<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Tue, 22 May 2018 06:40:11 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: 4 reasons to believe in Kalen Ballage's future as NFL running back]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-4-reasons-to-believe-in-kalen-ballages-future-as-nfl-running-back/article/1626358?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-4-reasons-to-believe-in-kalen-ballages-future-as-nfl-running-back/article/1626358?custom_click=rss

Former Falcon star Kalen Ballage is headed, eventually, to NFL stardom, but he won’t arrive there next season. He’ll be the Dolphins third running back, a rookie sitting behind Frank Gore and Kenyan Drake.

But, trust me, he will become a special running back. The Dolphins pulled a steal in the fourth round of the draft when they selected Ballage.

Here are four reasons to believe in Ballage’s NFL future:

His talent

Former Fountain-Fort Carson coach Mitch Johnson has watched Colorado Springs-area high school football since the early 1970s.



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Sun, 20 May 2018 18:41:47 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Peyton's Kaylee Kearse delivers superlative track performance, with help from her young teammates]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-peytons-kaylee-kearse-delivers-superlative-track-performance-with-help-from-her-young-teammates/article/1626258?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-peytons-kaylee-kearse-delivers-superlative-track-performance-with-help-from-her-young-teammates/article/1626258?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - A few days ago, Peyton High’s senior star Kaylee Kearse examined the schedule for Colorado’s high school track meet. This was a calm examination until she noticed a horrifying detail.

The schedule said she would have to run solo, as the favorite, in the 800 meter final and less than 30 minutes later take the baton as the anchor in Peyton’s 4 x 200 relay, also the favorite to rule Colorado.

If you don’t run competitive track, and virtually all Gazette readers fit into this immense category, it’s hard to get your head around the brutal fate that awaited Kearse. The 800, a vicious race, demands speed and endurance. Competing at the highest level in the 800 can leave you feeling cranky and



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Sat, 19 May 2018 10:42:03 -0600
<![CDATA[State track & field Day 2 notebook: Harper adds two more top-two finishes]]> http://gazette.com/state-track-field-day-2-notebook-harper-adds-two-more-top-two-finishes/article/1626242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-track-field-day-2-notebook-harper-adds-two-more-top-two-finishes/article/1626242?custom_click=rss

At 2:53 p.m. the 2018 Colorado High School State Track and Field meet was delayed for at least 30 minutes due to lightning.

A fast-moving storm with lightning is moving over Jefferson County Stadium from the west, but according to announcers, it is expected to last less than an hour.

Around 2:15 officials announced the procedure for severe weather, instructing fans to return to their vehicles.  

At 3 p.m.



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Fri, 18 May 2018 21:11:51 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: A look at Colorado's weird, wonderful (and endangered) girls sprint track medley]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-a-look-at-colorados-weird-wonderful-and-endangered-girls-sprint-track-medley/article/1626181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-a-look-at-colorados-weird-wonderful-and-endangered-girls-sprint-track-medley/article/1626181?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - The 800 sprint medley relay is, well, different.

Let’s allow Classical Academy senior sprinter Kelsey Eichelberger to describe the event. She’s an expert on the subject. She will anchor the Titans team and carry their hopes to the finish line in Friday’s final, scheduled for 12:15 p.m. at Jeffco Stadium.

“We all contribute equally,” Eichelberger says of the Titans’ four relay runners, “but because it’s a sprint medley and everyone is running different races everyone is contributing in different ways and it’s weird.”

Weird, she says, in a really good way.

Most track fans are familiar with the 4 x 100 or the 4 x 400 and so on. The girls



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Thu, 17 May 2018 22:20:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Track & field state meet notebook: Hannah Skrastins competes in Paralympic event after battle with brain tumor]]> http://gazette.com/track-field-state-meet-notebook-hannah-skrastins-competes-in-paralympic-event-after-battle-with-brain-tumor/article/1626164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/track-field-state-meet-notebook-hannah-skrastins-competes-in-paralympic-event-after-battle-with-brain-tumor/article/1626164?custom_click=rss

Sophomore Hannah Skrastins had always loved competing in sports. But in 2014, she found out that her athletic aspirations may be cut short thanks to a tumor the size of a tennis ball which had to be removed from her brain.

But a nine hour surgery to remove the tumor, and months of chemotherapy and radiation hasn’t stopped Skrastins from getting back out on the track.

Skrastins competed in the Paralympic/Unified athletes 100m dash on Thursday in the first of two races she will run at the 2018 Colorado State Championships.

After the starting gun sounded, Skrastins made her way down the track, and fell into her sister Abby’s arms after completing the race in 20.90.

“I think this gets the



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Thu, 17 May 2018 21:43:54 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Taylor White left blanket, and host of wonderful memories, for his mother, Angela]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-taylor-white-left-blanket-and-host-of-wonderful-memories-for-his-mother-angela/article/1625902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-taylor-white-left-blanket-and-host-of-wonderful-memories-for-his-mother-angela/article/1625902?custom_click=rss

In solitary moments, rare for a mother, Angela White sits on a red couch in her living room. Resting in the quiet, she's surrounded by reminders of her son, Taylor.

There's his Pine Creek High letter jacket. His leather weightlifting belt. His football cleats, worn the afternoon Pine Creek won the state title in 2014. His mountain climbing equipment used to conquer Colorado 14ers. His blue Bible, New International translation, worn and filled with underlined passages. And, right beside Angela, his bedroom pillow, adorned with a green Seattle Seahawks case.

While sitting here, Angela often snuggles with a massive photo blanket Taylor presented her for Christmas his freshman year at Grand Canyon University.



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Mon, 14 May 2018 07:23:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Toronto's strangely passive defense helped LeBron make his fantastic shot]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-torontos-strangely-passive-defense-helped-lebron-make-his-fantastic-shot/article/1625559?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-torontos-strangely-passive-defense-helped-lebron-make-his-fantastic-shot/article/1625559?custom_click=rss

What was CJ Miles thinking? He was a spectator in last sequence of the Raptors final gasp in a playoff series against the Cavaliers, and much more than spectating was needed.

LeBron James, the greatest basketball player on earth was driving for a shot in the dying seconds. LeBron did not have time to pass. LeBron was almost certainly not going to pass, anyway. This was his moment.

OG Anunoby played noble defense on LeBron in those final seconds. He cut off the middle, forcing LeBron to go left.

And forcing LeBron to head toward Miles, who could have and should have done more than watch. Miles never departed the corner, even with LeBron essentially invading his territory. As it was, LeBron's bank shot was extremely



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Thu, 10 May 2018 09:37:42 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: TCA defies its weird, wrong girls' soccer seeding and beats Cheyenne Mountain]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-tca-defies-its-weird-wrong-girls-soccer-seeding-and-beats-cheyenne-mountain/article/1625716?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-tca-defies-its-weird-wrong-girls-soccer-seeding-and-beats-cheyenne-mountain/article/1625716?custom_click=rss

The Classical Academy girls' soccer team is 56-7-4 since 2014, including a 12-2-2 record this season. The Titans outscored opponents 79-0 from April 5 to May 1.

And TCA is the No. 18 seed in the Colorado 4A state tournament?

Um, what?

On Wednesday evening, TCA played superbly, defying its weird, computer-produced seeding, and rolled to a convincing 1-0 win over No. 15 Cheyenne Mountain in the opening round of the state tournament.

The victory underlines the absurdity of the No. 18 seed, which isn’t fair or accurate or sensible or defensible. Other than those problems, the seeding is fantastic.

Related:St. Mary's girls' soccer sets up second-round showdown after beating Bayfield

TCA sophomore Trinity Harvey



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Wed, 09 May 2018 21:45:31 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Kenny Perry will chase, with everything he's got, 3rd Senior Open golf title at The Broadmoor]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-kenny-perry-will-chase-with-everything-hes-got-3rd-senior-open-golf-title-at-the-broadmoor/article/1625583?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-kenny-perry-will-chase-with-everything-hes-got-3rd-senior-open-golf-title-at-the-broadmoor/article/1625583?custom_click=rss

Kenny Perry is proud of his Senior Open title, so proud he defies all risks and displays the gleaming silver trophy at the course he designed in his hometown of Franklin, Ky. Kenny Perry's  Country Creek Golf Course beckons – you guessed it - from Kenny Perry Drive.

“I just think all the people who come through my little course need to see it, need to see what it’s all about, see all the names, see what it represents,” Perry says.

Notice how often Perry uses the word “see.” And notice he never uses the word “touch.”

When the trophy is moved, Perry puts on white gloves and gently picks up his prize.

Would he ever touch the trophy with his bare hands?



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Tue, 08 May 2018 21:55:00 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Former Air Force leader Jeff Bzdelik deserves another shot as NBA head coach]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-former-air-force-leader-jeff-bzdelik-deserves-another-shot-as-nba-head-coach/article/1625532?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-former-air-force-leader-jeff-bzdelik-deserves-another-shot-as-nba-head-coach/article/1625532?custom_click=rss

Jeff Bzdelik is the only coach to lead the Falcons of Air Force Academy, the Buffs of Colorado and the Nuggets of Denver.

He delivered so-so work in Boulder and the edge of Colorado Springs and was rewarded for his mediocrity with new jobs and massive leaps in pay. He did superlative work with the Nuggets and was rewarded by being fired. Make sense? Not at all.

Bzdelik should never again coach a college team. He doesn’t understand the college game and its heavy emphasis on recruiting. He never got the knack of teaching teen-age players. The Wake Forest student body busted out in mass celebration the day Bzdelik was fired in 2014.

But a wise NBA owner should give Bzdelik another chance as head coach.



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Mon, 07 May 2018 09:37:17 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Roger Goodell must act to stop NFL's pollution of cheerleading]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-roger-goodell-must-act-to-stop-nfls-pollution-of-cheerleading/article/1625385?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-roger-goodell-must-act-to-stop-nfls-pollution-of-cheerleading/article/1625385?custom_click=rss

Leave it to the NFL to pollute cheerleading.

The Washington Redskins forced cheerleaders to serve as escorts and to pose and be body painted topless while wealthy supporters of the team leered. The Redskins until recently featured a “hot or not” feature on the team’s website, which allowed fans to grade cheerleaders on looks.

In a better world, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would act swiftly and strongly in the same way he delivered justice to Tom Brady for deflating footballs. Alas, Goodell appears more interested in protecting pigskins than protecting young women.

The NFL issued a statement to The New York Times after crusading columnist Juliet Macur exposed outrageous practices by the Redskins.



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Sat, 05 May 2018 07:33:35 -0600