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Today's Sports

  • Giants fan takes loss in stride

    As soon as the 2009 NFL schedule was released, I knew I had to find my way to Invesco Field this season.

    The New York Giants come to town only so often, and I understood that if I didn’t seize the opportunity to see my favorite team play in my own backyard, I probably would have to wait a long time for them to return.

    My initial Internet search for tickets proved disappointing but thankfully, a co-worker at the Courier has season tickets and offered me a golden opportunity to use them to see the Giants take on the Broncos on Thanksgiving night.

  • The tale of the turkey is a wild...

    Gobble, gobble, gobble — it is once more Turkey Day. This huge bird was common over much of the Eastern states and came west along the shrubby area of the Plains watercourses. The adult males make the gobbling sound. The females call in a single yelp, and they both make a soft (“quit, quit”) call when feeding.

  • Industry loses one of the good...

    The name Steve Ellis doesn't resonate in this part of the country.

    However, mention the name in the south, particularly Florida, and Ellis's name was synonymous with two things: hard work and Florida State athletics.

    Ellis passed away far too soon at the age of 54 on Nov. 19, nine days after suffering a heart attack. According to reports, the longtime Florida State University beat writer was in the middle of writing a story when the heart attack happened and he made sure his wife e-mailed in his copy before calling 911.

    A true bulldog till the end.

  • Where have all the evening...

    Probably the question I am most frequently asked by people who have been feeding birds in the area for many years is, “Where have all the grosbeaks gone?” I wish I could give them a good answer, and I also wish I could bring them back.

    First, I try to ascertain that they are referring to the evening grosbeaks because we have other grosbeaks in the area. Usually they describe them as the fairly big birds that are yellow, white and black, and used to come to feeders in droves.

  • Evergreen athletes commit to...

    Sam Jones knew for a while where he was going to attend college.

    The Evergreen senior had to wait until Nov. 11 to make it official, though, as that was the first day athletes could sign national letters of intent with the school of their choice.

    Jones will attend Colorado Christian University, an NCAA Division II school, where he will continue his baseball career.

  • Keep your eyes, ears open for...

    The printed edition of the Christmas Bird Count for 2008, the 109th CBC, just came in lat week’s mail.

    As usual it is full of fascinating facts and bits of information. There are 59,813 participants and 661 species, plus 38 forms and 28 introduced exotics seen on the counts. Two of these were new, never seen on CBC before. They were the Jack snipe at Eugene, Ore., and the little bunting at Greater Massett, British Columbia.

  • Gymnasts finish third

    THORNTON — A year after winning the Class 4A gymnastics state championship, Evergreen coach Monnya Silver is allowed to call her shots.

    “Third was -- it sounds kind of bratty -- but it‘s kind of what we expected to get,” said Silver, who co-coaches the Cougars with Marnie Bello. “But we were pushing for more.”

  • State race full of surprises

    FORT COLLINS — Rob Wright has learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the biggest race of the fall prep season.

    Still, it’s tough to imagine that anyone thought the Cougars would have one runner go to the hospital, and another stop mid-race to get sick during the Class 4A state cross-country championships on Nov. 7 at Fossil Ridge High School.

    Afterwards, the veteran coach was pragmatic.

    “You know, stuff like that just happens,” he said.

  • October's fickle weather

    The circular table on the patio looks like a humongous marshmallow or a giant birthday cake. The weathermen are predicting more snow tonight. I can’t believe we have this much snow in October. It looks more like the storm and quantity of snow that we usually get in spring storms. Kind neighbors have kept my driveway plowed. Three times today!

  • Wet summer, cold snaps stole...

    The last three weeks have been strange for October. It has been cold. We have had snowstorms about once a week that have kept it cold. Even when the storms have moved on and we have had blue skies and sunshine, the snow on the ground and he wind off the mountains have kept it cold — not at all the warm dry October weather that I consider normal.