The Rockies Nolan Arenado fields the ball during a game at Coors Field. Courtesy of the Colorado Rockies
As spring training looms, there’s more optimism around the Colorado Rockies than ever before. It’s as if almost a quarter-century of baseball in Denver is coming to a head, with the promise of the playoffs—and maybe even something in the mold of another Rocktober—well within reach.
February 9 2017, 10:05 AM
Andrea Jacobson is an elite referee who rules Denver's roller derby rink. Photograph by Claudia Lopez
Over her 11 years as a Denver Roller Derby official, Andrea Jacobson has made at least one woman cry. Being tough comes with the territory when you police a sport marked by hip checks and fishnet rashes. But Jacobson—known as Loren Order in the skating world—has also earned the respect of the seven...
Gary Kubiak leaves the field after Denver defeated the Oakland Raiders 24–6 at Sports Authority Field on January 1, 2017. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / Denver Broncos
Last Sunday, our defending Super Bowl champions missed the playoffs and their coach, Gary Kubiak, resigned from his post, due in part to health issues. Now the question is, who’s going to be the 16th head coach in the Broncos’ franchise history? Whoever it is will inherit a team with deep defensive...
January 6 2017, 1:45 PM
Devontae Booker (no. 23) tries to keep his balance on a 12-yard, first-quarter run against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on December 25, 2016. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / Denver Broncos
Fewer than 11 months ago, a million people packed downtown Denver for the Broncos’ championship parade, a jubilant sea of orange cheering on the Mile High City’s latest athletic accomplishment.
But that February day, and the glory of the Super Bowl 50 victory, seems a long way away right now,...
January 4 2017, 2:25 PM
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak addresses the team in the locker room, announcing he is stepping down after Denver defeated the Oakland Raiders 24–6 at Sports Authority Field on January 1, 2017. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / Denver Broncos
When John Madden coached the Oakland Raiders' semi-dynasty through the 1970s, he and owner Al Davis had a long and amiable disagreement about the best positions from which to build a team.
Madden loved the "big uglies," his affectionate moniker for offensive linemen, the workhorse unit that...
January 2 2017, 3:45 PM
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian passes during third quarter action against the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo. September 18, 2016. Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / courtesy of the Denver Broncos
After the Broncos started this season 4–0, I wrote a tribute to John Elway, lauding him for his tendency to buck conventional wisdom and outside assumptions about how he should construct his roster.
Elway confounded observers when he let Brock Osweiler sign with Houston and inked punch-line...
December 19 2016, 12:50 PM
—Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado
The fate of the University of Colorado football program and the fate of Rashaan Salaam have long appeared intertwined.
Salaam, who came to the Buffs in 1992 as the headliner of a stacked recruiting class that sparked CU back into national title contention, was found dead of a suspected suicide...
December 9 2016, 1:00 PM
Colorado overcame a tough test against No. 22 Utah last week to finish the regular season on a high note. The challenge is even tougher this week, as the Buffs face a Washington team ranked fourth nationally and poised to compete for a national title. Photo courtesy of University of Colorado Athletics
To the oldest and most faithful fans of University of Colorado football, Saturday night’s postgame graphic on the Folsom Field scoreboard must have looked like an illusion: Colorado Buffaloes, Pac-12 South Champions. Then again, most of the 52,000 who witnessed CU’s division-clinching win over Utah...
November 30 2016, 3:55 PM