<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:16:08 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Yes, Air Force once ruled Mountain West basketball and rode to NCAA Tournament]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-yes-air-force-once-ruled-mountain-west-basketball-and-rode-to-ncaa-tournament/article/1599346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-yes-air-force-once-ruled-mountain-west-basketball-and-rode-to-ncaa-tournament/article/1599346?custom_click=rss

A.J. Kuhle served as a vital piece on Colorado's most surprising and overachieving college sports team of the 21st century.

The 2003-04 Air Force basketball team won the Mountain West regular-season title, conquering teams that boasted future NBA lottery picks.

The Falcons placed a severe scare into North Carolina in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, leading deep into the second half. The Tar Heels, with essentially the same roster, won the national title a year later.

Air Force finished 12-2 in the Mountain West, impressive from any angle. But get this: In the 10 seasons before the title, the Falcons lost 144 of 174 conference games.

How did this seemingly miraculous season happen?


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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:26:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Air Force's Dave Pilipovich expected to be given 2-season contract extension]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-air-forces-dave-pilipovich-expected-to-be-given-2-season-contract-extension/article/1599315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-air-forces-dave-pilipovich-expected-to-be-given-2-season-contract-extension/article/1599315?custom_click=rss

Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton and basketball coach Dave Pilipovich will meet this month to work on an extension for Pilipovich’s contract.

Pilipovich and Knowlton, according to an Air Force athletic department source, are expected to agree to a two-season extension. Pilipovich’s current contract ends after the 2017-18 season.

Pilipovich took over as head coach late in the 2011-12 season. He has a 72-94 overall record and a 31-65 record in the Mountain West.

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:26:11 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force's Frank Serratore, back in NCAAs, deserves applause for superb hockey labor]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-back-in-ncaas-deserves-applause-for-superb-hockey-labor/article/1599279?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-back-in-ncaas-deserves-applause-for-superb-hockey-labor/article/1599279?custom_click=rss

Joe, who performs wonders in the complex art of plumbing, is devoted to his family, the Lord, doing the job right and the sport of hockey. (Hockey is fourth, I think.)

While recently laboring to remove a stubborn and misbehaving faucet, Joe embarked on a wise assessment of the career of Frank Serratore. Joe has studied the Serratore show at Air Force since this hockey voyage began in 1997.

Joe knows just how awful the Falcons were when Serratore arrived. And Joe admires the heights the Falcons have reached since Serratore's breakthrough 2006-07 season.

"Next time you see Frank, you tell him how much I appreciate him," Joe commanded a sports columnist. "You tell him he has a big fan."

So, Frank, I'm telling you

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Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:42:22 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Kylee Shook, Oliana Squires embark on holy crusade to end UConn's dominance of women's basketball]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-kylee-shook-oliana-squires-embark-on-holy-crusade-to-end-uconns-dominance-of-womens-basketball/article/1599103?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-kylee-shook-oliana-squires-embark-on-holy-crusade-to-end-uconns-dominance-of-womens-basketball/article/1599103?custom_click=rss

Oliana Squires grew up in Colorado Springs enjoying a long-running TV show. Most winters, she watched the Connecticut women's basketball team pulverize the rest of America.

"Growing up, I was a UConn fan," Squires said. "I was always watching them just dominate."

Here's the problem: This dominance is harmful to the women's game, which is growing and thriving. It could grow and thrive much faster without UConn's Huskies dominating almost all attention while seizing title after title.

UConn has won 10 national titles in this century. I'm hoping, without much reason, the number remains stalled at 10 in 2017. Please, basketball gods, let another team rule America.

Squires is part of the campaign to topple the Huskies.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:49:11 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Lewis-Palmer stampedes Pueblo South in 4A basketball semis, but Valor Christian awaits]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lewis-palmer-stampedes-pueblo-south-in-4a-basketball-semis-but-valor-christian-awaits/article/1598665?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lewis-palmer-stampedes-pueblo-south-in-4a-basketball-semis-but-valor-christian-awaits/article/1598665?custom_click=rss

DENVER - When Lewis-Palmer's starters walk on the court, their opponents are not left quaking with fear. The Rangers do not deliver an overwhelming physical presence.

Oh, but the fear soon arrives. Be sure about that.

The fear for opponents arrives after a few minutes of watching L-P's precise, disciplined, intelligent, balanced, impassioned and highly effective brand of basketball.

The Team Without A Star continued its rampage through Colorado with a convincing 58-45 win over Pueblo South in the 4A state semis. The victory, L-P's 19th straight, sets up a Saturday afternoon battle to rule the state against Valor Christian, also known as The Evil Empire of the North.

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:09:05 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Brock Osweiler, unloved and rejected, remains a legit NFL starting quarterback]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brock-osweiler-unloved-and-rejected-remains-a-legit-nfl-starting-quarterback/article/1598571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brock-osweiler-unloved-and-rejected-remains-a-legit-nfl-starting-quarterback/article/1598571?custom_click=rss

We all agree John Elway is a superb judge of football talent, right?

So, let’s also all remember that a year ago Elway offered Brock Osweiler $30 million to remain the Broncos quarterback.

Yes, Osweiler has fallen on supremely hard times. He was traded Thursday from the Texans to the Browns, the NFL’s version of Siberia. The Texans wanted to dump Osweiler’s gargantuan contract, and the Browns made the trade primarily to obtain a second-round draft selection.

The Browns have little interest in giving Osweiler a chance to start at quarterback. They want to trade him. That’s right; even the Browns don’t want Osweiler.

But it’s not as if Osweiler’s talent and potential

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:41:33 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Canyon Barry, product of Cheyenne Mountain, is a basketball star for No. 17 Florida]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-canyon-barry-product-of-cheyenne-mountain-is-a-basketball-star-for-no.-17-florida/article/1598278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-canyon-barry-product-of-cheyenne-mountain-is-a-basketball-star-for-no.-17-florida/article/1598278?custom_click=rss

Every few months, someone in her neighborhood on the southwest side of Colorado Springs asks Lynn Barry, "Aren't you the mom who skate boarded to school with your son?"

Well, yes, Lynn answers.

She was that mom.

Each school morning for six straight years, Lynn and her son Canyon enjoyed a downhill journey to Cheyenne Mountain Elementary. They snowboarded. They rode scooters. A couple times, when the weather was horrendous, they ice skated.

"Oh, gosh," Lynn says, thinking back to all those joy rides to school. "He loved it. I loved it."

Lynn dominated as a superlative college basketball player at William & Mary, and her husband, Rick, soared as one of the top 20 players in NBA history.

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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:01:34 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Colorado College hockey continues to peddle hope, mostly because that's all there is to sell]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorado-college-hockey-continues-to-peddle-hope-mostly-because-thats-all-there-is-to-sell/article/1598233?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorado-college-hockey-continues-to-peddle-hope-mostly-because-thats-all-there-is-to-sell/article/1598233?custom_click=rss

The day of reckoning will come for embattled Colorado College hockey coach Mike Haviland.

The day has not yet arrived.

"I want to make it very clear that Mike is our coach next year," CC athletic director Ken Ralph said.

So let's be clear about this, too: Ralph and Haviland continue to peddle hope, mostly because that's all there is to sell.

Tomorrow, they say, will be glorious for the Tigers.

Today? Well, not so much.

The Tigers are 8-22-4 as they prepare to tangle Friday with the mighty Denver Pioneers in National Collegiate Hockey Conference first-round playoffs.

Like most things in life, hope is doomed by an expiration date.

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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:28:20 -0700