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
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: Broncos Rockies Avalanche Nuggets Mammoth
Best sports announcer: Dave Logan Drew Goodman Drew Soicher Marc Moser Mike Haynes
Best radio sports show: The Drive 850 KOA Clough Talk with Sandy Clough Irv & Joe Les Shapiro & Tom Nalen
Best mascot: Ralphie Rocky Dinger Wooly Denver Boone
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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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