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  • Ramsey: Air Force's football team flew to superlative season

    Hans Mueh was walking to his Air Force office when he first witnessed a transformed football team. It was 5 on a spring morning. A time of hope. He saw, on his way to an early tennis match, a large group of football players lifting weights. A little surprised, Mueh asked the players what they were doing. Getting ready for next season, they...

  • UCCS supports 'I Can't Breathe' shirts worn by players

    Three University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball players wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts in pregame warmups Dec. 12 before the Mountain Lions game against Metro-Denver. "I can't breathe," were words spoken by Eric Garner before he died in the grasp of a New York police officer. UCCS players Darius Pardner, Tommie...

  • Ramsey: Steve Russ creates faith to lift fallen Air Force defense

    Steve Russ embarked on a search, fueled by his hope to repair a defense in ruins. He needed to teach Air Force football defenders to attack instead of retreat, but his search wasn't only about others. Russ needed to assure himself, too. In his compact office, he examined the wreckage of the 2013 season. He was looking for big hits, and his...

  • Ramsey: Rivers latest in line of villains Broncos fans love to hate

    Philip Rivers is stupendously irritating. He shouts at Broncos and his teammates and officials and his helmet. (Yes, he really shouts at his helmet.) He whines. He pouts. He stomps. He performs a masterful imitation of a spoiled 2-year-old. Rivers, the Chargers 6-foot-5, 228-pound hippopotamus of a quarterback, is the most aggravating...

  • Ramsey: College football must banish un-American DI postseason

    PUEBLO - Troy Calhoun is correct. The current system to determine our nation's college football champ is "un-American." Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson and Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony and Teddy Roosevelt would rebel against our current combination of trivial bowl games and a cruelly limited four-team playoff. The wise...

  • Ramsey: Derrick White leads UCCS into national D-2 basketball spotlight

    Derrick White, the mega-star at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, was having an off night. He griped to the refs. He walked the cozy court at UCCS with a scowl and a growl. He settled for jump shots against the fearsome, handsy defenders from Metro-Denver. Ah, but that was the first half. White is a brilliant improviser, a...

  • Ramsey: CSU-Pueblo's ThunderWolves speak boldly of ruling D-II football

    PUEBLO - John Wristen is blessed with a rare talent for a football coach. He - gasp! - says what's on his mind. He's never evasive or timid. He's honest, confident and defiant. Wristen, coach of CSU-Pueblo's football team, wants to win the Division II football title. He says this to anyone who will listen. So do his players. This refusal to...

  • Ramsey: Peyton Manning resembles Kyle Orton and still wins handily

    DENVER - On a day when Peyton Manning often resembled Kyle Orton, the Broncos still strolled to a convincing victory over the Bills. Yes, the Broncos' 24-17 victory lacked thrills. This was not an especially exciting afternoon of football. It was an encouraging demonstration the Broncos can beat a quality football team even when Manning...

  • Ramsey: Air Force's Hans Mueh embraces patience in age of impatience

    A year ago, Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh insisted his football program would rise quickly from the ruins of a 2-10 season. He expressed utter faith in coach Troy Calhoun and remained, as always, a true believer in the virtue of patience. Mueh laughed as he remembered his conversation with a doubting audience of one. "You didn't...

  • Ramsey: Colorado Springs mom loves her daughter, who fights in a cage

    When Rose Pennington gave birth to Raquel at St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, she welcomed a new best friend. "She's the rock of my life," Rose says. "We have quite the different relationship. She's been the one that I could lean on for everything. She's there for me no matter what. I'm there for her no matter what." For parents,...

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