<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:18:36 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Colorado Springs Hall of Fame honors Palmer High's perfect 2000 boys' basketball team]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorado-springs-hall-of-fame-honors-palmer-highs-perfect-2000-boys-basketball-team/article/1588471?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorado-springs-hall-of-fame-honors-palmer-highs-perfect-2000-boys-basketball-team/article/1588471?custom_click=rss

Julian Biglow rushed to the corner of the basketball court at Denver Coliseum. With him he carried Palmer High's perfect season and his vision of ruling Colorado 5A.

He was not alone in this vision. Biglow grew up on Wilde Drive, surrounded by nearby Palmer teammates. He had played with many of those teammates through grade school and junior high. The goal - the expectation, really - was to reign as state champion.

But the goal was looking shaky. Palmer's Terrors trailed Poudre High by three points in the 2000 5A quarterfinals with the clock ticking below five seconds. Biglow ran the offense as a generous point guard, but he had no time to look for teammates.

He had to shoot. He retreated behind the 3-point line and launched

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Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:14:12 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force retains its faith in slumping QB Nate Romine]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-retains-its-faith-in-slumping-qb-nate-romine/article/1588425?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-retains-its-faith-in-slumping-qb-nate-romine/article/1588425?custom_click=rss

Nate Romine remains the quarterback to direct Air Force's football revival.

He's down right now, the lead villain in the Falcons' three-week ride from strutting and unbeaten team to confused and confusing. He was mostly hideous in Saturday's baffling 34-27 overtime loss to Hawaii.

But Romine will rise again. He has the required arm strength and accuracy and experience and toughness and wisdom to overcome a serious slump. He has not lost faith in his team, or himself.

"Shoot," said a somber Romine a few minutes after the loss. "This isn't my first rodeo, and this isn't the first time I've lost. I know I've got a team behind me, and we can move mountains together."

Let's get this straight: Romine started this

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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 18:56:00 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Doctors give Air Force great Carson Bird 'a couple months' to live]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-doctors-give-air-force-great-carson-bird-a-couple-months-to-live/article/1588129?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-doctors-give-air-force-great-carson-bird-a-couple-months-to-live/article/1588129?custom_click=rss

Doctors have given former  Air Force star Carson Bird “a couple months” to live.

Bird, a 2007 all-Mountain West football cornerback, revealed on his personal blog Wednesday that he is in the final weeks of his battle with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

He will spend his last days in Michigan with family, he said on the blog.

“Please don’t feel sorry for me, please think of me and smile, knowing I am surrounded by loved ones, and I am happy,” Bird wrote.

Bird exchanged wedding vows in August with the former Brittany Jean Pittman.

Here is Bird’s blog post from Wednesday:


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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:22:27 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Denver Broncos faithful tremble as Brock Osweiler prepares to invade Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-denver-broncos-faithful-tremble-as-brock-osweiler-prepares-to-invade-colorado/article/1588193?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-denver-broncos-faithful-tremble-as-brock-osweiler-prepares-to-invade-colorado/article/1588193?custom_click=rss

In my former life, which ended in 2003 when I returned to my homeland of Colorado, I was a rabid Bronco fan.

I shouted at the television set, somehow believing my heroes could hear me, even though I was 1,800 miles away from Mile High. I rejoiced after victory and suffered untold agony after defeat. I miss those days.

Fandom was packed away when I started covering the team I had followed since 1971.

But remnants of my past life remain. My brother and sister and son and daughter remain devout Bronco fans. So are dozens of my childhood friends from south Denver. They are, like all fans, highly illogical. Officials are biased, and the bias always is against the Broncos. Peyton Manning wasn't old and decrepit last season,

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:52:49 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force and AD Jim Knowlton lose big with gamble of moving home game to Texas]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-and-ad-jim-knowlton-lose-big-with-gamble-of-moving-home-game-to-texas/article/1587917?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-and-ad-jim-knowlton-lose-big-with-gamble-of-moving-home-game-to-texas/article/1587917?custom_click=rss

DALLAS - Air Force athletic director Jim Knowlton took a massive gamble when he moved Air Force's home game vs. New Mexico deep into the heart of Texas.

He lost the gamble.

Air Force had won 15 straight games at Falcon Stadium. Air Force had beaten New Mexico seven straight times at Falcon Stadium.

The Falcons, playing 754 miles away from home, stumbled to a 45-40 loss to the Lobos on a hot afternoon on the edge of downtown.

Knowlton took a risk when he sold this home game. If the Falcons win, he wins. He gains exposure to recruits in a football-loving state and adds funds to his athletic department and dances away from columnists who might criticize his decision.

The Falcons lost, and so did Knowlton.

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Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:37:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Chargers shocked Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-chargers-shocked-broncos/article/1587791?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-chargers-shocked-broncos/article/1587791?custom_click=rss

What happened to the dominating version of the Broncos?
On Sept. 25, the Broncos were roaring along with a 4-0 record and looked on their way to a return trip to the Super Bowl.
On Oct. 13, the Broncos are reeling after consecutive defeats. The defeat to the Falcons carried a sting, but the Falcons roll along with the NFL’s elite.
The Chargers stumbled into Thursday’s game with a 1-4 record and had earned the title of the NFL’s worst fourth-quarter team.
The Chargers retain that title. The Broncos saved themselves from humiliation with an impressive fourth quarter. The Broncos did not save themselves from a second-straight defeat.

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Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:55:35 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force's Frank Serratore planning trip to Frozen Four, college hockey's ultimate skate]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-planning-trip-to-frozen-four-college-hockeys-ultimate-skate/article/1587675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-planning-trip-to-frozen-four-college-hockeys-ultimate-skate/article/1587675?custom_click=rss

Frank Serratore is planning to someday travel with his Air Force hockey team to the Frozen Four. Notice I did not use the word hoping. The Falcons' intense, eccentric leader believes his program belongs in college hockey's ultimate skate.

"That's our goal," Serratore said this week. "That's my goal. When you look at the things I've accomplished since I've been there, the Frozen Four might be the only thing we haven't accomplished. Everything we do, really, we do in preparation for that."

Pay attention to Serratore, who has a chance to make his lofty words come true. He's fresh off an upset, if you want to call it that, over powerful Boston College. His defense is rugged. His goaltender, Shane Starrett, is among the most

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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:41:27 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Kneeling for national anthem has arrived in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-kneeling-for-national-anthem-has-arrived-in-colorado-springs/article/1587512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-kneeling-for-national-anthem-has-arrived-in-colorado-springs/article/1587512?custom_click=rss

Most of us stand together for the national anthem.

Descendants of slave owners stand next to descendants of slaves. Those who believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya stand next to those who believe Obama ranks among our finest presidents. The old stand next to the young. The Trump supporter stands next to Hillary devotee.

For a few minutes, we listen to an 19th-century song, discard our differences and celebrate what unites us. It's a powerful, and fragile, moment.

Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers second-string quarterback, took a bold stand when he began kneeling in August during the anthem. You can doubt his wisdom and his motives. You can't doubt how much he's altered America.

Most of us still stand, but the

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Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:04:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey Rapid Reaction: 3 reasons why Falcons stunned Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-falcons-stunned-broncos/article/1587441?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-rapid-reaction-3-reasons-why-falcons-stunned-broncos/article/1587441?custom_click=rss

DENVER – It’s been awhile.

During a supremely charmed 2015 season, the Broncos sometimes struggled, but they always delivered exciting football theater. Close, thrilling games became a Sunday tradition on the Front Range.

Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Falcons halted that tradition, at least for a week.  The Broncos never could find rhythm and sent tens of thousands of fans rushing for an early exit at Mile High.

Don’t let the score fool you. It was a brutal afternoon, and not much went right for the Broncos. The scoreboard says the Falcons won by seven points. The scoreboard was hugely deceptive.

Here’s the list of the top three things that went wrong:

 One –

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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:17:14 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Denver Broncos humbled by Atlanta Falcons, and that's a good thing]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-denver-broncos-humbled-by-atlanta-falcons-and-thats-a-good-thing/article/1587448?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-denver-broncos-humbled-by-atlanta-falcons-and-thats-a-good-thing/article/1587448?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Broncos sprinted into Mile High as mighty NFL champs. Winners of nine straight games. Darlings of the Front Range. Favorites to reign again.

It took one series to deflate all the fun.

Fans still were finding their seats when the Falcons rolled to a rapid 75-yard touchdown drive. On the third play of the game, a third and 7, quarterback Matt Ryan found Mohamed Sanu for a virtually instant 9-yard gain.

A long afternoon had begun. Ryan seldom was bothered by the Broncos' ferocious pass rush. The ball was out of Ryan's hands before Von Miller and his demolition crew could arrive.

"We weren't able to get our feet beneath us," Miller said in a calm voice after the 23-16 defeat.

Don't pay attention to

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 22:43:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Force great Ben Garland returns home to defeat Broncos, once his favorite team]]> http://gazette.com/air-force-great-ben-garland-returns-home-to-defeat-broncos-once-his-favorite-team/article/1587454?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-force-great-ben-garland-returns-home-to-defeat-broncos-once-his-favorite-team/article/1587454?custom_click=rss

DENVER - When Ben Garland was a 4-year-old in Grand Junction, he was watching the Broncos play on TV. He was similar to virtually every other Colorado resident. The Broncos were his team.

"I'm going to play for the Broncos," Garland told his father on that long-ago day.

And then they went outside to play catch.

Garland went to become one of Air Force's all-time finest defensive players during his 2006-2009 career. He played for the Broncos, as he said he would, as an offensive tackle in 2014. He was released by the Broncos in September 2015.

His vision for his football future has taken a winding road to Atlanta. He played during his Air Force days at 275 pounds. He took the field for the Falcons Sunday as a

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 21:53:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Atlanta Falcons end Denver Broncos' unbeaten run]]> http://gazette.com/atlanta-falcons-end-denver-broncos-unbeaten-run/article/1587438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/atlanta-falcons-end-denver-broncos-unbeaten-run/article/1587438?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have plenty more in the vault than just superstar receiver Julio Jones — and maybe there's a lot more to these Atlanta Falcons than just some early-season feasting on the NFL's defensive dregs.

The Falcons deciphered Denver's dazzling defense and wrecked Paxton Lynch's first NFL start with a 23-16 win over the Broncos on Sunday, snapping the Super Bowl champs' nine-game winning streak with a dominant and perhaps prescient performance.

They did it without coming close to the numbers that Ryan and Jones put up last week when they became the first duo in league history to sport a 500-yard passer and a 300-yard receiver in the same game.

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Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:31:32 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Colorado College hockey team must double win total this season]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorado-college-hockey-team-must-double-win-total-this-season/article/1587238?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-colorado-college-hockey-team-must-double-win-total-this-season/article/1587238?custom_click=rss

Mike Haviland has a number of wins in mind for his 2016-17 Colorado College hockey team.

"We have a number that we believe in and that we think we can attain as a team," Haviland said. "We've talked about that number as a team."

The number?

"I don't want to give you a specific number," Haviland said. "... It's a reasonable number, but I don't want to put that out there."

I have a number of wins, too.

The number is 12, which would double the number of wins from last season. A jump to 12 wins would support athletic director Ken Ralph's staunch faith in Haviland and restore hope to a legion of bewildered, discouraged CC fans.

We on the same page with 12 wins, coach?

"Oh, yeah, yes," Haviland said.

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:09:19 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Bobsledder chooses Olympic dream over teaching math at Colorado Springs school]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-bobsledder-chooses-olympic-dream-over-teaching-math-at-colorado-springs-school/article/1587221?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-bobsledder-chooses-olympic-dream-over-teaching-math-at-colorado-springs-school/article/1587221?custom_click=rss

On Monday, Dillon Schrodt faced a choice. He could continue as a math teacher at District 20's Timberview Middle School. Or he could pursue his dream to compete as a bobsled runner in the Olympics.

It was an easy decision.

He chose the bobsled. His last day of teaching will be Tuesday.

"It's worth the risk, for sure," Schrodt said this week in his classroom. "I won't get the chance to bobsled again if I don't do this now. To travel around the world, to compete against the world's best and just to see what I can with this sport are what entice me."

Schrodt graduated in July from the University of Nebraska Kearney with a master's degree and was hired to teach at Timberview a few weeks later. Since then, his

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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:35:39 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Manitou Springs football dominates as teens embrace antique single-wing offense]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-manitou-springs-football-dominates-as-teens-embrace-antique-single-wing-offense/article/1587175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-manitou-springs-football-dominates-as-teens-embrace-antique-single-wing-offense/article/1587175?custom_click=rss

On a sunny afternoon at a football field overlooking Manitou Springs, a 17-year-old halfback and a 79-year-old coach tinker with an antique offense known as the single wing.

They sometimes disagree. Cole Sienknecht, the 17-year-old, wants to stand here, and George Rykovich, the 79-year-old, wants him to stand there, a couple of feet away.

"We have our little arguments," Sienknecht said, "but in the end we work things out. Coach usually wins. I like to say he knows a little too much about the single wing."

The teen and senior citizen have struggled together to revive a football program. After tumbling to five wins in 19 games over the past two seasons, the Mustangs of Manitou Springs High are stampeding with a 5-0

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Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:13:26 -0600