<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:07:02 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: It's time to applaud Air Force's Troy Calhoun]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-to-applaud-air-forces-troy-calhoun/article/1591851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-its-time-to-applaud-air-forces-troy-calhoun/article/1591851?custom_click=rss

Air Force's football team had collapsed, turning a season of promise into a season of confusion. Players and fans were devastated after three straight losses.

In the middle of the chaos, coach Troy Calhoun seemed unshaken.

"It didn't shake me," Calhoun said this week in a long, by his standards, conversation about his 2016 team and his approach to coaching. "I don't think wins and losses do that. Not if you're focused like you need to be and disciplined like you need to be."

On Oct. 23, the day after Luke Strebel missed a last-second field goal in a loss to Hawaii, assistant coaches encountered a calm, focused, determined and slightly oblivious Calhoun. He had dropped three straight. That was true.

But he had work



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:50:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Troy Calhoun vague about his coaching future]]> http://gazette.com/troy-calhoun-vague-about-his-coaching-future/article/1591850?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/troy-calhoun-vague-about-his-coaching-future/article/1591850?custom_click=rss

Air Force coach Troy Calhoun is not shy about saying he has a tough job.

"The hardest job is sports is trying to be competitive in our conference, competing against teams with full scholarships," he said this week. "It's the hardest job that there is. It keeps you clear headed."

He was asked if he would return to the job in 2017. Calhoun has long been surrounded by rumors about his next coaching stop. This season is no exception.

"I'm not going there," he said. "I know you have to ask that, but I'm not going there. I'll say this: I'm grinding away today recruiting. I'm grateful to be doing that and be part of a fine school. We're going to work as hard as we possibly can, and hopefully be a good employee, too.



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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:56:03 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force deserved better than comical bowl mismatch with stumbling South Alabama]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-deserved-better-than-comical-bowl-mismatch-with-stumbling-south-alabama/article/1591670?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-deserved-better-than-comical-bowl-mismatch-with-stumbling-south-alabama/article/1591670?custom_click=rss

Air Force's football team fully deserves to play a bowl game.

The Falcons are worthy of the honor - and it should be an honor - to play in the postseason. They beat Navy and Boise State. They've won five straight. They are ranked No. 32 in national power ratings.

South Alabama is fully undeserving to compete in a bowl.

The Jaguars' season should be over. They finished with a 2-6 record in the Sun Belt Conference, which never will be confused with the SEC. They are ranked 79th in national power ratings. But let's be sure give the Jags credit for this feat: They defeated the mighty Blue Hose of Presbyterian University.

Here's the problem, and it's a big one:

Legitimate Air Force will play illegitimate South



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:41:08 -0700
<![CDATA[PHOTOS/VIDEO: Broncos fans invade Florida, take over Jags' stadium]]> http://gazette.com/photosvideo-broncos-fans-invade-florida-take-over-jags-stadium/article/1591598?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photosvideo-broncos-fans-invade-florida-take-over-jags-stadium/article/1591598?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - There were thousands of empty seats. There were even more seats occupied by orange-clad Bronco fans.

If you're accustomed to the love-fest found at Mile High for Bronco games, Sunday's visit to Jacksonville offered a strange scene.

The crowd at EverBank Field (capacity 67,246) was announced at 63,075, but the actual crowd was not close to that inflated number. In Colorado, fans clamor for seats to Bronco games. In Jacksonville, you can wake up on a Sunday morning and drive downtown to EverBank Field and buy a ticket.

Or, if you're a Bronco fan, you can fly to Jacksonville and buy a ticket. The stadium was filled with fans wearing Von Miller's No. 58 and Peyton Manning's No. 18 and John Elway's No.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:24:02 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Paxton Lynch, Broncos' QB of tomorrow, is not ready for today]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-paxton-lynch-broncos-qb-of-tomorrow-is-not-ready-for-today/article/1591599?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-paxton-lynch-broncos-qb-of-tomorrow-is-not-ready-for-today/article/1591599?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For weeks, Paxton Lynch walked through life as the most popular question mark in Colorado. When Trevor Siemian overthrew Emmanuel Sanders, Bronco fans would picture the perfect throw Lynch would have delivered in the same situation. Lynch spent his games on the sideline, doing nothing, but he remained a vital presence in the minds of fans. What wonders, if given the chance, could Lynch perform? Here's the problem: He looked better doing nothing than he did Sunday while running the Broncos offense. Lynch, the Broncos quarterback of tomorrow, is not ready for today. He played a limited and troubling role In Sunday's 20-10 win over the Jaguars.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:55:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Broncos pounded the Jaguars]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-pounded-the-jaguars/article/1591582?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-pounded-the-jaguars/article/1591582?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After Von Miller pushed Jaguars tackle Jermey Parnell into befuddled Blake Bortles, it finally was over.

The ordeal that was the Broncos 20-10 win over Jacksonville had ended.

After the push, Bortles fumbled the ball and ended the Jaguars slim chances.

This was not one of those victories that make you believe the Broncos are destined to return to the Super Bowl.

This was a do-what-it-takes-and-nothing-more win.

The Broncos struggled on offense. Paxton Lynch, believed by many to be the future of Denver’s attack, often looked lost and confused. He was nervous in the pocket.

He multiplied Trevor Siemian’s popularity. That’s for sure.



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Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:25:27 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey's report card for Broncos at Jaguars ]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-report-card-for-broncos-at-jaguars/article/1591554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-report-card-for-broncos-at-jaguars/article/1591554?custom_click=rss

Offense - The Jaguars are weak when it comes to moving the ball. Jacksonville has scored only 75 points in its last four games, all losses, and has scored more than 23 points only once this season. Jacksonville might struggle to break double digits against the Broncos. Advantage - Broncos

Defense - But . the Jags are rugged and stingy when it comes to stopping the opposing offense. Led by defensive tackle Malik Jackson, the Jags rank fifth in overall NFL defense, two spots behind the Broncos. Advantage - Broncos (barely)

Special teams - Brandon McManus was given a huge opportunity in Sunday night's loss to the Chiefs, and he responded to Gary Kubiak's faith with one of the worst kicks of his career. The kick



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:06:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Three with Ramsey: Broncos at Jaguars and... Give Lynch a chance]]> http://gazette.com/three-with-ramsey-broncos-at-jaguars-and...-give-lynch-a-chance/article/1591553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-with-ramsey-broncos-at-jaguars-and...-give-lynch-a-chance/article/1591553?custom_click=rss

Malik is rich, really rich, but he's still angry

Malik Jackson should be stupendously happy. He lives in perpetual sunshine near the Atlantic Ocean. He's in the first season of a 6-year, $88.5-million contract with the Jaguars. He anchors Jacksonville's stingy, violent defense, which ranks fifth in the NFL, just two spots behind the Broncos. But Jackson, despite his riches, is upset with the Broncos for offering a mere $53 million (over five seasons) for his services. "That's the biggest thing I have to battle with, proving that I'm worth more than what they offered me and they shouldn't have let me go," Jackson said Wednesday. ". I'm a problem and you let this problem go so now you have to deal with me." It's ridiculous - beyond



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:03:51 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Pine Creek rolls to yet another 4A football title, its third in four seasons]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-pine-creek-rolls-to-yet-another-4a-football-title-its-third-in-four-seasons/article/1591517?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-pine-creek-rolls-to-yet-another-4a-football-title-its-third-in-four-seasons/article/1591517?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Pine Creek won its third 4A football title in the past four seasons with a convincing 36-14 win over Broomfield at Mile High.

Pine Creek finished 12-2 this season and boasts a 50-4 record in the past four seasons.

In the second half, a touchdown pass from Brock Domann to Pete Isais, a touchdown burst by Thomas Dantzler and a long TD run by Domann clinched the state title for PC.



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:40:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Air Force football great Carson Bird succumbs to bone cancer]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-football-great-carson-bird-succumbs-to-bone-cancer/article/1591083?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-football-great-carson-bird-succumbs-to-bone-cancer/article/1591083?custom_click=rss

Air Force football great Carson Bird died Saturday after a struggle with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

His wife, Brittany, was by Bird's side in Marshall, Mich., during his final days, when he remained clear-headed and cheerful.

"He doesn't want us to cry for him but that's so hard," Brittany said Sunday night. "He doesn't want us to remember him when his vessel (his body) was breaking down. He wants us to remember him in all his glory."

There was, no doubt, plenty of glory.

Bird was the key defensive player on coach Troy Calhoun's first team, the 2007 Falcons who finished 9-4. The Falcons had lost 25 of 38 games heading into the 2007 season.



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:58:37 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Goodbye, Carson Bird]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-goodbye-carson-bird/article/1591131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-goodbye-carson-bird/article/1591131?custom_click=rss

The late Carson Bird was a mass of happy contradiction. He savored - truly and deeply - the violence of football. He chuckled when remembering brain-rattling collisions at Falcon Stadium.

Yet he was tender. Friends told him their problems, and he truly and deeply listened. He suffered along with them. He cared. Always, Carson Bird cared.

You did not want to meet Bird, wearing his No. 2, on the football field. You did want to meet Bird in a time of crisis.

He was, at heart, a mama's boy. He looked to Belinda, his funny and gentle mother, for strength and advice.

He was by Belinda's side three years ago as her brief struggle with cancer ended. She had taught him how to treat people.



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:55:38 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: QB Trevor Siemian can lead Denver Broncos late-season revival]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-qb-trevor-siemian-can-lead-denver-broncos-late-season-revival/article/1591090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-qb-trevor-siemian-can-lead-denver-broncos-late-season-revival/article/1591090?custom_click=rss

DENVER - For three quarters, Trevor Siemian was plodding along. He declined to take risks. He failed to deliver thrills.

Ah, but then the fourth quarter arrived.

Siemian was average for three quarters, but magnificent when it mattered most, throwing for two fourth-quarter scores.

Feeling depressed about the way the Broncos turned a virtually certain win into a painful defeat? I understand your pain. With three minutes left in regulation, the Chiefs were down by eight and needed to march 75 yards for a touchdown, and 2-point conversion, to tie the game.

The Chiefs did the required marching, turning a Colorado celebration into a jolt of agony.

A victory was virtually required for the Broncos.



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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:36:45 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Is Arion Worthman becoming Air Force's version of Navy's Keenan Reynolds?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-is-arion-worthman-becoming-air-forces-version-of-navys-keenan-reynolds/article/1590921?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-is-arion-worthman-becoming-air-forces-version-of-navys-keenan-reynolds/article/1590921?custom_click=rss

Arion Worthman wasted no time in announcing a new era of Air Force's football offense.

In Fresno on Oct. 28, Worthman trotted on the field to replace injured quarterback Nate Romine. On his first 29 snaps, Worthman called his own number 19 times.

During Troy Calhoun's decade a head coach, Air Force has boasted a balanced, triple-option offense. The quarterback, in Calhoun's traditional strategy, can run, but he's been more likely to pitch.

From 2007 to 2012, the number of runs per game by Air Force quarterbacks remained consistent. Shaun Carney, Tim Jefferson and Connor Dietz averaged between 10.4 and 11.1 carries per game.

In 2014, the number started to creep higher. Kale Pearson, one of the fastest QBs in Air



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Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:00:30 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Discovery Canyon survives terrifying cliff walk, defeats Fort Morgan in 3A quarterfinals]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-discovery-canyon-survives-terrifying-cliff-walk-defeats-fort-morgan-in-3a-quarterfinals/article/1590601?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-discovery-canyon-survives-terrifying-cliff-walk-defeats-fort-morgan-in-3a-quarterfinals/article/1590601?custom_click=rss

FORT MORGAN - On the edge of a cliff.

That's where Discovery Canyon spent much of Saturday afternoon. The Thunder was constantly in danger of getting pushed off, but recovered from a 13-point deficit to claim a dramatic, if shaky, 33-26 win over Fort Morgan in the 3A quarterfinals.

"That's not a comfortable place for us," DC coach Shawn Mitchell said of the cliff. "It's an uncomfortable position to be in, and I don't want to live there."

DC's season was teetering with 2:40 left in the third quarter. The Thunder trailed 26-13 and had spent much of the second and third quarter listening to brain-crushing sound of Fort Morgan's little red cannon, which fires after each Mustang touchdown.

On fourth and goal from the



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Sat, 19 Nov 2016 19:53:09 -0700