<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:23:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Ramsey: Retiring coach Mitch Johnson deserves better from Fountain-Fort Carson District 8]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-retiring-coach-mitch-johnson-deserves-better-from-fountain-fort-carson-district-8/article/1575021?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-retiring-coach-mitch-johnson-deserves-better-from-fountain-fort-carson-district-8/article/1575021?custom_click=rss

Mitch Johnson still should be coaching the Fountain-Fort Carson football team he loves so much.

He's no youngster, but he's never lost his gift for persuading teens to play beyond their limits. He has not - and I will say this emphatically - lost his touch. He led F-FC to the 5A quarterfinals in 2014, and after early-season struggles Johnson and his Trojans outscored opponents 252-109 in the final six regular-season games of 2015.

Those were, astoundingly, his final six games. Johnson retired Thursday, the result of bureaucratic bumbling by District 8 administrators. His retirement ends a 29-season head-coaching run.

Johnson is F-FC, through and through. He's a proud 1974 graduate, and the F-FC stadium was named after



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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:29:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Jared Goff conquered Air Force, but Falcons found success against other NFL 1st-round QBs]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-jared-goff-conquered-air-force-but-falcons-found-success-against-other-nfl-1st-round-qbs/article/1575008?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-jared-goff-conquered-air-force-but-falcons-found-success-against-other-nfl-1st-round-qbs/article/1575008?custom_click=rss

For Air Force football fans, images of Jared Goff's Dec. 29 shredding of the Falcons' defense will not fade.

Goff showed off his arm strength, touch and nerve while leading Cal to a 55-36 victory over the Falcons. His dominating performance helped propel him into the first round, and likely first pick, of Thursday's NFL draft.

In this century, the Falcons have faced five future first-round QB selections in the NFL draft. The results have been mixed and at times surprising.

2015: Jared Goff, Cal

Air Force coaches and players cannot be accused of underplaying the extreme threat of Goff.

"He's everything you'd want in an NFL quarterback," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said before the game.



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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:17:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Defending champ Cheyenne Mountain searches for elusive soccer mojo]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-defending-champ-cheyenne-mountain-searches-for-elusive-soccer-mojo/article/1574903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-defending-champ-cheyenne-mountain-searches-for-elusive-soccer-mojo/article/1574903?custom_click=rss

Cheyenne Mountain's girls' soccer team spent the past four seasons rampaging across Colorado's 4A landscape. CM lost eight games, out of 78, in four years.

The good times came to a screeching halt in March and early April. In a span of 34 days to begin the 2016 season, CM lost four games.

Coach Tomas Martinez took a calm approach, full of sunshine, when talking to his players after the defeats. He kept commanding his players to look ahead.

"It's hard to tell people that it's OK that we lost," Martinez said. "They don't want to hear that. They want to get mad."

The latest frustration came on a cold Tuesday night on Cheyenne Mountain's home field. Air Academy (8-2-2), a rising 4A power, grabbed a 1-0 lead and



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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:42:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Broncos teetering after magnificent march to Super Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-teetering-after-magnificent-march-to-super-bowl/article/1574838?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-broncos-teetering-after-magnificent-march-to-super-bowl/article/1574838?custom_click=rss

Winning a Super Bowl is often the end of a jubilant journey, not the beginning. The Broncos rule America, but their fans are filled with angst. They see their favorite team shaking in the wind.

The Broncos hear the questions. Who will play quarterback? Can a mighty defense again carry around a stumbling offense? Is doom waiting just around the bend?

Last week, Aqib Talib announced his teammates would change those questions marks to periods.

Notice he didn't say exclamation marks.

The 2015 Broncos outscored opponents by only 3.7 points per game and won 11 games by seven points or less. The team teetered on the edge of defeat on most game days.

For comparison, look at the 2014 Super Bowl champ Patriots, who



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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 06:18:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Colorado Springs' skater Rachael Flatt savors her new normal]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-springs-skater-rachael-flatt-savors-her-new-normal/article/1574633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-colorado-springs-skater-rachael-flatt-savors-her-new-normal/article/1574633?custom_click=rss

Rachael Flatt has not skated since September.

Yes, you heard me correctly. Flatt has gone seven months without gliding across the ice.

When will she skate again?

"I don't know, honestly," she says as she endures a Bay Area traffic jam.

Flatt, only 23, just became one of the world's youngest members of a Sports Hall of Fame, a reward for her brief, elegant career. She triumphed in the 2010 U.S. Nationals, and skated on the world's ultimate ice, finishing seventh in the Vancouver Olympics.

But that was yesterday, and Flatt has transported her laser focus, always her most valuable asset, to career pursuits. On an April morning, a new member of the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame is driving through slow



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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:47:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Diving great Greg Louganis encourages hunger for gold, but not too much hunger for gold]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-diving-great-greg-louganis-encourages-hunger-for-gold-but-not-too-much-hunger-for-gold/article/1574522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-diving-great-greg-louganis-encourages-hunger-for-gold-but-not-too-much-hunger-for-gold/article/1574522?custom_click=rss

Greg Louganis was 16 years old, a high school kid with an Olympic silver medal hanging around his neck. By any standard, he was a fabulous success.

Well, any standard except his own.

Louganis convinced himself he would defeat Klaus Dibiasi in diving at the 1976 Montreal Games. In a way, this was a ridiculous vision. Dibiasi won gold in 1968 at Mexico City and 1972 at Munich and reigned as king of the 10-meter platform. He was 29.

Somehow, Louganis was certain he would conquer the king. He was barely out of childhood. Didn't matter. He convinced himself he would rule the world.

"My sole purpose on earth was to prevent Klaus from winning the gold," Louganis said, wincing as he traveled back to the devastated teen



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:07:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Bennet Omalu brings his crusade against football to UCCS]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-bennet-omalu-brings-his-crusade-against-football-to-uccs/article/1574466?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-bennet-omalu-brings-his-crusade-against-football-to-uccs/article/1574466?custom_click=rss

Bennet Omalu is the undisputed leader in the war against football. He's seeking converts. He's finding converts.

He speaks truth. Football is dangerous. Dangerous to bones, cartilage and ligaments. Dangerous most of all to brains.

For decades, we accepted the dangers. We bellowed with joy when our cornerback left their wide receiver dazed and frozen on the field. We ignored the price tag of the highly entertaining violence.

And then Omalu crashed into our lives.

Omalu is the pathologist who helped discover chronic traumatic encephalopathy and began a campaign against football violence.



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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:16:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Air Force's Frank Serratore explains cutting two hockey games against Colorado College to one]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-explains-cutting-two-hockey-games-against-colorado-college-to-one/article/1574400?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-air-forces-frank-serratore-explains-cutting-two-hockey-games-against-colorado-college-to-one/article/1574400?custom_click=rss

Air Force hockey coach Frank Serratore hated to end the one-season home-and-home experiment with Colorado College.

He ended the experiment anyway.

The Falcons play 28 games against Atlantic Hockey conference opponents, and Serratore decided he needed more flexibility in his schedule. This meant he had to cut two games against crosstown opponent Colorado College to one game in the 2016-2017 season.

"We're not running from anything," Serratore said. "It's not like we don't like playing those guys. It's David vs. Goliath. We love those games."

Recently, David has been winning, which meant Serratore had good reason to love those games. He's defeated the Tigers in three of the past four meetings. Last season, the teams



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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:24:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: On opening night, Sky Sox's departure fails to inspire mass sorrow]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-on-opening-night-sky-soxs-departure-fails-to-inspire-mass-sorrow/article/1574263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-on-opening-night-sky-soxs-departure-fails-to-inspire-mass-sorrow/article/1574263?custom_click=rss

The Sky Sox, at least the Triple-A version of the Sky Sox, will almost certainly depart Colorado Springs before the 2019 season. For the next three years, we will watch The Lame Ducks.

Guess what?

I don't expect much of a change at Security Service Field. Attendance will remain steady. Colorado Springs residents will flock to watch fireworks and drink beers and gobble hot dogs.

Devout baseball fans will focus intensely on the action on the field. Everyone else will focus intensely on the beers and hot dogs in their hands.

Miserable weather was predicted for Friday's home opener, but an announced crowd of 2,997 (that looked more like a crowd of 1,500) braved wind and sprinkles to watch the Sky Sox play the Memphis



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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:03:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: NBA great Rick Barry sees Warriors for what they are: A magnificent team]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-nba-great-rick-barry-sees-warriors-for-what-they-are-a-magnificent-team/article/1574200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-nba-great-rick-barry-sees-warriors-for-what-they-are-a-magnificent-team/article/1574200?custom_click=rss

Don't listen to Scottie Pippen or Oscar Robertson or anyone else who remains willfully blind to the greatness of the Golden State Warriors.

Are the Warriors the best team in NBA history?

Probably not.

The 1962-63 Boston Celtics boasted eight - yes, eight - Hall of Fame players along with Red Auerbach, a Hall of Fame coach. The 1966-67 76ers offered four Hall of Famers, and the 1985 Showtime Lakers featured five.

Are the Warriors among the top half-dozen teams in NBA history?

Of course.

They just won 73 games while playing in a Western Conference filled with genuine peril and four of the NBA's top five teams.

Pippen and Robertson decline to embrace reality. Their emotions have led them astray.



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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:29:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Colorado Springs high school basketball star eyes big-time transfer]]> http://gazette.com/former-colorado-springs-high-school-basketball-star-eyes-big-time-transfer/article/1574120?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-springs-high-school-basketball-star-eyes-big-time-transfer/article/1574120?custom_click=rss

Canyon Barry, the former Cheyenne Mountain basketball star, is transferring from the College of Charleston. He will graduate from C of C in May and be eligible as a graduate student for the 2016-17 season.

"Honestly, it was a tough decision to me," Barry said Wednesday by phone. "Charleston is such a great town, and I've enjoyed a great experience with my teammates, but at the end of the day, the school didn't have a master's program that I was interested in.

"Being able to have another school pay for me to start my master's along with a big-time basketball environment, it was too much to pass up."

Barry said he will choose between Florida, California, Kansas, Louisville, Miami, Northwestern and Ole Miss. He said



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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:33:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Devotion of Sky Sox fans left with the Rockies]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-devotion-of-sky-sox-fans-left-with-the-rockies/article/1574127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-devotion-of-sky-sox-fans-left-with-the-rockies/article/1574127?custom_click=rss

Early in the 2009 Sky Sox season, Carlos Gonzalez broke his bat on a soft line drive back to the pitcher. Jody Owen, sitting a few feet from the Sky Sox dugout, shouted in support.

"It's OK!" she said. "You'll get 'em next time!"

Gonzalez could hear her words clearly. When he trotted back to join his teammates, he smiled at Jody as he pushed the broken bat across the dugout roof.

A gift to a supportive fan.

CarGo's bat now rests in Jody's basement a mile away from Service Security Field. His bat is joined by 40 other damaged baseball hardwoods, all gifts to Jody from Sky Sox players.

For six seasons, from 2009 to 2014, Jody and her husband Ed enjoyed a taste of baseball nirvana in a cozy stadium on the east



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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:52:24 -0600