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Your Weekly Roundup From The Sports World and Internet

Welcome to the 99th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where the dress colors are always agreed upon. Let’s get into it…

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I have mentioned at some point during each of the past few weeks that this is one of the slower times on the sports calender. Well, this past week had to be the single least newsworthy (most un-newsworthy?) week I can remember since I’ve been doing these blogs. The Avalanche are out of the playoff picture and took several huge steps backwards after last season’s amazing regular season. The Nuggets are a debacle and laughing stock and have finally entered all-out tank mode. The University of Colorado basketball team is having one of the most disappointing seasons in the country and are a complete afterthought. Colorado State basketball is good and should be tourney-bound, but they are in a lull in their schedule with a boring home game against San Jose State Wednesday night and an idle Saturday. The Broncos stuck Demaryius Thomas with the franchise tag, but that was far from a surprise. And I make it a point to not pay much attention to THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE in late February and early March because there aren’t any damn games for more than six months and draft speculation is absolutely awful in every way. In baseball, players have reported to Spring Training, but the exhibition games haven’t even started yet, so the stories coming out of Arizona are things like Tulo is running the bases or Weiss is confident in Lyles’ change-up.

So yeah, you get the idea. Not much going down ’round these parts these days.

For me, the most interesting of all these non-stories is probably the Nuggets’ noble quest of losing as many games as possible. Breaking down what has gone wrong thus far is pretty pointless by now. (Answer:  Everything.) Among other things, the Nuggets, like most teams in the Association, are in desperate need of a franchise-changing superstar. With that in mind, I’m adding a new segment that will likely stick around the weekly departments for the next six weeks. I present the debut of NBA TANK WATCH 2015:

  1. New York, 12-46, .207
  2. Philadelphia, 13-47, .217
  3. Minnesota, 13-46, .220
  4. Los Angeles (Lakers), 16-42 .276
  5. Orlando, 19-42, .311
  6. Denver, 20-39, .339
  7. Sacramento, 20-37, .351
  8. Detroit, 23-36, .390

(Obviously, the “higher” ranking represents the worst record, and thus the greater chance for a higher pick.)

So the Nuggets currently have the 6th-worst record in the NBA with 23 games remaining. They are 1-9 in their last 10 and have lost 10 in a row at home. They’re starting to get the hang of this tanking thing! They’re only three games back of both Orlando and the Lakers in the loss column. So if the Nuggets can continue their impressive run of losing, they could jump up to the fourth slot with a little help. Come lottery time, that would give them a decent shot at the first pick, and an excellent shot at a top-three pick, which would be ideal.

Woah wait look at this!  The Nuggets fired Brian Shaw a few hours ago! Actual news happened! Something to talk about! I guess Shaw’s books on relating to millennials or his pregame raps didn’t help much.

The timing of this decision is the most curious aspect to me. As mentioned earlier, the Nuggets have finally embraced all-out tank mode. That’s a good thing. That’s a necessary thing. The way the players were playing under Shaw, it looked like they may not win another game this season, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME!

So why now? What is the point of firing him with 23 games and six weeks left? Why not ride this tank job out for the rest of the year and fire him then? Or, I suppose, re-evaluate things and consider keeping Shaw around? My thinking is that the locker room had gotten so bad, had turned on him so entirely that Josh Kroenke decided the culture that would exist by keeping him around was just too detrimental to the long term process in spite of all the losses (which are good).

Melvin Hunt was announced as the interim head coach. He better not screw this whole thing up by getting these guys to play hard and win games.

Seriously, that would be the worst thing possible the Nuggets right now.

Off to the weekly departments…

Douches of the week:

Take the time to go read this blog post from Curt Schilling. Schilling’s writing is all over the map, but his overall point and message are important. Schilling is a Republican and Christian and is what’s commonly referred to as an “outspoken figure” on Twitter, so a lot of people hate him. Most of his tweets and blog posts are, presumably, met with vitriol from the troll masses. That comes with the territory and should be expected.

This one is different.

Quick recap: Schilling sends completely innocuous tweet congratulating his 17-year-old daughter on making college softball team. Tweet is met with some standard “guy jokes” like “Can’t wait to party with her” or “You don’t mind if I date her, right?”. Schilling acknowledges that this is mostly acceptable. Schilling later starts receiving next-level, disgusting, abhorrent tweets about his daughter, including rape jokes/threats. (Schilling’s description is apt: “But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone…) Schilling publishes their names, schools, fraternities, etc. As of today, they’ve been fired and suspended. Today, Schilling told Dan Patrick he will be pressing charges against every single one of them.

This whole topic has so many levels to it and I’m not really sure where to start. My first reaction was something along the lines of My God, this world is going to hell in handbasket. How in the world does someone see a tweet from someone they don’t like, about about that someone’s 17-year-old daughter and have those things run through their head? And then how in the world do they take the time to translate those thoughts onto their phone or computer? And how in the world do they hit “Send”? 1. What could possibly compel someone to do those things? 2. How could someone possibly be dumb enough to do those things?

This isn’t the standard Shut up Schilling and go to hell type trolling. (Though standard attacks like those also seem unhealthy and problematic; that’s a different, but related, conversation.) This is criminal and psychopathic. And that crap is probably far more common than we realize.

Is this just the way the world is now? Do I need to get used to stories like these? When I’m a super-famous sportswriter with 2 million followers on whatever takes the place of Twitter in 20 years, will I be able to mention my (nonexistent) teenage daughter without wanting to murder anonymous people with silly pretend names?

Or will things evolve? Will the masses slowly start to understand how the internet works? In 20 years will we look back at these early days of widespread social media use as the Wild West Days and say Man can you believe people just said whatever they wanted, to whomever they wanted, on public accounts and thought they would get away with it? 

I dunno, man. I think the biggest problem is that people would never, ever say any of this to anyone in person. That’s what has changed. Just 10 years ago if you were a psychopathic freak and you said this stuff, people would go Hey! You’re a psychopathic freak. I am going to alert the authorities! Or you would just get your ass beat and that would be the end of it. So nobody said stuff like that. But now everybody has access to technologies that allow you to communicate to anyone you want anonymously. Anonymous online communication won’t be going away any time soon. And I’m thinking disturbing stories like this won’t be either.

Anyway it’s a pretty interesting topic, even if it is concerning and disturbing. Hey I know! Maybe let’s try not be mean to each other on the internet. (This tangent is an example what happens when there are not a lot of sports to talk about.)


Studs of the week:

God bless these llamas.

Vine(s) of the week:

Just another thing I could totally do if I felt like it.

I’m not quite sure how to feel about watching James Harden kick LeBron James in the nuts:

I also enjoyed watching Madonna topple over on stage. All the masked deer-men with mantlers aren’t sure how to react!

Tweet of the week:

Juan Pierre reflecting on his power numbers after announcing his retirement after 14 seasons.

Juan Pierre was always pretty damn cool. Naturally, he played his best baseball after he left Colorado, but I always liked his game and swagger. Baseball needs more Juan Pierres.

Photo of the week

This is amazing. The woodpecker is under attack, but it’s more fun if you pretend he and the weasel are pals going for a ride. WEEEEEE!! Or if the Wally the Weasel somehow owns Woody and is riding him like a jet ski. Yeah, see. That’s way more fun. (More actual details here.)

A couple other things worth sharing:

I loved this “flash mob” (not entirely sure that term applies) from Maryland’s student section during their upset over Wisconsin. College is fun, man.

This hilarious shot is worth a laugh:

(Don’t try to ruin my fun and tell me he was trying to pass it to that guy in the corner either, dammit.)

And finally, If you haven’t seen this video yet, stop and watch. Absolutely amazing. (Hence 10 million views in 2 days. If you’re the impatient type, skip to the 0:45 mark.)

Something about saving the life of an unconscious man rapidly plummeting towards the earth makes for pretty captivating footage.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See ya next week for my 100th post.


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Should the Nuggets Tank?

Welcome to the 50th (!) edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where the sports calendar is slowly heating up along with the weather. I’m breaking down a hot topic in the Denver sports world this week. Off we go…

The Nuggets are going nowhere. I think it’s time to start thinking about their next draft pick. (via USATSI)

The Denver Nuggets are bad. They won’t be making the playoffs for the first time in ten years. After last night’s (fairly dramatic) loss to the Timberwolves, the Nugs are ten games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Danilo Gallinari will end up missing the entire season. The human puzzle that is JaVale McGee was not solved this year. Ty Lawson has been out for the past nine games. (He returned last night.) They have a first-year coach and new general manager. Andre Miller– who once appeared to be a true professional– yelled at the coach and pouted like a child and got suspended and traded. All this has led to an incredibly uninteresting and down year for the Nuggets, with each game providing nothing to play for.

Unless they lose.

With each loss that sends the Nuggets tumbling towards the bottom of the NBA standings, the chances of Denver ending up with a higher draft pick increase. This puts the team, and their fans, in a very interesting predicament.

The Andre Miller vs. Brian Shaw saga was a black eye on an otherwise uneventful season for the Nuggets. (Bart Young/Getty Images)

The Andre Miller vs. Brian Shaw saga was a black eye on an otherwise uneventful season for the Nuggets. (Bart Young/Getty Images)

Tanking is complicated and there are a few important things to remember with all of this.

First, keep in mind the NBA has a draft lottery, which was originally implemented to prevent teams from tanking. With this system the team with the worst record does not necessarily get the number one overall pick, the 2nd worst team doesn’t necessarily get the number two pick, and so on. It all depends on those damn ping-pong balls.

Second, the Nuggets have the rights to the Knicks’ top pick if it is more favorable than their own. So if the Knicks finish with a bad record, get a lucky bounce, and end up with a better draft pick, the Nuggets will pick in that slot. And Carmelo and the Knicks are pretty damn bad. The Nuggets are currently 25-33. The Knicks are 21-40. Neither team is making the playoffs, so the “more favorable” pick will be determined after the Draft Lottery. This means that even if the Knicks finish with a worse record, the Nuggets still benefit by losing games. Each loss for each team means more ping-pong balls in the spinny clear cylinder thing for the Nuggets.

Third, this year’s draft class figures to be remarkably deep. The crop of freshman in the NCAA is loaded with NBA-level talent. If the Nuggets or Knicks are bad enough and the ping-pong balls bounce in the right direction, Denver could have the opportunity to draft an impact player that is easily better than any of their draft picks since Anthony in 2003. Names like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Julius Randal, Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh, Tyler Ennis, and presumably some foreigners I’ve never heard of, represent hope for the Nuggets.

It’s also very important to note that the NBA is different from other leagues when it comes to building a championship-level team. There are only twelve active guys on a roster and five guys on the floor at one time, so having a superstar is imperative. Without a superstar, the best situation you can hope for is being the post-Carmelo Nuggets. Good, but not good enough.

Andrew Wiggins or any number of his NCAA cohorts could do wonders for the Nuggets franchise.(Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Andrew Wiggins or any number of his NCAA cohorts could do wonders for the Nuggets franchise.(Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Additionally, in the NBA the superstars dictate where they want to play more than any other league. This leads to superstars leaving for bigger billboards and more lucrative shoe contracts in larger markets.

They don’t want to play in Denver.

So there’s only one way for a team like Denver to contend for a championship:  Draft a superstar and win before his rookie contract expires or hope your superstar is a different guy in a unique situation that is cool with sticking around. (Think Duncan in San Antonio or Durant in Oklahoma City.)

So, with all that in mind, I say…. Tank Away, Nugs! Tank Away.

This whole concept is a weird one.

From the perspective of the players it doesn’t make sense. You think Wilson Chandler really wants to compete with Andrew Wiggins or Julius Randle for playing time next year? Hell no, he doesn’t. So it’s kind of silly to think the players will go out there hoping for a higher draft pick, especially in the NBA where playing time is in such high demand.

From the perspective of the fan it only kind of makes sense. You’re supposed to sit there literally rooting against your favorite team? Hoping for Lawson turnovers? And horrible defense from Faried? Even if you understand the reasoning behind the tanking process, that just feels… dirty.

So here’s my outlook:  I watch the Nuggets (follow is probably a better term; that team can be awfully hard to watch) and I don’t necessarily root for them to lose. I look for progress from young players and hope to see Lawson looking healthy again and that kind of thing. But then when they inevitably lose, I shrug and maybe do a mini fist-pump.

The Nuggets aren’t contenders because they don’t have good enough players. Look what Nathan McKinnon is doing for the Avalanche. Or what we are hoping Jon Gray will do for the Rockies. Teams need good players to succeed. The easiest way to acquire good players, especially in the NBA, double especially in Denver, is through the draft.

The ineptitude of the Nuggets, combined with the ineptitude of the Knicks combined with the structure of the NBA combined with the talent in this draft class make for a golden opportunity for the Nuggets.

They can’t afford to waste it by winning games.

Tank away, Nuggets. Tank away.

And to remind you of the kind of players the Nuggets currently have, here’s Jan Vesley, your newest Nugget, faking out… nobody. Or a ghost or something.


Via The Big Lead

Bro. There is nobody standing in front of you. Why are you jab-stepping?

Moving on to the weekly departments…

Stud of the week:

Time is a flat circle… or, something.

This week’s stud is Nic Pizzolatto (not pictured above, that’s Matthew McConaughey, stupid), creator and writer of the best TV show currently on the air. The season finale of True Detective (HBO) airs Sunday night and figures to be a doozey. The gripping/creepy/dark/fascinating crime/mystery/detective/cop show is starting to produce as much internet chatter as the final season of Braking Bad generated a few months ago. Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey put together performances that are just about the best thing I’ve ever seen on TV. McConaughey is almost certain to add an Emmy to his new Oscar, which is pretty impressive to pull off in the same year. You should probably figure out a way to watch this show.

Here’s a little preview of the season finale.


(If you’re a fan of the show, you should really be reading the weekly reviews done by both Alan Sepinwall and Molly Lambert. They’re great.)

Douche of the week:

K.C. Ross-Miller is the New Mexico State player that hurled the basketball at a Utah Valley player as time was expiring Thursday night. Coincidentally, the UVU fans were rushing the court at the time and the combination led to an ugly fan-player brawl.


Interestingly enough, I spoke about the rules of court-rushing last week. My take is that there are no more rules for rushing the court. The importance of the game or prestige of the program no longer matters. Anyone who wants to rush the court can do so whenever they want.  After the scene shown above, many in the college basketball world are arguing that court rushing should be banned. For everyone. All the time.

I’d be fine with that too.

Sure there will always be an element of danger like we just saw, but to me the whole thing is just tired and trivial, played out and pointless. The more I think about it, the more I am inclined to believe we should just be done with the whole mess. The only casualty will be drunk kids missing out on their chance to get on SportsCenter.

Anyway, the guy that threw that ball is probably a pretty huge douche.

Tweet(s) of the week: I don’t care who you are or what you believe, this (since deleted) tweet from Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (not the sports TV guy) with a pretty crucial freudian slip is just funny.

I should also probably include this tweet because it’s been retweeted like 5 times more than any other tweet ever. Like 3 million retweets. The previous “record” was 780,00 or something. Unreal. We live in a strange world, don’t we?

What to watch the next seven days:

  • This category is still being dominated by college basketball… CU plays at Stanford tomorrow night at 7 on ESPN2. Their tournament stock is falling, but they’re still in most projected brackets after their past two losses. That will change if they don’t win at least one game this week. They play Saturday at Cal to finish the regular season.
  • There is a handful of really good college basketball games on Saturday. The best might be when #21 New Mexico visits #10 San Diego State on Saturday for a de facto Regular Season Mountain West Championship Game (assuming both teams win tomorrow night). Should be awesome. 8:05 on CBS Sports.
  • Also worth watching is Duke vs. UNC, SMU vs. Memphis, and UConn vs. Louisville.
  • The Avs are still worth watching. They are in Chicago in a very interesting game tonight at 6. Then at Detroit on Thursday. I’m pretty excited for the upcoming stretch run for the Avalanche.
  • Monitoring the Nuggets’ “Tank-O-Meter” will be interesting from here on out.

Picture of the week:

One of the coolest pictures of the year came from an Indians’ Spring Training game this week. Via @mlb

And finally, here is a truly awful commercial featuring Tom Izzo dancing (I guess?) on a ladder:



Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See ya next week.

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A Quick Roundup From the Sports World and Internet

Welcome to the 33rd edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where there’s just too much going on for me to handle. I was out of town all weekend. In fact, I got home from the airport at 2 a.m. Monday, then got up for work at 6. So this is going to be a bit half-assed post. Luckily there’s a lot of good stuff floating around this week. So get after it…

The Nugget’s season tips-off tomorrow night. I’m expecting some regression from last year’s exciting team that finished with their patented playoff flame-out. It will be interesting to watch a completely remolded team. I’m not alone in thinking Ty Lawson is the key to the whole year. Who knows what JaVale McGee is going to bring? Or Bryan’s Shaw’s coaching style? Lots of interesting storylines. Mark me down for about 48 wins and a playoff appearance.

If you’re not watching the Avs yet, you should probably get on the bandwagon and enjoy it now. They’re 10-1! They had the worst record in the Western Conference last year. It might not last long, so enjoy it while it’s here.

The Broncos won by 24 points on Sunday against a NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE team and most fans feel like they didn’t play very well. I think that means they’re pretty good.

The Colorado Buffaloes got killed again. This time at home to an Arizona team that I would describe as “decent”. They have one shot at getting a conference win, home to Cal in few weeks. Otherwise they’re looking at 0-9 in the Pac-12.

Colorado State almost choked away an easy win against a horrible Hawaii team. They held on and that meant winning back-to-back conference road games. Rams fans will take it. Boise State comes to FoCo on Saturday night. The Broncos aren’t nearly as good as we’re all accustomed to. I think CSU has a shot. But I’m also completely wrong about the Rams on a very regular basis.

The World Series has been crazy as hell. A walk-off obstruction call. A walk-off pick-off. I’ve heard lots of folks saying it’s bad for baseball’s image. I think it’s pretty darn cool. Check this out:


That’s the craziest baseball moment I’ve ever seen. That play by Pedrioa is unbelievable standing on its own. Jim Joyce nailed the call at third base. He was all over it:

via @bubbaprog

This video of three different calls of the pick-off the next night is also awesome.

Baseball is a great game. The Red Sox won last night in a very ordinary fashion. Not even a walk-off balk or umpire interference or anything! Anyway, they go back to Boston with a 3-2 lead and my prediction of Cards in six ain’t happening.

A quick reminder of why we love sports. Great moment here:


I posted the original, baseball version of this a few months ago. Very funny stuff.


Wowzas in me trousers!

Dez Bryant is nuts.

via guysim.com


This is big news in Mitch’s world.


Gosh,  I hope that doesn’t suck. I’m cautiously optimistic after seeing that trailer.

This mad me laugh so hard the first ten times I watched it.


Standing alone, it’s pretty badass to be on a boat that reels in a giant fish that has a sword for a nose. Standing alone, it’s pretty badass to jump off the back of a moving boat. When you combine the two, it’s much less badass. I love this video.

Probably not the best strategy.


A great, great read is bouncing around Twitter and social media. A student journalist at Indiana wrote a brilliant piece on a Waffle House. Yes, read it.

And finally, it is Halloween week. Here’s a couple timely videos.


This one is worth watching just for the interaction at the 1:55 mark:



Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See ya in November.

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Brian Shaw, The Aftermath of Game 7, Other Stuff

Welcome to the 15th edition of Tuesdays with Mitch. We’re turning a corner in the sports calendar. Basketball is done. Hockey is done. Football hasn’t started. We have just entered the dog days of summer when baseball is the only thing going on. Almost…

Brian Shaw is the new head coach of the Denver Nuggets. (USATSI)

The Nuggets hired Brian Shaw as their new head coach to replace George Karl. I don’t have a whole lot of insight on Shaw, but I think it has to be considered a success for the Nuggets. Shaw was one of the hot names in coaching circles this offseason and the Nuggets got the guy who was probably their first choice to take over. Shaw has won five championships in his career, three as a player, two as an assistant. That alone is a pretty impressive resume. It will be interesting to see how much the playing style differs from the fast-paced days of George Karl.

There’s always great optimism when hiring a new coach, but after Karl’s surprise firing and Masai Ujuri leaving, all the sudden the Nuggets have a rookie GM and a rookie head coach leading one of the youngest teams in the NBA. That doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence. Again though, I think it is wise to make a change, simply because the only thing the Nuggets risk giving up is boring first-round playoff exits.

This piece from ESPN on Shaw’s remarkable journey is worth your time.

The rough road trip for the Rockies that I said had the makings of a season-changing disaster started with them going 0-5. (Sometimes it’s almost like I know what I’m talking about.) They won the next two and there are two in Boston remaining, tonight and tomorrow. They can finish the trip at 2-7 or 3-6 or 4-5. At this point I’m hoping for a split in Boston, and coming home at .500 to regroup.

Since nobody watches hockey anymore, here’s all you need to see from the absolutely incredible Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, wrapped up in a neat three minutes.

Two goals in 17 seconds on the road in a clinching game of the Finals? That’s about the craziest damn thing I’ve ever heard.

The middle of overtime in a Stanley Cup Finals game is not the best time to cut to cheap local commercials.


I was cruising around Twitter after the Heat beat the Spurs in Game 7 on Thursday and found some pretty legit pictures and gifs and videos.

Here’s ESPN’s ninjas getting real creepy behind the scenes.

Bill Simmons is one of the few ESPN employees who can get away with badmouthing the network for which he works because he’s one of the top dogs. And juuuuuust as he was about to bring up the debacle that LeBron and ESPN took a lot of justifiable heat for (see what I did there?), the cameras went black. Hard to believe that was a coincidence.

Excellent and gutwrenching picture of a sad Tim Duncan

Sad Tim

I found this on Twitter from @corkgaines. Getty Images.

Dwayne Wade looks pretty drunk:

Happy and drunk Wade

Or maybe he’s just happy. via SB Nation.

Here’s rap superstar Drake being told he can’t enter the Heat locker room.

Whoever’s holding the camera is sure a douche.

Check out Birdman’s unreal shades:

Found this on Twitter @corkgaines.

Classic freaking birdman right there.

Dan LeBetard had an epic, 10 minute rant after Game 7. Kind of strange for a “columnist” to be such a homer. Stranger still, for anyone to play the “disrespect” card when referring to the Heat. Still pretty funny though.

And my favorite one
of all is Chris Bosh struggling with the postgame celebration as much as struggled with the actual game.

found on Twitter @sportsvines

In other news, I follow the Iron Shiek on Twitter along with 305,000 other people. It’s fascinating. The former pro wrestler sends out incredibly vulgar, mostly nonsensical tweets about anything happening in pop culture or sports. He doesn’t like Hulk Hogan. He likes the cold beer. He calls people Bubba (which I have since stolen). Once you learn to speak his language, it’s usually pretty hilarious.

There has always been kind of a mysterious vibe to the whole thing though. Is this really him? There were pictures that made it clear the Iron Shiek was actually around. I always wondered if he was actually sending these tweets or they were coming from brilliant handlers who created a strange Twitter character. An insightful article came out Sunday that (kind of) helps answer some of these questions. Pretty interesting stuff. It’s all being done to help raise funds to create a documentary on the guy.

Here’s some good sportsish long reads from the past week:

Really interesting profile on Serena Williams from Rolling Stone.

An oral history of the 2003 NBA Draft is insightful stuff from ESPN.

Here’s a video of a guy making fun of the government and screwing with people:


And finally, I have absolutely no idea what is going on in this video, but it’s just captivating. I mean, I can’t look away.

There is so much going on. Kids ripping off their shirts and sticking out their tongues. Admit it, you were hoping they brawled. Twenty bucks says each one of those kids grows up to a lunatic.

Happy Tuesday everybody, see ya next week.

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Masai Ujiri is Probably Leaving and That’s Bad For the Nuggets.

It’s starting to sound like Masai Ujiri won’t be staying with the Nuggets.

The single biggest reason for the recent success of the Denver Nuggets has not been a player or George Karl. It has been Masai Ujiri.

The VP of Basketball Operations (which really just means general manager, but the Nuggets have a weird hierarchy with strange titles) was considered a rising star in the basketball world when he was hired. This season, he won the NBA Executive of the Year award.

Ujiri comes from a scouting background which is a little different than most front office executives and has apparently given him a leg up in analyzing talent and acquiring a cohesive set of players.

The NBA is a superstars’ league and superstars don’t want to play in Denver. Ujiri has recognized this and expertly assembled a roster of solid players than can compete with the big boys.

There hasn’t been any playoff success, but I point the finger at George Karl there and that’s a whole separate conversation.

The drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s exit was a horrible situation for a young GM to be in, but Ujiri pulled off a genius trade that reshaped the Nuggets franchise.

Anyway, the Kroenkes have given Ujiri permission to speak with his former franchise, the Toronto Raptors, about their vacant GM position and it is being reported that Toronto will be offering a very lucrative deal. The details remain hazy, but it sounds like Ujiri could pull in well over $1 million per year, with the Kroenkes not likely to match that kind of figure.

That kind of money not easy to turn down.

At this point, we’re all just waiting on Ujiri to make his decision, but personally, I’d be surprised if the NBA Executive of the Year comes back to Denver.

Ujiri leaving would not resemble most changes in the front office with relatively unknown executives moving on. He is the single most important– and perhaps most talented– person in the Nuggets organization.


Not sure what’s going on here.

Tulo is not interested in high-fiving Betancourt. (gif via guyism.com)

Baseball players are a quirky bunch.

Your quick Rockies update aside from cupchecks or sack taps or whatever is happening there: Finished that crucial homestand 5-2, but then started their current road trip 1-3. Went 6-4 in the 10-game NL West stretch. Should really win the next three over the AAA affiliate in Houston.

This video is perfectly titled. I present, “Tim Duncan Realizing He Has Arms”.


Chris Anderson has had a few different looks in his day.


via @NickiJhabvala of the New York Times

As good as this is, I distinctly remember a perm somewhere along the way even though I couldn’t find any evidence of this either. I’m putting the over/under him just saying “screw it”and going full technicolor face-tat at 2.5 years.

This is the best interview I’ve seen in a long, long time.

I would like to hang out with that young man.

I can’t wait for the 30 for 30 on Gordon Bombay.

Bombay’s willingness to accept eccentric characters like the Bash Brothers and implement unique techniques like the Knuckle Puck have made him a true legend.

And finally, here’s a non-sports link. A worthhile read about the devastation in Oklahoma.

Happy Tuesday everybody. See ya next week.

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Your Weekly Roundup from the Sports World and Internet

Welcome to Tuesdays With Mitch. A bit of a slow sports news week around these parts so this is a shortened post. Also I’ve been busy. I’m sure you’re crushed. Off we go…

Since last we spoke, the Nuggets were eliminated in the playoffs by Golden State in six games. I still think George Karl should be shown the door, even if that doesn’t seem to be the feeling of the Nuggets’ front office.

Also I can’t help but chuckle at the Nuggets fans who are complaining about the refs. The ending to Game 6 was nothing short of bizarre and there were some awful calls down the stretch in Denver’s wild comeback, but come on. Maybe don’t fall behind three games to one against a six seed and those calls would be of less importance.

Nolan Arenado  was appropriately pumped up after hitting a grand slam off the reigning AL Cy Young winner. His career is only a few games old, but all signs are pointing towards the This-Kid-Can-Play category.

The Warriors and Spurs played an incredible, instant classic last night. Down the stretch, one obnoxious, shrieking fan managed to steal the show at the end of regulation and throughout both overtimes. In the sports-twittersphere, last night’s game will forever be remembered as The Screaming Spurs Lady game.

I’m fully expecting to hear that in a few nightmares.  Seriously, how could you sit next to that? This one excited woman/girl turned my Twitter feed into a steady stream of jokes about Screaming Spurs Lady. This gem summed it up the best after the game:

screaming gem

That reminded me of this moment:

The “KEEVVVVVVIIIIINNNN” at 32 seconds just kills me every time.

I think it’s important for all of us to read this enlightening piece on Jason Collins, Tim Tebow, ESPN, First Take, Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Chris Broussard. On a related topic, don’t watch that crap or listen those dudes. Just don’t. You’ll be better for it.

It has to be a first to combine an actually relevant, interesting news story with one of those strangely awesome urban news interviews that take over YouTube. Those two came together in beautiful harmony last night, when news broke that three women who had been missing for over a decade were found alive, locked in a house. It’s a horrifying story with a twist of a happy ending. Anyway, this guy is your latest hero.


Another wild story had a local angle when people in the Wyoming and Colorado State athletic departments managed to save a former Denver Post reporter’s life when they realized she was having a stroke over the phone.

This is a great picture.

And finally, Sunday was Cinco De Mayo and all that Spanish being spoken reminded me of one of my all-time YouTube favorites.


Happy Tuesday everybody. I should have more to say in a week. See ya then.

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It’s Time to Fire George Karl

Welcome to Tuesdays With Mitch, this week’s edition 100 percent free of both tear gas and pepper spray. Off we go…

What’s the point of another season with George Karl? AP Photo

Over the past eight and a half years, every now and then some Denver Nuggets fans or media members would start a little uprising calling for George Karl to be fired as the Nuggets’ head coach.

I never really bought into those theories. I shrugged and thought Karl was a fine coach, but not the reason the Nuggets weren’t advancing in the playoffs.

This is Karl’s ninth season in Denver. His teams have made the playoffs nine times. They’ve advanced past the first round once. That won’t be changing this year unless the Nugs win three in a row against Golden State beginning tonight. To put it mildly, that seems unlikely.

This off-season is the time to fire George Karl.

Heading into the playoffs, things were different this year.

This isn’t the Nuggets as a 7-seed trying to pull off an upset like in many previous seasons. The Nuggets were heavily favored to win this series. The Nuggets have the all-important home court advantage. This team won 57 (fifty-seven!) regular season games.

Including tonight, the Nuggets have been favored in Vegas in all five games. It looks like they’ll lose the series in five or six games, but keep in mind they’re one Andre Miller layup away from getting swept.

The Nuggets’ performance in these playoffs is an enormous underachievement.

Denver is without Danilo Gallinari, which I predicted would be a huge blow in the playoffs, but Golden State is without their all-star. David Lee going down allowed Mark Jackson to tinker with his lineup– going small by starting three guards– and in doing so, badly outcoach Karl.

Yes, Stephen Curry has gotten weird and sometimes there’s just not much you can do, but if you don’t think Karl’s been outcoached by Jackson, you’re a lunatic.

This isn’t the Broncos losing a somewhat flukey game to the eventual champion. This is one of the best Nuggets teams ever getting blown-the-hell-out by a mediocre team in the first round.

The system that’s in place is not working. Eventually the organization has to try something new. Why not? What’s at risk aside from another few years of first-round exits?

This team is talented enough and young enough to make the playoffs by sleepwalking through the regular season over the next few years. When the regular season ends is when they need some fresh thinking and a new outlook.

At this point, we know who George Karl is. It is not unfair to label him as a successful regular-season coach who can’t win in the playoffs. He’s a perennial underachiever  He’s a coach that loses in the first round.

And year after year, season after season, what is the point of that?

Feel free to comment at the bottom of this story if you think I’m wrong about GK, or preferably, if you think I’m right.


It was an eventful few days for the Avalanche. They finally had their nightmare of a season come to an end. Then they fire Joe Sacco (to the surprise of no one. It will be more interesting to see if they shake up the front office as well). Then they won the draft lottery. They’re expected to pick Seth Jones, which is a cool story.

The Rockies continue to play well, but the big story from the past week was the call-up of Nolan Arenado, who started at third base Sunday in the most anticipated Rockies debut in years. If you follow the Rockies, you’ve been hearing about this kid for some time. He went 0-3 with a walk on Sunday, but went 3-6 with a 2-run homer last night. His family and friends had almost a whole section to themselves and they kind of went nuts in what was a pretty cool moment. If Arenado can provide some pop and Helton comes back soon, it could make the Rockies lineup ridiculous. Like, best-in-baseball ridiculous.

The Sports Pickle compiled a handful of old newspaper articles praising horrible draft picks. This essentially explains my position on why analyzing the NFL Draft is just a really stupid and pointless thing to do.

Frank Caliendo can get old in a hurry, but anyone making fun of Mel Kiper Jr. is all right with me.


I don’t know why I found this to be so funny, but I was pretty much crying uncontrollably throughout.

I suppose the 3 million views in three days means I’m not alone.

We lost a legend on Friday. George Jones was one of the greats and a personal favorite of mine. (Yeah, I like that kind of music.) Here he his with his first hit in 1959. (Just look at that flat-top!)

He lived one wild life and there’s a lot in this NYT obituary you didn’t know.

The guy who was carjacked by the alleged Boston bombers talked to the Boston Globe. This is just a gripping, fascinating, incredible story.

And finally, well, I’ll let you piece together the details of this episode. The world needs more people like this.

Happy Tuesday everybody. See you next week.

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Inside the Rockies’ Dominant Start

Welcome to this week’s Tuesdays With Mitch, where it’s the middle of April and the weather in Colorado is complete crap. That sounds familiar. It’s a big Tuesday ’round these parts. The MLB-Best Colorado Rockies (huh?) play a double header against the other MLB-Best Atlanta Braves (they’re scheduled to do so anyway). The Nuggets host a playoff game. ESPN drops a 30 for 30 about John Elway. Hope you have a DVR. Let’s jump in.

Dexter Fowler hits home runs now. Like, all the time. He’s been a huge part of the best offense in the game. (Photo Hyoung Chang / Denver Post).

The Colorado Rockies will not lose 100 games this year. Barring catastrophic injuries, that much is clear. They are not the worst team in baseball. They are not the worst team in the National League. They might not even be the worst team in National League West. They’re generating a little buzz. And some other buzz.

The Rockies and Braves are both 13-5, tied for the best record in the Bigs. What I find most interesting is that the Rox haven’t just got off to a solid start, they’ve gotten off to a dominant start, particularly offensively. Check out their National League rankings in the major offensive categories:

Rox Offense

Through games played Monday 4-22.

So the Rockies rank 1st or 2nd in just about every major offensive category in the National League. They’re also in the bottom 3 in offensive strikeouts. (OPS+ is Park Adjusted OPS, which is an advanced stat from baseball-reference.com that eliminates any advantages or disadvantages that a team gets from the parks they play in).

So 18 games in, the Rockies have the best offense in the National League. The issue though, has always been their pitching.

So far they’re pitching has been pretty average. Given the expectations for this staff, that’s very encouraging. More specifically, the Rockies currently rank within a team or two of the league average in most pitching categories. However, Colorado ranks 2nd in baseball-reference’s ERA+ (which is the Park Adjusted ERA, just like the OPS+ explained above).

Jhoulys Chacin has been an ace. (3-0, 4 runs in 24.2 innings, 1.46 ERA). JC will miss his next two starts, which is concerning. Fans have to hope that doesn’t completely derail his season. Jorge De La Rosa has a streak of 17 consecutive scoreless innings. I still think he is the key to this rotation and, really, this season. John Garland has been very steady with a quality start in each game. He appears to be a savvy pickup. Both Francis and Nacasio have been good and not-that-good.

In the bullpen Rafael Betancourt is 7-7 in save opportunities. Wilton Lopez has been horrible and has fans frustrated, but his career numbers suggest that his 9.00 ERA is an aberration.

Many fans have said that average pitching and a baller offense could work for the Rockies and so far, it has.

What do we know from 18 games? Well, that’s a small sample size. That’s 11 percent of a season. That’s equal to about 36 NBA games. That’s not quite equal to two NFL games.

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, the Rox got off to a hot start in 2011, then completely fell apart. This feels different though. If the key cogs in the lineup stay healthy, the offense will be one of the best in the game all year. If the pitching can be somewhat stable the Rockies should greatly exceed the dismal preseason expectations. It’s just 18 games, but I feel comfortable saying that.

It’s reasonable to surmise that this team can flirt with a .500 record, which sounded crazy a few weeks ago. Maybe in September, this post will be something to laugh at when the Rockies prove to be just as bad as we all thought,  but as of right now, there’s certainly reason for optimism.

My official prediction for the Nuggets-Warriors series was Nuggets in five. The Warriors showed some brass on Saturday by nearly pulling off the upset, but they couldn’t get it done and this series is over. David Lee going down took out any potential for remaining intrigue. Kenneth Faried coming back only further cements the matter. I still think Golden State wins one in Oakland. Nuggets in five. I’m keeping the analysis fairly short on this because I don’t think the rest of the series will be all that interesting.

I’ve said for a few years that Andre Miller is probably my all time favorite Nugget, so I thought this was awesome.

My grandma can jump higher than Andre Miller and he just put up 28 points and a game winner in the NBA playoffs.


Kevin Harlan goes pretty hard in the proverbial play-by-play paint and he enjoyed Chris Anderson’s (Remember him?) dunk last night.


Heartwarming baseball moment here to remind you why we love sports. (Full Story here)

A feature on Allen Iverson’s crappy life is a good read. Truly sad story.

This aired on SportsCenter when I was at a bar. Looked interesting so I found it online. An equally sad look at Jamarcus Russell’s downfall with a spin forward to his desire for a comeback. It was worth my 12 minutes.


A couple moments of levity from all the reporting from a crazy week in Boston:

Boom! Double stiff arm while hardly breaking stride. Not today, losers! What a strong play. He brushes those chicks off  like they were Manti Te’o playing Alabama.


I don’t care who you are, that’s just funny.

And here’s a couple excellent pieces coming out of Boston you should read:

The New York Times on 22 of the people seen in an image at the time of the first explosion.

The Washington Post on how we found the bad guys.

And finally, don’t ask me for insight on the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. Nobody knows anything and all the extreme analysis is just absurd. The draft is crucially important, but all the talk surrounding it is just nonsense. I half-assed this post a year ago that expands my thoughts on this.

Happy Tuesday everybody. See you next week.

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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.


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:


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.


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.

papa john

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.


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.


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:


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.