<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Sat, 24 Feb 2018 03:21:21 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Will Air Force basketball learn from its stumbles?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-will-air-force-basketball-learn-from-its-stumbles/article/1621462?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-will-air-force-basketball-learn-from-its-stumbles/article/1621462?custom_click=rss

San Diego State forward Malik Pope soared in air space high above the rim, and he performed his flying act right in front of Air Force’s disturbingly silent cadet section. His dunk with 9:39 left offered a challenge to the Falcons.

How did Air Force respond?

Not well.

Seconds later, Air Force’s Ryan Swan earned an offensive foul in a moment of frustration.  He extended his arm, pushed off, inspired a whistle and opened the door to chaos.

The Aztecs scored the next seven points to slam the door shut on Air Force’s chances at a mild upset. San Diego State won, 67-56.

This is a young Air Force team. This also is an Air Force team filled with rare promise.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:37:42 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: America turns its lonely eyes to Peyton Manning, who must return to NFL as TV color commentator]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-america-turns-its-lonely-eyes-to-peyton-manning-who-must-return-to-nfl-as-tv-color-commentator/article/1621312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-america-turns-its-lonely-eyes-to-peyton-manning-who-must-return-to-nfl-as-tv-color-commentator/article/1621312?custom_click=rss

Open the bank vault, please. We need Peyton Manning in a TV booth for the 2018 season.

Manning can use humor and football’s most beautiful mind to brighten our Thursday or Monday nights and slow, and maybe even halt, the NFL’s steady loss of TV viewers.

ESPN is chasing Manning to serve as color man for Monday Night Football, and Fox is on the same chase for Thursday Night Football.

I’m hoping, along with a millions of my Fellow Americans, that one of the networks persuades Manning to step into a broadcast booth. It’s an ultra-sweet gig. Jon Gruden, merely OK as Monday Night Football’s color man, earned $6.5 million a season before returning to coach the Raiders.

Manning towers as

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:53:50 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Derrick White enjoys triumphant return to UCCS, where Jeff Culver let him shine]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-derrick-white-enjoys-triumphant-return-to-uccs-where-jeff-culver-let-him-shine/article/1621251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-derrick-white-enjoys-triumphant-return-to-uccs-where-jeff-culver-let-him-shine/article/1621251?custom_click=rss

When telling the wondrous basketball story of Derrick White, make sure to prominently mention University of Colorado-Colorado Springs coach Jeff Culver.

He saw potential in White that every other college coach missed. He turned White loose on courts all over the Rocky Mountains. He played a crucial role in creating a skywalking phenom.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without him,” White said.

That’s absolutely true, Derrick.

At first, Culver had the then-radical idea White could excel in Division II college basketball, but soon he knew his soaring guard/forward was the rare player with few limits. Culver’s instincts were correct.

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:34:57 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: DU retains coveted Gold Pan, annihilates Colorado College hockey]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-du-retains-coveted-gold-pan-annihilates-colorado-college-hockey/article/1621198?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-du-retains-coveted-gold-pan-annihilates-colorado-college-hockey/article/1621198?custom_click=rss

A Colorado College win over Denver would have inspired a tidal wave of hockey excitement. It would have made Saturday’s rematch a must-see event. It would have inspired dozens of CC fans to take the drive to the DU campus to tangle with big-city ticket scalpers.

Oh, well.

The Tigers collapsed, tumbling to a 5-1 loss that was even worse than the score. When the night started, CC retained a chance to bring The Gold Pan Trophy home for the first time since 2014.

Instead, the Tigers and their fans tumbled to a soul-crushing loss. The Pioneers ruled the nation last season. The Evil Empire of the North showed the power and the harmony required to rule again this season.

Sure, the Pioneers are easy to despise.

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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:03:25 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin engage in polite, highly entertaining Olympic rivalry]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lindsey-vonn-and-mikaela-shiffrin-engage-in-polite-highly-entertaining-olympic-rivalry/article/1621112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-lindsey-vonn-and-mikaela-shiffrin-engage-in-polite-highly-entertaining-olympic-rivalry/article/1621112?custom_click=rss

So great.

So different.

Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin both blaze down mountains, but the similarities soon slow down.

Vonn is the take-it-to-the-limit competitor who endures vicious pain in pursuit of world domination. In NBC commercials pushing these Winter Olympics, she proudly displays her scars.

In 2013, I talked with Vonn for a few minutes at a media gathering in Park City, Utah. She politely thanked me for asking about the state of her oft-injured right knee.

And she succinctly explained her approach to her sport, and her life.

“I thrive on chaos,” she said.

Shiffrin is a technician who prepares with borderline obsessive attention to detail.

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:05:12 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Determined star Krystina Hagood leads resilient, optimistic James Irwin basketball team]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-determined-star-krystina-hagood-leads-resilient-optimistic-james-irwin-basketball-team/article/1620848?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-determined-star-krystina-hagood-leads-resilient-optimistic-james-irwin-basketball-team/article/1620848?custom_click=rss

The James Irwin High girls basketball team had every reason to sink into misery, and we’re talking serious misery. They had every reason to surrender to exhaustion.

On Friday night, on their homecourt, the Jaguars lost 73-0 to defending state 3A champ Lamar. Yes, you read the score correctly. Lamar scored 73 points. James Irwin scored zero.

That disaster ended at 9:30 p.m.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Jaguars loaded the team bus for a ride through the snow to play at Aurora West College Prep. At 1 p.m., less than 16 hours after the Lamar debacle, James Irwin tipped off again.

The Jaguars fought through their misery and exhaustion. The Jaguars won, 36-29.

Anthony Byrd coaches the Jags. No one would

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:35:00 -0700
<![CDATA[USOC security chief Larry Buendorf finally opens up about saving President Ford]]> http://gazette.com/usoc-security-chief-larry-buendorf-finally-opens-up-about-saving-president-ford/article/1620812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-security-chief-larry-buendorf-finally-opens-up-about-saving-president-ford/article/1620812?custom_click=rss

Larry Buendorf was a former college athlete, an overachiever and a Secret Service agent with a gift for seeing important details. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was a dropout, from college and virtue, who followed Charles Manson and often compared the cult leader to the Christ.

On a sunny morning in 1975, these two vastly different slices of America collided in a park in Sacramento.

Their collision altered history. Or, maybe, Buendorf's bravery meant history was not altered.

A few months before the sunny morning, Fromme bluntly summarized a horrifying truth.

"Anybody can kill anybody," she said in the little-girl voice that inspired her nickname. When she spoke the words, Squeaky was plotting to assassinate President

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:42:10 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Inspiring, terrifying pressure stalks Olympic athletes at these South Korea Games]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-inspiring-terrifying-pressure-stalks-olympic-athletes-at-these-south-korea-games/article/1620807?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-inspiring-terrifying-pressure-stalks-olympic-athletes-at-these-south-korea-games/article/1620807?custom_click=rss

Olympic athletes, even the most successful, seem to appear out of nowhere every four years. We’re witnessing this re-appearance during the South Korea Olympics.

It’s the strangest phenomenon in sport. These athletes emerge from anonymity to become world celebrities and then return to being close to anonymous. Unless you’re, say, an extremely devoted follower of slalom racing, chances are you have not seen Colorado resident Mikaela Shiffrin compete since her sensational performance at Sochi in 2014.

This phenomenon multiplies the pressure on athletes to perform. A world champion can remain anonymous unless she/her delivers on the world stage that is the Olympics. This is not fair. This is reality.

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Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:13:59 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: A Colorado-centric guide to 2018 South Korea Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-a-colorado-centric-guide-to-2018-south-korea-olympics/article/1620617?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-a-colorado-centric-guide-to-2018-south-korea-olympics/article/1620617?custom_click=rss

If you’re looking for Colorado connections in these South Korea Olympics, start here.  A look at four of the most fascinating stories from our state in these Olympics:

Mike Testwuide, hockey:

Colorado College hockey fans once called a 6-foot-3 forward Mike Testwuide.

Fans in South Korea call the same player, Kang Tae-san, or “strong big mountain.”

In a strange twist, Testwuide will compete in these Olympic for South Korea. He grew up in Vail. He played four seasons for CC’s Tigers.

But, yes, he will be competing for the host country.

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Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:29:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Garoppolo's $137.5 million deal is bad news for quarterback-needy Denver Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-garoppolos-137.5-million-deal-is-bad-news-for-quarterback-needy-denver-broncos/article/1620616?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-garoppolos-137.5-million-deal-is-bad-news-for-quarterback-needy-denver-broncos/article/1620616?custom_click=rss

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo signed a five-season, $127.5 million contract with the 49ers. This is, certainly, good news for Garoppolo.

And, just as certainly, bad news for the Broncos, who will be quarterback shopping during the NFL offseason.

Garoppolo showed promise this season, winning all five of his starts with the 49ers.  His reward was a $27.5 million annual payday.

If Jimmy G. is worth $27.5 per season, how much is Kirk Cousins worth? Garoppolo has only shown hints of what he can do. Cousins has thrown for more than 4,000 yards for three straight seasons. Cousins has proven himself.

I'm thinking Cousins will earn $30 million in 2018.

At least.

Cousins has all the leverage.

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:35:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Here's why Josh McDaniels, a true Patriot, rejected Colts]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-heres-why-josh-mcdaniels-a-true-patriot-rejected-colts/article/1620558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-heres-why-josh-mcdaniels-a-true-patriot-rejected-colts/article/1620558?custom_click=rss

Why did Josh McDaniels reject the Indianapolis Colts after agreeing weeks ago to become the head coach of the Colts?

Easy answer, really.

McDaniels is a true New England Patriot and a true follower of head coach/grumpiest-man-on-earth Bill Belichick.

Remember when Belichick defied and betrayed his mentor Bill Parcells? Belichick was under contract to coach the New York Jets for the 2000 season, but Belichick decided he wanted to coach the Patriots. Parcells had nurtured Belichick's career. Parcells had groomed Belichick to become a head coach.

Didn't matter. Belichick bolted anyway.

Why? Because Belichick believes, strongly, in doing what is best for Belichick. That's his way. That's the Patriot way. Me

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:44:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Palmer Ridge football players face strange prospect of playing against each other next season]]> http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-football-players-face-strange-prospect-of-playing-against-each-other-next-season/article/1620555?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/palmer-ridge-football-players-face-strange-prospect-of-playing-against-each-other-next-season/article/1620555?custom_click=rss

Since he was 6 years old, Cory McLellan has played on football teams with Zach Hester. As little guys, they sprinted in the secondary to catch passes from Ty Evans at Monument’s Dirty Woman Park.

“I’ve been playing football with Zach since I can remember,” McLellan said Wednesday morning. “When I think about fooball, I think of Zach Hester.”

Next football season will deliver a jolt to McLellan, and Hester.

They will look across the field at each other. McLellan will be playing for CSU-Pueblo, and Hester will be playing for Colorado School of Mines.

"I'm excited,” McLellan said. “I’m excited to be playing against him for once.

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 06:08:32 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force topples CSU's fast-descending basketball team]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-topples-csus-fast-descending-basketball-team/article/1620512?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-topples-csus-fast-descending-basketball-team/article/1620512?custom_click=rss

In a way, the story of Wednesday’s Air Force-Colorado State game was a program tumbling into the abyss. CSU’s Rams have fallen down, and they won’t arise anytime soon.

But in a better way, the game was about a program that could be on the rise. Air Force defeated the Rams, 78-73, but don’t be fooled by the score. The Falcons were rolling for most of the game and spend nearly eight minutes of the second half with a lead of at least 12 points. Air Force was on its way to a dominating win, but couldn’t quite figure out how to close.

A youth movement led the way. Sophomores Lavelle Scottie, Ryan Swan and Sid Tomes combined for 53 points on 19-of-35 shooting.

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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:35:44 -0700