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..:)
Somebody once told me that when someone does you good, you’ll tell a couple of people. They also said when someone does you wrong you’ll tell a hundred. The good thing about being a blogger is I can reach out and spread the good word to a lot more than a hundred people :)…which leads me perfectly into the saga of the Key Club winner.
Rockpile Ranter, known nationally as a loyal Colorado Rockies and Denver Nugget fan. Today is a sad day. I never thought winning a prize could turn out to be such an experience.
I’ll give you a quick refresher.
I received an email from the
Nuggets Rep associated somehow with the Denver Nuggets telling me I’ve won the monthly Key Bank Key Club drawing.
2. I was informed that I had won dinner for myself and four guests at the Ridgeline Club at the Pepsi Center.
I also was told that had I won 5 tickets to the game and a Q and A session with a Nuggets Rep. I was really happy. The entire prize was valued at $800.00 so the e-mail stated. It also said I would have to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility because of the value of the prize.
3. I hopped online to check out the menu for the Ridgeline Club. It was a limited menu and I couldn’t eat anything on it.
4. I informed the Nuggets Rep about my situation and asked if I possibly could get an autographed Melo or Billups jersey instead of the dinner, and if possible a few tickets anywhere.
Am I out of line here? The dinner is valued at 304.00 according to “their” breakdown.
That’s about what a “REAL” NBA jersey not a cheap REPLICA jersey autographed by Billups would be worth. That’s a fair swap in my eyes. The original prize included five club level tickets. All I asked for was a couple of seats anywhere in the Pepsi Center.
To make a long story short (If you want to read the original emails go back a few entries).
If I refused the $800.00 prize and took the substitute prize, it would be the REPLICA Billups jersey and that’s it, no tickets to the game on the 20th, or any game.
I thought about it and decided an autographed Billups jersey would be cool and I wouldn’t have to claim that on my taxes. So I wrote Nuggets Rep back and said I would like to get the autographed jersey instead. I asked if I could have it in white and size 52, my size.
Guess what? Here’s what they responded with:
I actually already have the jersey to send you. It’s an alternative road jersey replica jersey, size XL. Thanks!
Huh, what do you mean XL? Are you telling me that all I get out of this whole $800.00 prize package is a Billups jersey that won’t even fit me? To add insult to injury, it’s not a REAL jersey. Oh and it’s not signed, here’s what she said about that:
I cannot take your jersey to have it signed by Chauncey Billups. We do not have access to the Nuggets Players. We receive all our autographed merchandise from Basketball Operations at the beginning of the season and cannot submit personal requests.
Let me just say, I don’t recognize the word “cannot”….. I prefer can’t.
If the jersey arrived autographed by Billups, the size wouldn’t matter because I would just frame it. But I would still want it to be a REAL jersey not a REPLICA jersey.
So in my eyes, I feel like I’m being punished and given a raw deal because of my weird diet.
Let me tell you my friends, this whole deal sucks. Nuggets, I bragged you up even when you didn’t deserve it last year.
I watch every game I can, and I attend about 10-15 games a year.
It’s day seven for me without a cigarette. I’m making it y’all. Today (other than this Key Bank headache), has been my best day so far.
In the end it’s not the Nuggets fault. It will fall totally on Key Bank with whom I was fond of until this fiasco.
I’ll take my lumps but never play me for a chump. As always, I look for a happy ending to all of this. If Key Bank steps up to the plate on this one I’ll give them serious props.
But if they drop the ball, well you all know what’s next. Hope I don’t have to go there…
UPDATE: I just received this email from the Nuggets Rep:
KeyBank has your information and the emails you’ve sent to me. They will contact you directly. The jersey is autographed.
Wow, well that answers that question, sort of.
Now is this the REPLICA jersey we’re talking about or the REAL one. Because I priced the particular jersey that you want to give to me and it cost 45 dollars on the Nuggets website because its a REPLICA…REPLICA = NOT REAL in case you don’t understand Jersey lingo.
Here’s a link to the: Nuggets jersey page. Check out the prices on the replica jerseys. Sound to me like they’re getting off really easy. NBA replica jerseys are just plain crap. They sell them at Wal-Mart. Why you wanna play the Ranter like a chump?
$45 vs $800, come on and admit it Key Bank, even you’ve got to think that’s kind of cheap??
I want all of you to know I’m just trying to get what I think is fair, wouldn’t you. I just want to feel like a winner and go see my favorite team play a basketball game?
Key Bank, I trust you’ll do the right thing here. I’ll be at game on Tuesday either way, but I’d prefer it be “on your dime”.
Jimmy’ Curran’s over at Baseball,The Yankees, and Life… has a great idea of dedicating your blog ranking to a player with that particular number. I dedicate my 8th place ranking to #17 Todd Helton. Just take the eight and add the five times he was an All-Star (2000-04) and the four times he won the Silver Slugger award (2000-03 the most out of all MLB first basemen). That adds up to 17. Don’t you love my math 🙂
Here’s a link to my: Nuggets autographs
I was wondering if someone might be able to help me out with this little mystery. I got a really good deal a a few 2007 World Series baseballs that I plan on getting signed either at Rockies Fest or spring training.
One of the baseballs showed up with an autograph already on it. I’ve spent a few hours researching this already. I haven’t given up, I’m just seeing if anyone out there might have a clue. I’m using my resources…Yeah that’s it.
Now common sense tells me the autograph is hopefully someone from the Rockies or the Red Sox because it’s a 2007 World Series ball. But you never know? I owe someone a drink if you figure this one out…D
That makes two Rockies who have received invitations. Brad Hawpe also has an invite but at this point he hasn’t committed.
I can’t wait to see Todd Helton back in the Rockies lineup.
Lets hope his back will back him up.
When Todd’s out on first base, everything seems right. When he’s at bat, anything can happen.
I miss that feeling, don’t you?
Speaking of Todd Helton, my friend Dan Sauvageau came over the other day and gave me a little gift.
He must know I’m a huge Helton fan because he gave me a Todd Helton Golden Glove bobble head from 2002.
The Rockies don’t have that many bobble heads compared to other teams and this one is REALLY cool. Notice the bright gold glove. Nice detail on this piece.
Thank you Dan, that was really cool man.
Dan has agreed to be my first Rockies Fan Profile of the regular season. I think that’s appropriate because Dan was the first person to ever come up to me and ask “Are you the Rockpile Ranter?”.
Dan is a good dude and I hope during that Fan Profile to be able to tell you about some of the really cool things Dan does for other Rockies fans.
There are many readers of this blog who can testify to Dan’s kindness and generosity. I
I mentioned Dan to my to my friends Gary and David, at first Gary didn’t understand and said “What you talking about Ranter”, but after he realized who were talking about, he and David agree Dan is a stand up guy.
In Nuggets news, goodbye Chucky Atkins. I really liked Chucky but the poor dude barely got any playing hardwood time.
We traded Chucky, a draft pick and cash considerations for center Johan Petro and a future draft pick from Oklahoma City, January 7th.
The Nuggets acquired center Johan Petro and a second-round-draft pick from Oklahoma City on Jan. 7, in exchange for guard Chucky Atkins, a first-round-draft pick and cash considerations.
Petro was averaging 4.6 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 22 games for the Thunder this season.
1/4/09 Nuggets vs Hornets
The whole theme for the basketball game tonight was “The 80’s”. So the first 5000 fans received what they call “80’s sunglasses”. You know, the ones you used to wear with your OP Shorts (Ocean Pacific) back in the day. If your too young google it.
Above is a shot of Hunter and I modeling them for you. Hunter is holding the T-Shirt I caught as they were tossing them out.
It’s a T-Shirt to plug Chauncey Billups for the All-Star Team.
See, I have finally found another use for my baseball snagging skills. I can adapt them for use in other sports. I love getting free crap at a game. I religiously save everything that I get from any sporting event.
There was a pretty good size line to get inside, I’m not sure if it was the 80’s sunglasses or Vanilla Ice that was bringing in lines of this size in the snow…Probably the cheap sunglasses.
Ok, to give you some reference/history.
Below is Robbie Van Winkle’s original video of “Ice, Ice, Baby”.
Don’t cheat now, you have to watch this one first. Come on,…just play along.
It’s a blast from the past 🙂
Now that you’ve seen the real one, you’ve got to see Jim Carey’s rendition of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”. Be careful you might need a diaper for this one.
Finally, here’s a much older and mature Vanilla Ice rockin the halftime show at the Nuggets/Hornets game last night.
He started out with his version of “Play that funky music white boy” which was a flop for him back in the day, then he somewhat smoothly transitioned into his claim to fame “Ice, Ice, Baby.
I could tear this guy apart. So many things about him are just wrong. But, it’s a new year and I going to look at it like the dude is just trying to support his wife and two kids.
I’m sure to hear him tell it he’s just touring now as some sort of “healing process” that wanna be famous rappers go through,..whatever. I understand, everybody gotta make a living.
Here’s some video I shot of the Nuggets practicing before the game.
This game had a few ups and downs. The Nuggets led by as much as 26 points but they got lazy and let the Hornets make up all of that distance by the 4th period.
At one point in the 4th, the Hornets surpassed the Nuggets and were ahead by 3 points.
Had the Nuggets lost this game, they would have set a record for being the most points up on a team and then losing the game. Not a record I wanted to witness.
The previous record was 23 points. Thankfully that didnt happen.
Below is my picture show from the basketball game,…Enjoy
First is Hunter’s autographed picture of the Denver Nuggets Cheerleaders. I do believe he enjoyed meeting all of them.
A shot of FSN Analyst and play-by-play guy Scott Hastings (aka Sup), and Chris Marlowe.
Hastings is an 11 year NBA veteran and was a member of the 1989 League Champion Detroit Pistons. Hastings finished his career as a Denver Nugget (1991-93). This guy is great, he signed an old skool picture that I found of him for me backstage last season after a game.
I printed two of the pictures just in case he wanted one. When I offered, he said “sure, thanks”. Here’s the picture he autographed for me last year.
Here’s a shot of Sup nailing a three-pointer. The dude still got some game.
I’m going to email him this picture and see if he remembers me from last season. I’ll enclose a link to this entry and maybe he and Big Alfred Williams (former Denver Bronco, Superbowl years and his co-host on their talk radio program “Scott and Al, its off the hook”) would be willing to check out the Rockpile Rant.
Even better, it would be cool if they could possibly give us some radio love as we head out in the Mobile Blogging Unit for Rockies spring training?
I’ll let you know if they respond back to me.
Cool Note: Scott Hastings is believed to be the only person in existance to possess two Super Bowl rings and an NBA Championship ring.
Thanks Mr. Hastings..Hope you liked the picture. Tell Al I said hey.
Here is Chauncey Billups. He has my vote for the All-Star team.
K-Mart, Melo and Chucky Atkins Nene and Melo
Kleiza holding his balls
Some dunking skills
Kleiza and Chauncey with Miss America in the Background..No really it is.
She sang our National Anthem. She did pretty good, she only F’ed up in one spot.
Here she is with her own Police Officer and George Karl
A shot of coach Karl as she’s walking away.
The game was about to start so we headed back to our “real seats” and this was our view.
The score at the beginning of the 4th.
As I mentioned earlier the Nuggets had a huge lead for most of the night, but Hornet’s Chris Paul scored 30 points and had 11 assist. David West also helped out with his 21 points. Both these dudes came up huge for the Hornets and by the last few minutes of the 4th things were getting way too interesting for a game we had in the bag.
In the end Carmello Anthony nailed the deciding shot. He did the same thing on Friday night with a three-pointer against Oklahoma City. The Nuggets zap the Hornets and win this one 105-100 bringing an end to the Hornets four-game winning streak.
Thanks for all of your input in the comments section of this blog.
I’m glad that you guys/gals feel comfortable enough with me to share your thoughts and feelings here at the Rant. I reall dig being able to discuss with people what I’ve written.
To quote the late great Mitch Hedberg,
“Alcoholism is a disease but it’s the only the disease you can get yelled at for having. Damnit Otto you’re an alcoholic. Damnit Otto you have lupus. One of these doesn’t sound right”.
Here’s a video clip of the late Mitch Hedberg’s stand up Comedy. He reminds me of my late High School friend Brian (RIP buddy) ….D
Getting back there isn’t an exact science for me yet, and tonight’s experiment was a flop.
It was painful to watch the Nuggets defense (or lack of it) last season, that’s how it felt this evening watching the Golden State Warriors.
I figured the Nuggets had this game going into it, especially at home.
It was my first time.
They bust out a ladder and some poor b’sturd has to climb up and try to fix it while the whole arena is watching, and waiting.
Did I mention the that everyone is watching?
All those eyes.
People like to stare in these situations. It’s like a car accident.
Do you think this dude has special non-slip shoes on for just such an occasion?
In times like this, cut the guy a break and bring out the cheerleaders.
Only they could take the crowd’s focus off of this dude.
With the game paused, the players and crowd start to get restless.
For a moment, the entire world is on hold.
Talk about pressure.
The suicide rate for these guys is scary, the NBA really should do something to help these people.
At least he can’t see the stares. He can only feel them.
This man is one of the NBA’s unsung heros.
Linas Kleiza was played just over 27 minutes and scored 6 points. He went 0-4 from the three-point range. However, he did make this shot.
Did I mention that the Denver Nugget Cheerleaders are insane? Just check out this picture of bodies flying everywhere . Again, you can click to expand.
Just before the half, K-Mart took an ugly spill as he was going in for a layup. C.J Watson bumped him and he fell to the floor hard, landing on his right side, I cringed.
Kenyon looked like he was done for, and I was thinking “Oh man, not again”.
Then all of a sudden he jumped up like nothing happened, and was back in the game. Let me tell you, the dude hit the floor hard. Props to you K-Mart, better ice that thing.
Nene had 11 points and was 5-6 from field-goal range.
A bad picture of Invesco Field at Mile High
I’m Don the Rockpile Ranter, and I’m just happy you stopped by…The Blogtalkradio is something I’m experimenting with for possible use at Spring Training…D
The Rockies had to non-tender CF Willy Taveras, after figuring out they wouldn’t be able to trade “Speedy” before Fridays deadline for offering contracts to arbitration eligible players.
The Rockies were trying to swing a deal with Taveras and Juan Morillio going to the Nationals for pitcher Tim Redding, but the deal fell flat.
So Willy T is Free. Actually Redding is too for that matter. I tell you what, if “Speedy” could up his OBP just a wee bit, you might really have something there. You need to be on base to “steal ’em”.
Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, and relievers Huston Street, Taylor Buchholz and Jason Grilli were tendered offers, along with Clint Barmes and Garrett Atkins.
Me, my head still hurts, but I’m on the upswing. Hunter and I are heading to the Nuggets game tonight.
I could possibly have a pair of backstage passes for us.
Third level seats tonight, but the backstage pictures should be cool.
I’m hoping to get Chauncey Billups, Balkman, and Birdman’s autograph tonight…D
I’ll be attending a special Dinner with the family on next Thursday.
It’s a dinner/get together, for the season ticket holders in the Pavilion at Coors Field.
<–(These are not Rockies season ticket holders, and will not be attending the dinner party).
This dinner/party doesn’t officially have a name yet, so I’ve been challenged to come up with one (Not much rhymes with pavilion).
It’s going to be a great time. Such a fun group of people.
A Mets fan, a Braves fan, a Yankees fan, and a Rockies fan are climbing up a mountian. On the way to the top, each is arguing about how loyal they are to their team and what they would do for that team.
Upon reaching the top, the Mets fan shouts, “This is for the Mets!!!” and throw’s himself off the top of the mountian. Next the Braves fan yells, “I love Atlanta”..This is for you Braves!!” and he too, jumps off. Finally when then the Rockies fan reaches the top he screams, “This is for EVERYONE!!” and pushes the Yankee fan off the mountian.
More when I get it…D
DO YOU EVER FEEL AFRAID TO FLY ? – YOUR NOT ALONE
- Do you or someone you know cringe or suffer anxiety panic at the expectation of FLYING?
- Did you notice the serious decline in air travel after the events of 9/11?
- Fear of Flying is listed on the Phobia List of Top 10 most popular phobia’s.
- Many famous people share that fear of flying, such as Jennifer Aniston, Woody Allen, John Madden and the Rockpile Ranter to name a few.
This very real fear can be disastrous for the person suffering. It can prevent them from going on vacations or visiting family and friends, and it can cripple the career of a businessperson by preventing him or her from traveling on work-related business.
A fear of flying is a level of anxiety so great that it prevents a person from travelling by air, or causes great distress to a person when he or she is compelled to travel by air. The most extreme manifestations can include panic attacks or vomiting at the mere sight or mention of an aircraft or air travel.
See, this crap ain’t no joke people. I know it’s all in my mind, but it’s my mind, and it’s not like I control that either.
It’s that little guy inside, and he has his own agenda. To be honest, I’m not afraid of flying, I’m afraid of crashing. There is a difference.
I’ll be at the Nuggets game tonight against the Rockets. I’ll try to get that entry posted by Monday evening.
I fly out to Chicago on Tuesday, and I’ll be returning on Friday evening.
If I can blog, I will.
I’ve never been to Chicago. When I get back home (knock on wood), I’ll give you a tour of the City through my eyes.
Let me throw this out there.
If you feel the need to vent or have your own personal rant you would love to get off of your chest….
Let my comment section be your playground.
Sometimes we all need to get something off of our chest.
Better to do it early than let it escalate.
Maybe I can help or offer some advice…D
If I can’t dazzle you with my brilliance, I might be able to baffle you with my bullsheet.
I appreciate you…D