New Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco in an image from the Avs' website. The Colorado Avalanche didn't wait long after the sacking of beleaguered good-guy coach Tony Granato to name his replacement. Yesterday, the team introduced new head man Joe Sacco, who most recently helmed the Lake Erie Monst ... More >>
Rocky Mountain National Park We read the local blogs so you don't have to, although we recommend it, 'cause there's some decent stuff in there sometimes. Send links we may have missed to this guy. At Colorado's national parks, free is the new fee this summer. (Colorado Independent) An (ahem) Aval ... More >>
Patrick Roy. The Colorado Avs managed to work their way back onto the first pages of sports sections in recent days by leaking info about a meeting between legendary goalie Patrick Roy and Avs president Pierre Lacroix, presumably spurred by the open general manager position -- and the excitement th ... More >>
A Flickr photoDarcy Tucker, big buck-er. As noted in a blog yesterday, the end of a pathetic season by the Colorado Avalanche prompted a collective yawn by most mainstream sports fans -- a reaction that should worry Avs management. However, the person most likely to be punished for the team's perfo ... More >>
The Colorado Avalanche ended their 2008-2009 season in appropriate fashion, winding up on the short end of a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues -- and a sidebar about the game by Denver Post hockey scribe Adrian Dater is freighted with symbolism about the future. Joe Sakic, the heartbeat of the Avs thr ... More >>
So it's pretty much the worst time in fifty years to run a sports league (NHL, anyone?). And women sports leagues have a tendency to go over like herpes at a makeout party (WUSA, anyone?). And leagues that feature a novel concept but a subpar product tend to die painful deaths (Arena Football, anyon ... More >>
Our daily slosh through the blogosphere. Send links here. Aspen: Where the beer flows like wine, and where they swear they're going green. (Colorado Independent) The Avs do their best Rockies' impression, shop Ryan Smyth. (Avs Talk) Colorado gets the shaft from the stimulus package. So that's why ... More >>
Among the more distressing things about the Colorado Avalanche's mediocre season to date -- the team's currently last in the Northwest Division, a whopping 18 points beyond first-place Calgary -- is the precipitous decline in Altitude TV broadcaster Mike Haynes' chances to celebrate. Haynes, who was ... More >>
A daily perusal of local bloggage. Enlighten us with your favorite links, please. Ah, the good old days, when Jack Benny and George Burns owned a bowling alley in Denver. (Buckfifty.org) The State Senate debates a bill to provide domestic-abuse help for military families -- a good idea, because ho ... More >>
Yet again the little-dog yapping of the Minnesota Mild has gone for naught. As we discussed yesterday, the would-be Hanson Brothers of the Great White North -- Derek Boogaard, Chris Simon and Todd Fedoruk -- were itching for a fight last night. Instead, the Bruised Brothers got a big, bad dose of Ir ... More >>
What is it with these people from Minnesota, where the once-proud Minnesota North Stars have been replaced by the dainty Minnesota Mild? Our sister paper in Minneapolis (and we do mean sister), City Pages, posts this story suggesting that the Avs are "pussies" because the great goon squad of Derek ... More >>
As the Colorado Avalanche prepares for its opening-round playoff game against the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night in St. Paul, the smell of musky machismo is wafting this way from the great white north. Specifically, the stench of promised payback is emanating from six-foot-seven-inch, 258-pound Sas ... More >>
I'll admit to taking no small amount of pleasure from having watched Patrick Roy raise fists against Red Wings goaltenders Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood on two separate and glorious occasions. Anyone who straps on a red helmet against the Avs is easy to hate. But, given Roy's off-ice history of viole ... More >>
The Avalanche have been very good to us. When the team arrived from Quebec in 1996, they showed up with a pair of first ballot hall-of-famers, almost immediately traded for another, won us our first major sports championship and galvanized a latent hockey base that has since become one of the most v ... More >>
In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>
With the Rockies in the World Series (it still feels weird to type that) and the Broncos two last second field goals from 0-5, Denver’s sports hierarchy is in disarray. But lost somewhere between the praise and the panic are the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets, the two teams usually on t ... More >>
The Colorado Avalanche season starts tonight.
NHL 2K7 looks pretty, but fails to light the lamp.
From the week of September 29, 2005
Friday, September 9, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.
The new, tastier Downtown Aquarium opens with some mouth-watering temptation.
Classic Avalanche games on Altitude
Fans chill as pro hockey pucks up.
Canada's Sam Roberts is determined to rock the Lower 48.
Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.
On the Mike
Blue Sky Grill
Simplicity was one of Hanson's virtues -- until that last supper got away.
To Bill, with love
Consider this your final exam on the past year. Cheating is encouraged, bribes will be accepted -- and grades will be posted at City Hall.
Girls are no longer iced out of competitive hockey.
Loveland hatches the Eagles.
The rejuvenated Avs look like the real thing in the Pepsi Center.
Losing two superstars would trigger an Avalanche slide.