<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:17:24 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Colorado Rockies don't deserve their fans' deep devotion]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-rockies-dont-deserve-their-fans-deep-devotion/article/1557930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-rockies-dont-deserve-their-fans-deep-devotion/article/1557930?custom_click=rss

DENVER - A baseball romance is teetering.

Fans pack Coors Field to watch one of our nation's most pitiful franchises. These fans suffer, summer after summer, hoping for a change.

The Rockies are bad.

Their fans are great, among the best in baseball.

This lopsided bond can't last. Patience wears out, even in the heart of the most loyal.

Gary Thompson ranks among the most devout Rockies fans. He's a Colorado native who has lived in Colorado Springs since 1967. He's been a Rockies season-ticket holder since 1994.

He cried when the Rockies conquered the Diamondbacks to win the National League title in 2007, the most glorious moment of Rocktober. The Rockies rewarded his loyalty in 2012 by asking him to

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:01:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Q&A: C.J. Anderson talks about his ankle and Peyton Manning]]> http://gazette.com/qa-c.j.-anderson-talks-about-his-ankle-and-peyton-manning/article/1557781?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/qa-c.j.-anderson-talks-about-his-ankle-and-peyton-manning/article/1557781?custom_click=rss

Question and answer with C.J. Anderson.

Gazette: How is the ankle?

C.J. Anderson: The ankle is great. People forget, the ankle wasn't the problem. I had the flu and I was trying to play with the flu. Coach Kubiak tried to sit me down and I told him no. I should have probably listened because it was just preseason, but I hate missing practices. I hate missing games.

G: How effective can you be this season?

A: The sky is the limit. If I stay within myself and stay focused and don't try to do too much, not try to overdo it and not try to underdo it, I feel I can produce everything you need game in and game out

I want to produce a lot of long runs. I'm going to try to hit a lot of home runs this year.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:29:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Broncos' C.J. Anderson has found success, but the angry interior dog still snarls]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-c.j.-anderson-has-found-success-but-the-angry-interior-dog-still-snarls/article/1557780?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-c.j.-anderson-has-found-success-but-the-angry-interior-dog-still-snarls/article/1557780?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Chris Harris Jr. is talking calmly about the merits of C.J. Anderson as a running back. Harris admires the footwork, the patience and the vision.

But those gifts fail to explain Anderson's unlikely rise.

"He has that nasty attitude," Harris says, his voice rising. "You want somebody who is nasty, who has that dog in him, and that's what he has."

The dog that dwells in Anderson's football soul remains a snarling, hungry beast. A year ago, Anderson emerged as one of the NFL's most unlikely success stories, but success failed to tame the dog.

Anderson is standing in the sunshine a few minutes after the end of Thursday's morning practice. He laughs when he hears Harris' words.

"I never look at the

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:32:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Colorado College grad wins Marathon, savors view from atop America's Mountain]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-college-grad-wins-marathon-savors-view-from-atop-americas-mountain/article/1557497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-college-grad-wins-marathon-savors-view-from-atop-americas-mountain/article/1557497?custom_click=rss

It's easy to overlook the outlandishly large peak that dominates our landscape. It's sometimes white and sometimes brown but always gorgeous and massive.

It's Pikes Peak.

Alex Nichols grew up in Minneapolis. He spent his junior high and high school years running along abandoned railroad tracks that had been turned into trails.

"The flattest, straight trails you can imagine," he says.

The years he spent in America's flatlands explains why Nichols never overlooks Pikes Peak and never fails to find joy when he's running toward the summit.

On Sunday morning, Nichols was running by himself toward the summit. He was leading a pack of hundreds of runners as he chased his first victory in the Pikes Peak Marathon.

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:37:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Extraordinary Kim Dobson has first child, runs first double in 13-month span]]> http://gazette.com/extraordinary-kim-dobson-has-first-child-runs-first-double-in-13-month-span/article/1557499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/extraordinary-kim-dobson-has-first-child-runs-first-double-in-13-month-span/article/1557499?custom_click=rss

Extraordinary Dobson has first child, runs first double in 13-month span

Kim Dobson continues to amaze the fans at the Pikes Peak Marathon and her husband, Corey.

The 2015 Ascent champion competed in her first Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday, placed third in 4 hours, 46 minutes, 59 seconds, and was the top female double finisher. All that accomplished about 13 months since the birth of her first child, Bryce.

"She's something isn't she?" Corey said. "They don't call her 'The Queen of the Uphill' for nothing. It's really big for her because she conquered the downhill for the first time. I also managed to finish ahead of her (by 5 minutes, 3 seconds), which is good because I never would have lived it down otherwise.

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:35:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Will Pikes Peak ever serve as USA PRO Challenge finish line? (Probably not)]]> http://gazette.com/will-pikes-peak-ever-serve-as-usa-pro-challenge-finish-line-probably-not/article/1557426?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/will-pikes-peak-ever-serve-as-usa-pro-challenge-finish-line-probably-not/article/1557426?custom_click=rss

What about using the summit of Pikes Peak as a finish line for a stage of the USA Pro Challenge?

"To me, that would be ideal," says Tom Osborne, CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corp.

But, alas, not everyone agrees.

"With the European riders, it would quite the challenge," Osborne says. "I'm not sure if the riders would like, but we sure would like it."

Osborne says he has proposed a Pikes Peak finish line to Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. Hunter is enthusiastic, but concerned about complications.

"Logistically there are huge challenges to it," Osborne says. One of the challenges would be providing a suitable internet connection that would allow a live TV broadcast of the event.

Hunter would

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:42:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Will Pro Cycling Challenge return to Colorado Springs? (Probably)]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-will-pro-cycling-challenge-return-to-colorado-springs-probably/article/1557428?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-will-pro-cycling-challenge-return-to-colorado-springs-probably/article/1557428?custom_click=rss

The USA Pro Challenge will return to Colorado Springs.

Well, probably.

The cycling race, which begins Monday, is skipping Colorado's Second City for the second time in three years.

"We don't look at it that way," says Shawn Hunter, CEO of the Pro Challenge. "We look at it that Colorado Springs had a leg three of the first four years. We like to keep positive."

Tom Osborne, CEO of Colorado Springs Sports Corp. also pedals along an upbeat road.

"We anticipate it will come back," Osborne says. "It's their call, and a lot of factors will play into their decision, but we're very proud of what we've done and we're 90 percent sure it will come back."

Hosting a Pro Challenge stage is valuable to a city because

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:41:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Former DU hockey coach George Gwozdecky explains his move to Valor Christian]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-former-du-hockey-coach-george-gwozdecky-explains-his-move-to-valor-christian/article/1557291?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-former-du-hockey-coach-george-gwozdecky-explains-his-move-to-valor-christian/article/1557291?custom_click=rss

George Gwozdecky has accepted the hockey coach job at Valor Christian. One of history's finest college hockey coaches will direct teens on the outskirts of Denver.

What's next? Will George W. Bush move to Castle Rock and run for mayor?

Erik Austin coaches the hockey team at Cheyenne Mountain. This means he will strategize against Gwozdecky this winter.

"I would be lying, if I said I wasn't surprised," Austin says. "I don't think he was on anyone's radar."

But Austin is encouraged by the Gwozdecky's return to Colorado.

"Oh, absolutely," Austin says. "I think it's absolutely great for high school hockey. It's a great opportunity for kids and other coaches in the league to be around George Gwozdecky, who is

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:32:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Tom Brady, a true American, follows Clinton, Nixon, Bonds and Armstrong on road to ruin]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-tom-brady-a-true-american-follows-clinton-nixon-bonds-and-armstrong-on-road-to-ruin/article/1557238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-tom-brady-a-true-american-follows-clinton-nixon-bonds-and-armstrong-on-road-to-ruin/article/1557238?custom_click=rss

"In the history of my career, I never thought about the inflation level of a ball." - Tom Brady, 2015.

Tom Brady walks the same path once chosen by Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, Pete Rose, Barry Bonds and Lance Armstrong.

He denies everything. His accusers are utterly wrong. He knows nothing about anything.

This strategy works well as long as your accusers have no evidence, but evidence, like the truth, has this habit of crashing into your life when you least expect it. Nixon encountered tapes, Clinton was blindsided by a blue dress. The truth buried Rose, Bonds and Armstrong, too.

Brady and NFL godfather Roger Goodell are locked in a strange dance. Neither will budge.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:22:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Broncos, Manitou Springs star Justin Armour says kids should play if they want and understand the risks]]> http://gazette.com/former-broncos-manitou-springs-star-justin-armour-says-kids-should-play-if-they-want-and-understand-the-risks/article/1557170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-broncos-manitou-springs-star-justin-armour-says-kids-should-play-if-they-want-and-understand-the-risks/article/1557170?custom_click=rss

Justin Armour declined to play football in the sixth and seventh grade. He was weary of the pummeling he endured.

He still remembers talking to his mother before a big game in the fifth grade. He told her he was frightened of the violence that awaited him.

For two years, he played soccer instead.

You might remember that Armour chose to return to the football field. As a senior, he led Manitou Springs to the 3A state title. He scored 27 touchdowns, passed for 25 touchdowns, rushed for 1,320 yards and passed for 2,103 yards.

He moved to wide receiver at Stanford, where he caught 154 passes. He finished his football career with a five-season NFL tour, which included a year with the Broncos.

He's one of the

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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:28:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Arian Foster, football's atheist, inspires precious conversations about faith]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-arian-foster-footballs-atheist-inspires-precious-conversations-about-faith/article/1557164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-arian-foster-footballs-atheist-inspires-precious-conversations-about-faith/article/1557164?custom_click=rss

Not believing is easier than believing.

This truth is why I'm not going to make a big fuss over Arian Foster, the Houston Texans running back who announced he doesn't believe in the existence of God.

Don't get me wrong. I admire his courage and honesty, but cultivating faith demands more labor than discarding faith. As an atheist, Foster walks the easier route.

Foster recently offered his confession of non-faith in ESPN The Magazine. In a gripping, nuanced article full of surprises, Foster says he felt phony as a teen praying to a celestial being and feels liberation as an adult who can say he believes there is no higher being than man.

He wants others to feel comfortable expressing their rejection of traditional

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Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:43:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Youth coach stresses proper way to hit, tackle, not big hits]]> http://gazette.com/youth-coach-stresses-proper-way-to-hit-tackle-not-big-hits/article/1557162?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/youth-coach-stresses-proper-way-to-hit-tackle-not-big-hits/article/1557162?custom_click=rss You've seen those big hits in football. The ones that make the highlights. The ones that rattle brains. The ones that many Americans celebrate.

Donald Chatman despises those hits. He's leading a crusade against unfiltered football violence as coach of Pine Creek Eagles, a team of 13- and 14-year-olds competing in the Snoop Youth Football League.

"I was just looking at a video on youtube," Chatman says. "There was a big hit, and everyone was celebrating it. I don't celebrate. It's a disservice to football. That's not what it's about. Those celebrating are not looking at the great kid that another kid laid out. They're not looking at a defenseless kid. That's not impressive to me."

Chatman is chasing victory. He wants to

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:41:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Youth football leaders say tackling safety much more emphasized]]> http://gazette.com/youth-football-leaders-say-tackling-safety-much-more-emphasized/article/1557108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/youth-football-leaders-say-tackling-safety-much-more-emphasized/article/1557108?custom_click=rss

Rick Torrez offers a clear message each year when he first meets with his sixth-grade football team that's based in Fountain.

"You only have one neck," he tells his players. "If you tackle the wrong way and you hurt it, we can't go to the store and purchase another one. You only have one neck."

Torrez coaches a team that competes in a league sponsored by Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation. The league is taking strong steps to try to limit concussions and other injuries.

"It's huge," Torrez said of the needs for safety. "It's very important. You are working with 10- and 11-year-olds whose brains aren't done developing. They're still growing.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2015 16:57:45 -0600