"An Obstructed View" - by James Gomez

An Orange Destiny Awaits

Posted 1/20/2014 4:01:00 PM

It wasn't a mystery as to what John Elway was thinking when began his courtship with a certain quarterback coming off of multiple neck surgeries. During the spring of 2012 the infamous signal-caller known as Peyton Manning decided to tie the knot with the Denver Broncos. The deal signaled the biggest win Elway could claim since he lifted the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XXXIII. 

Manning already a Super Bowl champ and future hall of famer before donning the orange and blue wasn't brought to the Mile High City for his conversation. There was, and is, one goal when it comes to number 18. A Championship. 

While the AFC championship in year two of the relationship is nice, it falls short of the ultimate benchmark set by Elway himself. This Broncos team was built to cash-in the biggest free agency find in NFL history. 


Moral Victories? Just What the Colorado Buffaloes are Looking For vs. Oregon Ducks

Posted 10/3/2013 2:31:00 PM

Fans of the Colorado Buffaloes had to be feeling pretty darn good after doubling their win total in 2012 with a quick 2-0 start to 2013. While a 44-17 beat-down at the Oregon State Beavers might have taken the wind out of Ralphie's sails, there is reason for confidence in Boulder.

Wins over the Colorado State Rams and Central Arkansas Bears won't impress anyone on a national scale but it will give a proverbial hook for new head coach Mike McIntyre to hang his hat on. However, one game into the Pac-12 schedule and it already looks like the Buffs version of 2012 that not even John Cusack could salvage. But if one looks closer they might see a team that could provide the dreaded 'moral victory' against the upcoming Oregon Ducks.

One of the worst natural disasters to afflict Colorado produced a fortune event regarding the Buffs schedule. Instead ...

Aaron Hernandez is a Learning Moment for NFL

Posted 6/27/2013 12:07:00 PM

Just a few weeks ago I, along with a group of other media members, stood in front of Denver Broncos head coach John Fox as he gave his final words from mini-camp. Fox joked that he gets nervous sending that many guys on their own for that period of time.

Oh yes, the dreaded time between the end of mini-camp and the beginning of training camp. Millionaire athletes must fill a month and a half of time with whatever it is they want to do. For some players it isn't much of a problem.

Broncos new receiver Wes Welker said he planned to take a little time to rest. Many players will spend time with family and prepare mentally and physically for the gauntlet that lays ahead. 

Aaron Hernandez, like too many players before him, did something really stupid. According to police reports evidence suggests that at best the now ...

Both the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams Need to Commit to Winning... or Losing

Posted 6/7/2013 1:13:00 PM

What's the point anymore? Why even try? The past couple years of college football in Colorado have been as successful as a snowball in Hades. Prompting some to call for the end to the endeavor in Ft. Collins and Boulder.

In a recent Denver Post editorial page editor Curtis Hubbard suggested that the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams resign from the practice of sporting a football team altogether.

The points proposed by the author are valid no doubt. Mainly the cost of 'keeping up with the Jones' is too much to ask for a cash-strapped schools. Also, with the rising cost of a college education, why put so much time, energy, and resources into a game? Surely investing in academics would bring the cost of tuition down.

A 2004 study by the University of North Carlina published in the Economics of Education Review, found that while college basketball had ...

The Colorado Rockies are on Pace for the Unknown... Again

Posted 5/22/2013 8:49:00 AM

Once again the Colorado Rockies have their fans excited... or somewhat happy... or apathetic... or cynical. Odds are, if you don purple during a Rocky Mountain summer, you fall into one of the above categories.

Will the real Rockies please stand up? After nearly two months of baseball the Blake Street Bombers are four games above .500. Considering they are coming off a 64 win season, have a rookie manager, and no expectations whatsoever, a pace for 88 wins is welcome.

But who are the Rockies really? And why are there so many varying opinions on what fans should expect come September? Chalk it up to an organization that continually underperforms and occasionally overperforms. 

A model of consistency the Rockies are not. On paper one could be forgiven for assuming Colorado will finish in the basement of the National League West. Several pitchers returning from injury, no real ace, and ...

The Colorado Buffaloes Get Yet Another Black Eye

Posted 5/13/2013 3:36:00 PM

Oh to be young again. I've never been fight guy. Maybe it's my theory of self preservation. Or the fact that I am small, weak, and slow. Some people don't exactly share my physical attributes or mental stability. 

Over the weekend two University of Colorado students who just so happen to be football players found themselves in a little bit of an old fashioned testosterone and alcohol-induced incident. 

According to the Denver Post quarterback Jordan Webb and offensive lineman Alexander Lewis got into an altercation with another student who just so happens to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. Allegedly the two parties were walking by each other when there was the dreaded bump.

Few males who have reached the age of 24 do not know what I speak of. It's the drunken game of sidewalk stranger chicken. Keep walking in a strait line hoping the person in front of ...

Jason Collins, NBA, Society Take a Big Step Forward

Posted 4/29/2013 11:17:00 AM

Today Sports Illustrated featured an exclusive story in which NBA player Jason Collins officially 'came out.' Jason Collins is gay. While Collins is not the first member of the LGBT community to 'come out of the closet' so to speak, he is the first active player of a major U.S. American sport.

Surrounding such an announcement that has major social, religious, and political implications, Collins' admission is sure to cause spirited discussion. Among the critiques I have already seen over the social networking landscape is the phrase 'who cares?' I care, and let me tell you why.

While a persons' sexual orientation can be easily deferred to not our business or a personal private matter, let me say quite clearly-- It is not.

Yes, an individual's preference as to whom he or she chooses to be romantically involved with is their business. In a society in which we share who ...

Despite Losses the Colorado Rockies Keep Fans Coming Back for More

Posted 4/4/2013 8:34:00 AM

For yet another season, 20 and counting, the Colorado Rockies prepare for a home opener sure to get the masses in a festive mood. Each year, for one day, LoDo becomes the epicenter for hope amongst purple clad baseball fans from the Rocky Mountains.

This year, not unlike others, carries little to no expectations of a Rocktober finish. A sliver of hope will not stop patrons from filling up downtown watering holes and restaurants before baseball games this summer.

Big expectations aren't exactly a norm for Rockies fans. In fact, you can probably count on one hand the number of years that prognosticators considered the Purple Pinstripes to be real contenders.

Quirky baseball at altitude might make for a joke in other big league markets, but here in the thin air of the Mile High City, we show up anyway. And we like it.

For outsiders might gaze upon a ...

Nuggets Are Doing Fine, Carmelo Just a Pain in the Anthony

Posted 3/13/2013 1:27:00 PM

 Tonight Carmelo Anthony returns to Denver with his New York Knicks. I'm guessing that it will not go unnoticed. 

Carmelo made a name for himself as one of the games elite scorers here in the Mile High City. He took a horrible Denver Nuggets squad to the playoffs in every year he wore the baby blues. Anthony was the catalyst for for a renewed relevance of Denver hoops.

While Anthony deserves to be celebrated for his exceptional play here in Denver, New York or not, his story would never have ended well with the Nuggets.

Basketball players with Anthony's ability do not come around very often. When it comes to putting the ball in the net, Carmelo is as dangerous as anyone in the NBA. However, the game is about more than just scoring. 

Carmelo's game is built on taking more shots than a spring breaker in South Padre Island. ...

How About a Guarantee to End All Guarantees

Posted 3/6/2013 9:05:00 AM

I guarantee this will be the greatest blog you read today. OK, it probably won't be. Even if it is, the mere fact that I promised greatness negates any chance you would be impressed if it was.

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller who is entering his third season as one of the game's elite pass rushers, predicted the orange and blue would win the Super Bowl. Miller used the social media platform Twitter to express his latest thoughts.

This past Tuesday Miller authored this on his account: "You can post this where ever.. Denver broncos will win the Super Bowl 2013 #4UJEREMIAH #IGUARANTEEIT58 if you are with us Retweet."

Uh oh.

First off, Miller's brash statement was inspired by his younger cousin awaking from a post-car accident coma. Something that understandably would leave anyone emotionally high. Great news for Miller and his family. Warm wishes on a continued recovery for ...

Hey Rockies... Who's on first?

Posted 2/25/2013 1:43:00 PM

The following is a fictitious rendering of possible events inspired by a true story.

Walt Weiss the newly named Rockies manager is so excited about his first gig as a big league skipper that he calls up Dan O'Dowd to help him get to know the new team.

Dan: Hello?

Walt: Hi Dan, this is Walt.

Dan: Oh excellent! How is everything? Is it nice to be back in the old purple pinstripes?

Walt: You bet it is! Before I meet with the team could you give me a quick review of the roster?

Dan: No problem. But I have to warn you... we do things a little different in our organization.

Walt: No problem, I coached at Regis High School. How crazy can it be?

Dan: Well who's on first?, Josh is at second, and I don't know is on third.

Walt: Wait? isn't Todd on first?

Dan: Who?


We Got Game

Posted 2/19/2013 4:01:00 PM

Something funny is happening in between the depression of college football in the state of Colorado and a dreaded summer of Rockies baseball. The Centennial State has delivered on providing a quality college basketball product. 

Don't look now but the Colorado State Rams, who were last in the AP Top 25 during the Ice Age, are currently ranked 22 in the nation. Boulder has become a basketball school overnight, as the defending Pac-12 Champions have the talent to repeat, or at least see another tournament berth.

If RPI is your cup of tea, CSU is 13th and CU is 21st according to ESPN. Down in Colorado Springs the Air Force Falcons remain a longshot to make the national tournament, but have a more than decent shot at the NIT and 18 wins.

Denver, no not the Nuggets, but the Pioneers-- are winners of six in a row. Coach Joe Scott ...

Say it ain't so Todd

Posted 2/7/2013 9:38:00 AM

 “If gold rusts, what then can iron do?” - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Our heroes let us down time after time again. The examples of politicians, military leaders, community leaders, and even famous athletes that have been caught in moments of weakness, is much too long to list.

Early Wednesday morning in Thornton Colorado Rockies hero Todd Helton was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. By no means is Helton the first famous athlete to find himself in such a quandry. In fact Helton isn't the only Colorado athlete to be arrested for driving under impairment within the past year.

Almost a year ago exactly Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was charged with a DUI. To make matters worse Moreno's license plate read "SAUCED." Hilarous.

Helton is affectionatly known as 'Mr. Rockie' as his entire career has been spent playing first base on Blake and ...

San Francisco 49ers' Chris Culliver's Comments Belong in Trash Heap of History

Posted 2/1/2013 9:45:00 AM

Super Bowl week is usually filled with several typical moments that find their way onto the front pages. Like clockwork, there will be some reporter from a foreign country asking something completely unintelligible or completely unrelated to football. Watching a coach try to field those questions is always fun.

One of my personal favorites is the non sports media reporter dressed in a bad Halloween costume asking players to wear wigs or perform acts of human stupidity. Again, that doesn't get old.

Then there is the old standby; a player saying something stupid. Many times the not so intelligent comment revolves around ill-advised locker room material as in a guaranteed victory. 

Last Wednesday's media day, however, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver found himself in a particularly sticky situation during an interview with comedian Artie Lange. During the conversation Lange drifted the topic toward homosexuality and asked about the prospect ...

Don't Cry for me San Francisco

Posted 1/30/2013 9:27:00 AM

Myth: You cannot lose your starting role to injury. 

Reality: Oh yes you can. Every professional sports figure lives on a fine line. One day the hero and the next day the goat. For an NFL athlete the only guarantee is that there is no guarantee. For the San Francisco 49ers Alex Smith, that lesson has been taught with painful precision this season. 

It wasn't like Smith was considered to be an elite quarterback. After being drafted first overall by a desperate 49er squad in 2005, his career never truly materialized into the same success he saw under Urban Meyer at Utah. 

Whispers of the dreaded word 'bust' followed his every move. Smith was by no means a complete disaster a la JaMarcus Russell. However, the moniker of being a 'game manager' fit the 49ers QB like an Isotoner glove fit Dan Marino

Embracing the 'game manager' role isn't a ...

Baltimore Ravens Teach Denver Broncos a Valuable Lesson... Again

Posted 1/13/2013 1:15:00 PM

Any given Sunday. Whatever. Many Denver Broncos fans didn't want to hear it. The Ravens were old, washed up, beaten down, overrated and ready to send their biggest name in franchise history into retirement.

Oh how the football gods can be so cruel.

As orange and blue fans wake up Sunday morning feeling much more blue than orange, there is a lesson to be learned in the Baltimore Ravens Divisional round defeat of the Broncos yesterday. There are no givens and the assurance of a playoff win is just a mirage. All too many fans in Denver were tricked into thinking the team from Dove Valley had it in the bag.

The signs were there but like many before, those who are not willing to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. 
In week 15 the Broncos marched into Baltimore and served up the Ravens with a side of ...

To Vote or Not to Vote

Posted 1/3/2013 4:22:00 PM

We are told that there is no greater civic duty than the right to vote. To sit out of an election is equivalent to slapping every minuteman, bugle boy, war horse, riveters named Rosie, and kissable baby on a campaign trail.

However, when it comes to voting for the baseball Hall of Fame, well... only a jerk would do that. It's the new vogue form of protest. Baseball writers are saying no to their right of honoring the games greatest with an enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Roughly 600 writers from coast to coast have votes in the baseball Hall of Fame. According to reports from multiple outlets, many writers will abstain from their constitutional right. Or, at least baseball god given right of voting for deserving players.

The crux of the matter is the dreaded steroid era. From the agreed upon 1985-2001 baseball players were as roided up as a record ...

The Day Sports Didn't Seem to Matter

Posted 12/18/2012 11:13:00 PM

Friday December 14 2012. It began like most other days. The only thing out of the ordinary was my planned trip to the airport that morning. My parents were on their way to Florida to visit my sister. I woke my beautiful daughter, only one day removed from her third birthday, and we had our routinely normal breakfast together. I left for my parents house so we could get them on their way for their 10am flight.

My wife had left me a text that she locked her keys in the car. She is a music teacher and had some needed papers in the trunk of the vehicle which was sitting in her school parking lot 30 minutes away. After my parents were dropped off and hugs were exchanged I left for Westminster to come to the rescue of my spouse (as I sometimes do when she forgets something).

When ...

Colorado Buffaloes Coaching Problem not Just Black and White

Posted 12/9/2012 10:54:00 AM

Race is a sticky subject. No one likes to talk about it. Speaking intelligently on the ins and outs of how race plays a role in various aspects of American life is probably as difficult as playing Jenga without hands. The Colorado Buffaloes have the unfortunate position of being the epicenter for racial uncomfortability in college football.

But the situation in Boulder so so much more than that. Former Buffs head coach Bill McCartney had a lot of uncomfortable things to say about his former program. After Jon Embree was fired, some hinted at a possible racial bias in the decision. McCartney embraced it.

There is no doubt that college football is behind the curve when it comes to hiring African-American coaches. The numbers back up that perception. The world of college football is about as diverse as a country club in 1954. 

According to a study released by the ...

The Moment is Now for the Colorado Buffaloes to Define Who They Are

Posted 11/28/2012 12:52:00 PM

I'm usually not one for the sentimental but a heavy flick like Rudy every now and then doesn't hurt. Every person, or organization for that matter must know who they are. There is a moment in all of our lives when we must decide as individuals which road we are taking.

Most times, it takes a life changing event to finally turn the corner and make a strong commitment for change. A term often used for alcoholics is hitting rock bottom. For the Colorado Buffaloes they have for all intents and purposes hit rock bottom. Jon Embree as you no doubt know by now was fired as head football coach. A 4-21 record over two seasons including the 1-11 and 0-6 at home 2012 mark.

Colorado just completed the worst season in school history. Embree was the fall guy. On one hand, a one win season is difficult to justify, ...

For Sports Fans in Colorado There is Plenty to be Thankful For

Posted 11/20/2012 3:25:00 PM

For those fortunate enough to sit down with friends and family this Thanksgiving, there is much to be thankful for. For my brothers and sisters who reside in Colorado and consider themselves sports fans, thankfulness may be a little more difficult to find.

Fear not my fellow Centennial State sports lovers, there is much to be joyous about. Obviously the biggest man on campus, the Denver Broncos, are rolling thus far in the 2012 season. First in the AFC West, a quarterback who could be the league MVP and an outside linebacker that has asserted himself as the most dangerous defender in the game, Denver is loving the pigskin. With all of our attention on the Broncos (and rightly so) it could be easy to forget about the forgettable "other" teams in the area.

Yes, the Rockies are a mess coming off their worst season in franchise history. I acknowledge ...

My Four Finalists for the Colorado Rockies Managerial Opening

Posted 11/1/2012 3:48:00 PM

Apparently the Rockies are down to four managerial candidates. I know they have their reasons for putting Walt Weiss, Jason Giambi, Tom Runnells, and Matt Williams on the short list. Clearly the Monfort's and Dan O'Dowd want to keep everything in-house. I get it. Who would want to be the manager anyway.

I feel the Rockies could go in-house, keep their average payroll down, and be competitive. Here are MY four managerial candidates for the opening:

1. Dinger - Love him or hate him, you have an opinion on him. First off, dinosaurs are extinct, meaning this purple guy is a fighter (What there is a more famous purple dinosaur?!). No candidate can match Dinger's passion or ability to distract pitchers from behind home plate. Dude is crazy. Another plus is the fact that Dinger can't speak. No more eight minute post-game pressers giving excuses as to why the team ...

College Football in Colorado: A Sad State of Affairs

Posted 10/31/2012 1:36:00 PM

I'm not a native. I was not born in Colorado but I did make it here before my 27th year, which is more than John Denver can say. In a numerical explanation of my presence in the Centennial State, I have lived in Colorado on and off (mostly on) for 17 years. Never have I witnessed such an ugly era of college football in the Rocky Mountain region.

Arriving in Aurora as a freshman in high school, from the state of Texas, my first observation was the difference in high school football. Not so much from a talent standpoint, but from the attention to detail. In Texas, high school football was all detail. It was the background noise to everything that went on during the Fall. I remember the drum line and cheerleaders holding impromptu pep rallies between classes.

Every Friday the entire school would gather in the gym for ...

The Old College Try

Posted 10/26/2012 1:23:00 PM

For those who need reminding the first week of the new year is coming to a close. For many of you that means getting started on that new year's resolution. Or perhaps, some of you might have already fallen off the new year's resolution wagon. For football fans this is a big weekend.

Usually I'm jazzed about the upcoming BCS championship game. Nothing beats the annual one versus two ranked teams in the nation (according to the BCS) capping off college football's regular season with a two team playoff. For college football junkies like myself this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Sure I enjoy the NFL just like you. It is after all the most popular sport in America. But I love college football and watching the two best teams finally get to play each other after months of debate is what I live for. Maybe ...

In the SEC, Coaches are fired for far less...

Posted 10/26/2012 1:18:00 PM

In the world of college football, you aren't a coach til you get fired. In the world of SEC football... you are fired. The Southeastern Conference is the epicenter of the college gridiron. No other conference can claim as many rabid fan bases and unrealistic expectations.

Arkansas is a newcomer to SEC football joining in 1992 but has all the makeup of a typical SEC program. The biggest ticket in the state with no professional competition, the Razorbacks are as SEC as any other. Win now and keep winning is what coaches of this famed conference are charged with from day one.

Enter Bobby Petrino, the head man for Arkansas. The former Atlanta Falcons and Louisville head coach took an otherwise average to bad program and returned it to a nationally ranked sqauad. A 34-17 record in four seasons was more than respectable for what Petrino inherited. A coach known ...