<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:43:58 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Brock Osweiler and The (Very Real) Curse of the Former Bronco Quarterback]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-brock-osweiler-and-the-very-real-curse-of-the-former-bronco-quarterback/article/1594798?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-brock-osweiler-and-the-very-real-curse-of-the-former-bronco-quarterback/article/1594798?custom_click=rss

I'm sure we’ll agree on this:

Brock Osweiler is failing to soar to success in Houston. Fans cheered when he was pulled from a game. The Texans’ offensive coordinator just got fired, largely because of Osweiler’s struggles.

He’s been a bust.

And that’s the norm for former Bronco quarterbacks in the 21st century. Let’s call it The Curse of the Former Bronco Quarterbacks.

Gus Frerotte, Brian Griese, Jay Cutler, Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Osweiler all started for the Broncos in this century, and all departed to start at least two game somewhere else. (Tebow started two games for the Jets in 2012.)

The quarterbacks have combined for 200 starts, with Cutler getting 102 of



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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:25:09 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Nuggets should retire Carmelo Anthony's No. 15 jersey after he retires]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nuggets-should-retire-carmelo-anthonys-no.-15-jersey-after-he-retires/article/1594754?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nuggets-should-retire-carmelo-anthonys-no.-15-jersey-after-he-retires/article/1594754?custom_click=rss

Carmelo Anthony has led the United States to three Olympic gold medals. He carried Syracuse University to its only national championship.

He resurrected the Denver Nuggets - yes, I realize resurrection requires death - and took Colorado fans on seven straight trips to the playoffs before departing for New York, and an avalanche of trouble, in 2011.

Yet this winner is seen as a loser.

That's not right. He deserves applause, and this applause should be heard even from Colorado, the state Anthony scorned and abandoned.

Anthony delivered the second-greatest career in Nuggets history, right behind Alex English. He packed the big room at Pepsi Center with his star power, and fans started finding other things to do on



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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:43:50 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force, doomed by lousy defending, loses to San Jose]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-doomed-by-lousy-defending-loses-to-san-jose/article/1594382?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-doomed-by-lousy-defending-loses-to-san-jose/article/1594382?custom_click=rss

Brandon Clarke ended his magnificent, efficient night with a dunk at the buzzer. He had no reason to dunk. His San Jose State Spartans had already clinched victory over Air Force.

He dunked anyway, just to add an exclamation mark to his near-perfect Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena.

Clarke scored 36 points on only 22 shots, and added five assists, five rebounds and five blocks while leading the Spartans to a dramatic 89-85 victory.

Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich shrugged as he considered Clarke's demolition job on the Falcons.

"He's a really good player," Pilipovich said. "He's been playing like that all year."

All year? Not exactly, coach.

Clarke, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, came into the game averaging



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Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:48:32 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Can Vance Joseph, a defensive specialist, repair Denver Broncos' broken offense?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-vance-joseph-a-defensive-specialist-repair-denver-broncos-broken-offense/article/1594243?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-can-vance-joseph-a-defensive-specialist-repair-denver-broncos-broken-offense/article/1594243?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Vance Joseph believes in the current version of the Denver Broncos. This belief ranks as a prime reason John Elway hired a 44-year-old with no previous head coaching experience.

"It's a football team that's not broken," Joseph said Thursday as he faced 100 members of the Colorado media.

Anyone who watched the 2016 Broncos knows he's wrong.

The defensive side of the Broncos roars with power. It's packed with elite talent. It's certainly not broken.

The offensive side is broken down. The offensive side is why the Broncos ended a five-season playoff run.

Over the season, the Broncos averaged 20.8 points to rank 22nd in the NFL, but those numbers are deceptively rosy.

In the last five games of



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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:21:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Former CU coach Gary Barnett endorses Denver Broncos choice of Vance Joseph]]> http://gazette.com/former-cu-coach-gary-barnett-endorses-denver-broncos-choice-of-vance-joseph/article/1594183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-cu-coach-gary-barnett-endorses-denver-broncos-choice-of-vance-joseph/article/1594183?custom_click=rss

Gary Barnett, the former Colorado and Air Academy High football coach, has known Vance Joseph for 27 years. He believes Joseph has a strong chance for success as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

"He has the personality for it," Barnett said Wednesday from his home in Arizona. "He's a tough guy. He was always a player's coach but firm and a disciplinarian."

Barnett was an assistant coach at Colorado when Joseph arrived as a quarterback in 1990. In 1999, Barnett hired Joseph as a CU assistant.

Coaching in the NFL is perilous. Many young, promising head coaches soon become former head coaches. Barnett understands this truth.

"There's nobody who can ever tell if somebody is going to be a successful head coach,"



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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:57:38 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Broncos' new coach Vance Joseph must retain Wade Phillips as defensive coordinator]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-broncos-new-coach-vance-joseph-must-retain-wade-phillips-as-defensive-coordinator/article/1594178?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-broncos-new-coach-vance-joseph-must-retain-wade-phillips-as-defensive-coordinator/article/1594178?custom_click=rss

Wade Phillips crafted the greatest defense in Bronco history, a cruel and mighty crew that carried a middling offense to Super Bowl supremacy just 48 weeks ago.

And now we're wondering if Phillips will return as defensive coordinator? What a comically ridiculous question. What a bizarre football world.

If there's football justice, Phillips will remain on the Bronco coaching staff. Vance Joseph's first step - his very first step - should be a demand for Phillips' return as defensive coordinator. John Elway has stumbled to errors during his six-year reign as Bronco godfather, but he's never made a franchise-altering mistake.

Letting Phillips wander into the waiting arms of, say, the Raiders would threaten the Broncos'



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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:35:04 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: 30 years ago, Broncos' John Elway led a drive that became The Drive]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-30-years-ago-broncos-john-elway-led-a-drive-that-became-the-drive/article/1593890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-30-years-ago-broncos-john-elway-led-a-drive-that-became-the-drive/article/1593890?custom_click=rss

Want to start a conversation while roaming America? It's easy, really. Just mention you're from Colorado and somebody will mention John Elway and the words will start flowing.

He's not from here. He was born on the edge of the Puget Sound in Port Angeles, Wash., and played high school football in Los Angeles.

Still, he defines us.

He's the gambler who delivered thrills and tears to millions in Colorado. He suffered public humiliation in three Super Bowl losses, but crafted the most dramatic sports exit ever with consecutive Super Bowl victories.

The defining began 30 years ago, on Jan. 11, 1987, when Elway led the Denver Broncos on a last-minute drive against Cleveland in the AFC title game.



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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:32:10 -0700
<![CDATA['The guy is incredible:' Ben Garland, former Denver Bronco, believes in Kyle Shanahan's future]]> http://gazette.com/the-guy-is-incredible-ben-garland-former-denver-bronco-believes-in-kyle-shanahans-future/article/1593944?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-guy-is-incredible-ben-garland-former-denver-bronco-believes-in-kyle-shanahans-future/article/1593944?custom_click=rss

Ben Garland understands why NFL teams, including the Denver Broncos, are interested in hiring Kyle Shanahan as head coach.

"Absolutely," Garland said. "He's an incredible coach. I've loved playing for him, and I think he'll be successful wherever he's at. I hope he stays, but he'll be successful wherever he goes, and he'll definitely get the opportunity."

Garland, a former Air Force star, plays offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons under Shanahan's direction. Shanahan serves as the Falcons' offensive coordinator.

Shanahan is the son of former Denver coach Mike Shanahan, who directed the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories.

"I love the guy," Garland said. "The guy is incredible. He's down to earth, and I'm really



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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:02:56 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force great Ben Garland enjoys good times with soaring Atlanta Falcons]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-great-ben-garland-enjoys-good-times-with-soaring-atlanta-falcons/article/1593943?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-great-ben-garland-enjoys-good-times-with-soaring-atlanta-falcons/article/1593943?custom_click=rss

Ben Garland could see the Atlanta Falcons preparing to fly.

In August, the rest of the NFL was looking at a team that had lost 30 of its past 48 games, a team with light expectations, a team expected to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Garland, the former Air Force star, saw a team jammed with talent and promise, a team fully prepared to stun the NFL. He was right. The Falcons soared to an 11-5 record and the No. 2 seed in the NFC. They will host the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in the divisional playoffs.

"Oh, yeah, I saw it," Garland said Sunday from his home in Atlanta. "Since day one, I could see it. The team has come together extremely tight. The brotherhood has been incredible. You knew we would have



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Sun, 08 Jan 2017 20:33:56 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: D'shawn Schwartz wants to deliver 4A state-title banner to Sand Creek gym]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-dshawn-schwartz-wants-to-deliver-4a-state-title-banner-to-sand-creek-gym/article/1593747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-dshawn-schwartz-wants-to-deliver-4a-state-title-banner-to-sand-creek-gym/article/1593747?custom_click=rss

Sand Creek's D'Shawn Schwartz realizes there's a gaping hole in his basketball life.

He's unanimously considered one of the nation's top 80 high school players. He soon will play for Tad Boyle at Colorado. He can soar a foot above the rim for a dunk and seconds later drop a 25-foot left-handed jump shot. This combination, in case you didn't know, is supremely rare.

So much is ahead.

Not so much is behind.

"I wish we had a banner somewhere," Schwartz said, bemoaning Sand Creek's lack of state supremacy. "That's my ultimate goal. I don't care about the stats. I just want the banner. I've had a good career so far, but it's not done until I get that.



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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:00:11 -0700