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  • Ramsey: Emmanuel Sanders travels from Texas poverty to Colorado riches

    Emmanuel Sanders, in slight trouble while sitting in a stiff office chair, did not yet know he was special. Huey Chancellor knew. The football coach at Bellville High School saw a blindingly bright future for this skinny freshman. Sanders had been sent to Chancellor's office to discuss a minor infraction. Chancellor can't remember exactly...

  • McElwain's lame sales pitch to his CSU football team

    Jim McElwain has been trying to tell his CSU Rams that they are underdogs in tonight's football clash with Colorado. Maybe this pitch has worked with his players. It's not going to work with anybody else. The Rams are 3-point favorites. The Rams are coming off an 8-6 season that included a bowl victory. The Rams are not a national power....

  • Ramsey: Lance Armstrong is falling, and he'll never get up

    Lance Armstrong once cycled through life as a success story that pushed the limits of believability. He invaded France and turned a venerable race into a big American party. And, or so the story went, he was the clean cyclist who defeated doping, cheating cyclists. A small circle knew the truth. Those who inhabited this circle knew Armstrong...

  • Ramsey: My phone conversation with Lance Armstrong

    When I went to my Twitter account on Wednesday morning, I encountered a surprise. Someone who had read my column was unhappy with what I had written. That was not a surprise. The unhappy reader was Lance Armstrong, the subject of my Wednesday column. That was a surprise. Armstrong wondered why he had not been contacted before the...

  • Ramsey: Tejay van Garderen's mom saw cycling victory coming long ago

    DENVER - Moms know. They just do. Janice van Garderen was standing in the VIP tent near the finish line of the USA Pro Challenge when she glanced over and saw Courtney and Heidi, two young women blessed with extremely long hair, slathering on lipstick. She knew what was ahead. She knew Courtney and Heidi, the Pro Challenge's podium...

  • Ramsey: Peyton Manning sheds light on his true character

    Peyton Manning has sold himself to America as gentle, polite,kind, patient, classy. On Saturday night in Denver, Manning expressed himself to Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. And he was not gentle, polite, kind, patient or classy. Swearinger had just delivered a wicked hit on Wes Welker, causing a concussion. Manning responded with a...

  • Ramsey: Emmanuel Sanders erases memories of Eric Decker

    DENVER - The text arrived at halftime from one of Colorado's most smitten Eric Decker fans. She is not alone. Tens of thousands of Decker devotees, mostly female, reside in our state. "Eric who?" the text asked. The text shouted an important message about the 2014 Broncos. Emmanuel Sanders has arrived. In the space of 68 seconds,...

  • Ramsey: Air Force hopes desire leads to winning season

    Failure is not an option, or so they say. The Air Force football team knows better. The Falcons stumbled to two wins and 10 losses last season. They lost by 18 or more points seven times. They ended the season with a 58-13 loss to Colorado State that could have been worse. The Rams led 51-0 at the end of the third quarter. Let there be no...

  • Ramsey: Fit Colorado Springs marvels at ultra-fit athletes this week

    Tim Richter is a typical resident of Colorado Springs. He rides his bike from his Briargate home to his office, speeding along on a scenic trail. He estimates he rides 100 miles a week, sometimes commuting, sometimes for enjoyment. He was standing, bike at his side, Thursday afternoon at Mesa Road watching cyclists from the USA Pro Challenge...

  • Ramsey: Air Force QB Karson Roberts waits for another Reno

    He'll always have Reno. Karson Roberts has a tough gig. He's Air Force's No. 3 quarterback, and he will spend the season as a spectator unless calamity strikes Kale Pearson and Nate Romine. Yes, there are dozens of No. 3 quarterbacks in America. But none of those No. 3s gained 161 yards rushing in his college football debut. Well, none...

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