<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:02:21 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Paul Klee: Hockey gods must put this Avalanche season out of its misery]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-hockey-gods-must-put-this-avalanche-season-out-of-its-misery/article/1599575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-hockey-gods-must-put-this-avalanche-season-out-of-its-misery/article/1599575?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Nine more.

The tragic number for the worst season in Avalanche history: Nine. One for each finger, one for each tooth (in some hockey mouths), one for each time I've thought, "How are the Avs this bad?"

There are nine more games in a lost season of hockey at Pepsi Center. The Avs are counting down just like you and me: One MacKinnon, two MacKinnon, three MacKinnon.

"We're working towards something. It's not necessarily just this season. It's beyond that," coach Jared Bednar said.

What else is he going to say?

The end is nigh. It can't come soon enough. At least in past Rockies seasons the sunset is worth watching. During Tuesday's game at Pepsi Center the view was nine open seats to either side.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:23:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: After blasting LeBron James and Cavaliers, the new Nuggets fear nobody]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-after-blasting-lebron-james-and-cavaliers-the-new-nuggets-fear-nobody/article/1599528?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-after-blasting-lebron-james-and-cavaliers-the-new-nuggets-fear-nobody/article/1599528?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Just prior to tip, an entire arena of eyeballs focused on one man/train/superhero, LeBron James strolled to the Nuggets bench and embraced Michael Malone in a bear hug. 

But give this to the New Nuggets: Aside from longtime friendships such as the one between the Nuggets coach and the Cavaliers’ megastar, Denver no longer concerns itself with the name on your jersey or the MVP awards on your resume. Too naïve to know any better, the Nuggets come at you with a full head of steam and the most valuable quality in sports, belief.

"There's a lot of great things in store for this team," Malone said after the Nuggets whipped the world champion Cavaliers, 126-113, Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:36:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: As injuries mount, are the Colorado Rockies cursed?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-as-injuries-mount-are-the-colorado-rockies-cursed/article/1598895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-as-injuries-mount-are-the-colorado-rockies-cursed/article/1598895?custom_click=rss

No, really.

What did the Rockies do in their previous life?

At this point the Rockies should hunker down and await the locusts. Stock the ark; the flood can't be far behind. Hey, Jon Gray: Find the bubble wrap ASAP.

Friday, Chad Bettis, an anchor in the rotation, announced he has cancer again. There is no timetable for his return. He's going to beat it, but yeah.

Sunday, Ian Desmond, the $70-million first baseman, sustained a broken left hand. There is no timetable for his return. He's going to have surgery.

Monday, Tom Murphy, the catcher, learned he has a broken right forearm. He's out 4-6 weeks, according to the team. 

Did we miss anyone?

Oh, that's right: David Dahl, the

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:55:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Nuggets dilemma with Emmanuel Mudiay is elephant in the room]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nuggets-dilemma-with-emmanuel-mudiay-is-elephant-in-the-room/article/1598856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-nuggets-dilemma-with-emmanuel-mudiay-is-elephant-in-the-room/article/1598856?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Have you caught Nurkic Fever?

Symptoms can include late surges into the postseason, catchy slogans and, here at altitude, motion sickness.

Don't look now, but since acquiring center Jusuf Nurkic from the Nuggets, the Portland Trail Blazers are 6-4. They've won five of six. With Nurkic revitalizing the Portland program, the Blazers entered Monday only 1.5 games back of the Nuggets for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Trading a player to a divisional rival that immediately catches hot fire?

The whole situation is so Nuggets it hurts.

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:52:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Farewell, DeMarcus Ware, a Broncos star to appreciate]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-farewell-demarcus-ware-a-broncos-star-to-appreciate/article/1598820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-farewell-demarcus-ware-a-broncos-star-to-appreciate/article/1598820?custom_click=rss

Half of the time I didn't know if DeMarcus Ware was just trying to pull a fast one.

Some of Ware's explanations — from his belief that red wine had kept him young to the minute details with which he studied football — sounded more like he knew the media game and wanted to give us something good.

So D-Ware checked both journalism boxes — a superb athlete who also happened to be very interesting — and, yes, I appreciate him for that.

All the time the Broncos knew Ware was committed to winning. The ex-Cowboys pass-rushing star announced his retirement Monday via Twitter. His next stop will be at the wine shop for a 1982 Bordeaux and, later, Canton, for a spot in

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:12:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: NCAA Tournament ripe for upsets, so here's the formula]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-ncaa-tournament-ripe-for-upsets-so-heres-the-formula/article/1598778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-ncaa-tournament-ripe-for-upsets-so-heres-the-formula/article/1598778?custom_click=rss

DENVER - Picking the upsets in your NCAA Tournament bracket is throwing darts at a moving target while your buddy blasts you with a firehose.

At Night. Wearing a blindfold.

Other than that it's pretty easy.

"The formula for an upset?" Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said over the phone, as if I had requested a cure for a head cold.

OK, so I hit the Mountain West coach - whose history in Tournament upsets makes Edwards a perfect professor for this project - with an impossible question to answer. Truth is, there is no formula for choosing the lower seeds that will surprise the higher seeds starting Thursday.

Let's give it the ol' college try anyway.

"Confidence is No. 1," Edwards said.

Welp, I'm up a

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Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:44:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Lewis-Palmer ends season with loss, and lesson, in Class 4A state title game]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-lewis-palmer-ends-season-with-loss-and-lesson-in-class-4a-state-title-game/article/1598713?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-lewis-palmer-ends-season-with-loss-and-lesson-in-class-4a-state-title-game/article/1598713?custom_click=rss

DENVER - You could say Lewis-Palmer's season ended with a loss. And that part's true.

You could also say it ended with a bounce pass. That's how I saw it end. I saw it end with a selfless pass through traffic - from a Lewis-Palmer guard who was smothered to a Lewis-Palmer guard who was open - because that's how Lewis-Palmer does things. It ended in the same way so many other brilliant Lewis-Palmer possessions ended, with an unselfish act from one very good player to another very good player. Together they made something great.

"Pretty special group," boys' basketball coach Bill Benton said.

Then he apologized. He apologized for crying. He apologized for breaking down.

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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:02:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Chad Bettis needs chemotherapy after cancer spreads]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-chad-bettis-needs-chemotherapy-after-cancer-spreads/article/1598620?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-chad-bettis-needs-chemotherapy-after-cancer-spreads/article/1598620?custom_click=rss

In a couple years, when Chad Bettis is an established, veteran anchor on the Rockies pitching staff, we will look back and marvel at how he got there.

The news that his testicular cancer has spread is another detour to that destination.

"During my routine health checkup last week, my oncologist believed that he had seen inflamed lymph nodes and ordered an immediate biopsy," Bettis said Friday. "I learned this week that my testicular cancer has unexpectedly spread, and I will begin a regimen of chemotherapy in the very near future."

Bettis, who will continue cancer treatments in Arizona, is going to beat this.

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:21:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Colorado Springs Christian states case with boys, girls comebacks]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-springs-christian-states-case-with-boys-girls-comebacks/article/1598580?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-colorado-springs-christian-states-case-with-boys-girls-comebacks/article/1598580?custom_click=rss

DENVER - His team was getting blasted. For the second time in one afternoon!

How grim was the outlook for the Colorado Springs Christian girls in a Class 3A state quarterfinal on Thursday? Grim enough, dreary enough, this-is-over enough that coach Mark Engesser was rehearsing his locker room speech on the sideline during the game. Seriously, this is what Engesser was thinking as CSCS trailed 31-23 after three quarters against Manitou Springs inside DU's Hamilton Gymnasium: "I was preparing what I was going to say to the girls," he said. "I was going to say, 'Great season. It's hard to beat a team three times.'"

And then March happened - to the same school, in the same gym, for the second time in one afternoon!


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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:07:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Where has all the hate gone? DU hockey indifferent toward Colorado College]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-where-has-all-the-hate-gone-du-hockey-indifferent-toward-colorado-college/article/1598502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-where-has-all-the-hate-gone-du-hockey-indifferent-toward-colorado-college/article/1598502?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Gold Pan rivalry is dead.

Long live the Gold Pan.

"NCAA championship. Conference championship, the Penrose," University of Denver senior defenseman Matt VanVoorhis said when I asked him to list the Pioneers' priorities these days.

As if Peter McNab and Paul Stastny had tapped on his shoulder pad - ahem, young fella - VanVoorhis added, after a pause: "But the Gold Pan is still huge for our alumni, so it's huge for us."

If you say so, Pio. Sure doesn't feel that way.

And the tombstone would read: Here lies the Gold Pan, 1950-Jim Montgomery.

Ol' Monty stuck a fork in Colorado's best rivalry this side of skiing vs. riding. He's 14-2 against the Tigers - or, as various DU alums prefer to text

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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:50:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Air Academy's Abby Farrell to play wheelchair basketball at Illinois]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-air-academys-abby-farrell-to-play-wheelchair-basketball-at-illinois/article/1598367?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-air-academys-abby-farrell-to-play-wheelchair-basketball-at-illinois/article/1598367?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The really funny part is when somebody tells Abigail Farrell she can't do something.

Good luck with that.

The first time she was told no, Abby couldn't say anything back. She was still in the womb, about five months from being born to Matt and Michelle, when doctors said Abby had something called spina bifida. It's a stupid birth defect that can cause severe physical limitations in the lower body. So she waited a few years to prove them wrong.

"When she was born we never thought this was possible," says Michelle Farrell (Dusserre), her mom, a silver medal-winning gymnast alongside Mary Lou Retton at the 1984 Olympics.

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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:43:23 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Like Peyton Manning, Tony Romo can lead Broncos to Super Bowl]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-like-peyton-manning-tony-romo-can-lead-broncos-to-super-bowl/article/1598299?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-like-peyton-manning-tony-romo-can-lead-broncos-to-super-bowl/article/1598299?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This time there is a Plan B.

How you feel about Tony Romo quarterbacking the Broncos depends on how you feel about the presumptive alternatives, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch: Is the 'B' for (B)roncos savior or (b)ackup?

"We got two young ones that we're happy with, that we think can be very good football players in this league," Broncos general manager John Elway said, aiming a fire hose at the Romo speculation burning through Colorado.

Not (b)uyin' it. Imagine the thing you love the most. Then you get $42 million to do it.

I think that's Elway in NFL free agency.

"I feel more comfortable if we can take care of some needs in free agency.

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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:55:17 -0700