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MarshMello’s No More

Posted by The Minkster on February 25, 2011

Oh happy day!!  The Melodrama is finally over and last night in The Can against the East leading Boston Celtics Nuggets fans got to see what kind of team will be finishing out the 2011 season.  The fact that Boston had lost in four out of their last five visits to the Mile High City was irrelevant as transplanted yanks in green came out in droves to cheer on the team that started this new NBA super team phenomenon.  

Just kick yourself – right now – if you missed this contest and you like old school basketball.  There was great defense by both teams, no phantom superstar whistles to speak of, awesome ball movement and hustle!  What an entertaining game and I actually stopped working on my computer, which is what I usually do during long boring NBA games.  The old MarshMello Nuggets would typically lose a game where they scored under 90 points, but these guys looked like they were playing college ball and put the aging oxygen sucking Celtics away 89-75 in the last few minutes of a hard-fought contest. 

I just love how the media guys keep saying the Celtics were short-handed with only nine guys suited up for the game.  Is that an excuse?  The Nuggets beat Memphis 120-107 with same number of guys (9) just two days earlier but minus its “superstar”, team leader and bench support.  Boston lost two role players and two rookies – must have been devastating!  

JR schools Big Baby

JR taking it to the hoop!

Anyway, back to our Nuggets.  George Karl looks re-energized, Ty has stepped up into Mr. Big Shot’s role, Kmart looks like Steve Austin (as in 6 Million Dollar Man not Stone Cold) and Afflalo looks to shine in the new look Nuggets to show why he was highly regarded coming out of UCLA.  The new defensive minded Nugs held Boston scoreless for the last 6:09 of the game!  That would have never happened with Melo and Chauncey in the lineup.  Did you know this is only the sixth time this season the Nuggets have been held to less than 90 points, but he first time they won a low scoring affair? 

The pre-trade Nuggets couldn’t hold a lead, but the post powder blue team keeps the pedal to the floor and is determined to make the playoffs.  It’s like a new short season for the baby Nuggos and I think they can go deep into the playoffs playing more like the Spurs than the Lakers.  A team effort, tough D, ball movement and multiple scoring threats will beat a superstar with a back-up band over the long NBA season.

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Best Week of Summer Sports Wrap-up

Posted by The Minkster on June 27, 2009

Weekdays during the summer are traditionally slow for sports outside of pro baseball, but this week was an exception.  There were so many exciting things going on in the world of sports, in and out of the state, that I’m just going to hit the highlights so you don’t have to read all of my pontifications.

  • The College World Series (CWS) championship series played out its full three games with LSU winning the first game 7-6 in 11 innings after the Tigers’ DJ LeMahieuhit a two-out two-run double to tie the game in the ninth.  Texas easily took the second game by a score of 5-1 with Freshman Taylor Jungmann pitching his first complete game.  LSU took home the crown after blowing open a 4-4 game going into the 6th.  That brought LSUeven with Texas in all-time CWS crowns at six, but half dozen behind leader So Cal with 12 in the trophy case.  Yes, I admit I Twittered some rambling statement encouraging the Longhorns on to victory.  I’m currently in therapy for it and hopefully won’t happen again.
  • The Men’s U.S. Soccer team is going to its first FIFA Final since the team began playing in 1916!  It took a monumental upset of top-ranked Spain to get there after losing to Italy and Brazil earlier in the tournament.  The Yanks earned a chance to play Spain through the second tiebreaker which counted total goals scored.  Not only did they beat the heavily favored Spaniards, but shut them out 2-0.  It was Spain’s first defeat since losing to Romania in November 2006.  Spain called it an accident – I call it a butt kicking!  The U.S. will play Brazil tomorrow for the championship.
  • On a down note, the Rockies lost two in a row for the first time since June 3 with the Angels taking the series in Anaheim two games to one.  The boys in purple pinstripes have won 17 of their last 20 and look like the stop in southern California was a blip in the road.  They beat the A’s and their old teammate Matt Holliday4-2 Friday night with Jason Hammel pitching a nice game though 7 1/3 innings followed by ex-Athletics pitcher Huston Street sealing the deal.  I think the Rox will get back on track and at least take the series by the bay.
  • The NBA draft took place this week with the Nuggets wheeling and dealing their way for draft rights to Ty Lawson, the point guard that helped lead the Carolina Tar Heels to a national championship earlier this year.  Lawson was taken at #18 by the Minnesota Timberwolves then traded to Denver for the future first round pick they had from the Charlotte Bobcats.  I’m almost as excited about this deal as I was about the Chaunce Man coming back to Denver!
  • Speaking of something to get excited about (okay my life is pretty boring), the Avs didn’t trade away their third pick in the NHL draft on Friday as speculated.  Instead they got a talented kid that has been a longtime fan of the Aveys complete with framed jerseys of Roy and Sakic on his walls at home.  Matt Duchene is such a fan that he can reel off the stick models and blade curve each player takes on the ice.  The 18 year old center played for Brampton in the OHL last year and was a scoring machine.  His numbers don’t match those of John Tavares taken at #1 by the Islanders, but the Avs think this kid has better all around tools and will be a key building block of the future.  Fans might not see him in an Avs sweater next year, but he’ll be playing in the Can soon enough.
  • The Rapids controlled most of the game against FC Dallas on Wednesday, but found themselves down 1-0 late in the match.  Omar Cummings scored in the 84th minute to give the Rapids a tie and extend their unbeaten streak to 8 games.  They aren’t overpowering teams, but every win means points.  This is the best Rapids team fielded in several years – look for them to do something in the postseason.
  • And lastly, the U.S. Track and Field Championships are being held this weekend, but Colorado has already represented well.  Kara Goucher of CU fame won the women’s 5,000 meter.  The Buffs assistant coach (and CSU alum) Casey Malone won the discus throw and senior Jenny Barringer advanced to the finals of the 3,000 meter steeplechase.  Aaron Braun of Adams State placed 12th in the men’s 5,000.

The sun once again is shining on Colorado sports fans despite the afternoon thunderstorms that have become a regular occurrence.  Baby TO and Culter are just a passing t-clouds with all our other teams and athletes the 300+ days of sunshine a year.

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