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Your Weekly Roundup from the Sports World and Internet

Welcome to this week’s Tuesdays With Mitch, where it’s the middle of April and the weather in Colorado is complete crap. Seems like a good reason to settle in and enjoy everything worth reading or watching from the past week in sports and the internet.

I’ll start with a quick thought on yesterday’s horrific developments in Boston. I don’t have the perspective to provide much that hasn’t already been said, but I’ll add that as Americans I hope times like these do not further separate a divided nation but instead bring us all closer together. That should not be too much to ask.

A couple links worth looking at from Monday.

USA Today found various acts of kindness.

Comedian Patton Oswald struck the right tone on a Facebook post that went viral.

Some helpful words from Mr. Rogers also spread around social media.

Thoughts and prayers, y’all. Thoughts and prayers.

Aaaaaaaaaand impossible segue into the local sports scene… now.

The Nuggets are one win away from securing the 3-seed in the west after Monday’s dramatic win over Milwaukee because Ty Lawson did this:

That came after the Bucks took the lead on 4-point play on a phantom foul call. A road win with no Faried and no Gallo. Pretty resilient bunch, these guys. Faried hurt his ankle Sunday but says he should be back in time for the playoffs. He better be, lest my playoff outlook become even more dire.

On the bright side, Lawson already appears to be pretty darn close to 100 percent. He had 26-7-5 in Milwaukee including that brass game winner. The Nuggs play at The Can on Wednesday; a win over Phoenix locks up that 3-seed.

The Rockies-Mets series is supposed to be four games. As I write this it’s been snowing for like 24 straight hours and the forecast is still bleak. There’s a legit possibility none of the four games get played, which I think would be a first in Rockies’ history. It would also make rescheduling the games nearly impossible, as this is the Mets’ only visit to Denver this season. Stay tuned for scheduling chaos. Two doubleheaders later in the year on common, non-consecutive off days? The Rox playing “home” games at Citi Field? Life is just easier when it doesn’t dump a crapload of snow in the middle of April. Update: The Rockies are attempting a double header today and are currently playing the first game of the series, so ignore the second half of that paragraph. Still, life is just easier when it doesn’t dump a crapload of snow in the middle of April.

Oh by the way, the Rockies looked horrible when they got swept by the Giants. Looked great in a road sweep of the Padres. They’re now 6-0 against San Diego this season. My sources are reporting they are filing a motion with MLB to replace all remaining games against the Giants with matchups vs. the Friars.

If you know me, you know that this made my Sunday.

OTHER STUFF

You should really read this. Seriously. It’s great. I put it first in this section for a reason. Read it.

Official Twitter accounts of teams or businesses are almost always boring public relations professionals with nothing humorous or the least bit interesting to say. On the rare occasion these accounts prove that they’re run by actual people with actual personalities it enhances Twitter tremendously. The most famous example was the Brooklyn Nets PR account, but then they decided being interesting and relevant wasn’t a good idea. (They’re most funny and famous tweet read, “#Nets now 32-0 when outscoring oppenents this season”). Anyway, we had a good example of effective Twitteration this week. After the Padres pretty much started a brawl with the Dodgers, @Dodgers tweeted this:

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An official account of a big time franchise with a relevant and funny Anchorman quote that that trolls another franchise? Why can’t every team do this all the time?

I’ve never caught a home run or foul ball at a baseball game. I would guess I’ve been to about 250 Rockies games and never done it. Never even had a player or even field usher guy flip me a ball, which is really remarkable. Anyway, this is probably the coolest possible way a guy can accomplish this feat. (MLB won’t let anyone post their videos anywhere so you have to click the link). The post-catch beer chug is just legendary stuff.

There is a show on TV called “Splash.” At first glance it appears to be the dumbest thing in the history of television. Apparently they find D-List “celebrities” and try to teach them to dive like those flamboyant Olympians. Fear not though, for the show has provided us with a moment of perfection. I present to you a very fat Louie Anderson with arms raised, rolling backwards into the water from a 16-foot platform.

via guysim.com / @worldofisaac

What a glorious age we live in.

This commercial made me laugh harder than I’d like to admit.

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I haven’t yet seen “42” but yesterday was “Jackie Robinson Day” in baseball. Here’s a great article on the legendary man’s life. USC also tweeted this rare footage of Robinson playing football at UCLA in 1939, which is pretty cool.

I really enjoyed this SI piece from last week about The Best Player You Never Saw.

I love me some 60 Minutes and this story on R.A. Dickey is worth your 15 minutes.

And finally, Papa John enjoyed Louisville’s championship last week.

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Maybe the most random celebrity(?) drunk picture ever. Can we get the wasted, sweaty, falling-over, eyes-half-closed version of Papa John on the next season of “Splash”?! That would be a win for everybody. Make it happen, America.

Happy Tuesday everybody.

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The Nuggets’ NBA Finals Hopes Were Ripped Apart Along With Gallinari’s ACL

It’s starting to look like the Nuggets are going to lock up the 3-seed in the West. That’s good. Ty Lawson should be back for the playoffs, but might not be at 100 percent. That’s also good. Danilo Gallinari’s ACL appears to be in several pieces. That’s really, really bad. This GIF is gross, but I didn’t show Kevin Ware’s last week, so I’m going for it. Sorry if you’re squeamish.

Ouch. (via SB Nation)

So where do the Nuggets go from here? They should still lock up the 3-seed and will have home court in the first round against probably Golden State or Houston. They went 4-0 against Houston this season, including a 132-114 blowout on Saturday without Lawson or Gallinari. The Nuggets went 3-1 vs Golden State. The one loss came 106-105 in Oakland when Andre Iguodala’s last second three was determined to be after the buzzer.

If Lawson is able to play, the Nuggets should win a first round series, which is progress, but a lesser aspiration than what fans had in mind a couple weeks ago. Wilson Chandler should be able to step in and fill Gallo’s role in the starting lineup adequately. Chandler was even getting more minutes than Danilo for a multiple-game stretch a few weeks ago. Thing is, when Ill-Will starts, there’s nobody to step in and fill his role off the bench.

I considered the Nuggets a threat to make the NBA Finals because they legitimately have 9 different guys who can beat you on a given night. Their depth is what made them dangerous. Without the versatile offensive threat of Gallinari in their half court offense, that depth is diminished remarkably. This is particularly true in the playoffs, when fast-break points are harder to come by and the Nuggets will be forced to rely on running a half court offense. Gallinari’s slashing dunks and quick-release threes will be missed sorely against San Antonio in the second round.

The entire NBA looked at the Nuggets as an interesting experiment because they don’t have a superstar and play at such a high-octane pace. Many, including me, considered them a serious contender to come out of the Western Conference.

That standpoint was torn in half at the same time as Gallinari’s ACL.

SPORTS STUFF FROM AROUND THE WEB

The NCAA National Championship didn’t disappoint. I can’t remember watching a better college basketball game. It was back and forth. Surprise stars came out of nowhere, then faded (Raise your hand if you had heard of Spike Albrecht before last night).  Huge dunks and alley-oops. The whole game was just played at a really high level. I’ve always thought “It’s a shame one team had to lose this game” is a corny expression, but that really applied to this one.

Rick Pitino thinking he was getting capped as fireworks went off in the Georgia Dome kind of stole the post game show last night.

Found this on Twitter via @worldofisaac

Until, of course One Shining Moment played on CBS (after midnight on the East Coast). Nothing even comes close to perfectly wrapping up a great season like this song.

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No CSU Rams snuck in there for the second year in a row. Kind of lame. Really, there’s no Mountain West in there at all. No CU either.

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of a cinematic masterpiece. The Sandlot is a staple of my generation and easily one of my favorite movies ever. If you’ve ever played baseball with your friends or just lived for the summer as a kid, it’s probably one of your favorites too. Bleacher Report had a fun breakdown. Here’s my favorite scene from the classic about nostalgia, summer, camaraderie among young boys, America, the good ol’ days and, of course, baseball:

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Squints grabbing the back of Wendy’s head right when “This Magic Moment” starts playing is one of the great moments is movie history. Then the narration ending with, “But everyday after that the lifeguard looked down from her tower, right over at Squints… and smiled.” That’s some darn good stuff.

Here’s a long, in-depth piece from ESPN The Magazine inside the collapse of the Auburn football and the huge role synthetic marijuana played. “For lack of a better term, they were out of their minds.” Stuff sounds terrifying. Really good investigative journalism.

This screencap from Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) is gold.

So is the reaction of this kid sitting behind home plate. I could watch this GIF 1000 times in a row.

The Denver Post had a good breakdown of the decline of the Avalanche on Sunday. Pretty crazy how far they’ve fallen.

This is a called third strike to end a one-run MLB game.

Found this on Twitter via @ycpb and @citizenmeyers .

Neither the batter, pitcher nor catcher appear to have initially thought that was a strike. Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn’t happy.

And finally, allow me to rain on your parade when it comes to the Rockies. They jumped out to a 5-2 start and their starting pitching looks really good, with six quality starts in seven games. Their lineup will be a beast all year. Opening weekend at Coors Field was great. I’ll just remind you that there’s 155 games left. In 2011 they started 11-2, then went 62-87. I’ll stand by last week’s prediction.