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Archive for January, 2010

All-Star Snub Not So Bad

Posted by The Minkster on January 29, 2010

Chauncey was snubbed by fans and coaches this week when he was left off the NBA West All-Star team.  I know I should be disappointed as a Nuggets fan and staunch Billups supporter in this not so unsurprising turn of events, but I’m really not.  In fact, I’m secretly relieved that he won’t be pounding the hardwood and will instead have those callous laden feet and taxed ankles safely propped up on the coffee table at home watching it like the rest of the NBA fans. 

The All-Star Snub

It's okay that Billups won't play with Melo.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand the egos involved in pro sports and it is an accolade many players would enjoy during their playing careers.  However, don’t you think Stockton would trade his 10 superstar games for just one ring?  This grown-up version of the high school homecoming court popularity contest is just another way to make money for the NBA and should be looked upon as a fun distraction versus endorsements of extraordinary skills.  However, my congratulations go out to the Nuggets coaching staff and Melo and I’m proud that the Nuggies are well represented at the mid-season event!

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Don’t Prout, Mammoth Will Contend

Posted by The Minkster on January 27, 2010

Despite the fact I’m not a fan of cold weather and shorter days, this is a fun time of year for the Colorado sports fan.  The Avs and Nuggets are playing meaningful games, DU hockey is in full swing, CU basketball teams are into the Big 12 schedule and the Mammoth are back in the Pepsi Center!  If you haven’t been to a professional indoor lacrosse game, then grab a cowbell and schedule a game on your Blackberry.  It’s a fun night out whether you’re with the family or a bunch of party friends.  The games are fast, loud, exciting and the Mammoth perennially fields a winning team.

For those of you that have been following the Mammoth over the years, you’ll have to learn some new names with 7 rookies on the 2010 roster.  Gavin Prout, who has been with the team for the last six years, served as captain, is the team’s all-time leading scorer and was the 2006 Champion’s Cup MVP, was traded in the off-season to the evil Rochester Knighthawks along with fellow forward Andrew Potter and two 2010 draft picks.  In return Colorado got a highly regarded rookie, Ilija Gajic, and a first round pick in 2012.  Gajic joins his two brothers in Colorado, so let’s hope they turn into the NLL’s version of the NHL’s Sutter’s.

Let's bring the Cup back to Denver!Prout ended up in Edmonton after another trade and led his new Rush team to a 14-13 win over the Mammoth in the season home opener.  The highly touted rookie has shown why Colorado was willing to give up its captain and draft picks to get him.  Gajic has already taken home one Rookie of the Week honor, is 9th in the NLL scoring with 18 points, and is second in points for rookies sitting only 1 point behind Garrett Billings of the Toronto Rock.

Jersey names and numbers aren’t the only changes going on over at The Can.  Mammoth President and GM Steve Govett fired coach Bob McMahon just two games into his third season behind the bench where he posted a 16-18 record going 0-2 in the playoffs.  Not a stellar record for a franchise that has made the playoffs in each of its 7 years in the league.  Govett will add interim coach to his job description and explained that the NLL’s best fans deserve better results:

“I have a standard and a vision for this team,” the new coach stated. “And sometimes it’s hard to have others buy in to that vision and carry it out if they’re not 100% in sync with what I’m looking for. I think our fans deserve better than what we’ve shown on the field so far.”

Govett is searching for a permanent replacement, but will not set a timeline for the hire.  The team has responded positively to the change winning two tough road games in overtime this past weekend.  Colorado evened out its record at 2-2 and jumping from last to third place in the West.  There are 12 regular season games left and 7 home games starting this Saturday night against the league leading Washington Stealth.  Don your best black outfit, pack your cowbell and head to the Pepsi Center to do your part in keeping up Colorado’s reputation as the loudest and toughest place to play in the league.

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Christmas Break is Over, Time to Step Up

Posted by The Minkster on January 22, 2010

What’s so great about this season’s Nuggets team is the leadership of its veteran players.  Some nights Melo takes over, others Chauncey earns his Mr. Big Shot nickname, and every now and then Kmart runs blue light specials all night long.  The last couple of nights Billups has decided it is time to stop losing games to inferior teams and has taken control. 

Billups getting ready to drain another 3!

On Wednesday night Mr. Big Shot tied his career high by throwing down 37 points during the Nuggets first overtime of the season in Oakland against a young feisty Warriors team.  Billups hit 2 quick treys to start the overtime and picked up an assist on JR’s 3 that all but put the nail in the coffin of Golden State.  The final was 123-118.  Not only did Denver tourniquet the bleeding against sub .500 teams, but extended their record to 7-2 in 2010.

Last night Chauncey had no intention of playing another stanza of free ball and got the team fired up against the visiting Clippers in the third quarter.  Billups contributed 13 of his 20 points during a 31-9 run during that period.  Mr. Big Shot has made 21 3-pointers in the last six games with four coming last night.  Melo had 28 points and 10 rebounds on the news of his selection as starting forward in the All-Star game.  Even Kmart made contributions in the 105-85 laugher, but was laughing all the way to the bank.  Martin donated $1,500 to Haiti relief efforts for each rebound – he grabbed 14!

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Chip Defends Crown

Posted by The Minkster on January 19, 2010

Boulder has an Aspen like celebrity in its midst!  Chip, the CU mascot, successfully defended his title at the 2010 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship this past Friday.  The judging is split into two parts comprised of a video submitted in the fall and live skit performed the following January. 

Chip jammin' at nationals!

Unlike in 2009, Chip entered the January skit competition in first place after the video judging in November.  Being the Big Dog Buffalo that Aubi, Wildcat, Smokey and all the other top mascots were gunning for the pressure was intense for Chip and his handlers.  The team spent winter break creating and perfecting a skit that would not only be more creative than their record-breaking 2009 performance (earning an 11 on a scale of 1-10), but also get the crowd involved and excited.  The result was “Chip’s Dance Party” that featured old school music blasting from a jukebox to an iPod booming current tunes.  By all accounts the entire audience was waving their hands in the air and jammin’ like they just didn’t care. 

The Big 12 was represented well not only by CU, but Oklahoma and Kansas finished in the top 10.  As in football, the SEC had a strong showing with four mascots in the final 10 and Auburn’s Aubie taking second place.  The Big 10 rounded out the field, also with four finalists, lead by third place finisher Goldy Gopher from Minnesota.

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Need a Job? Broncos Are Hiring!

Posted by The Minkster on January 18, 2010

Here we go again!

For most fans that follow the Broncos it wasn’t a big surprise that two former coaches, now in charge of other NFL teams, decided the time was right for raiding McKid’s cookie jar. After a post bye week implosion and the understandable heated reactions of a thirty something first year head coach, it didn’t take much for Shanny and Kube to lure key staff members away from Dove Valley.

Long-time Bronco and highly respected running backs coach Bobby Turner took a promotion to assistant head coach in Washington is rejoining his old boss Coach Shanahan. Offensive line coach Rick Dennison took his oft imitated and highly effective zone blocking scheme to the Houston Texans. The Oilers Part Deux have been attempting to execute on zone blocking over the last two years and now have the guru in place in an attempt to get Kubiak a contract extension next year.

Now defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has resigned!  He was the first hire of the McDaniels era and engineered an amazing defensive turnaround by switching from a base 4-3 D to a sack happy 3-4. With several head defensive jobs available he will probably land somewhere quickly. With the next D coordinator hire it will be the Broncos 5th in as many years.

Rumors are already flying that McKid will hire another ex-Pat and bring in 60-year-old Dan Pees who will not seek a new contract after his current Boston obligation expires at the end of this month. New England has allowed an average of less than 20 points in regular season games during Pees fours years as defensive coordinator. The Pats had a few meltdown games, most notably against the Ravens in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Overall he is considered a solid football guy.

Fans can’t really blame McDaniels for trying to bring as many chowder heads as possible. There’s no doubt he is overwhelmed in his first full year as the head guy of one of the best multi-million dollar NFL franchises in the league. He can’t afford to waste energy convincing people the Belichick way is the right way, so bringing in a bunch of guys that will not only coach in that mold but players that will preach it in the locker room seems like a smart move. Expect more major player changes (especially in the O line – hey how about a trade with the Skins), and possibly a few more coaching moves in this off-season. If you thought last year was crazy and a roller coaster ride, then save your money on Elitch’s passes because here comes another wild ride!

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