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Your Football Weekend Roundup

Welcome to the 76th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where FOOTBALL. Let’s get into it…

Description of . Julius Thomas (80) of the Denver Broncos runs in the second touchdown of the game during the second quarter.  The Denver Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. on September 7, 2014. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

It’s hard to envision a game in which Julius Thomas doesn’t dominate. (Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

The first weekend of the year to offer a full slate of both college football and the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! did not disappoint. Let’s start with some fairly quick thoughts on the local squads:

The Denver Broncos are 1-0, which is the best record they can have at this point in the season, so that’s good. Naturally, many Broncos fans and media-types are concerned because the Broncos were not dominant enough in the second half of their opener vs. the Colts on Sunday night. Complaining after beating good teams will always seem strange to me.

Is the second-half near comeback by the Colts reason for concern? Yeah, probably a little. Obviously we all would have liked to see both the offense and defense play a more complete game. Last year throughout the season I was Mr. Everything-Is-Fine when discussing the Broncos. Then they played in the Super Bowl. So yes, this year we would all like to see a little (or a lot) more “nasty” from this team.

And there sure wasn’t much of that in the second half on Sunday night.

But at this point, I’m still not one to worry. Just like last year, the Broncos are playing a 16 week preseason. On Sunday night they probably didn’t play well enough to win in January or February, but those important games are a very long way away. Lots of things can change over the course of the next four months. Right now, piling up the ‘dubyas is all that matters.

So I’m not going to fret this one. Even with that lackluster finish, it’s clear who the best team in the AFC is.

Description of . Boise State running back Jay Ajayi (27) tumbles into the end zone over Colorado State linebacker Max Morgan during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Jay Ajayi had no problem against the CSU defense. Weeeeeee! (Otto Kitsinger, AP)

Coming in to this game, I said we didn’t really know how good CSU was, because we have no idea whether or not CU is terrible (more on that later). Now we know with certainty that the Rams are not on the level of the elite team in the Mountain West. At least not yet. Overall, though, I’m still not sure what we have with this team.

The killer running game from week one was completely nonexistent (28 yards on 23 attempts) and the defense could not do anything to stop Jay Ajayi and Grant Hendrick. Boise racked up 675 yards of total offense, which is an absolutely absurd number.

So yeah, this one didn’t go particularly well. The Rams did get their crap together eventually and made it an interesting game in the fourth quarter, but the outcome was never really in doubt.

I’m going to go ahead and make some excuses now. This was ridiculously difficult scheduling. Traveling to Boise immediately following an emotional win over your rival is just a tough draw. Hell, starting conference play on the road against the best team in the conference in the season’s second week is a tough draw in itself. Also, two of the Rams best offensive players and preseason all-conference selections didn’t suit up in Ty Sambrailo and Kivon Cartwright.

So I do think that this game would have been more competitive if it was played in the heart of the conference schedule. All that said, there’s no doubt that Boise is the better team. And that shouldn’t be all that shocking when you think about it.

So moving forward, CSU has a cupcake, an off week and then an interesting game on the road at Boston College, who was just beaten by Pittsburgh at home.

A couple weeks ago I spoke of that elusive “Next Step” for the CSU program. While winning the Mountain Division of the MWC just took a serious hit, that “Next Step” is still within reach if they can avoid bad losses and win at Boston College and/or beat Utah State at home.

And after the first two weeks I have no idea whether or not that’s realistic.

While we’re on the topic, here’s the third installment of CSU football’s YouTube series, “The Grind.” There’s some really cool Rocky Mountain Showdown footage in here. Of course, this was more exciting before that game on Saturday night. Still a great production though.

The Colorado Buffaloes were thiiiiiiisss close to losing to Massachusetts. UMass is in the MAC and has won one game each of the past two years, their only two seasons as an FBS program. Holy crap, guys! CU might be really, really bad. Like, 2012-CU-Buffs-bad. That’s hilarious, but as previously mentioned, might not bode well for your Colorado State Rams.

And I was going to say a few words about Ray Rice but screw it. Too much to the story and it’s evolving too fast for any of my scorching hot takes. I will say; however, that I do find it incredibly odd that the new video changed everything so quickly when everyone had already seen a video of him dragging around an unconscious body. We all needed the new video to piece this all together? Really? What am I missing? Weird.

Anyway, Goddell might be screwed. This ends today’s analysis on the situation.

Moving on…

There was so much happening on the internet the past week, that I’m not going to break all of these into the weekly departments, but here are a bunch of pictures, videos, tweets, GIFs, and Vines that I enjoyed:

We obviously have to start with the greatest play in the history of football.

That’s Antonio Brown just jump-kicking some poor, pathetic punter right in the face. It’s incredible.

Look at this shot!

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Greatest play in the history of football.

I don’t know why, but eating out of a full-sized box of Frosted Flakes inside the stadium at a NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! game had me laughing harder than anything else this weekend.

Nevada beat Washington State on Friday night. The Wolfpack has a guy who looks like this, so that’s pretty neat.

I’d like to think that if I were a Division One football player I would do everything I can to look ridiculous on a daily basis like Mr. Hekking. Maybe dye my hair black and my beard blonde or something, I don’t know, that mullet is pretty hard to top.

A whole bunch of people in my Twitter feed really hate Chris Collinsworth. This slip-up was his finest gem from Thursday.

You see, he said “the ’85 Bears in ’86”. It’s funny because it’s impossible.

Tony Dungy deleted this tweet for some reason. But an astute observer grabbed a screenshot:

I wonder what it would be like to poop out a bird. Probably not that awesome, huh?

Nebraska was almost on the wrong side of an all-time upset at home to some team named McNese State. But then Amir Abdulla, who is awesome, did this.

I was unable to find the original picture or posting anywhere, but here’s a tweet/screenshot/thing of a really great photo from the Virginia Tech – Ohio State game (which Virginia Tech, who wears orange, won).

The Patriots lost and Tom Brady was sad.

This isn’t from a football game but it’s great. Whatever’s comfortable, bro.

Please note the multiple Dos XX cans on the bleachers and the half-eaten hot dog in the right hand. What an awesome human being.

This is not a from a football game either, but I found it interesting and I really enjoyed the video below. Tony Reali is leaving Pardon The Interruption after 13 years. He’ll still host Around The Horn and is going to do something for Good Morning America, which is apparently still a thing that some people watch. I don’t watch PTI or Around the Horn anymore, but I used to. And I know a large group of people around my age who are reading this watched those two shows, back to back, just about every day in high school and college. I’ve always thought Reali is pretty awesome.

A couple links worth sharing and other items of note (lots this week!):

  • USA Today caught up with Jim McElwain for a fairly lengthy interview.
  • Terry Frei did some great work at the Denver Post in providing some insight into Dee Hart’s background.
  • Kenneth Faried has been killing it for team USA in the FIBA World Cup. What does that mean for the Nuggets?
  • Northern Colorado almost beat an FCS team on the road. They lost to UNLV by one point after a missed chip-shot field goal with under six minutes to go. This never would have happened if that Bigelow kid was still there. Also, this means UNLV is really, really crappy.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals signed a player to their practice squad solely because his daughter has cancer and he needs the health benefits and salary. This is an awesome story amid so much NFL awfulness.
  • The New York Times obituary of Joan Rivers is interesting as hell.
  • The horribleness of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour continues. The Yankees will be wearing Jeter patches on their sleeves and hats for the remainder of the season. That’s like a whole month of wearing a patch for a guy who is not dead or retired, but still on the team. I get how much everybody likes Jeter, but come on. It’s getting embarrassing.

And finally, this video is not suitable for your workplace due to a good amount of what I think is profane screaming, but I found it too funny and strange not to share. (Hat tip to E.V. for sending this one over.)

When she hip-checks him and he flails on his back like an overturned turtle for a few seconds… That’s just gold. 2 millon view is one day! I used to put random, non-sports videos like this in almost every post. Whatever happened to that?

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See y’all next week.

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Colorado State Football and Rocky Mountain Showdown Preview

Welcome to the 74th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I’m gearing up for one of the biggest days of the year to kick off a four-day weekend. You best be calling in sick on Friday because we have much more important things to take care of. Get out your grill and cornhole boards and coolers and the pigskin. I’ll bring the beer and whiskey. Football is back. And it brings my absolute favorite party of the year. Let’s get into it…

Garrett Grayson Quarterback Garrett Grayson #18 of the Colorado State Rams scrambles with the ball against the Colorado Buffaloes in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.

Garrett Grayson hopes to improve to 2-1 vs. Colorado on Friday.  (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Is this the year the Rams take the next step?

Most would agree that Colorado State is a program headed in the right direction as we enter Jim McElwain’s third season as head coach. In both football and basketball, CSU has removed itself from the lower tiers of the Mountain West Conference, but hasn’t been able to make the jump to the top-level. This year just may be the one that sees the Rams start beating the big boys and solidify themselves as a Mountain West contender. That said, a lot of last year’s talent is gone, so is a step back inevitable?

Any way you slice it, this is an important year for Colorado State football to determine just what they are as a program.

Before allowing me to discuss the Colorado Buffaloes and the Rocky Mountain Showdown, let’s (quickly) break down the Rams on the whole. Here’s how their 2013 went, with some very professional comments added by yours truly.

csu 13 sched with my thoughts

So in the first two weeks CSU had WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot losses to bad teams that they should have beaten. Then everything pretty much played out as you would expect, except for another bad loss to San Jose State on Homecoming weekend. That was followed by a blowout win as heavy underdogs in Laramie that completely changed the feel of the season. (Even if Wyo turned out to be pretty bad, most of us didn’t realize it at that point.)

But again, CSU couldn’t beat the top two teams in their division, not really coming close to taking down Boise State or Utah State.

Those two teams represent the two biggest (non-rivalry) games on the Rams’ schedule again this year.

screenshot via espn.com

screenshot via espn.com

So quickly looking at the 2014 slate I see a pretty damn easy schedule. I have one “maybe” (Colorado, because that game is always flukey), three “probably nots” (at Boise State, at Boston College, home to Utah State), and eight wins.

The “Next Step” I mentioned earlier would look like this for CSU:

  • Beat Colorado. More on that in a bit.
  • Beat the eight other bad teams on the schedule. The bottom of the Mountain West is crap. Wyoming is down (for now; I wouldn’t be surprised if Craig Bohl rights that ship quickly). San Jose State isn’t the formidable program it was under Mike MacIntyre. Chris Ault is gone at Nevada. And Hawaii, New Mexico and Air Force all figure to be absolutely terrible again. CSU should not lose to any of those teams. Good teams that contend for conference championships don’t have bad losses on their resume. Last year CSU was pretty good and they had three.
  • Find a way to take down Boise State or Utah State. These two teams are the heavy favorites to win the Mountain Division of the MWC. Beating a good Boise team on the road seems unlikely. Utah State, though, comes to Hughes on Homecoming Weekend. I think this is the biggest game on CSU’s schedule. This is exactly the kind of game the Rams have to start winning to change the way we all think about Colorado State football.

So I’m looking for this team to finish the regular season 9-3. I’m tempted to say 10-2 because I think they are capable of beating Colorado and winning just one of the “probably nots” I mentioned above.

Nine wins would be an improvement over last year, but that 10th win would assuredly take the program to that elusive next level, especially if that leads to an 11th win after a bowl game. That would put Colorado State at 11-2. Did I just type that? I should probably stop now, because I’m starting to sound crazy as hell.

Until they prove they can avoid bad losses or beat good teams on the road, my official prediction is a 9-3 regular season, which would still be a hell of a good year.

On the field the Rams have some pieces they should feel very good about, but a few question marks too.

Quarterback Garrett Grayson is entering his senior year after a record-breaking junior year. He’s good. If he stays healthy, the CSU offense should run efficiently all year. I have a lot of faith in this kid. Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton should be the best in the conference. Grayson is right behind him.

Grayson will have plenty of weapons to choose from, as his whole receiving corps is returning. Rashard Higgins was the Rams’ leading receiver last year as a true freshman. I think he’s poised for an enormous season. Remember his name.

Crockett Gillmore is gone to the NFL, but Kivon Cartwright should step in at tight end and replace him on the All-Conference team.

So about those question marks… Obviously the Rams lose just about all of their production at running back with the departure of Kapri Bibbs, Donnell Alexander, and Chris Nwoke. Yesterday McElwain said he expects the Rams to go four or even five deep at running back. For me, Alabama transfer Dee Hart is the biggest wild card on the roster. I wrote about that a couple weeks ago. He could be a season-changer.

The offensive line lost four of five starters, including one of the best Rams ever in Weston Richburg. Ty Sambrailo is the only returning starter, and he should be an all-conference selection and appears to be another future-NFLer. That said, I’m not sure what to expect from this unit. It’s hard to imagine they’ll be as good as last year’s.

Defensively, the Rams struggled quite a bit in 2013. They were actually really good against the run but had a nasty little habit of giving up huge touchdown passes. Like… All the time. They lose the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in Shaq Barrett, but I still think they should be improved overall defensively.

The linebacking corps will be a major strength for the Rams. The trio of Aaron Davis, Max Morgan and Cory James could be the best in the Mountain West and one of the better units in the nation. The secondary brings just about everybody back and should be better at not giving up 60-yard touchdowns seemingly every half. I don’t think the defensive line will be a strength.

So I think we’ll see more balance than last year’s team that scored a ton of points and gave up a lot of points. The offense will be high-powered again, but won’t be on the record-breaking level of last year. The defense should be improved.

Okay that’s enough of that. Let’s make fun of CU! (You should know I’m usually pretty objective on here, but with the Showdown three days away… screw it.)

Jon Embree

I don’t really have a good reason to post this, except that Jon Embree crying at his I-got-fired press conference was an absolutely hilarious moment for all involved that we should never forget. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

CU football sucks. Boulder sucks. CU students and fans suck.

People think Colorado football was much improved last year. That’s because they were! Way to go, guys! They went 4-8. Two of those wins came against Charleston Southern and Central Arkansas. That means they only beat two FBS teams. They went 1-8 in the Pac-12.

Seriously. All of that represented a dramatic improvement over their 2012 season when they went 1-11. Going 2-8 against actual, real-life Division One teams means that you probably can’t rank them 128th out of 128 teams like many did after their 2012 campaign. I miss you, Jon Embree.

Obviously, part of the reason for Colorado’s awful records and innumerable blowout losses is because they usually play a really tough schedule. This is all funny to me because one of the bragging points among Colorado fans is their conference. They’re in the Pac-12! That’s one of the best conferences in the nation! It’s prestigious! They play really good teams like Stanford and USC and Oregon! Good for them!

One interesting sidenote many CU fans seem to forget: Colorado is 4-23 against the Pac-12 in their three years in the conference. Wait guys, 4-23? That’s really bad. That’s a .148 winning percentage. But hey it’s a really prestigious conference! Who cares if they get blown out and embarrassed by all the good teams every week?

I know, I know… CSU was one of the 2 FBS wins CU had last year. Colorado was the better team that day, no doubt. But as I mentioned earlier, the flukey nature of Rocky Mountain Showdown can be the most frustrating thing about the game. By every advanced metric and the good, ol’ fashioned eyeball test, Colorado State had a much better team than Colorado when the 2014 season was all said and done.

So yes, Colorado State dropped a game to a bad team, but let’s not get that confused with CU having a better overall program.

They don’t.

And can CU fans quit pretending you don’t care about this game? This is the biggest game on Colorado’s schedule. That’s what happens when you have zero chance of going .500 in your conference every year. The move to the Pac-12 means you don’t have the opportunity to get blown out by Nebraska in that “rivalry” every year unless each team makes the Rose Bowl. (No, I couldn’t type that with a straight face.) Don’t act like you’re circling that Utah game on your calendar every year either. Nobody cares about that game.

Yes, a lot of great programs come to Boulder every year, but… Haven’t we already covered this? The CSU game is really the only one for the CU fan base to get excited about.

So let’s discuss this year’s Rocky Mountain Showdown…

In a shocking development, I think Colorado State will win. Making predictions for this game is kind of pointless because so much random, flukey crap seems to happen, but what the hell. I think CU will have trouble running the ball. Paul Richardson is in the NFL now so I don’t think he will twice be standing all alone casually strolling into the end zone like last year. Even with CSU’s question-mark of an offensive line I think Grayson will have enough time to throw to open receivers for two or three touchdowns. And I don’t know what to expect from Dee Hart.

But quarterback play decides this one and Grayson outplays Liufau.

My official pointless prediction that we will only revisit if it is correct: Rams 33, Buffs 27.

Off to a couple of the weekly departments…

Douche of the week:

You’d think anything and everything associated with CU would get the honors this week, but I need to scream at shake my fist at whoever made the decision to put this game on a Friday night. Who plays college football on a Friday night? Playing on a Friday night is not a good look for college football programs that want to be taken seriously. This Friday night is the opening weekend for high school football in the state, meaning thousands of football fans will be preoccupied and can’t even consider attending the game. So the attendance, which has already been struggling greatly, will be hindered further. Also, more people have to work on Fridays than on Saturdays or Sundays. That creates an obvious inconvenience for everybody.

The reason for this game being on a Friday was finding a desirable slot for national TV. But then, even after the move to Friday, the game still didn’t land on ESPN. I like Fox Sports One a lot (usually check in at least once a day), but I understand it’s watched by an audience like one-tenth the size of ESPN’s. So we move the game to a time slot that nobody associates with college football nationally and is a pain in the ass for everyone locally, because of a better TV deal even though nobody will be watching on TV because it’s not on ESPN? Got it.

(In addition, all Dish customers might have the RMS and other games blacked out due to a dispute between Dish and FS1.)

Also, the parking lots don’t even open until 3 p.m. THREE IN THE AFTERNOON! What the hell is that? I was planning on setting up our tailgate at 10 a.m.

Stud(s) of the week:

Jim McElwain and whoever is producing these online “episodes.” They’re surprisingly well done and serve as some pump-up fuel for Friday.

Hey here’s another very important video:

And finally, let’s all sing along with Fum:

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See y’all in the parking lots on Friday. And then in this space next week.

PLEASE NOTE: With the holiday weekend, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to churn one of these out by next Tuesday. I may take the route of my neighborhood trash guys and push it out a day. If you don’t see a post on Tuesday, there will be one Wednesday.

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Rules of Court Rushing; The Buffs Are Embarrassed.

Welcome to the 49th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where we’re I’m out of town typing this in a hotel lobby after several adult drinks. It takes a serious amount of dedication to be your favorite blogger. The Olympics are over and it’s officially basketball season for the next few weeks. Get to readin’…

North Carolina rushes the court after beating Duke, although their fans would tell you beating Duke is expected and nothing to celebrate. (via Grant Halverson / Getty Images)

The rules for college student sections rushing the court used to be fairly understood, if not hotly contested. This became a topic of conversation yet again after North Carolina rushed the court after beating their archrival #5, Duke Thursday night. I was surprised. But I shouldn’t have been. The rules have changed. Let’s start by looking at the old rules. In my book, the court-rushing rules were as follows.

Rushing the court is allowed if:

  • You are a school with not much of a basketball history and you beat a top-5 team. Top-10 doesn’t count. Ideally, this would only take place if you have postseason aspirations.
  • You have a pretty darn good, but not necessarily great program (think along the lines of Memphis, Wisconsin, Marquette, etc.) and you beat the #1 team in the country. This is assuming the win “means something” in your season. If you’re usually pretty good, but you’re 5-21 this season, I don’t care if you beat the top-ranked team.
  • You are a school that was considered to be “on the bubble” needing this game to make you a lock for the tournament. If your student body is educated enough to know what was at stake and you essentially clinched an invite to go dancing, you can get down on the hardwood.
  • You are a decent team that generally does not win conference championships, but just clinched a conference championship. In this instance a school like Colorado State is allowed to rush the court after beating a crappy San Jose State team if that win clinched the Mountain West. Or a school like Colorado is allowed to rush if they were to beat a crappy team like USC while clinching the Pac-12.
  • You are team like Wichita State and you just finished the regular season undefeated.
  • That’s pretty much it.

The following should never happen:

  • You rush the court when you consider yourself to be a blue-blood program that insists the beauty of basketball flows through only your gym and always has. This means the following schools are never, ever allowed to rush the court: North Carolina, Duke, Syracuse, UCLA, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville. (Maybe a few others.)

When these schools rush the court they simply diminish their dominance and pull themselves back to the pack, associating with lesser programs that should only rush the court when beating them. At least that’s what I used to think. Now, the days of schools giving a damn about such things have yielded to a pack of young students who are just trying to have fun.

And I suppose that’s okay.

Anyway, the court-rushing rules as we knew them are long gone. The new court-rushing rules are as follows:

  • Anybody can rush the court whenever they want, because who the hell cares? These kids are in college and couldn’t tell you a thing about the history of their program. They’re drunk. They want to get on TV and rushing the court makes that a near-certainty.

So as much as it saddens me, the days of exclusive court rushings (this goes for field-rushing in football too) are over. It no longer matters, but I will always subscribe to the brief rules I laid out above. At this point though I’ve given up defending the honor of the court. These damn kids (How old do I sound here?) are going to do whatever they want because they don’t care. They want to have fun and get on TV.

And I suppose that’s okay.

(I could discuss the ins and outs of this topic for an extended period of time, but again, I am not in the ideal situation for blogging and need some sleep. I apologize.)

I would also like to quickly discuss the state of CU Basketball. If you’re not careful, the Denver media would have you think that the Buffaloes are an up and coming super power of basketball. A national contender. A powerhouse. 

But let’s get real for a second.

Aaron Gordon pretty much embarrassed CU by himself. (via Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Colorado has a pretty good basketball program. Tad Boyle is a good coach, but let’s not label this guy the best coach in the nation. Let’s not label this team as a perennial PAC-12 contender.

The first thing we need to address is the injury to CU’s best player, Spencer Dinwiddie. The “big brother” guard tore his ACL in a loss to Washington that completely changed the course of the Buffs’ season. It was unfortunate for everyone. The Buffs were in the top-20 at the time. Now, after an embarrassing loss to #4 Arizona in Boulder, they might end up on the wrong side of the bubble.

I think losing a player like Dinwiddie on a team like CU is an absolutely legitimate excuse reason to explain a disappointing season. There is literally no shame in that. But if that is the route you’re going to take, then I don’t need to hear Coach Boyle explaining how his team has adapted so well and is poised to take the next step on every Denver sports talk radio show in town. (I bet I heard him on four different shows this week, with each host just gusssssshhhhhing about the state of the Buffs and their coach.)

Anyway, CU played in primetime on ESPN Saturday night. ESPN Gameday was in Boulder for the first time ever. It was a big deal. But, then, well, you see, Arizona, they, kind of, embarrassed, the Buffs. It was 88-61.

I think the statement the Wildcats made was significant. Arizona is a powerhouse. They are a top-two seed. This team from Boulder, they have a long, long way to go. Let’s not forget that Arizona lost one of its best players, Brandon Ashley, a few weeks ago. They overcame the loss of a key component of their offense. They adapted. They are what CU wants to be.

CU isn’t close.

The Buffs finish the regular season with three road games, against Utah, Stanford and California. CU is 2-4 on the road in the Pac-12. The combined home conference record of their opponents is 15-7.

The Buffs needed badly to make a statement against Arizona. Their tournament hopes depended on it. They were embarrassed. They have a long way to go.

(On a separate note: I think they at least stopped with the whole “Roll Tad” thing. That was embarrassing on so many levels. Maybe they’re making progress after all.)

And here’s a crappy video of Aaron OMGordon, because this is like the nastiest college oop I’ve ever seen:

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Stud of the week:

Rob Ford is like my favorite dude ever. Here he is reacting to Canada’s gold medal. (I’m too tired to think of a real candidate here):

Douche of the week:

Canada.

Tweet of the week:

Miley Cyrus tweeted a picture to her 10 million followers of her laying in bed at noon with the statement “can’t remember the last time I was still in bed at noon”. The bizarrely awesome account of The Iron Sheik replied with his own tweet. It might be my favorite tweet ever.

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This GIF of John Calipari is pretty great:

via @sbnationgif

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA?

So is this one of Jim Boeheim. It’s not often you see a college coaching legend and class act just go completely berserk.

via @bubbaprog

Yes, that’s FOUR “that’s bullsh*t”s from coach Boeheim there.

Here is the FULL video of the wolf in the Sochi hotel:

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Jimmy got us again.

And finally, check out your latest candidate for the 2014 Heisman.

This fairly mysterious picture popped up on Reddit on Wednesday.

This picture just slays me.

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Your Weekly Roundup From the Sports World and Internet

Welcome to the 32nd edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where CSU is winning, the Broncos are losing, their fans are panicking, the World Series is starting, and some dude at College Gameday is my new hero. Off we go…

The Bronze Boot is coming home. (Andy Cross/Denver Post).

So I didn’t see that coming. A week after CSU played poorly and losing at home in front of a large crowd against a pretty bad team, they had to go on the road in front of a large crowd and play a good team. That week they were favored by 4 points. This week they were 7 point underdogs.

Then they went to Laramie and just dominated Wyoming for 60 minutes. They outplayed the ‘Pokes on offense, defense and special teams.

They were up 21-0 and 31-7 and 52-15.

This one had the feel of a monumental win that people will remember. Taking back the Bronze Boot for the first time in four years while completely dominating on the road could be the kind of win that fans look back on in a few years. Maybe this was the win that turned things around.

Then again, maybe not. Maybe Wyoming isn’t all that good after all. Maybe CSU goes and loses to a horrible Hawaii team this week. With the Colorado State football program, there’s not a whole lot of reasoning to support a mindset that things will be different from now on.

Either way, Saturday was a hell of a day for CSU fans, and provided reason to be optimistic, if only for a week. If they play well against Hawaii, the Boise State game the following week could draw a big crowd and be very interesting. (Particularly since BSU’s starting quarterback is out for the year, which is unfortunate.)

This team has a lot of talent and when they put everything together, they actually look pretty damn good. If (a very big “if”) they play like they did on Saturday for the remainder of the year, finishing 7-6 and earning a bowl appearance is not out of reach. After the San Jose State game, I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.

The Broncos lost and the 16-0 train has been derailed before it could pick up much steam. The Colts are good and that environment in Indi created a tough situation. Throw in a few costly turnovers and you got yourself a loss.

You generally can’t turn the ball over 3 times and expect to win on the road in THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!

The team I thought would go 16-0 is now in second place in the AFC West.

Looking at the big picture, I don’t think this loss is really a very bad thing. The Broncos should still win their division. I still think that will be accomplished fairly easily. The Broncos are still a very good football team. Probably the best in THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!

Games like Sunday are entertaining as hell and fun to watch and stress over and overreact to. But like I’ve been saying all year, for the 2013 Broncos, the real season starts in the playoffs.

And Broncos fans, go ahead and pretend this wasn’t the most amazing play of the night, but we all know it was.

via Bleacher Report

I have been waiting all week to share this video with you all. Ole Miss party girl is a star.

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So many good quotes in there I don’t even know where to start. Just kidding, these two are the winners.

“I love school spirit, but let’s not get me wrong,  I wouldn’t have school spirit without, like, a couple vodka waters.”

“My favorite thing about Ole Miss is the education that I receive here. Psyche.”

The fact that the above video comes in a distant second place this week is remarkable. But this one is an instant first ballot TWM Hall of Famer.

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That young man is living an incredible life. A life that should be the envy of all of us. In a few years he’ll have a boring job and he’ll be worrying about money and kids and his caloric intake. He’ll sit in a button-down shirt in an uncomfortable chair with a stiff back and think about the days when all he cared about was ripping his shirt off and pouring some kind of fluid all over his face and intentionally acting like a complete idiot in the background of a national TV show. Then he’ll get sad. Because we all grow up. And then we all get sad.

This catch.

(via deadspin.com)

The Fox broadcast informed me that’s more than a 40-yard dead sprint to get to that ball.

In the long run it didn’t matter since the Red Sox won the series on Shane Victorino’s grand slam in Game 6, leading to a a rematch of the 1946 World Series. And the 1967 World Series. And the 2004 World Series. Having that kind of history is pretty cool. It also makes me hope for rain or a strike or an epic electricity blackout or something.

Cardinals fans are the absolute worst. Except for Red Sox fans. Red Sox fans are the worst. No, Cardinals fans are.

Still, I’m excited for the Fall Classic and I’ll take the Cardinals in six. Keep an eye out for Allen Craig. The Cardinal’s MVP candidate has missed the whole postseason but should return for the World Series. I’ll say the Series MVP will be Carlos Beltran because he’s like the best Postseason performer of all-time. Seriously. His numbers are ridiculous.

In addition to all of the drama and grit and pageantry, let’s just hope the World Series features someone pulling a Prince Fielder.

via @corkgaines

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I use GIFs a lot. The New York Times profiled one of the guys who makes these weird things yesterday.

And finally, where’d coach go?

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Just two excited fat guys aimlessly lugging around a big Gatorade cooler. Awesome.

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Thoughts on Helton’s Last Week; Other Stuff.

A moment none of us will soon forget. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Welcome to the 29th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I have to recap the end of Todd Helton’s career. Then I’ll change the subject for a while. Promise. Also, thanks to everybody for reading and sharing last week’s post. It received by far the most views of anything I’ve posted. I also received more positive feedback in various forms than ever before. So thanks y’all. Off we go…

Wednesday night was the most awesome 15-5 loss in the history of 15-5 losses. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but it was special nonetheless. I loved the giant 17 mowed into the outfield grass and the two purple 17’s along the baselines. The pregame ceremonies were lengthy, but the pomp was necessary and appropriate.

Todd got a horse. Lots of people found that to be a little weird and awkward. I thought it was fine. Definitely unconventional and unexpected, but it was cool with me.

One of the best moments of the night was when the Rockies took the field in the first inning. After already receiving a few standing ovations in the pregame ceremonies, Todd led the Rox out to the field, only his teammates didn’t follow him. It looked to me like Todd was surprised his teammates stayed along the dugout. Anyway, the result was Todd standing on first base alone on the Coors Field diamond waving to the crowd for a good minute or so before the Rockies took the field alongside him.

Then came Todd’s first at bat. Quite obviously, this was the moment of the night.

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Just goosebumps. I was lucky enough to be there, and you can put that near the very top of all-time Todd Helton moments.

Jake Peavy probably grooved one for him, but that doesn’t make the moment any less cool. Not even a little bit. In fact, it kind of makes it cooler. I love the “baseball code” and the subtle understandings among players.

After a sacrifice fly, Todd almost hit one out to the opposite field. A double is fitting, going the other way is fitting, but this play is all about the balls-to-the-wall head first slide.

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Great stuff right there.

One of the coolest things from Wednesday night was the video tributes between innings. My favorites came from Clint Hurdle and Peyton Manning, two great talkers who know and care about Todd on a personal level. The whole compilation can be found here. It’s worth your time, even if you saw them at the game.

Here’s a great gallery from the Rockies of the special night.

Here’s another one.

Another great, great moment came on Sunday. Before Todd’s 2,247th and final game, Dodgers legendary (LEGENDARY) broadcaster, Vin Scully read a wonderfully written, and perfectly spoken tribute to Todd. I thought it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, but I’m biased because I love both Helton and Scully. Watch it here. It was followed by nice standing ovation from the Los Angeles crowd.

Anyway, as of Sunday evening, Todd Helton’s career is over. I won’t get too sentimental on ya after last week, but that just feels weird.

Here’s to you, 17. Thanks for everything.

Moving, on, here’s a screen shot from my Rockies preview post in April:

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They finished 74-88. I’m obviously clueless.

While we’re on the topic of predictions and tooting my own horn, here’s another screenshot. This one from July 30th:

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The Dodgers were leading the division by 3.5 games at the time. They won the division by 11 games. Sometimes I wonder if I actually know what I’m talking about.

Also, The epic game-163 with the famous Matt Holliday slide was six years ago today. Crazy. I half-assed this post on that topic a year ago. Cool fan video here from six freaking years ago today:

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Thooooooooose were the days.

The Broncos are just crazy good. Like silly good. Like watching-their-games-is-actually-kind-of-boring-because-they’re-going-to-win-all-of-them-by-thirty-points good.

Calling my shot: The Broncos will finish the regular season 16-0. What’s remarkable though, is that this would be the least exciting and most unremarkable 16-0 ever. None of these games matter. If they go 16-0, they better go 19-0. Or it’s all a waste of time.

Anyway, I just can’t believe how dominant they have been without their two best defensive players. Peyton Manning is a robot/alien freak with an array of weapons that just does not seem fair.

And if they stay healthy, they’ll only get better. How is that even possible?

Colorado State earned a 59-42 win over UTEP in a bit of a shootout. UTEP sucks, so this wasn’t all that impressive. Rams fans will take it. True freshman Rashard Higgins had 156 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He looks like a stud. The Rams were featured on Deadspin for this sweet fake field goal TD. CSU gets a bye week before hosting San Jose State for homecoming in a game they might actually be favored in. I look at this one as a huge swing game for CSU.

Colorado opened Pac-12 play against a decent Oregon State team and couldn’t compete in a 17-44 drubbing. The Buffs had a three-week layoff and they opened conference play on the road, so this was a tough situation. Still, if things are going to turn around in Boulder, these are the kind of games CU needs to start winning competing in. Four of the next five are against ranked teams. Three are on the road. #2 Oregon comes to town on Saturday. It’s too early for me to find any online gambling spreads, but I’m guessing it’ll be about 50. But Hey! They’re in the Pac-12! Isn’t that prestegious?!

OTHER STUFF

Hey Braxton good game budd– my neck really itches.

via bleacherreport.com

Remember this guy?

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We’ve seen some dramatic Giambi home runs in playoff races around these parts. Interesting note, Ubaldo Jimenez started that game and went 6.2 innings and gave up 1 run. Giambi finished it. (I also found the Rockies managerial job reference pretty interesting in that video.)

Oh and if you’re wondering, Ubaldo Jimenez’s ERA since July 28: 1.72. With 94 strikeouts and 1 HR allowed in 78 1/3 innings, according to @Buster_ESPN. If anybody could give me a quick update on Drew Pomeranz and Walter White I mean Alex White, I’d love to hear it. The Rockies lost the hell out of that trade.

Just sitting in the rain enjoying some popcorn by myself.

via @guysim

via sbnation.com

Drunk? Bored? Hungry? Disappointed in his Cougars? Going through an awful divorce? Definitely all of the above.

Fat guys falling down in the rain is always funny.

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Smooth, Brett.

And finally, Here’s some more quality light night TV social media comedy stuff:

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My Favorite Rocky Mountain Showdown Memories

The view from Folsom Field

Note: (August 2013): This post was originally published Sept 16, 2011. There are numerous references to “thirties” and “bottles” which was an intentional reference to what was the name of my blog at the time. It’s also interesting to see how my writing style has subtly changed in the last two years. It’s the same post, but I am adding a very important update from the year 2011 and a few more pictures. Hope you enjoy.)

The annual outdoor kegger known as the Rocky Mountain Showdown starts bright and early again Saturday morning.  I went to my first Showdown in 2006 and I’m looking forward to attending my sixth consecutive Showdown this weekend; I’ll be providing a thirty and a bottle. I have a feeling some of the other 65,000+ attendees will bring some libations as well. I’ve been a CSU fan for as long as I can remember, so I recall the big time moments. I remember watching the Bradlee Van Pelt head spike on TV. I remember the Marcus Houston goal line stand. I remember the tear gas. I was a kid for those. The CU game took on a whole new meaning to me when I started to go in person.

I’ve had a blast at each of the last five contests between the Buffaloes and the Rams, although some years have been more fun than others.

My eyes were opened to the awesomeness of this game in 2006. My freshman year at CSU, a random mix of kids from 3NW Parmelee Hall piled in my bright red ’95 Buick Skylark (may God rest her classic soul) and headed down I-25. We didn’t know exactly what we were getting into. The traffic and parking thing was kind of a disaster but we settled into some good seats before kickoff. Surprisingly, I wasn’t much of a drinker at this time so we bypassed the tailgating experience, which seems like a heinous crime today.

Anyway, during the game I was blown away by the passion, intensity and vulgarity of the student section. The “Dir-Ty-Hipp-ies” chant never seemed to end. I remember thinking, “I can get down with this.” CSU won, 14-10 behind a 20-23 effort from Caleb Hanie and a big touchdown grab from Korey Sperry. Dan Hawkins was 0-2 as CU’s coach after losing to Montana State the previous week. Some CSU fans wore Blue and White Montana State shirts. Driving back to Fort Collins I kind of knew I wasn’t going to miss too many of these games.

In 2007 the TV networks rewarded our not-so nationally prominent programs with the coveted 10 a.m. kickoff slot. I wondered what the tailgating scene would be like at 7 in the morning. It was not hindered. We pulled up to see beer pong games already in hotly contested double-overtime. Thirties and bottles were being torn apart before most of the state’s alarm clocks had gone off. The game was exciting but disappointing. Down 31-28 in overtime, Hanie threw an interception in the end zone to end the last game Sonny Lubick coached against the University of Colorado.

One of my best friends got punched in the face in 2008. This might be my favorite off-field memory of these games. By this year, we were all-in, tailgating veterans. Grill. Truck. Music. Multiple thirties. Plenty of bottles. Prime Location. And the time-slot, though on a Sunday, was an ideal 5:30 p.m.

Naturally, it was our duty to accost and harass anyone who came through our parking lot in a gold shirt. After a few hours of drinking, Matt 3 (that’s just his name, don’t ask questions) decided a CU fan deserved to have some Keystone Light dumped on his head. Not like a celebratory, waving/spraying of beer, just a calm three-second pour as if the kid was balancing a cup on top of his head and Matt was just topping him off. The Boulderite shockingly did not appreciate this gesture and cold-cocked 3 (below, shirtless) right in his cheek.

Our 2008 tailgate was full of shenanigans.

Things got interesting at our 2008 tailgate for Matt 3 (shirtless) and Andrew (arms out, clearly intoxicated). I have no idea who the two females are.

Somehow a random CSU girl managed to calm Matt down– not a particularly easy task– and the situation did not escalate. It helped that she was a certified bombshell. Maybe she was an angel of peace. Anyway, the CU kid had some friends in green and gold that kept the rest of us from throwing down in fisticuffs, as Ron Burgundy would say.

That was the same year we saw people (not in our group) throwing full, unopened cans of beer at CU kids. That was the same year I had my brother Andrew’s (above, tongue out, one eye unintentionally closed) ticket. I never gave it to him and when we were going into the stadium he was nowhere to be found. He got into the game without a ducat, although he’s not sure how. I’m still waiting for him to pay me for that unused ticket. He did receive a different kind of ticket before the game, this one for public urination after relieving himself on someone’s CU flag that was laid on a grassy knoll. Looking back, that was quite the tailgate.

Inside the stadium ,things were equally chaotic for CSU in Steve Fairchild’s debut. An uninteresting 38-17 loss. There were back-to-back kickoff returns for each team, which was kind of cool I guess. Whatever. We left dejected and already hungover.

The game was in Boulder my senior year. A lot of CSU students didn’t go as some sort of stupid protest or something. It was a true road game, so there were no deals for CSU student tickets. My friends and I each dropped about $70 to get into Folsom. It was worth every penny. For the first time in the series, I admittedly drank a little bit too much, but I still remember the good parts.

As our group of about ten was walking into the stadium, we encountered a girl from CU. If I drank a little too much, she drank way too much. As her boyfriend looked on in embarrassment, she tried to fight a couple of us. She was stumbling forward attempting to land absolute haymakers on one of my friends. He calmly ducked under them as the rest of us were just cackling with laughter. She had a legitimate audience and, even though she didn’t know it, she was killing the crowd.

Andrew decided to come to the tailgating festivities this year without a ticket again. Naturally, by game time he had enough liquid courage to attempt to get into the game without one. After a few security guards had turned him away, his friend Travis, who was already inside, did something hilarious. Forgetting that he had his face painted in green and gold lettering, he found a yellow security jacket, put it on and tried to tell another security guard that Andrew had to come with him. It may have been the painted face, the plaid shorts, or the sandals, but that didn’t work. Andrew eventually found a ticket-taker who didn’t care enough to fight off a sea of drunk kids. He gave him a ticket that was already scanned and the dude let him in anyway.

CU Fans

The blurry picture I took of the CU Fans watching me dance on the midfield logo at Folsom Field.

Inside the stadium, things went pretty well. CSU jumped out to a 17-0 lead behind two John Mosure touchdowns. The Rams held on for a 23-17 win and the CSU students who are not lame left our seats and celebrated with the team on Folsom Field. We rushed the hell out of that field, and it was one hell of a party. Dancing on the midfield logo. “C-S-U!” chants. Waving to the gold-clad fans in their season-ticket seats as they angrily watched in disgust. Snow angels (minus the snow) in the endzone. That experience is probably once-in-a-lifetime and I was pretty lucky to be a part of it.

Last year was my first game as a graduate, but I went disguised as a 5th-year senior. This one was pretty uneventful. We got to the parking lot early and grilled and drank. I remember pouring 16 ounces of Vodka (Burnette’s of course) into a cup because I didn’t want to walk around with an open container. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. I shared it with strangers who seemed to appreciate my kindness. The game was a blowout. Pete Thomas threw three pics; Tyler Hansen accounted for three touchdowns. We left pissed off sometime in the third quarter as CU handed us a 24-3 ass kicking.

I’m planning on taking a more grown-up approach to this game (I even bought my first non-student-section ticket!), but that might fly out the window after slamming a couple beer bongs and imbibing some Jim Beam. Just like that first game in 2006, I never know exactly what I’m getting myself into at the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

Very important update (8/31/13): 

“I’m planning on taking a more grown-up approach to this game.” Ummm… yeah. In 2011, we partied pretty hard and the tailgating was a blast. A couple specific moments stick out enough for me to share them with you.

Our group was posted up with a few cars on the edge of one of the CSU parking lots. Beyond the lot there is a curb, and a grassy hill that leads to a sidewalk. The hill is probably about 15 feet high and the sidewalk is probably about 25 yards from where my group was primarily positioned. Naturally, over the course of the tailgate, this sidewalk is a major thoroughfare with heavy pedestrian traffic from fans of both teams.

Eventually, we decided it was time to harass some folks in yellow shirts. Not sure why; I guess we were just sick of looking at that horrible color. At some point, somebody suggested to my friend Todd, that he take a hot dog off the grill and try to hit a CU fan with it. This quickly became the moment when Todd stole the show. We’ve known Todd for years and he’s a good dude, but there is no doubt at all that this sequence of events is truly his one shining moment.

There’s always a handful of unused burgers and dogs that go uneaten, and Todd grabbed one. With a smirk and an uncontrollable boyish giggle, Todd actually throws the damn thing. I think this was unexpected by most of us. Whoever suggested this brilliant idea probably didn’t think he would actually do it. But he did. He grabbed the dog with his thumb and forefinger and flung this wiener end-over-end on a high, looping arc, similar to that of the opening kickoff a couple hours later. The throw turned out to be an unbridled success as Todd hit the pretend bullseye on this grown man’s chest. He was clearly surprised that a cooked Oscar Meyer had come out of nowhere to bounce of his chest, but he kept his cool and didn’t really look over.

We had a subdued reaction. Mostly it was turning our backs and stifling our uncontrollable laughter. That was pretty awesome, but that was just the build up.

A little while later, someone suggested to Todd that he try the same feat, only with a burger instead of a dog. At this point it should be no surprise that Todd accepted this challenge. He grabbed a cooked patty that wasn’t going to be eaten and picked his yellow-clad target. Again most of us were surprised that he was actually doing this.

So as our large group looked on in excited anticipation with a sense of wonder, Todd flings this thing like a frisbee. Not an across-the-body, backhand frisbee throw, but an off-to-the-side, submarine style frisbee throw with a dip of the shoulder.

The flight of this hamburger is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen, and I say that without hyperbole.

Keep in mind Todd’s intended target was about 25 yards away and up a 15-foot hill. Initially the burger is tailing to the right and it looks like this will be a letdown following the tremendous hot dog incident. But then… the burger starts to curve… like an intended hook on a golf ball or a frisbee floating on a gentle breeze….

HolyShitThatMightHitThatGuy…

NoWay…

LookAtThis…

Ohhhhhhhhhh….

And then…

BOOM!

The hamburger catches this dude precisely on the temple and absolutely explodes upon impact. Our tailgating group also exploded upon impact. Ohhhhhhh! There was about 12 of us jumping around like we were all on Maury and learned we arrrrrrrre NOT the father. Todd immediately rolled right into the “Cat Daddy” dance (fellas, you’ll want to click that link). Seriously though, the reaction was the best part of the entire day and it was eerily similar to this:

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I mean, it was EERILY similar to that.

CSU lost that year, by the way.

Since I’m on the topic, here are some pics of my favorite tradition, The Group Shotgun. Pictures tell me it began in 2010. It will never die.

2010b copy 2011a copy2012a

Top 2010, Middle 2011, Bottom 2012.

Thanks for reading. Go Rams. Hope to see you all tomorrow.