<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:03:48 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Is Mitchell High football ready to keep Marauding all season?]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-is-mitchell-high-football-ready-to-keep-marauding-all-season/article/1560887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-is-mitchell-high-football-ready-to-keep-marauding-all-season/article/1560887?custom_click=rss

First tackle of the season, and Quindell Bryant already knew change had arrived for Mitchell's football team.

Last season, Bryant usually embarked on lonely tackling adventures. He tangled, a solitary Marauder, against angry ball carriers.

Not this season. In Mitchell's first game, Bryant grabbed an Arvada Bulldog at Garry Berry Stadium, and soon felt the encouraging crush of six teammates joining him.

"It wasn't just me," says Bryant, a junior linebacker. "It was everybody."

After a decade of gloom, Mitchell football has been resurrected. The Marauders have won four of five games armed with a rugged run game along with, yes, a marauding defense. Mitchell stumbled to 72 losses in 100 games from 2005-2014. The

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Thu, 08 Oct 2015 23:20:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force has its own version of Demaryius Thomas, but he's an invisible man]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-has-its-own-version-of-demaryius-thomas-but-hes-an-invisible-man/article/1560571?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-force-has-its-own-version-of-demaryius-thomas-but-hes-an-invisible-man/article/1560571?custom_click=rss

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Free Jalen Robinette.

One of the most talented receivers in Air Force football history is in danger of becoming The Invisible Man.

Robinette is, in so many ways, the Falcons' version of Demaryius Thomas. He's expert at outmuscling and outjumping defensive backs. He's big, fast, mighty and determined. He should reside in the absolute center of the Air Force attack.

Instead, he's a mere shadow of the dominating breakout star of the 2014 season. With only four catches in four games, he's usually been ignored spectator instead of gifted receiver.

On Saturday, Robinette watched the Falcons bumble to a 33-11 loss to Navy that was every bit as ugly as the score.

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Sun, 04 Oct 2015 15:37:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Navy's Keenan Reynolds sprints through Air Force's defense]]> http://gazette.com/navys-keenan-reynolds-sprints-through-air-forces-defense/article/1560575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/navys-keenan-reynolds-sprints-through-air-forces-defense/article/1560575?custom_click=rss

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A year ago, Air Force defeated Navy, the crucial step in the Falcons reclaiming the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

On Saturday, Navy defeated Air Force and the Midshipmen did the defeating in an utterly convincing way.

The difference?

"Keenan was hurt last year," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said.

He's talking about Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, one of the greatest players in service-academy football history.

Reynolds was healthy Saturday. He rushed for 183 yards, leading a Navy attack that roared to 387 yards.

He declined to make a simple explanation for last season's Air Force victory.

"We can't make excuses for last year," Reynolds said. "They flat-out beat us on the field.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:37:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Rob Royer, proud alum, revives Rampart's soaring football team]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-rob-royer-proud-alum-revives-ramparts-soaring-football-team/article/1560434?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-rob-royer-proud-alum-revives-ramparts-soaring-football-team/article/1560434?custom_click=rss

On weekday mornings this summer, early morning motorists cruising to work could see a crowd of sleepy, diligent football players.

At the corner of Union and Lexington, 60 to 80 teens gathered in their quest to become the best 4A football team in Colorado. Alarms were ringing across the city's north side as players struggled out of bed for "Brawn at Dawn" at Rampart High School.

This hard labor was not in vain. Rampart is 4-0 and is reawakening as a state power with wins in 11 of its past 15 games. The Rams have outscored opponents this season, 165-18. They're mauling their unfortunate foes.

For nearly a decade, Rampart's football team ranked among the fallen. The Rams stumbled for 57 losses in 90 games from 2005-2013.

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Thu, 01 Oct 2015 20:40:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Miguel Gonzalez helps Colorado Springs Switchbacks roar to surprising debut season]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-miguel-gonzalez-helps-colorado-springs-switchbacks-roar-to-surprising-debut-season/article/1560346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-miguel-gonzalez-helps-colorado-springs-switchbacks-roar-to-surprising-debut-season/article/1560346?custom_click=rss

Miguel Gonzalez, an ambitious and dangerous striker, doesn't want to remain in Colorado Springs. He doesn't want to continue playing soccer for the Switchbacks.

He wants more.

And that's fine with Switchbacks coach Steve Trittschuh.

The ambition that flows through Gonzalez and every other player on the Switchbacks roster makes Trittschuh's job easier.

At practice, Trittschuh seldom has to push his players to compete with more vigor. The Switchbacks want to win, yes, but they also want to take the next step in the soccer world to greater economic reward and bigger crowds and more glamour and .

Gonzalez is smiling on a cloudy morning a few minutes before joining his teammates at practice.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:30:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Denver Nuggets could shock basketball world, win 35 games. Here's how:]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-denver-nuggets-could-shock-basketball-world-win-35-games.-heres-how/article/1560277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-denver-nuggets-could-shock-basketball-world-win-35-games.-heres-how/article/1560277?custom_click=rss

First, the good news.

The 2015-2016 Denver Nuggets are not destined to become the NBA's worst team. The 76ers, Lakers and Trail Blazers will engage in a spirited battle to rule the basement.

And this season's Nuggets will not stumble as the most gruesome team in franchise history. That honor belongs, forevermore, to the 1997-98 gang of losers, who won 11 of 82 games and left a never-to-be-erased mental tattoo on the psyche of devout Nuggets fans.

But these Nuggets will, once again, stumble to a losing record. If they match last season's total of 30 wins, first-year coach Mike Malone will have delivered an honorable effort.

The Nuggets are working out this week at the Olympic Training Center.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:38:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Broncos 3-0 against three not-very-good teams]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-broncos-3-0-against-three-not-very-good-teams/article/1560236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-broncos-3-0-against-three-not-very-good-teams/article/1560236?custom_click=rss

The Broncos are 3-0, which has inspired an avalance of expectation and celebration on The Front Range, and beyond.

But let's look at those three wins.

The Broncos barely beat the Ravens, who nearly drove the length of the field for a game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against the Broncos mighty defense.

The Ravens are 0-3.

The Broncos barely beat the Chiefs, who found a wide assortment of ways to not win in front of a wild and loud home crowd in Kansas City.

The Chiefs are 1-2.

The Broncos struggled to defeat the Lions, who remained in contention until the dying moments of the fourth quarter.

The Lions are 0-3.

That's three wins over opponents who are 1-8.

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Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:28:51 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Goose Gossage remembers his friend, Yogi Berra]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-goose-gossage-remembers-his-friend-yogi-berra/article/1559920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-goose-gossage-remembers-his-friend-yogi-berra/article/1559920?custom_click=rss

The first time Goose Gossage drove to Yogi Berra's home in New Jersey, he needed directions. If you've ever driven in New Jersey, you know why. Arriving at any Jersey destination is approximately as easy as understanding Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

So the Goose called one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. Berra talked through the intricacies of the route and then arrived at the finale.

"When you get to the fork in the road, take it," Berra told Goose.

Turns out, any slice of the fork eventually would take Goose to the Berra residence. This marked Goose's first encounter with a Yogi-ism.

Goose talked in the living room of his Broadmoor neighborhood home Wednesday afternoon about the man who was

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Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:44:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Orange Crush 2.0? Not so fast, say leaders of 1977 Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-orange-crush-2.0-not-so-fast-say-leaders-of-1977-broncos/article/1559835?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-orange-crush-2.0-not-so-fast-say-leaders-of-1977-broncos/article/1559835?custom_click=rss

Oh, those angry marauders of yesteryear. They dressed in bright orange as they rampaged across America. They pulverized helpless quarterbacks and frightened children. Well, they frightened children everywhere except the Front Range.

Yes, we're talking about the Broncos Orange Crush defense of 1977. It's been 38 years, but memories of the Crush linger. Those middle-aged and beyond talk wistfully about a rampaging defense that carried a franchise to its first Super Bowl. Young people listen, wishing they had witnessed the highly entertaining violence.

It makes sense, in a way, for fans to describe the current Broncos as the second coming of the Orange Crush. You already can buy T-shirts that announce, "Orange Crush 2.0.

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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 07:50:30 -0600
<![CDATA[When drafted by Denver Broncos, Randy Gradishar didn't know dad was born in Pueblo]]> http://gazette.com/when-drafted-by-denver-broncos-randy-gradishar-didnt-know-dad-was-born-in-pueblo/article/1559836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/when-drafted-by-denver-broncos-randy-gradishar-didnt-know-dad-was-born-in-pueblo/article/1559836?custom_click=rss


On NFL draft day 1974, the Denver Broncos selected Ohio State linebacker Randy Gradishar as the 14th pick of the first round.

"It was an exciting, fun thing for me," Gradishar says. "I was talking to my mom and dad and I told them, 'I don't even know where Colorado is.'"

His dad knew.

Jim Gradishar had been born in Pueblo.

"He had never told me that," Gradishar says. "I was 21 years old, and I didn't even know where my father was from. I had roots in Colorado for a long time.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:46:44 -0600