The Colorado Avalanche have officially announced that it’ll be Roy. For real.
This is an exciting day for fans of the Colorado Avalanche. Our long nightmare is over and a bright future appears to be ours. The Avs are back.
Roy will not just be the head coach. The Avalanche have also given him the title “Vice President of Hockey Operations”, which is almost exactly the same title that John Elway has with the Broncos. He will, along with Joe Sakic, make all decisions relating to personnel. Hopefully the decisions will begin with the selection of Popeye’s kid.
Yeah, the Rockies did just win two straight series and climb back from a three-game deficit to tie for the division lead again … but …
Can they do it on the road?
Will they acquire more pitching?
Will they be playing like this after Memorial Day?
Are they still going to be relevant in July?
Will Tulo hold up?
Will Weiss keep getting too clever with the lineups?
Can they be taken seriously?
When it comes to the Colorado Rockies there are a lot of “yeah, buts”. For them it must be sort of maddening that folks can’t seem to believe what they’re seeing. But, after last season it’s reasonable for critics to remain critical and for fans to step gingerly. It’s sure been a lot of fun though, this surprising season.
The Rox are getting some much needed rest today with no contest on the schedule. But then they have to San Fran for three games against the Giants who thumped them there last month. Luckily, they get the Astros for four games after that. June will provide a slew of home games. The Rox will host the Dodgers, Padres, Phillies, Mets, Nationals and Giants next month and have a golden opportunity to remain right in the thick of things. Still, we expect them not to. It always comes around to the “yeah, buts”.
It’s fun, really. We stay pessimists so that we can continue to be surprised by the young, exciting and effective Colorado Rockies.
A grand show with Mile High Sports Reed Marks (@reedmarks) who John confronts right away about his comments regarding the "B" team.
We dive right in with racist food talk, Patrick Roy and some folks in the media who feel the need contradict popular opinion. Canseco, hot Rockies talk and some Cavnar.
Reed doesn't understand the struggle of the Native American while a controversy unfolds with someone from his station. Whether that bears fruit, you'll have to tune in. Racial Food Draft, Tom Nalen, plus a little Woodson. ALL PRAISE TO HONEY BEAR. Tune in to Reed's show (Mile High Sports Patrol) on Mile High Sports, 10pm-12am weeknights.
The South Stands wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Tom Nalen for being named a member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.
The team announced Nalen’s nomination today. The selection committee for the Ring of Fame includes Pat Bowlen, John Beake, Larry Zimmer and longtime coach Joe Collier. The most recent former Bronco named to the ring was the great Rod Smith. Nalen’s name will be added to the ring in late September.
Nalen will join Denver legends Floyd Little, Lionel Taylor, Goose Gonsoulin, Rich Jackson, Gerald Phipps, Frank Tripucka, Charley Johnson, Paul Smith, Billy Thompson, Haven Moses, Craig Morton, Jim Turner, Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson, Louis Wright, John Elway, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Atwater, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith.
He will be the only of these players ever to have appeared on the South Stands Denver Fancast, making him the very best one.
We could not be more happy for Tom who is every bit as wonderful a person as he was a center for the Broncos. Hip, hip HOORAY!
We know what the Broncos offered Charles Woodson, the long-time Packer (who was drafted by the Raiders back in 1998), in terms of contract length and compensation. Mike Klis says that it was within about a half-million of what the Raiders were offering.
Assuming that the Broncos would have given Woodson the better chance at winning another ring, we can conclude that Woodson's decision wasn't based on winning. And, since the money was about the same on the Denver side, it wasn't about money, either. Woodson's decision was a lifestyle decision.
We know that Woodson has a winery in Northern California. He was raised in Ohio and went to school in Michigan so we know that he's sick of being cold. California is the place he wants to be. Not Denver.
So ... Charles Woodson is going straight to hell. And there he will meet Peyton Manning, his overlord.
Veteran safety and legendary Packer Charles Woodson is being wooed in free agency by both the Denver Broncos and by their division rivals, the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos have the advantage of being a Super Bowl contender.
The Raiders have the advantage of being the team that drafted Woodson back in 1998. They also appear to have an ace in the black hole. Their rabid fans showed up at the team facility today to greet the veteran.
Jerry McDonald (@JerryMcD) who covers the team for the Oakland Tribune Tweeted:
Woodson re-emerges from facility, accompanied by Willie Brown, to greet fans at secruity gate. Smiles broadly, holds up jersey.
From the sound of that Tweet, the Raiders may be close to getting their (our) man. It's hard to imagine how any player could choose crappy, crappy Oakland over Denver, but you just never know....
(Photo Denver Post)
Rahim Moore made one of the most notoriously horrible plays in Broncos history when he whiffed against the Ravens – and he knows it. Moore told Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com that he’s “had some bad comments” from people but that he understands their reasoning:
"The fans, that's what they're supposed to do, that's why they're there for us, they pay all their money, their hard-earned money and they want to see greatness," he said. "So, I don't fault them at all. But this year, we're going to do all we can to put some smiles on their faces."
It’s great to see that Moore has a mature attitude about the egg on face. He has received support from his team mates and looks forward to making improvements. Moore told Mason:
“…those are the plays in the season that I made that I feel like I want to take back, you know? But that's the part of improvement, that's part of getting better, that's part of being a man when it's all said and done."
Good for Rahim. Meanwhile, the Broncos are still pursuing Charles Woodson.
"What’s-his-name, the ineffective coach is at long last history and Pierre “I don’t even live here” Lacroix has been shown the door along with his kid. It’s time to kick ass again in Colorado"
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"Having all three of a quarterback’s receivers reach 1,000 yards in the air in a single season is extremely difficult, as the past has proven. Many teams have come close, however only four teams have actually made it happen."
The New York Knicks were a huge disappointment to their fans in the playoffs, getting eliminated in the second round by the Indiana Pacers. Most folks expected that New York would make it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but things fell apart for them. Their “sixth man of the year”, in particular collapsed down the stretch in the Indiana series and some are blaming his excessive partying and drug use.
It would come as no surprise to us if JR Smith had begun using cocaine heavily as several rumors out of New York insinuate. Most recently the NBA gossip site, Full Court Pumps published this anonymous quote:
“There’s a reason why JR Smith hasn’t been playing to good lately. Yeah, he’s in the club just about every night here in New York and everyone knows he’s a drinker but from two very reliable sources…JR has a serious coke habit that really started last month. My source is the connect for his coke dealer uptown and JR is copping $1,200 worth of blow every two three days when in town. Personal use….Dude was sick from it.”
Another gossip site, that belonging to the notorious “Incarcerated Bob” makes the same assertion, claiming that:
“JR Smith purchases approximately $1.500 worth of cocaine every 2/3 days when he is in town as well as $1.500 worth of marijuana every week”.
Maybe all this is true, maybe it’s not. But either way Denver Nuggets fans should continue to feel a sense of relief that the walking distraction that is JR Smith is New York’s problem now.
Unless you're a huge fan of the Padres chances are that the gear the Rockies have opted to wear on Memorial Day will hurt your eyes.
In a tribute to our men and women in uniform the squad plans on wearing this cheesy 8-bit desert camo. We would prefer to see something more traditional, but camo is all the rage.
Besides, this Memorial Day gear will be perfect for Todd Helton's convenience store runs.
Here Rockies short stop and hero of game four versus the Giants at Coors Field helps himself to a hearty post-game handful of Betancock.
Luckily, the cameras were able to capture this moment for the good of the internet and its users.
Welp. Peyton Manning will get to reunite with Dwight Freeney after all - but, instead of at Dove Valley, the reunion will take place on the field. Freeney is a Charger, meaning his new job is to put his old pal Peyton right on his ass. He will be a linebacker in SDs 3-4 defense.
The Broncos were reluctant to pay Freeney what he felt that he was worth. The Chargers, however, stepped up to the plate. The ten year veteran will be earning 8.75M over two years. That's a lot of dough for a guy on the downside of his career.
No word yet as to which Chargers linebacker will instruct Freeney on how to beat his wife, something San Diego defensive players are noted for doing.
(via Pro Football Talk)
Peyton Manning has signed a new contract with the Broncos. However, rather than involving any type of financial restructuring, the gunslinger’s new deal only differs from his old one only in that the new one specifies an insurance policy that the team has taken out protecting them against an injury not relating to Manning’s surgically repaired neck.
If Peyton is unable to play due to a new injury the Broncos will receive $10M in compensation as well as cap considerations. If he encounters troubles relating to his neck surgeries the Broncos will automatically be off the hook for the 20M per year Manning is scheduled to earn.
With the score six-zip good guys after three innings everything was looking good last night. The Rox had six runs on seven hits. Colorado’s bats were smoking hot and Matt Cain, the Giants’ ace pitcher, seemed to have no answers. The Coors Field faithful were on their feet and it felt like the home team was well on its way to closing the narrow gap in the standings between themselves and their division-leading opponents.
Then the fourth inning happened. By the time that disgusting frame was over the Colorado lead was reduced to one run, 6-5, and the sense that they were going to let one get away began to build. Sure enough they did, ultimately coughing up a 1,000th straight loss to the Giants 8-6. The Rockies slid to just one game over .500 at 21 wins and 20 losses and lost ground not only to the Giants but to the Diamond Backs.
Had the Rockies won last night they would have emerged 22-19, one game back from the Giants at 23-18 and the D Backs with the same record. The race at the top of the division would have remained tight with the Rox having the opportunity to be tied for the lead again after tonight. Some losses are just a kick in the groin.
The good news is that the Rockies still have a huge opportunity in front of them over the next six days, with three games ahead against both the Giants and Arizona. The bad news is that Chacin has already had his start for the week and nobody really has any confidence that the Rockies can play with these teams.
The Colorado Avalanche need a new coach. According to the good people over at Mile High Sports web, the scuttlebutt seems to be that the team is looking at four prospects: Dave Tippett, Lindy Ruff, Guy Boucher and good old Patrick Roy.
We want ROY!
The Hall of Fame goalkeeper and Avalanche legend lacks the NHL coaching experience of the others and would have some learning to do whilst on the job. He would certainly be fired up and fun to watch stewing in the box, though. Wouldn’t he?
Sports is entertainment. Roy is entertaining. He’s a perfect fit for an organization so desperate to bring people back into the arena that it has been turned over to a former player with no experience as an NHL General Manager. So why worry about Roy’s experience? Damn the torpedoes. Get the band back together.
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