Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: The first round of Sports & Recreation finalists

For the first time in the thirty-year history of Westword's Best of Denver, we've split the Best of Denver Readers' Poll into two rounds, giving you the chance to look at the leading vote-getters and then vote again for your favorite people and places in metro Denver. And the results of the first round are in! Keep reading to uncover the five finalists that you, the readers, have selected for the Sports & Recreation categories on this year's Readers' Poll. And know this: You still have the chance to change the results. Just get out the vote!

The finalists listed below are by no means shoe-ins -- meaning that in the next (and final) round of voting, you can either vote for your favorite finalist or start over with a completely different entry. The final deadline for online voting is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at which point we'll close the poll and calculate the results one last time. You'll be able to read both the Westword and Readers' Poll winners when our annual Best of Denver issue hits stands on March 28.

In the meantime, let us know what you think of the first-round finalists in the comments section below. And don't forget to vote!

Best Bronco:

Peyton Manning

Von Miller

John Elway

Eric Decker

Champ Bailey

Best Rockie:

Todd Helton

Carlos Gonzales

Troy Tulowitzki

Jason Giambi

Dexter Fowler

Best Nugget:

Kenneth Faried

Ty Lawson

George Karl

Danilo Gallinari

JaVale McGee

Best Av:

Cody McLeod

Matt Duchene

Milan Hejduk

Ryan O'Reilly

Gabriel Landeskog

Best Mammoth:

John Grant Jr.

Jamie Lincoln

Gavin Prout

Gary Gate

John Gallant

Best Rapid:

Andre Akpan

Davy Armstrong

Tony Cascio

Clint Irwin

Chris Klute

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Best Outlaw:

Matt Bocklet

Jeremy Botlus

Ken Clausen

Curtis Dickson

Greg Downing

Best sports team -- college:

DU Hockey

CU Buffs

CSU Rams

Metro State

CSU Pueblo

Best coach -- professional:

George Karl

John Fox

Walt Weiss

Óscar Pareja

Joe Sacco

Best coach -- college:

Tad Boyle

George Gwozdecky

Larry Eustachy

Jim McElwain

Mike MacIntyre

Best sports team -- professional:






Best sports announcer:

Dave Logan

Drew Goodman

Drew Soicher

Marc Moser

Mike Haynes

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Best TV sportscaster:

Susie Wargin

Vic Lombardi

Lionel Bienvenu

Drew Soicher

Scott Hastings

Best radio sports show:

The Drive

850 KOA

Clough Talk with Sandy Clough

Irv & Joe

Les Shapiro & Tom Nalen

Best mascot:





Denver Boone

Best dog park:

Berkeley Park

Westminster Hills

Riverfront Park



Best skate park:

Arvada Skate Park

Roxborough Skate Park

Sandstone Ranch

Brian Aragon Skate Park

Denver Skate Park

Best mountain park:

Red Rocks

Lair o' the Bear

Golden Gate Canyon


Mount Falcon

Best terrain park:


Red Rocks


Winter Park


Best park for a picnic:

Cheesman Park

City Park

Wash Park


Riverfront Park

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Best park for running:

Wash Park

Cheesman Park

City Park

Riverfront Park

Red Rocks

Best park for cycling:

Wash Park

Cheesman Park

City Park

Sloan's Lake

Riverfront Park

Best park for fishing:

Cherry Creek


O'Fallon Park

City Park

Boyd Park

Best park for sledding:

Ruby Hill

Willis Case Golf Course




Best place to snowshoe:

Rocky Mountain National Park

Indian Peaks


City Park

Devil's Thumb Ranch

It's your turn to weigh in! Vote for one of these finalists -- or any other favorite -- in the second (and final) round of the Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll.

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