<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:38:23 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: A polite request for the NFL, and Broncos, to be better]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-a-polite-request-for-the-nfl-and-broncos-to-be-better/article/1548711?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-a-polite-request-for-the-nfl-and-broncos-to-be-better/article/1548711?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Super Bowl opened with accusations of cheating and closed with a brawl in the end zone. The Bears just signed an alleged woman beater; the Cowboys just signed a convicted one. A former Patriots star is on trial for murder.

The next major acquisition is coming, whenever Adrian Peterson signs for another few million bucks. All he did was whip a 4-year-old until his son - one of however many kids he's sired; he once declined to give a number - was bleeding and bruised.

The first Sunday of the NFL season is 24 weeks from today. Get your tickets yet?

Color me jaded. But when their 2015 campaign opens in September, I'm more interested in seeing the Broncos stay off the police blotter than in the playoffs.

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]]> DENVER - The Super Bowl opened with accusations of cheating and closed with a brawl in the end zone. The Bears just signed an alleged woman beater; the Cowboys just signed a convicted one. A former Patriots star is on trial for murder.

The next major acquisition is coming, whenever Adrian Peterson signs for another few million bucks. All he did was whip a 4-year-old until his son - one of however many kids he's sired; he once declined to give a number - was bleeding and bruised.

The first Sunday of the NFL season is 24 weeks from today. Get your tickets yet?

Color me jaded. But when their 2015 campaign opens in September, I'm more interested in seeing the Broncos stay off the police blotter than in the playoffs.]]> Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:41:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: International scouting not a foreign idea to Denver Nuggets]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-international-scouting-not-a-foreign-idea-to-denver-nuggets/article/1548557?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-international-scouting-not-a-foreign-idea-to-denver-nuggets/article/1548557?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The Nuggets held practice Tuesday, and a Rosetta Stone commercial broke out. Joffrey Lauvergne, a rookie forward, celebrated a swished 3 with a French superlative. Patrick Mutombo, an assistant, confirmed he speaks seven languages.

Jusuf Nurkic claims he can't get into American music, particularly Taylor Swift, and, 71 games into his first season in the States, he's sticking with his Bosnian pop.

This is one thing the Nuggets are doing right. (Yes, there is one.) The Nuggets have ramped up their international scouting, perhaps more than ever before. It's a promising movement, one of the few good things ownership hasn't messed up.

It starts with the scouting department, led by general manager Tim Connelly and



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DENVER — The Nuggets held practice Tuesday, and a Rosetta Stone commercial broke out. Joffrey Lauvergne, a rookie forward, celebrated a swished 3 with a French superlative. Patrick Mutombo, an assistant, confirmed he speaks seven languages.

Jusuf Nurkic claims he can't get into American music, particularly Taylor Swift, and, 71 games into his first season in the States, he's sticking with his Bosnian pop.

This is one thing the Nuggets are doing right. (Yes, there is one.) The Nuggets have ramped up their international scouting, perhaps more than ever before. It's a promising movement, one of the few good things ownership hasn't messed up.

It starts with the scouting department, led by general manager Tim Connelly and

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:47:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: For Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, gift to grandma is one for a lifetime]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-for-broncos-running-back-c.j.-anderson-gift-to-grandma-is-one-for-a-lifetime/article/1548451?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-for-broncos-running-back-c.j.-anderson-gift-to-grandma-is-one-for-a-lifetime/article/1548451?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Her old ride didn't have air conditioning. The emergency brake failed years ago, and passing emissions testing was a pipe dream. Barbara Gaddies is 71, and her '97 Saturn sat low enough that she had trouble climbing into the driver's seat.

So C.J. Anderson, the Broncos running back, did what any good grandson would do.

He bought his grandmother a new car.

"Oh, man. She was just crying, lots of crying," Anderson says of her reaction. "I started crying, too. We all did. It was just a special moment I'll never forget."

This story began long ago, long before C.J. drove a 2015 Honda CRX EX off the dealer's lot and into his grandmother's driveway; long before Anderson erupted onto the NFL scene with eight



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DENVER — Her old ride didn't have air conditioning. The emergency brake failed years ago, and passing emissions testing was a pipe dream. Barbara Gaddies is 71, and her '97 Saturn sat low enough that she had trouble climbing into the driver's seat.

So C.J. Anderson, the Broncos running back, did what any good grandson would do.

He bought his grandmother a new car.

"Oh, man. She was just crying, lots of crying," Anderson says of her reaction. "I started crying, too. We all did. It was just a special moment I'll never forget."

This story began long ago, long before C.J. drove a 2015 Honda CRX EX off the dealer's lot and into his grandmother's driveway; long before Anderson erupted onto the NFL scene with eight

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Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:39:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Can Air Force reach the NCAA Tournament again? Probably not]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-can-air-force-reach-the-ncaa-tournament-again-probably-not/article/1548353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-can-air-force-reach-the-ncaa-tournament-again-probably-not/article/1548353?custom_click=rss

DENVER — It's a cute, noble idea, the notion that college athletics are conducted on an even playing field. So is the theory "Yes, we can" bridge the aisle in Washington.

So is two months paid vacation, or fresh powder every day. So is the Easter bunny.

My esteemed colleague, Mr. Ramsey, believes Air Force will return to the NCAA Tournament again. I hope he's right.

But I doubt it. The deck has been stacked against mid- and low-major college basketball programs for decades - but never more so than right now.

We're at a point in college sports where it's almost as if the haves and have-nots are playing a different game. The gap once was the Arkansas River. Now it's the Royal Gorge, expanding at a rapid pace with



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DENVER — It's a cute, noble idea, the notion that college athletics are conducted on an even playing field. So is the theory "Yes, we can" bridge the aisle in Washington.

So is two months paid vacation, or fresh powder every day. So is the Easter bunny.

My esteemed colleague, Mr. Ramsey, believes Air Force will return to the NCAA Tournament again. I hope he's right.

But I doubt it. The deck has been stacked against mid- and low-major college basketball programs for decades - but never more so than right now.

We're at a point in college sports where it's almost as if the haves and have-nots are playing a different game. The gap once was the Arkansas River. Now it's the Royal Gorge, expanding at a rapid pace with

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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:21:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Wyoming not supposed to be in NCAA Tournament, and that's a good thing]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-wyoming-not-supposed-to-be-in-ncaa-tournament-and-thats-a-good-thing/article/1548189?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-wyoming-not-supposed-to-be-in-ncaa-tournament-and-thats-a-good-thing/article/1548189?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Wyoming, the only Front Range program to find a spot in this NCAA Tournament, is not supposed to be there, playing Northern Iowa in Seattle on Friday.

More specifically, senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. is definitely not supposed to be there - or playing basketball at all.

Six years ago Cooke wasn't a basketball player. He didn't play for his high school team, didn't play for an AAU program, didn't even play pickup ball at the park. Cooke was a football player in high school, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver in Washington, D.C.

"He had never played basketball in his life," Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said in a phone conversation.

But Cooke had a close buddy who was headed to play basketball at Cloud County



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DENVER — Wyoming, the only Front Range program to find a spot in this NCAA Tournament, is not supposed to be there, playing Northern Iowa in Seattle on Friday.

More specifically, senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. is definitely not supposed to be there - or playing basketball at all.

Six years ago Cooke wasn't a basketball player. He didn't play for his high school team, didn't play for an AAU program, didn't even play pickup ball at the park. Cooke was a football player in high school, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver in Washington, D.C.

"He had never played basketball in his life," Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said in a phone conversation.

But Cooke had a close buddy who was headed to play basketball at Cloud County

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Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:10:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Colorado State's Dantiel Daniels the reason for March Madness]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-states-dantiel-daniels-the-reason-for-march-madness/article/1548114?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-states-dantiel-daniels-the-reason-for-march-madness/article/1548114?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS — The Nike sneakers cost $125. No, he told his grandmother. I don't need those.

Dantiel Daniels said he'd rather buy three pair from Payless and pocket the extra $20. Maybe it was the dead body in the alley that shaped his perspective on what's important. Maybe it was bouncing between five elementary schools and two junior highs in metro St. Louis that changed his mind. Maybe it was his mom, working the graveyard shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to make ends meet - then perfecting her Nintendo game during sunlight hours to compete with the five kids she raised alone.

"Zelda," Rosalyn Roberts says. "They were always beating me at Zelda.



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FORT COLLINS — The Nike sneakers cost $125. No, he told his grandmother. I don't need those.

Dantiel Daniels said he'd rather buy three pair from Payless and pocket the extra $20. Maybe it was the dead body in the alley that shaped his perspective on what's important. Maybe it was bouncing between five elementary schools and two junior highs in metro St. Louis that changed his mind. Maybe it was his mom, working the graveyard shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to make ends meet - then perfecting her Nintendo game during sunlight hours to compete with the five kids she raised alone.

"Zelda," Rosalyn Roberts says. "They were always beating me at Zelda.

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:10:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: CSU snubbed, and NCAA selection committee again out of its league]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-csu-snubbed-and-ncaa-selection-committee-again-out-of-its-league/article/1548012?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-csu-snubbed-and-ncaa-selection-committee-again-out-of-its-league/article/1548012?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Forget the new football stadium. To make a real statement as a player in the "Who do you know?" business of college athletics, Colorado State must think big picture. Its next move should be a massive one. CSU must change its name.

Here, try this: UCLA-FC. Or Louisville West. Or maybe G-LC (Georgetown-Larimer County). Maybe then the NCAA selection committee will be less confused when it comes to choosing and seeding the teams that belong in its tournament bracket.

The committee failed again. It fails every year. It fails at a process that really is not that hard.



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DENVER — Forget the new football stadium. To make a real statement as a player in the "Who do you know?" business of college athletics, Colorado State must think big picture. Its next move should be a massive one. CSU must change its name.

Here, try this: UCLA-FC. Or Louisville West. Or maybe G-LC (Georgetown-Larimer County). Maybe then the NCAA selection committee will be less confused when it comes to choosing and seeding the teams that belong in its tournament bracket.

The committee failed again. It fails every year. It fails at a process that really is not that hard.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:30:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Anyone curious to see if Peyton Manning fits with Gary Kubiak's system?]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-anyone-curious-to-see-if-peyton-manning-fits-with-gary-kubiaks-system/article/1547937?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-anyone-curious-to-see-if-peyton-manning-fits-with-gary-kubiaks-system/article/1547937?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - He's 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, and has a slicked-back-hair, Ryan Gosling look going for him. Then there's the whole millionaire thing. Owen Daniels, the new tight end, signed a three-year contract with the Broncos that's worth over $12,000,000.

As an NFL player, he's famous. And like any famous person would say - see, we're just normal people - Daniels shares something in common with you. He's eager to see if Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak fit together. There are questions about that, you know.

"I was with everyone in terms of being curious, even before I signed here, when I knew Coach was coming over here," Daniels told The Gazette. "Then when Peyton was coming back, I thought it was going to be interesting.



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ENGLEWOOD - He's 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, and has a slicked-back-hair, Ryan Gosling look going for him. Then there's the whole millionaire thing. Owen Daniels, the new tight end, signed a three-year contract with the Broncos that's worth over $12,000,000.

As an NFL player, he's famous. And like any famous person would say - see, we're just normal people - Daniels shares something in common with you. He's eager to see if Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak fit together. There are questions about that, you know.

"I was with everyone in terms of being curious, even before I signed here, when I knew Coach was coming over here," Daniels told The Gazette. "Then when Peyton was coming back, I thought it was going to be interesting.

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Sun, 15 Mar 2015 08:42:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: With big picture in focus, Sierra will see its accomplishments]]> http://gazette.com/klee-with-big-picture-in-focus-sierra-will-see-its-accomplishments/article/1547908?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-with-big-picture-in-focus-sierra-will-see-its-accomplishments/article/1547908?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - This will not always be a bad memory. They will look back and remember the sweet times - the undefeated run through the Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League, the semifinals appearance at state, one guy playfully hiding another guy's cell phone on the team bus - and say, Man, that was pretty awesome, wasn't it?

Oh, Friday night hurt. It hurt Sierra's heart. Longmont beat Sierra 43-36 in a state semifinal, and the Stallions trudged away from their locker room at Coors Events Center looking like a team that hadn't lost since Dec. 12 - a win streak of 21 games.

"But you've got to look at the big picture," coach Terry Dunn said. "What they accomplished this season was something special. Special. They'll see that one

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]]> BOULDER - This will not always be a bad memory. They will look back and remember the sweet times - the undefeated run through the Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League, the semifinals appearance at state, one guy playfully hiding another guy's cell phone on the team bus - and say, Man, that was pretty awesome, wasn't it?

Oh, Friday night hurt. It hurt Sierra's heart. Longmont beat Sierra 43-36 in a state semifinal, and the Stallions trudged away from their locker room at Coors Events Center looking like a team that hadn't lost since Dec. 12 - a win streak of 21 games.

"But you've got to look at the big picture," coach Terry Dunn said. "What they accomplished this season was something special. Special. They'll see that one]]> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 04:20:20 -0600