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Plenty of Reasons To Like the Nuggets

This season’s Denver Nuggets are quite a bit different from the team we saw on opening night of last season. They’re fun to watch, they’re not completely self-absorbed and they’re actually pretty good.

It’s refreshing to watch a team without a superstar. It doesn’t hurt that I don’t have to watch mediocre players who think they’re superstars regardless of their productivity.

Andre Miller, Ty Lawson, Nene (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Something's not right here, these dudes don't even have that many tattoos. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Carmelos, Kenyons and JRs have been replaced by quiet, unassuming guys like Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer and Andre Miller.

I don’t want to make these guys out as saints, but the Nuggets look like the most unselfish, least ego-driven team in the NBA. They don’t mind playing defense, they’re incredibly deep (important in this highly condensed season), and they run the floor in a fan friendly style of play.

In short, ESPN would struggle to make a promo like this if the Nuggets were involved.

The best part of all of this? They have a chance to do some big things in the Western Conference. The Nuggets (12-5) have already beaten the Mavericks (11-7), Jazz (10-5), Lakers (10-8), Heat (12-5) and 76ers (12-5). They went 4-0 on an East Coast road trip swing in which they played four games in five nights and if they win in Sacramento tonight can complete a 5-0 road trip.

That should turn some heads throughout the league.

Al Harrington has come out of nowhere to be perhaps the team MVP this year. Ty Lawson and Miller have been compatible on the floor together, especially late in games. Danilo Gallinari is having his best season. The Fernandez and Brewer trade didn’t generate much buzz across the country, but both have proved to be productive.

The Nuggets are trying to win a championship in an unconventional manner, and if nothing else, it should be very interesting to watch.

The NBA is probably rigged to favor superstars and large markets, but if it’s not, a healthy Nugs team could be David Stern’s and ESPN’s worst nightmare come playoff time because they are very capable of making a deep run.

A Tumultuous Week for CSU Football and Other Musings

Jack Graham (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post)

CSU fans sure hope Jack Graham knows what he's doing. (Helen H. Richardson/Denver Post)

I know I haven’t been around all that long, but I think Colorado State football fans will be hard-pressed to come up with a more tumultuous week than the one we all witnessed recently. Here’s a quick timeline of the events:

  • Thursday morning:  Highly respected athletic director Paul Kowalczyk fired completely out of the blue. The final 3 1/2 years of his contract are bought out using “private funds” (meaning donors/boosters likely pushed Kowalczyk out).
  • Thursday morning:  Kowalczyk replaced by Jack Graham, a passionate donor with zero athletic administrative experience.
  • Thursday afternoon: CSU President Tony Frank posts a letter in which he confirms his commitment to athletics at CSU. One eyebrow-raising sentence mentions “the impact that a privately funded football stadium on our campus would have.”
  • Saturday:  Nearly pull off a large upset against arguably the Rams’ biggest rival, only to fall short in the fourth quarter (no surprise there).
  • Sunday:  Fourth year coach Steve Fairchild fired by Graham.
  • Monday:  Graham announces his perplexing hiring of a national search firm to look for coaching candidates. Someone is paying the firm a quarter of a million dollars.
  • Tuesday morning:  Fort Collins Coloradoan article confirms that Jack Graham wants/is thinking about an on-campus stadium.

Whew… Need a few shots of Pepto Bismol to digest all that.

Other local and national sports musings:

  • How cool was it to see CSU play on Coach K court in front of the Cameron Crazies? It would have been cooler if they had a contributor taller than 6′-6″.
  • Am I the only CSU fan who was very disappointed to see the students rush the court after beating Colorado? We did the same thing two years ago and Kowalczyk sent us all an email saying how stupid it was. He was right.
  • In six or seven years the St. Louis Cardinals will be glad they’re not paying Albert Pujol$ $25 million a year, but don’t tell that to the 12-year-old in Missouri who has slept in a Number 5 jersey-T for as long as he can remember.
  • It seems like David Stern is losing control of the NBA. His nixing of the Chris Paul trade screws over three different franchises, but none more than the small market New Orleans Hornets, which he was trying to protect. Superstars in the final year of their contract will always have the power to dictate where they want to sign. It’s just an unfortunate truth.
  • The Rockies better sign some starting pitching during this offseason, the sooner the better. Getting rid of Huston Street and his contract to create flexibility was fine, but now it’s time to make some moves.
  • I would like to see Nene come back for the Nuggets, but I have a feeling some other team is willing to overpay for him. I think the Nuggets have to let them. A max contract would be a little much.
  • And no post would be complete without this:  TEBOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW!!!!! At this point, there’s no sense in being skeptical. I’m all-in on the Tebow Train, and I worry that lots of people in Denver and across the country are too busy trying to be quarterback experts to enjoy what we’re seeing. This is the most remarkable football season of my generation’s lifetime, just shut up and enjoy it already.