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Basketball’s Fine but Baseball’s Divine

3/3/10

let the games begin.jpgTomorrow is the first official Rockies spring training game of 2010 against the D-Backs.

                                                     HELL YEAH !

I so wanted to be there welcoming the players and wishing them good luck. My smiling face was doing just that the first game of spring training last season and look how far the Rockies went…I’m just say’n :)

The Hotstove.com has been sending out questions to Rockies Bloggers and they’ve been posting my responses along with several other Rockies Bloggers. 

Here’s the question from Feb 24, 2010:

If free agent infielder Felipe Lopez can be had for a bargain price, should the Rockies consider bringing him in to give Clint Barmes some competition at second base?

CLICK HERE FOR MY ANSWER

The other question was from today and it was:

The Rockies have been notoriously slow starters in the past few seasons, often digging a deep hole for themselves in April. Is it the cold weather in Colorado, or something else that keeps the team from performing well early in the season?

CLICK HERE FOR MY ANSWER

Answering questions about the Rockies is fun in anticipation of the regular season but thank god for basketball, it fulfulls my need to watch live sports and take pictures in the baseball off-season and doesn’t break the bank(Thanks B).

In a month we’ll be watching the Rockies play the Mariners. I have several goals for those two special games.

You ask why is it a special game? Honestly I’m not sure but the ticket prices suggest something special so when I figure out exactly what it is that justifies the extremely high cost of tickets for these two games I’ll let you know. (The cheapest ticket is $25.00)

First I’d like to get Ken Griffey Jr’s autograph(Yeah I know who wouldn’t). It’s doubtful he’d sign for me dressed up in my Rockies gear but my wife Krista will be with me and that levels the playing field.

Second I’d like to catch a batting practice homer and/or possibly a game foul ball.

Third, I’d like to get Jason Giambi’s autograph. Yes I know I have all season to do that but I figure I’d get ‘er done early and that’s one less thing to do.

By the way if you’re attending this game and would like to trade your BERM tickets for tickets in section 120 give me a shout.

I attended the Nuggets/Pistons game on Feb 26th with my buddy Tom and Vanilla Ice was the half-time show. This is the second time I’ve seen Vanilla Ice at the Pepsi Center as he did the same thing last season.

           I’m not a fan, the video was shot only for future laughs. 

                           Here are random game shots from the third level.the Birdman 1.jpg                           A shot of Kenyon Martin who’s been injured. 

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Birdman and Melo.jpg                            This is a No-No, c’mon dude this was a good game.
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Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders 2-28-10                           George Karl, being a trooper and working through his illness.
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Melo 2-26-10.jpg If you’ve ever wondered why they call Chris Anderson “The Birdman” here’s why.                                
birdman flying.jpg                                        The Nuggets beat the Pistons 107-102.

           Next weekend is Frozen Dead Guy Days in my town of Nederland, Colorado. 
frozen dead guy picture.jpg I plan to do a huge entry with pictures on FDGD explaining exactly what it is so you’ll have to check back to read it.
fun in the sun.jpg                   The games have begun, and I’m ready for some fun in the sun.
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                                                          Go Rockies

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Nothing great about Golden State

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Me n Hunter 12-13-08.jpgI have to apologize for the lack of Nuggets backstage pictures. In order to get backstage pictures, you have to get backstage.

Getting back there isn’t an exact science for me yet, and tonight’s experiment was a flop.

          

Oh well look at this picture. Not bad from the third level. Here’s your starting lineup.
Linup 12-13-08.jpg                   Here’s your starting Cheerleaders….Click to expand, I won’t tell  :)
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It was painful to watch the Nuggets defense (or lack of it) last season, that’s how it felt this evening watching the Golden State Warriors. 

I figured the Nuggets had this game going into it, especially at home.

 I just expected a little more from a team with “Warriors” in it’s name.DSCN4844.JPG  

 

 

 

 

 

Ever see one of the time/shot clocks malfunction during a game?
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It was my first time.

They bust out a ladder and some poor b’sturd has to climb up and try to fix it while the whole arena is watching, and waiting.

Did I mention the that everyone is watching?

 

 

 

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All those eyes.

People like to stare in these situations. It’s like a car accident.

 Do you think this dude has  special non-slip shoes on for just such an occasion?

In times like this, cut the guy a  break and bring out the cheerleaders.

Only they could take the crowd’s focus off of this dude. 

 
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With the game paused, the players and crowd start to get restless.

For a moment, the entire world is on hold. 

Talk about pressure.

 The suicide rate for these guys is scary, the NBA really should do something to help these people.

At least he can’t see the stares. He can only feel them.

This man is one of the NBA’s unsung heros.

 

 

 

 Carmello Anthony played just shy of 30 minutes and scored 27 points. He went 3 of 4 from the three-point range and had 9 rebounds, nice job Melo.
Melo 12-13-08.jpg JR Smith played for 24 minutes and scored 15 points.

It was nice to see Balkman developing a groove with this team. He played just shy of 17 minutes and had 12 points, going 6 of 8 from field-goal range.
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Linas Kleiza was played just over 27 minutes and scored 6 points. He went 0-4 from the three-point range. However, he did make this shot.
Kleiza shoot 12-13-08.jpgDid I mention that the Denver Nugget Cheerleaders are insane? Just check out this picture of bodies flying everywhere . Again, you can click to expand.
Crazy Cheerleaders 12-13-08.jpgJust before the half, K-Mart took an ugly spill as he was going in for a layup. C.J Watson bumped him and he fell to the floor hard, landing on his right side, I cringed. 

Kenyon looked like he was done for, and I was thinking “Oh man, not again”. 

Then all of a sudden he jumped up like nothing happened, and was back in the game. Let me tell you, the dude hit the floor hard. Props to you K-Mart, better ice that thing.

Melo, Kmart Billups.jpgChauncey Billups scored 16 points and added 11 assists to the mix, as the Nuggets dominate and beat the Golden State Warriors 123-105.

 Nene had 11 points and was 5-6 from field-goal range.


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DSCN4892.JPGInteresting fact: The Nuggets are 16-7 for the first time since 1976-77, which was their first year in the NBA. Go Nuggets!!

                                 A bad picture of Invesco Field at Mile High

                            
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Melo, not such a nice fellow

11/28/08

 Hope you all had a great T-Day. Mine was superb.

Thank you all for the kind comments. The bloggers who habitate this sphere really are the salt of the earth. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to shoot a comment back to everyone, I did try.

                                           Hornets vs Nuggets

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15,563 people decided to be:

“L-TryptoFans” and showed up to “The Can”, despite the urge to take a nice long nap on the couch.

 

 

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 You know it’s a good day when you walk into the Pepsi Center, and this is how you’re greeted.DNC auto photo 11-27-08.jpg

 

The ladies were nice enough to personally autograph a photo for me. 
 

 
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 Chucky Atkins about to get hit in the head with a basketball during practice.

 

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If you look hard you might see Nene in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Below you see the official game of “Here we go round the Mulberry bush” played before the start of every Nuggets game. You can’t argue tradition.

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JR Smith was a freggin madman last night. I had the feeling he was out there trying to prove something to George Karl.Jr Smith 2 11-27-08.JPG

GK11-27-08.jpg Coach Karl had benched him the previous night for showing up late for practice.

                      Remember, according to Allen Iverson,

                                    “It’s just practice”
Thumbnail image for ai-young.jpg                        But George Karl don’t play that way.

Especially when it comes to JR Smith, they have some history.


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JR proved he was “The Man”, scoring a season-high 32 points.

 Nice job JR, this dude can ball.

Do us a favor though, set your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier, and that should take care of it.

Basketball alarm clock.jpg  I want that clock, It’s cool.         

 

 

 Want to know why they call Chris Andersen “The Birdman”?  Picture the basketball net as his nest.

He flew for 9 points. This was his first game back after missing 9 games due to fractured ribs suffered while falling out of his tree. 
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 K-Mart came out before the game started and wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

 K-Mart only scored 6 points with 6 rebounds.

I think he is the new leader of the Nuggets.

 Much more so than Carmello the “face of the team”.


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 Look at the vertical lift K-Mart gets on this block.K-Mart Jumping 11-27-08.JPG WW Denver former Mayor 11-27-08.jpg

 Former Denver Mayor, Wellington Webb showed up to give the Nuggets some love.

First time I’ve ever seen this guy in person, he’s a big dude.

 

 Chauncey Billups seemed a tad off this game (Too much turkey)?

He missed a crucial 3 pointer in the last quarter. He finished the game with 12 points, 5 assists and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. Just a little under his average.

The Nuggets are 9-3 since his arrival in Denver. It’s working, give it a little more time.

Chauncey, I bet it was nice to be back home in Colorado for Thanksgiving for a change, huh?

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Carmello Anthony finished with 24 points, best game this dude has had in a while.

 I used to be a huge Melo fan, but now,…not so much. I have my reasons.

I respect the man’s skills, but I do believe he has lost touch with his base. 

                   
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Caution Rant ahead.jpgLet me just say that when I am trying to get an autograph, I am extremely respectful. I really appreciate when a player takes the time out of his day to do that for me.

I had several (11), opportunities to go backstage after the Nuggets games last season.

 Not once in those eleven games did I see Melo walk backstage after a home game to sign autographs and embrace the fans who so patiently wait for him after each game.

 
PepsiCenterPhoto.jpgAs I was leaving the Pepsi Center heading to my car, I saw a father with his two daughters standing on the corner where the players exit with their cars.

It was freggin cold outside last night, those are some hardcore fans. 

While I was walking past them, I saw the small family starting to get excited. They started shouting “Melo, Melo”, so I looked back and saw Melo’s car (by the way, sweet ride Melo).

He stopped at the stop sign, then peeled out. Leaving the three of them standing there sad, cold, and autograph-less. Other than me and the family, there was not another person in sight.

There was no danger. He could have taken the 30 seconds and made a families Thanksgiving day extremely memorable. Instead, he ignored them and sped away.  I no longer want his autograph.


SH Rant-1.jpgMelo, here’s how it is, Ten minutes dude.

That’s all it takes, ten minutes after the game, before you split. 

Stop by, make an appearance, then jet out the back door.

 Everybody’s happy, and you did the right thing. 

How hard is that?

How could you drive by that family and ignore them like that?

Have you no heart or feelings? Who inspired you as a kid?

 Did your childhood idols ingore you, or sneak out the back to avoid you? How did that make you feel?

 You need to take a step back and regroup. Realize exactly where you are, and HOW YOU GOT HERE.

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Never forget how lucky you are, and come to realize exactly what the catalyst is that enables you to do what you do here (Denver fans)

 

 

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Besides, you owe us for that dumbazz DUI thing you got yourself into the end of last season, remember?

I’ll give you one more chance man (because I’m cool like that), you need to show some DENVER FAN LOVE.  

Give a little something besides money. You can’t deny what I said Melo, because I witnessed it first hand. 

Melo, you’ve been Ranted. Learn from it dude, sign a few autographs and I’ll shut the hell up.

Poseys shot 11-27-08.JPGThe Hornets really made this an exciting game. It seemed the Nuggets would rally and tie things up,  then the Hornets would take it back.

Chris Paul got his groove late in the game and led the Hornets scoring 22 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds.

 James Posey sealed the Nuggets fate hitting the go-ahead 3-point-shot with only 19.1 seconds left to clinch the win over the Nuggets 105-101.

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Yea Posey, your my freggin hero, your plane’s ready, you ain’t gone yet? :) 

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RPR sign 1.jpgNext game for me?

 Sunday vs the Rockets.

 

 

Thanks for wasting some time with me. Did you like my pictures? I’m getting better, wish my  camera was…D 
 
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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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Kmart1 11-16-08.JPG                              Kenyon was also 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.

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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Melo12 11-16-08.JPG                                                              Nene driving..

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.

 

 

 

jrsmith112.jpgThe Timberwolves were up by as much as nine points.

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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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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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
beer_is_the_answer.jpgand turn it around. I’m also reminded that a players height is not near as much a factor as heart is.

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
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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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Nuggets look like fools in Kobe Bryant School


11/2/08

The Fonz.jpgWARNING: If you don’t like basketball, read no further.
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I realize this is a baseball blog format. But I’m bored and I need to blog about something, and this place is my home.

 
If you read this blog on a regular basis you thuggets.jpgknow that I am a pretty big Denver Nuggets fan.

I had big plans to blog full time about the Nuggets this season.

 It looks like that’s not going to happen. I can’t really disclose why at this time, but lets just say that it’s not a bad thing.

When I can officially say more I will. So I will do random Nugget blog entries here.

 
I had a chance to be at the home opener of the Denver Nuggets last night. It was against  the LA Lakers and this was their forth game of the season. At this point in the season the Nuggets are 1-2.

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 I always
show up early for Rockies batting practice. If you choose, you can show up early for basketball practice too. Here’s some video and a few shots of my other favorite BP.


Basketball Practice 11-1-08.JPGHere is Carmello Anthony (who cut off his corn rows recently) , K-Mart, Linus Kleiza warming up. Each seat in the arena had a T-shirt on it. The shirts were gifts as this game was the Nuggets home opener. They were nice shirts too.

Warming up 11-1-08.JPG                                         The singing of the National Anthem.

Anthem 11-1-08.JPG                              Here is Laker Luke Walton #4, son of Bill Walton.

Luke Walton 11-1-08.JPGNext is a shot of the Cheerleaders during the first time out. Rockies should consider this addition. It would give us something to do instead of watch the pitcher scratches himself five times.
Nuggets Cheerleaders 11-1-08.JPG                                     An Allen Iverson free throw attempt, he misses. 
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                                            Later as AI redeems himself.
AI Foul Shot Game 1 2008.JPG                                   The Lakers having a little discussion.
Lakers chatting 11-1-08.JPG                                               All eyes on the basketball
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                                    Seconds after the final buzzer went off.
Game finished 11-1-08.JPG   JR Smith seen here looking up at the final score. He played his butt off and scored 18 points, but it wasn’t enough.
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chump.jpgKobe scores 33 points tonight and the Lakers hold Carmello Anthony to single digits up until the last few minutes of the game.

Damn, that’s just what I wanted to see on my first Nuggets game of the year.

Another edition of Kobe schools Mello.

Mello can ball when he “wants” to, but Kobe makes Mello look like a chump on a regular basis.

Mello produced a disappointing 13 points. Allen Iverson was held to 13 points. Both of these dudes average 25 points a game normally.

 K-Mart had 18 points and can be menacing when healthy.  I like K-Mart but I need more from him. He needs to be a leader not a follower.

This is your time Kenyon, show us why we kept you around all these years. Give Denver something back. 

Vicki_and_Nene.jpgNene,  who scored eight points seemed invisible for as big as this dude is. 

Nene is big enough to crush dudes, but it seems like he prefers to ask them politely to move out of his way.

Nene..PLAY DUDE, PLAY LIKE THIS IS YOUR LAST GAME EVER. I really need him to pump out a twenty-point game. I don’t think he has it in him. Too bad, I like Nene. 

 

 As I was leaving after the game I had the worst feeling of deja vu.

 The Nuggets have a acquired a few new faces this season, but I didn’t see anything new on the court. It felt like a continuation of last season. 

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The next home games are Friday and Sunday.  I’ll be there Sunday with the kids.

It’s Hunters birthday on Friday  and hopefully we can get him backstage after the game. I’ll let you know how that goes…D
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Collection of Sports Autographs to Date

5/31/08                            Colorado Rockies Autographs

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Pictured above are Tulo, Clint Barmes, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa and Jonathan Herrera( on one ball), Ryan Speier, Franklin Morales and Micah Bowie. The autograph on the ticket stub is Omar Quintanilla I got two years ago.

The baseballs on top are batting practice balls from this year that we will be use for autographs from now on. I have snagged six batting practice balls so far this year and one has Ubaldo Jimenez’s autograph on it and the other ball Hunter had signed by Tulowitzki. 

                                                      DENVER NUGGETS 2008

2008 Nugget tickets.JPGI am fortunate to have a good buddy of twenty years who works for the Nuggets. 

 I was able to attend most of the Denver Nuggets home games this year.  

I bought most of my own tickets, but he was able to get me backstage after the games.

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The Red ones will get you through the tunnel backstage after the game. 

If you had a yellow one it would get you in locker room. (I’ve never had one of those). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                      Brick #1.

IMG_0036.JPGThe first game I was able to go backstage was on Jan 17, 08. Nuggets vs Jazz.

I had no idea I would going backstage and was totally unprepared.

 I managed to buy a sharpie at the Nuggets store, but what I really wanted autographed was a basketball. 

Ouch, the price for an NBA basketball was over a hundred bucks.

So I decided to use one of the bricks that Nuggets fans wave when an opposing player is trying to shoot a free throw. 

Not only are they free, but they are actually great for getting autographs on.

 I know people say not to laminate autographs, but that’s because it makes it harder to verify the autograph’s authenticity.

Every single autograph I own has been obtained by me personally. I do not own a single autograph that I have not personally had signed in front of me.

On the bricks I attach the backstage pass for that game, the date, which team the Nuggets played that day, the player’s who autographed the brick, and the final score.

On the first brick I had the ticket laminated with it and it worked fine. Unfortunatly it didn’t work so well with the next two bricks because the ink was temperature sensitive and the tickets turned black.

Autographs on this Brick # 1 are: Linas Kleiza (career high 41 points that game), Marcus Camby, Eduardo Najera, Yakhouba Diawara, Anthony Carter, and JR Smith.

boozerautoI looked over to see Carlos Boozer of the Jazz sneaking out and asked him politely for an autograph.

 He said “sure’ and signed the back of this brick. He was really cool about it.

Nuggets beat the Jazz 120-109.

Most of Nuggets are really good  about signing autographs, but not all of them.

 I have yet to snag an autograph from Carmelo Anthony or Allen Iverson.

It’s not that they won’t sign autographs backstage, it’s just that they don’t go over to the autograph area after the game. Iverson usually makes an appearance but but sneaks out the door without signing. That’s cool, at least I got to see him. I have never seen Melo after a game. He usually sneaks out of the Pepsi Center through another more private exit.

Brick # 2Brick 1-25

 The next time I got an opportunity to go backstage was Jan 25, 2008.

This game was the Nuggets vs the Nets.

Nuggets won.

 Autographs on this brick are: Kenyon Martin, Chucky Atkins and Yakhouba Diawara.

I felt bad because when I saw Chucky Atkins because I interrupted him during his phone conversation by asking him for an autograph. Usually I’m a little more respectful than that.

Oh well, it was the first time I had seen him backstage.

He was chill about it, he held up his finger as to mean “wait a minute”, and when he was finished with his call he came over and signed the brick. He also signed a picture for me and so did Kenyon Martin. I will post the autographed pictures at the end toward the end of this entry.

                                                Nuggets beat the Nets 100-85.Brick3

      Brick # 3

Is from the 3/7/08 game vs the Spurs.

Nuggets won 109-96.

The autgraphs on this brick are: George Karl, Anthony Carter, Nene and Sean Elliot (a retired Spurs Player now  sports commentator).

My wife and I were at that game. I got Brick # 3 autographed and she got the black basketball signed.

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 Autographs on this basketball are:

Anthony Carter, Taureen Green, Linas Kleiza, K-mart, Chucky Atkins and tucked away in the corner, George Karl.

 

 I love this ball !

 

 

 

 

                        

 

 

Here is a my Nuggets hat with George Karl, Anthony Carter and Chucky Atkins Autographs.

Nuggetscap.JPG                                    Linas Kleiza from Lithuania (aka, the L Train)

LinasK_0002.jpg                                    One of my favorite players Eduardo Najera.eduardon_0003.jpg

                                Kenyon Martin. My daughter Mylee’s favorite player.Kmart.jpg

 

kmartmyp.JPG                    Coach George Karl has a great routine for signing autographs.

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He walks out, goes to the front of the line, signs his autograph, and then uses that sharpie to sign everyone else’s stuff.

Then he casually walks back to the first guy in line whose sharpie he used and returns it.    

 How cool is that? 

George Karl is a good guy.

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                                                             JR Smith

JR smith hands up.jpg                                              My favorite Nugget this year.

 I’ve always been an Allen Iverson fan, but I really enjoyed watching JR last season.

His three point scoring carried the Nuggets for a number of games this year. JR became a dominant player towards the end of the season and as a result received a lot more play time. 

It will really be cool to see what JR developes into. It was fun to watch him play this year. That 360 degree dunk he did over Dampier of the Mavericks was bar none, the best (non-game determining) basket I have ever seen live. 

I have a picture of that dunk on my wall waiting to get autographed. JR is really good about signing. I can tell you that it was easier to get his autograph at the beginning of the season than it was toward the end.

Kooba.jpg Yakhauba Diawara

(aka Kooba)

 Kooba spent most of the season  keeping the bench warm, but was always the one of the first players out to sign autographs.

 He has signed several times for me and has always been approachable.

 Check out his autograph… it’s different.anthony carter.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  Anthony Carter is the best for signing autographs.

He’s super friendly and has always signed for me. AC was fun to watch play this year and he is an important part of this team

 Thank you AC !

 

 

 

Chucky A.jpgAnd my last autographed picture is of Chucky Atkins.

 Chucky got a lot more play towards the end of the season when he replaced Anthony Carter.

He’s about my size maybe shorter. It just shows you dont need height to play in the NBA.

 

Nuggets.JPG                              A picture from my seat at the Nuggets vs Detroit Game. 

 In case you don’t follow basketball, the Nuggets were swept and thus eliminated in the first round of the Playoffs by the LA Lakers. That’s all I gotta say about that.

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