November 2008

Like father, like son, or am I jumping the gun?

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                   11/18/08

Thumbnail image for Congrats12.jpgCongrats and good luck go out to Eric Young Jr of the Colorado Rockies/Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Rockies fans know the name, It’s imbedded in their short history.

Eric Young’s son “Jr” is one of six dudes up for the fifth annual Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.

EY Jr, has been spending his time learning center field, which is a change up for him as he almost always plays second base.

Eric has a .424 average, three homers (two of which are grand slams), and has been caught only once out of nineteen attempted steals. 

 

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 This award is in the memory of the late Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Dernell Stenson, who was murdered during a carjacking. 

This award has been given out annually since 2004, and is given to the player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.

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 EY Jr is a shoe-in, even thought he missed a week due to a sore hamstring.

 

Just for the hell of it try this out:

 

WARNING If you do this remember what you will see on the wall is just an illusion.


1. Relax and then really concentrate on the four little dots in the center of this picture. Serious, stare at them for a good 40 seconds.

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2. Then, turn your head and stare at any smooth wall. You will start to see a circle of light developing.

3. Blink your eyes a few times and you will see a figure start to emerge.

Did it work for you??

If it did, let me know what you saw. It freaked me out.

 

 

 

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Ok, one more and then I’m done.

If you can’t read this one then I can’t help you.

  

 

 

 

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 If you’re into big bugs and your cruising through Colorado Springs, stop in and see the World’s Largest Hercules Beetle.

This big bug was built in 1958 and is constructed of fiberglass and steel.

It’s 9 feet high, 17 feet long, and 6 feet wide. 

This monster weighs 400 pounds.

 

The Rockies may be looking at moving their spring training to a new location. The White Sox have just completed
Tucson HI C.jpgthe steps for their departure from Tucson to Glendale, Arizona.

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I guess when the deal was originally hashed out, the Rockies or D’backs could leave the City if there were ever less than three teams.


 That seems to be the case now. Relocating in Marana, Arizona or Phoenix are possible options.

I’m all for that, just don’t do it this February. That would be all jacked up.

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You’ve heard of Pistol Pete, here’s pistol pipe?

 I can think of a million things to say, but I’m going to let this picture speak for itself.

 
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Thanks for checking out the Rant.

The Nuggets play the Bucks in Denver tonight at 7:30. 

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Nuggets are winning, is this the beginning?

11/17/08

 I made an appearance at “The Can” last night to watch the Nuggets/Timberwolves game, along with 16721 other Macnuggets.

FACT: There are actually no Timberwolves  fans in Colorado.

It’s much too warm here. Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 7-11.jpgAs always, the obligatory cheerleader shot. It’s cool, they look like they are floating.

Do you think the guys who catch these ladies show up to work early? 

I’m sure 7-11 pays better, but a good job is all about the fringe benefits.
 

 

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 I ran into my buddy Jack and his friend from Summit County at the game. Jack is planning to head down to Tucson with me for Rockies Spring Training in February.
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 Chauncey Billups aka “Mr. Big Shot” scored 26 points. Those are the kind of numbers Allen Iverson and Melo used to put up.

              Chauncey has been looking good lately. Keep it up ! Watch it Melo. 
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kmart free throw 11-16-08.JPGMelo was 4 of 17 for 14 points. Seems like Melo’s been slacking lately. His numbers are significantly lower than last season.

Maybe now that Billups is in this lineup the points are getting spread around a little more?? It’s too early in the season to hit a slump Melo. You are the face of this team, unless you want Chauncey to be.

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Nene Driving 11-16-08-1.JPGBig man Nene played 33 minutes and produced 12 points. JR Smith scored 14 points in 24 minutes. It was cool to see JR stepping-up a liittle, he’s been looking for his groove in all the wrong places so far this season.JR and Nene 11-16-08.JPG

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I didn’t run into Jazz the Clown this game.

I’m not sure if he’s a season ticket holder or what.

Jazz, if you read this, send me an email.

This dude has got to have a story.

 

 

 Here is a shot of the Elvis Cop in his usual stance. Rocky likes to torment this guy.

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A shot of the fellas hard at work.

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 Clint Hurdle’s face on the big screen last night.

His mug popped up in the forth quarter to get the fans pumped up.

 It worked.

Damn Clint, not so close.

 

 

 

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JR Smith didn’t care, in the forth quarter he turned up the juice and scored 8 of his 14 points to edge the Nuggets past the Timberwolves 90-84.

 That’s how you end a game. Props to you JR ! 

I think the JR stands for “Just Right”…D
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I’m a guy who doesn’t like to fly

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Everybody is scared of something. It could be a fear of something you had from when you were very young. Or it could be a fear that develops later in life. Mine is the latter.

 I hate to fly. Army Strong1.JPGFunny thing coming from an Army veteran,  but to this day, it straight up freaks me out.

It is the result of a small fire on my plane on a flight back from Korea years ago.

I can drive and I’m a hell of a swimmer, so if I can’t get there by land or ocean, I question whether I really need to be there. I’ve done the overseas thing.

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The point I’m so slowly getting to is I have to fly to Chicago next month. It’s a work thing.

Normally I wouldn’t have volunteered to go on this trip, but the gained knowledge will be useful in my job moving forward.

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 First thing I did when I found out I was going was check to see if the Nuggets would be in Chicago during those days. No luck.

 
shot11.jpgI’m not a really a drinker, but on the few times I’ve flown since my Army days, a few stiff belts seemed to help.

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How do you keep from thinking about a 400 mph nosedive?

 I used to fly with my dad when I was a young kid. (He had a private pilots license), I never had a problem. In fact, if my dad said lets go up right now, I would go.

It’s my dad, I know him and trust him.

I have no idea who will be piloting my plane next month.

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What if he was just forced to take a pay cut while the CEO’s of his company were still getting paid fat bonuses?crap12.jpg 

I think about all this crap.


I think there should be a little biography on each pilot Biography131.jpg(maybe set it up on Facebook).  With little details such as whether on not they are married or have kids, how long they have been flying, any medications they may be currently using, how many crashes,
  what’s on their I-pod, etc, you know…useful information so I can make an informed decision.

AirportSecurity_check.jpgAirlines have the right to thoroughly check me out, I too should have that right. I should be able to view the maintenance records for the plane on which I am flying. Maybe let me go out and kick the tires, inspect for cracks.

I don’t mind helping, I just want to get to my destination safely. 

 

ducks in a row1.JPGAnyways, just in case I’ve added some Life Insurance…Thanks Dan, and got my baseball collection in order….

If you’ve got a secret..Share it please.

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 Remember on the A-team, whenever Mr. T had to fly they would knock him out.

Go back and watch that show now, see if you can get through it..

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 The only thing that scares me as much as flying is the tampon aisle at the store.

 
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I’m not done, I’m going for number one

11/14/08              LATEST LEADERS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 7-13

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Too cool. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shooting for number one (I’ve got time). It’s a personal challenge. I’m not asking you to switch from your blog to mine. I’m just throwing it out there that you tack me on as a daily pitstop. 

You might learn something, you might not. What you will click away with (get it, instead of using walk away with, clever I know) is a feeling of, “that Ranter guy is allright. At least thats what I’m shooting for. 

I’m team loyal, I may smack talk a little, but it’s all in fun and harmless…Red Sox suck. 

So anyway, It’s pretty easy to add an RSS feed to your Favorites folder. If you need help I can tell you how. I’m cool like that. 

I can tell you that the things I have planned for Spring training are going to be over the top as far as baseball blogging goes.

Judge.jpgYou be the judge. Were talking live webcam from the Mobile blog unit. I’ll have a link from my blog to the camera.

That way if something cool happens during practice or after a game, we can pop on and talk about it before I blog about it.

The Mobile blog unit will be open for visitors when it’s parked at Hi Corbett and Electric Park.
 Stop in and say hello. Let us take a peek at what you snagged.
 I’ll put you up on the blog and make you famous. Ok, maybe not famous, but your friends might dig it.
 You can’t miss it, the RV will be draped with our Rockpile Rant/MLBLOGS.com banner.
 Oh hell yea, got to support MLBLOGS baby!!

Spring Training game11.jpgA week of fun in the sun. Hanging with friends, snagging baseballs, spending some time watching the Colorado Rockies or whomever else we feel like.

 

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Is it the end of February yet? I’ll be at the Nuggets game on Sunday.

 

 

 

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Today is my daughter Mylee’s 8th birthday. Happy Birthday Moo.

Thanks for stopping by the Rant…D

 
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The offer was fair but it won’t grow hair

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11/12/08  

107 days till the Mobile Blog Unit heads down to Tucson.

This is not the Mobile Blog Unit, but it’s cool——–>>>>>

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Are you curious as to what kind of deal the Rockies offered Matt Holliday?

 

 

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Steve carell.jpgDan O’Dowd (who is a ringer for Steve Carell), released today that Holliday was offered a deal potentially worth 107.5 million.

18 million for four years and a player option worth 12.5 million if he wants to play the fifth year.

 

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Here’s a quote from O’Dowd:

“We felt very good about our offer. We respect what Matty did. We didn’t and do not have any hard feelings.”

I think that was a fair offer.

They should have offered him less and made it performance based. I think the majority of sports contracts should be performance based.

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 Their offer didn’t matter, most likely no offer mattered, they never stood a chance.

 
In his mind, he was already long gone.

Lets just respect the mans decision, remember it costs more to live on the west coast.

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Ok, this is getting to be old news. On to something more fun.

<—How about a doormat that reflects your mood?

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Tell me why this guy–> didn’t just let go of the pole?

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Check out this series of pictures. Even my worst day was never this bad.

 

Crane lifting a little car out of the water. All is good.
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I guess the crane driver didn’t calculate the waterlogged factor.

It was too much for the little crane.
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Explain that to your boss !
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No sweat, time to call in the big guns.
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The little one lifts out ok.

See you just need the right tool for the job.

 

At least you would think.

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 If your taking you kids cloths shopping you might want to avoid this place.

Your boy might be walking out with a new set of Capri pants.
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I still can’t figure what the two dots are for??

 

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I’ll leave you with this thought..Check out my new lamp, enjoy…D
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Holliday missed cause people are pissed

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Man, is there a whole lot of smack talking going on about this Matt Holliday trade. I’m finding the ratio to be about 50/50, pleased vs **********.

 Me, I’m cool with it. Enjoy the weather Matt. Oakland’s a beautiful city,….psyche.


Most of the fans who are upset about the trade are the ones who have a severe dislike for the Monfort brothers (Rockies majority owners),

 Word is the Rockies are going to deal Huston Street (that’s a cool name), but Carlos Gonzalez could work out nicely. He’s another option for center field if the Rockies wind up dealing Taveras?

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  Gonzalez is twenty three-years old and hails from Venezuela. In his rookie season he hit .242 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 85 games.

In AAA Sacramento he hit .283 with four homers and 28 RBIs.

Sounds great right. Could be, but Carlos has been known to strike out a lot.

I’ll reserve any judgment until I see this guy in uniform on the field.

Here’s a quote from Gonzalez while riding on a bus to Caracas in Venezuela where he is playing winter ball. 

“A lot of people are trying to call me, I’m hearing I got traded. This is baseball; you can’t do anything about it. You just have to get ready to play. Holliday is a very attractive player and he’ll be great for the Oakland A’s. It will be great for me, too. I can make my name in a new organization, but I’ll always thank the A’s for giving me the opportunity, for bringing me up.”Greg Smith.jpg 

Good Luck in Colorado Carlos !   

The other dude included in the deal is lefty pitcher Greg Smith. Smith is 24 years old  and attended  Louisiana State University.

The D’backs in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft selected him in the sixth round.

In December of 2007 he was traded to the Oakland A’s.

Smith’s first major league start was on April 9 2008. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs earning him a no decision.

He record with the A’s is 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA.

 In 2008 he led the majors with sixteen pickoffs which tied the record.

They have only been keeping track of pickoffs since 1987.

 

ticket-booth-2.jpgSo the question is, How do you best spend the saved $ from unloading Matt Holliday’s contract and keep fans coming back?

 The Monforts have said many times that the amount of money they have to spend on player salaries is dependent on ticket sales.

Losing Holliday, Fuentes or Atkins isn’t going to increase ticket sales. In my opinion there is only one thing that will increase ticket sales.

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  Cheerleaders…no I’m just kidding. We need a big name in Denver.

We need a Superstar.  

Not like a Molly Shannon superstar, we need like a Cole Hamels superstar.

 

 

 

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 Pitching, it’s the Rockies Achilles heel or athletes foot.

The beginning of this past season was the only time that I can remember feeling somewhat confident in our bullpen.

Why wouldn’t I be, we had made it to the World Series.

That feeling was short lived. Remember Franklin Morales and Kip Wells, not much materialized there.

 Jeff Francis didn’t help matters by continuing to pitch sub-par and not informing anyone his shoulder had been hurting him.  

Our bullpen struggled right from the start and barely improved through rest of the season. We all know a below .500 season is unacceptable for this Division. Yet it seems to be a benchmark we struggle to reach yearly.

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 DO IT Monforts, both of you, make that move, do it for the fans.

 If it doesn’t work you can sell the Rockies and devote your efforts into developing a tastier hotdog…D
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Rockies can’t pay so Holliday’s an A

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a-s logo.jpgI just heard that the Rockies have traded Matt Holliday to the Oakland A’s.

Nobody is saying for sure who the Rockies might get in exchange for Holliday as the Rockies have only reached a tentative agreement with the A’s.

 Some of the names mentioned are reliever Huston Street, lefty Greg Smith and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

That is all I’ve heard right now..I don’t think this trade was as much for getting someone, as it was to avoid paying Holliday his 13.5 million due on his contract for the upcoming season.

                                                  Nuggets vs Grizzlies

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  I went to the Denver Nuggets game last night with Krista and Hunter. I’m not going to do a huge game recap because it just wasn’t all that exciting.

 At least the game part.

The Nuggets get the win over the Grizzlies 100-90.

Here’s the deal, the game up until the end was way closer than it should have been. Chauncey Billups put up 16 points which is great, but he was 2 of 13 from field goal range and 2 of 6 from three-point range.

At least he was nailing his foul shots.

 Props again to Nene who shot 8 of 10 from field goal range for 18 points. Mello was Mello. We didn’t get backstage this game. 

14,359 people attended this snoozer.

 

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  I will tell you I was lucky enough to snag something.

One of the  promotions during the commercial breaks is the Parachute drop.

 It’s just a T-Shirt rolled up into a tube.

I finally freggin caught one.

I’ve been trying for years.

 It’s not that I suck that bad,  I just don’t usually sit on the first level. That’s my story. 

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Catching that shirt was at least the equivalent of snagging a live foul ball don’t you think?

I didn’t say home run ball, I just said foul ball.

 

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  Here’s what the T-Shirt looks like unrolled.

I’m not sure what I got all excited about. It’s never going to fit.

Now that I think about it, they should just toss an un-wrinkled  T-Shirt down from the rafters with out a parachute.

 It’s not like it would hurt anyone.

I mean, would you just look at the wrinkles in this shirt.

 

 

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I finally saw Referee Violet Palmer. the first ever female NBA Referee.

 #12  Violet Palmer.

On April 26, 2006 she was the first woman to officiate a major men’s sport at the top professional level. It was a Pacer vs Nets game.

I can’t give her all the credit, but if you watched this game you had to notice the officiating was horrible.

 

 

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Violet was one of the referees working on December 19,2006. There was a brawl that evening between the Nuggets and the Knicks.

All ten players that were on the floor were ejected.

Some call her inconsistent, she does have her critics, but who doesn’t.

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While I was sitting in my seat, my wife pointed out an odd fella wearing a Nuggets Jersey.

Can you spot him?

 

 

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Meet Jazz the Clown.

 Say what you want, but I like this guy.

 First off, anyone with balls enough to wear that outfit in public is ok with me. 

But to top it off, he’s sporting a JR Smith jersey and he’s at the game with his son. That’s cool.

It’s like the Nuggets version of Homie the Clown and I love it. 

Can I just say…

Jazz you Rock Man !

 

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 I’d like to hear more on details on Matt Holliday’s departure.

 It’s kind of sad, but we all knew it was coming.

Do you think they’ll spend his money on another big hitter?…I don’t. 

What do you think is on Matt’s mind right now?

The same thing that has always been on his mind.

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 You betcha..Get every penny you can Matt…D
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Want to see what I got for free?

11/9/08

Here is a shot of the baseballs I was able to snag this past season. I was lucky enough to get over half of them autographed. I realize that autograph collectors say your only supposed to use brand new MLB baseballs, but I prefer to use the ones I snag. To me, they’re more personal.
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Instead of coming out of a box, each one of my autographed baseballs has two stories.

How it was snagged, and how it was tagged. 

 I’m all about a good baseball story.

 

 

Here are the names of the players whose autographs are on the baseballs shown above.

Clint Hurdle – 2

Troy Tulowitzki – 2 

Ian Stewart – 1

Jeff Francis – 1

Jorge De La Rosa – 2

Taylor Buchholz – 1

Franklin Morales – 1 (My first autograph this year at Spring Training) Rockies Ball

Micah Bowie – 1  (My second autograph at Spring Training this year) Rockies Ball

Ryan Speier – 1  (My third autograph obtained at Spring Training this year) Rockies ball

Joe Koshanski – 2

Aaron Cook – 2

Ubaldo Jimenez – 1

Ryan Spilborghs – 3

Glendon Rusch – 1

Omar Quintanilla – 1

Cedrick Bowers – 1

Greg Reynolds – 1

Chris Ianetta – 4 (he signs before almost every game)

Juan Morillo – 1

Steven Register – 1

Clint Barmes – 1 Rockies ball

The Rockies balls are non MLB baseballs with the Rockies logo on them. I’m not thrilled with those so I won’t use them anymore.

                                            So here are the totals.

31 autographed baseballs all snagged by me except the 4 Rockies balls = 27 baseballs.

17 unsigned baseballs snagged by me. For a grand total of 44 baseballs for the season.

 Here’s a shot of everything I’ve accumulated from this past Rockies season. Other than the ticket price to get into Coors Field (which was mostly Rockpile Tickets at $4.00), I didn’t pay a cent for any of these items. (click on the picture to expand) 
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       I figure I’ve got another twenty years of snaggin and bloggin in me, maybe more. 

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Just like wine or Kimchi, I get better with age (in my mind). 

Imagine what this collection will look like in twenty years?

Nuggets game tonight at 6pm. I’ll have a blog entry up for that tomorrow..Thanks for checking out the Rant…D
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It’s not that hard with a real point guard

11/8/08   This Blog entry can also be viewed at:  RPR Bleacher Report , check it out.

Michael Jordan_Baseball[1].JPGExcept for Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson is my favorite NBA player. I’ve followed him since he was a 76er, and I was elated when he became a Denver Nugget.

He single-handedly renewed my interest in Nuggets basketball. I respect Allen Iverson for a lot of reasons, the main two being his heart and his height.

allen-iverson-picture-1.jpgIverson is the same size as me. There have been a lot of great players under six foot tall, but every time I see Iverson on the court I’m reminded that anyone can get off to a bad start in their life
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At the time Iverson arrived in Denver he was “The Answer” to Denvers questions. 

The Nuggets needed him, Denver needed him and believe it or not, Mello needed him.

Now he’s gone, off to Detroit.  I was able to see his last game as a

Lucky.jpgDenver Nugget live. I snagged a picture of AI’s last foul shot as a Denver Nugget right as the ball entered the basket.

 

At the time, I didn’t know it would be his last foul shot. I guess I just got lucky.

          

 

I love this picture below. Good Luck Allen Iverson. Thanks for the solid play…D
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Welcome Back.jpgWelcome back to Denver Chauncey Billups. Finally, a real point guard. 

Chauncey is a Colorado native. He attended George Washington High School in Denver Colorado, and played College ball at the University of Colorado.

CU.jpgHis number 4 was retired in a Ceremony at the U of C in 2004. 

That same year Billups won the 2004 NBA Finals MVP award averaging 21 points and 5.2 assists per game. 

He was a Nugget from 1999-2000 averaging 13.9 PPG in 98-99 with 45 games played and 8.6 PPG
School History Lesson.jpgin 99-00 with only 13 games played due to an injury.

Ok the history lesson is done. Originally I was a little unsettled with this trade. But, the more I think about it, the more I like the change up. My main complaint after watching the first game live was that nothing seemed different. 

That’s not the case anymore. I kept thinking to myself, if Chauncey can pull his 12 points a game (or more), and JR Smith, Nene, Anthony Carter can step it up a few notches . This really could work.

Friday night was the test.

                          Dallas Mavericks vs the Denver Nuggets Pepsi Arena, Denver

AluminumCan.jpg Aluminum cans don’t really burn, and that’s a good thing because the crowd inside “The Can” last night were lit up. They were excited about seeing former Nugget,Chauncey Billups return to Denver and showed it by giving him a rousing ovation. 

The game ball was hand delivered by Champ Baily wearing
John Elway 12.jpgChauncey’s #7 Jersey. The number Billups chose in honor of John Elway. 

Good move Chauncey. Can’t go wrong with Elway in Denver.

There was also a video tribute to him with fans and Alumni welcoming him back at the end of the first quarter. That was a nice touch.

The Nuggets got off to a slow start, Billups missed his first three-point attempt, but made his first two pointer. Carmello Anthony seemed frazzled missing one jump shot after another.

 

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(I’ve been there, I’ve got the T-Shirt. I didn’t do the minnow shot, that’s nasty)—–>

By halftime, the the Nuggets were down by one with a score of 49-48. 

Chauncey was 1 of 7 with five points. The Nuggets had given up 14 offensive rebounds. 

Nene provided 13 points and I can’t tell you how cool it was to see this big guy finally penetrating, doing his thing,  and putting up some numbers.

Linas_Kleiza11.jpgLinus Kleiza “”the L train” (that’s a dumb nickname, he could do a lot better), was impressive with his 10 points off the bench. I sure wish the “train” was a little more predictable. Too bad nothing rhymes with Kleiza. 

carmelo_anthony11.jpgCarmello Anthony had 8 points, JR Smith with 6 and Anthony Carter had 2.  

It seemed the Nuggets had no focus, there were a LOT of missed opportunities.

I was thinking to myself, it’s ok, the Nuggets are just learning how to adjust to their new teammate, and he to them. I was anxious and needed to see that pure point guard magic from Billlups that the Nuggets so desperately need.

Nuggets started to groove in the second half, Anthony came alive scoring 20 points, and hitting four free throws in the final seconds.

chauncey face.jpgHere’s a Comment from Chauncey Billups after the game about Carmello, “Mello, of course, is pretty much unstoppable, We’ve got a lot of weapons. I think if we can lock in and get everyone on the same page we can be dangerous.’

I call it gelling. But he’s right.

Billups finished the game with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Carmello scores 28, Nene finishes with an impressive 19 points and JR Smith hits 15. Impressive numbers for all of them.

        Final Score Nuggets 108, Mavericks 105.

 
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Props to Jason Kidd (seen here chillin in the bath).

You got to love this dude’s play. He finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. He even made it interesting near the end.

 Had he made his last free throw it would have tied the game and possibly went into overtime.

Sorry, better luck next time Kidd. Make sure you wash behind your ears !

 

Life instructions1.JPGNuggets don’t want the world, they just want to be happy,(legalizing pot in Denver wasn’t enough). 

The Pepsi Arena was sold out last night and I know what I saw. I was witnessing the beginnings of a new Denver Nuggets.

 A team very much in its infancy, yet so packed full of talent, the big bang inevitable. 

George Karl, you’ve got the pieces, now lets get this weapon assembled and aimed in the right direction as quickly as possible. You could use the career boost (it’s not like your second in command is a slouch) and Carmello could use the job security. Nobody remembers a loser.old_fashioned_grits.jpg

 

 

 

 Thank you Chauncey, all it took was some grits and determination from a good old fashioned point guard. Something Denver’s needed for a while now. 

The Nuggets new season has now officially begun….D
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Enjoy the ride as the Rant goes World Wide

11/7/08

Thumbnail image for twenty sign1.JPGRockpile Rant made the top 50 Fan blog list twice.
34.jpgHow about that, two rankings !

How did that happen you ask?

A little while back I changed my blog title and removed the postseason from it.

Now it’s just called the Rockpile Rant, simple, but in your face.

Well Rockpile Rant…Postseason  came in at number 20, and the plain old Rockpile Rant (which has only been getting hits for a week),  came in at number 34.

 

 Check out the screenshot below.  The red markers are all places that have checked out the Rant. A marker may represent a city or an individual, and all of the hits from that city  or individual are symbolized by the one red marker. 

                            That’s freggin cool. Are you one of those red markers?

 
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         Wow…The Rant has gone global.

                      Whodathunkit?  

I’m still working on posting my 2008 season baseball collection. I’ll have it up on Saturday…D

 
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