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    August 12, 2014

    Steve Wynn on Hating A-Rod and Why Peter Buck Is a Washington Senators Fan

    Best known as the leader of the legendary '80s alternative band the Dream Syndicate, Steve Wynn has found surprising success in channeling his love of baseball into his songwriting. A few years back, Wynn found another baseball junkie, Scott McCaughey (best known for his work with the Young Fresh Fe ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    How to ruin everyone's night at karaoke

    What'll it be this evening: pouring manure on your hated gym teacher's front door step and then urinating on it? Getting trashed and picking a fight with the bully who became the bouncer at whatever bar that Denny's restaurant turned into? Or maybe you could do something really wild, like go out an ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Will Johnson shares some stories in advance of the Denver Music Summit this weekend

    Will Johnson (due this Saturday, November 23, at the Denver Music Summit) made a name for himself in the '90s in Centro-Matic. A gifted songwriter, Johnson has a knack for penning elegant, emotionally rich and subtly powerful, folk-inflected songs. Over the years, he's toured endlessly on his own an ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    Colorado gold: Peyton Manning, Missy Franklin are up for two ESPY awards tonight

    Peyton Manning and Missy Franklin are hoping to make a big hit and a big splash tonight on the annual ESPY Awards, hosted by ESPN. Both Colorado athletes are up for two different awards, and ESPN is letting fans vote on who should win until 7 p.m. (MST) tonight -- the same time that the broadcast of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    John Oliver talks llamas, Ray Lewis and the greatness that is Herman Cain

    The first time John Oliver agreed to do an interview with Westword, Michael Roberts noted the utter futility of pointing out when either party -- but mostly the "humble scribe" -- laughed due to the ubiquitous chortles throughout. Five years later, Humble Scribe No. 2 (aka, yours truly), could have ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    That's a Clown Question, Bro: Nationals' Bryce Harper gets a Denver beer

    Nineteen-year-old Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper didn't take kindly to a question from a Toronto sports reporter about what kind of beer he planned to drink to celebrate a monstrous home run yesterday during a game between the Nationals and the Blue Jays. After all, the slugger is underage i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    The Power of Unpopular author Erika Napoletano on why unpopular is better

    It seems counterintuitive for a business book to tout the virtues of unpopularity, but author Erika Napoletano has thoroughly embraced the concept of unpopularity -- which is not a pejorative term, as she explains in the Q&A that follows. Basically, unpopularity means you don't have mass appeal for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Why Jamie Moyer isn't a Baltimore Oriole

    Westword feature subject Jamie Moyer is baseball's unlikeliest story. At 49, and coming off of major elbow surgery, he's not only become the oldest player ever to win a game, he's also managed to pitch well enough to be considered the Rockies's ace, though that may say just as much about the Rockies ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012
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    May 3, 2012
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    April 18, 2012

    Jamie Moyer notches historic Rockies win -- and manages not to die of old age

    Assuming Jamie Moyer doesn't pitch in a playoff game (not likely) or break his hip while covering first base (somewhat likely), last night will be his signature moment this season. By pitching seven innings and allowing only two unearned runs in the Rockies' 5-3 win over San Diego, he became, at 49 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Colorado Rockies season preview: Young guys, really old guys and two stars

    Yeah, the Colorado Rockies don't have an "elite starting pitcher." They don't have a "guy who has played third base in the majors before." They don't have a "reliable fourth outfielder." You know what the Rockies do have? A bunch of old guys! Also, they have some youngins' they're relying on and two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Five worst American bands playing Irish music

    Much has been made of the politically incorrect sin of appropriating a culture that is not your own. From the blackface minstrel shows of the 19th Century to the hippies finding sacred Native American beads and headbands to be some pretty groovy threads, Americans have been tripping over the cultura ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    August 4, 2011

    Sports journalism: In the gutter and loving it

    Thanks to all the unfounded trade rumors, Jimenez has no idea what team he actually plays for.​Even a reporter for a high school paper will tell you, it's kind of a basic rule of journalism: Get more than one source and don't just print anonymous rumors. It's what separates a news source from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Colorado Rockies are bums -- but if they trade Ubaldo Jimenez, they are shmucks

    Ubaldo Jimenez.​We cheered when the Colorado Rockies re-signed Tulo and Cargo to huge deals before the season; we were patient as the two stars struggled... and struggled... and struggled some more; we kept our chins up as manager Jim Tracy reshuffled the lineup more times than Dexter Fowler h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Colorado Rockies trade rumors: Ubaldo Jimenez likely staying and other odds and ends

    Ubaldo Jimenez.​For the fan base, this Rockies team has to be annoying on almost all fronts. Given pre-season expectations, they are probably the most disappointing team in baseball. Their stars are obnoxiously average and injured. And the only trade of note the team is likely to make before t ... More >>

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    July 19, 2011

    Ubaldo Jimenez: The Colorado Rockies should consider trading him if price is right

    Jimenez.​The current baseball climate is perfect for creating Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors. He's far and away the best pitcher rumored to be available, he's been injured and ineffective at times this year, and the Rockies are headed toward playoff irrelevancy if their play doesn't change in a h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Carmelo Anthony selling Baltimore-themed car in Denver: Readying for big move? (PHOTOS)

    Big pics below.​One clue that Carmelo Anthony might actually stay in Denver: He hasn't reduced the price of the house he's selling. But heis lightening his load, by selling a cherry '71 Chevelle on eBay to benefit his charity, just as bride LaLa Vazquez did last year with a pink SUV. Look belo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Five Super Bowl XLV moments that could enter the pop-culture lexicon this year

    Nothing made it to this level in 2011.​Love it or hate, the Super Bowl crosses almost every cultural subgroup in the United States, and as befitting of such a massive national holiday, it also inspires new pop-culture touch points. From Mean Joe Green to Betty White, from Janet Jackson's wardr ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    August 4, 2010

    Tim Tebow didn't propose for Yankees' Nick Swisher, no matter what Wikipedia says

    Tim Tebow.​It seems that Tim Tebow is everywhere these days. But one place he wasn't, apparently, was on one knee in front of New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher's girlfriend, proposing on his behalf. The claim popped up on Swisher's Wikipedia page -- and his reaction when he heard about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Coors Field ranks fifth on PETA's annual list of best ballpark food

    You'll find plenty of veggie options inside those doors.​Most vegetarians remember the days when attending a ball game meant subsisting on popcorn and peanuts -- not bad as snacks go, but let's be honest: Peanuts are no substitute for a ballpark dog. Since 2002, People for the Ethical Treatmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Worst blown calls in baseball history: Armando Galarraga's shoulda-been perfect game joins list

    A Flickr photoArmando Galarrago got jobbed.​Last night, Detroit's Armando Galarraga got screwed out of a perfect game when umpire Jim Joyce mistakenly called a runner safe with two outs in the ninth. Had Joyce, who's admitted his error, seen straight, Gallaraga would have joined an extremely ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009
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    June 4, 2009

    The Yuk Stops Here

    Christian Finnegan keeps comedy indie.

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    April 9, 2009
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    November 12, 2008

    The top five players the Colorado Rockies got rid of too soon -- not including Matt Holliday

    Where will Juan Pierre be listed? Thanks to the Colorado Rockies' decision to send Matt Holliday to the Oakland A's for three players who don't appear to equal the sum of his parts (see "Matt Holliday and the Rockies' Case of Premature Ejaculation" for details), fans will soon have to suffer throu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Matt Holliday and the Rockies' case of premature ejaculation

    The farewell-to-Matt-Holliday image from the Colorado Rockies' website. Tough to shake the sense that the Colorado Rockies shot their wad too soon when it comes to Matt Holliday, who the team traded to Oakland for pitchers Greg Smith and Huston Street and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Let's take it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    No Rockie road for the Rays

    Wouldn't you have liked to have one of these in 2007? What were you doing one year ago today? I certainly remember what I was up to -- frantically trying to buy tickets online to see the Boston Red Sox play the unlikely and amazing Colorado Rockies in their first-ever World Series. It was, of cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Pastrami and egg salad make magic at Heidi's

    The happy couple. Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli 831 Colorado Boulevard (and numerous other locations) 303-355-6494 Bronx Bomber Egg salad and pastrami $6.99 Pastrami and Egg Salad. The words go together awkwardly like Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe, Lyle Lovett and Julia Roberts, Michael Jackson and Pr ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Alex English and Don Baylor try to make designated drivers seem cool

    Alex English, Don Baylor and Joe No-Six-Pack. Back in 1987, when the following clip was made, Alex English and Don Baylor didn't share a place in Colorado sports history; while English was an outstanding member of the Denver Nuggets, Baylor was still with the Boston Red Sox, and several years away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    Top Ten Ways to Motivate the Colorado Rockies

    In this June 25 blog, I expressed frustration after the Colorado Rockies lost two consecutive games to the freakin' Kansas City Royals immediately after taking just one of three games against the New York Mets at home. So imagine how I (and every other Rockies booster) felt after the Royals complete ... More >>

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    June 11, 2008

    Westword Gets Back to the Future

    The following are five reasons why Dr. Terry Grossman and Ray Kurzweil – subjects of this week’s cover story -- want to live forever (as taken from Kurzweil’s Wikipedia entry). A little creepy? Well, then read on for Westword’s preview of the WORLD OF TOMORROW and ten of our own reasons for ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008

    Super Stoked

    Blake Street Tavern offers a haven for Patriots fans.

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    November 13, 2007

    This Day In Colorado Rockies History

    It's a strange day for Rockies fans. Our delegation to the House of Representatives in D.C., upon hearing that the Massachusetts delegation had introduced a resolution honoring the Boston Red Sox, decided they would draft their own touchy-feely, this-land-is-your-land-this-land-is-my-land, version o ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 8, 2007

    Atomic Cowboy

    Back in the saddle again.

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    October 31, 2007

    Stephen Colbert Thinks the Rockies Struck Out With Rocktober

    As noted in this blog, TV comics have been ripping the Colorado Rockies ever since the Boston Red Sox snuffed out their late-season winning streak in brutal (and widely televised) fashion. But Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, host of the regularly hilarious Colbert Report, deserves special p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Cash in on the Rockies One More Time

    So... you thought you could pick up a daily newspaper in Denver and not see a Colorado Rockies story on the cover? Think again. On October 30, two days after the Rockies were bested in the World Series by the Boston Red Sox, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post again published special World S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    The Red Sox Are Right Where We Want 'Em

    Ah, yes, I remember now: that’s what it feels like to lose. It had been so long since the Rockies had dropped even one game – much less two in a row – I had forgotten the word for that queasy, tingling sensation that surfaces up from the top of the stomach and settles around the midsection of ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007

    Confessions of a Red Sox fan

    In this space yesterday, I vigorously defended my fellow Red Sox fans’ honor against unfounded snipes by over-eager Rockies fans. The Red Sox are not the evil empire, I argued. Sure, we get a little crazy, a little annoying, but that’s love and it’s beautiful. Don’t hate us because we’re b ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007

    Don't Cry For Me, Colorado

    I’m telling you right now, I’m not going to cry at the end of the World Series. No matter how it turns out. Sure, if the Rockies win I’ll be doing my silly celebration dance (which makes Jonathan Papelbon’s Riverdance look sane), and screaming wildly and jumping up and down on my bed. (I’m ... More >>

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    October 23, 2007

    Amid an Onslaught of Rockies Puff Pieces, Actual News Breaks

    The Colorado Rockies have been idle for the better part of a week, awaiting the first game of the World Series on October 24 -- and rather than focusing on other matters until action returns to the diamond, local media outlets have churned out loads o' Rockies-oriented, cutesy-poo items capable of t ... More >>

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    October 22, 2007

    No World Series Tickets Through the Rockies Website

    While the Rockies opened up ticket sales to season ticket holders yesterday, the rest of us schmoes had to wait until today. I got no sleep last night; I had visions of watching the Rockies take the new Evil Empire in four games. I woke up early. I coordinated with friends. You take game three, I'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Babeball Fandom 101

    To all those who’ve been rallying around the Rockies’ mythical performance, I have to hand it to you. Maybe even give you a pat on the head. Nice job. Really. You’re cute. You see, I’m a Red Sox fan. Not even a top-echelon fanatic; a minor devotee in the cult of Yawkey Way. But that still m ... More >>

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    October 15, 2007

    Please Don't Play the Jesus Card, Rockies

    The Colorado Rockies' current run is so beyond the hopes and dreams of even the most optimistic fan that it simultaneously inspires delight at the way events keep turning in the team's favor and fear that the slightest cosmic miscalculation will bring the whole crazy streak to a premature end. After ... More >>

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    October 11, 2007

    Colorado Rockies: A Team of Know Names

    The Colorado Rockies are the Clint Eastwood of the MLB playoffs: The team with no names. Sure, most fans and analysts are at least somewhat familiar with first baseman Todd Helton and left fielder (should-be) NL MVP Matt Holliday. But as Tony Kornheiser and countless other commentators have griped, ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007
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    May 9, 2007

    Lost Red Sox

    I’m a Boston-born Red Sox fan. Feel my pain. I’m not in pain because of that whole “no World Series championship since 1918” thing. We all know that ended in 2004 during The Greatest Event in the History of the Universe. I’m in pain because I live in Denver, a far, dusty outpost in the g ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 23, 2003

    Bite Me

    Space Invaders

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