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Manning Delivers…Rivers Withers

1/12/14

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Alternate title… “A broken bolt has no volt”

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Chargers vs Broncos Playoffs at…

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For two weeks I had to listen to folks that know more about football than me tell me not to count out the San Diego Chargers. Granted they are coached by a former Bronco, but I just didn’t believe the hype. Plus I like Phillip Rivers about as much as I like the smell of that Purina dog food plant on I-70 mid-summer.

The Broncos parking lots open 5 hours before the start of each game.  That means if you’re mountain folk, you need to wake up and hit the road way to early and be in your car in line by at least 7:30am. If not, you’ll be trying to tailgate on some side street and the homeowners who live there don’t dig on that too much(especially that early). I had no troubles getting up this morning, I was so ready for this game I couldn’t sleep.

Smooth sailing getting a tailgating spot and by the time we headed into the Stadium we were in the perfect mood to see some post-season football :)

Was it cold? There were moments of warmth when the sun would pop out of the clouds and for a few minutes I actually felt overdressed. But once the sun went down and the wind kicked up even harder it was cold enough to hang a coat off of ‘ole Elway’s nipples.

In order to have a good time at Mile High you have to seriously learn how to ignore the assholes. I figure a good portion of folks here have had a few more to drink than they should have and once they’ve had too many the dumb ass in them likes to find its way out. I find the older I get the less I like dealing with intoxicated people. I’m not sure where I stand yet with whether folks should be able to smoke weed inside Mile High Stadium but I do feel like people who smoke tend to behave better in public.

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I am in no way trying to start a debate here, I’ve just seen enough alcohol infused fights and piles of Pabst Blue Ribbon puke to last a lifetime. With all of that alcohol being consumed have you seen how long the line is to take a leak?

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Seriously, you can wait up to 20 minutes or longer to whiz. That’s a LONG 20 minutes if you’re a man over 40…Just say’n.

On the other hand if everyone was high…

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The line to whiz would be shorter, but when you got hungry the line for food would be a bitch.

I usually start my blog entries on MLBlogs(here), then when I start to get picture heavy I continue on my other blog as it is designed to show the pictures in full resolution. So with that being that please…

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL RESOLUTION PICTURES

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The Pictures Were Free…Now They’re For Me

6-12-13

All things come to an end or in my case they slow down.

Well,…I’m not exactly slowing down, more like I’m changing cars. I’ve been blogging Rockies baseball since 2008 and if I had to guess I have somewhere around 80,000-100,000 baseball pictures on posted on the internet.

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I’ve had the opportunity to meet thousands of baseball fans and I’ve made hundreds of friends all over the world.

But it’s time for me to focus on my family and my home. My kids are growing up and I have a Ranch and a VW bus that I love and want to spend more time working on.

Do I have regrets? You bet I do. In all of the games I’ve attended I never managed to catch a game home run ball during the regular season. I’ve had probably a dozen close calls, but that Rockies clean catch pin has eluded me.

In six years of Rockies blogging I was never asked to do an interview. I always hoped for an interview of some sort so I could plug the Rockpile Rant and the group of Super Fans know as the Rantics. I guess my writing, pictures, stories about the games and spring training road trips didn’t mean much to anyone but my friends, family and RAntics who read this blog.

I rocked the Top 10 Fan MLBlogs for over 4 years creeping up as high as #2. Unfortunately I never managed to claim the #1 spot.

I always wanted to throw out a first pitch at a Rockies game. I realize now that will never happen. Another baseball dream of mine was to take a few swings during batting practice.

Am I bitter about any of this?…Not in the least. The adventures I’ve had and the friends I’ve made mean more to me than that trivial shit.

Thanks to MLBlogs for letting this Ranter do his thing here. Special thanks to Zack Hample and his adventures for inspiring me to start blogging in the first place, and special thanks to Dan for supporting the Rant with various ideas, tickets and promotions over the years.

With all of my heart…Thank you Rantics!…Thank you for all of your support, comments and friendship. If it weren’t for you I’d have stopped blogging my first year. I’m leaving my options open and I may return next season. If you’re curious, I’ll be blogging all of the Broncos home games this year.

If you’d like to keep in contact…I’m on Facebook as the “Rockpile Ranter”

I’m “D” the Ranter…In my Pops words…”73’s to ya!

I’ll be at the Ranch…”D”

“Bring Back Helmer!”

Here’s a link to my new Sports Blog known simply as:

RANTER

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EY’s are Good Guys

4-21-13

D-Backs vs Rockies Game 3

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The first bobble head game of the season and it’s a good one. You’d be hard pressed to find a Rockies fan who doesn’t love Eric Young.

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EY has a place in Rockies franchise history that will last forever. Young hit the first Rockies home run at Mile High Stadium back in 1993.

What’s cool about that is EY wasn’t exactly known as a home run hitter.

Today was autograph Sunday as well. I was on the field and the only player to stop by my little area was Adam Ottavino. I didn’t have any pictures of Adam as of yet so he autographed a baseball for me.

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Nice guy!

This is my friend Marianne aka R-Luv. She’s an original Rantic and it’s been a while since I’ve run into her at game. Good to see you R-Luv!!

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The weather today was not too bad. Definitely not warm, but a long sleeve shirt or light jacket was plenty.

Eric Young was present on his bobble head day. His youngest son threw out the first pitch to his older brother Eric Young Jr. I think the world of both EY’s and for me this reunion was just fun to watch. Eric Young and Eric Young Jr. are both fan friendly and about as humble as they come.

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Nice pitch from the lil guy known as “The Mayor”.

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This was Game 3 of a series in which the Rockies won the first two.

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Juan Nicasio starting pitcher.

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I love following foul and home runs baseballs into the crowd. Peoples expressions are priceless.

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Didn’t run into the Rox Addict all game, but did find him doing his thing when I was cropping a picture.

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Ever wonder who the Jackass is who starts “The Wave” when the Rockies are batting? It’s this guy below, if you see him you have my permission to smack him in the head.

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My favorite alien!

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This is Dan’s friend Brian catching Tulo’s homer on the bounce.

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Congrats brotha, you’ve just experienced what I’ve yet to.

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D-Backs come from behind in the 9th, score two runs and the Rockies lose this one 5-4 but take the Series.

I’m “D” the Ranter…8 more bobble heads to go.

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Whole Lotta Luv for the Talking Glove

4-13-12

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Back in 2011 I was sitting in the pavilion with my friend Marianne and my boy Hunter watching a Rockies/Dodgers game. A few feet behind us was a drunk Rockies fan who was endlessly heckling Tony Gywnn Jr.

I shot some video and posted it because I was impressed with the way Tony handled himself plus I was laughing so hard I was almost crying. By the end of this game we had all had enough of the heckler (who sounded like Gilbert Godfried), screaming in our ears.

Here’s a link to the blog entry I wrote about it…Tony Takes the Abuse…Then Lets Loose.

Yesterday my YouTube account came to life with non-stop emails and comments on this video. This video has received over 314,000 hits so far.

Someone posted my video on Reddit

Go figure? Anyways, here’s the video:

Click HERE to read write-up of the game almost two years ago.

The article mentions how Tony made the game ending catch off of Charlie Blackmon. I remember that catch, it was impressive. What was even more impressive is after he caught the ball he turned around, smiled, tipped his cap to the heckler and strutted off the field. The write-up even mentions the heckler..Very cool!

It seems almost every sports blog and funny video website in the country has picked up this video. I saw the video on the MLB fan cave and in Yahoo Canada EH!

What kind of sucks is not one of them mentions the guy who filmed it or my blog the Rockpile Rant.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Stay away from me Yo!.. I’m Viral :)

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Spring is my Thing

1-27-2013

Spring Training in Arizona.

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For some of us, there is no regular season without a trip south just to check things out.

Knowing that sometime in March I’ll be traipsing through the backfield at some team’s facility scouring for baseballs or innocently(wink wink) wandering into a restricted area fill my winter time thoughts.

I know it will be warm and I’ll be wearing shorts, sunglasses and sport’n my trademark Ranter hat.

Plus Arizona has In and Out Burger joints :)…Yeah!

Daydreaming about spring training is what gets me through the Colorado winter. I know for a fact I’m not the only one who daydreams about the southwest sun and  cacti.

Rantics, I see your FACEBOOK posts :)

Spring Training for the players is intense at times but for me it’s how I decompress from life. I’ve stopped setting goals for myself and I plan to focus on having a good time. Setting goals creates pressure and as I just mentioned that’s not what I’m shooting for. The goal if any is to relax, have fun, hang with baseball friends, make some new friends, catch some baseballs, watch 3 World Baseball Classic games, wander the back fields of random spring training facilities, and take LOTS of pictures.

Then tell you all about it because that’s what the Number #1 Rockies MLBlogger for the last 6 years does :)

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As far as autographs go I plan to bring some of my pictures along and hopefully get a few of my favorites signed. I have no idea of what to get autographed at the WBC??

Maybe a WBC bat or jersey?

I feel like I crank out some of my best blogs  during Spring Training. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m relaxed or because I’m more focused by not being distracted by my normal routine?

I guess stuff is just more fun to write about when you had a blast doing it.

Same as last year I’ll be hang’n with my partner in crime the Rox Addict and there’s usually never a dull moment with us two exploring a ballpark or a restricted area :)

We’re sort of a Dynamic Rockies Blogging Duo of sorts.

 This year will be my 6th year attending Spring Training in Arizona. So in tribute to that here are some  links and a few pictures from my Spring Training adventures in years past.

The Mobile Blogging Unit and Hi Corbett Field. I loved that place.(2009).

Snagg’n Behind Enemy Lines for the First Time. (2009)

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Snagged my Holy Grail at Maryvale (2009)

A Geezer and A Canadian Open the New Stadium (2011)

Rockies win that first game in the new stadium 8-7.

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I End up with One…But Damn it was Fun (2011)

Two Dudes from Ned in a Stadium of Red (2012)

Next Time Put Up a Sign (2012)

Mike the Rox Addicts first game ball: (2012)…He Snagged the ball Green hat and all

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Baseball memories.

I figured out why I chase baseballs.

As a kid some of my fondest memories were going to hockey games with my pops. We had a local farm team and my thing was I liked to try and snag a puck or two when I was there. This was way before they used nets and pucks would often fly into the stands and kids would scramble for them. I guess chasing baseballs takes me back to a happy place in my childhood.

We all need something like that.

I’m “D” the Ranter

Spring Training brings out the kid in me. Six weeks till I get to play.

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 See you kids down there :)

Bronco Cheers Turn Into Frozen Tears

1-12-13

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Whadaya Know…Joe Can Throw

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Layers food and adrenaline are how you deal with extended periods of cold when tail-gat’n.

Some might say booze helps. We all know it doesn’t really, but it does make being out in the cold a whole lot more tolerable. Plus if ever there was a right time and right place..Today qualified.

COLD..I like my cold with snow. No snow today. I heard a rumor this was the coldest Broncos home game since 1972. I believe it, I’ve never been cold at any sporting event like I was cold at this game. During the game unless you had club level seats there was nowhere to go to warm up.

By halftime my Coke was frozen in my cup…No joke!

Sitt’n here writing this blog entry a day later, I’m in shock, my head hurts, my bones are still cold from 7 hours in the elements and I can’t for the life of me wrap my head around this season being over.

WTF happened?

Where was my man Champ Baily? I figured he’d be money this game.

Why did the Broncos take a knee with time on the clock?

Why did Moore let Jacoby Jones get in front of him? (Worst Play Ever)

Was it something I did or didn’t do. Was it my new Jersey?

What happened to this being Peyton’s house? Denver Defense?

I felt like I did my part.

It just didn’t seem like the same team I watched win 11 straight games before today. For sure the Broncos didn’t look like a SuperBowl bound team.

I’m totally kerfuffled.

I start to wonder does Manning have a post-season jinx?(He’s now 9-11) Was it the combination of the pressure and the weather? Was his neck bugg’n him? I know when it’s cold out my back just plain hurts.

Begrudgingly…Props to the Baltimore Ravens! What a game plan on both sides. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. Best of luck to ya Ray Lewis(Snitch).

K and I showed up about 3 hours early each with about 5 layers of clothes and multiple hand and foot warmers. Underneath everything I was wearing my new Broncos jersey.

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It’s the one I won for the winning the Bud Light Bottle Race back in December of 2011. Long story short they it took them 11 months to send the first jersey and it was a size 56 XXXL. I had requested a 52 XXL.

It was returned back to the Broncos and just in time for this game I received my customized size 52 XXL Players Jersey. Thank you Broncos!!

I was extremely pleased with my Nikon camera for holding up in the single digit temps.

Here’s the game from a fans point of view sitting there freezing his ass off.

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Here’s Lee stepp’n on Champs hand to start the game off.1 B PO Stepp'n on champs hand

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Quick look…No worries.

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That’s how you start a game!

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Feeling invincible.

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A fired up Champ Baily..Before the cold set in.

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Champ about to get beat bad.

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I feel ya Champ…Gett’n old sucks.

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What’s up with the Broncos fan wearing a Manning jersey cheering the Ravens extra point?

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Tight end Joel Dreesson, starting to turn a nice pink color.

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This gets ugly.

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Decker gett’n manhandled.

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Hit hard and the ball is loose.

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Graham eyes it.

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It’s his.

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At this point in the game my stomach started to feel a lil queezy.

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The Ravens kept changing the momentum of this game. As much as Broncos fans were cheering and making noise, it was in vain. This bird soared into the end zone.

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Stomach still queezy now my toes were gett’n cold.

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Manning with a sweet pass to Stokley.

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Stokley with a sweet catch for a TD!

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34 Broncos defense Flacco to Rice…Waaaay to much of that during this game.

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Ray Lewis giving Stokley some luv.

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Von pressuring Flacco. I wanted to see more of this.

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Bronco Luv!

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Yeah Von!

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Unfortunately that pissed Flacco off.

This is seconds before Broncos fans Superbowl dreams get crushed. Flacco worms his way into position.

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Winds up.

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Throws a Hail-Mary.

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Why Moore is where he is…Is beyond me?

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One helluva catch.

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The rest explains itself.

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The extra point was good and so were K and I.

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I hadn’t felt my toes in about an hour and my fingers couldn’t work my camera anymore. K and I decided it was time to go.

We missed nothing.

There will be NO Superbowl for Denver this year.

If Manning is gonna make (sometimes extremely cold)Denver his home for the next couple of years, the folks that can may wanna consider putt’n a retractable lid on ‘ole Mile High.

This way we can keep Manning’s hands warm and his head in the game.

Manning’s play was obviously affected by the weather. I get that, but how do you fix that? 78,000 of us witnessed first hand Manning rapidly degrade as the temperature went from damn cold to nut shriveling.

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This is a sad day for Broncos fans.

Let me just say…You gotta be hardcore to be a Colorado Sports fan.

I’m “D” the Ranter…Still in Shocko from Flacco.

Broncos Do the Deed… Secure the # 1 Seed

Chiefs vs Broncos…Game 16

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The last regular season game of the year. There were only two things Krista and I wanted to see happen today. A Broncos win, and news of the #1 seed in the AFC.

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I love this feeling. Being a hardcore Rockies fan winning is a strange concept to me. Winning 11 in a row is way more than anyone anticipated at the beginning of this season.

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After almost 15 years of the Broncos owning a lollipop factory, finally they don’t suck anymore.

Folks..Hold your head high…Being a Broncos fan carries some weight again. Even the Rockies Rally Squirrel jumped ship and now lives near Sports Authority Field.

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I figure since Rockies fans don’t tail-gate the scraps here must be plentiful. Krista and I did a little Hill-Gating with Mike the Rox Addict before the game. We shared a few of Colorado’s finest and started making plans for our Spring Training trip in 2 months :)

Hill-Gating is partying on a hill next to where other folks are Tail-Gating. Admittedly not a great word but it’s my word. How many words do you have?

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This Superbowl run is for you Champ.

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PFM pre-game.

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Love the broncos Toque that Champ is wearing.

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Don’t know what a toque is? Let me help you.

Broncos toque

(pron.: /ˈtk/),

In Canada, toque, or tuque (pron.: /’tu:k/), is the common name for a knitted winter hat, or beanie. The Canadian English term was assimilated from Canadian French tuque. Toque first appeared in writing around 1870.

The fashion is said to have originated with the coureurs de bois, French and Métis fur traders, who kept their woollen nightcaps on for warmth during cold winter days. Such hats are known in other English-speaking countries by a variety of names, including beanie (American), watch cap or stocking cap; the terms tuque and toque are unique to Canada and northern areas of the United States, close to the Canadian border.

Now you know.

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Quinn gets a taste of some Mile High grass :)

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Touchdown Moreno!

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With Manning at the Helm…

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Broncos straight up kick the Chiefs ass 38-3..Total Domination!

On a final Broncos note..Six years ago on Jan 1 2007 cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed on New Years Day, at 24 years of age…Sad

Here’s a video tribute to Darrent.

It’s been a year folks. Lots of ups and down in our Colorado Sports world. Blogging gained absolutely no credibility in 2012 and as such a lot of sporting events are trying to restrict what type of cameras can be brought into a Stadium or Arena. They are shying away from anything with a detachable lens.

Anyone that knows me knows I don’t sell my pictures. They are online for all to view and enjoy. There’s not a lot of people out there that do what I do quite like I do it. If you know me you know….I’m not “in it” for the money.

Shit… Being “in it” costs me money.

I rarely watch sports on TV because I love being there. That feeling of being a small part of something bigger, camera in hand waiting to catch that “perfect picture” whatever it may be that day.

Props to Coors Field and the Rockies and Sports Authority Field and the Broncos for not restricting my camera usage. I’m glad they realize I’m on their side. The Nuggets and the Pepsi Center are a different story.

Spring Training Road Trip will be early March 2013 for the Rox Addict and I.

My Spring training trip is shorter this year because we purchased a mountain ranch a month ago..

You’d think the perfect name for the ranch would be the Rockpile Ranch right? For some reason my wife doesn’t share my enthusiasm for that name. Since we’re at 9200 feet elevation the wife decided we’re gonna call it the…

“HIGH C RANCH”.

I’m “D” the Ranter.

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Press Pass for the Ranter in 2013

From Krista, Hunter, Mylee , Elway, Nugget, Bronco, Karma Kitty and I…

Happy New Year and a prosperous 2013 to you…”D

Cry me a Philip Rivers…Broncos Deliver.

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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.

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.

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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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