<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:45:45 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Hill Climb racers savor thrills, and perils, of challenging America's Mountain]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-hill-climb-racers-savor-thrills-and-perils-of-challenging-americas-mountain/article/1554641?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-hill-climb-racers-savor-thrills-and-perils-of-challenging-americas-mountain/article/1554641?custom_click=rss

We want to ride with them. We want to take the terrifying, thrilling trip to the top of Pikes Peak.

That explains why The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has survived and thrived since 1916.

Most of us don't have the right car, or the heightened sense of courage to take a trip to the top of America's Mountain at speeds exceeding 125 mph.

But we can watch.

At the start line, dozens of girls and boys, women and men crowd around the racers, and as the racers roar toward the top of America's Mountain, they pass thousands of spectators who will spend the day watching an instant of each ride.

What brings out the crowds, year after year, decade after decade?

A jolt to the imagination.



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We want to ride with them. We want to take the terrifying, thrilling trip to the top of Pikes Peak.

That explains why The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has survived and thrived since 1916.

Most of us don't have the right car, or the heightened sense of courage to take a trip to the top of America's Mountain at speeds exceeding 125 mph.

But we can watch.

At the start line, dozens of girls and boys, women and men crowd around the racers, and as the racers roar toward the top of America's Mountain, they pass thousands of spectators who will spend the day watching an instant of each ride.

What brings out the crowds, year after year, decade after decade?

A jolt to the imagination.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Conditions alter course at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb]]> http://gazette.com/conditions-alter-course-at-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/article/1554639?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/conditions-alter-course-at-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/article/1554639?custom_click=rss

Vahsholtz relies on

instincts in record run

Woodland Park driver Codie Vahsholtz had his ride to a record perfectly planned out Sunday at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

That plan went out the window as soon as he realized just how slick Pikes Peak Highway was.

"I have a bunch of braking markers that I picked out on the course during practice and what not, but I just threw all of those out the window and just went by feel," Vahsholtz said.

He had hoped to clock a 10:45, but considering the conditions he was happy with, a 10:50.421 that took nearly 8 seconds off the record in the Pikes Peak lightweight motorcycle division that Cal Collins set last year.

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instincts in record run

Woodland Park driver Codie Vahsholtz had his ride to a record perfectly planned out Sunday at The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

That plan went out the window as soon as he realized just how slick Pikes Peak Highway was.

"I have a bunch of braking markers that I picked out on the course during practice and what not, but I just threw all of those out the window and just went by feel," Vahsholtz said.

He had hoped to clock a 10:45, but considering the conditions he was happy with, a 10:50.421 that took nearly 8 seconds off the record in the Pikes Peak lightweight motorcycle division that Cal Collins set last year.]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:10:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey blog: It's Monster Tajima's birthday]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-its-monster-tajimas-birthday/article/1554630?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-its-monster-tajimas-birthday/article/1554630?custom_click=rss

Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima celebrated his 65th birthday Sunday on Pikes Peak.

“I’m still very young,” Tajima said. “I will do this race until I die. I must do this race. And this is most important. I want to keep my mind and that means every day, every minute, you must improve.”

Tajima was the first driver to break 10-minute barrier in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb when he raced to a 9:51.27 clocking in 2011.

On Sunday, Tajima drove his electric car to a 9:32.401 finish.

 

For much of its history, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb featured a Wild West atmosphere with a dirt/gravel track.

Tajima misses those



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Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima celebrated his 65th birthday Sunday on Pikes Peak.

“I’m still very young,” Tajima said. “I will do this race until I die. I must do this race. And this is most important. I want to keep my mind and that means every day, every minute, you must improve.”

Tajima was the first driver to break 10-minute barrier in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb when he raced to a 9:51.27 clocking in 2011.

On Sunday, Tajima drove his electric car to a 9:32.401 finish.

 

For much of its history, The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb featured a Wild West atmosphere with a dirt/gravel track.

Tajima misses those

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:33:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet changes view of his one-time idol, Pete Rose]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-manager-rick-sweet-changes-view-of-his-one-time-idol-pete-rose/article/1554397?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-sky-sox-manager-rick-sweet-changes-view-of-his-one-time-idol-pete-rose/article/1554397?custom_click=rss

As a young man growing up in Longview, Wash., Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet modeled his baseball game after Pete Rose.

He ran to first base on walks, just like Pete. He played with every last speck of his energy, just like Pete.

"He was somebody I thought very highly of," Sweet said. "He was one of my idols. When I was in school, I wanted to be like Pete Rose."

He sighed.

"But," Sweet said before taking a long pause.

He's changed his view of his baseball hero.

Sweet has read new reports that Rose bet on the Reds when he was playing and managing the team. Sweet now believes Rose does not belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"For years, it's been hammered into our heads," Sweet said. "You do not bet

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He ran to first base on walks, just like Pete. He played with every last speck of his energy, just like Pete.

"He was somebody I thought very highly of," Sweet said. "He was one of my idols. When I was in school, I wanted to be like Pete Rose."

He sighed.

"But," Sweet said before taking a long pause.

He's changed his view of his baseball hero.

Sweet has read new reports that Rose bet on the Reds when he was playing and managing the team. Sweet now believes Rose does not belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"For years, it's been hammered into our heads," Sweet said. "You do not bet]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:15:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Pete Rose lied his way out of Baseball Hall of Fame]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-pete-rose-lied-his-way-out-of-baseball-hall-of-fame/article/1554322?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-pete-rose-lied-his-way-out-of-baseball-hall-of-fame/article/1554322?custom_click=rss

Pete Rose can keep lying. He has that option. But nobody - well, virtually nobody - will believe him.

He didn't bet his way out of the Baseball Hall of Fame. His lies locked the Hall's doors. He doesn't belong in Cooperstown.

For years, I've argued otherwise. As Gazette columnist, I've talked about Rose and his quest for the Hall with Bob Feller, Tommy Lasorda and Goose Gossage.

They were adamant. He had bet on baseball and lied about the betting. He never could be allowed to join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson in the Hall.

I kept looking at Rose's accomplishments. He collected 4,256 hits in 24 seasons and won three World Series titles and three batting titles.



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Pete Rose can keep lying. He has that option. But nobody - well, virtually nobody - will believe him.

He didn't bet his way out of the Baseball Hall of Fame. His lies locked the Hall's doors. He doesn't belong in Cooperstown.

For years, I've argued otherwise. As Gazette columnist, I've talked about Rose and his quest for the Hall with Bob Feller, Tommy Lasorda and Goose Gossage.

They were adamant. He had bet on baseball and lied about the betting. He never could be allowed to join Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson in the Hall.

I kept looking at Rose's accomplishments. He collected 4,256 hits in 24 seasons and won three World Series titles and three batting titles.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:27:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force's Troy Calhoun gripes a lot and wins a lot, too]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-troy-calhoun-gripes-a-lot-and-wins-a-lot-too/article/1554042?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-troy-calhoun-gripes-a-lot-and-wins-a-lot-too/article/1554042?custom_click=rss

Troy Calhoun listened as Colorado State coach Mike Bobo talked with excitement about an upcoming $220 million on-campus football stadium.

He listened as Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre bragged about a freshly-constructed $156 million football facility that includes a luxurious locker room and players' lounge.

He listened.

And he was frustrated.

Calhoun competes in Falcon Stadium, which was state of the art when it opened in 1962. It's not so state of the art 53 years later.

"I'd like to have an upgraded stadium," Calhoun said.

Calhoun is at the zenith of his career at Air Force. He's coming off a 10-3 season that included victories over Boise State and, yes, Colorado State.

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]]> Troy Calhoun listened as Colorado State coach Mike Bobo talked with excitement about an upcoming $220 million on-campus football stadium.

He listened as Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre bragged about a freshly-constructed $156 million football facility that includes a luxurious locker room and players' lounge.

He listened.

And he was frustrated.

Calhoun competes in Falcon Stadium, which was state of the art when it opened in 1962. It's not so state of the art 53 years later.

"I'd like to have an upgraded stadium," Calhoun said.

Calhoun is at the zenith of his career at Air Force. He's coming off a 10-3 season that included victories over Boise State and, yes, Colorado State.]]> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 04:21:01 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: MacIntyre promises better football days ahead for CU]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-macintyre-promises-better-football-days-ahead-for-cu/article/1553976?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-macintyre-promises-better-football-days-ahead-for-cu/article/1553976?custom_click=rss

Some people understand the value of history. And some people don't.

Mike MacIntyre is one of those people who find lessons, and encouragement, from the past. He's the football coach of the Colorado Buffs, who have stumbled to nine straight losing seasons.

It's been close to hopeless in Boulder since 2011 with the Buffs losing 39 of 49 games and 32 of 36 conference games.

MacIntyre clings to hope, largely because he understands CU history. He visited Colorado Springs this week for the Sports Corp.'s annual football luncheon.

Thirty years ago, coach Bill McCartney was sitting atop football wreckage. The Buffs had won 11 of their past 55 games, but McCartney stubbornly, and irrationally, believed good times were just



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Some people understand the value of history. And some people don't.

Mike MacIntyre is one of those people who find lessons, and encouragement, from the past. He's the football coach of the Colorado Buffs, who have stumbled to nine straight losing seasons.

It's been close to hopeless in Boulder since 2011 with the Buffs losing 39 of 49 games and 32 of 36 conference games.

MacIntyre clings to hope, largely because he understands CU history. He visited Colorado Springs this week for the Sports Corp.'s annual football luncheon.

Thirty years ago, coach Bill McCartney was sitting atop football wreckage. The Buffs had won 11 of their past 55 games, but McCartney stubbornly, and irrationally, believed good times were just

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:34:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: LeBron deserved Finals MVP, but surely you already knew that]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-lebron-deserved-finals-mvp-but-surely-you-already-knew-that/article/1553934?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-lebron-deserved-finals-mvp-but-surely-you-already-knew-that/article/1553934?custom_click=rss

       It’s official.

       Jerry West will forevermore remain the only player who lost in the NBA Finals who managed to win the MVP trophy.

       LeBron James averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists while willing his Cavaliers to seriously challenging and frightening the Warriors. Without LeBron, the Warriors would have rolled to a four-game sweep. Without LeBron, the Cavs would have swept in the first round of the playoffs.

       Andre Iguodala, a former member of the Denver Nuggets, averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Warriors.



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       It’s official.

       Jerry West will forevermore remain the only player who lost in the NBA Finals who managed to win the MVP trophy.

       LeBron James averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists while willing his Cavaliers to seriously challenging and frightening the Warriors. Without LeBron, the Warriors would have rolled to a four-game sweep. Without LeBron, the Cavs would have swept in the first round of the playoffs.

       Andre Iguodala, a former member of the Denver Nuggets, averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Warriors.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:05:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Outstanding save by Rapids' Zac MacMath on Switchbacks' Miguel Gonzalez was key]]> http://gazette.com/outstanding-save-by-rapids-zac-macmath-on-switchbacks-miguel-gonzalez-was-key/article/1553910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/outstanding-save-by-rapids-zac-macmath-on-switchbacks-miguel-gonzalez-was-key/article/1553910?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY - Miguel Gonzalez of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks has been "on fire," according to his coach Steve Trittschuh.

Rapids goalie Zac MacMath put out the flames. MacMath's sprawling save was a key moment in the Rapids' 4-1 win over the Switchbacks in the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Rapids forward Dominique Badji put his team up 1-0 in the 26th minute with a point-blank shot.

But the Switchbacks came achingly close to almost instantly answering Tuesday.

Aaron King directed an expertly placed pass to Gonzalez, who for an instant had almost the entire goal to shoot at.

But MacMath scrambled into the picture and stunned Gonzalez and the Switchbacks with a superb

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]]> COMMERCE CITY - Miguel Gonzalez of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks has been "on fire," according to his coach Steve Trittschuh.

Rapids goalie Zac MacMath put out the flames. MacMath's sprawling save was a key moment in the Rapids' 4-1 win over the Switchbacks in the fourth round of U.S. Open Cup at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Rapids forward Dominique Badji put his team up 1-0 in the 26th minute with a point-blank shot.

But the Switchbacks came achingly close to almost instantly answering Tuesday.

Aaron King directed an expertly placed pass to Gonzalez, who for an instant had almost the entire goal to shoot at.

But MacMath scrambled into the picture and stunned Gonzalez and the Switchbacks with a superb]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:11:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Colorado Springs Switchbacks coach Steve Trittschuh happy with effort vs. Colorado Rapids]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-springs-switchbacks-coach-steve-trittschuh-happy-with-effort-vs.-colorado-rapids/article/1553908?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-springs-switchbacks-coach-steve-trittschuh-happy-with-effort-vs.-colorado-rapids/article/1553908?custom_click=rss

COMMERCE CITY - The Colorado Springs Switchbacks tumbled into a big deficit. Trailing 2-0 in a soccer game is similar to being down 28-0 in football. The odds are against you.

The Switchbacks could have surrendered in their U.S. Open Cup battle with the Colorado Rapids.

They didn't.

They delivered an intense, extremely physical second-half performance. The Switchbacks lost, 4-1, in the fourth round of this venerable tournament, but coach Steve Trittschuh was impressed.

"The guys wanted to come out and compete and they're not going to back down," Trittschuh said outside the Switchbacks locker room. "I thought we played really well tonight. These guys didn't back down and they gave them a game."

The second

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]]> COMMERCE CITY - The Colorado Springs Switchbacks tumbled into a big deficit. Trailing 2-0 in a soccer game is similar to being down 28-0 in football. The odds are against you.

The Switchbacks could have surrendered in their U.S. Open Cup battle with the Colorado Rapids.

They didn't.

They delivered an intense, extremely physical second-half performance. The Switchbacks lost, 4-1, in the fourth round of this venerable tournament, but coach Steve Trittschuh was impressed.

"The guys wanted to come out and compete and they're not going to back down," Trittschuh said outside the Switchbacks locker room. "I thought we played really well tonight. These guys didn't back down and they gave them a game."

The second]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:11:35 -0600