November 2012

Here’s the Thing…These Hornets don’t Sting

11-25-12

Nuggets vs Hornets 

Pepsi Center 6pm

Our first Nuggets game of the season. Wasn’t sure what to expect.

Jersey Geoff and his family must have been think’n the same thing as my family because we ran into him up in the thin-air section (300 section). This was their first Nuggets game of the season as well.

Gold Medalist Missy Franklin was at the game. (Denver resident but not Colorado native).

Check out her shoes??

Pre-Game the Nuggets recognized Andre Iguodala for helping Team USA win the Olympic gold medal. Andre scored 23 points, 6 assists and had 2 rebounds tonight!

Nuggets also recognized center Timofey Mozgov for winning a bronze medal while playing for his native Russia.

The face of the Nuggets have changed so I’ll hit you with some player names.

Danilo Gallinari.

Andre Miller

Kosta Koufos.

Kenneth Faried..14 points and 12 rebounds tonight.

KF 11-25-12

Perfect lay up 11-25-12

Coach Karl.

COACH KARL 11-25-12

Nuggets cheerleaders 11-25-12

Cory Brewer.

cory b airborne

Ty Lawson nailed 17 points tonight.

Lawson slam 11-25-12

McGee hook shot 11-25-12

Hand in face 11-25-12

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Big man 11-25-12

Front Row Seat…Texting Fan of the Game.

Texting fan of the game 11-25-12

Click here for a Video Recap of the game

Final Score

Nuggets 102..Hornets 84

.Nugget’s are now 8-6 on the season and the win tonight was their 4th in a row. I must say at first I didn’t like the new uniforms, but they’re starting to grow on me.

Love that Old Skool logo.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Doing my best to be a well-rounded sports blogger :)

Cry me a Philip Rivers…Broncos Deliver.

11-18-12

Chargers vs Broncos

The Chargers have had the Broncos number at home for years. With the P-F-M 1000 firing on all cylinders I had a feeling that things would be different this game. Today Krista and I took our tailgat’n serious and showed up about 3 1/2 hours pregame. As it has been for every home game for the last two years the weather was perfect.

By the time we got to our seats we had missed the sky divers and the flyover. No worries. We were feel’n fine :)

Prader kickoff.

Willis McGahee before and after his knee injury…That sucks.

Von Miller gets set.

Boom!

Knocks the ball loose.

In your face Rivers!!

Broncos recover. Von Miller had 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Dude’s a beast!

Decker airborne for a TD!

Yeah Boy!

With that TD Decker became only the third Bronco to catch at least eight touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as usual. I’ll blame it on the unusually long pregame tailgate experience :)

By the way..Mikes Harder really is a bit harder..WOW

Broncos get the sweep of the Chargers at home with a final score of 30-23. Next up…Chiefs at Arrowhead. That should be a no-brainer.

I’m “D” the Ranter…What’s that 5 in a row now? After all the crappy post-Elway years, it feels like football is back in Colorado and it feels good to be relevant again.

I expect I’ll be gett’n a bill for Broncos post-season tickets soon.

The BFD-Garage Days Visited

11-14-12

“The BFD” or the band formerly known as “Ear Infection”.

The band was originally Greg, Pete, Shaun and once in a while Chuck would come over and play drums. All friends of mine for well over 20 years and 4 of the coolest guys on the planet. They invited me to a band practice at Pete’s place one time and for shits and giggles I tried to do some vocals for them.

I remember Pete telling me I sounded like Lemmy from Motorhead on a bad day.

With that vote of confidence ringing in my head it wasn’t long before I picked up a Bass guitar and started learning how to play. Eventually the family and I moved away from Colorado Springs up to the Denver area which made attending band practice rather difficult.

For a year I drive down once a week and jammed with my buddies. Looking back on that year makes me appreciate my wife even more for letting me do that.

 Gas prices started to get insane which in turn made  my weekly trips to Colorado Springs a little pricey. Eventually due to the cost(not the lack of passion), I had to retire from the band.

I look at it like this…I’m never going to be a Rock Star but I got to play in a band with my buddies for almost 2 years. That right there is special.

This short video clip and a whole lotta memories are all that remain of “Ear Infection”.

The band however continued to evolve. A few changes in membership and a new name.. “The BFD”  now consists of Greg, Pete, Chuck and Matt .

I took so long to get these pictures and video to these guys that I figured I owed them a nice little presentation thus this blog entry.

The BFD’s

Greg (Bass)

Pete (Rhythm guitar)

Chuck

Matt (Lead guitar)

Here they are..The BFD…Live(sort of) from Greg’s Garage :)


Covering Metallica’s “From Whom the Bell Tolls”

Changing it up a bit.

Then the smoke rolled in.

I mean it really rolled in.

Kinda made it just that much better ;)

I couldn’t be more proud of the fellas. They’ve been practicing a long time and this was their first time jamm’n in front of a bunch of friends. How cool is it to pick up a six-pack and go spend the evening watching your long time bro’s crank out some heavy metal tunes?

Rock on BFD!!

I’m “D” the Ranter and I’m a BFD…VIP.

A Slice of Walt Weiss

11-10-12

Rockies new Skipper…Walt Weiss

If your an old skool Rockies fan you love Walt Weiss’s play. Walt was a solid defensive shortstop and knew how to get on base.

Walt has a lifetime OBP of .351 and hit .258 for his career.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about Weiss as the new Skipper though. I like other Rockie fans have questions like…

How do you bypass coaching in the minor leagues entirely and go right from High School to the Major Leagues?

 Why only the one year contract?

How much say will Walt have in the hiring of his new staff?

When can we lose the purple dinosaur?

What’s your first move?

I listened to Drew Goodman and Scott Hastings interview Walt yesterday afternoon on the radio and I really like how Walt answered these types of questions.

Here’s a link to that interview:

Walt Weiss on the Drew and Scott Show 11-9-12

So I figure since none of us fans have a say in who gets picked as the new Manager, really all I can do as a fan is see what Walt’s been able to accomplish a year from now.

The Rockies have some intriguing pieces in this puzzle. Walt’s got 12 months to see what he can do with this Rocky Mountain rubiks cube.

Here’s a lil slice of  Walt Weiss

1. Walt was initially drafted by the Orioles in the 10th round of the 1982 amateur draft. Walt decided to postpone his pro ball career and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll. In 1985 Walt was the 11th overall pick.

2. Walt’s first Major League appearance was in Sept of 1987 in a Oakland A’s uniform.

3. In 1998 Walt batted .280 and made the All-Star team (The All-Star game that year was held at Coors Field), for the Braves his first and only time.

4. Also in 1988 Walt made a costly error (Walt’s fault) in Game 4 of the World Series allowing the Dodgers to win the series in 5 games. That year Walt was awarded the American League Rookie of the Year Award, becoming the third consecutive Oakland player to win the award, following José Canseco and Mark McGwire.

5. In 1992 Walt was traded from the A’s to the newly formed Marlins and in 1993 played 158 games. At the end of the 1993 season Walt became a free agent and signed with the Rockies becoming the first player to have played for both expansion teams the Rockies and Marlins.

6. Walt played shortstop for the Rockies from 1994-97 and was a special assistant to Dan O’Dowd from 2002-08.

7.  Walt retired an Atlanta Brave in 2000 with his last game  played on Oct 1st 2000 against the Colorado Rockies in Atlanta. Rockies won 10-5.

8. Walt was the head varsity coach for Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. Weiss let his team to the 5A semifinals his first season.

Walt’s been involved in professional baseball for 20+ years. Is he what the Rockies are looking for?

Who knows?

I’m “D” the Ranter and what I do know is I’ll be at my Tuesday games and those 10 bobble head games. If there’s no inspiration to make any more games it’ll be…

“Walt’s Fault”

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