Category: Benchpress

Bench Press finale: moving on, resolutions, and fantasy football

Watching the Texas-Penn State volleyball championship match Sunday night on ESPN2, I found myself wondering whether it would ever end. And then, almost as suddenly as it caught my attention, it was over. Boom, done. I suppose life is like that: three and a half years ago, I set my nose to the grindstone at the Free Press. Now, I’ve […]

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TC hopes Gardner delivers wins again

Excitement is hard to quantify, but it has been easy to see and hear surrounding the Tabor College football program since the announcement of the return of coach Mike Gardner. If common sense suggests expectations dipped after his departure, history says otherwise. Recall that in August 2006, the Bluejays were picked fourth in the preseason polls despite a media day […]

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Belichick?s 4th-and-go was a Kobayashi Maru

A lot has changed since the second week of October. For a while there, it really looked like I might have to eat my words about both the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche?I had opined that both teams would be unspeakably bad. While it looks to me like the jury is still out on both counts, there are a […]

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Zamperini: a worthy example for all generations

Being young has advantages and disadvantages. Advantages include instinctively understanding Facebook, ultra-high metabolism and the ability to accept peers (and their egos) despite their misguided, self-important hopes and dreams. The single biggest disadvantage is the lack of a sense of history. Enter Louis Zamperini, an All-American and a two-time NCAA champion who was the first American 5,000 meter finisher in […]

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Avs will be bad, but will they be bad enough?

A once-great team in full decline? That hurts, ESPN.com?s NHL power rankings. That hurts a lot. Ouch. It?s been a year or two or seven since The Decline began, but this is no less than a new frontier for Avalanche fans. It?s uncharted water. And worse, there is no Magellan in Colorado?s minor league system. There?s not even a Sir […]

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Sports czar should oversee athletes ?too big to fail?

With a matter of days remaining until the start of the NFL season, I?d like to share a few thoughts in no particular order. Note: if you?re one of those people who ?values time? or ?needs exercise? I?m going to suggest skipping reading this column in favor of…well…doing anything else. * * * Memo to the Oakland Raiders: trading a […]

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Picking a winner in the AFC West is a disaster waiting to happen

Watching film is a big part of a professional coach?s life, but if I were Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, I?d burn the tape of the preseason opener against San Francisco and bump Twister, Backdraft or The Day After Tomorrow to the top of the Netflix queue. Through two preseason games, Denver?s pass offense has looked about as shaky […]

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Notes from the KCAC media day…

Media day is a great day if you ask me. Here are some of the highlights from the back pages of my notebook, where my thoughts on the non-Tabor KCAC teams usually go to die: n McPherson will run a spread offense. Judging by the squiggliness of my handwriting, I think it was roughly here that the tryptophan in my […]

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Trivia questions revealed

I owe Gari-Anne Patzwald an apology and a mention in my column. Gari-Anne is the only person who answered one of the trivia questions I asked in my May 5 column. Here?s the one she nailed: What do Byron “Whizzer” White, Bill Bradley, Alan Page, Jim Bunning, Ken Dryden, Roger Bannister and Jack Kemp have in common? All of the […]

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Host cities getting less from their NBA teams than hoped

Los Angeles sits on 500 square miles of temperate Southern California and, if it were a country, would be the 17th biggest economy in the world. But on account of budget woes brought on by the current recession, Los Angeles can?t afford a parade.

Let me say that again: the Lakers just won an NBA championship, and their city has no room in the budget to celebrate.

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