<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Mon, 25 May 2015 05:41:50 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: Bolder Boulder honors our best on Memorial Day]]> http://gazette.com/klee-bolder-boulder-honors-our-best-on-memorial-day/article/1552479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-bolder-boulder-honors-our-best-on-memorial-day/article/1552479?custom_click=rss

BOULDER - He's 92 years young and flew gilders until he was 87. President George W. Bush awarded him a Congressional Medal of Honor, the medal was stolen, and it showed up in a motel's lost and found. As a kid in segregated Colorado Springs, he rode his bicycle across the tracks to the Alexander Aircraft Co. - in the 1920s - and probably saved lives after a plane crash - in the 70s.

The Tuskegee Airmen? You know about those trailblazers. He was one, a member of the first black pilots in the U.S. armed forces. They flew in World War II. That's what he's known for, the reason the Colorado Springs resident will be honored on Memorial Day at the Bolder Boulder.

The amazing life of Franklin James Macon should be a movie.

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The Tuskegee Airmen? You know about those trailblazers. He was one, a member of the first black pilots in the U.S. armed forces. They flew in World War II. That's what he's known for, the reason the Colorado Springs resident will be honored on Memorial Day at the Bolder Boulder.

The amazing life of Franklin James Macon should be a movie.]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 04:06:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Rugby 7s aiming at 2016 Olympics for boost in popularity]]> http://gazette.com/klee-rugby-7s-aiming-at-2016-olympics-for-boost-in-popularity/article/1552433?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-rugby-7s-aiming-at-2016-olympics-for-boost-in-popularity/article/1552433?custom_click=rss

DENVER - A chunk of her neck is missing. Not a small chunk, a big chunk, big enough that, when she lifts her blonde hair, the back of Lisa Rosen's neck looks like a divot.

Peyton Manning probably could relate. But Peyton Manning plays his sport with a helmet and pads. These wild-and-crazy adrenaline junkies at the USA Rugby College 7s national championships don't need no stinkin' helmets and pads.

"Fear doesn't work in rugby," said Rosen, the women's coach at Air Force. Even if three neck surgeries stemmed from a rugby career, Rosen won't leave the sport - few of them do. Once a rugger, always a rugger, neck/knee/rib/head/ankle/wrist/shoulder injuries be damned. Rugby's how they roll.

Rosen's career began in 1982 and

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]]> DENVER - A chunk of her neck is missing. Not a small chunk, a big chunk, big enough that, when she lifts her blonde hair, the back of Lisa Rosen's neck looks like a divot.

Peyton Manning probably could relate. But Peyton Manning plays his sport with a helmet and pads. These wild-and-crazy adrenaline junkies at the USA Rugby College 7s national championships don't need no stinkin' helmets and pads.

"Fear doesn't work in rugby," said Rosen, the women's coach at Air Force. Even if three neck surgeries stemmed from a rugby career, Rosen won't leave the sport - few of them do. Once a rugger, always a rugger, neck/knee/rib/head/ankle/wrist/shoulder injuries be damned. Rugby's how they roll.

Rosen's career began in 1982 and]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 04:17:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee: Nuggets must make their own luck after NBA draft lottery]]> http://gazette.com/klee-nuggets-must-make-their-own-luck-after-nba-draft-lottery/article/1552203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-nuggets-must-make-their-own-luck-after-nba-draft-lottery/article/1552203?custom_click=rss

DENVER — It made sense that Josh Kroenke called his own name to represent the Nuggets at the NBA draft lottery. Did you really think the young team president would miss an opportunity to smile for the cameras as a potential Nuggets hero during a happy time?

(Ignore the disappearing act during bad times. Fire a coach midseason? The penthouse suite goes dark.)

Tuesday night wasn't a happy time for the Nuggets. They didn't get lucky.

But here's the good news: The Nuggets have a sharp talent evaluator in general manager Tim Connelly and should get a solid player with the No. 7 pick on June 25. The tough news: They continued a streak of rotten luck in the lottery and are at the mercy of other teams if they are to score a



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DENVER — It made sense that Josh Kroenke called his own name to represent the Nuggets at the NBA draft lottery. Did you really think the young team president would miss an opportunity to smile for the cameras as a potential Nuggets hero during a happy time?

(Ignore the disappearing act during bad times. Fire a coach midseason? The penthouse suite goes dark.)

Tuesday night wasn't a happy time for the Nuggets. They didn't get lucky.

But here's the good news: The Nuggets have a sharp talent evaluator in general manager Tim Connelly and should get a solid player with the No. 7 pick on June 25. The tough news: They continued a streak of rotten luck in the lottery and are at the mercy of other teams if they are to score a

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Wed, 20 May 2015 07:45:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Paul Klee's Top 10 NBA Draft prospects]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klees-top-10-nba-draft-prospects/article/1552158?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klees-top-10-nba-draft-prospects/article/1552158?custom_click=rss

Columnist Paul Klee ranks the top 10 prospects in the NBA draft, according to how they would fit with the Denver Nuggets:



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Columnist Paul Klee ranks the top 10 prospects in the NBA draft, according to how they would fit with the Denver Nuggets:

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Tue, 19 May 2015 16:47:19 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Time for Lady Luck to smile on Denver Nuggets]]> http://gazette.com/klee-time-for-lady-luck-to-smile-on-denver-nuggets/article/1552126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-time-for-lady-luck-to-smile-on-denver-nuggets/article/1552126?custom_click=rss

BLACK HAWK — One chip, at least, always goes on No. 27. That's the date of her wedding anniversary, the 27th of October.

And the other chips? A couple go on 17, her daughter's birthday; a couple on double-zeroes, because it's green, the color of money; a couple more on 11.

"Just because," Carol says, tapping a right knuckle on the edge of the roulette table inside the Ameristar casino. "Eleven is my lucky number."

That's why I'm here, between the cards and slots, next to Carol: Luck. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday, and isn't it time the Nuggets have luck bounce their way?

Carol's lucky. Her stack of chips is growing like the Denver skyline. "Beats working!" she says.



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BLACK HAWK — One chip, at least, always goes on No. 27. That's the date of her wedding anniversary, the 27th of October.

And the other chips? A couple go on 17, her daughter's birthday; a couple on double-zeroes, because it's green, the color of money; a couple more on 11.

"Just because," Carol says, tapping a right knuckle on the edge of the roulette table inside the Ameristar casino. "Eleven is my lucky number."

That's why I'm here, between the cards and slots, next to Carol: Luck. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday, and isn't it time the Nuggets have luck bounce their way?

Carol's lucky. Her stack of chips is growing like the Denver skyline. "Beats working!" she says.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 07:58:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: James Irwin's Miguel Molas wins state titles the old-fashioned way]]> http://gazette.com/klee-james-irwins-miguel-molas-wins-state-titles-the-old-fashioned-way/article/1551974?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-james-irwins-miguel-molas-wins-state-titles-the-old-fashioned-way/article/1551974?custom_click=rss

LAKEWOOD - Team Miguel is two-deep. No, make that three. There's Elijah Shaw and Emileo Ochoa and another classmate whose name I didn't catch. That's my bad.

But she's a proud member of Team Miguel. She made and lugged around the sign at the state track and field championships Saturday: "TEAM MIGUEL," complete with smiley faces and sparkly stickers to celebrate their main man, Miguel Molas.

So tell me about this guy, Team Miguel.

"Miguel is so dedicated he basically won't eat anything good," Shaw said as we leaned against a chain-link fence at Jeffco Stadium. "He won't even eat pizza."

"Yeah, we go over to his house, and we get all the pizza," Ochoa said. "It's great!"

Team Miguel rules. So does he.



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LAKEWOOD - Team Miguel is two-deep. No, make that three. There's Elijah Shaw and Emileo Ochoa and another classmate whose name I didn't catch. That's my bad.

But she's a proud member of Team Miguel. She made and lugged around the sign at the state track and field championships Saturday: "TEAM MIGUEL," complete with smiley faces and sparkly stickers to celebrate their main man, Miguel Molas.

So tell me about this guy, Team Miguel.

"Miguel is so dedicated he basically won't eat anything good," Shaw said as we leaned against a chain-link fence at Jeffco Stadium. "He won't even eat pizza."

"Yeah, we go over to his house, and we get all the pizza," Ochoa said. "It's great!"

Team Miguel rules. So does he.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 11:51:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Coronado's Evan Kay short on time, tall on achievement]]> http://gazette.com/klee-coronados-evan-kay-short-on-time-tall-on-achievement/article/1551891?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-coronados-evan-kay-short-on-time-tall-on-achievement/article/1551891?custom_click=rss

Worry for Evan Kay. Not that graduating from Coronado High School and enrolling at Colorado State will be too much. Chances are, the 18-year-old will crash the dean's list, try out for a varsity sports roster and make it, or start his own business by junior year.

Worry for Evan Kay because he's about to get bored. Like, I-need-a-hobby bored.

What's he going to do with all this free time?

In the fall on the football team, Kay was a starter on the offensive line, on the defensive line, the punter and the kicker. "He played every down on offense, defense and special teams," said Bob Bell, a Coronado coach for 40 years. Kay was a team captain.

In the winter, Kay was a 182-pound city champion on the wrestling team.



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Worry for Evan Kay. Not that graduating from Coronado High School and enrolling at Colorado State will be too much. Chances are, the 18-year-old will crash the dean's list, try out for a varsity sports roster and make it, or start his own business by junior year.

Worry for Evan Kay because he's about to get bored. Like, I-need-a-hobby bored.

What's he going to do with all this free time?

In the fall on the football team, Kay was a starter on the offensive line, on the defensive line, the punter and the kicker. "He played every down on offense, defense and special teams," said Bob Bell, a Coronado coach for 40 years. Kay was a team captain.

In the winter, Kay was a 182-pound city champion on the wrestling team.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 09:38:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Games in contested AFC West will be key]]> http://gazette.com/games-in-contested-afc-west-will-be-key/article/1551903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/games-in-contested-afc-west-will-be-key/article/1551903?custom_click=rss

The most important game on the Broncos schedule?

The Patriots game is a fine choice by a wise man, Mr. Ramsey. After watching John Elway go 11-0 against the Patriots as a quarterback, you can bet the Broncos boss is deflated by a 1-4 record against New England as an executive.

The Wells Report had it wrong. When it comes to the Patriots, Elway was The Deflator.

But by Week 12 of the NFL season, America will have stuck a needle in all the shoddy Deflategate jokes out there. And Broncos Country will turn its attention to a more pressing issue: Winning the AFC West. The most important games on the schedule are the six involving the Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders.

The Broncos have their division on lockdown. The NFL

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The Patriots game is a fine choice by a wise man, Mr. Ramsey. After watching John Elway go 11-0 against the Patriots as a quarterback, you can bet the Broncos boss is deflated by a 1-4 record against New England as an executive.

The Wells Report had it wrong. When it comes to the Patriots, Elway was The Deflator.

But by Week 12 of the NFL season, America will have stuck a needle in all the shoddy Deflategate jokes out there. And Broncos Country will turn its attention to a more pressing issue: Winning the AFC West. The most important games on the schedule are the six involving the Chargers, Chiefs and Raiders.

The Broncos have their division on lockdown. The NFL]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 04:10:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Klee blog: Denver Broncos' Pat Bowlen, the Ring of Fame and mixed emotions]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-pat-bowlen-the-ring-of-fame-and-mixed-emotions/article/1551702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-denver-broncos-pat-bowlen-the-ring-of-fame-and-mixed-emotions/article/1551702?custom_click=rss

I wrote this column a couple days after the Broncos lost to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, and it came to mind Wednesday, the day the Broncos elected Pat Bowlen to the Ring of Fame.

Mainly, because that column starts like this: When the day comes to induct Pat Bowlen into the Broncos Ring of Fame, a fraternity he created...."

So it happened, much sooner than anyone preferred, and I was right about one thing: Bowlen argued the decision to include his name in the Ring of Fame.

"Why the hell would you do that?" he told Joe Ellis, the team president.

But I was wrong about another thing, and that's how there was no statement from Bowlen on how it should be about the fans, not him.



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I wrote this column a couple days after the Broncos lost to the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, and it came to mind Wednesday, the day the Broncos elected Pat Bowlen to the Ring of Fame.

Mainly, because that column starts like this: When the day comes to induct Pat Bowlen into the Broncos Ring of Fame, a fraternity he created...."

So it happened, much sooner than anyone preferred, and I was right about one thing: Bowlen argued the decision to include his name in the Ring of Fame.

"Why the hell would you do that?" he told Joe Ellis, the team president.

But I was wrong about another thing, and that's how there was no statement from Bowlen on how it should be about the fans, not him.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:37:06 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Cheyenne Mountain sidesteps potholes for state girls' tennis title]]> http://gazette.com/klee-cheyenne-mountain-sidesteps-potholes-for-state-girls-tennis-title/article/1551493?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-cheyenne-mountain-sidesteps-potholes-for-state-girls-tennis-title/article/1551493?custom_click=rss

PUEBLO - On a random day in August, the coach could receive a text message from the star player. She's transferring and will finish high school elsewhere.

That's one way to derail a high school tennis dynasty.

Or maybe that star's obvious replacement - another gifted athlete - chooses not to play tennis after spending a school year abroad, in France. That's another way. Maybe the team sustains injuries, or the players fall into the partying scene on Fridays, wake up hungover on Saturdays, and the whole thing goes to pot.

"Lots of things can happen. I know, on paper, it looks like we were dominant here," Cheyenne Mountain girls' tennis coach Dave Adams said at the Class 4A state championships.



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PUEBLO - On a random day in August, the coach could receive a text message from the star player. She's transferring and will finish high school elsewhere.

That's one way to derail a high school tennis dynasty.

Or maybe that star's obvious replacement - another gifted athlete - chooses not to play tennis after spending a school year abroad, in France. That's another way. Maybe the team sustains injuries, or the players fall into the partying scene on Fridays, wake up hungover on Saturdays, and the whole thing goes to pot.

"Lots of things can happen. I know, on paper, it looks like we were dominant here," Cheyenne Mountain girls' tennis coach Dave Adams said at the Class 4A state championships.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 04:15:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Denver Broncos lose a promising 'leader' in rookie - for now]]> http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-lose-a-promising-leader-in-rookie-for-now/article/1551293?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-denver-broncos-lose-a-promising-leader-in-rookie-for-now/article/1551293?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — When Gary Kubiak introduced Owen Daniels, who had played for him in Houston and Baltimore, the Broncos coach emphasized his leadership qualities. Strange first thing to say about a tight end. But a telling thing, too.

So I thought it was striking that, when Kubiak introduced the next tight end to join the Broncos, he offered some of the same praise for Jeff Heuerman.

"This guy is a leader. I did a lot of homework on him," Kubiak said after the Broncos selected Heuerman, a tight end from Ohio State, in the third round of the draft. "He's a leader on a national championship football team. That says a lot right there."

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ENGLEWOOD — When Gary Kubiak introduced Owen Daniels, who had played for him in Houston and Baltimore, the Broncos coach emphasized his leadership qualities. Strange first thing to say about a tight end. But a telling thing, too.

So I thought it was striking that, when Kubiak introduced the next tight end to join the Broncos, he offered some of the same praise for Jeff Heuerman.

"This guy is a leader. I did a lot of homework on him," Kubiak said after the Broncos selected Heuerman, a tight end from Ohio State, in the third round of the draft. "He's a leader on a national championship football team. That says a lot right there."

So that's why this one hurts. The Broncos have a football crush on Heuerman, a belief he

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Sun, 10 May 2015 08:45:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Would shrinking Coors Field benefit the Rockies?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-would-shrinking-coors-field-benefit-the-rockies/article/1551237?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-would-shrinking-coors-field-benefit-the-rockies/article/1551237?custom_click=rss

DENVER — This frustrating scenario has unfolded at Coors Field so many times, it now goes unnoticed. But this time was recent and telling and so here it is, again.

During the sixth inning of a game last week, Diamondbacks cleanup hitter A.J. Pollock slapped a ball into centerfield. Charlie Blackmon sprinted in for the scoop and tossed the baseball into second base. In most ballparks this would've been your basic single - nothing to write home, or a column, about. But Blackmon had so much ground to cover in the massive landscape that is the Coors Field outfield, Pollock slid into second with a double. The perils of pitching at Coors Field struck again.

"It's a challenge," manager Walt Weiss said. "I'll put it to you that way.



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DENVER — This frustrating scenario has unfolded at Coors Field so many times, it now goes unnoticed. But this time was recent and telling and so here it is, again.

During the sixth inning of a game last week, Diamondbacks cleanup hitter A.J. Pollock slapped a ball into centerfield. Charlie Blackmon sprinted in for the scoop and tossed the baseball into second base. In most ballparks this would've been your basic single - nothing to write home, or a column, about. But Blackmon had so much ground to cover in the massive landscape that is the Coors Field outfield, Pollock slid into second with a double. The perils of pitching at Coors Field struck again.

"It's a challenge," manager Walt Weiss said. "I'll put it to you that way.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 04:10:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Klee: Tom Brady and the Patriots cheated again, and it was totally worth it]]> http://gazette.com/klee-tom-brady-and-the-patriots-cheated-again-and-it-was-totally-worth-it/article/1551130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-tom-brady-and-the-patriots-cheated-again-and-it-was-totally-worth-it/article/1551130?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Peyton Manning's glove is legal, at least. He has worn it on 80-degree training camp days in August, 13-degree kickoffs in January, and it is legal.

His glove doesn't advertise pizzas or luxury vehicles, so the Broncos quarterback isn't violating league sponsorship rules. His glove is usually - maybe always, but these are not things I make a point to remember - a distinct shade of orange, which fits under the colors approved by the NFL (Rule 5, Article 4, Section H): "Players . also may wear gloves provided they are a solid white, a solid black, or a solid color that is an official color of the applicable club.



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DENVER — Peyton Manning's glove is legal, at least. He has worn it on 80-degree training camp days in August, 13-degree kickoffs in January, and it is legal.

His glove doesn't advertise pizzas or luxury vehicles, so the Broncos quarterback isn't violating league sponsorship rules. His glove is usually - maybe always, but these are not things I make a point to remember - a distinct shade of orange, which fits under the colors approved by the NFL (Rule 5, Article 4, Section H): "Players . also may wear gloves provided they are a solid white, a solid black, or a solid color that is an official color of the applicable club.

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Thu, 07 May 2015 12:37:51 -0600