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  • Ramsey: Bowlen joins big crowd of Broncos hoping for Hall of Fame

    Pat Bowlen has joined a distinguished and depressingly large collection of Denver Broncos, a group beloved in Colorado, a group unappreciated everywhere else. Bowlen, the Broncos owner, is another Bronco great struggling to garner enough support to earn entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This group includes linebackers Randy...

  • Ramsey: Air Force football offers reason to believe and doubt

    A Falcons football fan was walking along the Santa Fe Trail on a glorious July morning. She was moving fast while wearing a T shirt that proclaimed "Air Force Thunder." Yes, many Air Force football seasons have been filled with been filled with entertaining thunder. The Falcons won nine games as recently as 2010. Last season will be...

  • Ramsey: Broncos Montee Ball takes big leap to featured back

    DENVER - Montee Ball was happily signing autographs on a sunny afternoon at Mile High. He shook hands with fans, smiled for photos and patted the head of the occasional baby. Why all the happiness? You would be happy, too, if your job description included taking handoffs from Peyton Manning, one of football history's top five quarterbacks....

  • Ramsey: Man U's Rooney delivers soccer magic at Mile High

    DENVER - For 35 minutes, even the most devoted soccer fans were struggling to remain awake during a Manchester United-AS Roma exhibition. Then Wayne Rooney delivered drama and grace and a massive dose of wow to the afternoon. As Rooney wound up to launch a shot from 27 yards, he appeared to have no chance. He was surrounded by Roma defenders....

  • Ramsey: Broncos defense will be much better with Miller, Ware

    ENGLEWOOD - The apocalypse, otherwise known as the Broncos Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks, altered minds all across The Front Range. Extreme disappointment can do that to a brain. One of those altered minds belongs to John Elway. "We've got a chance to be pretty good on defense," Elway said with uncharacteristic modesty. He's clearly still...

  • Ramsey: Elway will carry Bowlen's spirit into Broncos future

    ENGLEWOOD - John Elway, the man most responsible for the Broncos' past six trips to the Super Bowl, struggled to speak. He was paying tribute to his mentor, Pat Bowlen, and he had so much to say. But the words wouldn't come. "Ah," Elway said, his eyes glistening. "Ah." The quarterback who courageously defied marauding NFL linebackers was...

  • John Elway wants Pat Bowlen to join him in Hall of Fame

    John Elway wants Pat Bowlen to join him as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "Absolutely," Elway said Wednesday as he talked with three dozen members of the media. "I mean I'd love (Bowlen's bust] to be right next to mine." There are 12 owners who have busts at the Hall of Fame, located in Canton, Ohio. Bowlen boasts six trips to...

  • Ramsey: Colorado Springs senior, Bob Coutts, sprints happily through life

    Bob Coutts, a babyish 85, has dived into one of those active, healthy lifestyles. Dived in deluxe, you might say. He plays or practices golf five times, lifts weights three times, stretches for an hour two times and sprints one time a week. He takes 24 different vitamins and minerals. He consumes a diet rich in chicken, turkey, fruits and...

  • Ramsey: Homeward-bound LeBron no longer our Goliath

    LeBron James took a giant step in a surprising direction. Our modern Goliath became lovable. By announcing his return to Cleveland, which never will be known as the Paris of America, James escaped his past as one of America's most-reviled athletes. He escaped his image as a distant, too-cool-to-care, manipulative superstar. He revealed...

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