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Cry me a Philip Rivers…Broncos Deliver.

11-18-12

Chargers vs Broncos

The Chargers have had the Broncos number at home for years. With the P-F-M 1000 firing on all cylinders I had a feeling that things would be different this game. Today Krista and I took our tailgat’n serious and showed up about 3 1/2 hours pregame. As it has been for every home game for the last two years the weather was perfect.

By the time we got to our seats we had missed the sky divers and the flyover. No worries. We were feel’n fine 🙂

Prader kickoff.

Willis McGahee before and after his knee injury…That sucks.

Von Miller gets set.

Boom!

Knocks the ball loose.

In your face Rivers!!

Broncos recover. Von Miller had 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

Dude’s a beast!

Decker airborne for a TD!

Yeah Boy!

With that TD Decker became only the third Bronco to catch at least eight touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as usual. I’ll blame it on the unusually long pregame tailgate experience 🙂

By the way..Mikes Harder really is a bit harder..WOW

Broncos get the sweep of the Chargers at home with a final score of 30-23. Next up…Chiefs at Arrowhead. That should be a no-brainer.

I’m “D” the Ranter…What’s that 5 in a row now? After all the crappy post-Elway years, it feels like football is back in Colorado and it feels good to be relevant again.

I expect I’ll be gett’n a bill for Broncos post-season tickets soon.

Bring Your Sign…It’s Helmer Time

9-20-12

Ok, this Rockies season was a bust and it’s quite possible we could achieve the 100 loss mark.

Just wondering how your still feeling about the lack of our homeboy Tom Helmer and his enthusiasm for the Rockies?

I don’t know about you but it seems to me the Rockies and Poot Warts need Helmer now more than ever.

Nothing against Joel Klatt pictured below.

🙂

Thursday is the last regular season game at Coors Field and Mike the Rox Addict and I plan to bring our “Bring Back Helmer” signs and just as we did the first game of the year we’re going to show our support hopefully pre-game and post-game.

What we need are Helmer supporters who can make signs and show up with arm power to hold them up.

  If you miss Tom and feel it is essential that Poot Warts rehire him, get your ass up,  grab a sharpie, find a chunk of cardboard and go to town with your sign making skills.

Poot Warts can tune out our chanting, but it’s difficult to mute a big ass sign?

WE NEED SIGNS!!

It’s the last game of the year…It’ll be months before you even think baseball again…Lets make a day of it and show support for the “HOMEBOY”.

Do you own one of the famous “Helmer is my Homeboy” shirts? Make sure you’re wearing it Thursday.

Then when we’re all done we meet at the Blake and talk about what a great day it was.

 Shout out to the “Homeboy” maybe he can make an appearance??

Leave a comment below if you’ll be there with sign in hand or wearing one of those classic Helmer shirts.

I’m “D” The Ranter… Please…Bring Helmer back before the Cowboy starts frosting his tips.

Joel Klatt can’t Dance.

Stout…You Rock Brotha!

Rockies…Let’s steer clear of the 100 loss mark ok?

See you Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday…”D”

Manning’s No Geezer…Just a Crowd Pleaser

9-9-12

Broncos vs Steelers Game 1

Ready as we’ve ever been, Krista and I showed up at 2pm to get our tailgate on.

Even showing up 4 1/2 hours before the start of the game we were still couple of hours late for the party. We played catch-up soaking in everything by just walking around enjoying the moment. The first regular season game is a HUGE deal in Denver and this is our second year as Broncos season ticket holders so we still kind of learning the ropes.

P-F-M jerseys were in full effect.

Today was Krista’s birthday. Pretty cool way to spend your birthday I’d say.

The Mile High “Crack of the Game”.

The new era of Manning.

I had nothing against Tim Tebow whatsoever… Because above all…I like winning.

Shot of the coin flip.

Orange is back and that’s a good thing!!

Almost caught two balloons thanks to a wind shift.

You’d think with balls of steel they’d drop quicker or you’d hear some sort of clanging noise?

P-F-M in “His” house.

Traditional flyover.

Let’s begin the picture show.

Big Ben on his ass. The way it should be!

Two-point conversion denied

Props to Porter for being the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Final Score

Broncos 31….Steelers 19

I”m “D” the Ranter…As I mentioned earlier, I like winn’n that’s why I’m grinn’n.

This season’s gonna be fun….”D”

Regular Fan…Not This Man

6-8-12

Rockies vs Angels Game 1

I tried to be just a regular fan.

 I went to two games without my camera. As much as I liked the fact that my backpack was lighter and I had two free hands,.. I felt like a space traveller without a spaceship. Even back before I had a decent camera I wandered Coors Field holding my crappy camera snapping pictures of everything.

 I guess after time it just become part of you or in my case me.

I fregg’n love inter league play, especially at Coors.

Teams that don’t visit Coors Field often really soak in the experience of the mile high ballpark and that equates to a good time at batting practice. Today was a perfect example. Albert Pujols was enjoying himself so much today that he took an extra round of BP. That worked out well for Jersey Geoff and I. We were well aware that fact Albert had been up to bat for a long time and we figured eventually the big guy would have to hit one our way. Not long after that conversation Albert hit one right to me. Nice easy catch right on the pavilion wall. 

Shortly after Jersey Geoff got his.

Anyone that knows me knows that this is why I do BP. How many people in the world can say they’ve caught a home run ball right off the bat of Albert fregg’n Pujols?

 If you think about it, not even pro ballplayers catch home run balls. They catch them before they’re home run balls. I suppose every now and then a player is robbed of a home run so I guess that’s catching a home run ball but you see my point.

The chance of me ever getting Albert to sign that ball is slim, but this ball gets a special spot in my collection. The Pujols ball was my third catch of the day. The first was a straight up catch given to a little girl behind me and the second was a ground rule double I gave to my friend Ruth who was attending her first Rockies game of the year.

Today was the hottest game of the season for me. Temperature was 88 but felt like 100.

First pitch of the game.

Trout seconds after he was caught…By a pitch. He seemed to be ok…Scary though!

Trying to get a peek.

Todd Helton toss-up.

 

Hunter knocks one onto the concourse.  That was one of two of his homers for the evening.

WOW

Huge Rockies fans…Ruth and Scott.

As much as I detest “The Wave” at least Rockies fans were doing it at the appropriate time.

As usual it didn’t work.

Rockies lose to the Angels 7-2.

For some reason the Angels are crazy good during Inter league play.

Baseball isn’t always Cracker Jacks and home runs. Sometimes it’s just plain ugly. On that note here’s the…

Coors Field Crack of the Game

 

I’m “D” the Ranter and I think I just Vurped a little 🙂

Chipper Holds Class…Braves Kick Ass

5/5/12

Braves vs Rockies Game 2

Today’s adventure started out early. Hunter and I headed to Groove Chevrolet in Littleton to support MVP Sports and  Colorado sports Artist Kyle Banister who was helping host a Wilin Rosario autograph session.

When we arrived it was still early on in the session and not many folks had arrived yet. I was able to shake hands with Wilin, get one of Kyle’s Rosario prints autographed, and get a picture of Wilin autographed for Hunter.

Wilin was kind enough to pose with us for a picture. I asked Wilin what his favorite part of being a Rockie this season and his face lit up and he said:

 “Everything man, the fans, the players, I love it.”

What Wilin doesn’t know at this point is once you shake the hand of the Ranter..Good things begin to happen.

🙂

Wilin is a really nice guy and Kyle drew an awesome print for this autograph session. As we were leaving we ran into Amy, Eric, Gary and Alannah X who were hang’n round enjoying the free lunch after getting Wilin’s autograph.

What I love about Kyle’s artwork is when you step back a few feet it comes to life.

Whenever I think of the Braves I think of my buddy Andy from Spring training. As much as I’ve taken abuse from  him about the Rockies, I give it back too. I enjoy the Braves in town because it usually results in a good batting practice and today did not disappoint.

For a change of pace I switched up gloves. I had a small amount of play from the Rockies today but each time the ball would drop short or fly over my head. However, once the Braves took over the field I knew I had picked the right part of the pavilion to be standing. My first ball was a toss-up that bounced short of the first row. I was able to snatch it up on the second bounce. My second ball was hit hard and I knew it was going to land in the tunnel. I headed for the  tunnel, turned back and was positioned for a perfect tunnel catch. At the last-minute another dude reached into the tunnel from the pavilion and deflected the ball. It went into the tunnel and through the door. I ran in and snagged it.

At this point I’m glad I’ve snagged two balls but I still hadn’t caught one on the fly this season. This was grinding on me hard. Finally with about ten minutes left of BP Dan Uggla hit a homer that had my name on it. I took a few steps to my left and made a perfect catch. I can’t tell you how glad I was to get that first one out-of-the-way.

Today was Cinco De Mayo or as I heard a Rockies fan say Drinko De Mayo 🙂

Here are a few pre-game pictures.

My mission today was to get pictures of Chipper Jones last time at Coors Field.

Cuddy’s Grand Slam..A nice shot into the pavilion.

Jamie Moyers first hit as a Rockie.

Yeah!!

I told you once you shake the hand of the Ranter good things happen. This is one of two Rosario homers tonight.

Here’s not only Chipper Jones but Chipper as his bat is starting to shred. First time I’ve gotten a shot of a bat breaking this particular way. Chipper was money tonight and had a career high 5 RBI’s.

Here’s what Tracy had to say about Esmil Rogers:

“With Esmil, it’s back and forth,” Tracy said. “A good day, a bad day, a good day, another bad day. Which guy’s coming? Which guy’s going to show up? That’s what we have to sort out and get to the point where we know a consistent guy’s going to show up on a regular basis. That’s where we’re failing, right?

Major group duck!

 Jim Tracy and his thoughts about the loss:

 “That’s the worst game of the year for us. From the sixth inning on, we didn’t pitch at all. We had a 6-0 lead after two innings, and once we went to our bullpen no one that we ran out there threw with any consistency whatsoever. When you’ve scored 17 runs in the first two games of the series and you haven’t won one, it gives you a pretty good idea of where we’re failing.”

It’s tough to watch Jamie pitch so well then watch a nice lead slip away.

Final Score: Braves 13 Rockies 7…Ouch that’s two now.

I’m “D” The Ranter and I’m thinking I need to shake hands with all of the Rockies.

Nice and Slow…That’s the Way to Go

9-7-11

The Birth of Vanny Castilla…The Mobile Blogging Unit

Love em or hate em, it’s almost  always a conversation starter when you see VW bus roll by. 

I’ve been fascinated by all types of vans since I was a kid. My admiration for the VW bus in particular hit me in my late 20’s. At the time I was single and I dreamed of owning a bus because to me a bus represented independence and adventure and it meant never being stuck without a place to sleep.

The innovative idea of the Mobile Blogging Unit was brought to life in my second year of MLBlogging. The original MBU was a 28 foot camper which was my father-in-laws. He graciously let a buddy and I (Andy from Spring Training), use it for the nine days we were in Tucson in 2009.

It worked great for our time down there and the built-in shower was handy to have, but when the trip was all over I realized I didn’t need anything nearly that big.

(Not so funny story, the original MBU burned to the ground from a refrigerator fire last year..On the plus side, nobody was injured. This is not the actual fire it’s a prop used for dramatic effect).

That’s when I started to ponder a VW Camper bus as my MBU. I used to have a 1973 VW bus(transporter) back in the day before I met my wife Krista. I owned it for about a year and it was my daily driver. When it started to go have major engine troubles I had to let it go and get something more reliable as I had a rather long commute to work.

This time around the bus would not be a daily driver. The purpose of this bus would be for family road trips, Rockies games, Broncos tailgating and for the most looked forward to of all baseball events….Spring Training.

See folks when your gig is taking pictures it’s not about how fast you can get to where you’re going. It’s ALL about what I mentioned earlier, the adventure and having fun along the way. If speed is your thing believe me you don’t want  any part of a VW bus.

Vanny Castilla will have a built-in computer for blogging , internet connection and cable. I removed the pop-top because I think a Rag-top is the only way to go. When he’s totally finished Vanny will be a tribute to Colorado Sports.(That will be a work in progress).

A little background on Vanny..I had purchased another VW bus about four years ago from a friend. The plan was to restore it but it never happened and I wound up trading it to another friend for a running Toyota 4-Runner(which by the way still runs). Great trade but a big loss to the family.

Early this Spring I started searching for my new MBU. My search led me to a little town in northern Wyoming. After a couple weeks of emailing and exchanging pictures with the owner I knew I had my found my bus. Mike…The Rox Addict used his truck and I rented a car trailer and we both made the voyage north to pick up the future MBU.

A 1969 VW Campmobile…Here’s the bus about a week after I got it home and its first snow in Colorado.

At that point the bus had no name…Just an extremely proud  new owner with a dream.

The previous owner of the bus is the X-husband of a local Denver TV celebrity…I won’t mention who she is on here but if you ask me in person I’ll tell you. The previous owner sharing that little bit of information with me left me driving home with a good feeling about my new bus. Props to Mike for making the trek with me.

The road trip was spur of the moment and he’s a great traveling buddy.

 Here’s a little VW blast from the past for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And my personal favorite.

I really like this VW Commercial.

This is a clip from “That 70’s Show” when Kelso’s vintage VW bus gets destroyed.

My wife thought the bus should be called Ivy. There was a slightly heated discussion about this because I wanted to call the bus Vinny Castilla as this bus is most definitely a dude.

In the end my man Gary X suggested Vanny Castilla and it was such a cool name it stuck. 

With the help my friend Robert Harmon for the engine stuff the MBU will be mobile Spring Training 2012. Vanny will be the same color until summer 2012 when he’ll be painted none other than OD Green baby. With personalized RANTER plates Vanny Castilla will be the most recognized VW bus in America.

My goal is to get a picture of Vinny Castilla in front of Vanny Castilla or if I’m lucky get Vinny doing the Running Man pose for the Rox Addict.

Rockies postseason or not…MLBlogs look out…I’m on the way back up…I know you missed me. Sometimes you’ve gotta put things on the back-burner to make your dreams come true…and besides..

You can’t keep the Original F’kn Ranter down 🙂

You’re running out of time to send in your picture for the Photo Contest. Get off your duff and send me your best.

Got a VW story…I’d love to hear it…D

Vertical Lift isn’t my Gift

8-23-11

ASTROS vs ROCKIES GAME 2

I had a dream I caught a home run ball from Todd Helton the night before this game.

I had front row seats for this game.

I clean caught the first BP home run ball of the day within seconds of reaching the pavilion.

I was in the perfect seat to snag Carlos Lee’s home run in the first inning.

Here’s a link to the video of Lee’s homer and my still ongoing quest to catch a live game home run.

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=18360453&topic_id=&c_id=hou&tcid=vpp_copy_18360453&v=3

I heard the crack of Carlos’s bat and I knew immediately that this ball was launched close to where I was sitting. Never taking my eyes off of the ball I got up out of my seat and tracked the ball about ten feet to my left. I found myself pressed against the railing behind me. It all happened so quick, as the ball sailed closer I realized it was going to land slightly over my head. I jumped up as high as my body would let me. I’m still not sure if the ball bounced off of my glove or the dude behind me hit my glove with his, but something touched my glove.

I missed it, the perfect opportunity blown.

I sat back down after this and told Amy who was sitting  beside me with her dad,  “I might as well go home cause nothing else is even going to come close, that’s it for tonight”.

 I stayed of course but I was right…Great game, the Rockies take two straight from the Astros with a final score of 8-6.

My quest continues….

Robert recently took his VW bus “Jim Morrison” on his final journey. Robert and Jim headed up to Seattle to catch a couple Mariner games and to get a shot of Jim in front of the space needle. Apparently Robert had tried to get the same picture years back and the weather didn’t cooperate.

Here’s Jim in front of the Space Needle after almost a half a million miles…

 

Happy Trails Jim…Jim’s replacment…Janice.

My VW bus..aka..Vanny Castilla is coming along too.

I’m the Ranter and right now I’m wishing I was one of those guys who had the “Gift of Lift”.

Props to the Rockies who continue to play better as the season winds down.