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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”

Cajun Chicken Ass Whipp’n

10-28-12

Saints vs Broncos

Game 7

In the spirit of New Orleans Krista and I stopped at Popeye’s Fried Chicken for a little Cajun feast while we tailgated..

The spicy chicken strips were pretty damn good.

But I figure victory tastes better :)…and doesn’t give you indigestion.

Full moon today.

Not sure if Evan Dalrymple is on vacation but some Country Western guy was singing the National Anthem.

Coin toss.

Hey…Nobody rides for free!

Thunder got a workout today.

I learned my lesson about working the next day after a Broncos Sunday night game.

I took Monday off :)

Sucks to hear about Joe Mays who fractured his left fibula and is out for an “extended time”.

Manning crushed his thumb on Saints defensive end Martez Wilson’s helmet after a 23 yard pass to Eric Decker. His thumb seemed to be a non-factor for the rest of the game as Manning became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in four consecutive games…WOW!

Broncos are now 4-3 and the rest of the season doesn’t seem so intimidating now huh?

I’m “D” the Ranter…

Football is back in Denver baby!!…Can you feel it?

Ranter’s Photo Contest 2013

10/23/12

Yeah buddy!

It’s time for another… “Ranter’s”

This time there’s a different theme.

My challenge to you this time is to submit a picture that describes why baseball in Colorado is better than anywhere else.

Is it because the our the Rockies players are cooler? Or is it the attitude? Maybe it’s better because Rockies fans are tight knit and we use baseball as a way to hang out? Use your imagination folks…You get points for creativity.

This Photo Contest is open to everyone… Even Mike the Rox Addict.

Here’s a link to last year’s photo contest:

Ranter’s Photo Contest winners 2011

Here’s the winning picture last year taken by Katerina.

There will be prizes for First, Second and Third places to be announced later.

Winners will be announced Monday April 1, 2013..The first game of the Rockies regular season.

Only picture per person, no substitutions!

Tom Helmer was the judge last time, maybe he’ll do it again for us?

Send your picture to THEROCKPILERANTER@YAHOO.COM

I’m “D” the Ranter… Time to get your click on!

Meet Bob the Knob

I vote this:

“Best Use of a TV Seat Ever”

The story I heard about this guy is he was walking by the stadium on his way home from work. It was seriously late (about 1am) as the game had been rain delayed. Bob as I’ll call him picked up a 5 buck ticket and found his way down to a TV seat.

Here’s what happened next:


I’m “D” the Ranter.

If this dude doesn’t make you laugh you better check your pulse.

What would you do at 1 am if you had those TV seats to make the world remember you?

Raider Haters are Finally Celebrators

9-30-12

Game 4

Another perfect football day in Colorado.

Yeah you wished you lived here, but stay away…Colorado’s officially full!

To be honest I’m craving my first snow game, there were none last season(stupid perfect weather). If you didn’t know Krista and I along with most of Colorado are extreme Raider haters.

(This is not Krista )

The Raiders have chumped us way too many times of late and Raiders fans in Colorado have grown increasingly bold because of it.. Manning’s our ace in the hole and today’s mission was to reverse the four-year Raider domination in Colorado.

A couple of WTF’s? These two dudes were castaway from the Blue Man Group for being color blind.

Broncos have a new line of handbags for men called the Pansy Purse…Think I’ll stick to my backpack.

Folks, this is how you tailgate… You buy a used senior citizen shuttle bus and convert it Broncos style.

Boo, only thing missing in this gang is chains.

Manning pre-game.

Coin toss.

Raiders kick-off.

Manning’s first pass,…incomplete.

First drive touchdown, Manning to Dreesen. In your face Raiders :)

Extra point is good… 7-0 Broncos.

Manning flashing the Ranter sign :)

One thing I noticed was the total lack of Raiders fans. Normally Mile High is crawling with the black and silver.  I don’t think I noticed 100 Raiders fans in the entire place…That’s the way is should be.

Final Score of this long overdue blowout…

Thank you Broncos…I needed this win.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Mondays are much more tolerable when the Raiders fans are speechless.

Manning’s biological clock is ticking faster than a baseball card clipped to a bike tire that’s rolling downhill. There’s no time for  play’n around.

Broncos we need a win in New England next week!…”D”

It’s Over…It’s Done…We Suck…It Was Still Fun

9-29-12

On my drive into the city this morning I was staring at a beaufiful orange Colorado  sunrise and  I was thinking about how much things can change from the beginning of a season to the end of it.

For me this season started with the loss of Tom Helmer as part of the Poot Warts team. That one decision probably affected my season more than anything else. For a lot of us Helmer was the face of the Rockies,  much more so than Tulowitzki.

Poot Warts claimed they were about the fan..Helmer was our connection to Poot Warts.

Helmer was all about the fans because he himself is a passionate fan who would often let is show.

For the record I have no issues with the rest of the Poot Warts team. In fact they’re a solid group of individuals who I feel for the most part do a bang-up job. Marc Stout “gets it” in my opinion. He’s approachable and he’s close with his fan base.

I’ve never been Anti-Joel Klatt, just extremely Pro-Helmer.

Joel graciously offered to hold my “Bring Back Helmer” sign when we did our protest pre-game at the Rockies last home game of the season. When I actually called Joel on it he said “No” and was kind of a Dick about it but I realize the situation was slightly uncomfortable and I figured I’d give him a break on his attitude because deep down I’m a softie :)

I don’t think anyone could have predicted how different this team would look in September or how bad the Rockies record would be. I remember back in March wandering the practice fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick full of enthusiasm and optimism.

Recently I wandered around Coors Field the last game of this season full of frustration and confusion. I along with many other Rockies fans have no idea where the Rockies will go from here?

Never in my wildest nightmares did I imagine this would be the worst Rockies season ever.

I’m no baseball genius. I’m just a fan with a cam who really likes to catch baseballs and feel like I’m part of something by sharing my experiences via my blog.

This season I watched the Rox Addict’s MLBlog develop into something special. Mike has a serious passion for baseball and it reflects in his pictures and his writing enthusiasm. Mike scores every game, takes pictures, writes a blog and attends a lot more games than I. Plus Mike’s a Top 50 MLBlogger.

Mike’s fortunate, he has a pretty liberal work schedule, he’ll be the first to admit it :).

In addition to the Rox Addict we now have another Rockies MLBLogger. I’ve known Amy for several years and she writes a blog called “The Take from Blake”. Amy hasn’t cracked the top 50 yet but she has interactions with players that make this”Old Skool Blogger” kinda jealous.

It’s fun having other Rockies bloggers around. We’re all tight and hook each other up when we can with our limited resources.

Other than the Purple Row which to me is the “Holy Grail” of Rockies blogs, I can’t think of any Rockies blogs that have been around as long as the Rockpile Rant :)

FYI The “Rockpile Rant” has been a Top 10 MLBlog for over 4 years now.

I normally take my spring training trip each year by myself.

In March this year Mike and I headed south for a 11 day spring training trip to Phoenix. Mike’s a great road trip buddy. It’s not easy spending 11 days with someone (most of it camping), driving all over Phoenix area at a frantic pace in search of baseball adventures to blog about.

Mike and I managed to keep it cool and gave each other space as we needed it. When the trip was over we both had a great time and were still friends and plan to do it again.

I’d say that’s a pretty good trip.

I’d say this was probably my worst year for autographs. I just don’t have the patience or drive anymore to stand outside as the players drive up or wait against the wall as the guys warm-up.

I enjoy the company, just don’t like the rejection I figure. As far as snagg’n stats this season, I snagged 29 batting practice baseballs in 25 games ending my season 3 baseballs short of 200 for my career.

Yes I’m still chasing my first ever regular season home run ball. All I can say is I have shit luck and maybe next year will be my year?

In conclusion I’d like to thank Dan, Mike, Joy, Marianne, Amy, Jersey Geoff, Gary X, Douglas, Robert, Queen Geri, Eric, Danny and Nettie, Randy, Scott, Tom Helmer, Bob the Usher, Barb the Usher, Mary the Usher, Brad the Usher, Dave, Mikey, Stout, Todd C and Family, Eric Young Jr, Jamie Moyer, Chris Nelson, Captain Earthman, and the Rockpile Usher with the beard(sorry bud can’t believe I forgot your name) and all of the:

For directly influencing my Rockies season in a positive way.

To the smelly old son of a bitch that kept sitt’n his stanky ass in my seat perforating the fabric with his body funk…You got yours buddy :)

If I forgot ya, doesn’t me I dont’ care…Just means I’m old.

Props to the Rockies for letting us run the bases at the last home game of the season. I’ve never done that before and it was fun.

Rumor is next year the Rockies will have 10 bobble head games? Have I mentioned I like bobble heads?

I’m “D” the Ranter…The Rockies #1 MLBlogger.

Old Skool…But still as cool as the other side of the pillow…”D”

Second Loss this Year…But We Got an Ear

Texans vs Broncos

Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Peyton’s house was full again ‘cept for 400 or so no-shows.

Bronco fans were all eager to see what Peyton was going to look like this week. He’s new(to us) still and we have no idea what to expect from him.

Once again I managed to snag free parking but you have to be extremely careful where you park.

Parking enforcement was out in full effect making sure you follow the difficult to understand parking signs. There were no shortage of tow trucks to remove your car in case you F’ked up and read the sign wrong.

Broncos introductions.

Coin toss.

Rod Smith’s Number was being inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame today so they Broncos were giving away Rod Smith trading cards.

Rod’s position in the Ring of Fame is next to Shannon Sharpe.

Kick-off.

Joe Mays get’s the Mike Tyson award for ear removal when he leveled Schuab. Mays hit him so hard a piece of Schuab’s ear actually came off…That’s nasty!!

Quote from Schuab: “I felt fine. I just lost a piece of my ear, I was bleeding and my helmet came off so I had to come out for a play, but I was fine.”

Click to enlarge :)

Peyton fires one to Stokely.

Caught.

Scores!!

Less than a minute left, the last throw of the game to Decker.

Who then tossed it to Bell, who tried to toss it again but for not.

Final Score

I’m “D” the Ranter. It may be “Manning’s House” but Peyton needs to get his kids in line.

Raiders next week baby…”D”

Bring Your Sign…It’s Helmer Time

9-20-12

Ok, this Rockies season was a bust and it’s quite possible we could achieve the 100 loss mark.

Just wondering how your still feeling about the lack of our homeboy Tom Helmer and his enthusiasm for the Rockies?

I don’t know about you but it seems to me the Rockies and Poot Warts need Helmer now more than ever.

Nothing against Joel Klatt pictured below.

:)

Thursday is the last regular season game at Coors Field and Mike the Rox Addict and I plan to bring our “Bring Back Helmer” signs and just as we did the first game of the year we’re going to show our support hopefully pre-game and post-game.

What we need are Helmer supporters who can make signs and show up with arm power to hold them up.

  If you miss Tom and feel it is essential that Poot Warts rehire him, get your ass up,  grab a sharpie, find a chunk of cardboard and go to town with your sign making skills.

Poot Warts can tune out our chanting, but it’s difficult to mute a big ass sign?

WE NEED SIGNS!!

It’s the last game of the year…It’ll be months before you even think baseball again…Lets make a day of it and show support for the “HOMEBOY”.

Do you own one of the famous “Helmer is my Homeboy” shirts? Make sure you’re wearing it Thursday.

Then when we’re all done we meet at the Blake and talk about what a great day it was.

 Shout out to the “Homeboy” maybe he can make an appearance??

Leave a comment below if you’ll be there with sign in hand or wearing one of those classic Helmer shirts.

I’m “D” The Ranter… Please…Bring Helmer back before the Cowboy starts frosting his tips.

Joel Klatt can’t Dance.

Stout…You Rock Brotha!

Rockies…Let’s steer clear of the 100 loss mark ok?

See you Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday…”D”

Manning’s No Geezer…Just a Crowd Pleaser

9-9-12

Broncos vs Steelers Game 1

Ready as we’ve ever been, Krista and I showed up at 2pm to get our tailgate on.

Even showing up 4 1/2 hours before the start of the game we were still couple of hours late for the party. We played catch-up soaking in everything by just walking around enjoying the moment. The first regular season game is a HUGE deal in Denver and this is our second year as Broncos season ticket holders so we still kind of learning the ropes.

P-F-M jerseys were in full effect.

Today was Krista’s birthday. Pretty cool way to spend your birthday I’d say.

The Mile High “Crack of the Game”.

The new era of Manning.

I had nothing against Tim Tebow whatsoever… Because above all…I like winning.

Shot of the coin flip.

Orange is back and that’s a good thing!!

Almost caught two balloons thanks to a wind shift.

You’d think with balls of steel they’d drop quicker or you’d hear some sort of clanging noise?

P-F-M in “His” house.

Traditional flyover.

Let’s begin the picture show.

Big Ben on his ass. The way it should be!

Two-point conversion denied

Props to Porter for being the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Final Score

Broncos 31….Steelers 19

I”m “D” the Ranter…As I mentioned earlier, I like winn’n that’s why I’m grinn’n.

This season’s gonna be fun….”D”

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