<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:32:34 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[David Ramsey: Tim Howard's soccer suspension reveals dangerous downside of drunken fandom]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-tim-howards-soccer-suspension-reveals-dangerous-downside-of-drunken-fandom/article/1601652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-tim-howards-soccer-suspension-reveals-dangerous-downside-of-drunken-fandom/article/1601652?custom_click=rss

Tim Howard is an American sports hero, the man who has long protected the soccer net for our national team. He's a stingy, courageous, world-class goalkeeper. He's also extremely, and excessively, volatile.

A drunk, verbally abusive fan at a sporting event is not an American hero. He or she is an American problem, a problem that's gaining strength.

A combustible temper will cost you, and it's currently costing Howard and his Colorado Rapids. He's serving a three-game suspension for an obscene verbal altercation with one fan and a brief physical altercation with another fan during and after a 3-1 April 9 loss to Kansas City.

Howard is not blameless, and he realizes this truth. He takes responsibility for his

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Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:08:28 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Brace yourself, Michael Phelps itching to return to pool]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brace-yourself-michael-phelps-itching-to-return-to-pool/article/1601567?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-brace-yourself-michael-phelps-itching-to-return-to-pool/article/1601567?custom_click=rss

Michael Phelps is probably, if not certainly, going to swim in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He will probably add to his vast collection of gold medals. And he will probably promise - guarantee! - that he's retiring.

Then, about four years from now, he'll change his mind one last time and chase one last go-around at the 2024 Los Angeles Olympics.

On August, I stood among a big crowd of sports journalists in Rio de Janeiro, where Phelps had finished an astonishing Olympic performance. After a sluggish, far-below-his-standards performance at the 2008 London Games, Phelps splashed to five gold medals in Brazil, pushing his total to 23 golds. (He has 28 overall medals.)

With a straight face, and with apparent sincerity, Phelps

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:33:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Watch a 2-handed bowler roll a perfect game in 86.9 seconds. (I'm not making this up)]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-watch-a-2-handed-bowler-roll-a-perfect-game-in-86.9-seconds.-im-not-making-this-up/article/1601530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-watch-a-2-handed-bowler-roll-a-perfect-game-in-86.9-seconds.-im-not-making-this-up/article/1601530?custom_click=rss

Click on the link to see a world-record 300 game.

A 300 game in, yes, 86.9 seconds. That's a world record.

An Upstate New York bowler, who uses a two-handed roll, recently set the record.


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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:09:33 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Sky Sox's future in Colorado Springs remains highly hazy]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-sky-soxs-future-in-colorado-springs-remains-highly-hazy/article/1601479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-sky-soxs-future-in-colorado-springs-remains-highly-hazy/article/1601479?custom_click=rss

The Class AAA version of the Sky Sox may be staying on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, or it may be going. Nobody knows, not even the Elmores, and they own the franchise.

The encouraging news: The team is winning on the field, off to the best start in the franchise's history in the Springs.

The discouraging news: The Elmores continue to shop the AA version of the Sky Sox to destinations around the country. I don't see any end to the shopping, and the Elmores have declined to speak clearly about their intentions for the Springs.

General manager Tony Ensor is left in a complicated corner. He's trying to sell tickets for a thriving team while also seeking to avoid questions about the still-hazy future status of the

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:16:39 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force's Billy Christopoulos prepares for the massive hockey task of replacing Shane Starrett]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-forces-billy-christopoulos-prepares-for-the-massive-hockey-task-of-replacing-shane-starrett/article/1601411?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-forces-billy-christopoulos-prepares-for-the-massive-hockey-task-of-replacing-shane-starrett/article/1601411?custom_click=rss

Billy Christopoulos is trying to convince me, and everyone else, the task ahead is a breeze. Replacing Shane Starrett as Air Force's lead goaltender will be no big deal, Christopoulos insists.

Don't get him wrong. He's not bragging. To talk with Christopoulos is to talk of team.

It will be a breeze because of his teammates.

"They're unbelievable," he says of his fellow Falcons. "They make the goalie's job easy."

A couple of weeks ago, Christopoulos was destined to spend almost all of next season watching from the bench as Starrett stood in front of the Air Force goal. Then Starrett signed a two-season, $325,000 contract to play minor league hockey in the Edmonton Oilers system.

Starrett's move jolted

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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:15:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: President Trump welcomes 34 Patriots, fails to mention his good friend Tom Brady]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-president-trump-welcomes-34-patriots-fails-to-mention-his-good-friend-tom-brady/article/1601440?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-president-trump-welcomes-34-patriots-fails-to-mention-his-good-friend-tom-brady/article/1601440?custom_click=rss

On an strange day in American sports history, President Donald J. Trump welcomed 34 players from the New England Patriots to The White House. This visit is an American tradition, and a freshly combustible mixture of sports and politics.

It was an uncomfortable day. It was a day that suggested it would be wise for Trump and any other future president, regardless of party, to halt the practice of inviting professional teams to The White House. I understand and support  the idea of inviting the winner of the service academy football rivalry - Army, Navy and Air Force - to rejoice alongside their Commander in Chief.

The complications of the pro visits are only going to increase. When the NBA champ is crowned in a few

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Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:18:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Carmelo Anthony, surrounded by trouble, still can craft joyful career finale]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-carmelo-anthony-surrounded-by-trouble-still-can-craft-joyful-career-finale/article/1601403?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-carmelo-anthony-surrounded-by-trouble-still-can-craft-joyful-career-finale/article/1601403?custom_click=rss

Ah, let's just say Carmelo Anthony is having a bad month.

Phil Jackson said he doesn't want Carmelo to remain on the pitiful Knicks.

Carmelo's marriage to LaLa, according to a few thousand reports, is teetering. TMZ is fascinated by this collapse, and that's never a good sign. Salacious details abound as Carmelo endures the not-fun side of life as an American celebrity.

His career, and his personal life, have pretty much burned to the ground.

But Carmelo can, and will, return as a respected and valuable basketball player. His personal life might be an entirely different story.

Let's look at his basketball life:

Carmelo delivered superlative basketball as a Knick.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:04:34 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: The NBA's all-time-best coaches—Where does AFA's Popovich rank?]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-the-nbas-all-time-best-coacheswhere-does-afas-popovich-rank/article/1601183?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-the-nbas-all-time-best-coacheswhere-does-afas-popovich-rank/article/1601183?custom_click=rss

Gregg Popovich arrived at Air Force Academy in 1967 with only the vaguest idea of the agony ahead.

He arrived with a strong sense of himself, a sense he's never lost, but he developed an even stronger sense of the value of us over me.

He's employed this "us" sense to construct an NBA dynasty with the San Antonio Spurs. He's near the top of the all-time list of NBA coaches, though not quite at the top.

In 1967, Popovich stepped on the Air Force campus and a long list of humiliations began.

He cherished his long hair and soon saw almost all of that hair on the floor.

He was a tough guy from the smokestack city of Gary, Indiana, where he was taught to never allow anyone to shout at him.

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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 22:02:24 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: L.A., armed with economic sanity, leads Paris in race to host 2024 Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-l.a.-armed-with-economic-sanity-leads-paris-in-race-to-host-2024-olympics/article/1601073?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-l.a.-armed-with-economic-sanity-leads-paris-in-race-to-host-2024-olympics/article/1601073?custom_click=rss

Scott Blackmun, CEO of the United States Olympic Committee, spoke revolutionary words this week as he led cheers for the Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Blackmun said the 2024 LA Games would cost $5.325 billion.

If you stacked $5.325 billion George Washingtons, the result would be a mountain of cash approximately as tall as Pikes Peak. It's a lot of money. I get that.

But $5.325 billion is a pittance by Olympic standards. The price tag of the 2008 Beijing Games soared to $44 billion, topped by the 2014 Sochi Games that cost Russian dictator Vladimir Putin $51 billion.

"It's an amazingly fiscally responsible bid," Blackmun said Wednesday at a SportsCorp luncheon.

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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:25:46 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Trevor Siemian is underdog in battle for Denver Bronco starting QB]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-trevor-siemian-is-underdog-in-battle-for-denver-bronco-starting-qb/article/1601062?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-trevor-siemian-is-underdog-in-battle-for-denver-bronco-starting-qb/article/1601062?custom_click=rss

Trevor Siemian says he’s “not at all” insulted by coach Vance Joseph’s declaration that it’s a “50-50” battle for the Broncos starting QB job.

 Of course he’s not insulted. Siemian was the 250th pick of the 2015 draft, and he was surprised, and thrilled, to even be drafted.

Paxton Lynch, Siemian’s competition at QB, was the 26th pick of the 2016 draft, and he hoped to go even higher.

If Siemian’s potential is greater than Lynch’s, the Broncos are in trouble.  Potential is not reality. I get that. If Siemian is the superior quarterback for 2017, he deserves the job.

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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:30:11 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Nate Romine will be blessed with another day as Air Force's lead quarterback]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nate-romine-will-be-blessed-with-another-day-as-air-forces-lead-quarterback/article/1600983?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-nate-romine-will-be-blessed-with-another-day-as-air-forces-lead-quarterback/article/1600983?custom_click=rss

Nate Romine will enjoy another day as Air Force's lead quarterback. He will run on the field blessed and burdened with the task of directing the Falcons complicated attack.

This proclamation is not a statement that affirms Romine's superiority over Arion Worthman. It's a statement that affirms reality.

Worthman averaged 22 carries in his five starts last season. The man loves to call his own number.

But Worthman's love of calling his own No. 2 is filled with peril. Worthman is likely to suffer injury in 2017, meaning coach Troy Calhoun will need a relief pitcher named Nate.

I'm not alone in this dire expectation for the future. Offensive coordinator Mike Thiessen shares the view.

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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:28:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: Manning explains origin of his 'Omaha' shout]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-manning-explains-origin-of-his-omaha-shout/article/1600984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-manning-explains-origin-of-his-omaha-shout/article/1600984?custom_click=rss

During Peyton Manning’s reign as Bronco quarterback, Colorado changed. For one thing, orange No. 18 jerseys were worn by 2-year-olds and 92-year-olds.

And there was another thing, too.

We tried to figure out why he kept shouting “Omaha” at the line of scrimmage, just before the snap.

Here’s why:

“Omaha was just an indicator word,” Manning recently said. “It was a trigger word that meant we had changed the play, there was low time on the clock, and that ball needed to be snapped right now to kind of let my offensive lineman know that ‘Hey, we'd gone to Plan B, there's low time on the clock.’ It's a rhythmic three-syllable word, ‘O-ma-ha, set hut.

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Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:19:16 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Air Force hockey star Shane Starrett makes mistake in signing pro contract]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-hockey-star-shane-starrett-makes-mistake-in-signing-pro-contract/article/1600770?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-air-force-hockey-star-shane-starrett-makes-mistake-in-signing-pro-contract/article/1600770?custom_click=rss

Shane Starrett is a towering collection of hockey potential who might have carried Air Force to the Frozen Four next season.

Instead, he signed a contract with the Edmonton Oilers to play goaltender in minor-league arenas. He will earn a total of $325,000 over two seasons.

Remaining a cadet, and betting on himself, was his best option. Yes, a big pile of money was on the table, and it's tough for any 22-year-old to say no to $325,000.

But it was a mistake to depart the academy.

A bigger pile of money would have been on the table in two years.

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:09:02 -0600
<![CDATA[AFA hockey goalie Billy Christopoulos transforms from reserve to probable starter]]> http://gazette.com/afa-hockey-goalie-billy-christopoulos-transforms-from-reserve-to-probable-starter/article/1600772?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/afa-hockey-goalie-billy-christopoulos-transforms-from-reserve-to-probable-starter/article/1600772?custom_click=rss

Departing Air Force goaltender Shane Starrett offered a strong endorsement to junior-to-be Billy Christopoulos, who is the leading candidate to succeed Starrett as lead goaltender next season.

"He's a great goalie," Starrett said. "You saw it last year. He can play at this level. I believe he's a great goalie, and they'll be fine with him. They'll make a good run with him."

Last season, Starrett compiled a 26-6-4 record as starter with a 1.99 goals-against average. Meanwhile, Christopoulos was 1-4-1 as starter with a 2.79 goals against average. One of Christopoulos' losses was a 4-3 setback to Denver, the eventual NCAA champ.

Air Force coach Frank Serratore said Starrett's departure "bums me out." (Serratore used the

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:08:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Shane Starrett, Air Force hockey star, signs contract with Edmonton Oilers]]> http://gazette.com/shane-starrett-air-force-hockey-star-signs-contract-with-edmonton-oilers/article/1600740?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shane-starrett-air-force-hockey-star-signs-contract-with-edmonton-oilers/article/1600740?custom_click=rss

Shane Starrett, Air Force’s sophomore hockey goalie, has signed a two-year entry level free agent contract with the Edmonton Oilers, according to the Oilers official Twitter page.

Starrett finished with a 26-6-4 record as a starter for the Falcons, who soared to a 27-10-5 record this season and traveled to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  He was considered, before he signed the pro contract, the key piece in Air  Force's upcoming 2017-2018 season.

Starrett is scheduled to discuss his decision at 2:30 p.m. Monday in a press conference at the academy.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:59:24 -0600