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    August 5, 2011

    Top 10 sports stars who pissed us off by leaving Colorado

    Ubaldo Jimenez.​This weekend, Ubaldo Jimenez, the greatest pitcher in Colorado Rockies history, is expected to make his first start for the Cleveland Indians. Which got us to thinking: What pro athletes who left Colorado teams either by choice or force have been most painful for local fans to ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    The 20 greatest moments in Colorado Rockies history

    Ubaldo Jimenez.​If mediocrity was a woman, she would have a restraining order on the current Rockies team. The only thing notable about this team is that Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are both battling nagging injuries. So why not look back on the good times? On the twentieth anniversar ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 27, 2009

    Josh McDaniels F-bombs and the history of motivational rhetoric

    ​We'll leave it to the shrinks and pundits to try to figure out which Broncos team is going to show up in Kansas City next week. Will it be the upstarts who shocked just about everybody for six games? The head cases who fell flat against the Redskins and were absolutely impotent against the Ch ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Rockies get best of Holliday trade (last night, anyway)

    Huston Street heads toward his teammates after finishing off the Phils last night.​ Even after the Wacky Wednesday loss in game one of their playoff series against the Philllies, the Rockies still had a chance to regain home-field advantage -- and they managed to do so with a little help from ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Gambling with Homer: Breaking even in Rocktober

    ​Homer Duggins is the biggest sports fan in Denver and Westword's gambling, uh, "expert." Read his dispatches every Friday in the Latest Word sports section. What an incredible week it was for Denver sports! Good thing it's chilly now too, because it get really hot wearing my Sakic jersey on ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Rockies can become contenders, not pretenders, in Dodgers series

    Aaron Cook. Fears that the Colorado Rockies might turn their win streak upside down after losing for the first time in twelve games to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 16 proved unfounded in a major (league) way. The next day, the team began a stretch of fourteen games in fifteen days, with nine of those ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Denver Blogs: The Ty that binds... maybe

    A Flickr photo. Our daily blog-o-rama. Missing something? Send tips. Grading the Nuggets draft. (Denver Stiffs) Colorado doctors have been arrested for participating in a truly weird and despicable fraud scheme. (5280) Remember old Matt Holiday, the fella you were mourning before the Rockies rip ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    Rockies: Don't turn your win streak upside down

    As pointed out in a blog yesterday, the Colorado Rockies need stability more than a franchise-record win streak -- and it's a good thing, since the Rocks were clubbed to death in a 12-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays last night, halting them one victory short of a best-ever twelve triumphs in a row. ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009
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    April 6, 2009

    Fearless Colorado Rockies opening-day prediction: 72 wins in 2009

    On opening day, hope is supposed to spring eternal for Colorado Rockies fans -- and that's certainly the case in some quarters. Among the predictions made by readers on an April 4 Inside the Rockies post are a couple that suggest the Rocks could actually win the National League West, and several mor ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    How do the Colorado Rockies blow? Let us count the ways...

    Sarcasm drips from the headline on Purple Row, a website devoted to the Colorado Rockies. It reads: "Rockies Find New Ways to Keep the Streak Alive; Now 0-7." Yep, the Rockies are zilch-for-2009. In a different blog, our Purple Row friends advise Rockies fans not to panic yet, and even trot out t ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    Sports memories, selling cheap

    Broncos fans distraught over the team's disintegration over the past three weeks are likely taking a break from all things sports today and probably tomorrow. But for those of you who can't get enough pain, Opening Day for the 2009 Colorado Rockies is only 98 days away, and the home opener against ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    The 10 most memorable Denver sports moments of 2008

    Ten Denver sports moments we'll remember (sometimes against our wishes) from 2008.10. The Birdman flies back into DenverReserve center and reformed party addict Chris "The Birdman" Anderson re-joined the Nuggets this year after a two-year suspension for an unspecified violation (cocaine). He's not t ... More >>

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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 >>

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    November 12, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 12 edition

    Madonna rides on something a lot older than she is. Link up below. Today in Backbeat Online: • Dave Herrera's live review of Madonna at the Pepsi Center. • The skinny on tonight's Madonna cast and crew after-party. • A Q&A with Minor Threat, Fugazi and Dischord Records founder Ian MacKaye. ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 11, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 11 edition

    At the original Davies Chuck Wagon Diner, a horse is a horse, of course, of course. Join us as we salute blogging veterans -- and the other kind, too. Today in Cafe Society: • Rounding up a third edition of Davies Chuck Wagon Diner. • Could Denver's Daniel Young wind up cooking at the White H ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008
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    July 15, 2008

    Permanent (Matt) Holliday

    Before Justin Morneau beat Josh Hamilton in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium Monday night -- the commencement of two days of All-Star festivities -- your Colorado Rockies finished were swept by the New York Mets in front of a national audience on ESPN to complete the first half of the season. D ... More >>

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    July 7, 2008

    Colorado Rockies' Anemic All-Star Achievement

    When I first heard that the Colorado Rockies landed just two players, Matt Holliday and Aaron Cook, on the 2008 All-Star Team, I guessed that this total had to be an historic low for a team that won the pennant the previous year -- but I was wrong. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astr ... More >>

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    July 1, 2008

    Colorado Rockies Apologia Smacks of the Bad Old Days

    How did KOA Morning News host Steffan Tubbs attempt to rationalize the latest ignominious loss by the Colorado Rockies -- the lowly San Diego Padres beat them 15-8 thanks to a seven-run outburst in the ninth -- shortly after 5 a.m. on July 1? By spinning a golden oldie. The good news, he said, was t ... More >>

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    June 30, 2008

    Bobble Yourself Like Matt Holliday and Tulo

    Unless you are Matt Holliday or Troy Tulowitzki, it’s unlikely that you will have a bobblehead night set aside just for you (and if you are Holliday or Tulo, would you mind autographing one of the bobbleheads from my collection?). But thanks to XM Radio, you can see what your shiny mug would look ... More >>

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    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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    April 18, 2008

    Epic Rockies Game Handcuffs Dailies

    Nothing emphasizes the benefits of newspaper websites over physical newspapers more than a late sporting event -- and few games are as tardy as the most recent contest between the Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres. The game started on April 17 but didn't end until almost half past 1 a.m. Mou ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    Hope for the Colorado Rockies Springs Eternal

    A What's So Funny special report from spring training in Tucson.

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    February 28, 2008

    2007 Best of Denver Winners

    In 2007, when Westword published its twenty-fourth Best Of Awards, things were looking up for the Rockies: Matt Holliday, our winner for "Best Rocky," was a rising star, and he and the rest of the team's young players were -- who knew? -- just months away from an improbable World Series run. Now t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007

    It Takes Balls

    Cranky Steve Horner wont stay in his corner.

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    November 5, 2007

    The Onion Peels the Colorado Rockies

    Plenty of words were written in these parts and beyond about the Colorado Rockies' inexplicable stretch-run success and all-too-explicable World Series collapse -- but few publications proved as insightful as The Onion, whose slogan -- "America's Finest News Source" -- seems less satirical with each ... More >>

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    November 1, 2007

    Harold Squared

    The local media wielded a purple crayon during the Rockies' unlikely run, leading to an excess of everything but restraint.

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    October 25, 2007

    Going Postal For Tulo

    Five USPS employees are bleeding purple every hour on the hour for their favorite Rockies player.

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    October 24, 2007

    The Rockies Make a Grand Entrance

    As promised in this week's Beatdown, the following is a breakdown of entrance music for many of your favorite Rockies players. The songs are reportedly chosen by the players themselves, and while some of the selections make total sense (Todd Helton and Josh Fogg's picks are no-brainers), others are ... More >>

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    October 18, 2007

    Two Rockies Fans Take One for the Team

    They thought they were supporting their club. The Rockies and the City and County of Denver thought otherwise.

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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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    October 11, 2007

    Rockies Score Front-Page Saturation

    More and more sports stories are winding up on the front page but such placement isnt always a winner.

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    October 3, 2007

    Pardon This Rockies Interruption, Bitch

    Most close games in sports are reported as one of two mutually exclusive options: Either this team won it or that team lost it. It was surprising, then, that ESPN’s Tuesday afternoon coverage of the greatest baseball game ever played in the mountain time-zone turned into a treatise on instant repl ... More >>

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    October 2, 2007
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    September 20, 2007

    The Rockies Rock!

    Heading for the playoffs.

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    July 12, 2007

    Summer Holliday

    Hey, Matt Holliday, lets go play some catch.

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    April 30, 2007
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    March 29, 2007
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    March 31, 2005

    Diamond in the Rough

    After a dozen years, your Colorado Rockies still face a rocky road. Play bawl!