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Articles Written By AlanTapley

 

Dear Sports – A Love Letter

March 28th, 2020

Dear Sports,   I know that I’m not one to express my feelings in words, or have my emotions lead me towards tears.  (Except in that last scene in the movie Rudy, when he goes sprinting on to the field at the end).  But last night I found myself staring out the window, lost and empty, wondering if you were ever to return. Please know that I don’t blame you for walking away.  In fact, the distance between us has allowed me some time to reflect.  The truth is that I never appreciated you like I should have, nor did I give you the attention that you richly deserved.  All those nights... Read More

Five Must See Sports Movies – Since We Have Time

March 20th, 2020

As if things weren’t bad enough now that our lives have turned into quarantines, social-spacing, and toilet paper scavenger hunts, we have no sports to distract us for a few hours, no game to provide just a touch of normalcy, and no heroes to dazzle us with their athletic prowess. The seasons have all been canceled or postponed, leaving us with no NBA Playoffs, no March Madness, no race for Lord Stanley’s Cup, and no spring training.  The coronavirus is so cruel that it didn’t even leave us the XFL to watch in our isolated misery. But the virus didn’t take our movies.  And if the virus... Read More

Warriors Beat the Nuggets – Do We Push the Panic Button?

March 6th, 2020

Basketball is an 82-game season in which the occasional upset is bound to occur.  Fresh off a big win over the Toronto Raptors, the Denver Nuggets got embarrassed at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night by the last place Golden State Warriors with the final score of 116-100. In sports terminology, it was the typical “trap game” as the Nuggets, a double-digit favorite, played poorly and underestimated their hungrier opponent in tasting defeat.  But to panic at this point seems extreme considering that Denver is still 41-20 with quality wins over the Lakers, Clippers, and Bucks on their resume. But... Read More

Bracketology: Ten Huge Mistakes

February 28th, 2020

March is around the corner, and with that comes the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the chance of finally winning your office pool.  You’ve watched numerous games, analyzed teams, and narrowed it down to a dozen possibilities and a couple of favorites.  All you need now is your bracket and the matchups. And yet, year after year, your bracket sheet is filled with more bad picks crossed off by black sharpies than good one’s highlighted by, well, a highlighter. Here are ten mistakes to avoid when it’s time to make your picks again this March. Don’t pay attention to the Conference Tournaments.... Read More

Don’t Trade Nolan Arenado…Just Quite Yet

February 14th, 2020

As teams report to spring training, tension in the Rockies organization has reached an all-time high.  Rumors are flying around that All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado is unhappy with the direction of the ball club, and the treatment he is getting from General Manager Jeff Bridich, who has apparently offered up Arenado in multiple trade discussions. It is so hard for me to pick sides on this one. On the one hand, Arenado is a seven-time Gold Glove coming off another season in which he hit over 40 HRs, drove in more than 100 RBIs, while hitting over .300.  He’s the best player on the team,... Read More

Steve Atwater and the Art of the Jersey

February 7th, 2020

The year was 1996 and my first as a Denver Broncos season ticket holder.  The seats were located in the south stands at the old Mile High Stadium, where thousands of us sandwiched ourselves on the cold, uncomfortable benches of yesteryear.  The south stands lacked arm rests, seat backs, cup holders, and the appropriate amount of restrooms, but the seats were a mere $20 a piece and with little-to-no need for security at that time, we could bring in as much blankets, beer, and food as we wanted.  Life was good, as was the team. The first order of operations was to purchase a jersey to wear proudly... Read More

Kobe Bryant: Beyond Famous

January 31st, 2020

The tragic event that occurred last Sunday morning in Calabasas, California has been well documented as former Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant (41), his daughter Gianna (13), and seven others were killed when their helicopter crashed on the way to an early morning event. The NBA honored the 5-time Champion with tributes from around the league, fans poured to the Staples Center to leave flowers and signs, and chants of Kobe were heard in venues across the globe. As a basketball fan I understood. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA, and 12-time All-Defensive player that dominated... Read More

Larry Walker – The Last Clean Player

January 24th, 2020

As the final votes were tallied for this year’s Hall-of-Fame and the results confirmed, only two major league baseball players would be going to Cooperstown: New York Yankee great Derek Jeter and Colorado’s own Larry Walker. Both could be called a surprise. The selection of Derek Jeter in his first year of eligibility wasn’t too shocking considering his 20-year career as a Yankee in which he appeared in 14 All-Star games, won five gold-gloves, and won five World Series. The surprise was that the selection wasn’t unanimous as Jeter received 396 out of 397 votes, meaning one sportswriter... Read More

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game – Seriously?

January 17th, 2020

The votes are starting to accumulate for the players hoping to make the 2020 NBA All-Star game next month in Chicago, and Denver’s Nikola Jokic is a sure thing.  The Nuggets are currently 28-12, third in the Western Conference, and Jokic is having another tremendous season averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds, and over six assists a game.  The popularity of Jokic has him at fifth in voting in the West for the frontcourt players trailing only Lebron James (LAL), Anthony Davis (LAL), Kawhi Leonard (LAC), and Paul George (LAC).  While Jokic stands at tenth overall among all Western Conference players. Looking... Read More

Tom Brady to Denver – It Could Happen

January 10th, 2020

When it was announced that Tom Brady would become an unrestricted free-agent on March 18th, you could hear the collective giggles. After all, we’ve seen this show before. Brady will use his free-agent leverage to make sure the roster is set with Super Bowl talent, the offensive coordinator is to his liking, and then he’ll sign the contract and get back to work. At 41 years-of-age, is Brady looking to guarantee his final contract so he can play until he’s 45? Maybe.  After years of giving New England a hometown discount, is Brady finally asking to be rewarded with the highest salary in the... Read More

Colorado Sports Teams – New Year’s Resolutions

January 3rd, 2020

As we take the empty champagne bottles to the recycling bin and begrudgingly grab our gym bags, deep inside we know the inevitable is just days, or weeks away.  The New Year’s Resolutions we have made to give up drinking, or finally get back in shape, just aren’t sustainable. The general problem is that we tend to make our goals too lofty.  We can renew our gym membership, but our five-days-a-week turns into much less than that, and by the time February comes around our New Year’s Resolution is just a faint memory.  Giving up alcohol seems plausible considering the new year generally begins... Read More

Drew Lock: Is He Great, or Just Okay?

December 28th, 2019

I have the same argument with my buddies every Sunday when it comes to the NFL and assessing the recipe for success: I believe you need a borderline Hall of Fame type quarterback to win it all in today’s game, and anything less is simply a path towards mediocracy. But what does that have to do with Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos? I argue time and again that thirteen of the last fifteen Super Bowls were won by Hall of Fame members, or soon-to-be member quarterbacks, but they insist on bringing up the two outliers in Nick Foles and Joe Flacco. I reiterate the fact that twenty-three of the last... Read More

The Broncos Organization – Who Are They?

December 20th, 2019

Historically speaking, it was always easy to look at the Denver Broncos and describe who they were as an organization. As the perennial Super Bowl contenders, they had Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks, tenacious defenses, veteran leadership, and great minds and stability in coaching and the front office. A successful franchise that embraced its blue-collared fans, and in return, the people bled orange in support of their team. That label and those attributes are now saved for others more deserving. The New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees, Sean Payton, and that Mardi Gras that occurs on Sundays. The Green... Read More

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

December 6th, 2019

After a 76-64 victory over LMU and a 7-0 start to the college basketball season, it’s easy to be excited about the Colorado Buffaloes chances of making the NCAA Championships this year.  The Buffs brought back practically the entire roster from 2018-19, including two First-Team All-Pac 12 selections in McKinley Wright IV and Tyler Bey, as well as D’Shawn Schwartz, Lucas Siewert, Evan Battey, and Shane Gatling. But let me tell you a little story.  The year was 2011, and the family gathered around the television to watch Selection Saturday and the 64 teams that would be invited to the Big Dance. ... Read More

The NBA All-Thanksgiving Team

November 22nd, 2019

In celebration of the Denver Nuggets hot start and with next week being Thanksgiving, I’ve decided to name my 2019 NBA All-Thanksgiving Team.  Apologies to Aaron, Justin (both on the Pacers), and Jrue Holiday (Pelicans), who were just too obvious to make the cut, but there’s always next year. Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets The big man makes the All-Thanksgiving squad because he loves to dish, is lousy at stuffing, and often gets burnt on the defensive end. Dragan Bender – Milwaukee Bucks   I don’t know about you, but every Thanksgiving I tend to go on a Bender, and for the rest of... Read More

Blow it for Burrow—Tank for Tua—Hurl for Herbert

November 15th, 2019

In a battle against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago, the Denver Broncos (3-6) won the game but lost ground in the race to secure a top pick in next year’s NFL Draft.  But with a rookie quarterback and facing a difficult remaining schedule, look for Denver to battle it out with the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and others at the bottom of the league for the potential top prize. Whether Denver goes winless the rest of the season and manages to secure the top pick or wins a game or two and finishes with a top-ten selection, here is how Denver’s draft will go, no matter where they land. First... Read More

Prediction Time – The NBA Western Conference

November 8th, 2019

Predicting how the Denver Nuggets will finish in the NBA West may take a mathematical algorithm that includes statistical analysis of teams and players.  Or maybe chemistry, or the lack thereof, will provide a better answer.  Will Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the LA Clippers dominate as expected?  Is one ball enough for James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and the Houston Rockets?  Can Lebron James accept playing second-fiddle to Anthony Davis for the LA Lakers?  Welcome to the Wild West Kristaps Porzingis, Ja Morant, and Zion Williamson. With all the moves and roster overhauls, here’s a... Read More

Elway’s Broncos – Three Years from Now

November 1st, 2019

It’s hard to predict the future, but after losing to the Indianapolis Colts and losing quarterback Joe Flacco to injury, the 2-6 Denver Broncos appear to be in familiar territory: a sputtering offense, questions at quarterback, a coaching staff without answers, and another season of disappointment.  General manager John Elway still insists that the team is built for winning now and is not interested in a rebuild. That’s always nice to hear, but with four straight losing seasons and not much of a game plan, the bigger question is what Denver will look like three years from now when Elway’s... Read More

Elway QB Disasters – From Worse to Worst

October 25th, 2019

General Manager John Elway has tried everything to find an answer at the quarterback position, with laughable results.  In honor of the man who wore number seven on his jersey, we count down the seven worst (and sadly, only) choices that Elway has made to fill the position since Peyton Manning retired. 7)  Chad Kelly – It’s difficult to fault Elway for selecting Kelly with the last pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.  The nephew of legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jim Kelly, Chad was a low-risk, high-reward selection that showed good arm strength, size, and athleticism that Elway was willing... Read More

Did You See the Avs Hot Start? Neither Did I.

October 18th, 2019

The Colorado Avalanche are off to a blistering beginning to the 2019-20 NHL season, and it’s must-see TV. Going 5-0-1, the Avs are off to their best start in team history as young stars like Mikko Rantanen (4 goals and 5 assists), Nathan MacKinnon (3 goals and 6 assists), and Gabriel Landeskog (2 goals and 4 assists) highlight a team filled with depth and chemistry. If you like goaltending, there’s been nothing better than watching Philipp Grubauer (2.57 GAA) and Pavel Francouz (1.90 GAA) frustrate opponents with glove saves. Colorado is plus nine in goal differential, Cale (Dude, where’s)... Read More