HELL YEAH !
I so wanted to be there welcoming the players and wishing them good luck. My smiling face was doing just that the first game of spring training last season and look how far the Rockies went…I’m just say’n 🙂
The Hotstove.com has been sending out questions to Rockies Bloggers and they’ve been posting my responses along with several other Rockies Bloggers.
Here’s the question from Feb 24, 2010:
If free agent infielder Felipe Lopez can be had for a bargain price, should the Rockies consider bringing him in to give Clint Barmes some competition at second base?
The other question was from today and it was:
The Rockies have been notoriously slow starters in the past few seasons, often digging a deep hole for themselves in April. Is it the cold weather in Colorado, or something else that keeps the team from performing well early in the season?
Answering questions about the Rockies is fun in anticipation of the regular season but thank god for basketball, it fulfulls my need to watch live sports and take pictures in the baseball off-season and doesn’t break the bank(Thanks B).
In a month we’ll be watching the Rockies play the Mariners. I have several goals for those two special games.
You ask why is it a special game? Honestly I’m not sure but the ticket prices suggest something special so when I figure out exactly what it is that justifies the extremely high cost of tickets for these two games I’ll let you know. (The cheapest ticket is $25.00)
First I’d like to get Ken Griffey Jr’s autograph(Yeah I know who wouldn’t). It’s doubtful he’d sign for me dressed up in my Rockies gear but my wife Krista will be with me and that levels the playing field.
Second I’d like to catch a batting practice homer and/or possibly a game foul ball.
Third, I’d like to get Jason Giambi’s autograph. Yes I know I have all season to do that but I figure I’d get ‘er done early and that’s one less thing to do.
By the way if you’re attending this game and would like to trade your BERM tickets for tickets in section 120 give me a shout.
I attended the Nuggets/Pistons game on Feb 26th with my buddy Tom and Vanilla Ice was the half-time show. This is the second time I’ve seen Vanilla Ice at the Pepsi Center as he did the same thing last season.
I’m not a fan, the video was shot only for future laughs.
This is a No-No, c’mon dude this was a good game.
George Karl, being a trooper and working through his illness.
If you’ve ever wondered why they call Chris Anderson “The Birdman” here’s why.
The Nuggets beat the Pistons 107-102.
Next weekend is Frozen Dead Guy Days in my town of Nederland, Colorado.
I plan to do a huge entry with pictures on FDGD explaining exactly what it is so you’ll have to check back to read it.
The games have begun, and I’m ready for some fun in the sun.
D..The Rockpile Ranter
I really could overwhelm you with pictures and a monster blog today, and as much as I’d like to do just that, tomorrow is the Rockies home opener and my folks are arriving in town so I’m a short on time but I’ll do my best.
Let me tell you that this Power Aid contest that Hunter won was really a good time and all of the folks who helped with this promotion were really on their game.
Inside the backpacks were a couple bottles of PowerAid, wrist bands, two T-Shirts, a Power Aid water bottle, a towel and an Autographed Carmelo Anthony jersey.
This jersey was the real deal too. Not a replica jersey like the one I was sport’n.
That was really cool of them and one helluva way to get greeted.
Hunter and I were floored.
Hunter told me later, “Dad I know you want this jersey but I want to have it framed”. I told him I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want an autographed Melo jersey but I didn’t want “his” jersey.
I tell you what though..I’m jealous as hell :).
After the presentation of the backpacks we all headed over to the trailer where they do all of the editing for the basketball game. They were really nice to us and explained in a nutshell what they do before and after the game inside this mobile trailer.
When we finished touring the trailer we walked over to the hallway and that was where we waited for Melo to show meet us..
While we were waiting I saw Anthony Carter walk by, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups and Chris Anderson (Birdman).
When Melo walked in as he passd me he saw I had on his # jersey and he gave me a hand slap.
Then he walked up to Hunter and the other winner and said hi and talked to them a little bit.
Hunter had a few questions he wanted to ask and Melo was REALLY cool about answering them. Melo was totally a class act tonight and it was really nice to see Hunter keep his stuff together and not get nervous and forget how to talk.
Here’s a video of Hunter asking Melo a few questions:
Then we headed out to the court to wait for Chris Marlowe (FSN play by-play announcer) to give meet the kids and tell them a little bit about what he does.
He shook my hand I said “Nice to meet you Mr. Marlowe” and he hit me back with “Call me Chris”. Chris I know you’re a busy guy but thanks for spending some time with “my guy”.
He writes a really good blog for the Nuggets and you have no idea how bad I wanted to slip him a Ranter card and talk some blogging with him. I reminded myself that tonight was Hunter’s night not mine.
Hunter was so good and so polite to all of these new people. I was really proud of him.
Here’s video of Chris explaining some stuff to the kids:
Enjoy the picture show and half-time video of “The Rubber Man”. Let me warn you about the Rubber Man, this video is way beyond strange.
We headed up to our seats on the first level Row 15 and watched the Nuggets go back and forth a little bit with the Thunder. In the end the Nuggets were just too strong with Melo scoring 31 points, JR smith scoring 17 and Nene scoring 21.
Nuggets win 122-110 and I would like to thank PowerAid, FSN Rocky Mountain, Altitude Sports, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Marlowe, Pepsi Center the Denver Nuggets and anyone else who may have had a hand in this once in a lifetime experience for Hunter.
Best beard of the evening————>
Tomorrow is the day, opening day at Coors Field.
I work half a day, go home for an hour then head out to Coors field for day one of Hagg’n, tagg’n, snagg’n and making memories so I can be bragg’n.
I’m D,….The rhyming Ranter with the funky fresh banter. Old Skool, but not an old fool.
It’s been a while since I’ve been to a Nuggets game and before the game started the Nuggets were on a four game win streak. The Nuggets are H-O-T (29-8) this season and I was hoping the wife and I’s presence wouldn’t interfere with that momentum.
Unfortunately we didn’t get there early enough to see the Nuggets warm-up. We arrived about five minutes into the game.
The star of the show tonight was my favorite Nugget J.R. Smith. Smitty scored an insane 40 points tonight. J.R. was allowed to start the game and seriously took advantage of that opportunity.
I’m glad that Krista, I and 18, 231 others in attendance were able to witness “Smitty’s Basketball School”. It was downright pleasurable watching the Wizzards being subject to “Professor Smith’s” night classes and failing miserably.
Here’s a picture show for you. As always let me know what you think. You don’t have to love basketball to enjoy a good picture.
Here’s Renaldo Balkman about to earn his money.
Linas Kleiza and the Birdman Here is Kleiza trying to “Be Like Mike” He skies pretty good for a white boy.
The Birdman showing off his no-look block. Birdman scored 18 points in this game.
One of J.R.’s many shots tonight.
Chauncey Billups scored 5 points and had six assists in his 32 minutes of play.
The score at half-time.
The Nuggets half-time show was wild. The outfits were so bright I thought somebody had possibly slipped something in my drink. The colors were intense.
The ladies strutting their bling.
I’m not quite sure exactly what I’m witnessing here but this dude had some rhythm.
Then it got really intense, it was starting to make me dizzy.
So by now the room is spinning so I had to look away to regain my balance. I looked up and what did I see?
A big old Coors can. Beware of the useless coupons that this and similar blimps like to drop on your head. You could really get hurt and the coupons are worthless. Tell you what, float a big “Fat Tire” beer bottle up there and maybe I’ll risk injury, but for a Coors (aka Rocky Mountain pisswater), I wouldn’t walk to the fridge.
Save you knees, a free paper isn’t worth an injury either. I tell you what, if those stupid blimps dropped baseballs it would be game on…
A Ranter basketball blog entry wouldn’t be complete without a obligatory cheerleader shot 🙂
Check out the guys face on the far right holding up the cheerleader, he’s hurting.
I’ll zoom in on his expression for you, priceless 🙂
Sorry dude, I didn’t mean to expose you nationally but you really need to work on your game face.
Love this expression.
By far the “Best Hat of the Game”. I guess if you can afford a snazzy hat like that, court side seats are chump change.
Kleiza going for the block with Birdman ready for the rebound.
The Birdman with the slamajama.
Birdman had 18 points, 11 rebounds and get this…6 blocked shots. All that in only 22 minutes. This dude is awesome to watch and the fans love him.
Welcome to Denver brotha, where you been?
I’m not sure who this guy was, but he may actually be attending Referee School.
He kept standing up and moving his arms and saying, “safe”. It’s cool, you meet all kinds of people at at Nuggets game and I like baseball.
JR Smith and Chris Anderson, making a name for themselves this season.
The Nuggets wave their magic wands and spell out the Wizzards 116-105.
(Go back and read that last sentence, nice huh? 🙂
Melo had 20 points and looked like he may have hurt his ankle?? Hope he’s ok.
Nene had 11 points and 2 blocked shots.
Thanks for stopping by, if your interested in of being one of the first people to participate in the new sport called Hagg’n let me know. If not we could always use cheerleaders..:)