sox trailed 5-0 and then jumped to 10-5 and 16-7 leads. The Sky Sox barely hung on for the victory.

“Absolutely, positively one of the craziest games I’ve ever been involved in at such a high intense level,” said Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet immediately after the victory. “That was a



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Sat, 09 Sep 2017 15:22:03 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Let's applaud Rick Sweet, the manager who changed Sky Sox's un-American losing culture]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lets-applaud-rick-sweet-the-manager-who-changed-sky-soxs-un-american-losing-culture/article/1610784?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lets-applaud-rick-sweet-the-manager-who-changed-sky-soxs-un-american-losing-culture/article/1610784?custom_click=rss

When Rick Sweet arrived in Colorado Springs to manage the Sky Sox, he considered it his duty, as an American, to halt the avalanche of losing.

“To me, the American way is to win,” Sweet says. “In everything we do, we strive to win. For me, to throw winning out of the equation, it just doesn’t work.”

Winning had been thrown out of the equation. Sweet took over in 2015, a few months after The Disaster of 2014 when the Sky Sox stumbled to an exceedingly grotesque 53-91 record.

He changed the un-American culture. This summer Sweet led the Sky Sox to a rare winning record and their first trip to the playoffs in 20 seasons. From 2005 to 2016, the Sky Sox stumbled to 10 losing seasons.



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Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:04:11 -0600