Amongst the totally-free digital content that I absorb on a daily basis compliments of the Denver Post, the "Lunch Special" feature in the Sports area has become my favorite. Various columnists offer a daily dose of sports commentary in a format that never sees the print edition. I have commented on Adrian Dater's work for the Lunch Special recently.
Today Mark Kiszla weighed in on this weeks drama surrounding the removal of Jon Embree at CU. "Shut up", Kiszla said.
In summing up what most people seem to think about the whole mess, Kiszla points out that the football program is supposed to be about student athletes, not the fragile feelings of grown men. Kiszla asserts that Jon Embree was given an opportunity at Colorado that he has never going to be given anywhere else - and should therefore not be quite so bitter. He also puts Bill McCartney and Mike Bohn in their places.
You can read Mark Kiszla's Denver Post Lunch Special feature HERE
Honestly, I never read a whole lot of NHL coverage in the Denver Post. Bits and pieces here and there, I guess. I was familiar with the work of Denver Post Avalanche beat writer, Adrian Dater, but perhaps not as much as I am now that the NHL is locked out - and there's not any hockey to write about.
In the dearth, Dater's been putting himself to use in other ways. I recently commented on an article Dater wrote for the Denver Post's "Lunch Special" section in which he expressed his gratitude toward various personalities within the Denver Sports scene. Dater, whos' reputation is that of an immensely tall curmudgeon, flashed his brilliance in that item in a way that I had not seen before. For today's "Lunch Special" feature, he observed that Denver is a far friendlier place when the Broncos are winning. He describes the difference in a cheeky way: "Whenever I've forgotten to turn off my cellphone ringer in the library of late, patrons have started bobbing their heads to my Justin Bieber ringtone on 10. It's nice to share in a communal moment of goodwill like that."
Without his assigned hockey tasks to keep him occupied, Dater's found fascinating and creative new ways to contribute to his paper. I have rather enjoyed reading "lockout Dater". In a way I feel like I am just now discovering him. He's been in town as long as the Avalanche have, but he has recently been writing on subjects that I find far more captivating. And he seems to be having fun.