<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:01:38 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Broncos thumped Bengals]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-thumped-bengals/article/1586359?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-thumped-bengals/article/1586359?custom_click=rss

The Broncos have made an art of winning close games. They win, but they barely win. For the past 13 months, dramatic Sunday afternoons have been the norm on the Front Range.

 After struggling to conquer the Colts and, especially, the Panthers, the Broncos arrived in Cincinnati as 3.5 point underdogs.  Skepticism followed the Broncos to Ohio. The Super Bowl champs have struggled to find believers outside Colorado.

The Broncos demolished the doubters with a 29-17 win over the Bengals. This was a steady, convincing victory. The Broncos defense is as mighty and violent and frightening as last season.

And the offense is improving each week. The Bengals rank among the NFL’s top teams, but there was little

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:37:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos Brandon Marshall kneels again during national anthem]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-brandon-marshall-kneels-again-during-national-anthem/article/1586356?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-brandon-marshall-kneels-again-during-national-anthem/article/1586356?custom_click=rss

Brandon Marshall kneeled during the national anthem prior to the Broncos game vs. the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Marshall’s kneeling has been done in alliance with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Marshall and Kaepernick, and others, are protesting what they see as police mistreatment of African Americans. Marshall has kneeled before each of the Broncos three games this season.

“I know what I’m hoping for,”  Marshall said last Sunday afternoon, less than four hours after he kneeled before the Colts game. “I’m hoping to do what I can, to do my part to create to create some kind of change and to create some kind of conversation. … It’s really a

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Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:56:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Pine Creek revives, drops Vista Ridge with 2nd-half deluge of points]]> http://gazette.com/pine-creek-revives-drops-vista-ridge-with-2nd-half-deluge-of-points/article/1586271?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pine-creek-revives-drops-vista-ridge-with-2nd-half-deluge-of-points/article/1586271?custom_click=rss

A spectacular second half, led by freshman David Moore, propelled Pine Creek to a 39-14 victory at Vista Ridge.

Pine Creek trailed Vista Ridge 14-12 at halftime, and the Eagles were in trouble. After losing last week in overtime to Fountain Fort-Carson, Pine Creek was in danger of falling to 1-3 this season.

Remember, Pine Creek had lost a combined three games in the previous three seasons.

"We were reeling," coach Todd Miller said immediately after the victory. "But when we got down, for whatever reason, we started playing more aggressively on both sides of the ball."

The loss dropped Vista Ridge to 2-2. Pine Creek climbed to 2-2.

Moore transformed the game in the third quarter.

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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:54:28 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Brandon Marshall takes brave stand while kneeling during national anthem]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brandon-marshall-takes-brave-stand-while-kneeling-during-national-anthem/article/1585881?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brandon-marshall-takes-brave-stand-while-kneeling-during-national-anthem/article/1585881?custom_click=rss

It took the solitary figure of Brandon Marshall on one knee for me to fully celebrate the multitudes who stand.

On Sunday afternoon at Mile High, I stood along with nearly 77,000 others for the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" while Marshall, the Broncos' brave and defiant linebacker, kneeled, as if in prayer.

I stand, and always will, to recognize my late father, who enlisted in the Army as a teen. He adored the anthem, and sang the words at each game we attended. At some point during every anthem, I hear his glorious baritone voice. The anthem is part of our bond, and always will be.

I stand to recognize the promises of our country, promises we always will struggle to fulfill. "We hold these truths to be

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:03:21 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Broncos defeated Colts]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-defeated-colts/article/1585785?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-broncos-defeated-colts/article/1585785?custom_click=rss

DENVER – The Broncos defeated the Colts, 34-20, but the score is deceptive. The Broncos dominated Indy in every category by the score.
Prime reasons for the victory:
One – The defense was magnificent and opportunistic.
Aqib Talib is a controversial figure.
He’s also one of the NFL’s finest defensive backs. He closed on Andrew Luck’s fourth down pass with astonishing speed and then rambled to the end zone. The score seemed to clinch the victory, but Luck and the Colts rose from the ruins.
But only for a moment.
With the Broncos leading 26-20 with 1:51 left, Luck still had a shot.

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:08:05 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Aqib Talib reigns as lead villain of Broncos' terrifying defense]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-aqib-talib-reigns-as-lead-villain-of-broncos-terrifying-defense/article/1585806?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-aqib-talib-reigns-as-lead-villain-of-broncos-terrifying-defense/article/1585806?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Aqib Talib's comeback is amazing, even though it never will serve as a bedtime tale for children.

In the early hours of June 5, Talib was racing in a 2016 Rolls Royce to Medical City Hospital in his hometown of Dallas. An unknown assailant had shot Talib in his right thigh with the bullet making a clean exit through his calf.

The scene was bloody and dire, but a revival was on the horizon.

In the dying sunlight hours of Sunday evening, a mere 95 days since the gunshot, Talib was sprinting toward the sideline at Mile High.

He danced away from Colts tight end Jack Doyle, showing surprising nimbleness for a man still healing from a gunshot wound.

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Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:59:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Trevor Siemian outplays Andrew Luck, earns more of Broncos coach Gary Kubiak's trust]]> http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-outplays-andrew-luck-earns-more-of-broncos-coach-gary-kubiaks-trust/article/1585810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trevor-siemian-outplays-andrew-luck-earns-more-of-broncos-coach-gary-kubiaks-trust/article/1585810?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Gary Kubiak trusts Trevor Siemian, and this trust grew during the Broncos' 34-20 victory over the Colts.

Siemian, a seventh-round draft pick in 2015, outplayed Andrew Luck, the first pick of the 2012 draft. Siemian's quarterback rating was 78.6, while Luck struggled to 64.3.

Of course, the comparison is not completely fair. Luck had to throw passes against the Broncos' swarming defense.

Kubiak was impressed by his young quarterback's poise.

"Trevor has been out there twice in his career, but as a coach you feel like he's been out there 10 years," Kubiak said.

The coach pointed out that Siemian took the Broncos inside the Colts' 35-yard line seven times out of nine drives.

"It was amazing,"

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Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:02:33 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: C.J. Anderson, powered by mom's tough love, soars as lead actor in Broncos offense]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-c.j.-anderson-powered-by-moms-tough-love-soars-as-lead-actor-in-broncos-offense/article/1585503?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-c.j.-anderson-powered-by-moms-tough-love-soars-as-lead-actor-in-broncos-offense/article/1585503?custom_click=rss

C.J. Anderson, the most important force on the Broncos' offense, has no trouble remaining humble and hungry.

He was feeling good after leading the Broncos' fourth-quarter comeback Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers. He scored twice. He gained nearly half the Broncos' total yards.

Then he talked to Neva, his football-loving, highly critical mom.

"You should have went here and there," Neva said as she dissected her son's decisions. This, by the way, is the PG-13 version of the conversation. Neva's language becomes quite colorful as she analyzes her son's performance.

"You should hear my mom," Anderson said, laughing. "Matter of fact, one day I'm going to record the conversation and me and you, one on one,

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:03:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Broncos great Floyd Little questions Brandon Marshall's decision to kneel for anthem]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-great-floyd-little-questions-brandon-marshalls-decision-to-kneel-for-anthem/article/1585439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-great-floyd-little-questions-brandon-marshalls-decision-to-kneel-for-anthem/article/1585439?custom_click=rss

Floyd Little believes Brandon Marshall has a right to kneel during the national anthem.

But Little, the retired Broncos running back who ran his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, never would kneel beside Marshall.

“This is a free country,” Little said from his home in Las Vegas. “People fought in wars and died for his right to protest. This is one that I would not join, because of my military background and knowing what the flag and the national anthem stands for.

“He’s expressing himself, but being a military guy, it would be hard for me to recognize and understand it. Sacrifices have been made for our country.  The anthem stands for freedom, justice for everybody in this

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:14:36 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Here's a change: Air Force's air attack inspires fear]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-heres-a-change-air-forces-air-attack-inspires-fear/article/1585238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-heres-a-change-air-forces-air-attack-inspires-fear/article/1585238?custom_click=rss

Air Force's early season schedule left the Falcons with no chance to inspire mass celebration. Anyone who understands college football yawns after victories over Abilene Christian and Georgia State.

Still, there was a wake-up moment from Saturday's 48-14 win over Georgia State's Panthers that should inspire hope in the hearts of Air Force fans.

The Falcons should have stomped the Panthers in the first half, but little stomping had been delivered. The Falcons were lucky to have a 20-14 lead.

The Falcons faced a first and 25 after a chop block call against Alex Norton, and the small crowd had gone virtually silent, wondering why the Falcons were struggling with an 18-point underdog.

Then came the moment.

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Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:54:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Gamble fails as Air Academy holds off Woodland Park]]> http://gazette.com/gamble-fails-as-air-academy-holds-off-woodland-park/article/1585195?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gamble-fails-as-air-academy-holds-off-woodland-park/article/1585195?custom_click=rss

Woodland Park coach Joe Roskam did not hesitate. He could have gone for an extra point and a tie against Air Academy.

He went for the win.

Roskam's gamble failed. Woodland Park came achingly close on a fourth-quarter two-point conversion, but had to settle for a 13-12 road loss to Air Academy.

Both teams are 1-1 for the season.

"I go for two because that's who I am," Roskam said. "I hate ties. I go for the win."

With 6:28 left, Dominic Roskam - Joe's son - scored on a 16-yard run, cutting Air Academy's lead to one.

The stands at Air Academy were packed for homecoming, and the crowd had been loud and happy for most of the night.

The crowd was silent after Woodland Park's comeback.

During a

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Fri, 09 Sep 2016 22:53:10 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Magnificent defense leads Broncos in opener]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-magnificent-defense-leads-broncos-in-opener/article/1585122?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-magnificent-defense-leads-broncos-in-opener/article/1585122?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This isn't luck. This is how a magnificent defense wins football games.

Dominance is not the Broncos' thing. Drama is. Thursday's 21-20 victory over the Panthers continued an entertaining, if life-threatening for fans, trend. On most weekends, the Broncos take the Front Range on a dramatic journey into the final minutes.

And, somehow, they win.

"I'm proud of them," coach Gary Kubiak said. 'We won because we continued to believe and believe, but at the same time we made so many mistakes."

Kubiak is right.

The Broncos, as a team, barely deserved to defeat the Panthers on Thursday night. They trailed for almost the entire night. They were saved from defeat only by the (extremely) inaccurate foot of

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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 23:18:12 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Is this the night Cam Newton claims revenge on Broncos and Von Miller?]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-is-this-the-night-cam-newton-claims-revenge-on-broncos-and-von-miller/article/1585055?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-is-this-the-night-cam-newton-claims-revenge-on-broncos-and-von-miller/article/1585055?custom_click=rss

Will Cam Newton march into a stadium on the edge of downtown Denver and claim revenge on the Broncos and Von Miller?

I'm saying yes.

Here's the main reason Broncos fans should be worried about Thursday's season opener, which also is a rematch of last season's not-so-entertaining Super Bowl:

Newton and his Panthers have more incentive in tonight's game. They will be fueled by humiliation. They spent the summer getting hammered by much of America.  For reasons I've never been able to fully figure out, Americans are brutal in their treatment of the Super Bowl losers. You know, the second-best team in the NFL.

But it's about more than incentive. Newton is stupendously talented. So are the Panthers.

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Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:36:13 -0600