The Aug. 14 issue of Sports Illustrated featured a 2017 college football preseason top 25, along with a suggested road trip to guide fans. One of the stops on the cross-country route was in Denver, Colo for the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Except it didn't give a good description of the match-up, or the Mile High City. Here's a suggested redo with more accuracy. The Buffs are coming off one of the best turnaround season's in college football history. Despite an off-the-field issue with former coach Joe Tumpkin, the Buffs are focused on football going into the 2017 season. The Rocky Mountain Showdown has been played in Denver going back to 1998, but should be moved back to campus for a more enhanced atmosphere. Colorado has won the past two years, including a 44-7 win in 2016, the largest margin of victory for either team in the series going back to 1956. Grab a beer at one of the many craft breweries in downtown Denver- before the game as most close before Midnight. Falling Rock Tap House is an option with a long walk or Lyft after the game, despite normal Friday night LoDo traffic congestion. Get on the road by 9 a.m. Sunday. You're going for a seven-hour run of nothing to Manhattan, Kans, where Bill Snyder is still coaching. Be careful and watch out for deer along interstate 70. There's nothing good about explaining that situation to a rental car company. Less than two weeks until the start of the college football season. #NeverStopRising
The Colorado Rockies are off to one of the best starts in franchise history with a 41-25 record (second best in MLB). In fact, the success of the new look Blake Street Bombers is the best in Denver sports history. According to Rockies scorekeeper and CU's Dave Plati, " (The Rockies) are 24-10 on the road and the first team in Denver major league history that is 14 games over .500 at any point in a season (Avs were +13 three times, Nuggets +9 in the ABA in '74-75). Best runs are a 24-8 span the Broncos were on the road from 2012-to early 2016, and the old Denver Bears were 17 over in both 1976 and 1980." Wow. All of the hits keep on coming in LoDo, except for this June 17 promotion vs. the San Francisco Giants for Nebraska fans. One of the worst promotions in sports history features a red hat with a Rockies logo, that would only be cool with a "62-36, never forget patch". No Colorado love for the team we supported through the "tough years". Maybe next time Ralphie could run the bases?
There's one player on the Michigan Wolverines football roster that you might not have heard of and ESPN has him listed as '-Q'. Far more than a typo, "Q" has a profile on Michigan's site and rivals something from a James Bond movie. In the movies, the letter was short for "Quartermaster." Maybe ESPN is trying to leak a secret identity of Harbaugh or can't keep up with how many players are on the Wolverine's roster. The world may never know.
Blinn College (Brenham, TX) defensive tackle Tyrell Thompson has gathered interest from many college football teams and received his fourth major offer from the Colorado State Rams. However, after reading the letter from head coach Mike Bobo, Thompson might want to slap a "return to sender" stamp on it. On the top of the letter, there was a minor oversight. The university, who's usually known for higher education forgot to spell part of their own name. An extra vowel later and the "Coloradao State" Rams were official. In all fairness, it could have been attributed to Bobo's southern twang coming out. Whatever caused the error, Thompson should say thanks, but no thanks to CSU. The 6-foot-4, 300 pound JUCO big man has also received an offer letter from the Colorado Buffaloes, who know how to spell the name of their home state correctly. Thompson's decision on the school he's transferring to should be announced in the coming months.
Former Colorado Buffaloes running back Rahsaan Salaam had an outstanding college career and is known for being the only player to leave Boulder with a Heisman Trophy. Many remember the 67-yard touchdown run against Iowa State that cemented that feat back in 1994. He takes his love for being one of the best players in college football history to a new level. If you live in the State of Colorado, there's no doubt that you've probably noticed Salaam in his black Dodge Challenger with the "Heisman" inscribed license plates driving around. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing the "black beast", check it out. The cruiser is quite nice!
The 2017 football recruiting class is shaping up quite nicely for the Colorado Buffaloes. One player who has the potential of joining CU's list is K'Lavon Chaisson, a 4-star defensive end from North Shore HS (Houston, TX). He took to twitter and posted his short list of schools with emoji's-- except one major problem. There's no Buffalo it's a Ram. Chaisson's list is impressive with CU in his final ten schools. The 6-foot-4, 210 pound prospect is ranked among the top 100 players in next year's class and will make an immediate impact to the school his decides to attend. There's no expected time frame for Chaisson's decision, let's just hope Apple and Google can develop a Buff emoji before then.
ESPN the Magazine published their preseason preview for the 2016 College Football season before omitting a major eye sore. On page 73, dedicated to the University of Colorado, Phil Steele projected Davis Webb as the Buffs starting quarterback. Yes, we know these previews are published well in advance, but nonetheless a bad look for ESPN. Especially with the write up about Sefo Liufau right next to the projected starters. The cover features Heisman front-runner & Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and can be found on newsstands now until October 5th. #CUin16