RAPTORS VS NUGGETS
This was my first Nuggets game of the season and I couldn’t have picked a better time to see them play. The Nuggets return to Denver fresh off of a five game road trip in which they won all five. The first time in history the Nuggets have ever done that.
Plus I got to hear the Canadian National Anthem and I knew all the words.
For this game I sat behind the basket in Section 136. Not the best seats for taking pictures but the tickets were extremely cheap :)
Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Hess’s hair finally out grew him. Now he’s sport’n a mohawk?
Raptors were dragg’n ass the first quarter. You could tell they were really missing their leading scorer Andrea Bargnani.
Rudy Fernandez was the man tonight with a season high 23 points.
Danilo Gallinari had 13 points in the game.
Arron Afflalo was back after missing two games but was shutout.
Andre Miller had 13 points and 12 assists and 6 rebounds.
Not sure what’s going on here? Sorry buddy those ain’t basketballs.
Even George Karl managed to get himself a technical foul tonight.
Former Denver Nugget Linus Kleiza got into a bit of a tiff with Harrington near the end of the game. It looked like Harrington got pissed when Kleiza put his hand in his face while under the basket. Some pleasantries were exchanged, Kleiza pushed Harrington. Both dudes received technicals and both kept talking smack after they returned to their bench.
Kleiza scored two points and was 1 for 7 for the night.
Toronto tried to make a fourth quarter comeback and got within 6 points but the Nuggets defense stepped up and the game ended with a final score of…
DENVER 96 the RAPTORS 81
You didn’t think you leave here with out a cheerleader pic did you?
Best shot of the game other than Andre Miller’s shot at halfcourt to beat the half-time buzzer..WOW!!
I’m “D” The Ranter… Whaddaya know…That’s six in a row.
It’s almost that time of the year again.
That day towards the end of January where hardcore Rockies fans get to walk around the innards of Coors Field like they bought and paid for the place. In years past tickets to this event were cherished and have been difficult to obtain. I mean seriously how often does the average Joe get the opportunity to poke his head inside the humidor or meander through the Rockies locker room and see how messy the Deuce’s locker is?
My thing is I like to covertly toss my Ranter cards into the players lockers . No players have ever contacted me from that move, but it’s fun and kind of a ritual now for me.
Is this your first time going? Check out the previous Rockies Fests.
Here’s last years 2011 Rockies Fest blog entry…. Rockies Fest 3
Heres the 2010 Rockies Fest blog entry…. Rockies Fest 2
And I was at the first one too but WordPress lost that blog entry for me.
Anyways, the Rockies have broadened what Rockies Fest is this year. For the past three years Rockies Fest was a season ticket holder only event. This year being what the Rockies call “The Year of the Fan” the powers who be added an extra day to the event and now non-season ticket holders can enjoy the experience for only…
Here I am blessing Coors Field in 2011
Here I am Blessing Coors Field in 2010
I’ve decided not to Bless Coors Field this year.
I’m not mad or anything it’s just that it hasn’t worked. I will however be Tebowing from that exact spot. You ask why? Well I Tebowed in a bottle suit in the north end zone at Mile High Stadium and the Broncos advanced to the playoffs.
I figure it can’t hurt right?
I’m “D” The Ranter and I’d like to welcome Jamie Moyer and thank him for making a middle aged guy feel young :)
See you at Rockies Fest on Saturday…“D”
It’s one thing to admire someone’s artwork. What takes that to a new level is when that person admires your work and they take it and they add their own touch to it.
Here’s a picture I recently took at the Steelers vs Broncos game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Here’s that same picture after Kyle Banister got ahold of it :)
Thanks Kyle, I’m honored and I think you did a fantastic job. If you’d like to see what’s next on Kyle’s drawing board become his friend on FACEBOOK. He’s working on a Giambi piece next :)
I’m “D” The Ranter and this is some cool stuff…”D”
STEELERS VS BRONCOS…THE REMATCH
This entry took a while to create because I had too many pictures to choose from. I finally decided since I couldn’t go see the Broncos take on the Patriots in person, I’d wait until after I knew who won the game to post this entry. Sorry to tease you.
As did most Broncos fans I went through a mixed range of emotions this past week. I was extremely excited that the Broncos made the playoffs but I wasn’t sure I felt they deserved to be there. Eventually as the week wore on I became comfortable with it :)
Krista and I had originally planned to sell our tickets and watch this one from home. However Coach John Fox called for all Broncos fans to not sell their tickets to avoid a Steeler takeover of Mile High like there was in 2006. Which is why we kind of didn’t want to attend in the first place.
Coach Fox asked nice and we knew we wouldn’t miss this game.
Besides, I was lucky enough to purchase two more tickets the day they went on sale in the south stands and Mike the Rox Addict was our guest this game.
For me this football game was about sweet justice/revenge. I was at the Steelers/Broncos game in 2006 when the Steelers embarrassed the Broncos and I hate that memory.
However, when your team is in the playoffs and you didn’t expect to be there, it’s all just gravy baby.
After the Broncos loss the previous week the media let loose on Tebow. They were waiting like hungry hawks for that opportunity to slam Tebow. The sound of every Sportscaster in America chanting “I told you so” echoing across the radio and television was enough to make me want to hurl.
I wanted see Tebow to shove a big win down their tiny microphones.
Here are a few pre-game pictures.
Steelers taking the field..Boo!
The Coin Flip. Broncos win and elect to kick.
Cartman getting the crowd ready.
First kick of the game.
The ball bouncing off the uprights after Prater’s monster kick.
Champ Baily proving you’re never to old to fly.
The taking down of Big Ben.
This is the Tebow Touchdown series.
Steelers Field Goal.
Eddie doing his thing series.
The Decker injury series.
Broncos Field Goal
The dude who sits beside us…The Broncnator
I’ve never seen Mile High this amped before. The 12th Man was a major factor in this game every time the Steelers touched the football.
I was in a perfect position to take a picture of the winning touchdown. Here’s Thomas running in the game winner but as you can see it’s all blurry. That’s because Bronco Nation had Mile High stadium shaking so violently that my camera couldn’t compensate.
That’s never happened before.
“In your face Pittsburg”, and the best thing was nobody believed the Broncos could do it except Bronco Nation. The same Bronco Nation that was going absolutely nuts as Thomas rapidly approached the end zone ball in hand. The wife and I were hugging and high-fiving strangers we’d never even met.
That’s a memory and feeling I’ll never forget.
My first year as a Broncos season ticket holder was incredible. So many highs and lows. My wife and I tailgated every game and cheered our hearts out no matter how the Broncos were doing. If you look closely on TV during any Broncos field goal or extra point kicked, In the first row up on the fifth level just above the handicapped row you can usually see the both of us standing up cheering. I’m usually snapping pictures.
From the demise of Kyle Orton to the Rise of Tim Tebow. This season had everything because I expected nothing.
I know Tebow needs work. The Broncos as a whole need work. I’m hoping that Coach Fox has the resources, knowledge and the testicular fortitude to make some wise choices come next season. Props to Coach Fox for his ability to think outside the box this season, I respect him for that.
It can’t be a bad thing John Elway taking the young Tebow under his wing this off-season and passing on those golden nuggets of wisdom tucked away inside his legendary head right? Only time will tell on that one.
This concludes the 2011 Denver Broncos Football Season on the Rockpile Rant and I must tell you I really, really(yes two reallys), enjoyed taking pictures of football for the first time.
What’s next you ask?…Well it’s Rockies Fest this Saturday January 21st. I know a whole bunch of Rantics are going to be there and I’m really looking forward to hang’n with everyone. I miss baseball and my friends Yo!
I’m “D” The Ranter and remember you can do what I do, but then I’ll just come back and do it better.
So sit back and just leave it to me :) …”D”