Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was the best player for the only part of the team that performed well in 2010: the passing game. His 77 receptions, 1,448 yards and eleven touchdowns earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl and rejuvenated his career. Here's hoping that B-Lloyd returns to form in 2011, so that Broncos fans have something to cheer for.

When Tim Miles arrived in Fort Collins three years ago to coach the men's basketball team, seven of the nine eligible players transferred or quit. The Rams went 0-16 in conference play in Miles's first season. With the help of senior forwards Travis Franklin and Andy Ogide, the Rams finished the regular season with a record of 19-11 and were in contention for an NCAA tournament bid for much of the season. And Miles helped bring the fans back: Moby Arena's average attendance of 4,960 represents a 50 percent increase over the 3,334 average of Miles's first three seasons. That's nothing but net.

Pepsi Center

He beat cancer for the second time. He resisted the urge to blast Carmelo Anthony for demanding a trade and being a season-long distraction. He signed a new contract and he's kept the Nuggets in playoff position despite the Melodrama and integrated the new players into the team to the tune of a 5-1 start post-Melo. This season was ripe for implosion, but Karl deserves some credit for keeping that from happening.

There's not a lot of equivocation when it comes to backup Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Most fans either love him or hate him. But no one — and we mean no one — loves the former Florida Gator more than the Tebros, a pair of Southern-fried fanboys who worship the ground that Tebow walks on and hosted a weekly Internet show (available on Facebook and YouTube) last year on everything Tim. Of course, the 'bros, Preston and Randall, are actually actors based in Florida. And although they suffer when Tebow doesn't take the field, they also elicit a lot of laughs.

Denver Zoo

Picking the cutest animal babies is kind of like choosing the prettiest children; there's something vaguely Toddlers & Tiaras about the whole thing, and it makes us worry that we're damaging the self-esteem of all the other, uglier baby animals. That said, the four Amur tiger cubs born at the zoo last June are by far the most adorable, fluffy, blue-eyed mammals this town has seen in quite some time. Way cuter than the four Komodo dragons hatched in October, who we're sure will grow up to have great personalities.

For those interested in trekking the nearly 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, the Colorado Trail: The Official Guidebook will significantly decrease your chances of getting lost and having to fight bears for food. The trail itself crosses eight mountain ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas and five river systems, and the book helps trekkers navigate each part. This year, the Colorado Mountain Club will publish the eighth edition of the book — and the first full revision in five years. Broken into 28 sections, it will include general information, trailhead access directions, suggestions for supplies and accommodations, maps and GPS coordinates. Happy trails.

West Arvada Dog Park

What's the point of living in Colorado if you don't take advantage of wide-open spaces and mountain views every once in a while? This fenced five-acre park has separate real estate for shy and small dogs, and there are benches for two-legged visitors to recline while the dogs romp. You'll need to bring your own water and poop baggies — but the community feel of this park is a definite asset. As a special-use park on City of Arvada land, the West Arvada Dog Park is operated by volunteers, and upgrades are funded by donation, so slip a buck or two into the donation box and help a pup out.

Estes Valley Recreation

Set in a valley filled with elk and bordered by Rocky Mountain National Park, the Estes Park Golf Course will inspire you to hit that ball harder and farther. And with the altitude, it will almost make golf a sport as well. The eighteen-hole course and driving range are only open from April to October and include a pro shop, a restaurant and a gift shop. It's not Pebble Beach, and you'll be happy about that.

Best Guess for When the Broncos Will Return to the Super Bowl

2034

The Broncos were the second-worst team in the NFL in 2011 and ended up firing coach Josh McDaniels before the season was over. And then they hired John Fox, former coach of the only team that did worse. So it may be a while, folks. Luckily, so many people turned away from their TVs last year (especially during the October 24 59-14 loss to the hated Raiders) and toward more, uh, fulfilling pursuits that there will probably be a Denver baby boom in July (nine months from that date). With any luck, one of those Broncos babies will grow up to be the team's next Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Last season, Breckenridge incurred the wrath of the snowboarding community, including the likes of Shaun White, when it built a meager seventeen-foot halfpipe — so 2008 — in the first Olympic year with the new 22-foot competition standard. Picky protesting pro snowboarders, including White and a handful of Olympic hopefuls, boycotted the Breckenridge stop of the Winter Dew Tour to focus on more serious training and events like the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. This year the resort made amends, and how: The 22-foot superpipe, which debuted in December, in time to host the Nike 6.0 Open, was the most carefully crafted competition pipe on the pro circuit, and stayed that way all season as a centerpiece of the Freeride Terrain Park on Peak 8.

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