Nuggets vs Hornets
Pepsi Center 6pm
Our first Nuggets game of the season. Wasn’t sure what to expect.
Jersey Geoff and his family must have been think’n the same thing as my family because we ran into him up in the thin-air section (300 section). This was their first Nuggets game of the season as well.
Gold Medalist Missy Franklin was at the game. (Denver resident but not Colorado native).
Pre-Game the Nuggets recognized Andre Iguodala for helping Team USA win the Olympic gold medal. Andre scored 23 points, 6 assists and had 2 rebounds tonight!
Nuggets also recognized center Timofey Mozgov for winning a bronze medal while playing for his native Russia.
The face of the Nuggets have changed so I’ll hit you with some player names.
Kenneth Faried..14 points and 12 rebounds tonight.
Nuggets 102..Hornets 84
.Nugget’s are now 8-6 on the season and the win tonight was their 4th in a row. I must say at first I didn’t like the new uniforms, but they’re starting to grow on me.
Love that Old Skool logo.
I’m “D” the Ranter…Doing my best to be a well-rounded sports blogger 🙂
CLIPPERS VS NUGGETS
Two Nuggets games in three days. This game I was helping (he did all the work), my buddy “B” set up the equipment for the Stats Team.
I usually do this a couple of times a season because it’s fun and I get crazy cool pictures.We show up a couple of hours before the game starts, roll out all of the computer equipment onto the floor and set up.
Once that’s good to go we eat dinner with the media folk then I wander the Pepsi Center doing what I do.
Picture by Joy
Here are a few pre-game pictures I took when I was on the floor.
Rocky doing his thing.
Start of the game.
Chauncey Billups was back home in Denver this evening. Chauncey received a standing ovation from the fans when the Clippers were introduced.
Then Chauncey proceeded to personally kick the Nuggets collective ass.
I still think the Nuggets played well against the Clippers. Chauncey was on a mission to end the Clippers 4 game losing streak on the road, and he had family at the Pepsi Center so he was putt’n on a show for them.
A 32 point show.
Quote from Chauncey: “It’s just always good to play in front of your family and it’s always good to compete against friends.”
Here’s Chris Paul and Andre Miller after they bumped heads.
Both were fine. Despite the collision Miller had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Guess who was here tonight attending his first Nuggets game?
That’s right, Tim signed a football and Rocky the Nuggets mascot ran around with it eventually kicking it to a lucky fan in the crowd.
Before the end of the half I was hanging around by the tunnel that the Nuggets use to enter onto the floor. I looked over to my left and who was standing there? Tim Tebow and a couple of other people. I immediately think about getting his autograph then I realize I have no pen and nothing for Tim to sign. So I positioned myself by a corner, took a few pictures and waited for Tim to walk by.
As they started to head my way Tim looked right at me and initiated a handshake. I shook his hand then mentioned that I was a first year Broncos season ticket holder and I thanked him for a great season. He thanked me and they continued on.
I can tell you I didn’t see that coming when I woke up this morning. I normally don’t get starstruck but I was.
He’s a cool dude.
Griffin is a monster. He had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
With seconds left Chauncey crowded Nene’ and drew a bogus offensive foul. That gave Chris Paul two foul shots and he nailed them both putting the Clippers up by 4 solidifying this Nuggets loss.
Final Score: Clippers 109 Nuggets 105
Coach Karl during his post-game interview.
Here’s 7ft Kosta Koufos signing a ticket I picked up in Club Level.
I then found myself standing next to Nene’. He then turned and looked at me, smiled, shook my hand and then autographed my Media pass.
Nene’ is always great about meeting fans backstage and signing for them.
Best dressed of the game.
I’m “D” The Ranter and there was no way I was missing my opportunity to “D”-Bow.
RAPTORS VS NUGGETS
This was my first Nuggets game of the season and I couldn’t have picked a better time to see them play. The Nuggets return to Denver fresh off of a five game road trip in which they won all five. The first time in history the Nuggets have ever done that.
Plus I got to hear the Canadian National Anthem and I knew all the words.
For this game I sat behind the basket in Section 136. Not the best seats for taking pictures but the tickets were extremely cheap 🙂
Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Hess’s hair finally out grew him. Now he’s sport’n a mohawk?
Raptors were dragg’n ass the first quarter. You could tell they were really missing their leading scorer Andrea Bargnani.
Rudy Fernandez was the man tonight with a season high 23 points.
Danilo Gallinari had 13 points in the game.
Arron Afflalo was back after missing two games but was shutout.
Andre Miller had 13 points and 12 assists and 6 rebounds.
Not sure what’s going on here? Sorry buddy those ain’t basketballs.
Even George Karl managed to get himself a technical foul tonight.
Former Denver Nugget Linus Kleiza got into a bit of a tiff with Harrington near the end of the game. It looked like Harrington got pissed when Kleiza put his hand in his face while under the basket. Some pleasantries were exchanged, Kleiza pushed Harrington. Both dudes received technicals and both kept talking smack after they returned to their bench.
Kleiza scored two points and was 1 for 7 for the night.
Toronto tried to make a fourth quarter comeback and got within 6 points but the Nuggets defense stepped up and the game ended with a final score of…
DENVER 96 the RAPTORS 81
You didn’t think you leave here with out a cheerleader pic did you?
Best shot of the game other than Andre Miller’s shot at halfcourt to beat the half-time buzzer..WOW!!
I’m “D” The Ranter… Whaddaya know…That’s six in a row.
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.