<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> david-ramsey]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/david-ramsey Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:56:08 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Calhoun, state coaches, part of Home Front Cares]]> By David Ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/calhoun-state-coaches-part-of-home-front-cares/article/1550325?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calhoun-state-coaches-part-of-home-front-cares/article/1550325?custom_click=rss

Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun will raise funds for Home Front Cares at the 8th annual Colorado Coaches for Charity event May 1 at Coors Field. Home Front Cares provides support for Colorado service members, veterans and family members who have been impacted by deployment.

The Colorado Coaches for Charity event is hosted by The Fisher DeBerry Foundation.

"It's a night of fun, but it's very meaningful," DeBerry said. The event has raised more than $200,000 for charity, DeBerry said.

Radio personality Irv Brown will serve as master of ceremonies, and will conduct a question and answer session with Calhoun, CSU coach Mike Bobo, CU coach Mike MacIntyre, Northern Colorado coach Earnest Collins and CSU-Pueblo coach



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Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun will raise funds for Home Front Cares at the 8th annual Colorado Coaches for Charity event May 1 at Coors Field. Home Front Cares provides support for Colorado service members, veterans and family members who have been impacted by deployment.

The Colorado Coaches for Charity event is hosted by The Fisher DeBerry Foundation.

"It's a night of fun, but it's very meaningful," DeBerry said. The event has raised more than $200,000 for charity, DeBerry said.

Radio personality Irv Brown will serve as master of ceremonies, and will conduct a question and answer session with Calhoun, CSU coach Mike Bobo, CU coach Mike MacIntyre, Northern Colorado coach Earnest Collins and CSU-Pueblo coach

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:53:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: CSU's Garrett Grayson seeks to defy NFL odds]]> By David Ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-csus-garrett-grayson-seeks-to-defy-nfl-odds/article/1550249?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-csus-garrett-grayson-seeks-to-defy-nfl-odds/article/1550249?custom_click=rss

Earning rave reviews from NFL draft experts, including those who oversee the selecting, has little to do with actual NFL success.

Remember, a sixth-round draft pick (Tom Brady) just defeated a third-round pick (Russell Wilson) in the Super Bowl. Brady has directed his Patriots on six trips to the Ultimate Game.

But I'll still wander through the haze and say former Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson is a strong candidate for a long, satisfying NFL career. Grayson is considered the third- to fifth-best quarterback in the draft, which begins April 30.

I'm not alone in my view.

Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ, who played for the Broncos, has been impressed by Grayson. In November, Russ and the



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Earning rave reviews from NFL draft experts, including those who oversee the selecting, has little to do with actual NFL success.

Remember, a sixth-round draft pick (Tom Brady) just defeated a third-round pick (Russell Wilson) in the Super Bowl. Brady has directed his Patriots on six trips to the Ultimate Game.

But I'll still wander through the haze and say former Colorado State quarterback Garrett Grayson is a strong candidate for a long, satisfying NFL career. Grayson is considered the third- to fifth-best quarterback in the draft, which begins April 30.

I'm not alone in my view.

Air Force defensive coordinator Steve Russ, who played for the Broncos, has been impressed by Grayson. In November, Russ and the

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:47:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey blog: How Tebow's comeback could travel from improbable to probable]]> David Ramsey http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-how-tebows-comeback-could-travel-from-improbable-to-probable/article/1550126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-blog-how-tebows-comeback-could-travel-from-improbable-to-probable/article/1550126?custom_click=rss

Tim Tebow could remain with the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time.

Here's why:

The 2-point conversion.

If the NFL changes 2-point conversion rules, Tebow would instantly travel from just another quarterback with a not-quite-ready-for-the-big-time arm to an extremely valuable role player.

The NFL is looking at moving 2-point conversions to the 1.5 yard line or the 1-yard line. This would multiply the value of a running quarterback.

And no quarterback runs with the combination of power and elusiveness of Tim Tebow.

Tebow is an NFL-level athlete. No doubt about that.

Points are precious, and Tebow could become a 2-point conversion machine.



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Tim Tebow could remain with the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time.

Here's why:

The 2-point conversion.

If the NFL changes 2-point conversion rules, Tebow would instantly travel from just another quarterback with a not-quite-ready-for-the-big-time arm to an extremely valuable role player.

The NFL is looking at moving 2-point conversions to the 1.5 yard line or the 1-yard line. This would multiply the value of a running quarterback.

And no quarterback runs with the combination of power and elusiveness of Tim Tebow.

Tebow is an NFL-level athlete. No doubt about that.

Points are precious, and Tebow could become a 2-point conversion machine.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:40:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Chris Gobrecht, the realist, prepares to tackle massive Air Force women's basketball challenge]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-chris-gobrecht-the-realist-prepares-to-tackle-massive-air-force-womens-basketball-challenge/article/1550102?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-chris-gobrecht-the-realist-prepares-to-tackle-massive-air-force-womens-basketball-challenge/article/1550102?custom_click=rss

When Chris Gobrecht started talking about her new job as Air Force women's basketball coach, I was scared she had gotten mixed up and believed she was leading the mighty Huskies from Connecticut.

"This is a dream come true for me," she said with a level of enthusiasm that made you believe her. "It's just incredible. . I don't know if it gets any better."

Remember, she's talking about a program with 21 victories in its past 247 conference games, a program that finished 2-22 this season, a program that tumbled to its all-time worst moment in November when it lost by 44 points . to Army. When talking about the America's stuck-in-the-dungeon programs, you must mention Air Force women's basketball.

Don't worry. She remains

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"This is a dream come true for me," she said with a level of enthusiasm that made you believe her. "It's just incredible. . I don't know if it gets any better."

Remember, she's talking about a program with 21 victories in its past 247 conference games, a program that finished 2-22 this season, a program that tumbled to its all-time worst moment in November when it lost by 44 points . to Army. When talking about the America's stuck-in-the-dungeon programs, you must mention Air Force women's basketball.

Don't worry. She remains]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:10:24 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Risk taker Derrick White departs UCCS, heads to CU]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-risk-taker-derrick-white-departs-uccs-heads-to-cu/article/1549982?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-risk-taker-derrick-white-departs-uccs-heads-to-cu/article/1549982?custom_click=rss

We root for risk takers.

This explains why Derrick White has enjoyed a peaceful life as a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs even while he plotted his departure from the basketball team.

He spends his days sitting beside other UCCS students in classrooms. He spends his nights in a crowded rental house near the UCCS campus with five roommates who were once UCCS teammates.

He's encountered no hostility.

"It's kind of weird, still being down here, knowing next season I won't be down here," White said Sunday night, "but everyone has been very supportive. They've all been wishing me the best of luck, which made this a lot easier.

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This explains why Derrick White has enjoyed a peaceful life as a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs even while he plotted his departure from the basketball team.

He spends his days sitting beside other UCCS students in classrooms. He spends his nights in a crowded rental house near the UCCS campus with five roommates who were once UCCS teammates.

He's encountered no hostility.

"It's kind of weird, still being down here, knowing next season I won't be down here," White said Sunday night, "but everyone has been very supportive. They've all been wishing me the best of luck, which made this a lot easier.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:05:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Sky Sox headed for Sweet days after being liberated from Rockies tyranny]]> By david ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-sky-sox-headed-for-sweet-days-after-being-liberated-from-rockies-tyranny/article/1549817?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-sky-sox-headed-for-sweet-days-after-being-liberated-from-rockies-tyranny/article/1549817?custom_click=rss

For reasons that will remain forever mysterious, many residents of Colorado Springs mourned when the Colorado Rockies ended their association with the Sky Sox.

Yes, I realize the Rockies stood for something in our town.

They stood boldly and consistently for losing.

Under the Rockies careless parenting, the Sky Sox stumbled to eight losing records in the past 10 seasons before an extra-catastrophic exit. The 2014 Sky Sox had 53 wins and 91 losses.

What would have happened this summer if the Rockies had retained control of the Sky Sox?

A well-educated answer:

The Sky Sox would have won 52 games.

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Yes, I realize the Rockies stood for something in our town.

They stood boldly and consistently for losing.

Under the Rockies careless parenting, the Sky Sox stumbled to eight losing records in the past 10 seasons before an extra-catastrophic exit. The 2014 Sky Sox had 53 wins and 91 losses.

What would have happened this summer if the Rockies had retained control of the Sky Sox?

A well-educated answer:

The Sky Sox would have won 52 games.

Gaining freedom from Rockies tyranny is similar to Moses leading Israelites to liberation from the]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:26:19 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Pine Creek's Yaya Cisse takes another step in American soccer journey]]> By DAVID RAMSEY david.ramsey@gazette.com http://gazette.com/ramsey-pine-creeks-yaya-cisse-takes-another-step-in-american-soccer-journey/article/1549762?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-pine-creeks-yaya-cisse-takes-another-step-in-american-soccer-journey/article/1549762?custom_click=rss

When Yaya Cisse thought about the United States during a childhood spent in the Ivory Coast, one word dominated his mind:

"Fun," the Pine Creek soccer player said with a smile Wednesday afternoon a few minutes before signing a letter of intent to play for Eastern Florida State Junior College.

"Oh, for me America was just a place for better opportunity," Cisse said. "No wars, no people dying everywhere. That was my image of America."

Five years ago, Cisse departed his war-ravaged African homeland to move with his father to Dallas. At first, Cisse had vague plans.

But his focus soon sharpened. During his sophomore soccer season in Dallas, Cisse began chasing a college scholarship.



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When Yaya Cisse thought about the United States during a childhood spent in the Ivory Coast, one word dominated his mind:

"Fun," the Pine Creek soccer player said with a smile Wednesday afternoon a few minutes before signing a letter of intent to play for Eastern Florida State Junior College.

"Oh, for me America was just a place for better opportunity," Cisse said. "No wars, no people dying everywhere. That was my image of America."

Five years ago, Cisse departed his war-ravaged African homeland to move with his father to Dallas. At first, Cisse had vague plans.

But his focus soon sharpened. During his sophomore soccer season in Dallas, Cisse began chasing a college scholarship.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:36:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Derrick White will fly to basketball success at CU-Boulder]]> By DAVID RAMSEY david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-derrick-white-will-fly-to-basketball-success-at-cu-boulder/article/1549579?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-derrick-white-will-fly-to-basketball-success-at-cu-boulder/article/1549579?custom_click=rss

Derrick White will fly to success in Boulder.

He'll average 15 points, thrill crowds at Coors Event Center with his air show and help the Colorado Buffs return to the NCAA Tournament.

All this fun will multiply the anguish of the teammates and the devoted coach White abandoned at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

White, a senior-to-be, is all but certain to play next season for Tad Boyle at CU instead of Jeff Culver at UCCS. This is a sad ending to a once ever-brightening UCCS saga. White once dribbled through his basketball life as an anonymous senior at Parker's Legend High School. He was alarmingly skinny. Nobody recruited him.

Except Culver.

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Derrick White will fly to success in Boulder.

He'll average 15 points, thrill crowds at Coors Event Center with his air show and help the Colorado Buffs return to the NCAA Tournament.

All this fun will multiply the anguish of the teammates and the devoted coach White abandoned at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

White, a senior-to-be, is all but certain to play next season for Tad Boyle at CU instead of Jeff Culver at UCCS. This is a sad ending to a once ever-brightening UCCS saga. White once dribbled through his basketball life as an anonymous senior at Parker's Legend High School. He was alarmingly skinny. Nobody recruited him.

Except Culver.

The UCCS coach sensed promise in the 6-foot-1,

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:18:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Imagine this: The Rockies will ride to winning season]]> By David Ramsey david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/ramsey-imagine-this-the-rockies-will-ride-to-winning-season/article/1549486?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-imagine-this-the-rockies-will-ride-to-winning-season/article/1549486?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Imagine all the typical wonders of summer on The Front Range along with a winning baseball team playing downtown in our state's capital.

Imagine one of the most dysfunctional franchises in North American sport suddenly becoming ... functional.

Carlos Gonzalez was smiling one of those thin, satisfied smiles. His Rockies, horrific for the past four seasons, soared to 4-0 after a 5-1 win Friday afternoon at Coors Field.

His imagination was fully functioning.

"A lot of good surprises are going to happen," Gonzalez said. "A lot of good things."

If you're reading along and groaning, I understand. You might not be able to make the massive leap of imagining the Rockies as winners.



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DENVER - Imagine all the typical wonders of summer on The Front Range along with a winning baseball team playing downtown in our state's capital.

Imagine one of the most dysfunctional franchises in North American sport suddenly becoming ... functional.

Carlos Gonzalez was smiling one of those thin, satisfied smiles. His Rockies, horrific for the past four seasons, soared to 4-0 after a 5-1 win Friday afternoon at Coors Field.

His imagination was fully functioning.

"A lot of good surprises are going to happen," Gonzalez said. "A lot of good things."

If you're reading along and groaning, I understand. You might not be able to make the massive leap of imagining the Rockies as winners.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:36:58 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: UCCS supports Derrick White as he considers move to CU]]> david ramsey http://gazette.com/ramsey-uccs-supports-derrick-white-as-he-considers-move-to-cu/article/1549431?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-uccs-supports-derrick-white-as-he-considers-move-to-cu/article/1549431?custom_click=rss

One conversation, just a few moments, can alter your life. Alex Welsh discovered this truth Sunday afternoon while talking with Derrick White.

When the conversation began, Welsh believed he would chase a national Division II basketball title at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs alongside his best friend. That vision soon crashed.

"I knew something was bothering him because I know him that well," Welsh said. "I asked him, 'What's up? You need to talk about something?'"

Yes, said White, who moved immediately to the point. He was planning to climb to Division I at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Welsh could be angry. He and White have been inseparable since arriving at UCCS as freshmen.



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One conversation, just a few moments, can alter your life. Alex Welsh discovered this truth Sunday afternoon while talking with Derrick White.

When the conversation began, Welsh believed he would chase a national Division II basketball title at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs alongside his best friend. That vision soon crashed.

"I knew something was bothering him because I know him that well," Welsh said. "I asked him, 'What's up? You need to talk about something?'"

Yes, said White, who moved immediately to the point. He was planning to climb to Division I at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Welsh could be angry. He and White have been inseparable since arriving at UCCS as freshmen.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:54:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Is UCCS' superstar Derrick White on his way to CU-Boulder?]]> By DAVID RAMSEY david.ramsey@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/is-uccs-superstar-derrick-white-on-his-way-to-cu-boulder/article/1549369?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-uccs-superstar-derrick-white-on-his-way-to-cu-boulder/article/1549369?custom_click=rss

Derrick White, the all-American junior guard/forward at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has requested and received permission to contact the University of Colorado-Boulder about a transfer.

White asked UCCS coach Jeff Culver for permission Monday morning.

"I really do wish Derrick the best to wherever his next stage takes him," Culver said Wednesday night. "We're certainly thankful for his time here, but my focus is on the guys who are here."

White averaged 25.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season for the Mountain Lions, who finished 27-6. UCCS won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament title and traveled to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

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Derrick White, the all-American junior guard/forward at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has requested and received permission to contact the University of Colorado-Boulder about a transfer.

White asked UCCS coach Jeff Culver for permission Monday morning.

"I really do wish Derrick the best to wherever his next stage takes him," Culver said Wednesday night. "We're certainly thankful for his time here, but my focus is on the guys who are here."

White averaged 25.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season for the Mountain Lions, who finished 27-6. UCCS won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament title and traveled to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Transfer

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