As far as the Colorado Rockeis are concerned, I am content to assume that things can't possibly get any worse than they were last year.
The Road to 100 losses was not much fun from a fan perspective. It made for goofy sports radio fodder, but it's not something anybody wants to get used to. This season the Rocks return healthier and, while the pitching staff is nothing to write home about, they should be able to post runs with an impressive lineup of hitters. The return of Tulo alone should contribute to a greater number of wins.
There's not been a sense of optimism in the air, but still people seem glad to have Rockies baseball back.
I believe that our boys of summer are going to make significant strides this season. I believe that the Rockies will finish just above .500 under the leadership of Walt Weiss. Put me down for 83 wins.
"Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today!
We're born again, Jenny Cavnar's on the field." - John Fogerty
Today is the first day of baseball season for most Major League teams, the Rockies included. More importantly, though it's the first day of Cavnar season on Root Sports Rocky Mountain. Jenny's bangs will make their 2013 debut at 12:10 MST when the Rox face off against Milwaukee.
What color sweater will Jenny be wearing?
Glasses or contacts?
Who will she interview?
Will she sit down at the Root Sports TV desk or only report from the field?
Like with the Rockies, there are many questions yet to be answered. It's a brand new season of Cavnar, though. There's no reason to be anything less than upbeat.
Of the most popular Denver sports radio duos of the past several years will finally be returning to the radio waves on Monday, May 6th.
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(photo, Fort Collins Coloradan, story via Fort Collins Coloradan)
Stephon Wynn played in only three games for the CSU Rams this past season and did not travel with the team for either the Mountain West or NCAA tournaments. His arrest yesterday on drug distribution charges nonetheless sours the school's remarkable year.
According to a story by Matt L Stephens in today's Coloradan, the arrest stems from an investigation that began in October of 2012. Stephens, who was released on $2,500 bond, is accused of distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance. That means he might have been involved in selling marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs or any number of other things.
He was suspended by CSU basketball in March for a violation of team rules.
"Miller, for all his veteran savvy, can be a liability on both ends of the floor. The 37 year old slows down the speedy Nuggets, which often derails George Karl’s game script.
More minutes for Fournier means fewer minutes for Miller, who at this point in his career is more effective in a limited role."
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As we speculated yesterday, it appears as though the Raiders will let Carson Palmer walk. The quarterback has refused to restructure his current contract in order to help Oakland find more space below the salary cap. Palmer prefers to be released so that he can pursue a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.
Oakland is reportedly close to a trade with Seattle to acquire Matt Flynn. Flynn went from being Aaron Rodgers' back up in Green Bay to being the starter in Seattle, where the emergence of Russell Wilson cost him his job.
Flynn will doubtlessly be an upgrade for the Raiders who will remain terrible regardless.
The Nuggets have had a hard time spelling "Victory" without "Ty" lately, but it's very possible that we won't see him suit up for another regular season game in 2013.
What was believed to be a heel bruise turns out to be a tear of Ty's plantar fascia. It's a brutal injury that can only be healed by rest and regeneration. The good news is that Lawson won't require surgery. The bad news is that he won't get better in time for the playoffs if he plays through the searing pain he is doubtlessly experiencing.
The 19 minutes Ty played versus the Spurs was 19 too many, as even George Karl has admitted.
But will the Nuggets shut Ty down for the remainder of the regular season? The Nuggets have nine games left, including tonight's tilt with the Nets and their April 19th finale against the Suns.
They're in a battle with the Clippers for the third playoff seed. Now the question facing the Nuggets is whether it's worth risking Lawson's future health in battling LA for the spot. There's widespread sentiment that the Nugs should sit him down for the rest of the year.
"With a few new rules, soccer can kick ass on the wild side. After all, few billion heathens can’t be wrong. The world spends half its rupees on soccer, so the game must have some potential."
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According Steve Cockran of the Mercury News, the Oakland Raiders have asked Carson Palmer to allow his contract to be “restructured” in order to make more room for the team to make moves under the NFL Salary cap and Palmer has indicated that he is unwilling to cooperate.
Like a rat escaping a sinking ship, Palmer would apparently prefer a backup role with a decent team than to be the starter for the awful Raiders. Naturally, that means that he’s not motivated to help the ailing team. He would prefer to be cut.
The Arizona Cardinals could be interested in Palmer. Both the Cardinals and Raiders could also be interested in Seattle’s back up, Matt Flynn.
It looks like the quarterback shuffle may not be finished in the NFL. Stay tuned.
Former Denver Bronco and current NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth believes that, once a single NFL player comes out of the closet, several will.
He told Baltimore’s WNST Radio, “When one player comes out, multiple players will come out, because they are in our league right now.” Foxworth also promised that those players will have his full support; “When the public finds out about it, it’s going to be a media storm and it’s going to be a lot of press and a lot of attention, and probably not all of it’s gonna be positive. But the NFLPA, as long as I’m president of it, is going to be behind that player and providing support.”
It’s becoming more and more clear that the NFL will lead the charge in changing the social stigma of gays in pro sports. It’s kind of surprising, but messages like Foxworth’s are rapidly becoming the norm. Based on the research we have done and the comments of people we have spoken to, like former Denver center Tom Nalen, the issue is a far bigger deal to the general public than it is for the actual players in the NFL.