Colorado’s Top Five Sporting Events
- It’s May, which means Rockies baseball. Mathematically, our boys are still in it, but there’s an outside chance that the game will be snowed out. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, the gorgeous stadium, the great Micro-Brews, and the Rocky Mountain oysters served in right field. Better be quick. We’re usually eliminated by the All-Star break.
- CU football. Marching with the band on Pearl Street, tailgating at Franklin Field, watching Ralphie run, and hanging with your alumni friends as you think back about the golden years of 5th downs, McCartney, and National Championships. Oh, and the team is pretty decent right now, so don’t forget to watch a little of the game.
- A Broncos game at Mile High. Sure, the Raider-hating, barrel-man, benches in the South Stands, Orange Crush, and Elway days are long gone. But the Broncos are still the best ticket in town with 65,000 strong bleeding the Orange.
- The CU basketball team is a bargain as you can watch UCLA, Arizona, the tuba dance, and Peggy and Betty, the 91-year old twin cheerleaders at a reasonable price without camping out.
- And despite an Iron Man, the X-games in Aspen, Dead Man days in Nederland (not sure if a coffin sliding down a hill is actually a sport), and tons of other local events, none of them compare to the Bolder Boulder. Where else can a local test his or her abilities against 40,000 others, including elite runners from across the globe, while downing Jello shots, and taking a break to try the Slip-N-Slide, all while adjusting an uncomfortable Wonder Woman outfit.
Alan Tapley is an educator, author, and blogger who has lived just outside of Boulder for the last twenty years. His published work includes two novels, two children’s books, a series of cartoons in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and multiple sports related articles. His love for family and the state of Colorado is only matched by one thing, his passion for sports. The first baseball game he ever attended was at Wrigley Field, before there were lights. At the final Bronco game at the old Mile High, he allegedly cut out a piece of his seat in the South stands. But regardless of being here for the Avalanche’s last Stanley Cup, the Rockies only World Series appearance, and all the Broncos’ Super Bowl Victories, his wife never fails to remind him that he wasn’t at the University of Colorado in 1990, like she was. The year the Buffs football team won the National Championship