Think about it.
Last night we saw the culmination of a good college basketball
season, great NCAA tournament and an amazing Final Four.
Today, baseball returns to Colorado with the Opening Day game
between the Rockies and Diamondbacks at 4:05 p.m. Mountain Time in
Wednesday night at 8 p.m., the Colorado Avalanche began its
quest for a Stanley Cup, or at least a first-round win, against the
Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.
Last but hopefully not least, over the next week, the Denver
Nuggets will battle it out with the Utah Jazz and Portland
Trailblazers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA’s
Oh, and we’ve also got The Masters, Freddy Adu fever in the
soccer world and spring football practice on campus.
Great, all this really bodes well for me with five weeks to go
at CSU and senioritis growing by the day. Hopefully the weather
will stay cool or I may be done for.
Sports in America may get better ratings in the fall than in the
spring, but there is no doubt in my mind that spring the best
sports season of the year.
Hockey took another big hit, literally, with the Todd Bertuzzi’s
assault on the Avs’ Steve Moore. But I dare anyone to watch the NHL
playoffs and tell me it is not the most exciting and intense two
months of action in all of sports. Hopefully, for the Avs’ sake,
Paul Kariya’s ankle injury is not serious and Alex Tanguay comes
back with a vengeance against the Stars.
Hockey may have the best playoffs of any professional sport, but
baseball has the best opening act. Despite the many attempts by the
Major League Baseball to trash the sport, the steroids scandal
being the latest, there still is not much better than watching an
afternoon game on Opening Day.
The Rockies sit in about the same position they have been for
the past eight seasons, just above mediocre.
General manager Dan O’Dowd has officially gone full circle in
his philosophy of a winning team. Dealin’ Dan changed the Blake
Street Bombers into the run-and-gun Rocks with big-name arms. Well,
that didn’t work, and the Bombers return with a young starting
pitching staff, except, of course, for Cubs castaway Shawn Estes.
Who would’ve thought there would be a day where we were taking the
Only problem with O’Dowd’s new philosophy is that the Bombers
are losing their fuel. Larry Walker will start the season on the
disabled list, big surprise. It would have been nice if we never
got rid of Vinny Castilla, but hey, at least we got him at the end
of his career.
I do think, however, the Rocks will be bashing this year. Watch
our for Jeromy Burnitz to hit a lot of long balls, Todd Helton has
beefed up and Preston Wilson seems primed for another good
Once again, however, it will come down to pitching. I’m not
quite sure the logic behind moving Sean Chacon, the best pitcher
last year, from a starter to a closer. If it works out, however,
O’Dowd and manager Clint Hurdle will look like geniuses. The
Rockies don’t have any big names in their starting rotation, but
they didn’t have any in 1995 when the won the Wild Card either.
The advantage for the Rocks is that nobody in the National
League West looks like a title contender. If they can avoid their
usual late summer swoon, the may actually be a in a pennant
I’ll be watching.