<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> paul-klee]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/paul-klee Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:44:08 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Klee: Former Ivy League coach Dunn has many stories to tell Stallions]]> By Paul Klee paul.klee@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/klee-former-ivy-league-coach-dunn-has-many-stories-to-tell-stallions/article/1546966?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-former-ivy-league-coach-dunn-has-many-stories-to-tell-stallions/article/1546966?custom_click=rss

They know they are fortunate. They know his history, that he once coached Chauncey Billups at CU, that he has coached from Air Force to the Ivy League, that he has basketball stories to fill a book - a series of books, even.

They know a lot about Terry Dunn, but for now the 19 boys packed into a classroom at Sierra High School just know that someone needs to hit the lights. They know it's smart to trust Coach Dunn, that he surely has something cool to show them before practice.

The film projector shoots a grainy image across the whiteboard. "I've seen this before," one player says. The first image is a portrait of the late, great N.C. State coach Jim Valvano. "Wait, no, I haven't."

And they gaze, and they listen.



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They know they are fortunate. They know his history, that he once coached Chauncey Billups at CU, that he has coached from Air Force to the Ivy League, that he has basketball stories to fill a book - a series of books, even.

They know a lot about Terry Dunn, but for now the 19 boys packed into a classroom at Sierra High School just know that someone needs to hit the lights. They know it's smart to trust Coach Dunn, that he surely has something cool to show them before practice.

The film projector shoots a grainy image across the whiteboard. "I've seen this before," one player says. The first image is a portrait of the late, great N.C. State coach Jim Valvano. "Wait, no, I haven't."

And they gaze, and they listen.

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:25:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Football divorce between Air Force, Jaleel Awini has happy ending]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-football-divorce-between-air-force-jaleel-awini-has-happy-ending/article/1546837?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-football-divorce-between-air-force-jaleel-awini-has-happy-ending/article/1546837?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — The conversation opened with a "Yes, sir," and it closed with a "yes, sir." There were enough "yes, sirs" in between that I felt quite a bit older after talking to Jaleel Awini.

It appears you can take the former cadet out of the Air Force, but you can't take all of the Air Force out of the former cadet.

"Yes, sir. I feel like this is where I should be. I'm happy here," Awini said after a recent practice. He stood with strong posture, in full Buffs gear, outside the Colorado locker room at Folsom Field.

It's a bummer things didn't work out for Awini at Air Force. It truly is, and that's on him. Sixteen months have passed since the gifted football player from Aurora was booted from the academy, enough time to review the



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BOULDER — The conversation opened with a "Yes, sir," and it closed with a "yes, sir." There were enough "yes, sirs" in between that I felt quite a bit older after talking to Jaleel Awini.

It appears you can take the former cadet out of the Air Force, but you can't take all of the Air Force out of the former cadet.

"Yes, sir. I feel like this is where I should be. I'm happy here," Awini said after a recent practice. He stood with strong posture, in full Buffs gear, outside the Colorado locker room at Folsom Field.

It's a bummer things didn't work out for Awini at Air Force. It truly is, and that's on him. Sixteen months have passed since the gifted football player from Aurora was booted from the academy, enough time to review the

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:15:21 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Recess or recruiting? College football and sixth-grade quarterbacks]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-recess-or-recruiting-college-football-and-sixth-grade-quarterbacks/article/1546692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-recess-or-recruiting-college-football-and-sixth-grade-quarterbacks/article/1546692?custom_click=rss

DENVER — I interviewed a sixth-grader over the phone. So there's that.

He's a big-time kid, Daron Bryden. He even paused the Xbox while we discussed his favorite football teams ("I like to watch spread offenses, like Oregon") and player ("Ben Roethlisberger"). Daron is 12. He's princely with his manners. I expect he says thanks when the sun comes up, maybe twice when the teacher says it's time for recess.

"Pretty much I like playing football as my best hobby," Daron said.

Daron's birthday is March 13. He's asked his parents, Craig and Rita Bryden, if they will take him and his buddies to Dave & Buster's for a party. He's totally pumped.

The recruiting service Rivals.com delivered a birthday present in advance.



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DENVER — I interviewed a sixth-grader over the phone. So there's that.

He's a big-time kid, Daron Bryden. He even paused the Xbox while we discussed his favorite football teams ("I like to watch spread offenses, like Oregon") and player ("Ben Roethlisberger"). Daron is 12. He's princely with his manners. I expect he says thanks when the sun comes up, maybe twice when the teacher says it's time for recess.

"Pretty much I like playing football as my best hobby," Daron said.

Daron's birthday is March 13. He's asked his parents, Craig and Rita Bryden, if they will take him and his buddies to Dave & Buster's for a party. He's totally pumped.

The recruiting service Rivals.com delivered a birthday present in advance.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:03:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Nuggets need respect more than NBA trade deadline]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-nuggets-need-respect-more-than-nba-trade-deadline/article/1546562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-nuggets-need-respect-more-than-nba-trade-deadline/article/1546562?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The NBA trade deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday. The Nuggets can swap this guy or that guy, store away a dozen first-round picks for the long winter, and it won't make a difference - not if they don't add the most important element of all.

Respect.

The Nuggets have none. They don't respect the fans, team president Josh Kroenke, or, as cheesy as it sounds, the game. Should they? Sure. Do they? Not at all.

Wednesday offered the latest example.

Ty Lawson was a no-show for practice. The Nuggets held their first practice in nine days, and their best player was absent. Lawson hit Las Vegas to close the All-Star break and explained the absence on his Instagram: "Travel plans got derailed."

"He's not here.



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DENVER — The NBA trade deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday. The Nuggets can swap this guy or that guy, store away a dozen first-round picks for the long winter, and it won't make a difference - not if they don't add the most important element of all.

Respect.

The Nuggets have none. They don't respect the fans, team president Josh Kroenke, or, as cheesy as it sounds, the game. Should they? Sure. Do they? Not at all.

Wednesday offered the latest example.

Ty Lawson was a no-show for practice. The Nuggets held their first practice in nine days, and their best player was absent. Lawson hit Las Vegas to close the All-Star break and explained the absence on his Instagram: "Travel plans got derailed."

"He's not here.

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:00:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Heart condition no match for Manitou Springs swimmer Sam White]]> http://gazette.com/klee-heart-condition-no-match-for-manitou-springs-swimmer-sam-white/article/1546329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-heart-condition-no-match-for-manitou-springs-swimmer-sam-white/article/1546329?custom_click=rss

THORNTON — She has a hole in her heart.

One more time: A hole. In her heart. But they told Samantha White that she had no restrictions, that she could run and jump and splash and act like she was 8 and 12 and 16 years old just like the rest of her friends in the Colorado Springs area.

The heart condition wasn't life threatening, they said. They said Sam could be a normal kid. Then she went ahead and put a hole in that idea, too.

Sam isn't normal. She's way better than normal. Normal doesn't break swimming records for a college pool when she's in high school. Normal doesn't know the dizzy spells are probably coming, but she continues to swim, figuring they will go away.

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THORNTON — She has a hole in her heart.

One more time: A hole. In her heart. But they told Samantha White that she had no restrictions, that she could run and jump and splash and act like she was 8 and 12 and 16 years old just like the rest of her friends in the Colorado Springs area.

The heart condition wasn't life threatening, they said. They said Sam could be a normal kid. Then she went ahead and put a hole in that idea, too.

Sam isn't normal. She's way better than normal. Normal doesn't break swimming records for a college pool when she's in high school. Normal doesn't know the dizzy spells are probably coming, but she continues to swim, figuring they will go away.

"It was really cool when I found out," Sam

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Sat, 14 Feb 2015 04:10:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: To salvage season, Colorado Buffaloes men's basketball needs a kick in the pants]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-to-salvage-season-colorado-buffaloes-mens-basketball-needs-a-kick-in-the-pants/article/1546182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-to-salvage-season-colorado-buffaloes-mens-basketball-needs-a-kick-in-the-pants/article/1546182?custom_click=rss

BOULDER — During a practice session Wednesday inside Coors Events Center, Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle could divide his roster into three teams and feel like the sides were balanced. There was enough talent to go around.

"I think that we have a lot of talent on this team that hasn't been realized," junior center Josh Scott said afterward. "We're a scary team when people work hard."

For these Buffs, "when" is the new "if." CU will turn the corner: If some players ditch their entitled approach, if they work as hard as their predecessors in Boulder, if late-night free-throw sessions trump video games on their list of priorities.

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BOULDER — During a practice session Wednesday inside Coors Events Center, Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle could divide his roster into three teams and feel like the sides were balanced. There was enough talent to go around.

"I think that we have a lot of talent on this team that hasn't been realized," junior center Josh Scott said afterward. "We're a scary team when people work hard."

For these Buffs, "when" is the new "if." CU will turn the corner: If some players ditch their entitled approach, if they work as hard as their predecessors in Boulder, if late-night free-throw sessions trump video games on their list of priorities.

None of those things has happened yet, and the Buffs enter Thursday's home game against

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:41:31 -0700
<![CDATA[KLEE: Broncos, Wade Phillips must stay true to 'aggressive' theme]]> By PAUL KLEE The Gazette - http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-wade-phillips-must-stay-true-to-aggressive-theme/article/1546133?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-broncos-wade-phillips-must-stay-true-to-aggressive-theme/article/1546133?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The most important words muttered at Broncos headquarters so far this offseason came from Wade Phillips and his Texas twang. That's good, because Wade Phillips is the most important addition to the Broncos so far this offseason.

"This is an attack defense," the new/old defensive coordinator said Tuesday.

And again: "We're aggressive."

One more time for emphasis, and posterity: "I think people will be excited about this defense and how aggressive they are."

Let's be real. The next time a coach - in high school, the NCAA or the NFL - suggests his team will be passive and patient will be the first. But we're holding Phillips to his words.



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DENVER — The most important words muttered at Broncos headquarters so far this offseason came from Wade Phillips and his Texas twang. That's good, because Wade Phillips is the most important addition to the Broncos so far this offseason.

"This is an attack defense," the new/old defensive coordinator said Tuesday.

And again: "We're aggressive."

One more time for emphasis, and posterity: "I think people will be excited about this defense and how aggressive they are."

Let's be real. The next time a coach - in high school, the NCAA or the NFL - suggests his team will be passive and patient will be the first. But we're holding Phillips to his words.

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:15:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Nuggets need workers, and Colorado Springs product Reggie Jackson is one]]> BY PAUL KLEE The Gazette http://gazette.com/klee-nuggets-need-workers-and-colorado-springs-product-reggie-jackson-is-one/article/1546079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-nuggets-need-workers-and-colorado-springs-product-reggie-jackson-is-one/article/1546079?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Reggie Jackson's pregame routine at Pepsi Center is different than when the Oklahoma City Thunder goes to the other 28 NBA cities. It takes longer, for one.

His homecoming routine unfolded in its entirety on Monday. Jackson, the Palmer graduate, leaned over a folding table in the center of the visitor's locker room. He rifled through a stack of game tickets, scribbling his signature across each envelope.

The final tally?

"I got about 20 people here," Jackson said before the Thunder rolled the Nuggets, 124-114. "Maybe a few more."

Welcome home, Reggie. Stick around for a while?

It's not that Jackson would cure the ills that plague the Nuggets. One, he is not a miracle worker who packs a magic wand



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DENVER — Reggie Jackson's pregame routine at Pepsi Center is different than when the Oklahoma City Thunder goes to the other 28 NBA cities. It takes longer, for one.

His homecoming routine unfolded in its entirety on Monday. Jackson, the Palmer graduate, leaned over a folding table in the center of the visitor's locker room. He rifled through a stack of game tickets, scribbling his signature across each envelope.

The final tally?

"I got about 20 people here," Jackson said before the Thunder rolled the Nuggets, 124-114. "Maybe a few more."

Welcome home, Reggie. Stick around for a while?

It's not that Jackson would cure the ills that plague the Nuggets. One, he is not a miracle worker who packs a magic wand

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:45:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee: Colorado Rockies make changes, but will results change?]]> http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-rockies-make-changes-but-will-results-change/article/1545951?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-colorado-rockies-make-changes-but-will-results-change/article/1545951?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Rockies general manager listens to Clapton and Metallica. He reads for pleasure, but not as much as he used to, when there was more time to read for pleasure.

Jeff Bridich and his wife, Sarah, are avid skiers. Now they are teaching their two kids how to ski, often at Breckenridge. "That's really been a fun experience," he said.

Bridich studied and played catcher at Harvard. That alone doesn't make a person smart, but combined with listening to Metallica and embracing our great outdoors, it's fair to say Bridich, 37, is leaning that direction.

So that's a tidy introduction to the Rockies' new general manager in three paragraphs.

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Jeff Bridich and his wife, Sarah, are avid skiers. Now they are teaching their two kids how to ski, often at Breckenridge. "That's really been a fun experience," he said.

Bridich studied and played catcher at Harvard. That alone doesn't make a person smart, but combined with listening to Metallica and embracing our great outdoors, it's fair to say Bridich, 37, is leaning that direction.

So that's a tidy introduction to the Rockies' new general manager in three paragraphs.]]> Sun, 08 Feb 2015 04:20:56 -0700