Monthly Archives: December 2008

The 2009 Winter Classic

To those of you who are not hockey fans but do enjoy our blog I wanted to bring to your attention the 2009 Winter Classic.  Each year the NHL selects two teams to face each other on New Year’s Day in an outdoor arena.  The teams typically wear their “old school” jerseys and snow is an expected inconvenience.  It is a fun event to watch and I would recommend you at least catch part of it.

Being the game is played on the First day of a new year it can often times be a tough day for people to get through.

Why not watch a bunch of hockey players freeze their butts off while you sit at home with a headache and feel nauseous?

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Look forward to 2009

With the Denver Broncos missing the playoffs due to the unfortunate loss to the San Diego Charges the Denver newspapers (plural for now) have been really jumping on the smearing opportunities.  The Denver Post even ran a special “Broncos suck” section in today’s paper.  If you have read our prior posts you will note we have a more positive view of the team’s future.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all of our readers.

May you all receive that championship you are wishing for.

MerryChristmas

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Dan Hawkins expects a 10 win season in 2009

Gutsy.  Overly confident.  Asinine.  Right on!

All appropriate words used to describe CU football head coach Dan Hawkins’ comment last week, “10 wins and no excuses,” in reference to the upcoming 2009 season.  Those throughout the country may have found this comical, following a 5-7 season, thought by many to be a disappointment.  But those close to the organization know that the Buffs are close to getting over that hump to becoming one of the top caliber teams in college football.

This season reminded me a lot of the 2000-2001 season, when the Buffs went 3-8.  That year, the Buffs burned a redshirt on a true freshman quarterback (Craig Ochs) halfway through the season to give the team a spark; lost to Nebraska after a game winning field goal in the closing seconds; battled injuries throughout the season–including injuries to highly recruited freshmen tailbacks Marcus Houston and Bobby Purify, and LB Jashon Sykes; graduated only 8 seniors; played a brutal schedule: USC, Washington, and K-State (all top 10 teams) in successive weeks; and sat at home for the holidays after missing a bowl game.

How did, then head coach, Gary Barnett respond?  By guaranteeing a Big 12 Championship.

Gutsy.  Overly confident.  Asinine.  Those were the reactions that Barnett received for his comments.

How did the ensuing season turn out?  The Buffs went 10-3, won the Big 12, and finished a few tenths of a point in the BCS rankings short of playing Miami in the National Championship game.

Now lets take a look at the 2008-2009 CU football season:  Hawkins, burns a redshirt on QB Tyler Hansen to spark the team to victory over Kansas State; the Buffs lose to Nebraska because of a last minute field goal; battle injuries throughout the year (10 season ending), including injuries to highly recruited freshmen Darrell Scott and Rodney Stewart; graduate only 15 seniors; played a brutal schedule: West Virginia, Florida State, Texas, and Kansas in successive weeks; and also celebrate the holiday season on the couch, by missing a bowl game.

How did Hawkins respond?  By raising his expectations for the team–10 wins for 2009.

The similarities are almost scary.

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Congratulations to the CSU Rams

Congratulations to the CSU Rams on their New Mexico Bowl win over Fresno State.  I am always happy to see a Colorado team bring a bowl win home especially when they beat a team from California.  You can find a thank you fans letter here.

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Racism scandal in college football?

Charles Barkley has been all over the news this week, as he sounded off regarding Auburn’s decision to hire Gene Chizik as their head football coach.  I know Charles has an opinion on EVERYTHING, but this is one of those rare times where Sir Charles may have a legitimate argument.

Charles was quoted as saying, “I look at things from a common sense standpoint, how do you interview Turner Gill and pick Gene Chizik over Turner Gill?  First of all you can’t compare these two, their records. That’s not even close to being fair.  I believe race had a factor. Of course I do.”

In case you can’t tell, Chizik is white and  Gill is black.

This is an extremely controversial topic, and so I am going to try and play devil’s advocate.

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Hannan Makes Too Much Money

It is always good to find people who agree with you when you say how much you like/dislike a player.  That being said.  I bring to your attention the THN.com Top 10: Overpaid NHLers.  Coming in at number seven is Colorado’s Scott Hannan.

7. Scott Hannan, Defense, Colorado – $4.5 million

Hannan is just 29-years-old and coming off five 20-plus point seasons, but has recorded just two points in 30 games this season. Most telling of the drop-off in his play, he has just four penalty minutes, not what’s expected from a guy known best as a shutdown, physical blueliner.

I don’t think “having just four penalty minutes” is necessarily a bad thing but, I am glad he made the list.  I don’t think Hannan is that bad of a hockey player however, I don’t think he knows how to play hockey as a defenseman.  He is always out of position and his partner is rendered ineffective due to the fact they have to constantly cover for him.  This is especially bad when he is out on the ice with the other weak defensemen who play with him here in Colorado.

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