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Articles Written By AlanTapley

 

Baseball is Back!

April 5th, 2021

Warm weather in April as spectators clammer to their seats.  The sound of laughter echoing off the brick walls of Coors Field.  Thousands of fans singing in unison as Charlie Blackmon strolls to the plate.  Cold beer.  Hot dogs. And losing three-out-of-four to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Baseball is back!  And here are some of the highlights of the opening weekend.   Nolan Arenado was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals and subsequently replaced at third base on Opening Day by his cousin, Josh Fuentes. In other news, the Albuquerque Isotopes, a Colorado Rockies minor league affiliate, signed... Read More

The NCAA Tournament – Dancing Awkwardly

March 30th, 2021

In my defense, when I suggested last week that you follow my lead as I guide you through empty brackets, possible upsets, and office pool conquests, I may have stumbled a bit. Accurately predicting that the Colorado Buffaloes would win their first NCAA Tournament game since 2012, the Kansas Jayhawks would lose early, and that Gonzaga would end up playing Baylor in the Championship may have been overshadowed by my other prediction. The Pac-12 is in for a rough tournament.  Look for Oregon State, USC, and Oregon to all go out in the first round. Full disclosure.  I failed to even bring up the UCLA... Read More

March Madness – How to Fill Your Bracket Edition

March 16th, 2021

The term madness can be defined in many ways.  When defined as a state of frenzy or chaotic activity, the word fits perfectly into the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.  Sixty-four teams competing over two days, multiple games appearing simultaneously over multiple channels, and the last-second rush to make sure your bracket sheet, and entry fee, was submitted on time. When madness is defined as extremely foolish behavior, it is referring to the many questionable choices made while filling out that bracket.  The twelve-seed taking down the five-seed, because it happens... Read More

Nikola Jokic – The Center of Attention

March 9th, 2021

The last time a Denver Nugget won an MVP award was back in 1969-70.  The player was Spencer Haywood, the league was the ABA, and technically, he wasn’t a Nugget, as the team was then called the Denver Rockets. Since the merger from the ABA to the NBA, there have been many great Nuggets such as Alex English, David Thompson, and Carmelo Anthony.  But none have won an MVP. Nikola Jokic is looking to change that. The oddsmakers will point to a Lebron James (LAL), Joel Embiid (PHI), or a James Harden (BRK) as betting favorites to take home the trophy, but the sixth-year center from Serbia shouldn’t... Read More

Drew Lock – The Phone Just Keeps Ringing

March 1st, 2021

It was a quiet Thursday evening as I sat on my couch, feet up on the coffee table.  A meaningless basketball game provided background noise as I scrolled through my phone, slowly sipping a glass of wine. The game, as usual, provided little defense and even less entertainment value, and the phone wasn’t much better.  Stories of snowstorms, friends’ postings, and the like. That’s when I came across a headline that was so hysterical, so laugh-out-loud funny, that it took everything I had not to spew my latest sip across the room as the liquid found its way out both nostrils. Teams have called... Read More

Who is the GOAT – Jordan or Lebron

February 16th, 2021

My belief system has forever included three absolutes.  Salsa is the greatest condiment in the world, red wine goes with everything, and Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player that has ever lived. Now I am not so sure. After winning his fourth NBA Championship last October, and continuing to dominate at the age of thirty-six, my belief system is now in question as Lebron James continues to dazzle while the debate grows ever closer. To solve that debate, I developed a method to answer the question once and for all.  A mathematical process if you will. The first step was to select a small... Read More

Nolan Arenado – The Worst Trade Ever?

February 8th, 2021

Jeff Bridich has been in a leadership role for the Colorado Rockies organization for more than 14 years.  A graduate of Harvard University and former major league player, Bridich was named Executive Vice President and General Manager back in 2014. Surely a man with an Ivy League education and plethora of experience would know the trade value of a 29-year-old, 5-time All-Star like Nolan Arenado.  Bridich must have had a class or two in negotiation, or at least read a book on deal-making before shopping the 8-time Gold Glove third baseman to the St. Louis Cardinals.  After all, Arenado had averaged... Read More

Von Miller – The Pros and Cons

February 7th, 2021

At the time, signing Von Miller to a six-year/$114 million contract seemed like a brilliant move.  It was July of 2016, and the 27-year-old Miller had already won a Super Bowl MVP award, twice made the All-Pro team, while racking up double-digit sacks every year, including 18.5 sacks back in 2012. After signing the long-term extension, Miller continued to be the face of the Broncos making eight Pro Bowls, forcing 26 fumbles, and eventually becoming Denver’s all-time sack leader with 106. But contracts are tricky, especially in the NFL.  After many years of Hall-of-Fame like production, Miller... Read More

The Denver Broncos Need a 12-Step Program

January 25th, 2021

After a weekend of binge drinking and complaining about the Denver Broncos, a friend suggested that I look into a 12-Step program to try and solve my problems.  The program talked about being honest with yourself after years of denial, accepting character defects, and that recovery is a process. I told my friend that solving the Broncos’ issues would take way more than twelve steps, but I would give it a try. Hire a New General Manager – The first step of any successful program is admitting that you have a problem, and John Elway was a problem. The hiring of George Paton leaves Denver with... Read More

Denver’s QB Dilemma and Ten Solutions

January 12th, 2021

It started innocently enough.  Peyton Manning had just walked away from the game and Denver was contemplating who should be the heir apparent.  Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch? I suggested a trade for, then 35-year-old, Phillip Rivers. Before the free-agent signing of Case Keenum and the subsequential drafting of Bradley Chubb, I suggested that Denver should take quarterback Josh Allen, or possibly trade down and select Lamar Jackson. And now Drew Lock sits at the top of the depth chart with career stats of 23 TDs and 18 INTs, and a lifetime record of 8-10.  If this year’s playoffs have taught... Read More

The Top Sports Headlines of 2020

January 5th, 2021

If you feel that the title was somehow misleading, I apologize.  The objective of a headline is to generate interest, tease with curiosity, and lure with creative word choice.  As a reader, you probably expected a synopsis of the year’s most powerful stories, not actual headlines. That reminds me of a story I wrote a few years ago ranking which NBA lineup had the best trio of players.  The article was titled, “Everybody Loves a Threesome”. Call it a reflection of the work created over the past year, a chance to smile thinking about the absurdity that was 2020, or simply just a way to recycle... Read More

Super Bowl Odds – Can Anyone Beat the Chiefs?

December 29th, 2020

To say that the Kansas City Chiefs are the odds-on favorite to repeat as Super Bowl Champions would be an understatement.  With a record of 14-1, home field throughout the playoffs, and quarterback Pat Mahomes behind center, Las Vegas sees them as a +170 to win it all again. The +170 represents a return of $170 if you were to bet $100, or the equivalent of 1.7 to 1 odds. But if you were paying attention over the past few weeks you may have seen Mahomes look rather pedestrian in throwing three picks against the Dolphins in week 14, KC barely surviving a close one versus the Saints in week 15,... Read More

NBA Preseason Power Rankings

December 22nd, 2020

‘Twas a few nights before Christmas and filled with elation.  The NBA was now back from its tiny vacation.  Chris Paul now a Sun and Steph Curry a go.  A new Max-Player deal for Antetokounmpo. That last line a bit forced if we’re being quite honest.  Should’ve mentioned Durant and then simply used Giannis. There’s Doncic, and Zion, a few guys to the Sixers. James Harden’s late flights to loud Vegas mixers. Hayward to the Hornets in his warm Christmas sweater.  The Clippers got clipped while the Lakers got better. Westbrook now a Wizard and with Beal, he shall play. And an apropos... Read More

Females, Firings, and Some COVID Relief

December 16th, 2020

It was a strange sports week, to say the least.  In college football LSU upset sixth-ranked Florida despite being a 23-point underdog, USC came back in the final seconds to beat rival UCLA, and Sarah Fuller kicked two extra points suiting up for the Vanderbilt’s Men’s team. In the NFL, Drew Lock came into Sunday’s game with the worst quarterback ranking in the league and threw four touchdowns in Denver’s win, Carson Wentz was benched and might need to make himself comfortable, and luck is running out in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Kevin Durant is back in the NBA with Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving refuses... Read More

The Denver Broncos (Re)Building Inspector

December 9th, 2020

On February 7, 2016, confetti poured from above the bleachers as the Denver Broncos celebrated their last Super Bowl victory.  Peyton Manning walked away from the game a living legend, and John Elway cemented his legacy as both a championship quarterback, as well as a general manager. The following summer, long after the confetti was swept away, Denver gave John Elway a 5-year/$30 million extension while proclaiming, In John we trust.  And why not?  Elway was the architect that replaced Tim Tebow with Peyton Manning, dismissed coach John Fox after a 12-4 Super Bowl appearance season, designed... Read More

Hoop – There It Is

November 24th, 2020

With the start of the 2020-21 season less than a month away, the NBA was in hustle-mode as it tried to make up for lost time.  On Wednesday of last week, the wait was finally over for many young hopefuls as the NBA draft took place, five months later than expected.  Days after, free agent frenzy came storming through as players jumped around the league looking for new homes and riches. It was a crazy week in which 22 of the 60 players drafted ended up being traded, Gordon Hayward rejected a one-year/$34 million player option with the Celtics, and Dwight Howard tweeted out that he was coming back... Read More

CU Football – Writing Their Own Ending

November 20th, 2020

It reads like a Hollywood script.  A new coach comes to town to take over a loveable, but losing team full of misfits, cast-offs, and no-names.  Individually they are overmatched.  But collectively, the team finds a way to work as one, defy the odds, and shine in the biggest moments. As the Colorado Buffaloes hit the field for their opener against the UCLA Bruins, the movie Major League flashed through my mind.  With a new quarterback, an unknown running back, and a bunch of wide receivers that I’ve never heard, I thought of the scene where the Cleveland Indian fans are reading about the... Read More

The Worst NBA Draft Ever?

November 16th, 2020

The 2003 NBA Draft was arguably the greatest in the history of the game.  Lebron James was chosen by Cleveland with the first overall pick, Carmelo Anthony would fall to the Denver Nuggets at pick number three, and Dwayne Wade would go to Miami at number five. This isn’t 2003.  Not even close. The 2020 NBA Draft is shaping up as one of the weakest drafts of all-time, void of a Zion, a Ja, or even a Rui Hachimura. Here’s a look at the teams, the draft order, the predictions, and the reason 2020 just keeps getting worse.   Minnesota Timberwolves – Anthony Edwards – 6’5/225/SG/Georgia... Read More

Week Seven in the NFL – Glass Half Empty

October 27th, 2020

It was somewhere around the third quarter of the Seahawks-Cardinals game when I glanced at my beer mug sitting on the nearby table.  I had been watching football and drinking beer for what seemed like the entire weekend when the moment struck. Early in the day the mug sat there with enthusiasm, slightly frosted, and filled to the rim with a Mexican lager.  The foam slowly dripped down the side.  The lime wedge floated with excitement. But it wasn’t until the games were practically over, and the recycling bin was full, when the great philosophical question thrust itself upon me. Was the glass... Read More

COVID Hits Fantasy Island

October 19th, 2020

It’s Saturday morning, week six of the Fantasy Football season as I grab my coffee and open up my computer.  Like most teams, I’ve been decimated by injuries as I search for a replacement for a banged-up wide receiver, a kicker lost to the bye week, and any other bargains I can find among the add/drop menu. Losing Courtland Sutton to a season-ending injury and having Dalvin Cook miss a game due to a groin pull isn’t helping things, but I’m not alone.  With injuries to players like Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, and Dak Prescott, the entire league is spending countless work hours... Read More